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Kelly McKowen '10: Brunonia abroad

After four strenuous years on College Hill, most Brown students are ready for something new. Taking jobs or enrolling in graduate programs, the majority will relocate to popular alumni hubs in New York, Massachusetts and California.


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Chaz Firestone '10: Beyond skin and skull

Sit in the back of a physics classroom during a final exam, and you'll bear witness to an odd bit of behavior. As soon as the students reach a question about electricity and magnetism, they drop their pencils and stick their right thumbs in the air, with their remaining four fingers curled into their ...


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Ethan Tobias '12: Get out of line

Maybe it is the restlessness of springtime, but it feels like Brown students are constantly being forced to wait for things. After hours in line waiting for Spring Weekend tickets, hundreds of students were turned away empty-handed. Their peers who already had tickets only needed to think back a couple ...


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Emily Breslin '10: The unexamined life is not worth living

As universities are trying to figure out how to juggle their decreasing endowments, they are cutting programs, and philosophy is among the cuts because of declining interest in the subject. There are two obvious and understandable practical reasons for this. Students are wary about choosing a concentration ...


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Hunter Fast '12: The case for ROTC at Brown

Since the height of the Vietnam War, the Reserve Officers' Training Corps has been absent from Brown's campus, as it has from the campuses of Harvard, Yale and Columbia. Much of the current opposition to the existence of a Brown ROTC chapter stems from the policy of "don't ask, don't tell" — DADT ...


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Nida Abdullah '11.5: Staff Appreciation Day: 'Like'

I was really pleased with the Undergraduate Council of Students and the Office of Campus Life and Student Services' effort in coordinating Staff Appreciation Day. The staff appreciation buttons were really cute, and it didn't seem condescending at all to present them to our favorite Brown staffers. ...


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Kshitij Lauria '13: The case for markets

In the last few weeks, the Brown community was faced with several issues that are connected by a single thread, and barely a day goes by when a glance through The Herald does not turn up something that economic thinking could greatly clarify. This alone does not surprise me, for, like the ancient Chinese ...


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Anthony Badami '11: I am embarrassed

I first encountered the work of Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a wide-eyed freshman in high school. My inchoate intellectual views were just starting to take shape, and I had developed a keen interest (nay, an obsession) with political philosophy ...


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David Sheffield '11: Time for the Glorious Recapitulation!

Once again, Spring Weekend has come and gone, along with its large, drunken concerts. I cannot blame concert-goers for their inebriation. I certainly would not want to listen to such decrepit music without numbing my higher functions first. Music on campus, along with the wider world, has made a long, ...


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Jonathan Ben-Artzi: Yes, apartheid

In their recent columns, Simon Liebling '12 and Ethan Tobias '12 debated the comparison of the contemporary struggle against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the struggle for divestment from the apartheid state of South Africa in the 1980s ("The right side of history" and "No ...


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Dr. Jack Schwartzwald: Remembering Theodor Herzl

May 2, 2010, will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Herzl — the father of modern political Zionism. Herzl's desire for Jewish self-determination in Judaism's ancestral homeland came to fruition on May 14, 1948, an uncanny fulfillment of a fifty-year prediction he had made in 1897. ...


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Sarah Yu '11: For the right reasons

I had the fortunate experience last Friday to sit in the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, manning a lonely stall for the A Day on College Hill Activities Fair with nothing to occupy me but a can of diet soda and a pending sense of doom for an upcoming thesis proposal deadline. Many pre-frosh, too shy ...


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Anthony Badami '11: Consider Berlin

You know the dichotomies: east meets west, communism versus capitalism, classical goes contemporary, etc. Throughout the span of modern European political and cultural clash, the tension between these sets of ideas has bred conflagrant rebellion and uproarious revolution, new beginnings and salient ...


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Brian Judge '11: Affects are privileges

Recently I attended a lecture by photographer Fazal Sheikh, a MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient, during the opening of his exhibition "Blessed Daughters." Mr. Sheikh began by showing the audience photographs of Sudanese refugees in Kenya. He went through a dozen or so pictures of gatherings of refugees ...


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Yue Wang '12: Take (ac)count of immigrants

The National Census Day passed quietly on Brown campus on April 1, 2010. In fact, many of us didn't receive the census form in our mailboxes until the second week of April, while average American households received the forms in early March. The American Constitution stipulates that all residents of ...


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Ethan Tobias '12: No apartheid here

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, don't call it a chicken. Yet this is exactly what those who constructed a makeshift wall on the Main Green last week were doing. The wall stood as a protest to both "Apartheid in the Occupied Territories" of Israel/Palestine and the U.S.-Mexico border ...





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