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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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Jonathan Topaz '12: Increasing the education gap

The majority of Brown students can breathe a sigh of relief that the Rhode Island Senate seems to be turning against the implementation of a student tax. The Oct. 29 Senate meeting did not feature discussion of a potential bill that would tax out-of-state students up to $300 per year, and if the proposal ...


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Hahn '10: MLB lessons learned

Now that the World Series is over and the Yankees are once again champions of baseball, the world, universe, whatever, it's a great time to step back and reflect on what we learned. Baseball is a simple game, and here are some simple lessons. Fear the YankeesSaying the Yankees are really good is an ...


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Ivy Chang '10: PassiveAggressiveColumns.com

Let's say it's just another one of those nights. Every cup from the 12-pack of ramen you bought at the beginning of the semester has become steadily more unappetizing. But you have few other options. Nutella straight from the jar? Stale chips? You schlump downstairs to the communal kitchen to heat up ...


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Susannah Kroeber '11: Rejected 31 times over

Maine was supposed to be the first. After ballot initiatives failed in thirty states, in each case translating to a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Maine was supposed to be the first notch in the win column for gay rights advocates. Instead, it followed the herd.


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Tyler Rosenbaum '11: Mission accomplished!

You may not have noticed, but Rhode Island is a relatively small state. In fact, you can fit almost 2,500 Rhode Islands into the area of the United States! It also has a relatively small population, as states go. So it may come as no surprise that the General Assembly (the state's legislature) meets ...


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Ethan Hammerman '13: Favre as hate-able as ever

It's hard to believe the NFL season is half over.It was only two months ago when NFL fans still thought the Tennessee Titans had a legitimate chance of winning the Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Colts could have trouble adjusting to the new regime of Jim Caldwell and the Buffalo Bills — with the ...


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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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