Dave Binder, legendary Brown Spring Weekend performer and BlogDH superfan, has videotaped one of his most recent performances in Florida—”an evening of great interpretations of great singer songwriters”—and put it on YouTube for the world to enjoy. The backdrop is no Wriston Quad, but the way he covers his usual favorites, such as Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffett, The Eagles, and James Taylor, among others, is completely familiar. If he’s selling paradise, the combination of palm trees, acoustic guitar, and “Margaritaville” sure do the trick. But we also think taping and sharing a Sunday Binder Spring Weekend performance would have equally done the job, too—nothing screams paradise like sunshine, song, and dance on Wriston Quad.
The annual UCS Fall Poll was released yesterday, and offers students a chance to enter a raffle for Spring Weekend tickets. Just as interesting, the poll includes (we think for the first time) questions about the effectiveness of Brown-Secure. “Please estimate how many times per week you have difficulty accessing the Brown Secure wireless network, and subsequently use an alternate form of internet connectivity (Brown EZ, Brown Guest, ethernet, etc.).” Um 24/7 kthxbye.
Among the other notable inclusions were “Name three artists that you’d like to see at Spring Weekend” (Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus), and like seven hundred questions on the Strategic Plan. Take the poll now, maybe win Spring Weekend tickets (I mean let’s be honest, probably not but whatever), and do a little good for the community. Easy choice. Check your email for an email from UCS President Todd Harris ’14.5 with your very own unique link that takes you right to the poll!
The following post might seem like a joke, but I promise it’s not. I mean it 100% seriously. Agree or disagree with the merits of my argument that Dave Binder is deserving of an honorary degree from Brown, but please don’t use this campaign as a chance to make fun of him.
Every year Brown gives out honorary degrees to a number of fantastically successful people. In the past couple years alone, Diane Sawyer, Congressman John Lewis, Morgan Freeman, and Nelson Mandela were granted this honor. Offering these unquestionably important individuals an honorary degree is a fantastic way to recognize excellence in society. I would like to propose a different kind of person to receive an honorary degree in 2014, though. I will be nominating Dave Binder to receive an honorary degree. Binder, through 27 CONSECUTIVE appearances at Spring Weekend and a ton of Senior Week performances as well, has a real and profound connection to Brown’s campus culture that perhaps no one else can demonstrate. While the amazing and inspirational recipients of recent honorary degrees are unequivocal, vital contributors to the world as a whole, I am not sure they have done anywhere near as much to profoundly affect the Brown University community.
The 2013 cohort is another magnificently impressive group of people. The problem I have, though, is that the folks we are recognizing, with one notable exception I will address below, have basically no connection to our University at all. Ben Affleck is a worldwide celebrity who has done some fantastic acting and directing, and other recipients are brilliant academic minds whose work has no doubt deepened scholarship in their own fields and bettered the world in general. But Affleck has done very little, as far as I know, to better Brown University specifically, and I suspect the same to be true of many of the other recipients. [Read more →]
The competition has been fierce. The captions witty, deft, and cheeky. The quippy quotations were so brilliant we had to fight them off with an army of Furbies. But it’s all over now. The first annual Spring Weekend Caption Contest has come to a close. Here are the results:
The slip and slide on Wriston has soapy foam on it: Simple, but now that we know we are definitely rinsing off before class/bringing a towel. The foam party was so two years ago…
Marching bands are sick: I didn’t think there would be much excitement around opening acts, but getting to the concert early on Friday meant dancing like a maniac for a solid half hour or more. Students got down on the cement with the drummers and pretended they were at Mardi Gras. They made eye contact with the trumpeter and almost got decapitated by the chick with the cymbals… and it was worth every minute. What Cheer? Brigade should come back every year. They are that brassy beat that’s missing from our lives.
We hope your Spring Weekend was as wild and as full of debauchery as ours was. Not so surprisingly, both of your lovely Sextion writers managed to get some action this weekend and we’re here to tell you about it.
Monica Bruinsky: So, Margaret, it sounds like you had a really eventful Spring Weekend. Wanna tell our readers about it?
Margaret Snatcher: Well, Friday night started out pretty normally as far as Spring Weekend goes. I was just pre-gaming with my friends before the concert, brought a flask, and was wearing clothes that I would never let my parents see me in…the usual. However, I went into the evening with high expectations, and let’s just say they were met. [Read more →]
If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks memorizing the lyrics to all of Kendrick’s songs so you could seem really cool and sing along to them during last weekend’s concert. But now that Spring Weekend is over and the Main Green is no longer a “swimming pool full of liquor,” what can you do with all those catchy lyrics you stuffed into your head?
As always, Blog has the solution: Turn them into a Spring Weekend souvenir by filling out this mad lib and making your own SW’13-themed version of Kendrick’s top hit, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” after the jump. Just be prepared for some weird looks when you start belting out your mad lib the next time you’re jamming to Kendrick, because people might think you were too blackout at the concert to know the real lyrics. [Read more →]
Alas, after 12 days of hype, artist profiles, wisdom and advice, the Spring Week festivities have finally drawn to a close. Beat the post-Spring Week blues by reliving this past week’s events: find/tag your friends in the two photo albums on our Facebook page that catalog all that went on in this these that felt like an alternate reality. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to relieve the burden of trying to remember every last second of your Spring Week experience… and to give you some inkling of what took place over the past couple of days. (You’re welcome.)
In the aftermath of Monday morning’s ticketing fiasco, the Brown Concert Agency scrambled to deploy a new ticketing release schedule. In an announcement the BCA put up on its blog Monday afternoon, the new schedule was that 1250 tickets would be released later on Monday and then another 1250 — again to each concert — would be released yesterday, Tuesday. We quote directly from that announcement:
1250 tickets per concert will go on sale tonight (4/15) @ 8pm.
1250 tickets per concert will go on sale tomorrow morning (4/16) @ 7am.
Based on a Google poll deployed yesterday afternoon by BlogDailyHerald, there is excellent reason to believe that the latter statement turned out not to be true, and that anywhere between zero and around 485 tickets to the Saturday concert were actually released at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, a far cry from the 1250 advertised. Read our full analysis after the jump. [Read more →]
Spring Week is mysterious to freshmen. By this point in our second semester, few things still make us feel like freshmen; we have studying regimes, and there are currently young ADOCH pre-frosh wandering around, reminding us that we’re not even close to as confused as they are. We seem to have it all together.
But Spring Week(end) reminds us that we have not actually been here all that long. Because if you don’t know who Binder is, you don’t know anything.
It’s also difficult to find out things about Spring Week(end).
“Why is it Spring Week? What are the week elements?”
“Because it’s a whole week!!! And it’s the best week ever.”
That is really about as much you can get out of anyone about The Greatness of Spring Week
end. I’m thinking this has to do with the magic really being that inexplicable, and also intoxication reasons.
According to Wikipedia, which is always the solution, here is the most important element of the next six days: