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Editorial: Janus Forum and the freedom of expression

Echoes of last fall’s Ray Kelly incident continue to reverberate on campus, most recently manifesting themselves in the controversy surrounding today’s Janus Forum debate, “How Should Colleges Handle Sexual Assault?” The upcoming forum has come to be defined by one of the speakers: Wendy McElroy, ...


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Editorial: A University out of tune

Though Brown’s music program began in 1895 and generates musicians of all types — conductors, performers, rappers, producers, audio-engineers — the University remains the only school in the Ivy League that lacks a suitable large-scale concert hall. Over the past few years, the Department of Music ...


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Editorial: A push for peer concentration advising

Choice can be overwhelming. At Brown, with the New Curriculum, this issue is particularly evident. Recently, Dean of the College Maud Mandel stated at an Undergraduate Council of Students meeting, “Advising at Brown is like the Middle East peace for every American president,” because many deans ...


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Editorial: Fixing the prison problem

The startling statistics of the prison problem in the United States are often heard through mainstream media. Though the U.S. prison population has been declining for the past several years, the United States still has more prisoners than any other country, even China. The cost of maintaining our federal ...


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Editorial: Drying out campus

Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, and Russell Carey ’91 MA’06, executive vice president for planning and policy, sent out an email to students two weeks ago detailing the University’s response to the complaints of two students who, while at Sears House Oct. ...


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Editorial: Don’t let history repeat itself

Since last winter, the number of school textbooks deemed unsuitable for Russia’s 43,000 schools by President Vladimir Putin has steadily increased, now numbering in the hundreds. Such systemic control over sources of knowledge eerily echoes Soviet-era policies, when the Communist state acted as the ...


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Editorial: The open curriculum’s limits

Some first-years come to college with a feeling of utmost certainty regarding their futures. They want to be doctors or history professors after college and follow relatively set paths to attain their goals. Others are far more open to exploring the myriad options Brown has to offer. Brown’s open ...


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Editorial: What does diversity mean?

Resources for high school applicants use diversity statistics to help students choose where to apply, forcing universities to compete for numbers that suggest a quilted student body. Brown, like many elite institutions, excels at this. But getting 1,600 varied high school graduates does not guarantee ...


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Editorial: A more engaged Corporation

Unbeknownst to the majority of students, the Corporation convened on campus this past weekend. Many of the 42 trustees and 12 fellows came together for the first of three meetings this academic year to discuss the current standing of the “Building on Distinction” strategic plan and accept a variety ...


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Editorial: Transforming dialogues into action

As student-led movements like fossil fuel divestment, sexual assault reform and student representation on the Corporation gain momentum and capture administrative attention, there exists a clear and growing desire for institutional change at Brown. As students, the type of change we envision as possible ...


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Editorial: SAFE Act not so safe

The passage of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in 2013 struck a controversial chord in the ongoing battle to reach an effective and lawful balance between gun control and gun rights in the United States. The SAFE Act requires mental health care professionals to input any ...


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Editorial: Shaping the world through student voices

In the last month, two major student protests have emerged on opposite sides of the globe, yet they have differed in both press coverage and international support. The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, now known as the Umbrella Revolution, has been covered by all major media outlets and publicly ...


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Editorial: Don’t be so quick to judge Obama

As Obama administration officials turn over, those exiting have promptly published accounts of their time in Washington and reviews of the president’s leadership. With each Cabinet member who retires and writes a tell-all book about the administration, commentators move progressively closer to writing ...


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Editorial: A much-improved West End

Despite a rather tumultuous arc of development, the city of Providence appears to have established stable footing. A recent Herald article regarding changes in the West End neighborhood points to a far more positive outlook for the city as a whole, particularly within historically crime-ridden spaces. ...






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