Heavy Petting is today!

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Despite having just returned to campus, it seems we are all already living in the Rock/SciLi/(Gourmet) Hell. But, fear not. This week is not devoid of little pleasures. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (yes, that means in less than an hour!), Heavy Petting will be on the Main Green! Brought to you by the wonderfully empathetic people at Health Services, today’s round, while not “super,” will feature professors and their dogs and can be sure to calm even the most stressed soul, especially those who yanked away from lounging with their pups at home and thrown into another round of midterms (can they just end already?!). Plus, it’s finally actually nice out. At least in a Providence way. Prepare to overhear some weird shit.
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Pizza Nite returns tonight and tomorrow!

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The onset of finals means the return of a semesterly tradition: Pizza Nite at the SciLi and Rock.

For those of you who are freshmen, or just haven’t experienced it before, Pizza Nite is a semesterly event sponsored by Campus Life and the University Library featuring tons of free pizza as well as apples, cookies, and other snacks.

At its core, Pizza Nite isn’t really that special. It’s just a free pizza event, like the many others on campus. But it distinguishes itself in two ways:

1) The sheer volume of pizza. Several semesters ago, the total stood at 90 pizzas for the SciLi and 80 for the Rock — a little bit more than your typical free pizza shenanigans (and minus having to pretend to care about the student group or lecture that’s serving it).

2) The spectacle. Mainly due to #1, Pizza Nite usually attracts a pretty large crowd. And often the Madrigals singing carols.

It’s happening tonight in the Rock lobby and tomorrow night in the SciLi basement, both at 9 p.m. We’ll see you there!


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25 practical Christmas wishes

‘Twas the night before Christmas…and your wishlist sucked. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you this year, we put together a list of the 25 most practical (?) Christmas wishes of all time. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s okay. Only one of us does anyway.

Stuff yo' stocking.

Stuff yo’ stocking.

1. Mandatory study guides for finals

Remember study guides? We don’t. The key to everyone passing high school has been stripped by many of our professors. Please bring them back. Please.

2. An actual idea of what is going on in the world

Yeah, we’re Brown students. We’re socially aware or whatever. We dabble in the New York Times. But life on College Hill can be so consuming that it’s easy to forget that the real world exists. Well, it does. Continue Reading


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Nostalgia Trip: 10 songs we should still play at parties

As a culture, we are obsessed with throwbacks. From #tbt to the influx of 18-30 year olds wearing Buddy Holly glasses, we can’t get enough of the past. Why then, I ask, have we forgotten about the most influential era of music—the early naughts? I propose a revolution. No longer shall we dance to Miley and Avicii in frat basements. Here are ten forgotten but incredible party songs that we should be jamming out to at parties (and alone in our rooms) instead.

1. Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)

Although everyone’s favorite semi-obese R&B/rap/pop/garbage artist is now less than relevant, there was a time when T-Pain ruled the world. This song brings me back to the days of bar and bat mitzvahs—and has the secret power of making even the nerdiest Jewish boys pop and lock it on the dancefloor. And T-Pain autotuned before it was cool. So thanks, T. For everything. Continue Reading


Study break of the week: Summer Heights High

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Still looking for something quick to watch between study sessions? It might be time revisit an old favorite: Summer Heights High. We know it’s like so random, but it’s super quotable for a reason. Each full episode runs for about 25 minutes total, but if you check out YouTube, full episodes are typically broken up into parts closer to 5-10 minutes.

If you’ve seen it before, this is the perfect time to rewatch Summer Heights as Chris Lilley (the creator/actor who plays Ja’mie, Mr. G, and Jonah) is premiering his new show, Private School Girl, on HBO November 24th. Even though this new series profiles Ja’mie, who was only the second best character on Summer Heights (Mr. G for President), Chris Lilley is just factually one of the funniest people in the world, so this show is bound to be hilarious. After all, Ja’mie was my own personal inspiration for ditching my former public school education for a private university: “Wife beaters and rapists are nearly all public school-educated. Sorry, no offense, but it’s true”. In case you haven’t seen the newly released trailer, here it is:

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Study break of the week: ‘Burning Love’

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Midterms are here and despite the misleading name, they are here to stay. For some less dedicated obsessive TV watchers, this means forgoing this week’s episode of “Homeland” in favor of not failing chemistry and, by extension, life. Indeed, wasting an entire hour of valuable study time to watch TV may be irresponsible, but so is trying to work for 9 hours straight. Let’s be honest, what that “9 hour study day” really looks like is 4 hours spent absent mindedly staring at a textbook, 3 hours Facebook stalking your dad multitude of friends, and maybe 2 hours of actual productivity. Short study breaks are not only desirable, but necessary for preserving sanity as well as focus. But what can you do in this limited amount of time? Homeland is too long… One Buzzfeed article inevitably leads to 5 Buzzfeed articles.

Our study break of the week? We suggest ‘Burning Love,’ a fantastic (and short!) web series In only two seasons, its cast included names like Jennifer Aniston, Michael Cera, Adam Brody, and Kristen Bell. Created by Ben Stiller, this Yahoo series blatantly mocks romantic reality shows like ‘The Bachelor/The Bachelorette.’ Each episode is no more than 20 minutes long and is jam-packed with the subtle, yet hilarious humor that sitcoms today only hope to achieve.  It is a common misconception that web series are not as high quality a form of entertainment as prime time television. This is not only inaccurate, but also is consistently allowing some of the best shows to fly unfortunately below the radar.

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