Get off the Hill: Cinco de Mayo Block Party

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The ever joyous and festive Cinco de Mayo tends to fall during a not-so-festive reading period for Brown students. Sure, this timing may be less than ideal, but engaging in the Cinco de Mayo festivities is a welcome break from the tedium of studying. Need a study break? Here are six reasons why you should check out the 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party, taking place today from 12-6 p.m. on Westminster between Eddy and Clemence.

  1. Face painting. Everyone needs to regress a bit, especially during finals.
  2. Mariachi de Brown. Bet you didn’t know we had a mariachi band.
  3. Curious as to where all your favorite food trucks are? They may or may not be on dishing out on Westminster. Go say hello to Like No Udder, Sprout, Mijos, and PVD Pudding Pops, among others.
  4. Writer’s block? You can write Happy Cinco de Mayo messages on a Mini Cooper courtesy of ZipCar.  Get those creative juices flowing.
  5. Stressed? Smash a Pinata…or two.
  6. If you’re of age, get your tequila fix at the Block Party’s outdoor bar. It’s a beautiful day, and margaritas are calling your name.

See you there!

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Get off the Hill: Rhode Island Comic Con (Nov. 3-4)

Whatever fun plans your weekend has in store — from SexPowerGod to post-Halloweekend festivities to a nostalgia trip rager brought to you by The Herald — we have one more proposition for you…

…it’s time to get fucking nerdy.

Rhode Island is hosting its first ever (!) Comic Con this weekend, just down the Hill in the heart of downtown Providence. “The biggest show in the smallest state” promises to be a banger — and that’s not even including the raunchy after party.

According to the convention’s website (which clearly feels our LEAP DAY SPIRIT), attendees will have an array of hilarious, awesome, fascinating activities and comic world celebrities to choose from to fill their weekend. The con features your standard con events such as costume contest, Munchkin tournaments and Q&As with celebrity guests (such as the cast of the Power Rangers and the original cast of Battlestar Galactica).

But there’s also a jedi training class, a Dr. Horrible Sing Along and something called Buffy the Musical? You really don’t have to ask us twice.

If you’re still not convinced, here are our favorite guest appearances this weekend’s conference and why you’ll love them all. Check it out after the jump. Continue Reading


Get off the Hill: Truck-a-palooza Edition

Lunchtime on Thayer between Waterman & George is a beautiful thing. Where else can you get a side of tacos for your bulgogi rice set? Well, tomorrow you can feast on your favorite meal on wheels and do some good for our community. Four food trucks— Thayer Street favorites Rocket and Providence Coffee Roasters, as well as Roxy Lobster and Jack’s Ice cream—are hosting a food truck extravaganza dubbed Truck-a-Palooza. From 1-4 p.m., these trucks will park at Roger Williams National Memorial and serve delicious nomz for charity. Ten percent of their profits will go to the City Meal Site food bank. Good food, good cause, and a good reason to leave the Hill.

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The Anti-Slump: Finding your purpose

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What do you desire? What gives you purpose? This type of internal questioning can be found in everything from ancient philosophy to a seemingly innocuous Rick and Morty episode. In the latter instance, Rick creates a machine that produces “Meeseeks” used for a single task, who then disappear. However, when one cannot fulfill a task, it notices a lack of direction in its short life and descends into psychotic fits and depression. It’s a metaphor for a life without purpose — or your potential slump.

College is a time of exploration — emotionally, socially, academically — and sophomore year is a time to keep exploring while actively searching for purpose in all of these arenas. It’s incredibly important at this youthful stage in our lives to question ourselves, and often, to find out what really makes us tick as individuals.

In order to enjoy yourself socially, do you love meeting new people, branching out, learning about one person on a deeper level, or learning more about yourself? What field of academics do you really lose yourself in — is it architecture, investments, coding, or writing poetry?  Continue Reading


30 thoughts this senior has about senior year

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Not even the beautiful fall foliage or Oprah’s Cinnamon Chai Latte (rage against the PSL!) can help me cope with the emotional toll of senior year. I can’t really put into words exactly how I feel, as I feel like I feel it all. Anyway, I’ll try to articulate these “feely” feelings as best as I can. Here’s a list of a few senior year-musings I’ve had recently:

Classes

1. (Beginning of the year) Can I audit 10 classes? So much to learn, so little time!

2. I’ve sat in on 10 more classes. I’ve learned nothing and I’m exhausted. Hello, friendly 4-course structure!

3. When did shopping period end? Or right, it’s October.

4. I’ve gone to pretty much all of this professor’s office hours, but apparently my name is still “Maria”.

5. I guess we aren’t BFFs after all </3

6. I am taking a graduate seminar and I feel cool.

7. I am taking a graduate seminar and my soul is dead.

8. Ok, whoever said senior year was chill has less chill than whoever took this snap.

Professional life

9. Should I start a start-up? Wait, do you “start” a start-up or “create” it? “Initiate” a start-up? What is the self?

10. LinkedIn is a cold and dry vortex of superficiality and also I probably shouldn’t use this selfie as my profile photo…

11. “Describe your previous job experience”: crying over not having job experience.

12. “Describe your computer skills”: I am a fast typer and my Neopets are all still alive, albeit “famished”.

13. For the 100th time, dear auntie, I am doing philosophy and cognitive science.

14. No, dear auntie, I’m not considering law school (or a lawyer husband) after Brown.

Activities

15. GCB challenge, SciLi challenge, Ratty challenge… MY BODY KNOWS NO LIMITS.

16. I should hit the Nelson Fitness Center more often. Just kidding, my body is well aware of its limits.

17. I need to get off the hill more often. Geoff’s doesn’t count. [Ed. note: Geoff’s counts on Two-For-One Tuesdays]

18. I should go to more WaterFires, even though I don’t exactly know what one should do at WaterFire.

19. Is this hill getting steeper each year, or am I just getting old? Was that my hip that just popped?

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8 Brown students on spending summer in Providence

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For three months a year – much like the German city of Bielefeld – the city of Providence, RI ceases to exist.

Or at least it does for the vast majority of Brown students, who depart in late spring for summer activities around the globe. But for a select group of undergrads (as well as for permanent residents and Summer@Brown participants), Providence is not only alive and well throughout the summer–it’s a beautiful place to spend a few blissfully warm New England months.

With summer fast approaching, and the subsequent summer job/internship scramble getting more frenetic by the day, don’t sleep on staying in Providence for the warm months. You might have heard from friends who stayed and/or visited (or perhaps you even spent a summer here yourself!), but don’t just take it from them; here are eight Brown undergrads who spent the summer in Providence and drew on their experiences here to answer the following question:

“What is the best thing about spending a summer in Providence?”

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