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Will Wray '10: Fair by whose rules?

When you take a sip of coffee bought from Brown Dining Services, Blue State or the Bookstore, you may notice a unique flavor. The brew itself is unremarkable, mediocre or worse, but it's fair trade coffee. That pleasant aftertaste is entirely psychosomatic. You have just bought coffee with an injection ...


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Kate Fritzsche '10: The secret life of Catholics at Brown

I am a practicing Roman Catholic. I am also a practicing Brown student. These identities are not incompatible, despite what many students on College Hill might have you believe. However, my fellow students rarely make it easy for me to practice my faith on campus, nor do they even understand why I would ...


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Dan Davidson '11: Rethinking citations

It would be overly dramatic to say that citations are the bane of students' academic existences. Nevertheless, I don't believe I'm alone in finding them a time-consuming annoyance. It may simply be reflective of living on the country's happiest campus that I want to address this minor aspect of our ...


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Sean Quigley '10: Doing our part

The tax man cometh, yet both Brown students and the administration are not inviting him in for tea and crumpets, as is usually the case. Indeed, the response to the tax has been decidedly negative, with most opinion-makers decrying the proposed $300 per annum fee on out-of-state  private college ...


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Julian Park '12: Calling out the misinformed

This past Monday, Jonathan Topaz '12 wrote a column ("SDS' golden opportunity," Sept. 14) urging Students for a Democratic Society to organize against the U.S.'s occupation of Afghanistan. As a member of that organization, I too have a "quick piece of advice to the new Class of 2013": be wary of uninformed ...


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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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