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Editorial: The day the University-College died

This past week, a defining piece of the University’s identity changed. President Christina Paxson told students at a campus forum that Brown is no longer a “university-college” in the model first established by former President Henry Wriston, though she added that the principle remains “in spirit.” ...


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Editorial: Our neighbors to the (religious) right

This week, Providence College, a Roman Catholic institution, canceled a lecture that was to be given Thursday by John Corvino, a gay philosophy professor at Wayne State University who supports same-sex marriage. After receiving national attention and criticism, PC released a statement alleging the cancellation ...


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Editorial: Moving online, removing the human element

As technology becomes ever more omnipresent in the modern age, universities have begun experimenting with digital strategies to expedite and accelerate their students’ learning. The most notable example is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s OpenCourseWare, which, according to its website, ...


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Editorial: A new plan for a new era

Yesterday, President Christina Paxson emailed the community with the proposed strategic plan that, if approved, will guide Brown’s trajectory for the next decade. We urge all who are interested in the University’s future to read the plan in its entirety and to attend upcoming community forums in ...


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Editorial: College rankings promote flawed systems

This past week, the U.S. News and World Report released its annual ranking of colleges — though as usual, little change is discernible between this edition and the last. The usual big players top the lists, with Princeton, Harvard and Yale leading the national universities, and Williams College, Amherst ...


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Editorial: U. should facilitate study abroad process

As the University weighs and looks to further its commitment to internationalization, the concept of studying abroad — and the way in which it is actually practiced at Brown — merits fresh scrutiny. Though opponents of studying abroad characterize programs as endless parties or continuous field ...


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Editorial: Save the housing lottery

There is one magical moment in the academic year when students gather together to learn from the past, relish in the present and prepare for the future. Though the answer — the housing lottery — should be obvious to all, the night’s magic seems to have been forgotten by administrators and the ...


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Editorial: Syrian conflict calls for campus discussion

We stand at a pivotal moment as President Obama bids Congress to support a diplomatic — or, if necessary, military — intervention in Syria to halt President Bashar al-Assad’s regime’s reported use of deadly chemical weapons. While we may feel detached from the conflict or powerless to influence ...


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Editorial: STEM reform should return to basics

Over the next three years, the University will seek to revamp its introductory courses in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics — known as STEM — with a grant partly sponsored by the Association of American Universities. This study is long overdue and could significantly affect the experience ...


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Editorial: Thank you for the music

Last weekend, the Main Green was transformed into an oasis, where students could experience a few carefree days away from the pressures of outside jobs, school and other stressors. In order for us to enjoy this brief respite, security staff, administrators, student leaders, Brown Concert Agency members ...


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Editorial: The dangers of new vigilantism

At the height of the Boston Police Department and FBI’s pursuit of the two suspects of last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, something unprecedented occurred: Hundreds of people, across social networks like Reddit and Twitter, tuned into police scanners and claimed law enforcement officers had ...


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Editorial: Changing the immigration debate

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight proposed legislation that would provide a path to provisional legal status for undocumented immigrants, one step on a road to citizenship. While the conservative base is still wary of granting amnesty to immigrants it considers lawbreakers, ...


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Editorial: Sending thoughts and prayers for Boston

On Monday, it happened again. Most of us students are members of the 9/11 generation, and after two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, we were immediately taken back to the attacks that happened during our formative years. Though, thankfully, the casualty count appears to be much lower than that ...


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Editorial: A minor problem

In The Herald’s most recent undergraduate poll, about 61 percent of students expressed the opinion that the University should offer minors. Though important arguments for the introduction of new programs exist, we strongly believe minors should not be implemented. Introducing minors at Brown would ...





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