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Manas Gautam '12: The estrangement of the anointed

I remember reading once that science has allowed us to become gods before we ever learned to be humans. Advancements in science have allowed us to do everything from saving lives to enjoying seedless watermelon. Such advancements have not only made life easier but have also improved the overall standard ...


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Simon Liebling '12: Blood money

I was digging through the community organizing archives at the John Hay Library recently, reading up on the illustrious history of activism at Brown, when I came across a few yellowed Vietnam War-era Herald clippings reporting on the student campaign to compel Brown to divest from the Dow Chemical Company, ...


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Sarah Yu '11: When lawyers and dentists teach the kids

Last month, the Texas Board of Education approved of a series of curriculum changes in the social sciences for public elementary, middle and high school programs. These changes will lay out a set of guidelines for textbook publishers that may affect a larger demographic than just Texas students, as ...


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Mike Johnson '11: Hey, we have humanities here, too

Recent efforts to approve a proposal to create an engineering school are laudable. Approval would increase the intellectual capital of the University while simultaneously helping Brown join the ranks of all the other Ivy League institutions with engineering schools. It will pull graduate students to ...


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Emily Breslin '10: They're not all made out of ticky tacky

The statement that investment bankers have replaced lawyers as the most hated professionals in America has become a common throwaway line, but it makes me wonder why lawyers apparently occupied that place to begin with. Like many Brown graduates before us, many of my friends and I will probably be headed ...


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Simon Liebling '12: Grin and bear it

Another year, another tuition hike, another chorus of compliant students racing to be the first to thank our benevolent administrators for once again balancing their budget on our backs. Judging just by the gratitude some of us expressed for the Corporation's infinite financial wisdom, you'd think they'd ...


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Hunter Fast '12: Young's banishment gets old

Many of my friends at other colleges have related to me stories of Christian fundamentalist protestors visiting to lambast them for the sins of showing their ankles and listening to hip-hop music. In light of this, they are invariably surprised and disappointed that I have had few interactions with ...


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David Sheffield '11: Stop promoting pseudoscience

Over the weekend, the Haitian Student Association held an event for dowsers. It had two purposes. The first was to raise money for water filtration systems in Haiti. The second was to provide classes on dowsing (also known as divining or water witching). Playing with dowsing rods on Pembroke Green is ...


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Ethan Tobias '12: Spring into action

Where was everyone? Last Thursday, after what has been, in her own words, "an exceedingly difficult year for the Brown community,"  President Ruth Simmons delivered the first State of Brown address in four years to a mostly empty Salomon 101. To make matters worse, those few students who showed ...


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Ethan Tobias '12: Time for credit

On more than one application for summer internships, I was asked to list the number of course credits I had completed in various subject matters. The question was startling, and on the online forms I was filling out, there was no room for me to explain.





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