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Editorial: Up for negotiation

For the second time in as many years, the University is engaged in a tense labor dispute with a segment of employees who are fundamental to the school's functioning. Last October, Brown Dining Services workers threatened to strike in response to a proposed increase in workers' contributions to health ...


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Editorial: What happens in college

In an op-ed about the upcoming elections last week in the New York Times, Gail Collins asked, "How far back in a candidate's history do we want to travel?" With multiple campaigns across the country bringing up opponents' college writings and actions, what counts as fair game is a now a particularly ...


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Editorial: A building Block

Like many other debates this election season, the debate between the four Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates that took place at Brown last Thursday was at times enlightening, at times entertaining and occasionally a little disconcerting. But amid the fray, one idea stood out as particularly fresh ...


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Editorial: If it ain't broke, don't fix it

The Herald reported last week that students' grades have been improving steadily in recent years, and that last year 54.4 percent of all grades were A's. While this trend is worth keeping an eye on, we certainly wouldn't support a Princeton-like policy in response.


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Editorial: Questions for the gubernatorial candidates

Thursday night, Brown will host a debate between the four candidates to succeed term-limited Gov. Donald Carcieri '65. The candidates — Democrat Frank Caprio, independent Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14, Republican John Robitaille and Moderate Ken Block — will debate in Salomon 101 at 7 p.m. The ...


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Editorial: The course network

Those who saw the "The Social Network" over the long weekend might have been surprised by the reminder of how different life was before Facebook — when "networking website" was a euphemism for online matchmaking and writing on someone's wall would have been considered vandalism. It's undeniable ...


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Editorial: A false dichotomy

The process to reform the University's tenure review procedures stalled last week after the faculty voted to withdraw the proposals from consideration and refer them to the Faculty Executive Committee. The proposals would, for instance, stop departments from revealing the identities of outside references ...


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Editorial: Site in sight

When Congress reauthorized the Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008, a provision in the bill required the Government Accountability Office to study "the feasibility of developing a national student loan clearinghouse on the (Education) Department's website that helps prospective borrowers make informed ...


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Editorial: Not just beauty sleep

Last week, The Herald reported on a study that found that delaying school start times could improve students' academic performance. Associate Professor of Pediatrics Judith Owens '77 MD'80 conducted an experiment at St. George's School in Newport, R.I., that observed the impact of a later start time ...


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Editorial: No tolerance for intolerance

We were deeply saddened to learn that Raymond Chase, a student at Johnson and Wales University, took his own life last Wednesday. Chase, who was openly gay, was the fifth LGBT teenager to commit suicide in the past three weeks. All of the students are believed to be victims of bullying and harassment ...


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Editorial: Dream on

We were extremely disappointed to read last month that the U.S. Senate failed to pass the National Defense Authorization Act because only 57 of its 100 members supported the bill on a party-line vote. We miss the days when the defeat of a bill authorizing military operations at the hands of arcane procedural ...


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Editorial: Brown to B-school

Brown is undoubtedly a world-class university, and there are very few things the school does not provide to its students. But as we read in The Herald last Friday, the University lacks a formal program for advising students and recent graduates who want to pursue a master's degree in business administration. ...


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Editorial: A new day

On Sept. 14, Mayor David Cicilline '83 won the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I. Cicilline will now face the former state House minority whip from Tiverton, Republican John Loughlin II, in vying for the right to represent Rhode Island's first district, ...


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Editorial: We've got spirit

It's rare to see Brown students with painted faces yelling at the top of their lungs. Such displays of pure excitement are generally reserved for Spring Weekend. But on Saturday night, students and alums channeled their spirit for Brown football's first-ever night game in the homecoming matchup against ...


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Editorial: Soften up

After one is admitted to college and matriculates, entrance exams like the SAT or ACT quickly become a distant memory. However, given the advertisements for test prep programs we see all around campus, it's hard to forget that the LSAT, MCAT or GRE are perhaps lurking in the not-so-distant future. Of ...


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Editorial: Sleep tight

Your parents may have warned you about bedbugs before wishing you sweet dreams as a child, but it turns out that recently, the threat of bedbugs has become a veritable nightmare. At Brown, no case of bedbugs has been reported on campus this year, according to Senior Associate Dean of Residential and ...




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