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Editorial: Talking to a Herald reporter

It’s possible that over the course of your time at Brown you’ll be asked to interact with one of our reporters. We try to cover the Brown community and include as many voices as possible —  so when a reporter speaks with you, we hope that you’ll have a positive experience with them and feel ...


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Editorial: Why Brown?

Dear Class of 2021, You may have spent hours pondering over your response to the simple question “Why Brown?” when completing your application. Now, as the University’s A Day on College Hill begins and hundreds of prospective students ascend upon College Hill, it is our time to answer the question ...


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Editorial: Toward a better Herald

Every year during the spring semester, The Herald endorses candidates for contested Undergraduate Council of Students and Undergraduate Finance Board executive positions. Endorsements are typically made after the editorial board meets with the candidates to discuss their respective ideas and platforms. ...


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Editorial: Go Bruno

The women’s basketball team, our representative in the inaugural Ivy League tournament, has had a strong year, capping its season by sweeping Columbia and Cornell over the weekend to finish fourth in the conference and earn its postseason berth. We wish the Bears success against Penn at the Palestra ...


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Beyond 140 characters

On Jan. 20, 2017, President Donald Trump was sworn in, marking the first of the 1,462 days that the United States will be governed by a man who referred to journalists as being “among the most dishonest human beings on earth.” This statement, while mild in comparison to the deplorable remarks Trump ...


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Editorial: A Trump win

There is so much to say about the result of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Knowing that we could go on for thousands of words and that thousands of words will indeed be written about this result in the coming days and decades, we will simply relay facts about what transpired Tuesday. Taking political ...


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Editorial: What objectivity means to The Herald

For any news organization, journalistic integrity is paramount. Historically, objectivity has been considered central to an ethical model of journalism. As the Columbia Journalism Review noted in an article on the subject in 2003, journalists “all learned about objectivity in school or at our first ...


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Editorial: Remove barriers to early graduation

The requirement that students must complete or pay for eight semesters of college is classist and contradicts the supposedly fundamentally Brown tenet of allowing students to be the architects of their own educations. Brown’s requirement of taking 30 courses seems reasonable enough, allowing for at ...


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Editorial: Peer education and activism

Last week, The Herald’s editorial board urged our peers to “be generous” in speaking with other students who may not have as elaborate an understanding of issues of power and identity as their own. This week, we aim to expand on that notion, explaining why it is necessary and how it will prove ...


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Editorial: Toward a productive political culture

The political engagement of Brown’s students is a cornerstone and a privilege of the education here. As tour guides will trumpet, Brown is not a campus where learning is constrained to the classroom. For many students, the most memorable lessons of their undergraduate experiences will come not from ...


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Editorial: Revamping commentary

The Herald’s largest job is to facilitate discourse on campus by informing its readership and empowering community members to share diverse, well-supported perspectives with each other. Over the course of fall 2015, it became clear that our commentary section lacked crucial editorial provisions. This ...


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Editorial: The media and social justice

The relationship between conventional media outlets and organizations dedicated to social justice is a fraught one of late, especially on college campuses. This is understandable. Mainstream media outlets, including The Herald, have published certain pieces both in recent memory and throughout their ...


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Editorial: Love is in the … where?

The topic is everywhere. The Internet is flooded with think pieces about “college hook-up culture,” and at various times during the year campus is full of talk centered on “cuffing season” or “senior scramble.” It can easily seem as though everybody around here is constantly hooking up with ...


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Editorial: Nguyen ’17 for UCS president

As students gear up to vote in elections for the Undergraduate Council of Students this week, The Herald endorses Viet Nguyen ’17 for UCS president. Nguyen, like the other two candidates — Kevin Garcia ’18 and Zachary Nelkin ’17 — plans to prioritize amplifying marginalized voices on campus ...


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Editorial: Approaches to activism

Brown students are known for their enthusiasm about social justice. Just last month, we made national headlines once again for being the type of students who care more about the community to which we belong than about our own academic achievements. Many news outlets and outside observers seemed to think ...


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Editorial: Supporting displaced scholars

In February of this year, Brown accepted a scholar who had been displaced by the Syrian Civil War. Tarek, who spoke to The Herald last week as a part of its series on Syrians in Providence and whose name has been changed to preserve anonymity for the sake of his and his family’s safety, left his ...


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Editorial: A comment on comments

The Herald removed the ability for readers to leave comments not linked to an e-mail account and user name on our site yesterday. The comments section of any website can and should be a place for readers to conduct a productive discussion about the site’s content. But comments sections have an unfortunate ...


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Editorial: Committee research compensation

We are delighted with Brown’s decision to begin funding student research for committees this semester. Students serving on the Mental Health Community Council and Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board will start a pilot program for research funding, and the students serving on those committees will ...





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