As reading period approaches, a word of advice to those kidding themselves trying to avoid new forms of procrastination: Beware the Eyeds of Brown!
The correct grammar is appreciated, really, but why isn't it, "Whom did you eye?"
The latest campus anonymous site Eyed at Brown is truly a sight for sore eyes, or at least for those wishing for a Spotted at Brown replacement. Despite its kind of weird name — seriously, what’s wrong with Seen or Sighted or even Noticed at Brown? — and somewhat creepy eye URL icon, E@B is already racking up a promising collection of posts, not to mention its comments feature (which for some reason automatically posts your city location), lack of censors, and clean, minimalist design. No search function or polls yet, but hopefully Eyed will be less prone to spamming and hacking, so we can all express ourselves online in peace. Or something.
I must confess: I was, from its inception during finals period 2009, quite the avid reader [read: compulsive checker] of Spotted at Brown. Even when I kind of hated it, I may have managed to read every post. For the multi-tasker, Spotted was an ideal way to satisfy idle anthropological curiosity concerning casual campus observation procrastinate. Originally inspired by I Saw You Harvard, Spotted at Brown came to be its own, anonymously ranting beast. With its cast of recurring characters, it was at once an online lonely hearts club, a bulletin board, a philosophical forum, a meme generator, an infinite abyss. (It was no BlogDailyHerald, though.) Whereelse could you go to read about classroom crushes, orgo frustrations, neighborly passive-aggression, Spring Weekend speculation, and Uncle Ned’s exploits?
But one fateful Thursday evening just before spring break, I clicked on the bookmarked link and found that Spotted was down — and, alas, this time for good. Continue Reading
Spotted at Brown, the site many Brown students like to claim they don’t read even though they secretly do, is sporting a fresh — albeit slightly blinding — look. New background, same hot mess. Also, take a moment to appreciate a rest from the Uncle Ned posts most people don’t understand (or is it just me?).
We have pretty interesting news. No, we aren’t opening a campus in Shanghai. Casual sex website eduHookups is expanding to Brown! Started at UChicago a few weeks ago, the “no strings attached” hookup site has already expanded to Northwestern, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul, SAIC, Yale, Washington University in St. Louis and Loyola University Chicago and will be opening up to Brown students on April 4th (you will need a brown.edu email address to register… sounds a little bit like another instant web-phenom that started up seven years ago).
The purpose of the site is simple: to give college students an easy (no pun intended) place to seek out sexual encounters. For both the cripplingly shy and the passionately deviant, eduHookups should represent a welcome addition to the college student’s casual sex utility belt (apparently the old-fashioned kind of social lubricant just doesn’t do it anymore). The site has been a relative success so far, with 800 registered members and features in the Huffington Post and a local Chicago television station. Oh yeah, and there was this little quip on Leno a few weeks ago:
There’s Spotted at Brown and Prospect & Meeting, and now, there’s Like a Little. The site is actually a lot like Spotted at Brown. It prompts you to say who you are looking at, what their hair color is, where you are looking at them, and a little comment. The site is apparently hoping to be home to only positive comments, saying, “Offer a compliment to somebody and please no negative messages or real names.” There have been a decent number of posts already on the site for and by Brown students, but will this site take over Spotted at Brown? What do you think? Leave it in the comments!