For a moment, the Main Green was silent.
At 2 p.m. today, students began lying down in front of Sayles Hall, clutching white pieces of paper to their chests. The papers each had a name, a date and an age–the name of a black American killed due to police brutality, the date of their death and their age. At its peak, over 100 students, diverse in their racial makeup, lay silently and in solidarity.
The Die-In Protest, organized by Jordan Ferguson ’17, the leader of the Black Student Union at Brown, marked the first official Brown-organized act of resistance in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of an unarmed teenager, Mike Brown, in Ferguson, MO. Although the verdict was released a week ago, Thanksgiving break thwarted potential reactive events on Brown’s campus, although there were protests in Providence throughout last week.
The protest was silent for its entirety. Bystanders, too, spoke in hushed voices. Brown students rushing to class stopped to snap pictures (#BrownStandsWithFerguson is the hashtag being used on social media), Providence residents walking their dogs tapped students on the shoulders asking, “What’s this for?” and an ABC 6 news reporter stood on the side, recording the event. While after a few minutes, activities resumed throughout the Main Green, the area around Sayles stayed relatively muted for an hour and a half, until the last protestors rose.
I asked everyone to leave so we could have our privacy.
Dear Sayles Hall,
How are you? For 133 years old, you’re looking great. You’ve been a loving host to student group rehearsals, SPEC events, and The Housing Games (RIP). Heck, you have even been to SPG! Have I mentioned you have the largest remaining Hutchings-Votey pipe organ in the world?! Seriously, thnks4themmrs and way to be you.
Hey, there is something I’ve wanted to talk to you about. I’ve been on staff here at BlogDH for three years and have never written a Flog. I’ve never really wanted to because I hate complaining and I seek to see the glass half-full as frequently as possible. Until now.
I’m quite bad at confrontation and don’t want this to come as a shock to you. Please bear with me as I try to express my feelings. I will even try to speak from the “I” perspective. What I’ve been meaning to tell you is that your bathrooms are literally the worst thing about this entire institution for higher learning.
Was that too harsh?
Let me explain myself. We can start by talking about the location of your facilities. Your only bathrooms are located in the basement of the building, which is an absurd amount of steps away from your third floor
dungeon. I could also get into all of the sense that your stairs lack, but I digress.
Given my abnormally small bladder, I always face this dilemma as to whether I should commit myself to hiking the literal Oregon Trail to get to your facilities or if I should just suffer the bladder discomfort. Also, seriously my bad if I’m taking this the wrong way, but it seems that you are proud of this trek and wear it as a badge of honorable character. You really shouldn’t, Sayles. I dare you to have one more sign telling me that your only bathrooms are located in the basement. Also stop sugar-coating it by calling it “the lower level.” It is the basement.
Spring is (kind of) here! The flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and the seniors are scrambling. Love is truly in the air. Statistics (that I made up) show that Tinder use is at an all time high as the weather heats up, and you might not have found that special someone whose body makes your body feel new and fun things. BUT FEAR NOT. Maybe you’re just aiming a little low, in terms of age. The hard-working folks at
BlogDH Tinder looked around the illustrious old white men of Brown’s past whose portraits grace the presence of Sayles Hall, just in case you’re looking for that special someone in the wrong place.
Sayles Hall // Scott Kingsley Photography
As an eventful Halloweek comes to a close tonight, take a break from the countless parties featuring your friends all sporting the same few costumes and take part in one of Brown’s most beloved traditions: the Midnight Halloween Organ Recital in Sayles Hall! Be sure to show up around midnight dressed in costumes for this super fun, super spooky event. You also might want to consider bringing a pillow or something comfortable to sit/lie on- the floor can be a little uncomfortable.