Art School(ed): JISD, a RISD neighbor in the blogosphere


In the spring of 2013, a new blog erupted on the RISD cyber scene. Down the hill from the Main Green, Jen Berry started posting a comic series, JISD, informed by all she had experienced throughout RISD’s Foundation year. (Foundation year is RISD terminology for the freshman class’ mandatory, studio-intensive curriculum. Along with two introductory liberal arts courses per term, freshmen must take all three of the 8-hour long Foundation studio courses in the fall and spring semester: Drawing, Design, and Spatial Dynamics. RISD freshmen can be recognized by the charcoal under their fingernails and the bags under their eyes.)

JISD took the bounty of absurd material from this sleepless year and transformed it into an entertaining and witty comic series that can make any Foundation year rosier and more bearable. JISD pulls back the curtain and serves as an accurate lens into the lifestyle of a typical RISD student (if such a thing as a “typical RISD student” exists). Now a sophomore, Berry pens more about rising from the bottom of the RISD food chain and spending her first year in a declared major. Art School(ed) got up close and personal with this art school blogging legend, after the jump. Continue Reading

WTF is happening on the Main Green? Nature: It exists

Copyright David Oyer Nature Photography

Here’s something I didn’t consider in my college decision: adventurous romps through the wilderness of the Main Green. This first priceless snapshot, taken by your intrepid reporter, depicts an animal species that my research indicates was a “bird” eating another animal species that my research indicates was a “small rodent.” By my own admission, after seeing more pictures taken by people with better phone cameras and/or who weren’t too scared to go closer to this rapacious beast, I will admit that my initial diagnosis of “dead rabbit” would more accurately be put as “dead squirrel.” Here’s a better picture, taken by someone who probably had a real camera:

Our New Mascot?

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The Housing Games: The Hunger Games at Brown

May the odds ever be in your favor!The Hunger Games movie is coming out this Friday, and to say we’re excited is a bit of an understatement. We’ve listened to the soundtrack, watched the trailers (five times), and even have begun to play the game “RISD outfit or Capitol citizen?”

To celebrate our age-inappropriate excitement for the wholesale, post-apocalyptic slaughter of adolescents, BlogDH reimagines the world of District 12 here on College Hill:

It’s sometime in the indefinite future. Brown’s endowment is gone, and to make money, the Corporation has started The Housing Games—a nationally televised event where Americans can feed their schadenfreude and watch freshman Ivy Leaguers fight to the death.

But freshmen eagerly look forward to the competitions: awaiting everyone in the winner’s dorm is priority housing, early registration, and 500 flex points.

So fame, mortal danger, and a whole lot of Blue Room sandwiches lie ahead.

May the odds ever be in your favor, and let the Housing Games begin!

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Who Run the World? Squirrels: An Exposé

They’re climbing in Brown’s trash cans. They’re snatching your old food up.  But seriously, have you noticed how fat squirrels have gotten recently? No, it’s not the Freshman 15 (or the Freshman 7.8, per Brown Med. School Research). You don’t need to hide your kids, hide your wife or hide your husbands, but you should be warned that these squirrels are quite the feisty and ravenous little rodents.

Where them squirrels at on campus? They run this motha! They’re constantly scavenging in the trash cans at Grad Center, leaping out at people in front of Archibald, scurrying across the Main Green and getting their little paws on any trace of food they can get, banana peels (weirdly, quite frequently) included. Winter’s a comin’, and these bad boys are preparing for hibernation. Consequently, Brunonians avoid these creatures like the plague.  Continue Reading