Mei currently serves as a senior staff writer, following student activism on Brown's campus. She began as a staff writer for the Metro section, but found she is more passionate about issues relating to the university and its students. Mei is a double concentrator in BEO and psychology hailing from Phoenix, Arizona and is struggling to survive the New England weather. Outside of The Herald, she can be found running at the gym, or just about anywhere wrapped in a blanket, drinking black Starbucks coffee, and probably reading The Atlantic or watching Cosmopolitan on Snapchat.

Articles by Mei Novak (8)

Students for Justice in Palestine protested the Jewish Journeys event featuring Michael Douglas and Natan Sharansky earlier this month. Many involved with campus activism encounter mental, emotional and physical stress while trying to balance their academic and activist responsibilities.

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Schoolwork, advocacy place strain on student activists

February 18, 2016 64 comments

“There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on,” said David.

Students gather in Wilson to watch primary results. Campus student groups supported both Democratic and Republican candidates in New Hampshire, working to increase voter turnout.

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Students follow campaign trail to New Hampshire

February 10, 2016 1 comment

Many campaigns could not have been run without the support of student volunteers who spent their weekends canvassing through the snow.

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Campus life holds diversity retreat

February 2, 2016 0 comments

The Office of Campus Life and Student Services arranged a day-long retreat for its staff Jan. 19.

Student protesters gathered outside a lecture organized by the Brown/RISD Hillel featuring a chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, as well as actor Michael Douglas.

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Students protest Hillel-sponsored lecture

January 29, 2016 81 comments

Thursday night’s “Jewish Journeys” lecture in Salomon 101 took place amid a protest led by Students for Justice in Palestine.

Sanders’ supporters nearly double Clinton’s

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Sanders’ supporters nearly double Clinton’s

December 4, 2015 5 comments
This article is part of the series Fall 2015 Student Poll

About 45 percent of Brown undergrads plan to vote for Bernie Sanders on election day next fall, whereas about 22 percent, plan to vote for Hillary Clinton.


ACLU criticizes school resource officer role

November 4, 2015 1 comment

Steven Brown wrote a letter to the Pawtucket School District urging it to reconsider the presence of school resource officers in its schools.


Racist flyers found near campus

October 27, 2015 0 comments

Racist and anti-Semitic flyers were found in bags on the East Side of Providence Oct. 15, prompting Providence Police to shut down several blocks.

Alongside Jessica Brown’s pop culture plates, shoppers can find local pieces — including quirky greeting cards, jewelry made from skateboards, artisan mugs and tote bags — at Brown Shops Local in the Brown Bookstore.

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Bookstore pop-up supports local artists, economy

September 23, 2015 0 comments

A new pop-up inside the Brown Bookstore, Brown Shops Local, was launched earlier this month.

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