BlogDH Presents: BergeMash 2.0

BlogDH-BergemashAs we lament the impending departure of our favorite administrator, Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron (otherwise known as KBerge), we’ve naturally taken it upon ourselves to make BlogDH a Berge shrine of sorts. Not that Blog isn’t already a shrine to the legend… but we’re making this semester The Semester of the Berge. Think large hoop earrings, amazing superhero-like capes, and lots and lots of singing.

While we ask you to stay tuned for other KBerge-filled fun that we have in the pipeline, we’d be honored if you would play one last round of BergeMash with us before our majesty leaves the Hill for New London, Connecticut. We all enjoyed our inaugural game of BergeMash back in fall 2012, and in celebration of KBerge’s last semester on campus, we’re making this the best game of BergeMash the world’s ever seen. Enter BergeMash 2.0.

For those of you new to BergeMash, the essential questions and answers:

What’s BergeMash? Named after Brown’s beloved Dean of the College, BergeMash perfectly combines Dean Bergeron’s musical and academic interests in a hilariously fun and mentally stimulating game.

How do I play? The task is simple. Open up your iTunes. Pick a song. Take the title, add a colon to the end, and turn it into a Brown class offered by a specific department.

The BlogDH Brain Trust has been working diligently to make some of the best BergeMash creations. Ready… set… go.

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KBerge leaving for Conn College, student body distraught

So many feels.

1:17 p.m. EDT: a moment we shall never forget. It was then that President Paxson announced to the Brown community that Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron — no, not that Bergeron [Ed.-…and definitely not this Dean Bergeron] — would be leaving College Hill at the end of the year to assume the presidency of Connecticut College in New London. For those who live somewhere on the Northeast Corridor, that’s the city the Amtrak always rolls through painfully slowly somewhere between Providence and New Haven. Also, the college’s mascot is a camel, so it’s pretty cool in our book. If New London needs a hero, Dean Bergeron’s cape will be more than up to the job.

We here at BlogDailyHerald are going through a bit of an existential crisis. Not only are we losing a loyal reader, but we are also losing perhaps our favorite Photoshop subject. That being said, we are happy Dean Bergeron is moving on to an exciting new position (we’re going to have to learn how to share). Since we couldn’t find exactly the words necessary to create a tribute to her, we’re turning instead to Marshall Katheder ’12, who may have summed her up best:

Recognized by her gallant strides and velour frocks, the Berge is a knotty myth, cryptic Bruno-lore. [Steeped] in mystery, she is a bizarrely intoxicating brew that even Alice (of Wonderland) would have trepidation about sipping. The Dean of the College’s orchestral intonation has riled armies and wooed beasts. Her persona has inspired a cultish, devoted following. And her haircut has inspired dozens of synth-pop songs.

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Bergemash won’t be the same without you. Check after the jump for a sample of our favorite KBerge Photoshop masterpieces and video assets that pay tribute to the Great.

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Deconstructing KBerg(‘s Facebook page)

Facebook: the final frontier. A place where politicians and mustached Greenpoint loft-dwellers alike can join in social networking bliss while some kid who didn’t even graduate from Harvard makes billions off of their personal information. That’s right. Facebook isn’t reminding you to watch the new Kelsey Grammer series Boss because it loves you, it’s advertising it to you because your favorite television shows are Cheers, Fraiser and, for better or worse, the one and only season of Grammer’s failed post-Fraiser sitcom Back to You.

If you haven’t already noticed, here at BlogDailyHerald we like to overanalyze things. So when we found out that Katherine Bergeron (aka KBerg) had an actual Facebook page, we just had to take Berg Watching to a whole ‘nother level. What we found will probably not amaze you, but you can find our close reading of KBerg’s Facebook page after the jump.

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A mysterious message from Dean Bergeron

I have no context for this inscrutable yet engrossing video of Dean Bergeron reciting a text by Ranier Maria Rilke. My personal favorite part begins at 8:25…

The “campus rose”: Navigating your academic shopping spree

Introducing Brown University’s “shopping period.”  A chance to make sure you, the student, sign up for classes that will expand your mind and challenge your core belief system.  A chance to find a class that grabs your attention and awakens your scholarly passion.  A chance to transition into school slowly.  An opportunity to go out every night and make acquaintances instead of acquainting yourself with the library.  A chance for upperclassmen to drop classes like Maritime Archaeology and others that stopped sounding fresh as soon as post-Spring Weekend sobriety set in.   While shopping period is a time of great freedom, it is also one of high stakes – your class schedule represents one-eighth of your college education.  To maximize your classroom satisfaction, mind these tips for crafting the perfect schedule, after the jump.

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Blog’s Declassified Frosh Survival Guide: (Dis)orientation

The Orientation Welcoming Committee’s mammoth newsletter for new students has finally been released on the interwebs. If you’re a first year, you can expect to get one of these little suckers along with your Brown ID, the key to your room, and various other goodies when you first arrive on campus.  With its exhaustive list of 100+ orientation events, the orientation packet might seem somewhat unwieldy, but fear not. We’re here to weed out the fun and informative from the boring and unnecessarily.

A small minority of the events in the packet have been listed as “REQUIRED for all students.” Most of them are not listed as such, but we believe that some of the events have been miscategorized. Here are our corrections:

Optional events that should not be missed:

 Midnight organ concert (12 am, September 5): Orientation can be hugely tiring. You’ll find yourself having the same conversation (“Where are you from? What are you concentrating in? Are you excited for classes to start?”) at least fifty times during the first forty-eight hours. By the end of the second day, you might need a rest from the seemingly endless train of clumsy conversation. The midnight organ concert is a perfect opportunity to both relax and continue to bond with other first years without the constant pressure that comes with the more meet-and-greet type events. Besides, even if you’re not exhausted, you won’t want to miss hearing Brown’s kickass resident organist.   Continue Reading