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Ren '23: Why not take a math class?

I was chatting with a friend the other day when I accidentally unearthed a source of deep psychological trauma — I asked her how math class was going. All the joy left her face in an instant, replaced with a curious mix of fear, panic and anger. Though this story is anecdotal, it reflects a rather ...


Fernandez '21: Resistance must continue in Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans made headlines around the world in the summer of 2019, when massive protests succeeded in forcing former governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign. Coverage died down after this so-called resolution, and Puerto Rico once again was left in the shadows as the United States’ forgotten colony. ...


Thomas '21: The case for learning a second language

A lifelong goal of mine is to become bilingual. Since coming to Brown, and especially since exploring more of the world and spending a semester abroad, I’ve come to see the value of knowing more than one language. In fact, I would argue that everyone should learn a second language. Learning a second ...


Han '23: On Kobe: As a Celtics fan, and as a daughter

On Sunday, Jan. 26, Kobe Bryant, his thirteen-year old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash. My heart stopped when my friend texted me with the news that he was gone. The world wasn’t prepared to deal with this — perhaps the greatest sports tragedy ever. If it took me, a lifelong ...


Douglas ’20: The Silent Minority

Brown is famous for its incredibly liberal student body. In 2016, only 1.8 percent of students said they planned on voting for President Donald Trump; more students supported Green Party candidate Jill Stein. In 2006, the most recent year for which data is available, a mere five percent of the student ...


Walsh '23: Democrats, appeal to America’s founding principles

Listen to a presidential candidate speak, tune into a debate on the House floor on C-SPAN or visit your representative’s “About” page on their website, and you’ll notice frequent appeals to true “American values.” Regardless of party, American politicians justify their positions by appealing ...


Reed '21: It’s time to get real, Dems

In a recent interview with the New York Times Editorial Board, Senator Bernie Sanders was asked how he would, as president, push his legislative agenda through a Mitch McConnell-controlled Senate. “(N)ot only will I be commander in chief, I will be organizer in chief,” Sanders answered. “I think ...


Aman '20: How to make clubs more inclusive

Last week, Rachael Schmidt ’21 wrote a column  arguing that clubs at Brown need to be inclusive. Schmidt argues that while clubs face logistical challenges in becoming more inclusive, they still have room to grow. But making clubs more inclusive isn’t as hard as Schmidt makes it out to be. She ...


Klein '20: Who will win the Super Bowl?

The early rounds of the 2020 NFL Playoffs were marked by upsets of the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, but the season’s final game will still be played between two powerhouses — the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Combined, the two teams recorded 25 regular season ...


Hall '20: Liberals need to think beyond horse race politics

Watching liberal political commentators talk about the 2020 presidential election, one starts to wonder whether the world will even continue to exist should Democrats lose. Trump’s victory four years ago was already hailed by European populists as an “apocalypse” for the centrist-liberal political ...


Ren '23: No more New Year’s resolutions for me

For the past few years, I have made New Year’s resolutions. For the past few years, I have also failed my New Year’s resolutions. This pattern is unsurprising. As someone who enjoys reading self-help books without actually doing any self-helping, I have always had a penchant for fruitless proclamations ...


Douglas '20: Dear Bruno, how do I write good?

Many undergraduates believe that they are strong writers; they got into Brown based partially upon their ability to write better than over 90 percent of other applicants, confirming their writing prowess and signaling that their craft need not be improved much further. In reality, that is often far ...

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