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Simon Liebling '12: The right side of history

I worry that often lost in the familiar heroic histories of grassroots political movements is the reality that today's moral consensus on the justice of their causes belies just how unthinkably controversial these movements were back when they were actually being waged. The unanimous agreement that ...


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Nida Abdulla '11.5: Old is Gold

 It is time to shelve the New Curriculum, at least for a while. Today I passed an impassioned tour guide who longingly, lovingly, yearningly explained the benefits of the New Curriculum. He pleaded that each Brown student wants to be here, that we're not just here because we want to fulfill some ...


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Emily Breslin '10: Brown, the FDA, ROTC and discrimination

The U.S. Armed Forces and the Rhode Island Blood Center, a Food and Drug Administration-regulated bank, both have policies in place that exclude people on the basis of sexual orientation. According to the 1993 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" memo, "The military will discharge members who engage in homosexual ...


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Will Wray '10: Rhode Island's unemployment solution

As the days warm and our outer layers are secreted into closets and left for next November's chill, it becomes daily more difficult to summon up the sort of righteous indignation that informed past columns. Something about a sunny 70 degrees makes one aware that poring over closely typed editorial pages ...


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Mike Johnson '11: Home is where the heart is

These are the days of panic and desperation, of poring over floor plans searching for the secret spot no one has found before. It's Housing Lottery season, that magical time when freshmen simultaneously pray they don't get waitlisted and jealously plot the downfall of the groups ahead of them that have ...


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David Sheffield '11: With gods, everything is permitted

The Roman Catholic Church has recently suffered from another round of revelations regarding clerical rapists and institutional cover-ups. Notably, evidence has surfaced of Pope Benedict XVI's role in the protection of these priests while head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Some people ...


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Hunter Fast '12: No free lunch for Brown

Many viewpoints have been expressed in recent weeks regarding Brown's proposed 4.5 percent tuition hike for the next academic year. In this regard, Simon Liebling's '12 column denouncing the increase as plutocratic excess ("Grin and bear it," Mar. 25) stands as a beacon of clarity and reason in stark ...


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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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