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Editorial: Preserve baseball

With the start of the professional and college football seasons, many people may have already moved on from baseball. But last night’s American League wild-card game between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics was a reminder of baseball’s integral role and positioning within the American ...


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Editorial: A model to be replicated

Donations to the University are critical in ensuring continuity in both the success and progressive development of the institution. The Sidney E. Frank Endowed Scholarship fund — created through a $100 million gift given 10 years ago by Sidney Frank ’42 — serves as an unparalleled paradigm for ...


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Editorial: Expanding the study abroad options

Yesterday the Office of International Programs hosted a fair on Ruth Simmons Quadrangle to introduce students to study abroad opportunities for the upcoming year. With more than 300 pre-approved programs and more than 150 locations from which to choose, about 600 Brown students each year — the equivalent ...


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Editorial: Don't forget about Ebola

Commentators from college students to cable news pundits have noticed our tendency to hop from one issue to the next. Scandals and crises monopolize conversations until the next news cycle. But Ebola cannot be one of those issues. The price for not responding immediately and drastically is too high. Two ...


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Editorial: The unfortunate compromise in expansion

The Herald reported Wednesday that the Providence Preservation Society raised opposition to the destruction of four houses as part of the proposed construction of a new engineering building, set to break ground at the end of next year. Though the PPS is inarguably justified in its concern — considering ...


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Editorial: A true opportunity for school spirit

The upcoming Fall Celebration tied to Brown’s 250th anniversary presents a distinct opportunity to craft a definite sense of school spirit on campus. As discussed in a previous editorial, we firmly believe that Brown lacks a distinguishable aura of pride and fails to actively and vocally support its ...


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Editorial: Keep pushing on all levels

Over the weekend, 300,000 to 400,000 people flooded midtown Manhattan, in addition to tens of thousands around the world, to urge action on climate change. Students, celebrities, politicians and diplomats marched alongside each other in unprecedented numbers with a clear message. While this event undoubtedly ...


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Editorial: ISIS requires a real coalition

Over the weekend, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria executed a third westerner, British aid worker David Haines. The United States, the United Kingdom and our allies around the world are increasingly inclined to escalate action in the conflict. While the civil war is certainly, to a degree, a global ...


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Editorial: We are not excellent sheep

Brown in no way conforms to the paradigm presented by William Deresiewicz in his book, “Excellent Sheep.” Though Deresiewicz conceded in his lecture that Brown is halfway toward promoting and perpetuating a liberal arts system, we firmly believe that the University is uniquely positioned within ...


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Editorial: Play the rankings game right

While often articulating a muddled view of the proverbial collegiate hierarchy, the rankings provided in U.S. News and World Report inevitably  — in ways both tangible and intangible — shape the mindset of prospective high school applicants. These rankings’ calculated data points on higher education ...


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Editorial: John Hay well worth it

The shape of campus undoubtedly influences the character of the student experience. We applaud the work of the University in renovating the John Hay Library, an effort that visibly enhances the vibrancy of academic life on campus. We contend — and many students will agree — that the addition of ...


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Editorial: Stop charging for books

While shopping courses, many students are aware that they are also shopping for textbooks. In addition to the $59,428 that we pay in tuition, professors request that students shell out what can often add up to thousands of dollars for reading materials. We urge the University to address the ever-pressing ...


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Editorial: Ra ra Brunonia?

This past week, members of the class of 2018, following in the footsteps of thousands before them, walked through the Van Wickle Gates carrying with them the long-standing history and traditions of the University. They come with a profound sense of pride in their admission to Brown and, despite their ...


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Editorial: Challenge sexual violence

We applaud the United States Department of Education’s decision this summer to launch an investigation of the University’s sexual assault policies, though without powerful new legislation from Congress we remain deeply skeptical that the department’s recommendations will do much more than provide ...


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Editorial: The minority STEM crisis

Last semester, The Herald published a series called “Missing Scientists” exploring the minority students at Brown involved in what is colloquially known as STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Both at Brown and across the country, students who describe themselves as underrepresented ...


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Editorial: Beyond year 250

The 1968-69 academic year at Brown was one that forever changed the trajectory of both the University and higher education in the nation at large. In December 1968, black students at Brown boldly organized a walkout to push for increased minority recruitment and a more diverse faculty. Over the course ...


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Editorial: Happy birthday, LGBTQ Center

Recently, the University’s LGBTQ Center celebrated its 10th birthday. The center is honoring its achievements and the challenges it has overcome with a month-long celebration. As The Herald reported Monday (“LGBTQ Center celebrates 10th birthday with cake, reflection,” April 21), the anniversary ...


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Editorial: What we’re fighting for

As we recover from Spring Weekend, prepare for finals and enjoy the newly beautiful weather, Emma Jerzyk’s ’17 April 8 Herald article should be a wakeup call to us all. Jerzyk profiles several homeless Rhode Islanders and explores how so many remain affected by the 2008 recession and subsequent ...





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