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Post- December 6, 2012

Post- December 6, 2012

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Published by: The Brown Daily Herald on Dec 06, 2012
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Editor- and Editrix-in-Chief Clayton Aldern Jennie Young Carr Managing Editor of FeaturesZoë Hoffman Managing Editor of Arts &CultureAlexa TrearchisManaging Editor of LifestyleRémy Robert Features EditorKathy Nguyen Arts & Culture EditorsClaire LuchetteBen Resnik Lifestyle EditorCassie Packard Serif Sheriff Clara BeyerHamburger HelperAllison Hamburger Large Plaid AsianPhil Lai Staff WritersLily GoodspeedCaitlin KennedyAdam DavisMintaka AngellStaff IllustratorsMarissa IlardiMadeleine DenmanAdela WuSheila Sitaram
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 And so here we are. Te nals countdown. Tebottom o the bottle. For those o you that havebeen keeping track, this time around we decided togo with Maker’s Mark.It has been a good run, kids. We’ll miss you, but we know you’ll miss us more i everything has goneaccording to plan. (And we have no reason to believeit hasn’t.)Te unny thing about the apocalypse is that it’llgo down with us listening to Big D and the Kidsable. We always imagined “Nights in White Satin”or “And So It Goes.” At least some Pinot noir insteado these whisky-sevens. Tough, with that said, wedid manage to scrounge up some Diet 7-Up, which we werent even aware still existed. (7-Up: Innite-ly superior to Sprite, innitely inerior to the Su-per Nintendo game ollowing the adventures o the7-Up Spot.)Raise your end-o-the-world glasses to Zoë andClaire, who will be taking over at the top o themasthead, assuming we all outlive the Mayan calen-dar. We have high hopes. Especially considering theMayan calendar continues past 2012. What the *ck did the Mayans know anyway?Tey just invented zero.Farewell to Alexa, Rémy, and Cassie, who are leav-ing the Post- helm as well. Alexa is even entering the real world. Post- have mercy on her soul. Alexa: When the going gets tough, just remember that thetough get going! (Nothing like platitudes or inspi-ration.)Ha. Post-, post-apocalypse.It has been the utmost pleasure.apocalyptically and apocryphally,
 jennie and clay editors’ note
3 upfront 
emily post- // emily post- bad sex // beejtaking leave, and taking itwell // tanya singh
CoverEmily Reif Emily Post-Emily Reif Taking Leave, and Taking ItWellAdela WuHealing through HearingSheila SitaramA Hard Day’s Night ShiftMarissa IlardiDon’t “Baby” MeAlexa TrearchisHave Yourself a Sufjan Christ-masGrace SunBest of PotluckMadeleine Denman
5 arts & culture
a hard day’s night shift //alexa trearchisputting the art in liberal arts// jonathan goodman
6 arts & culture
don’t “baby” me // annikalichtenbaumhave yourself a sufjanchristmas // claire luchette
8 lifestyle
paris je t’aime // jenniferharlanpost- it notestop ten
4 features
healing through hearing //elizabeth callus
7 lifestyle
 best of potluck // rémyrobert brown smackdown // MM
drunk photo^
taking leave,and taking it well
oh, the places we’ll go
I’m not remotely artistic, nor am I a neuro-science concentrator. But beore I transerredto Brown as a sophomore last all, I spent a year working in a paint-your-own pottery studio, slicing up mice brains as a lab intern,and bumming around hostels in Eastern andCentral Europe. Te experiences, though in-teresting—I’d go back to Budapest in a heart-beat—proved somewhat trying.I hadn’t really careully designed my gapyear; all I knew was that I needed time away rom school. I had been a student or so long that I had lost sight o who I was outside o theclassroom. I had been a member o the type-A camp since middle school: super studious andinvolved in a well-rounded set o extracurricu-lars. aking time o ater my reshman year wasnt part o the original grand plan.I didn’t nd my lielong passion during my leave rom college. I didn’t have an “a-ha”moment in which I suddenly understood whoI was and where I was going in my lie. But Idid realize there is more to lie than school,and my world wouldn’t end with a poor examgrade. I could learn just as much rom talk-ing to a German nun or six hours on a busride rom Prague to Munich than I could ina class lecture. And or me, that was the bestoutcome I could have hoped or.Most universities are not supportive o student leave-taking, partly because the per-centage o students who graduate within ouryears actors into U.S. News college rankings.Brown, however, is a sea o ‘.5ers and gap-yeartakers. Around 200 Brown students eachyear take semester leaves. Obviously, every student’s story is dierent. While some takeleaves or nancial, medical, or psychologicalreasons, others seek to get out o the Brownbubble and to bridge their classroom experi-ences with “real world” ones.Brown is unique in that it actively encour-ages students to take time o rom school.Semester leaves were designed as part o Brown’s New Curriculum, instituted in 1969.Brown’s Curricular Resource Center (CRC)oers peer counseling to students considering taking leaves. CRC advisors, such as Brenda Zhang ’13.5, also strive to promote generalawareness o the option, whether or personal,nancial, medical, or academic reasons as a “curricular tool”—another means to urtherdevelop a liberal-arts education at Brown.Zhang spent all 2010 in Bloomington,Indiana, taking painting classes as well as in-terning or a nonprot ood co-op. Zhang elt that she “wasn’t taking advantage o all theopportunities Brown had to oer” and wasdriven by certain questions about hersel thatshe couldn’t answer on College Hill. During her leave, Zhang realized that even though asa high school senior, she choose Brown overa school solely dedicated to the ne arts, shecouldn’t just leave art behind. Upon her returnto Brown, she condently declared a con-centration in the Visual Arts. Furthermore,Zhang ound she was able to pick classes moresuited to her interests and dedicate her time tothe activities she was most passionate about.Similarly, in spring 2011, Rebecca Rast’13.5 took a semester leave to work or animmigrant justice organization in ucson, Arizona. Feeling burnt out rom Brown, Rastound that stepping away rom the university gave her the space to recharge and evaluate what she hoped to gain rom college.Brown is an incredible place, but it canalso be exhausting. We pride ourselves on be-ing a “happy” student body, but this gener-alization overshadows the reality that many students must overcome personal strugglesduring their time in college. A leave o ab-sence should not be viewed as time “o,” orthat implies we can be “on” only when we areenrolled as students. Compared to more tra-ditional academic institutions where volun-tary leave-taking is virtually unheard o, lessstigma exists within the discourse at Brown.Even so, some students hesitate to take leavesbecause they worry about getting o track.Lie, however, is not a conveyer belt, and a Brown education does not have a set start andnish. Students who want or need time away rom Brown shouldn’t eel like they’ve ailedin any way; it doesn’t mean that they’re “bad”at college. Brown provides students the greatliberty and responsibility to crat their owneducational experience. A leave o absencecan oer students the unique opportunity toreect upon what they’ve gained rom theirtime at college as well as recongure theirpaths at Brown. Ultimately, we have only ouryears here. aking a step back rom the Brownbubble may help some better understand how they want to spend them.
Illustration by Adela Wu
TANYA SINGHstaff writer
Dear Beej,Lately, my current long-term sexual  partner and I are trying to shake things up in our sex lives. We both have a pas-sion or ood, so we thought we’d try out some naughty snacking. Our rst go-round, we went or the classics. Whipped cream, chocolate sauce, strawberries. We started with sexy berry eating, moved onto localized whipped cream spraying, and then switched to random chocolate sauce drizzling. Te whole thing was a lot less sexy than we’d hoped—more like a messy ice cream sundae. Instead o having sex,we ended up showering (not the un kind,either). I had to wash my sheets, and I still  eel like I have Hershey’s syrup in my hair.Do you have any recommendations or  oods that are less messy in the bedroom?  Any particularly sexy recipes to spice things up? Sincerely,Need an Orderly Menu
Dear N.O.M.,Firstly, I might remind you that I ama sex columnist, not a ood writer. I dealin matters o love and carnal knowledge.Secondly, I am a rm believer in thesanctity o the bed. Te bed is a sacredplace, the warm stage o sweet lovemak-ing, reserved or the hallowed actionso *cking, sucking, blowing, tweak-ing, and squelching. Please, don’t eat inbed—it’s where you have sex.However, I am not at all opposed tointermingling eating and sex. Ater all,the two are bodily pleasures that share somany similarities: ingestion (o a kind),physical ulllment, insatiable appetites.My éclairs are described as “orgasmic”’;my orgasms, “éclair-like.” Don’t we all wish that “eating out” could be a bitmore delicious? Tat dining at a restau-rant could be a bit more like oral sex?My advice: Save the bed and bring sex to the table. Plan a beautiul home-cooked meal or your sex partner (Irecommend Tanksgiving-esque are),then in an act o surprise, lunge ontothe table. Embrace the ood etish: Rubmashed potatoes on the chest; batheyourselves in gravy; stu stung wher-ever you’d like to stu it. Cranberry sauce unctions doubly as lube.Ever heard R. Kelly’s “Sex in theKitchen”? ake the chorus to heart:
“Sex in the kitchen, over by the stove.Put you on the counter, by the buttered rolls.” 
 Also, in terms o “spicing things up,”a rub o jalapeño on the genitals certain-ly does a number. Bon appetìt!Beej
bad sex 
Dear Emily, As nals approach, I’ve practically takenup residence in Blue State. I’m there or at least a ew hours daily, mainlining cafeine and writing papers. At times, my mind— and eyes—wander, and I nd mysel think-ing about the cute barista who works there.We’ve had a ew brie conversations, and she always remembers my order, but I can’t tell whether she’s just being riendly or might re-ciprocate my interest. Can I ask her out? Is that creepy? Can’t Really Estimate Eerie Potential 
Darling CREEP,Rule o thumb: It is only creepy toask a girl out i you yoursel are creepy.It is not immediately apparent to Emily  whether you all into this unortunatecategory, though your concern about thisissue speaks in your avor. Tus, Emily o-ers this sequence o questions. I you ndyoursel answering “yes” with requency,please move out o your parents’ base-ment.Have you ever stared intently into a girl’s eyes until she cringed and lookedaway? When she looked back, were youstill staring?Do you reer to the act o opening a beer as decapitation?Do you like uchsia? Or chartreuse?Do you play an oboe?Do you smell women’s hair?Do you drink sherry?Do you have a pet hummingbird (orany pet) that you keep on a string?Do you draw hundreds o little amper-sands on your ogged-up mirror ater yourmorning shower?Do you know the exact pharmacologi-cal ormula or rooes?Have you ever seen a rooe?Have you ever woken up with a geckoin your mouth?I your answer to any o the above isyes, Emily recommends that you entera period o deep soul-searching. During this time, do not ask this young womanout. In act, do not ask anyone out. In-stead, contemplate how you can best ap-proximate the actions o a normal human.Emily has ew recommendations to make:She has been told that swilling gin andtonics while elegizing the lost art o cro-quet does not make or a normal human.However, i your answer to most o theabove is no, ask away! Avoid coee dates,or obvious reasons.Much love,Emily 
Illustration by Emily Rei  
EMILY POST-etiquette expert
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