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Editorial: Lecturing the Board

When the Brown Lecture Board brought former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf to campus last semester, we had high expectations. Recent speakers sponsored by Lecture Board — including outed CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson and former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee — delivered engaging talks to ...


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Editorial: One bigoted man

The Herald reported Feb. 25 that Health Services plans to implement several new measures in order to be more welcoming to transgender students. These steps include training caregivers and staff on transgender issues, changing forms and signs to reflect the range of gender identities and allowing students ...


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Editorial: Safe walking

Just a few days ago, a member of the editorial page board was about to cross the street at Thayer and Waterman when the light changed. Several students ignored the flashing red hand and continued to walk, causing an exasperated driver to roll down his window and yell, "You got a 1400 on your SAT? You ...


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Editorial: The write way

A long-planned effort to step up enforcement of the University's writing competency requirement got off to a rocky start last semester. The Herald reported in September that the Dean of the College's Office had been screening incoming students' letters to advisers without informing students. At the ...


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Editorial: Formula one

Rhode Island is well on its way to rejoining the rest of the country. Yesterday, the state's Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education considered a new method for allocating money to the state's troubled public education system. Rhode Island let its last formula for this purpose obsolesce ...


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Editorial: Keeping the Peace

Rhode Island School of Design wants its public safety officers to be able to make arrests, and a bill in the state's General Assembly would give these officers the authorization to do just that. We encourage the General Assembly to pass the bill.


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Editorial: The Corporation and the economy

Forty years ago, in December 1970, the Brown Corporation raised University tuition for the fifth year in a row. Students were outraged. A Dec. 14 editorial in the Herald titled "Price of Shit on the Rise" lamented that no students were consulted before the raise was approved and urged the University ...


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Editorial: Feeling stimulated

February 17 marked the first anniversary of the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — better known as the economic stimulus package. The University noted the occasion by putting out a press release listing the research at Brown that has benefited from stimulus funding. In the ...


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Editorial: Cut it out

Last week, the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley, released a report that analyzed funding for higher education from a comparative international perspective. According to the report, the United States is an outlier in that it has responded to the current ...


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Editorial: Restoring the balance

Brown's student body is known for being politically active and engaged. A quick glance at the list of student organizations classified as "Service, Political and Social Action Groups" shows that students are involved in a wide variety of causes, including everything from the Brown Animal Rights Club ...


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Editorial: Book it

In recent years, an increasing number of universities have been making electronic textbooks available as an alternative to traditional print books. The Herald reported last year that universities across the country, including the University System of Ohio, have begun to offer students the option to ...


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Editorial: Clear cut

When the Corporation convenes this weekend for its annual February meeting, the conversations may be more serious than usual. With the University's endowment down $740 million since the last fiscal year, Corporation members will gather to vote on a number of proposals aimed at trimming the University's ...


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Editorial: Transfixed

A recent University Resources Committee report suggested that one way the University might increase revenue is by accepting more transfer students. Since transfers are not admitted on a need-blind basis, their tuition payments can help offset some of the $30 million in needed budget cuts. This week, ...


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Editorial: Beyond the numbers

When enrollment data surfaced for the class of 2012, Brown struggled in terms of diversity. In particular, Brown's enrollment of black students ranked second-to-last among Ivy League schools — only 6.7 percent of the class of 2012 is African-American. A disappointed Herald editorial last February ...


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Editorial: RoadMAPS

If freshman year is spent in transition and exploration, sophomore year is when many students begin to settle down and find their place at Brown — a process that involves making lots of decisions. Students must choose and declare their concentrations, pick which groups and activities they want ...


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Editorial: Don and taxes

The state government is almost certainly in for a struggle over the budget that Governor Donald Carcieri '65 recently submitted to the General Assembly. To help close a deficit of $427 million for the coming fiscal year, the governor proposes new and increased fees alongside drastic cuts in local services ...


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Editorial: Getting old

Editor's Note: The second sentence of the third paragraph in this editorial contains material similar to an article in the Providence Journal ("Annaldo: Ban under-21 crowd from clubs," Feb. 11, 2010). An Editor's Note was published in the April 14, 2010, Herald. That Editor's Note can be found here. ...


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Editorial: President Simmons and Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs has been arguably the most controversial financial firm throughout the recent economic crisis. Critics have accused Goldman Sachs of selling financial products to institutional investors and betting against those same products with its own trading money, as well as hastening American International ...


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Editorial: Green is the new Brown

It's been an exciting year for Brown in the sustainability department. In October, the Herald reported that the University lowered its energy-related carbon emissions by 18 percent since 2007, greatly exceeding its initial goal of a 4-percent-per-year reduction. Last month, President Simmons took Brown's ...




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