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David Sheffield '11: Scientific misconduct

Last week, a committee at Harvard ended a three-year inquiry into one of the school's professors, Marc Hauser. It concluded that he engaged in scientific misconduct. Hauser is a psychologist who studies animal cognition, particularly moral behavior. Scientific misconduct is a serious offense that hampers ...


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Sarah Yu '11: Post-graduation allocation

A student's journey through college education is about challenges. For us, this means thinking about and accepting ideas outside of what we have become accustomed to, realizing the potential in the cosmic grandeur of the universe and leveraging ourselves to be successful for the rest of our lives.


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Manas Gautam '12: Getting our money's worth

It is that time of the semester: the fresh start where we find ourselves running from one class to another trying to figure out our schedules before the Banner registration system closes. This fall, registration for courses starts on Aug. 31 and ends on Sept. 14 . We can change a course from the traditional ...


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Sarah Rosenthal '11: Facing up to Facebook

Welcome, first-years! Congratulations on being so awesome. You had the lowest admit rate, the best grades and SAT scores, even halos polished super-shiny by virtuous extracurriculars, and Ruth will no doubt praise you to the skies for it.


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Michael Fitzpatrick '12: The dog days of summer

For those Brown students who are not native Rhode Islanders, even a short trip home during the school year is a major affair. My three-day visit this past weekend was no different, as I interrupted a rather taxing internship in New Mexico to take care of some business as home. Our family pet, a grizzled ...


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Mike Johnson '11: Why we should care about the World Cup

Depending on where you're reading this issue of The Herald, the event could be called the "Coupe du Monde," "Il Mondiale," "Dunya Kupasi," "Wereldkampioenschap voetbal," or even just plain old "El Mundial." Regardless of what it's called, everyone in the world watches it. Everyone. If you didn't watch ...


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Rachel Arndt '10: Four years in footnotes

I1 like being able to look at the steps I've taken after I've reached2 an answer3. I am selfish in my nostalgia4. There is no one way5 to do things. To look at each action as the potential6 for human behavior in its most natural form: to look at education as something living and growing, as opposed ...


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Scott Lowenstein '10: A is for 'about'

As a generally neurotic person, I tend to assign significance to all observations, no matter how insignificant. A stray mark on a graded paper obviously means it was well written, and a muffled clearing of a class member's throat is an undeniable sign of disapproval. In a sense, this absurd noticing ...


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Kelly McKowen '10: Brunonia abroad

After four strenuous years on College Hill, most Brown students are ready for something new. Taking jobs or enrolling in graduate programs, the majority will relocate to popular alumni hubs in New York, Massachusetts and California.


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Chaz Firestone '10: Beyond skin and skull

Sit in the back of a physics classroom during a final exam, and you'll bear witness to an odd bit of behavior. As soon as the students reach a question about electricity and magnetism, they drop their pencils and stick their right thumbs in the air, with their remaining four fingers curled into their ...


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Ethan Tobias '12: Get out of line

Maybe it is the restlessness of springtime, but it feels like Brown students are constantly being forced to wait for things. After hours in line waiting for Spring Weekend tickets, hundreds of students were turned away empty-handed. Their peers who already had tickets only needed to think back a couple ...


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Emily Breslin '10: The unexamined life is not worth living

As universities are trying to figure out how to juggle their decreasing endowments, they are cutting programs, and philosophy is among the cuts because of declining interest in the subject. There are two obvious and understandable practical reasons for this. Students are wary about choosing a concentration ...


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Hunter Fast '12: The case for ROTC at Brown

Since the height of the Vietnam War, the Reserve Officers' Training Corps has been absent from Brown's campus, as it has from the campuses of Harvard, Yale and Columbia. Much of the current opposition to the existence of a Brown ROTC chapter stems from the policy of "don't ask, don't tell" — DADT ...


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Nida Abdullah '11.5: Staff Appreciation Day: 'Like'

I was really pleased with the Undergraduate Council of Students and the Office of Campus Life and Student Services' effort in coordinating Staff Appreciation Day. The staff appreciation buttons were really cute, and it didn't seem condescending at all to present them to our favorite Brown staffers. ...


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Kshitij Lauria '13: The case for markets

In the last few weeks, the Brown community was faced with several issues that are connected by a single thread, and barely a day goes by when a glance through The Herald does not turn up something that economic thinking could greatly clarify. This alone does not surprise me, for, like the ancient Chinese ...


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Anthony Badami '11: I am embarrassed

I first encountered the work of Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a wide-eyed freshman in high school. My inchoate intellectual views were just starting to take shape, and I had developed a keen interest (nay, an obsession) with political philosophy ...





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