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Ethan Tobias '12: A truly open curriculum

At the start of the fall term, many Brown students will have to make difficult decisions about which classes they plan on attending. Shopping period is an essential part of Brown's open curriculum, as it allows students to experience a multitude of classes before deciding which ones would be best to ...


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Jared Lafer '11: Dorm shopping

Let's go back in time to the summer before your freshman year. You've just received your housing assignment and find that you've landed in some residence hall — let's call it "A" in the spirit of non-discrimination.


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Michael Fitzpatrick '12: A beak critique

This summer, the students of the incoming freshman class were told to read "The Beak of the Finch" by Jonathan Weiner in preparation for their entrance into Brown University. The book tells the story of Rosemary and Peter Grant, evolutionary biologists whose research with Darwin's finches in the Galapagos ...


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Tyler Rosenbaum '11: Uncle Ruth wants you!

We're back at Brown! Another year passed, another anticipated yet somehow still jarring transition from the indolent laze of summer to the purposeful buzz of academia. It's been four long months. So long, in fact, that I even missed the Ratty! I suppose a summer of shopping and cooking and cleaning ...


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Anish Mitra '10: First-years, welcome to Brown

I still remember the first day I stepped on campus as a freshman. Trying desperately to find Hope College (map in hand), I studied my new surroundings with great excitement. Eager anticipation and promise resided in every building and structure I laid eyes upon. Finally, all my questions about Brown ...


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Jake Heimark '10: An unfair burden

Itinerant Brunonians are welcomed back to Providence this fall with a slap in the face — a proposed $300-per-student tax for out-of-state students who attend private colleges in Rhode Island. The message from City Hall is clear: students at Brown, RISD, Providence College and Johnson and Wales ...


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Sarah Rosenthal '11: Li'l Rhody's big name change

Rhode Island is the littlest state with the longest name. I tell people this and watch as they try to figure out whether "Rhode Island" has more letters or syllables than "Pennsylvania" or "South Carolina." Usually, they conclude that it doesn't, and then I bust out that arcane but wonderful fact about ...


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Jonathan Topaz '12: The Brown fantasy tour

Sitting on the steps of Faunce during peak high school visiting, a couple friends and I began talking about a few rough patches we encountered in our first semester at Brown. One had trouble finding small, intimate classes. One felt disconnected from his professors. One felt that Providence was inaccessible ...


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Will fortune favor the brave?

While I do not normally hobnob with famous journalists, last summer I had the special opportunity to meet Bob Herbert — the New York Times columnist — when I was an intern on the "Morning Joe" Show at MSNBC news.  After I discussed his commentary on the show that day, he amicably fished ...


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Fortunate circumstances

"I feel like we're at a standstill." That's what a friend said to me over a mid-semester coffee break. Since freshman year we had shared our Brown lives over weekly dinners and e-mail chains, four years of new classes, semesters abroad and summer jobs up and down the East coast. Then here we were, just ...


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I was graduated from Brown

Before I started writing this column, I looked up quotations about saying goodbye. They were all cheesy one-liners about not really leaving, just sort of saying goodbye before paths would cross again. I asked friends for their thoughts on graduating from Brown. But I have to give credit here to my Comp ...


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Kevin Roose '09.5: As the world interns

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that Brown students love unpaid internships. We love unpaid internships the way Romeo loves Juliet, the way Joanie loves Chachi, the way Angelina Jolie loves adopting third-world babies. Every June, thousands of us leave College Hill and spread across the nation ...


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Michael Fitzpatrick '12: (Don't) stop the presses!

I learned to read when I was three. I still remember reading nightly with my father, sitting in his lap with a book in my hands and a blanket around my shoulders. I was brought up on "Green Eggs and Ham," "Goodnight Moon" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." I wonder what books my sons and daughters will ...


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Anish Mitra '10: Fall Weekend fiasco

In a recent Herald poll, more than two-thirds of undergraduates supported the changing the name of Columbus Day. Heeding students' interests, Brown faculty voted to ensure that next year's holiday will indeed be called "Fall Weekend," killing Columbus Day for good.


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Tory Hartmann '11: Blue book exams are the way to go

Christina Domenico, a regular opinions columnist for the Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania, recently wrote a column that described the benefits of implementing Securexam, a word processing program that allows students to take in-class exams on their laptops. ...





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