Highdeas from our staff meeting on 4/20

stonerbearAs a daily publication, BlogDailyHerald is a well-oiled machine that can only function successfully as long as its several staff members are all on the same page. To this end, BlogDH holds weekly staff meetings on 5 p.m. on Sunday evenings so that writers can flesh out their ideas, make connections with other writers with whom they hope to collaborate, and get feedback from the editorial staff.

Yet in the spirit of one particular spring holiday, we must ask: why was this week’s BlogDH meeting different from all other BlogDH meetings? Our answer: Our meeting took place at 5 p.m. on 4/20. Yep, that’s a mere 40 minutes after Brown’s student body took to the Main Green at 4:20 p.m. and enjoyed its… main green. Some of our staff members partook in the festivities as well. It’s also important to note that these staff meetings take place in Faunce House—a prime, central location on campus (read: right on the Main Green). What resulted was a staff meeting of epic proportions: snacks in hand and smirks on their faces, our writers didn’t simply pitch post ideas for the coming week; rather, they pitched and contributed epic highdeas. Here are some of the highlights from our meeting: Continue Reading


BlogDailyHerald and BUFF Present: The Mean Girls 10th anniversary screening

“On Wednesdays we wear pink.”

Arguably the most quotable movie of the 21st century is turning 10, and we at BlogDailyHerald are excited to be partnering with Brown University Film Forum (BUFF) to bring you a FREE screening of Mean Girls on Wednesday, April 30th.

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The 30th is the actual 10th anniversary of the hit movie starring Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, and many more. Coincidentally (and serendipitously), April 30th is a Wednesday. And on Wednesdays, we wear pink. We hope to see you all there, wearing your finest pink garments, or “you can’t sit with us!” Just kidding. But still.

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Get in loser, we’re going shopping!

Stressed out by the craziness of shopping period? Whether your shopping strategy involves only choosing classes that don’t meet on Fridays or making the prettiest color combinations in your Banner cart, shopping period can be tough. Fortunately, BlogDH is here to make it a little less stressful—and maybe even help you discover a cool class or two. Get in loser, we’re going shopping.

We’ve already given you lots of advice about shopping period, and now we’re going to have some fun with it. After scrolling through the 2000+ course listings on Banner for days straight, desperately trying to find the perfect fourth class, the delirium started to set in. Maybe it was my anxiety about starting school, but all of the class titles began to remind me of Mean Girls. Actually, can anything in life not be compared to that cinematographic masterpiece? Here are some Brown Fall 2013 classes that the characters from Mean Girls really need to take, obviously accompanied by GIFs: Continue Reading


BlogDH Explains: The first day of classes

First Day of Classes

BlogTip #1: Don’t buy your textbooks before the first day of class.

Freshmen: by now, you’ve been at Brown for at least three whole days, and you probably feel like you already own the place. You’ve figured out how to navigate your way through the Ratty, made lifelong friends at various orientation events, and maybe even learned how to throw a ping pong ball into a red solo cup. Now there’s just one little thing left to do to become a real college freshman: actually go to class. On Wednesday at 9 a.m. (don’t ask why school starts on a Wednesday, or why 9 a.m. classes exist at all), fall semester classes begin.

Every other time you’ve attended a first day of school, you’ve most likely gotten your predetermined schedule and gone to the classes listed without thinking twice. But Brown likes making us think, so the first day of classes here is unlike any other. You can go to ten different classes based on whatever strikes your fancy, or grab the syllabus in a couple classes for your concentration and then dip out, or anything in between.

Whichever shopping strategy you go for, the first day of classes can be one of the most overwhelming days at Brown. Last year the day was a blur, not just because I shopped a class every hour, but also thanks to the Providence rain gods’ sick sense of humor. Even if they decide to give us a break this year, the first day is bound to be crazy. Here are a few tips to get through the mayhem:

  1. Plan out the classes you want to go to in advance. If you’ve spent all summer on Banner finding the coolest-sounding classes, great; if not, this is what your advisor and Meiklejohn are for. It’s tough to browse the course scheduler on your phone while looking up concentration requirements and checking out The Critical Review at the same time, so try to do all that before you’re rushing between classes. You don’t want to miss the first meeting of a class you know you have to take–you might miss something important or even jeopardize your spot. Continue Reading

6 names Dory from ‘Finding Nemo’ would be calling this storm if she were talking to Marlin

We Finding Nemo enthusiasts know quite well that Dory is loyal, fearless, and the ultimate optimist, but there’s also no denying that she’s the beloved buffoon of the movie’s maritime gang. Despite the fact she embarks on a quest across the ocean to find her new friend Marlin’s son Nemo, Dory, who suffers from short-term memory loss, just can’t seem to remember the name of that little guy she’s searching for.

This winter season, The Weather Channel has taken the liberty to give winter storms “noteworthy” names to raise awareness of the storms’ potential impacts. We commend the The Weather Channel for using its pick for the letter N so wisely; we definitely agree that Nemo is a noteworthy name. Given Dory’s inability to remember anything for more than ten seconds, here are some “noteworthy” storm names that start with N that she’d probably use instead when referring to Winter Storm Nemo.

1) Ne-Yo: Ugh, Dory’s “so sick of [snow storms].” There’s also so much snow in this video. It just makes sense.

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HALLOWHISKO: A narrative in GIFs

Tonight, hundreds of scantily clad college students will converge on a small waterfront bar. I could use any amount of witticisms to describe this monumental moment, but you know what they say: a picture is worth a thousand words — but a GIF is worth a million. Will the sequence below roughly describe your night? One can only hope.

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