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America's only open curriculum, WRITten off

Until last year, Brown was in a curricular league of its own. There are plenty of colleges that purport to have some variety of "open curriculum." Some are very close to open - like Amherst College - and others are pretty far from it - like the University of Rochester. But to our knowledge, not a single ...


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Tomson '15: Terminate Adidas contract now

The streets of Jakarta roared Oct. 3 when two million workers in factories throughout Indonesia went on strike. They are calling for an end to labor practices that have led to a severe lack of job security and lower wages as workers become increasingly temporary, expendable and exploitable to companies. ...


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Zacks '15: Leave those teachers alone

Last week, the editorial page board struck once more. Having shown the lazy, spoiled high school teachers of Chicago what's what, the board turned its attention closer to home. Rhode Island educators, this must be your lucky day. Brown students, forever cognizant of the "financial and social worth of ...


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Newlon '14.5: Lectures and lactating

Assistant Professor Adrienne Pine '94 had a problem. The American University professor woke up the morning of Aug. 28 ready to teach her class, "Sex, Gender and Culture" - only to discover her infant daughter had a fever. Pine felt she had no viable childcare options as a single parent. So she brought ...


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Gianotti '13: We take care of our own

Aristotle maintains that we humans are special. That is, we aren't here on earth just to be, we are here to live a good life. We are meant to be happy. The New York Times published an op-ed Sept. 28 by Richard Easterlin entitled "When Growth Outpaces Happiness." It discussed an unsettling finding - ...


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Eppler '13: Do you support Brown's online learning venture? No

It's understandable why Brown would want to participate in Coursera. The rhetoric surrounding Coursera and other massive open online courses - MOOCs - is certainly lofty. Advocates promise nothing less than the democratization of education, liberating the world's best educators and thinkers from the ...


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Asher '15: Bloody, bloody Israel

Down the street from each other in Jerusalem lived two families, both named Harel, both with sons named Yuval. Though both Yuvals were the same age, their families didn't know each other, and as a result they didn't know that both were fighting with the Israeli Defense Forces in the 1982 Lebanon War. ...


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Newlon '14.5: Let's get personal

Mitt Romney likes to talk about "personal responsibility." So let's talk. "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said in a leaked video from a May fundraiser, "(They) believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name ...


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Tennis '14: Do more by doing less

College provides a great opportunity to learn from your peers as well as your professors. Every day, I am impressed by the thoughtfulness and eloquence of my fellow students, and I feel truly honored to attend a school where the student body is contemplative and involved. "Getting involved" is certainly ...





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