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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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Nick Werle '10: Think, before you (invite someone to) speak

When John Yoo, the author of the Bush Administration's infamous "torture memos," came to Brown in February, he was welcomed as an honored guest. Yoo, who served as an attorney in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003, came to campus in order to debate the existence of universal ...


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Alyssa Ratledge '11: Lawyers won't kill IR

Since the publication of a scathing article on Interim Director of the Watson Institute David Kennedy '76 ("Watson director's unpopular agenda draws ire," March 16), several Herald letters and columns have stepped up to defend Kennedy from personal criticism. Few, however, challenged the article's angle: ...


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Tyler Rosenbaum '11: Rhode Island falls behind

Many of you have probably heard that two more states will join Massachusetts and Connecticut in recognizing same-sex marriages this year. For those of you who haven't, can you guess which ones they are? One is Vermont. And the other? Oregon, perhaps? Hawaii? Another coastal bastion of liberalness, like, ...


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Jeremy Feigenbaum '11: The Passover story

For most Jews, Passover provides an opportunity to spend time with friends and family — and to grumble about how much they miss eating bread. But Passover also provides important lessons for modern Jews and non-Jews alike about the freedoms they enjoy.Jews are not just required to remember that ...


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Dan Davidson '11: Why R.I. reformed court debt

A recent New York Times article highlighted one of the ways that states, burdened with massive budget shortfalls, are filling their coffers. In Florida, Georgia, Michigan and elsewhere, state judicial systems are cracking down on people who owe fees and fines to the courts.


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Simon Liebling '12: Student power for Palestine

Students at the New School withstood pepper spray attacks by police last week while trying to force the ouster of their controversial president, continuing the tradition of a year of occupations as part of a national campaign for accessible education. The beleaguered administrators they target could ...


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Nick Hagerty '10: Academic Inequality

My last column ("Picnics or John Edwards?", March 16) stressed the need for greater emphasis on teaching abilities in decisions about faculty hiring and promotions. But since faculty turnover can proceed even more slowly than a UCS meeting, here are two proposals that could improve undergraduate academics ...


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Andrea Matthews '11: Brown's brain drain

In a few weeks, about a quarter of our population will process out of the Van Wickle Gates and into the real world. But once they're in the real world, where exactly will they go? If I had to hazard a guess, I'd put together a list that goes something like: New York, Boston, D.C., San Francisco, Los ...


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Ratledge '11: Hey, Senator! Leave them kids alone!

For 1,700 poor elementary school students in Washington, D.C., the best chance for a quality education ended last week. Despite entreaties from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and even President Barack Obama himself, the Senate used the omnibus spending bill to eliminate the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship ...


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Anthony Staehelin '10: Frat life no 'Animal House'

This past Tuesday night, some underclassmen went to Wayland Arch and turned in their bid cards, thereby taking the first step towards becoming a Greek brother or sister. Although Greek life at Brown is noticeably less prominent than at many other schools, Brown does have somewhat of a Greek presence ...


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