The Hat Manifesto

People often ask me, “Why do you wear that hat?” The hat (which I intend to wear throughout winter) has two large faux-fur ear flaps, a broad brow, lined with fake fur, and a strap (think: bike helmets) to firmly attach it to your head. And now that I’ve tried to describe it in prose I figured I’d include a photo and make this first paragraph useless:

Technically know as an Ushanka

Technically known as an Ushanka

While this hat is apparently the de facto headgear in colder parts of the globe, I’ve gotten some strange looks (and the occasional whispered jibes) sent my way in Providence. But I have also noted similarly attired students around campus. Earlier this month, I had an epiphany – a silent war is raging on campus between the hatters and the hatless, and it seems like the hatters are losing. This is probably all on in my head, but I simply cannot let this matter go unaddressed. Wearing a funny shaped hat is not just an aesthetic choice, it’s a way of life, a better way of life. What follows is a plea for the hatless masses to reconsider their ways. Presenting The Hat Manifesto.

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Six Words of Wisdom: Coping with the Cold

We hoped it wouldn’t be so, but it seems that the 80-degree days are finally behind us.  Temperatures have started dropping steadily, reminding us that the dreaded Providence winter is fast approaching.  Say goodbye to iced coffee, Froyo World (oh, who are we kidding?  It’s never too cold out for Froyo World), and shirtless guys playing Frisbee on the Main Green until April – or maybe March, if we’re lucky.

If it’s your first year at Brown or you just never left the library during finals last year, you might not be aware of exactly how cold it can get up here on College Hill.  So we asked some students from warmer climates (California, Florida, and Texas) for six words of wisdom about how to stay warm.  Check out their answers (and our commentary on how helpful their advice actually is): Continue Reading