Yale sets the bar for Spring Weekend very high

Last night, Yale’s BCA equivalent–I’m going to go ahead and call them the YCA? –announced their Spring Fling line up for this year. It’s… amazing: St Lucia, Klingande, and Jessie J.

If you’re unfamiliar with any of the above artists, watch the announcement video above. You probably know St. Lucia and Klingande, but just don’t know you know — their songs are everywhere. ‘YCA’ has also given helpful category labels: St Lucia is the “indie electronic performer,” Klingande will be the “house performer,” and Jessie J is the headliner, i.e. an actual pop star!

Holy shit, this line up is great. St Lucia is not some crappy random indie artist, which is always the concern when filling this category. His debut album, When the Night, is not only full of great indie-dance tracks (check out “Elevate” in the above video, and “All Eyes On You” or “Closer Than This“), but it was also actually popular. You’ll find in on any given indie pop/dance playlist on Songza, or whatever equivalent Spotify playlists you follow.

House music is not my area of specialty,  but Klingande has some very doting fans here at BlogDH. He makes those very recognizable songs with great sounds in them and then a few words that repeat. “Jubel” and “Punga” are the ones you’ve definitely heard.

And, wow, Jessie J. “Bang Bang” is probably one of the most fun pop songs of the last year (even though one friend described it as a less-great rip-off of “Lady Marmalade”). And who didn’t secretly wake up to “Domino” in their head in 2012? Yale is going to be feeling so sexy and free at their Spring Fling!!! According to the Yale Daily News, she’s also the first female headliner at their Spring Fling since 1998.

God, good job Yale. We’re super jealous and feeling threatened–we’re the “cool Ivy”!  Your move, BCA.


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This weekend, 10 students and 2 visitors were hospitalized at Wesleyan University from what was deemed to be a bad batch of MDMA, a drug more commonly known as Molly.

According to speculation, the “overdoses” arose from the sample containing unknown substances and other designer drugs, which were harmful in combination. On Monday, two of the students were in serious condition, and two were critical. In the wake of these incidents, four Wes students were arrested for possessing substances and paraphernalia. It is unclear what the ties are between these students and last weekend’s hospital influx. The students have been named and linked to photographs in this Rolling Stone article.

Naturally, this incident will be a major conversation point for Wesleyan’s campus, but with the popularity of this club drug, and the publicity of the hospitalization, the effects may be far reaching. In the context of Brown University, a Herald Poll indicates that less than 10% of Brown students have ever used MDMA. However, as the article touches on, perceived usage is much higher for many students on campus, especially during times like Spring Weekend.

On Spring Weekend, Molly engages both experienced and novice users. Here are some quotations from Brown students who have taken it before, on how the recent incident as Wesleyan will affect their future usage:

“I’ve always tested my drugs so I’m not worried.”  – ’15

When I was doing [Molly] regularly, I tested every batch with a kit that anyone can buy for $60 online. The funny thing about drugs is that it’s usually not the regular drug users who get in trouble–it’s the ones who do it once with non knowledge and without bothering to educate themselves on what they are putting in there bodies.” - ’16

I don’t plan on doing Molly again; it is an incredibly dangerous drug and I think college students don’t realize just how dangerous it is.” - ’17

I have leftover stuff from last year, but I’m probably never buying anymore.” - ’16

“Molly is dangerous because it’s illegal, and there’s no fear of being fined/jailed for giving out faulty or dangerous products, because you’re gonna be jailed for selling it regardless.” - ’16

As one student pointed out, testing kits are essential to look into the purity of your purchase. A New York Times article investigating the phenomenon in 2013 warned that “despite promises of greater purity and potency, Molly, as its popularity had grown, is now thought to be as contaminated as Ecstasy once was.”

You can purchase testing kits online (one student suggested dancesafe.org) or request one–anonymously and for free–from Brown’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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Spring Weekend might not be the best show in town on April 17th

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Big news in the incoming-concert knowledge world! As part of their “The People’s Champions Tour,” Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique are bringing their duo act to The Met in Pawtucket on the night of April 17th. Does that date sound familiar? Why yes, that is the Friday of Spring Weekend 2015. Now, we don’t know what BCA has in store for that night (yet), but this is the first time in recent memory that Spring Weekend has had to go up against major nearby musical acts. Just Coachella. Fuck Coachella.

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The selfies every Brown student should take

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. And we must capture these moments with the front-facing cameras on our iPhones. They come when we least expect them—when Gail is looking exceedingly charming in a holiday sweater, when a snowstorm emerges out of nowhere, or when your favorite foreign ambassador is in line beside you to grab a Blue Room muffin before his talk. The unpredictability of these events is what makes them so perfect, and this also makes it all the more incredible when you’re agile and suave enough to snap a selfie with them.

Here are some of the Brown moments that are sure to take your breath away (but not so much that it decreases your suave selfie-taking agility).

1. Selfie with Gail
We love Gail. She’s so cute, so nice, and is the only human I know who refrains from taking out her inner upsets (though it’s possible that she doesn’t have any) on arbitrary common folk. The Ratty is not the staple of the Brown University dining experience. Gail is. If you ever ran into President Obama or Miley Cyrus, would you take a selfie? Yeah. So then taking a selfie with Gail is thereby self-explanatory.

2. Selfie with everyone’s favorite local DJ, Whiskey Republic’s own DJ Meatball 
Whoever follows Gail on this list is sure to be automatically demeaned, but I figured DJ Meatball could hold his own well enough to retain significance. Though it seems as if Whiskey Wednesdays are quickly becoming a thing of the past, DJ Meatball once provided the Jason Derulo anthems to my freshman year. He gave people free “DJ Meatball” tank tops if they were from the state he chose to beckon over the microphone in between 2007-era Chris Brown and Avicii’s “Levels.” DJ Meatball, beat constructor. What a guy.

3. Selfie while walking through the Van Wickle gates 
You have to take that matriculation selfie. However, matriculation is the third or fourth day of orientation and you’re probably walking through the gates with a bunch of random people you just met. You might not like each other that much (remember, these are your “starter friends”) and you definitely don’t know each other that well, which makes the act of asking them to be in your selfie all the more awkward. But do it anyway. Don’t worry, it’s just your first week of freshman year… you only have everything to lose in terms of your social reputation!

4. Selfie in the Rock stacks 
Ugh. Another night. Me, my carrel, and I. Why does studying make me look so beautiful? The lighting is perfect. Mom will love to know that I’m working hard. My friends back home will cringe with insecurity when they realize I can be smart and pretty at the same time. Woah! This pile of textbooks is huge! Better take a selfie to show how large it is in comparison to my head. Continue Reading


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How Spring Weekend are you?

Everyone is finally coming down from that Spring Weekend high (literally or not), and in the words of Green Day Binder, I hope you had the time of your life. Looking back on the whirlwind of last weekend, everyone seems to think that their high was the highest and their ratchet was the ratchet-ist. But how Spring Weekend are you really? Click all of the questions that you can answer “yes” to in order to find out:

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Students who do cool things: Musicians’ take on Chance the Rapper

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING! Put down your beer book and start watching that video. Right?! Holy crap, that voice is sultry as hell. And guess what: it belongs to a student here! In fact, all the members of this band go to Brown. A collaboration between top musicians such as Dolapo Akinkugbe (DAP) ’16, Clyde Lawrence ’15, and Bryn Bliska ’14, this impeccably shot cover of Chance the Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” was conceived before BCA had even revealed that the mastermind of Acid Rap would be playing at Spring Weekend. As Clyde tells it, the group had played a cover of the song at a birthday party, and “once we heard he was coming, we decided we needed to make a video.”

But just look at them go! Chance must be proud. Tune in to this crew to finish your Spring Weekend right.

Here’s the entire list of folks rocking out in the cover:

Clyde Lawrence ’15 // Keys/Vocals
Dolapo Akinkugbe (aka DAP) ’16 // Vocals
Bryn Bliska ’14 // Organ/Vocals
Peter Enriquez ’14 // Guitar
Ana Gonzalez ’15 // Bass
Jamie Fried ’14 // Drums
Sumner Becker ’14 // Sax
Zach Levine ’15 // Trumpet
Filmed/Edited by:
Jordan Beard ’15
If you’re looking for more badass beats, go here for Clyde’s web site, here for DAP’s, here for Bryn’s and here for Jordan’s. You won’t regret it.