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Dominic Mhiripiri '12: On history's most overrated man

I was present on the Main Green in May when thousands of people gave Nelson Mandela a rapturous standing ovation in absentia. Alongside Morgan Freeman and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Rohde, the former president of South Africa was receiving an honorary degree from Brown. The award recognized ...


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Sarah Yu '11: More A's are okay

We've probably all been there — looking up a final transcript on Banner and seeing that dreaded "B" letter grade. The subsequent feeling is something akin to the final landing of a punch in the gut that you've been anticipating for a while, knowing that there was no one to blame but yourself for ...


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Manas Gautam '12: Are you scared yet?

In most of the Asian education systems, students have to take entrance examinations for admission to engineering, business or medical colleges. Depending on a student's performance on just one test, the student is given a rank. In India, a university might have 3,000 spots to fill (after a 50 percent ...


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Terrence George '13: I support Richard Rodi

As the trees shed their leaves and restless New England winds foretell winter, there is an inclination among Brunonians to draw into their work and away from the community. One community issue, however, that students cannot afford to ignore is the local and state elections this November.


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Sarah Rosenthal '11: Sex, tangentially

Two incidents have caught the nation's attention in the past two weeks. In one, a Rutgers freshman named Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate filmed him having sex with another man and put the video online. In the other, a recent Duke graduate named Karen Owen sent ...


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Deniz Ilgen '13: Expanding horizons

One of the amazing characteristics that distinguishes Brown from other universities in the United States is its diverse student body. Everywhere you look, there's bound to be another student from some place in the world you've always dreamt of visiting or from a country of which you've never even heard. ...


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Susannah Kroeber '11: Raising our Brown taxes

Disclaimer: This column may contain information unpalatable to Brunonians of all political affiliations, socioeconomic classes and other societal groupings. The most unpopular debate on Capitol Hill is always taxes. No matter how many times the Obama administration points to the deficit, Congress will ...


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Yue Wang '12: Learn to be American

I want to assimilate. After all, it sounds fair that, to live in this land, one must learn the American language and the American way. So I sat down and made a list of things to which I must adapt. Item one: speak English. Check. Next?


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Mike Johnson '11: Keeping the faith

In his column "God and man at Brown" (Sept. 21), David Sheffield '11 claims, "A religious university is conflicted on a fundamental level." However, it is his column that is fundamentally flawed. Through the use of twisted logic and poor, if any, research, Sheffield claims that religious schools are ...


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Hunter Fast '12: Make the DREAM a reality

The recent defeat of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act by a Republican filibuster in the Senate has cast new light on the sorry condition of immigration politics in the United States. While the bill does nothing more than temporarily set up a path to citizenship for undocumented ...


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William Tomasko '13: Dealing with the Facebook

Last Friday, "The Social Network" swooped into movie theaters across the country, earning sky-high reviews and a "98 percent fresh" rating from RottenTomatoes.com. The movie describes how Facebook was founded, offering a creation myth for the addictive, ubiquitous website.


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Michelle Uhrick '11: Farewell to the Tea Party

Many of my friends would like to consider themselves good-natured socialist-populists. Aside from the fact that they won't be running for office anytime in the near future, this means that they consider themselves to be open-minded yet distinctly anti-establishment political thinkers. And like many ...


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Jeremy Feigenbaum '11: I support Chris Blazejewski

Too often, I hear students tell me that politics is always about voting for the lesser of two evils. Liberal Brown students sometimes complain that no candidate in a race fully represents their interests. And while I tend to disagree and believe that the Rhode Island Democratic ticket is filled with ...


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Stephen Wicken GS: Be (mostly) true to your school(s)

"When some loud braggart tries to put me down," sang Mike Love in 1963, "and says his school is great, I tell him right away, ‘Now what's the matter, buddy, ain't you heard of my school? It's number one in the state.' " The Beach Boys' "Be True to Your School" no doubt meant more to teenagers ...


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Manas Gautam '12: Subsidizing Ruth Simmons

Decision making is based on incentives. These incentives may be rational to some and irrational to others. Most of the attractive incentives and decisions we make are linked to survival and intellectual growth. However, there is a culture of self-doubt that is superseding the culture of growth and development. ...





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