DSC00229Yes, this is a campus building crawl. Why would we do a building crawl, you ask? Because you, like us, are hopeless when it comes to following through on the promise you made to yourself at the beginning of the semester: finally exploring the campus and seeing all of the interesting goodies it has to offer … including its buildings.

Sure you’ve hung out with dinosaurs in the Valley Life Sciences Building or stood atop Wheeler Hall with some friends until dusk, but have you ever smoked a cigarette witnessed a heart-stopping sunset from one of the balconies in Eshleman Hall or had a nervous breakdown because you couldn’t find your way out of Dwinelle? Well, after reading this, read more »


This was on that new free-use white board thing on the ground floor of Dwinelle Hall yesterday morning. Google Translate says that “un topo carina!” means “a cute mouse!” in Italian.

Well, we’re sorry to inform you, anonymous — though kind-hearted — 8 a.m. Italian 1 student (Godspeed, by the way), that assessment is incorrect. This is most definitely a totoro. Which is like a billion times more awesome than even the cutest mouse. Respect!

Image Source: Jill Cowan

When we posted about Dwinelle Hall’s cryptic “Who is Barazani?” flyers earlier, and compared their presumed subject to Eddie Haskell and made other sundry sassy comments, we were actually kind of jumping the snarky gun. OK, really jumping the snarky gun.

It turns out that “Barazani” was referring to Moshe Barazani, who, from the looks of things, is considered a Zionist martyr. (Thanks, Googler.) Whoops. According to Gabe Weiner of the Israel Peace Initiative, the flyers were posted to generate interest in Israel Liberation Week, which, incidentally, started today.

Anyway, we certainly didn’t mean to disrespect anyone’s revered heroes by likening them to a scheming young brown-noser. Our apologies for that one. In our defense, though, we were right about at least one thing. When we walked into Dwinelle today, lo and behold, all was revealed on another set of flyers.

Israel Liberation Week [Zionist Freedom Alliance]


Who is Barazani?

We have no idea, but we’d bet our left nut we’re going to find out in due time. And that whoever Barazani is, he/she/it is probably not as worthy of speculation as this flyer seems to imply. There were a bunch of these hung up on bulletin boards in Dwinelle Hall. Has anyone seen them anywhere else? Anyone actually know what they’re advertising? All we know right now is this middle school-ish creeper’s piercingly sardonic gaze and perfectly-groomed eyebrows will be haunting our dreams for at least a week.

Image Source: Jill Cowan

They would tell you how beautiful and gorgeous you all are. No seriously. Just venture into the women’s restroom of Dwinelle Hall and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

We don’t know what it is about having to sit down to pee, but something about it makes women feel like they need to let it all out. Stories of rape, love, support and anger color the walls. Even toilet paper dispensers become someone’s personal tablet.

Are the messages scrawled in the restrooms meaningful? Or are they remnants of a high school pastime, the last mark of teenage years?

Some are serious, garnering responses from other visitors and creating a sort of restroom community.

It’s different from high school, though. There aren’t insults or insinuations that so-and-so is a whore. No, most of the scribblings reflect on love. And vibrators.

But which one is our favorite? That’s easy.

Freshman is sucks indeed.

Browse the thumbnails to see what the ladies are talking about.