PollerBears: Winter Break 2013

And the band played on.

Congrats! You finished exams, saw some friends (maybe), and then chugged some nondenominational eggnog! Now what? Brown misses you, and we know you all miss Brown, but home does have its creature comforts. Tell BlogDH your favorite winter break pastime in our last poll of the year.

What are you most excited about for winter break?

  • Hanging out with my two BFFs: Netflix and my bed (44%, 184 Votes)
  • SLEEP (26%, 110 Votes)
  • Making an extensive reading list but spending the next hour Facebook stalking instead #FOMO (18%, 73 Votes)
  • Excited? I never want to write another cover letter (10%, 40 Votes)
  • Learn to ski/snowboard (read: hopefully not die) (2%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 416

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Useless Rankings: We made BuzzFeed’s Craziest College Confessions of 2013

As 2013 comes to an end, the Internet is ripe with end-of-the-year “best of 2013” lists: best photos, best songs, movies, and of course, best university confessions. A post on Brown Confessions made BuzzFeed’s Craziest College Confessions of 2013. Which confession? you might ask. None other than “I’ve been faking a British accent since I got to Brown and it’s gotten me so much pu**y.” Satisfied? I personally think there were a lot better ones this semester. So with that, let’s recap the top six confessions of this semester:

  1. The creep: “I knew the telescope that my grandpa gave me last summer in Weehawken would come in handy. I live in the Keeney quadrangle and some nights, when my roommate is out, I use it to look into the rooms of the girls across the courtyard. Those lollipop undies are so hot. Next time you leave the lights on, keep the shades up, I’ll be watching…”
  2. The most blasphemous: “I had forgotten that Brown University Compliments existed until a rogue post appeared on my news feed today. Sorry BlogDH.”
  3. The existential crisis: “I am a senior and I am beginning to F R E A K T H E F U C K O U T about my impending real adult life.”
  4. The asshole: “I pretend to be on board with my girlfriend’s feminist causes because she is really hot and our sex is great, but also because I know it comes from an insecurity that I can exploit when I need to. Yeah, come at me Brown.”
  5. The most relatable: “Sometimes I treat myself and I go to the Ratty soda dispenser and I pour a little ginger ale, let the foam sit, and make all these bitches wait for me to pour a little more and let the foam sit again, and repeat until I have a sexy ass full glass of delicious ginger ale.”
  6. The daredevil: “Just let out a (hopefully) silent 10 second fart in the Absolute Quiet Room at the Rock while wearing headphones. This is how I live dangerously.”

Happy holidays everyone!

And that’s a wrap


From our family to yours, happy winter.

As you may have noticed, this finals period was ripe with the kind of catharsis typically associated with your favorite campus publication. We flogged for 12 days, sat down with Dean Bergeron, and introduced your Class of 2014 Senior Superlatives. But, alas, winter break is now upon us; we’re going to be slowing down our regular posting with the semester’s end. Don’t go too far—we’ll be posting periodically throughout the month with relevant updates and funsies (like our Facebook page for those).

Next semester, current Chairman of the Board Will Janover ’15 will be taking the reins as editor-in-chief after returning from studying abroad in Argentina. Janover will take BlogDH to new heights as he strikes an effective balance between (possibly over-)using hashtags, wearing aggressively large fur coats, blogging about Jesse Watters, and working with an incredible editorial team. He promises to not just Skype into meetings next term.

David Oyer ’16 will continue to serve as BlogDH’s managing editor and the only Oakland A’s fan on campus. He also will likely continue to go head-to-head with our other writers about romcoms he hates but everyone else loves, and who knows? Maybe he’ll even write a little bit about sports. Joining David as a second managing editor is BlogDH’s resident foodie, Georgia Tollin ’15. After returning from a semester of sampling the cuisine of Copenhagen, Denmark, Georgia will pick up right where she left off and resume chowing down at Brown.

BlogDailyHerald’s deputy managing editors Charlotte Bilski ’16, who often thinks she’s a dog and/or cat, and Ana Colon ’14, Brown’s biggest Mindy Kaling fangirlwill welcome our favourite expat Deena Butt ’16 as BlogDH’s newest DME. Also, Jason Hu ’15 will continue in his post as creative director. He’ll continue to fuel your procrastination by making interactive banners and graphics, but with KBerge’s recent departure, he’ll be trying to figure out who he’s going to be photoshopping next.

We’ll be coming at you in January better than ever and raring to go. Stay tuned. In the meantime, have an enjoyable and restful break. See you soon!

All our love,

12 days of Flogmas: TV show winter breaks


As I have been informed by many of my friends, finals period for some people actually means watching less TV than you would be able to otherwise. As much as they have tried to explain this concept to me, I remain confused. What are you doing all day? Studying? But you still eat right? And breathe? Okay, then I don’t get it…

As I have tried to explain to them, some individuals, myself included, actually see reading/finals period as a great opportunity to spend a few extra hours watching TV as a way of preserving mental sanity. Sure, I still work, but if I’m going to spend an entire 60 minutes working on a paper, I’m gonna need a 90-minute reprise (I already feel like I’ve been writing this article for an eternity). Continue Reading

12 Days of Flogmas, Day Eleven: The laundry experience at Brown

Santa Bear Flogmas Laundry

I’m very grateful for laundry machines. I’m glad I don’t have to go out and break ice in the Providence River to wash my clothes. I can afford to have a machine do that for me. But that doesn’t mean laundry is a perfect experience.

Here’s how an ideal laundry load goes:

  1. Put laundry in washing machine. Add detergent. Start.
  2. Wait 34 minutes.
  3. Transfer laundry from washing machine to dryer. Clean the lint out from the screen — fun times! Add dryer sheets if you’re one of those people. Start.
  4. Wait an hour.
  5. ????????
  6. Profit.

Here’s how it usually happens at Brown: Continue Reading

12 Days of Flogmas, Day Ten: The SciLi bathroom sitch


A long day of studying is like a long night of drinking, in the sense that you always have to pee. Between the absurd amount of water you’re consuming because you don’t have time to eat and the hourly venti lattes, urination (amongst other forms of bodily excretion) is a must. Since the SciLi is such the go-to prison cramming location, you’d think it would be able to accommodate our relentless bathroom needs. Right? Wrong. VERY, VERY wrong.

I do most of my SciLi work in the basement, which fits more people than any other floor. It also happens to have the worst bathroom situation—not only on campus, but perhaps in the world. Let me spell it out for you: there’s one female bathroom and one male bathroom (problem #1 arises: gender neutral, where are yoooouuuu?!). The bathrooms contain a sink and a single stall, in which is a single toilet.

So it appears that the SciLi basement bathroom is single-use, assuming that only one person is using the toilet at a time. Hold up… you’re catering to a room with an occupancy of 336. Only one person per gender can go to the bathroom at a time? If you’re going to make it so exclusive, you might as well put a lock on the bathroom door and call it a day. Enough with the false hope of a swinging door. If you’re only going to present us with one stall in a faux-multiperson restroom, at least make the rest of the bathroom large enough to fit the four people always waiting in line. I’m done with being slammed by a swinging door that shouldn’t even have the ability to swing.  Continue Reading