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Editorial: Reevaluation of interim alcohol policy

The University’s new alcohol policy is abruptly running into its first hurdle. According to a recent Herald article (“Alcohol policy, student body growth may alter College Hill dynamics,” Feb. 24) , some private residents on College Hill have seen an uptick in noisy and disruptive off-campus parties ...


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Editorial: What made the Oscars worthwhile this year

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony, while far from perfect, was worth the watch. Aside from the red carpet glamor, the ostentatious displays of wealth and Neil Patrick Harris’ (bad) jokes, this year’s ceremony illustrated to viewers the extent of our culture’s tolerance — both how American ...


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Editorial: Get it together

Russell Carey ’91 MA’06, executive vice president for planning and policy, and Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, sent a Feb. 21 campus-wide email detailing amended sanctions against the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi, an organization previously found responsible for ...


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Editorial: Green is the new black

More than two years ago, a version of the Plastic Waste Reduction Act was introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The act aimed to ban plastic bags in order to improve state sustainability practices, as well as to eliminate a major source of pollution in Narragansett Bay. After facing ...


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Editorial: Thanks to an anonymous donor

Last weekend, the Corporation held its annual February meeting to vote on proposals, including funding and spending measures. The body approved a 4.4 percent tuition hike and accepted $63 million in gifts. A notable item from the Corporation’s triannual gathering is that the increase in financial ...


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Editorial: Providence development and the campus

In 2011, the I-195 Redevelopment Commission was formed to address the use of vacant land in downtown Providence following the highway’s relocation. On Monday, The Herald reported that the commission has made progress in selling off the parcels formerly occupied by the interstate (“Developer, District ...


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Editorial: Work out the facilities

Iced-over sidewalks, blistering winds and layers of snow residue spell disaster for any type of outdoor physical activity. In the winter months, exercising often requires flocking to Brown’s gyms, where one can lift weights or run comfortably in a safe environment. The University has four gyms that ...


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Editorial: The registrar could save reading period

Brown has canceled classes twice already this semester, first on Jan. 27 and again yesterday, Feb. 9. Provost Vicki Colvin sent a campus-wide email Sunday suggesting that faculty members avail themselves of reading period’s buffer to make up for lost class time. But the proposed rescheduling raises ...


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Editorial: Amazon and a community commitment

On Tuesday, Amazon announced the opening of its first brick-and-mortar retailer on a college campus. The store at Purdue University offers free one-day shipping on course materials, as well as in-person exchanges and 24-hour pickup. But it is unclear whether the expansion represents a helpful service ...


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Editorial: Imagine Ratty 250+

In the wake of revived discussions surrounding the future of the beloved Sharpe Refectory, the University must consider the inherent gravity of its decision-making process. While the Ratty has served as a hub of student dining since its construction as part of the larger Wriston Quadrangle development ...


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Editorial: Whether we weather the storm

Like many students, staff members and faculty members, Sunday night was spent watching the Super Bowl and eagerly awaiting an email from Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy Russell Carey ’91 MA’06. Was Brown going to succumb to the National Weather Service’s projected 28-hour long ...


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Editorial: A Prohibition that makes sense

The Office of Campus Life and Student Services sent a Jan. 30 email clarifying the University’s new structures regarding alcohol use on campus. The email states that Brown’s alcohol policy is mostly unchanged and that the only newly prohibited activities are large-scale events — including those ...


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Editorial: Thinking outside of Brown

CareerLAB is a resource widely under-utilized by Brown students, many of whom either write off the center as unnecessary or are unaware of the services it provides. The acronym LAB stands for “Life After Brown,” and the center is devoted to facilitating various opportunities outside of the University, ...


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Editorial: GELT grants offer travel, equality

On Aug. 29, the Office of Global Engagement announced the recipients of its inaugural Global Experiential Learning and Teaching grants. GELT grants are awarded to faculty members to teach semester-long courses with international travel components. This year’s grants will take students to destinations ...


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Editorial: Police reform can start with DPS

In the wake of the crisis capped by the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the subsequent non-indictment of the involved police officers, the American polity is suffering further polarization. Amidst the national debate surrounding policing and race, there exists one consensus: Reforms to ...


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Editorial: A community for mental health

As snow blanketed Brown’s campus this past weekend, it marked one of the many firsts of the semester. Maybe this weekend, you finally had a conversation that went beyond, “How was your break?” Perhaps you are a senior shopping one of fabled Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Engineering Barrett Hazeltine’s ...


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Editorial: A first step forward

On Thursday afternoon, President Christina Paxson P’19 updated the Brown community on the advancement of the recommendations of the Sexual Assault Task Force’s interim report, formally outlining the administration’s progress and implementation strategies in a number of key areas. While the task ...


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Editorial: Cybersecurity — a true academic priority

Cybersecurity, a pillar of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, may finally be getting the attention experts have sought for decades. In light of North Korea’s recently confirmed cyberattack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the issue of cyberwarfare has steadily risen to the surface ...


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Editorial: Will Prohibition work at Brown?

Brown has banned alcohol from being served at any residence hall parties or fraternity events. Russell Carey ’91 MA’06, executive vice president for planning and policy, and Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, sent a campus-wide email Monday announcing the sanctions ...


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Editorial: Progress on combatting sexual assault

In May, President Christina Paxson P’19 formed the Task Force on Sexual Assault to confront the issue of sexual assault on campus. The task force — which currently consists of 17 members, including four undergraduates and three graduate students — convened for 11 weekly meetings, four open forums ...





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