great expectations

The Major Dilemma

losing concentration

One of the visitors’ parking lots at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood sits next to a giant wall painted to look like an ocean. The studio has its own water tower. And when he worked at Paramount, Scott Aversano ’91 could see palm trees from his office, which has gleaming wood floors and an electric-blue…


Creative by Design

eggs, art, and RISD living

A white jet stream slices through a robin’s-egg-blue sky and trails off with a curlicue. The silhouette of a cherry tree pierces the sky over College Hill, its blossoms not quite yet the magnificent pink they will become. Ben Noam sits on a yellow picnic blanket. The senior at the Rhode Island School of Design…

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From Formal Dances to Facebook Friending

in search of brown past, brown present, and the ever-elusive campus vibe

Emma went off to high school this year, and I won’t pretend I haven’t been keeping tabs on her–just a little bit. These things are just so easy to follow these days—the new sophomore boyfriend, the long list of assigned schoolbooks she’s already come to loathe, the stunning array of swear words she’s taken to…

GMail, Celebrity Children, “Hegemony”

Stuff Brown Students Like

Gmail It’s a widely known fact that everyone likes Gmail. Here at Brown University, though, we love Gmail more than anyone else. Consider this: can the normal Brown University student survive more than three hours without logging on to Gmail? The answer is no. All Brown students need to know immediately about course news, club events,…

Oatmeal, saying you’ll explore Providence, intending to go to lectures

Stuff Brown Students Like

Oatmeal: This stuff has Brown stamped all over it: It’s cheap enough for even the brokest among us, it’s vegan/gluten-free/kosher and probably satisfies any other weird dietary restriction Brunonians like to inflict on themselves, it’s got that vaguely hippie vibe, and it’s practically begging to be stolen from the Ratty. Seriously, what’s not to love?…