As #ADOCH2017 comes to an end, the Admissions Office and our hardworking team of ADOCH volunteers hope you had a wonderful visit to College Hill. We really hope we helped you feel at home during these past couple of days, but many of you might still have some tough decisions to make. If we weren’t able to show you otherwise, we’d like to emphasize some reasons why we love calling Brown our home, and why you should call Brown your home too. Here’ we’ve highlighted some of our favorite campus traditions that have really defined for us what it means to be a Brown student.
The Van Wickle Gates, the grand entrance to campus, are opened only three times a year. The first time is to welcome the incoming freshmen class, where every student walks through the gates to be cheered on by fellow Brown students and professors.
Faculty and staff bring their fluffy animals to the green to ease student stress during midterm week. The Brown Class Board even sponsors Heavy Petting events, bringing cute farm animals such as rabbits, ducks, and piglets to Wriston Quad.
Midnight Organ Concerts
Every year at midnight on Halloween, students gather in Sayles Hall to listen to the University organist play a selection of Halloween-themed music. Brown University hosts the largest remaining Hutchings-Votey organ in the world.
No need to stress about classes right when you start the semester. Brown allows for students to “shop” as many classes as they please for two weeks before finalizing their selection. Shopping Period allows for students to explore and choose various classes they might be curious about.
We’re part of traditions down the hill too! Throughout the fall on weekend evenings, students and Providence residence gather downtown for WaterFire Providence: a sculpture of over eighty sparkling bonfires installed on three rivers of downtown Providence. WaterFire Providence has revitalized the city, encouraging a new community in Rhode Island and appreciation for innovative forms of art.
Dining Hall Traditions
With extensive options offered on campus, there’s always something to look forward to in every part of the week. When the weather’s nice, have a picnic with your friends on Wriston Quad with take-out from the Ratty, Brown’s biggest dining hall. On Friday afternoons, go to Verney-Woolley (also known as “V-Dub”) for Chicken Finger Friday and enjoy the music that blasts throughout the dining hall. There even goes a saying TGICFF: “Thank God it’s Chicken Finger Friday”. On weekends, get a late-night eat at Josiah’s Eatery, and split some delicious fries or a “Spicy With” with your friends.
We have traditions for off-campus dining as well: take on the Loui Challenge by pulling an all-nighter and getting a breakfast complete with eggs and pancakes before the sunrises over Providence at 5 AM.
Ivy Film Festival
Ivy Film Festival is one of the largest student-run film festivals in the world, hosted right here on Brown’s campus. Events include free movie screenings, panel discussions, lectures, simulations, and workshops throughout the week. Last year, IFF invited actor Robert De Niro to take part in a screening and discussion about a documentary featuring his father’s life as an artist.
The night before the Spring Weekend performances, The SPEC Carnival on the Main Green featured games, inflatable obstacle courses, performances and booths from various student groups.
Considered one of the best college music festivals in the country, Spring Weekend transforms the main green into a concert venue. Headliners in the past have included: Fetty Wap, Mac DeMarco, Tinache, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, and more.
While the line-up of artists change every year for Spring Weekend, artist Dave Binder has been performing every Sunday afternoon to conclude the Spring Weekend festivities since 1987. He not only plays classics such as “Sweet Caroline” and “Piano Man,” but also has his own songs that only Brown students can sing along and dance to every year.
One of Brown’s best-loved Reunion and Commencement traditions, the Campus Dance brings over 11,000 people to Brown to dance the night away under a sky lit with over 600 paper lanterns. The evening joins together graduating seniors and their families, alumni of all ages, and Brown faculty and staff. Everyone enjoys meeting old classmates, seeing favorite professors, and being with friends and family.
The Van Wickle Gates open for one last time of the academic year at Commencement for our graduating class. While it is bittersweet that our graduating students must say their goodbyes, Brown is and will always be home.
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Class of 2021. We hope to see you all this fall, and we can’t wait for you to be apart of these traditions too.