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Editorial: The intersection of science and politics

We applaud Professor of Biology Kenneth Miller ’70 P’02 for his continuous role as an advocate of public science. Miller attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting Feb. 13 and spoke about his experience as first witness in the historic Kitzmiller v. Dover ...


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Editorial: Rethinking RIPTA

The good news is that we Brown students get to take full advantage of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus system for free. The less good news is that this privilege does not mean much. While there are students who would argue that the RIPTA is very convenient once you know how to navigate ...


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Editorial: Changing the world, one applicant at a time

The Harvard Graduate School of Education recently released a report proposing a change to the college admissions process. While we agree that a change to this process is certainly necessary, we’re not sure that the direction this report hopes to take in revising it is the right one. The report calls ...


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Editorial: Proud of Brown’s role in Bootstrap

We are proud that Brown faculty had a role in developing the Bootstrap curriculum. Bootstrap is a computer science literacy curriculum currently being taught to 10,000 middle school students in 17 states and five countries outside of the United States. The program is a part of President Barack Obama’s ...


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Editorial: To the students who did not get bids

As of Thursday, 296 female undergraduates were in the process of rushing sororities. This is a steep increase from last year, when 207 rushed, and that number marked an increase of about 48 percent from the 140 students who rushed the year before. While Brown’s fraternities have been less active recently ...


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Editorial: Troubling textbook costs

The arrival of each new semester brings with it a multitude of great opportunities: the opportunity to join interesting new clubs, the opportunity to not fall behind on your classwork this time, the opportunity to catch up with old friends and, of course, the opportunity to spend hundreds of dollars ...


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Editorial: In support of the chemistry petition

Several pre-medical students recently released a petition calling for Brown to offer both CHEM 0350: “Organic Chemistry I” and CHEM 0360: “Organic Chemistry II” during both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. We support this effort. Brown must offer these classes during both ...


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Editorial: Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day

We commend the University for its decision to rename Fall Weekend Indigenous People’s Day. More importantly, we applaud the members of Native Americans at Brown for their hard work and tireless activism, through which they have not only brought positive change to Brown but have also set a powerful ...


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Editorial: In memoriam

Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, former mayor of Providence, passed away last week, leaving many people feeling conflicted. Cianci was an important community figure and arguably a good mayor; he was also a felon convicted of several different crimes. This raises the moral question of how exactly we are supposed ...


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Editorial: Politics off campus

The relationship between campus politics and those on the national stage is often opaque and murky. Student protests and public policy may not be as integrated as activists hope, but neither are they as separate as those in Washington may believe. Student activism, shifts in administrative and educational ...


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Editorial: Money matters in the DIAP

Monday, President Christina Paxson P’19 announced the completion of Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University, a proposal to address and alleviate issues of inequality and exclusion on campus. Well-organized and thought out, the document satisfactorily incorporates community ...


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Editorial: Power of a portrait

For many prospective students, one of the spaces on Brown’s campus that stands out most prominently during tours is the portrait gallery in Sayles Hall, often described by new first-years still figuring out which building is which as “that room with all the old white guys.” It seems almost comical, ...


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Editorial: A perspective on shopping period

Shopping period is one aspect of Brown’s liberal arts model that can feel like both a blessing and a curse. While shopping gives us the option to sample many different classes and commit to schedules from an informed perspective, it can also be intimidating. Professors begin assigning work immediately; ...


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Editorial: The Herald turns 125

This year, The Herald turns 125. On this anniversary and with the beginning of a new editorial board, we strive to improve the paper, reflect on its past and lay the foundation for a better future. Since 1891, The Herald has published a daily paper intended to inform the Brown community and hold members ...


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Editorial: Housing policies for returning students

As fall term begins to wind down and students studying abroad plan for their return to Brown, many remain unsure of their housing situation on campus for the spring. Though the administration requires students arriving back from study abroad to live on campus, this edict is frequently waived as on-campus ...


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Editorial: Expanding ROTC options

We applaud the University for expanding ROTC options by forming two new partnerships that will let students participate in the Naval and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps next semester. Before this expansion, Brown students only had the option of participating in an Army ROTC partnership ...


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Editorial: The competitiveness of clubs

At Brown, certain clubs and activities, such as Ivy Film Festival, the Triple Helix and Brown Motion Pictures, have applications in order for students to become a part of the creative process that goes into being a part of a publication or film crew. This ensures that the students who are a part of ...


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Editorial: Difficult gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches this year, we recognize the difficulty of determining for what we should be grateful. As news from the tragedies in Paris and Beirut continues to trickle out, as governors of 26 states and counting have refused to accept Syrian and Iraqi refugees — privileging fear over ...





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