Author Archives for Sam Crausman

Irrational Door Locking


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I’m bold enough to admit when I have a problem. Something about dorm living makes me feel insecure. Maybe it’s that so many people are living in one place and I only know a small fraction of them; maybe I’m just paranoid. In any case, I’m incredibly irrational about locking... Read More


The Real Ratty Problem


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Students have been vocal about the recent changes made to the Ratty.  Through discussions with friends, the general consensus seems to be that the renovations have opened up the space more, but the locations of certain food items, such as peanut butter and soy milk, are inconvenient. Many have voiced... Read More


From Mean Girls to Cake Wars


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If I had to paint a portrait generalizing my experiences over winter break, it would be a tearcolored (like watercolor, but with my tears) painting of me, lying on a couch with a Christmas blanket and watching TV. For reasons that will remain unwritten due to their upsetting nature, as... Read More


Goodbye, Shoes


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Call me a stereotypical gal, but I love shoes! From sneakers to boots, flip flops to high tops, my shoes not only take me where I need to go, but also absorb the memories of all the places I’ve been.  They’re wearable scrapbooks, if you will. As you can tell, I’m... Read More


It’s Christmas!


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Halloween is officially over. It’s November, and you know what that means—the Christmas season is upon us! That’s right, Christmas is right around the corner, the corner of Jack-o’-Lantern Avenue and Snowflake Street.  Nothing standing in the way. Nope. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Not one thing…Ugh, fine! Except…Thanksgiving.


Shame on Me: Urban Outfitters Guilt


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One of the most popular spots in good ole PVD is Thayer Street. It’s so accessible for us Brown students; I mean, it’s right Thayer! Get it? Thayer/there? Ha! Thayer has eateries to satisfy any craving, a CVS, and…an Urban Outfitters.  I have a real love-hate relationship with Urban, the hangout for... Read More


Annoying Walkers


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Lately around campus, people have been annoying me more than usual.  Too often I find myself walking somewhere and minding my own business, when suddenly someone comes up right behind me and tailgates me. It’s not like I can turn around and yell at someone because their footsteps are aggravating... Read More


The Transformative Power of Hats


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Freshman year was not easy for me. I anticipated immediately finding that camaraderie and love of the institution that everyone talks about, but ended up spending much of my first year wandering around campus feeling kinda lost. Eventually, I settled into an amazing friend group, and I felt like things couldn’t possibly get... Read More


Regretting Facebook


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Ah, Facebook.  A wonderful archive of posts that I will eventually regret.  Over the summer, I was discussing this phenomenon with my sister as I scrolled down my wall in search of a status I made on my thirteenth birthday, reading: “OH MY GIZZLE. I’M THIRTEEN NOW!!!” (Unfortunately, this status... Read More


Uber Five-Star Guilt


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I think it’s safe to say that pretty much everyone has used Uber.  It’s certainly easy enough: link up a credit card, set your pickup and drop-off locations, and voila! You’re off to your destination in Vlad’s gray sedan. When you arrive at your location and wave goodbye to Vlad,... Read More