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Jared Lafer '11: What delusive dreams may come

A recent Herald article ("A spirited tour of the East Side's major haunts," Oct. 30) reported on two local organizations: the Providence Ghost Tour and the Providence Ghost Walk. These groups give regular tours of Providence and its allegedly supernatural hotspots. They pass the time with historically ...


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Ethan Tobias '12: Safe Sex Power God

Outside of these gates and far away from College Hill, Brown has received plenty of attention from the media these past few years. Who can forget how the decision to rename Columbus Day "Fall Weekend" caught national attention these past two years? Or two years ago, when a student threw a pie at New ...


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Simon Liebling '12: The fallacy of demonstrated need

When the Corporation decided last spring that it would be just and good to accompany a recession and deep budget cuts at the University with still another tuition hike, disregarding once again the student interests to which they are, of course, unaccountable, I heard two prevailing responses.First, ...


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Sean Quigley '10: Why did you come here?

As I began my first year at Brown more than three years ago, I remember receiving this exact question, having made no effort to hide the fact that, at the French Legislative Assembly, I would have sat on the right. Even to this day, when fellow conservatives and I make recommendations concerning where ...


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Mike Johnson '11: Brown is more than just Facs, Man

While reading The Herald the other day, I read an interesting article about an apparent "oversight" on the part of Facilities Management in approving a T-Mobile cell tower on the roof of Barus and Holley ("Profs to FacMan: Can you hear us now?" Oct. 19). My initial response was laughter. I can think ...


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Jared Lafer '11: A history of discrimination against Jews

In 2005, the New Yorker published an article by Malcolm Gladwell called "Getting In," which discussed admissions at elite universities. It cited Jerome Karabel's book "The Chosen," which argues that discrimination against Jews in the early 20th century gave rise to modern day admissions practices. I ...


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Adrienne Langlois '10: A sound decision

If you've been at Brown longer than, say, three days, you've probably noticed that there is always a significant amount of construction on campus. Indeed, wherever one turns, there are tarp-covered fences labeled "Building Brown" — the undeniable sign of all sorts of construction, from new science ...


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Fatima Aqeel '12: Life in the SciLi

Plenty of people start their academic career at Brown hating the SciLi, and not understanding the bold artistic ideas behind those unpainted walls and that depressing grey facade. But by the end of freshman year, it becomes a second home for most of us.


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Mary Bates GS: Doing time in graduate school

Sometimes, graduate school can feel like a prison sentence — the drudgery of running experiments, being cooped up in a lab or library all day, and the endless questions about when you get out. No matter where one is in his or her graduate career, the question, "When do you plan on finishing your ...


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Ivy Chang '10: We're all mad here

Almost every Tuesday and Thursday morning, despite arriving ten minutes before class, I can barely find a seat in the filled-to-capacity auditorium where Abnormal Psychology is taught. What exactly is it about classes dealing with mental illness that draws so many people?Well, we're curious. While it's ...


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Tyler Rosenbaum '11: Poor old Rhode Island

When I was at the Empire State Building last week, I noticed an interesting mural. It was a stylized map of the northeast, the point of which undoubtedly was to portray New York at the center. All the states but one were labeled. Can you guess which was left behind?Anyone who's ever lived in Rhode Island ...


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Brian Judge '11: A sense of humor no one likes

So in case you pizza-eating, Mac-using, lecture-going bourgeois rabble haven't heard, there is this really funny blog/book called "Stuff White People Like." The premise of it is that if some clever guy in horn-rimmed glasses can describe things you like as being cliche, then you aren't a unique snowflake ...


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Kate Fritzsche '10: Feminism is not dead

During our four years on campus, many students create new identities, and they find themselves drastically changed by the time of graduation. One of the experiences most central to my identity change in college has been coming out as a feminist. It sounds simple, but there are many reasons why I hope ...


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Anish Mitra '10: Stuff Brown students should like

Recently, post- Magazine did a six-part series entitled "Stuff Brown Students Like." Gmail, celebrity children, spandex, Nice Slice, shopping period and even ‘spicy with' were all on the list, and rightly so. To their credit, post- was spot-on, and I hope they continue the series.


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Ethan Tobias '12: Another fair contract

Last Thursday morning, I approached the Ratty with dread, worrying that those doors would be clamped shut. There had been a serious threat that dining services workers might strike leaving students unfed. Luckily, contract negotiators had reached a settlement the night before and my growling stomach ...


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Andrea Matthews '11: What the president needs from you

I remember the scene at Brown University when Barack Obama won the presidency of the United States. From Salomon 101, where the Democrats were hosting a returns-watching party, there was a deep primordial roar. Then, students and streakers rushed onto the Main Green. Hundreds gathered to sing, embrace ...





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