Welcome to the third episode of The Heraldās new podcast series, āOn The Green,ā where we talk to Brown students ā yes, on the Main Green ā and across campus, and ask them to tell us about an aspect of their Brown experience and memories from their time at college.
In this episode, we spoke to students about their most cherished photographs on Brownās campus and the importance behind them. Studentsā responses ranged from a special beach trip, Spring Weekend memories, a wild night out and a weekly dinner tradition.Ģż
These photos all had one thing in common ā more than the picture itself, it was the memory behind the flic that made it a keeper.
Iām Jaanu Ramesh, a podcast producer and contributing writer.Ģż
And Iām Tevah Gevelber, also a podcast producer and staff writer.
This is āOn The Green.ā
As a first-year, the subject of our first interview has had very few nights on College Hill. Still, one photo instantly came to mind. Cece Bartin ā27 chose a picture from, what was ā overall ā a great night. (Youāll get the joke in a second).Ģż
The beginning of the month, me and my friends went to like one of the DTau parties. And, it was actually felt like a college party. Because it was like, in a sketchy basement. It was fun. I was gonna change into party clothes, and then my friend was like āWait, I have matching overalls.ā So we wore matching overalls to the party, and we were really totally off-theme because it was a jersey-themed party which we didnāt know. We just wandered around campus after that, and met a whole group of people which was cool.
Cece and her friend took a photo together in their overalls, which already represents a cherished memory.
For Carlos Delgado ā25, it was also a memory of one particular night in the heart of campus that stood out to him.
I have a picture of my first year, itās kind of unconventional because it was towards the end of my fall semester, during a really dark time where I was considering dropping out. And there was this night where I couldnāt sleep at all and I walked around campus. And this was during a time where buildings were open.Ģż
So I went into Sayles Hall, and in Sayles Hall it was set up for a performance and I remember it was empty, and I went to the far end and I took a picture of the entire building. And I decided to stay when I saw everything, not just because of how grand everything looked, but because I realized my place at Brown mattered in the sense that I lasted this long, and I might as well finish something I started. Things have looked much better, much worse since then, but that picture is really special to me because in the middle of the night I woke up to where I was and why I was here.
For senior Michelle Gibble ā24, a photo sums up her found family at Brown.Ģż
I have a photo thatās hanging on my fridge right now, and itās really special to me because it was a photo of my four best friends at Brown University. And it was taken during Spring Weekend when I was a sophomore. But itās really important to me because the four of us, I feel like never get pictures together. Itās really hard to get all of the people that are important to you in one photo. But mostly, itās important to me because for my birthday, one of my really good friends printed it into a magnet, and itās hung up on my fridge and itās still on the fridge of the home that I share with my three best friends and roommates. And, so itās a reminder of the fact that not only did I come to Brown to find great career opportunities and a great education, but to find people that I love and to have a found family.Ģż
So, thatās why itās really important to me, and itās all of us smiling and super happy because weāre at Spring Weekend and weāre in a space of so many people that all love each other. And so many people that have supported me through my whole time and Brown, so I think itās just a kind of a little magical magical photo because itās me and my family surrounded by our even bigger family that is Brown.
Michelleās magnetic memento isnāt the only alternative to cherished digital photos. Vikas Rana ā24, another senior at Brown, shared a photo that he captured on film.
The photo Iām thinking of is a film picture of a sunset at Barrington Beach. Barrington Beach was a place my friends and I went to a lot freshman year in the summer semester that freshmen in the class of 2024 had, but we would go to the beach all the time and it was a lot of fun. And we go there less now because everyoneās more busy, but the sunsets at Barrington are some of the best, right over the water and the sky glows up.
For freshman Abby Orozco ā27, it was another nature photo that caught her eye. She describes a tradition that sheās just beginning to form with her friends. But this wasnāt exactly a sunset picā¦
Me and my friends, we went to Boston last weekend, to cool off from midterms, and we saw this huge mushroom, I think that mushroom was at least two feet big in size. And one of my friends, he looked at it, and we both had the same idea to kick it, but I didnāt want to kick it. And he was like, āIām gonna kick it,ā and Iām like, āDonāt kick it,ā but it was really nice because it just reminded me of the free time I get with my friends, and I donāt usually get to do this back in ColoradoĢż ā and Boston was just so nice, especially after midterms. That one mushroom picture just reminds me of how I get to have free time with my friends after midterms.
Isabelle Sharon ā24 shared a picture from a weekly Friday dinner she does with her friends, one that has lasted for years.
I chose a photo of āFancy Fridayā which is this thing my friend group does every Friday. People dress up to varying degrees. Some people dress up really fancy. Weāve been slacking, so some people dress up not very fancy. I think weāve been doing it since sophomore year after we got back from the pandemic as a way to wear fancy clothes, you know, we have nothing to go to in fancy clothes, so you have to make an occasion. And I think we picked Joās because some of our friends actually like Joās and the rest of us thought it was ironic that weāre wearing fancy clothes at Joās.
The Fancy Friday tradition actually revolves around a ritual of taking pictures.Ģż
Every week we take a selfie, so the photo is all of us around the table, and this past week, one of my friendās parents also came and his brother who is visiting, so we put a couple tables together at Joās and there were like 15, 20 people all in a line.
Itās important to me because itās a tradition that brings a lot of our different friends together. I think on campus, people live really busy and separate lives, which in some ways is really great to be independent. But itās nice to have things that bring people together, even if theyāre really small and stupid like this is. That doesnāt matter, itās just the fact of having a routine and having something that youāre like āOk, itās Friday at 6 p.m., weāre going to Joās,ā and itās been a really great way for me to meet friends of friends and build community at Brown.Ģż
And Isabelle says you, too, can join this tradition.Ģż
Anybody is welcome, so if you show up Fridays, every Friday, 6 p.m. ā it might be a little harder to spot us now that some of us donāt all wear fancy clothes, but weāre normally at a pretty big table. If you go up and ask, āIs this Fancy Friday,ā we will say yes, and you can hang out with us, and weāre all really great.
Thatās it for this weekās episode of āOn The Green.ā Tune in next week for another round of stories and thoughts from fellow Brown students. And be sure to check out our other weekly news podcast āThe Bruno Brief.ā
This episode was reported by me, Tevah Gevelber, Jaanu Ramesh, and produced by Finn Kirkpatrick and Jacob Smollen, scripted by me and Jaanu Ramesh and edited by Tom Li, Jacob Smollen and Talia Sherman. If you like what you hear, subscribe to Brown Daily Herald podcasts wherever you like to listen and leave a review. Thanks for listening. We'll see you next week.
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