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Topic: student life

Facing logistical challenges with the pandemic, UCS and UFB turn towards virtual campaigning for spring elections.

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UCS, UFB kick off 2021 spring election season

March 1, 2021 0 comments

The Undergraduate Council of Students kicked off the first completely virtual UCS and Undergraduate Finance Board spring election process with an email to the student body last Tuesday. 

Two seniors launch new buying and selling platform, Zaar

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Two seniors launch new buying and selling platform, Zaar

February 24, 2021 0 comments

Two months ago, Kaitlyn Cook ’21 posted several of her unused household items — dresses, a toaster, a Brita filter, rugs and more — on the “Brown University Buying and Selling” Facebook page. With more than 8,000 members, she figured she’d be able to sell the items easily. But days […]

The Grad Center Bar drew crowds of students prior to the onset of COVID-19 restrictions, with students celebrating 21st birthdays, alumni weekend, graduate student recruitment events or even just regular Friday nights.

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Graduate Center Bar faces an uncertain future, remains closed at University’s discretion

February 18, 2021 0 comments

On a typical Saturday night early last year, students might have been packed into the Graduate Center Bar. They would order from the bar’s extensive beer menu (Tecate, Lord Hobo, Fiddlehead and many, many more) then cart pitchers, popcorn and cocktails back through crowded tables, bumping elbows along the way. 

Student reflect on challenges, benefits of online learning


Student reflect on challenges, benefits of online learning

February 11, 2021 0 comments

For many University students, the shift to remote learning has also necessitated a shift in study habits. Many have found it difficult to stay connected with other students through the screen, a disconnect which can negatively impact the virtual classroom experience.

Compared to the fall semester, students’ spring study locations more closely match the plans they had declared in a survey over the summer. First-year students have the largest proportion living on campus, reaching nearly 88.5 percent.

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In second full semester during the pandemic, almost half of undergraduate students to be living on-campus

January 25, 2021 0 comments

Nearly half of all enrolled students are living on campus or in University-leased housing this semester, according to data provided to The Herald by Dean of the College Rashid Zia ’01. Only 15 percent of enrolled students are studying remotely this spring, and 36.1 percent are living off campus or commuting.

Though not on campus for the fall semester, first-year students find deeper connections and build community through the BRANCH FYE program.

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First-years at Brown find connection, community through BRANCH, despite virtual setting

November 22, 2020 0 comments

When Jessie Deschenes ’24 opened yet another Today@Brown email early this fall offering a “community building opportunity for first years,” she was unsure about joining.

University organist Mark Steinbach, dressed as Dracula, performed for over 300 people via Zoom on Halloween.

Arts & Culture

Steinbach haunts in first virtual Halloween Midnight Organ Recital

November 1, 2020 2 comments

University Organist Mark Steinbach, dressed as Dracula, virtually emerged from his coffin in a live-streamed rendition of the annual Halloween Midnight Organ Recital Saturday night. Over 300 people enjoyed the recital — which commenced at midnight — from the comfort of their own electronic devices.

The unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic caused this summer to be the busiest in CAPS history, according to the program’s director Will Meek. As classes started again, isolation and work-life balance have worsened the mental health of many students.

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“They basically had their lives ripped from under them”: Students grapple with mental health concerns amidst an unexpected academic year

October 13, 2020 0 comments

As colleges shut down across the country in March, many students saw their lives completely change without warning. Intensely packed days scrambling to classes around campus turned into days spent parked in front of computer screens while scattered around the globe.

Students’ residence halls are gradually being repopulated as students return to campus. RPLs work to promote health and safety in the on-campus community.

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RPLs plan for atypical dorm experience this fall semester

September 20, 2020 1 comment

For Natalia Brown ’23, the decision to return as an in-person Residential Peer Leader was not an easy one. When the University announced its phased opening plan, she considered pulling out of the RPL program entirely. “It was almost too much stress,” Brown said.

The Graduate Center Bar represents a central place of community for Brown alumni and current students. But, as the GCB closed its doors amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, campus community members have put energy toward fundraising efforts to keep the bar running.

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In midst of COVID-19 pandemic, community aids GCB

April 16, 2020 1 comment

Ever since Susan Yund became manager of the Graduate Center Bar in 1994, Brown students and faculty could always count on the bar to open its doors every night for good drinks and good company.