Bench Press: Super Fun Highlights

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Welcome to Bench Press! My name is Lainie Rowland and I’m the starting quarterback on the football team, like to run marathons during my free time, and am currently in the process of qualifying for the Rio Olympics as a competitive ping pong player. I’m kidding, of course, but I do love sports and Brown, so I’m really excited to write about a combination of the two this year.

This weekend marked two things: Brown’s annual spring weekend concert and the beginning of real summer weather. Both of which are events to celebrate. Though the nice weather is probably more relevant to sports, I would still advise any potential students making matriculation decisions to consider how awesome our spring weekend lineup always is.

But in keeping with the sports theme, this time of year is great for everything outdoors-related. There are hiking trips and pick up games. There are meets to watch and teams to cheer. There is slack lining and frisbee throwing.

One outdoorsy Brown-related group/event/thing that I want to highlight is BOLT, Brown Outdoor Leadership Training, which is now accepting applications for its summer 2014 trip. It’s a trip for rising sophomores that I’ve heard from many people was a defining moment in their college experience. As its website states, “The fall program begins with a shared wilderness experience and continues on campus with a calendar of planned and activities and small group gatherings.”

Something else worth highlighting are all the intramural sport options that, no offense to winter, are so much more fun when played outside. I would recommend this to everyone no matter what school they go to or even what stage of life they are currently living. I don’t believe there is any substitute for playing a game outside with friends. In the Spring, Brown Rec offers soccer, flag football, softball, ultimate frisbee, corn hole doubles, badminton singles & doubles, squash and tennis singles (in addition to special events like wiffleball and golf tournaments).

My last highlight for the week are just the biking/running/walking/camping opportunities that Providence Brown offer. You can rent free bikes from Brown (FREE!!!), as well as incredibly inexpensive (basically free) camping equipment and gear. And I’m not an expert on any of this, but I know for a fact that no one I know has ever run out of routes to run around Providence. With the nicer weather, many people are choosing to run down by the river, which is very lovely and pleasant. There are parks galore and the bus (FREE for Brown students) can take you to destinations farther away than walking/running/biking distance (though for an accomplished biker, lots of places within Rhode Island are very bike-able).

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email lainie_rowland@brown.edu and I’ll get back to you!

 

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