Brown Binaries: SoPo vs. Just-Off-Thayer

With spring semester now underway, there are lots of things Brown students have to look forward to: erotically-themed Am Civ courses, a long week of substance-fueled debauchery, and the return of people watching: Main Green Edition. Of course, for certain members of the student body, the beginning of the semester means the start of the ever exciting — and constantly infuriating — Providence house hunt. Always an arduous task, the quest to secure off-campus housing can be a painfully rewarding process, sure to make you feel older, more sophisticated, and perhaps lose you a few friends in the process.

And you thought the housing lottery was bad…
With a slew of new off-campus units now on the market, it’s time to ask, where will you make your home? Should you opt for the historic charm and cheap rent South of Power (SoPo)? Or are you more suited to living a stone’s throw from Spats and a quick walk of shame away from the Hockey House in the land called Just Off Thayer (JOT)?

Though both locales are appealing, whether it’s easy access to late night Nice Slice you crave or the thrill of having a felon touch himself while he squints through your window, deciding where to live can be a big decision. Enter us, stage right. To make the process easier for those of you still on the fence, here’s a comparison chart to help you embrace your inner stereotype. Happy shopping!

Brown Binaries Part I: Library Leanings

Ever notice that everything at this school seems to be a question of either/or? That’s right, the dreaded B-word. No, not that one, I’m talking about binaries, every non-conformist’s nightmare and the fodder of many a gender studies lecture (that is still a concentration, right?).

For all who have never seen the look of judgment in a friend’s eye when you tell him you’re going to the Sci-Li to work (“just to meet my study group, I swear! I’ll be like…ten minutes at most”) or don’t know what it’s like to blasphemously admit that you prefer Baja over Chipotle, we’ve put together a handy guide to Brown binaries that we’ll be rolling out over the next couple weeks.  A guiding hand to help you through the arduous decision-making process, this companion will illuminate  what your choices really say about you.

Up first on the chopping block: Libraries

An obvious choice, we know, but perhaps the most telling characteristic of any Brown student.  Unless we’re talking about those kids who study in their rooms because they “just don’t do the whole library thing,” the library choice is a prime expression of campus identity. Read more after the jump. Continue Reading