Blog Odds: Where will they put all the snow?

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If you left campus for the long weekend, consider never returning. The preposterous pyramid-spawning winter of 2015 has reached historic proportions. Though the weekend blizzard is over, the snow has really started to accumulate. Angell Street’s sidewalk is wide enough for 75% of a human. You can barely see the Ratty from Wayland Arch. The Henry Moore statue will be swallowed by snow drifts any day now. You can climb halfway up a tree on the Main Green by hiking up a snow bank. The poor Circle Dancers might drown!

The herculean efforts of Brown’s and Providence’s workers have helped keep pathways fairly clear — a big thank you is in order to them — but eventually we’re going to have to haul away a lot of this snow. And, since we don’t have this contraption or massive snow farms to haul away winter’s remnants, BlogDH is taking bets on how the University is going to deal with it all:

Dump it in the Bay – 6:1
A simple solution that Boston is considering, but it turns out this is pretty dangerous. Dumping could expose the oceans to rock salt and other toxic materials.

Fill the space-formerly-known-as-the-Gate – 3:2 
No word yet on how this old eatery is being used outside of package overload season. An indoor igloo/ice skating complex would be a major upgrade.

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A conversation with Elliot Grossman ’17 and Jake Small ’17

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If you’ve ever seen a boy in stripes walking shoeless in the rain or a bearded tree climber in a t-shirt and shorts in the snow, then you’ve discovered the wonders that are Jake Small ’17 and Elliot Grossman ’17. They’ve been sporting these looks since they arrived on campus last academic year. The two are somewhat of legends on campus, with many over the course of our talk coming up and saying hello, or commenting on their attire. With all the blizzards cramping our style, classes, and sanity, we here at Blog couldn’t help but wonder how our two fearless peers were faring in this snowpocalypse.

We got these two friends together to interview each other on the ins-and-outs of being Mother Nature’s best naysayers.

Elliot: I just want to start by pointing out that I am showing a lot more skin to the elements. I mean that’s a little bit more hardcore. I know this isn’t a competition, but I am also winning it. I mean, this guy is wearing a scarf, long sleeves, pants…

Jake: Do you have a problem with my scarf?

Elliot: My only problem with it is that it’s not colorful enough.

Jake: Okay, so do you own pants?

Elliot: I do own pants. I don’t own any jeans, however. I own cargo pants to go with my cargo shorts, and I wear them for labs in the very few cases when forced to. Like, once a week. If I can ever get out of wearing pants for a lab, though, I do. So pants are required, but sometimes they’re like “well, if you forget, we’re not going to make you go back and change.” And then I forget…for the rest of the semester.

(To Jake) Do you own any shoes?

Jake: (Pulls out flip flops) They don’t let me into the dining halls without them.

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Pollerbears: Excessive snow edition

Second highest point in Prov, after the Scili

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In case you have been living under a rock or winter in south Florida, Providence has become a bit of a winter hellscape wonderland in the past couple of weeks. Though the cold really is a pain, the extraordinary amount of snow has given us some opportunities for fun. Russell Carey ’91 MA’06 wrote the best email ever. The Pyramids of Giza showed up on the Main Green. Every bottle of peppermint schnapps on the East Side was purchased and consumed in the span of 24 hours last week (probably).

You see? There are plenty of fun ways to beat the cold. Now we want to know how you brave the New England winters.

The weather is... awful. How do you like to spend time when it's this snowy?

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Winter Storm Juno’s pal Linus headed to town

Where are they going to put all this snow?

Because Juno wasn’t enough, everyone please welcome Winter Storm Linus. Linus has already ripped through the midwest and is headed straight for us. Boston is predicted to get up to a foot and a half of snow, while Providence is slated to receive only a meager 10 inches. A winter storm warning for Providence is in effect from 9 p.m. tonight until 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Winter Storm Linus is sure to be meaner than Linus from Peanuts.

Winter Storm Linus is sure to be meaner than Linus from Peanuts.

A wintry mix later tomorrow means more ice–as if it wasn’t already impossible to walk at more than a glacial pace (see what I did there?????) on Providence’s nicely salted and shoveled sidewalks. And heavy snowfall, at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, tomorrow morning during rush hour will prove treacherous for commuters. Most Rhode Island public schools are closed tomorrow, according to the Providence Journal.

There’s been no word on class cancellations (we’re looking at you, Russell Carey), although I have already received emails from two professors about potential cancellations. Two snow days in a school year is unlikely, but not unprecedented following Winter Storm Sandy in 2012, which cancelled two days back to back. And even if the university remains open, be sure to check your email for individual class cancellations if professors can’t get to campus.

And, in a cruelly ironic twist, tomorrow is Groundhog Day. I guess that’s a good thing because the groundhog definitely won’t be able to see his shadow tomorrow. That being said, Providence is expecting snowfall two more days this week. Happy February everyone!

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Breaking: Classes Canceled for 1/27 On Account Snowmageddon

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An email from Russell Carey has just been sent to the Brown community announcing all classes and operations to be canceled on Tuesday, January 27th. RISD has also canceled all classes. Juno marks the third storm in 40 years to prompt Brown to cancel a full day of classes. Despite 2014 being reported as the warmest year in recorded history, this upcoming blizzard is already being called “historic.”

A couple of things for you to keep in mind:

  • The Ratty will be the only dining hall open tomorrow, with hours from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • The Blue Room will close at 6 tonight, instead of it’s typical 9 p.m. closing.
  • Brown Public Safety and Medical Services will still be fully operational.
  • Report any power outages to 401 963-7800.

And a couple of words of advice from Blog:

  • Stay indoors.
  • Snuggle for warmth.
  • Stock up on food (Odwalla bars?).
  • Watch Juno all day.
  • Enjoy!

[Update: Libraries are closing at 8 p.m. tonight and will remain closed all day Tuesday.]


PollerBears: Oh the weather outside is frightful…

#winterwonderland… Providence version.

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It’s November, which means a seemingly endless onslaught of heavy precipitation at temperatures just above freezing has begun. In the past few days, I’ve heard a myriad of terms used for the absolutely awful weather that most recently visited us on Monday.

So what is it? A wintry mix? Sleet? The Worst Thing? Let us know. In the meantime, we at BlogDH just wish it would snow already. Time to move to Buffalo.

What do you call that really unpleasant semi-solid precipitation we get so often?

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