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Editorial: Disappointment with divestment decision

Last Sunday, President Christina Paxson informed the Brown community of the Corporation’s decision not to divest the University’s endowment from its holdings in large coal companies. Many were disappointed, given the strength and energy of the campaign by student activist group Brown Divest Coal ...


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Editorial: The way we were

Memories of the specifics of Ruth Simmons’ presidency are quickly fading, replaced by a larger-than-life mystique. At this point, Simmons is perhaps best known for her prodigious fundraising and sky-high approval ratings, but few may remember that she arrived on campus after a controversial free speech ...


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Editorial: Silencing the wrong voices

Yesterday, as almost the entire community is aware, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was scheduled to give the Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture — a privately funded lecture sponsored by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions. The lecture was abruptly cancelled ...


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Editorial: Let Kelly speak — and respond

This Tuesday, the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions is hosting Raymond Kelly, the New York City Police Commissioner known for the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, for its Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture. The lecture is entitled “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest ...


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Editorial: SPG appropriately challenges social norms

Hundreds of students camped outside of Kasper Multipurpose Room Sunday night to secure tickets to one of Brown’s most renowned events of the year: Sex Power God. The Queer Alliance will host the annual party — a venue where attendees are free to explore their sexuality in a safe space — on Nov. ...


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Diamonds and Coal: Oct. 18, 2013

A diamond to the student director of “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play,” who said, “This was a time before pornography shaped these stereotypes, so these women’s reactions would have been very natural and organic.” We also like our orgasms cage-free, farm-raised and grass-fed. Cubic ...


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Editorial: One of the boys

Last week, President Obama announced he would nominate Janet Yellen ’67 to be chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. We commend this well-considered choice, made after months of confusion and national speculation. The move has seen widespread approval, with the Washington Post, for example, ...


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Editorial: Construction must reflect community needs

The face of Thayer Street has changed significantly this semester, with storefronts previously situated around Meeting Street moving further down the street or shutting down completely. Construction on new luxury apartments is underway, and community organizations seek to revitalize the area around ...


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Editorial: The philosopher college applicant

This past week, the Education section of The Atlantic published a piece critiquing the philosophical nature of essay prompts in school-specific college application supplements. In addition to commenting on questions from Tufts University and the University of Chicago, the author cited Brown’s question ...


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Editorial: Fox’s pandering journalism falls short

As many on campus are already aware, Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” correspondent Jesse Watters made another visit to College Hill this past week. When Watters came to Brown, in 2005, he infamously infiltrated and filmed Sex Power God, leading to a controversial segment on the show. His return ...


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Editorial: Shutdown problematic for higher education

The realm of academia can appear sheltered from the rest of the world, secluded in a bubble of knowledge accumulation and dissemination. But with Tuesday’s shutdown of the federal government — the first in 17 years — the world of real politics is currently intruding on the realm of higher education ...






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