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Jack Wrenn ScM'18 PhD'21 is a Herald gadflyop-ed contributor and staff columnist. By day, he researches the intersection of programming languages and computing education. By night, he lectures on the challenges of collegiate beekeeping, holds court with the Church of Darkness, and scours Brown's tunnels, attics and roofs to document its deepest secrets. He once turned the Sunlab into an electric organ, too. If you have questions about Brown University's history, Jack has answers.

Articles by John Wrenn (8)

Wrenn GS: The surveillance school

Columns, Opinions

Wrenn GS: The surveillance school

March 28, 2021 1 comment

In the past several years, it has been fashionable to gawk in horror at China’s “social credit system,” an all-encompassing integration of surveillance, finance and state.

Brown University leveled 51 buildings in 1950 to clear the way for Wriston Quad.

Columns, Opinions

Wrenn GS: College Hill’s Grim Reaper

March 18, 2021 3 comments

Since January, Brown has sought to exclude five University buildings — the Orwig Music Hall (c. 1850), Grant-Fulton Recital Hall (c. 1845), King House (c. 1895), 137 Waterman St. (c. 1910) and 190 Hope St. (c. 1865) — from a historic district proposed by the Providence Preservation Society.

Wrenn GS: Brown’s war on drugs

Columns, Opinions

Wrenn GS: Brown’s war on drugs

February 24, 2021 1 comment

Fifty years since Richard Nixon declared drug abuse “public enemy number one,” much of America now reflects with horror. The ruthless criminalization of certain substances has entrenched systemic inequalities, ostracized addicts, criminalized recreational users and withheld life-altering medical treatments…

Three members of Boundless, a student urban exploration group operating in the mid-2000s, gaze out on Providence from the roof of the Sciences Library on the misty midnight of April 28, 2007.

Columns, Opinions

Wrenn GS: Brunonia’s Oldest Tradition

February 12, 2021 1 comment

Since our University first crowned campus with its Edifice (now University Hall), a league of extraordinary Brunonians have sought to summit its roofs, survey every nook and sneak through its tunnels.

Wrenn GS: Sex, Smut and Streakers

Columns, Opinions

Wrenn GS: Sex, Smut and Streakers

January 27, 2021 0 comments

“Brown University, by everyone’s definition is the Ivy League brothel,” once reported the Dartmouth Review in 1986. But does Brown really stack up to this lofty reputation? And, are our hallowed, time-honored traditions safe from the puritanical tyranny of University Hall? Respectively: yes and no.

Wrenn MS’18 PhD’21: Fact-Checking the UCS Executive Board’s Herald Letter: A Historical Perspective

Op-eds, Opinions

Wrenn MS’18 PhD’21: Fact-Checking the UCS Executive Board’s Herald Letter: A Historical Perspective

May 24, 2020 Comments are Disabled

In their May 15 letter to the editor, the Executive Board of the Undergraduate Council of Students appealed to the Brown community that the Class Coordinating Board is not an official form of student government: 

Letter: Public condemnation by CS HTAs further isolates students

Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Letter: Public condemnation by CS HTAs further isolates students

September 8, 2019 Comments are Disabled

To the Editor: As a computing education researcher, a teaching assistant and, most importantly, an equal member of the CS community, I was deeply dismayed by the April 25 letter by Head Teaching Assistants for CSCI 0150: “Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science.”

Letter: The Herald must appoint a public editor

Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Letter: The Herald must appoint a public editor

March 13, 2019 Comments are Disabled

To the Editor: In the wake of the Providence Journal’s exposé of Martin Granoff’s P ’93 exclusive dinners, numerous students took to the Dear Blueno Facebook page to criticize The Brown Daily Herald — the supposed premier source for news about Brown — for missing the scoop.