Poster signing for BDS staff

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A previous version of this post did not include a picture of Manny Gomes Jr. (pictured above), the BDS worker who recently passed away. “He worked behind the scenes at the Refectory, a really wonderful person to be around,” Aaron Fitzsenry, culinary manager for retail dining, wrote in an email to BlogDH. BlogDH sends its thoughts and best wishes to the Gomes family and the BDS staff during this difficult time. 

Let’s face it, the past two weeks have been rough. But it is exactly in these times of strife that the Brunonian community needs to come together the most. Wednesday, the BDS staff lost a beloved member of their organization. While we may be fired up about other happenings on campus, this loss is something that deserves to be recognized, especially because of its effect on the staff who take care of us every day.

In an effort to show them our gratification, BlogDailyHerald is holding a poster signing in the Underground today from 2-4 p.m. We often forget to show appreciation for the people who have fed us through blizzards, hurricanes, and lunch rushes on a day to day basis. They see us on our best and worst days and provide us with food to get us through rough times. But we must remember that they are also people–people who have feelings that deserve to be recognized, especially in a time like this.

Our goal is to show the BDS staff that we are here for them in the same way they are here for us. We may not be able to provide the nourishment that they can, but we can still reach out to them and show them we care in different ways. Besides signing the poster, definitely make sure to show your appreciation to the workers when you see them. People need people, and the little acts of kindness we can do will go a long way.

Let’s start off November the right way. Please join us in the Underground this afternoon.

Physics demonstrators who do cool things: Gerald Zani


“…[He] plays intense classical music during demos, providing a much-needed soundtrack to the study of physics.”

 “He is literally my favorite part of physics class any time he shows up!”

 “ *Creepy voice* We have named our secret society after you…”

As evidenced by the above quotes, physics students think very highly of the goggle-wearing man on the right. I’m not saying that 9 a.m. classes are dreadful, but 9 a.m. classes are dreadful. Even if it’s a class you absolutely love, it’s an indisputable fact that 9 a.m.s make our souls ache and our life forces dwindle. If you’re in a morning physics class though, you know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

If luck is on your side, your last five minutes of class will be occupied by a most wonderful spectacle. You’ll see Gerald Zani, the manager of demonstrations in the physics department, enter the room and start shuffling around an intriguing setup, preparing to begin his demonstration. Brown’s physics minions commonly refer to the man as Jerry; he’ll put on some dramatic music and turn off the lights, and all will be well in the world.

Jerry is the wizard of the physics department. He is in charge of setting up demos for classes so students can witness physical concepts in action. Get to know the physics man of steel…after the jump.

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