The 10 most #basic Snapstories

Last October, Snapchat unveiled its feature that would change social media stalking forever: the Snapstory. In case you’re unfamiliar with this new technological feat, Snapstories are the new Facebook status — an impersonal way to tell everyone what aspects of your life they should be jealous of you’re doing, when you’re doing it, and who you’re doing it with. Snapstories are, in their essence, a double edged sword: you put yourself out there, a vulnerable iPhone user prone to judgment and shit-talking galore, but the viewer puts him/herself out there, too. Snapchat tells you who views your story and how quickly (read: desperately) they view it.

Through Snapstories, you can create a new identity. You are no longer just you — you are your Fraturday shotguns; you are your yoga pants; you are the indulgent fro-yo you ate this afternoon; you are the hangover nap (or even the hangover shit) you just took. Though dozens of Snapstories show up on your feed every day, you might quickly realize that, in fact, they’re kind of all the same. Or more aptly, they’re kind of all #basic.

We’re here to break it down for you so that you can finally come to terms with just how #basic your Snapchat persona is. Without further ado, here are the 10 most basic Snapstories:

1. Concerts
Yes. We get it. You’re a carefree college student who likes to have fun and go crazy at random EDM concerts. But just because you go to the concerts does not mean you have to document every second of them. Snapstories at concerts take the number one spot on our list of the most #basic snapstories because they are the most ubiquitous, and probably the most annoying. No one wants to see 131 seconds of flashing lights, screaming girls and unintelligible bass.

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PSA: Don’t be “The Sniffler” this cold and flu season

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As much as we hate to admit it, it’s starting to get colder. The leaves are changing colors, the Main Green is becoming less crowded, and pumpkin-spiced lattes are back at Starbucks. Unfortunately, the changing of the seasons also signals that the cold and flu season is upon us. Yes, college is a time when exploration and learning are interspersed with crazy amounts of debauchery, but it is also a time when being sick is pretty much the norm. Living on top of one another in the dorms, sharing germs and intimate space, will usually do that to you. That is why we are asking, or rather, begging you, to please not be that guy or girl who wont stop sniffling in the AQR.

You all know the person to whom I am referring: phe who steps foot into the library all bundled up to fight the chills, armed with a gallon of tea and a box of tissues.  As soon as they sit down, they no longer are a Brown student, but instead become a germ-spewing, snot-sniffling megaphone that never seems to know when to leave and relieve some nasal pressure. Below we’ve highlighted a few tips to help you avoid being this library nuisance.

1) BLOW YOUR NOSE. It’s really not that hard. Before you go into a quiet place, take the time to really clear yourself up.

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Alternative Commencement: A blog for seniors, by seniors

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As the year winds down, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of finals and lose the opportunity to do some reflecting. For many of us, the end of the year marks the start of new summer adventures, but with the knowledge that we can once again return to College Hill. For others, however, this end means that their time here at Brown has come to a close. Whether this incites excitement, sadness, or uncertainty depends from person to person.

Despite what you feel, you now have the opportunity to share. Enter Alternative Commencement, a blog created by seniors Ana Olson  ’14 and Kayla Rosen ’14. Their blog allows Brown seniors to speak their mind and present what they would say if they could speak during commencement. The submissions can be poems, essays, or any other form of art. Basically, it is a completely open space for any senior to write whatever a senior wants, whether it’s about Brown, or just life in general. It’s a really cool opportunity for people to get their thoughts and emotions in writing before the end of the year comes around.

For more information, check out Alternative Commencement’s Facebook page, or read some of the submissions yourself on the blog. If you want to submit a piece of your own, email it to either kayla_rosen@brown.edu or ana_olson@brown.edu.

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Happy 25th birthday to Game Boy and its creepy advertisements

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Yesterday, one of the most influential pieces of technology in the gaming world celebrated an important birthday— the Nintendo Game Boy turned 25 years old. What once started as a black and white brick that could only play Tetris has developed into an interactive gaming experience. Because of the Game Boy’s legacy, Nintendo went on to create the Nintendo DS, a touchscreen version of the Gameboy that can access the internet, play music, and even take pictures. Thanks to Nintendo, thousands of kids can now search for porn play against each other around the world from the palms of their hands.

The Nintendo Gameboy has become a mainstay in modern gaming, and has a rich history. Throughout the last 25 years, the different versions of the Gameboy have sold over 200 million units. What a lot of people may not know is that during these 25 years, there have been over 700 games created for the original Game Boy, 450 for the Game Boy Color, and an astonishing 1000+ for the Game Boy Advance.

Another thing that Nintendo came up with are a ton of weird, obscure, and even creepy advertisements for the Game Boy. These are our two favorites:

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If you have ever played a handheld game, you can probably thank Nintendo. The Game Boy has been instrumental in creating an entirely new industry. Here’s to another 25 years.

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Brown’s Newest Varsity Team: Women’s Rugby

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Many American football fans consider their game the toughest in the world. After all, which sport has one of the highest levels of concussions, some of the most grueling conditions, and 300-pound men who can run a 40-yard dash in under 5 seconds? To many, this type of athleticism is the pinnacle of sports entertainment. However, there are also people who scoff at the “roughest” sport in the world: rugby fans. For rugby enthusiasts, the traditional helmet/pad combination of football is a sign of weakness. In a way, it’s hard to disagree. For example, some players even wear tape around their ears so they don’t get ripped off in a scrum. If that isn’t badass, then I don’t know what is.

This week, Brown’s toughest group of women received some good news: the Brown Women’s Rugby team was just elevated to varsity status. This move now means that Brown has 21 Women’s Varsity sports. It is a big step for the University, which has now become the country’s leader in women’s athletics. The club, which was founded in 1977, has become one of the top-ranked teams in Division I. They have won the Ivy League championship six years in a row, and in 2012 they reached the semifinals for the national championship. With a new coach, the Brown Women’s Rugby team looks poised to succeed even more in the world of collegiate rugby.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: The 2014 SEEED Summit

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Next week, from April 25 through 26, Brown will host this year’s SEEED Summit. SEEED (Social Enterprise Economic Ecosystem Development) is an conference that aims to discuss what is needed to build an effective social enterprise ecosystem that can drive economic development. One of its main goals is to promote a business model that is not only successful economically, but also focuses on sustainable profit that accelerates social change.

Over 500 people are gathering on Brown’s campus for a two-day summit to discuss and formulate strategies. Some speakers include investors, policy makers, academics, and business leaders. The summit also boasts a very accomplished group of keynote addresses. One of them will be delivered by Ira C. Magaziner, a Brown graduate and Rhodes Scholar. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He is also the Chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and is on the board of the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative. You definitely will not want to miss this opportunity to hear new ideas and policies about social change that actually will be implemented.

If you are interested, more information about the summit, speakers, workshops, and accommodations can be found on the SEEED Summit website. Registration for the conference is available online (Brown students get a discounted rate of just $45!). Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear a wide range of ideas and policies about the future of business in America. 

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