Skip to Content, Navigation, or Footer.

Columns

The Setonian
Opinions

Nida Abdulla '11.5: Go team?

It's no secret that Brown lacks school spirit when it comes to athletics. If you want to see school spirit, you're better off going to an a cappella show than a football game. In the interest of full disclosure, I've never been to a football, basketball or softball game. I have been to a men's ice hockey ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Kshitij Lauria '13: Engine of change

On April 6, Brown faculty will vote on a two-year-old proposal to dignify Brown's Division of Engineering with the title "School" and other ancillary benefits. If this happens — and the Corporation backs it up with its cash and blessing — Brown Engineering will get 12 new faculty members, ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Sean Quigley '10: Appropriate for the occasion

It has been said that during the period in which King Edward VII of the United Kingdom reigned (1901-1910), humanity last knew a proper attention to sartorial choices. Yes, His Majesty's approach was perhaps a little too fastidious, but in a time when jeans are king, especially on college campuses, ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Sarah Yu '11: Campaigning to win

A few weeks ago, I was walking through the lobby of the Sciences Library after a late evening of intense readings about political theory. A group of friendly freshmen stopped me as I was leaving and asked me to watch their video entry for the housing lottery first pick contest. Feeling an urge to participate ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Emily Breslin '10: Not content to hope in God

I find Brown's motto confounding. In my experience, theists describe their "belief," "faith" or "trust" in God (or gods) rather than their "hope." "Hope" indicates a degree of uncertainty, as in, "I hope that God is coming, but I'm not convinced." Non-theists do not hope in God either; it makes no sense ...


The Setonian
Opinions

David Sheffield '11: Organic food is bovine manure

Many forms of pseudoscience are linked to political ideology. The last presidential administration perfectly demonstrated how some sets of pseudoscientific ideas can tag along with other political beliefs. While President Barack Obama has done a good job of restoring science to most of the White House, ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Abigail Chance '11: Lady Gaga - a feminist icon?

I have to admit, somewhat shamefully, that I've been seduced by the Ga. At first it was easy to write her off simply because of the mainstream popularity of her unapologetically catchy anthems and her provocative costumes. However, given a closer look, there seems to be something much more to this new ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Mike Johnson '11: We've got it good

As a columnist, I read The Herald's Opinions page to see what my colleagues have to say. As a student, I read the Opinions page because, well, it's darn good theater. Column after column exposes a perceived injustice on campus, and the timeless practice of rhetoric oozes from the pages like hollandaise ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Kshitij Lauria '13: (Ab)using the Open Curriculum

When I met with my first-year advisor earlier this semester, he made an offhand remark I'll never forget. We began our conversation with what is something of a tradition between us now: some healthy, agreeable complaining about the weather ("Where I come from this would be illegal." "But it never snows ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Hunter Fast '12: Divestment will not bring rapprochement

Last week, Brown students saw numerous posters and banners declaring that "we don't want our education profiting from occupation." To this end, activists observed Israeli Apartheid Week, advocating Brown's divestment from companies that profit from Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza. This advocacy ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Mary Bates GS: Grad school interviewing 101

It's that time of year again: the applications have been reviewed and a lucky few have been invited to attend interview weekends at their prospective grad schools. This is a chance for both the faculty and the potential students to evaluate each other and get a feel for the "fit" between student and ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Yue Wang '12: What to do with Uganda?

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced in Uganda last fall is deeply disturbing: it called for the death penalty for "any form of sexual relationship between persons of the same sex," which was later lightened to life imprisonment. However, capital punishment is still applicable for "serial offenders" ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Sean Quigley '10: Being truly collegial

Seeking a way to keep brick-and-mortar colleges and universities relevant, in an age when online institutions threaten to make the attainment of a bachelor's degree substantially easier and more convenient, David Sheffield '11 ("What could Brown do for you?", Feb. 25) proposed several recommendations ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Sarah Yu '11: Therapeutic narcissism

I'm refreshing my Firefox page again. The event listing now says 11 confirmed guests and two maybes."One more confirmed guest!" I cry out triumphantly to the other people sitting in the living room. I am answered with enthusiastic "yays" from my companions. The thrill of this exercise is getting to ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Manas Gautam '12: Everybody hit the floor

The minimum wage is defined as the lowest wage that an employer is legally allowed to pay. This concept was first brought to power by the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938 and has been enforced ever since. Currently, the minimum wage for Rhode Island is $7.40 per hour and most employers, including the ...


The Setonian
Opinions

Ethan Tobias '12: B.S. about B.A.s

Will Wray's '10 column ("B.A. — D.O.A.", March 5) makes the case against higher education for those who cannot afford it and are not brilliant enough to deserve merit-based financial aid. He argues that a B.A. is essentially an overpriced tool for businesses to screen applicants, and dismisses ...






Powered by SNworks Solutions by The State News
All Content © 2022 The Brown Daily Herald, Inc.