So you want to get on our Campus Story?

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Snapchat has been my favorite form of social media since I first downloaded it a few years ago. In a way, it is the perfect outlet for our generation. Narcissism is celebrated, and the photos are saved in Snapchat’s database disappear and can never be seen again. Granted, there are some reasons to raise eyebrows at the app (for one, there’s the whole, ‘giving kids false hope that their internet trail will never be found’ thing…). Still, it allows us to post annoying pictures without the commitment of Instagram! You can never break the ‘two posts in one day’ rule on Snapchat – the more the better. Can you scribble poorly drawn penises on your friend’s faces when they aren’t paying attention on Instagram? I didn’t think so.

Snapchat has been in the media a lot recently, especially after their public rejection of Facebook’s $3 billion dollar offer. Some call it business smarts, others called it hubris; nonetheless, it has forced them to continuously innovate new features. Thus: the geographic snap stories. This feature, my personal favorite aspect of Snapchat, allows us to get a glimpse of fun and crazy stuff happening all over the world. This is the first time ever that we can see what the celebrities, partiers, and revelers are seeing all over the world. From the very comfort of our couch, we can experience carnival in Brazil, the red carpet at the Oscars, or TGIF in Sweden.

More importantly, we can see what the heck is happening around Brown, thanks to the ‘Campus Story’ feature. If you’re like me, you’ve probably been furiously trying to post whatever you can to get on. That’s because the Brown Campus Story is run through a very strict system, and each photo/video posted must meet set guidelines. Ok, I’m just speculating here, but we’ve made a list of things that will definitely get you increase your chances of getting on the Brown SnapStory.

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Pizza Night in the Rock and Sci-Li

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If you’re like me, you probably are running dangerously low on both meal credits and points. Any opportunity for free food is a godsend. Don’t miss a great chance for free pizza this Tuesday and Wednesday, when the Brown University Libraries will host pizza night in the Rock and Sci-Li.

On Tuesday, there will be free pizza starting at 9:00 in the Sci-Li lobby, and the following night on Wednesday in the Rock lobby.

Reading period is truly a special time here at Brown, where personal hygiene goes out the window, coffee is your best friend, and stuffing yourself with over four slices of pizza is completely normal. Studying is a mental exercise so it should totally burn a ton of calories, right? Tell your friends, study groups, heck, even your professors to enjoy some pizza, and don’t forget to thank the librarians when you grab your fourth second slice. It’s first come, first serve, so don’t be late.

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BUDS Presents: Korean BBQ with Mai Pham

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Brown Dining Services has debuted yet another specialty at Andrews Commons: Korean BBQ. Head Chef Mai Pham, who has partnered with Andrews Commons to produce some of our favorites like Pho and Stir-fry, has wowed us again with a new meal. Pham is a James Beard award winning Pan Asian chef who was on site last night to help prepare and serve the delicacies. Her work brought to life flavors of Korea, and it was truly a pham-tastic night (sorry, I couldn’t resist throwing that in there).

In seriousness, though, the night seemed to be a success. I arrived a couple minutes before the event started at 5 so I could exploit my press privileges to get to the front of the line snap a few photos and check out what they had to offer. Even before it started people began gathering and the Commons had some festive decorations around the stir-fry station. The first thing that sparked my interest was the steak they were preparing – it looked perfectly cooked and smelled good. I was excited to start eating.

By the time 5 o’clock rolled around, there was already a line to the door. Thankfully, because of strategic positioning, I was the second person in line and I got my food right away. The meal came with rice, steak, chicken, noodles, sautéed veggies, pickled carrots, kimchi, and a cucumber salad.

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An ode to the mustache

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As Movember draws to a close, we have a unique opportunity to discuss and reflect on the role of mustaches in our society; the new wave of facial hair has thrust the topic into our daily conversation. Regardless of one’s personal opinion on what looks good or not, Movember has drawn national attention to many issues of men’s health, and has increased awareness about testicular and prostate cancer (among other things). Movember has also reawakened a spirit that many thought to be lost: nostalgia for the golden age of the ‘stache. That’s right, were talking about the 70’s, when bellbottoms and flowing hair reigned supreme, and the measure of manhood was not based on bench press numbers but on whisker prominence. In the words of Nick Offerman, “A mustache carries with it a little bit of derring-do. You’re the kind of guy who will come barreling up doing a power slide in your pickup truck and then give a girl a wink.”

Before I start waxing nostalgic about Burt Reynolds and Freddy Mercury, I have to confess that my own mustache-growing-ability is subpar, to say the least. I have remained committed to the cause throughout Movember, but I seem only to be able to grow a meager excuse for peach fuzz. No amount of “Just for Men” hair dye has been able to kick start my mustached campaign.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: The Brown Wind Symphony Concert with Mark Steinbach

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Looking for a little on-campus cultural advancement? The Brown Wind Symphony is holding a free concert tonight from 8-10 p.m. in Sayles Hall. Conducted by Mr. Mathew McGarrel, they will perform works by Mozart, Percy Grainger, and Jaromir Weinberger, as well as a special performance by a percussion ensemble.  What makes this concert even better is that Brown’s resident organist, Mark Steinbach, will perform alongside the Wind Symphony. In case you didn’t know, Brown is home to our very own Hutchings-Votey pipe organ, which happens to be the world’s largest, with over 3,300 pipes.

The Wind Symphony concert is a great way to get your Friday night started, and it ends just in time for you to catch the better part of most pregames, in case that’s a concern of yours. You can also try to impress a date by pretending to know who the heck Jaromir Weinberger is (he was actually a badass Czech composer who wrote over 100 works such as operas, choral works, and symphonies). If you haven’t had a chance to check out a student performance or an organ concert, now is your opportunity. The tickets are free, and the doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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Data Doesn’t Lie: The Real Winner of the SciLi vs. Rock Debate

One of the first things we learn when it comes to forming an argument is the importance of evidence. Without cold hard facts, intelligent conclusions and believable theories are mere postulations, and claiming truth becomes a very tricky thing. Unlike certain news sources, here at BlogDailyHerald we value journalistic integrity and are committed to delivering the most accurate assessments of what is going on around campus. But what happens when what we’re reporting on is a matter of opinion rather than one of certainty? In this case, we finally decided to take that age-old advice and ask a librarian.

The infamous SciLi vs. Rock debate: a discussion older than Tupac vs. Biggie, older than the Yankees vs. Red Sox, heck, even older than life itself. Okay, maybe not, but it’s still something that concerns nearly all Brown students.

According to the data, 99% of all undergraduate students have swiped into either the SciLi or the Rock at least once during the last year. That means almost every single undergrad has had to make the choice between the Rock or the SciLi.

What this article hopes to accomplish is twofold. Obviously, the most important question I aim to address is answering the question of which library students actually prefer. I also hope to illuminate the patterns of usage for each in a way that paints a picture of the libraries as much more than just places to study. Hopefully, through the data, you will see that each library has a character of its own.

I’ll start with the latter: What does your favorite library say about you? The first thing we looked at were the concentrations of the majority of the students that went to each respective library. What we learned was actually somewhat surprising:

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The most obvious conclusion we can make from these graphs is that Brown students are incredibly indecisive about what they want to study. The other notable feature is that the SciLi caters to a more diverse range of concentrations. Around 15% of students who went to the SciLi last spring were studying social sciences compared to the 18% who went to the Rock. The distributions were also more uniform at the SciLi, while the Rock had over a third concentrating in the humanities.

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