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Moffat '13: Who is left if no one is right?

Public confidence in American political institutions is abysmal, and it is no great insight to recognize that our national psyche is suffering an identity crisis. Many succumb to the temptation to characterize the root problem as all those greedy, good-for-nothing politicians. While I do not want to ...


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Cao '13: Should we eat that much?

My roommate, who works the closing shift at the Friedman Cafe, called me up Friday night and said, "Would you mind coming to (the Sciences Library) and taking a couple of the leftover muffins for us? It's so sad to see them going into the dumpster. I feel like a rampage killer." I went there and took ...


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Editorial: Institutional diversity

As members of the class of 2015 may be noticing, Brown is fortunate to attract a diverse student body. Unfortunately, this diversity is not mirrored among the faculty. As The Herald reported in February, roughly one-third of Brown faculty are women, and one-fifth are members of  racial minorities. ...


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Johnson '14: A different kind of diversity

The Brown website describes its campus as a "vibrant, diverse community." But the truth is that the Brown campus is one of the least diverse places in the United States. The sheer homogeneity of the school is overwhelming. It is evident in almost every serious discussion and every poll taken of the ...


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Fast '12: Correct market forces, don't ignore them

The recent attempt by students to form a market for seats in courses with capped enrollment ("Econ caps spur black market controversy," Sept. 12) elicited a response from the University administration that was grossly insufficient in its redress of the factors that compel students to offer cash for ...


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Trupin '13: An African student's suggestions

I feel strongly that the African community at Brown could benefit from increased cohesion. As I argued in my final column of last semester ("The African Student's Burden," April 18), African students in higher education are generally subject to certain expectations regarding their ability to contribute ...


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Henriques '12: Honor to whom honor is due

As the summer in Washington, D.C., revealed leaders acting ever more stubborn and childish, thank goodness, at least, that we at Brown know how to be adults. Even at a school where the student body is, admittedly, a bit one-sided in its political leanings, we spend our four years here buffeted by diverse ...


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Seol '14: The program in lax medical education

"The goal of Brown's PLME is to graduate doctors, scholars and leaders in medicine who have been exposed to a wide, sensitizing view of the human condition." So reads the educational philosophy of Brown's Program in Liberal Medical Education. On paper, the spirit of the PLME is admirable. Train doctors ...


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Tobias '12: Free to learn

Welcome to Brown, first-years, and congratulations for making the foresighted decision to invest in your future. By now, you have cracked open a textbook or two, shopped several classes you never plan on taking and made some invaluable connections at Ratty lunch. Every step taken is an opportunity to ...


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Hefer '12: Productive debate among reasonable people

This fall, you'll find yourself engaged in familiar conversations. You'll be lounging on the Main Green or trying to get the Keeney hallway to stop spinning for just one second when a friend will say, "Those idiots in Congress ought to x!" or "The average person needs to realize that z!" What these ...


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Lebovitz '14: STEM degrees for green cards

Mid-September last year, members of Brown's activist student body took to the Main Green in what was the first act in their three-month-long campaign to rally support for the DREAM Act. The proposed federal DREAM Act would have provided undocumented immigrants with U.S. residency in exchange for their ...


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Chaz Kelsh '11: Learning to swim

For the last four years, I have had the privilege of telling friends and family back home that I went to school with the happiest students in America. Of the many things that have been great about Brown, that has been by far the best, and I think it's something we take for granted. We're beyond lucky ...


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Ben Hyman '11: Proud songsters

To the rain gods: Why? When the Class of 2011 had gotten used to warm, blue-skied Providence springtimes, why bid us farewell with a chilly, rain-soaked April and an even more depressing May? — More depressing, that is, because we were even more painfully aware of what we were missing.


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Claire Kiely '11: An economic approach to college

Economics uses a term called utility to refer to an individual's satisfaction or happiness at a given point in time. An individual's utility is expressed by a model or function that demonstrates how and from where a person derives their happiness. An individual actively "maximizes" the variables of ...


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Fast '12: In God we hope, in reason we trust

Brown's motto, "In Deo Speramus," is a vestige of the time of the University's founding, when our collected scientific knowledge often failed to protect us from nature's vicissitudes, whether they came in the form of plagues, floods, earthquakes or whatever else. In that era, it made sense for us to ...


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Crowell '13: Pot is actually illegal

In a recent opinions column ("In the drug war, keep your eyes on the real killer," April 22), Hunter Fast '12 was incensed by the suggestion that Brown students should be mindful of their participation in the illegal drug market. According to Fast, we should be proud to exercise our right to smoke marijuana, ...


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