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Anthony Badami '11: A death in Bobst

It was in the early hours of a Tuesday morning this month that Andrew Williamson-Noble, a 20-year-old student at New York University, leapt to his death from the 10th floor of the Bobst Library. He was found on his back, with nothing but a suicide note left in his dorm to give his grieving family and ...


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Tyler Rosenbaum '11: Ever vigilant

Sean Hannity is fond of proclaiming America the "greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the Earth." Bill Maher has an interesting response: "America must stop bragging that it's the greatest country on Earth and start acting like it."Obviously Bill Maher's job depends on his saying ...


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Jonathan Topaz '12: Killing the boredom-killing business

In the satirical movie "Network," Howard Beale, an established and respected nightly news anchor, is fired for his newscast's poor ratings. In his farewell address, Beale goes on a shocking tirade and consequently earns the name "mad prophet." Beale starts a new show, which quickly becomes the most ...


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Seven reasons to oppose the public option

Brown students agree that there is a problem in the current U.S. health-care system: It isn't meeting its tremendous potential to deliver quality, affordable and timely treatment. In response, Congress is likely to adopt one of the following methods: institute the public option, or change the arena ...


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Having the courage to be free

There are two types of people in politics: those who accept the burden of freedom and those who cling to the comfort of their own delusions. Contemporary American politics and culture has been a feeding-frenzy for the desperate fury of weak (not stupid) people who would rather believe in absurdities ...


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Quigley '10: It's my car and I'll text if I want to

On several occasions this past summer, as I was making the trip from my internship office in Princeton to my family's house in Rhode Island, pride for my state consumed me. I was not sure about the laws in New Jersey or New York, but I was certain that Connecticut had made texting while driving illegal, ...


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Anish Mitra '10: Good without God? A response.

After reading Michael Fitzpatrick's column ("Good without God," Nov. 10), I was a bit puzzled. I saw one of those "Go, Atheism!" banners while I was in the city a few weeks ago for interviews, and I never realized that people actually took them seriously.  After all, if you saw a banner that said, ...


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Kate Fritzsche '10: Real news requires real analysis

The recent gay marriage battle in Maine is just one frustrating example of the disturbing trend of the media's irresponsible coverage of political issues. In recent reports on political events and opinions, most news media sources in the U.S. have developed a dangerous habit of just repeating what speakers ...


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Mary Bates GS: The importance of mentoring

Success in graduate school cannot be accomplished alone. One of the most important relationships you will develop in grad school will be with your mentor, a person whose role goes beyond merely advising to include support, encouragement and guidance.


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Mike Johnson '11: Shameful walking

When we were little, our mommies and daddies (or other analogous figures) all taught us how to cross the street: left, right, then left again. However, it seems that most students on campus forgot the rest of the lesson, which is that if you see a car in your trinary looking procedure, you need to stop ...


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Simon Liebling '12: WTF, PLME?

Over at Alpert Medical School last week, administrators showed their unapologetic disregard for student interests when they sprung a surprise on unsuspecting students in the Program in Liberal and Medical Studies — a decision that we can expect to have precedential repercussions even for us common ...


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Alyssa Ratledge '11: Do you know what today is?

Last month, the debate over renaming Columbus Day "Fall Weekend" captured the community's attention for the second year in a row. I have little doubt that next year, we'll see all the same people saying all the same things yet again. Protests and debate on campus and off proved that it will be a long ...






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