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Young ’19: What’s in a dinner?

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Young ’19: What’s in a dinner?

March 7, 2019 0 comments

Last week, the Brown community was rocked by an article in the Providence Journal detailing the role that the University played in coordinating a dinner for well-connected students hosted by a wealthy donor. Naturally, these allegations dominated our campus dialogue for the better part of a week.

Thompson GS, Lomax GS, Ferdinand-King GS: The URC must do more to support graduate students of color

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Thompson GS, Lomax GS, Ferdinand-King GS: The URC must do more to support graduate students of color

March 6, 2019 0 comments

In 2017, the Brown University Graduate School welcomed its “most diverse class to date,” boasting that 12 percent of incoming graduate students identified as members of a historically underrepresented group.

Sweeney ’20: Stop trying to get straight A’s

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Sweeney ’20: Stop trying to get straight A’s

March 5, 2019 0 comments

Nearly anyone on campus would hesitantly admit that it is common to sacrifice learning to obtain A’s in class. Even those who deeply desire to learn will often constrain themselves to get good grades, especially due to pressure from top graduate schools and employers that offer the promise of status and wealth.

Galen ’20: Divestment is the only responsible option

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Galen ’20: Divestment is the only responsible option

March 1, 2019 0 comments

The university recently announced plans  to aim for net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, with a 75 percent reduction below current levels by 2025. Brown’s net-zero goals are a great improvement – but by no means exceptional, given the scope of the ecological crisis facing our planet.

Torres ’22: There is no justification for perpetuations of inequality and elitism

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Torres ’22: There is no justification for perpetuations of inequality and elitism

March 1, 2019 0 comments

On Feb. 24, an article titled “VIP dinners offer peek at culture of privilege at Brown University” was published by the Providence Journal, detailing an exclusive and previously obscure tradition called the “Marty Granoff Dinner.”

Ricci GS: Bill Kristol is no ally against Trump

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Ricci GS: Bill Kristol is no ally against Trump

February 28, 2019 0 comments

Tonight at 5:30 p.m., Brown will welcome right-wing media personality Bill Kristol to campus for a discussion on the future of conservatism in America. Kristol, former editor of the now defunct neoconservative journal The Weekly Standard and a prominent proponent of the Iraq War, has experienced something of a revival […]

Kramer ’20: Brown alums should invest in Providence

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Kramer ’20: Brown alums should invest in Providence

February 26, 2019 0 comments

I think I speak for many Brown students in saying that Providence is the city we have unexpectedly fallen in love with. Over four years, we have come to call Providence our home, embracing its Italian flare and New England quintessence. The city that nestles College Hill gives us so […]

Bielenberg ’20: Don’t let legacy admission fall through the cracks

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Bielenberg ’20: Don’t let legacy admission fall through the cracks

February 20, 2019 0 comments

Last year, the Brown student body voted overwhelmingly to increase transparency around the practice of legacy admission — a vote organized by the #FullDisclosure campaign. In response, the University formed a committee to increase low-income student representation on campus, as reported by The Herald.

Jacobs ‘19: Philosophy, Politics and Economics is not overrated

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Jacobs ‘19: Philosophy, Politics and Economics is not overrated

February 14, 2019 0 comments

JPPE’s focus on PPE stems, not from admiration of Oxford, but instead from a genuine belief in the ideals of the interdisciplinary approach. The Journal has taken rigorous steps to separate itself from PPE’s history at Oxford and promote inclusion both on campus and off.

Pelsinger ’20: My time at UCS

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Pelsinger ’20: My time at UCS

February 5, 2019 0 comments

Serving as the Vice President of Brown’s Undergraduate Council of Students has been a joy and a privilege — one I will never forget. This semester I have a class, “AFRI 1030: Contesting the Carceral State,” that conflicts with UCS general body meetings and could not be accommodated logistically.