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Magaziner '69 and Maxwell '68: A curriculum for a new era

In 1967, a group of Brown students and faculty set out with the goal of improving education at Brown. The group's final report, authored primarily by Ira Magaziner '69 and Elliot Maxwell '68, led to the establishment of the New Curriculum at Brown. Today, the Open Jar Foundation is releasing a new edition ...


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Henriques '12: The not-so-ruthless Simmons legacy

I admit that after reading a recent column by Simon Liebling '12 ("The Simmons legacy," Sept. 29), I had to wonder if Liebling and I go to different schools. Apparently, Liebling attends a university brimming with wealthy elites that churns out top-notch research while leaving undergraduates floundering ...


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Cao '13: Be international, be Brown

It feels strange being international. The stereotype is that large groups of foreign students from a single country tend to stick together rather than blend in with the rest of the student body. I admit that I hang out with other Chinese students a lot — but not exclusively. Some international ...


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Paley '12: Remembering Steve

Last Wednesday, the world learned of the passing of Steve Jobs — entrepreneur, visionary and long-time CEO of Apple. Few in the history of mankind have dared to alter the way the entire world lives their daily lives, and even fewer have succeeded. In his 56 years, Jobs changed the way we interact ...


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Spencer-Salmon '14: In defense of the SciLi

In his most recent column ("Rock beats SciLi," Oct. 7), Chip Lebovitz '14 asserted that the long communal tables, bustling lobby and group study rooms at the Sciences Library create an atmosphere more conducive to social activities akin to "hanging out" as opposed to true, laser-pointed, marathon-session-style ...


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Enzerink GS: Thumbs down for lousy landlords

Throwing off the shackles of on-campus housing can be a relief. No more anxiety about the sleeping patterns of your randomly selected roommate, no more unannounced fire drills when you are just trying to take a shower, no more unwanted exposure to the compulsory Britney Spears spinning parties thrown ...


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Lebovitz '14: Rock beats SciLi

A recently completed Macroeconomics exam forced me to go underground last weekend, squirreling away in a library cubbyhole to simultaneously pound out problem sets and practice exams. I ended up studying in both of campus' two main libraries, the Rockefeller Library and the Sciences Library. So with ...


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Seol '14: A novel solution to the textbook problem

The steadily rising cost of textbooks is a problem that plagues all students. Opinions columnist Jan Cao '13 recently argued against costly textbooks ("Calculus and pirates," Sept. 28), citing students' "right to knowledge." And while Cao says, "I will not go so far as to suggest that we should all ...


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Spencer-Salmon '14: A false choice

I go to Brown's Focal Point page a lot. It's handy because, despite frequent navel-gazing, my thoughts­­ — and those of fellow students — about life goals usually don't go further than "I am he as you are he as you are me ... what?" The page description suggests that I should use ...


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Park '12: We are all subjects

There are a plethora of ways in which our society normalizes able-bodied people at the exclusion of those whose bodies are differently- or dis-abled. Ability or disability is judged at a glance, frozen in place with a stare, and in part separates those we consider capable subjects from incapable objects ...


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Tobias '12: Time to relax

No champagne was popped and no balls dropped, but last week marked the Jewish New Year. The time now between the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, is a period to reflect on the previous year. It is a time to take an accounting of one's self and one's deeds.


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Seda '12: Let's not forget Somalia

It is early summer in the year 2011, yet it feels like 1992 to the oldest residents of Somalia. For the second time in 20 years, a succession of days without rain has drained the soil and their hopes. The outlook is as bleak as ever. Family members are forced to pack their few belongings and abandon ...


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Kalyanpur '13: The golden age?

College is consistently and, quite frankly, too frequently heralded as the time of our lives. We are constantly reminded to appreciate these four years before we set out into the real world. It is the golden age of our own time. I find this exalted distinction far too disconcerting. When we graduate, ...


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Shanks '12.5: Dear white guy in my class

Dear white guy in my class. This is awkward. I know that you feel it, and I know that I feel it. But we can't get around it. We're going to have to talk about race. We're talking about identity — or class, American history, slavery or anything else that Europeans have been involved in on a state ...


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