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Editorial: Sad but expected

The sexual assault statistics released Monday by the University are atrocious but not unexpected. From the rape lists scribbled on the bathroom walls of the Rockefeller Library in 1991 to the Imagine Rape Zero movement of the past few years, Brown has a long history of students demanding justice for ...


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Editorial: The university-college model

At 4 p.m. today, students, faculty, staff and other Brown community members will join President Christina Paxson P’19 at an open forum to discuss the operational plan that will shape the University’s expansion over the next decade. The “Operational Plan for Building Brown’s Excellence” will ...


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Editorial: Cutting the summer contribution

Brown, alongside its wealthy peers, has a long history of promoting inequality and helping the elite build and maintain their wealth. We cannot forget that it has been less than 12 years since Brown committed to need-blind admission for domestic students, a fraction of its 251 years of existence. But ...


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Editorial: An unproven alcohol policy

On Sept. 4, 2015, the interim assistant vice presidents for campus life and student services sent a campus-wide email detailing alcohol policies for the fall semester. The updated report contains few changes from last semester and, perhaps most significantly, continues the ban on events with alcohol ...


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Editorial: Orienting our mental health

First-year orientation at Brown consistently includes three things: the famed ice cream social, Convocation and the mandatory, full-class, three-part lecture series. Every year, the University invites a variety of speakers to give incoming first-years the tools they need to discuss diversity, drink ...


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Editorial: Community building and the Corporation

Community building has been at the root of many discussions over the past academic year. With continued concerns and difficult conversations surrounding sexual assault and mental health, many students feel a diminution of trust and pride in the University. The Corporation’s upcoming May meeting will ...


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Editorial: Spend a summer in Providence

As 700 prospective students visit for A Day on College Hill while another 1,500 students prepare to graduate and become alums, it is funny to stop and realize how cyclical Brown truly is. Each year, Brown transforms students into scholars and serves as a place where ideas form, dissipate and then re-emerge ...


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Editorial: Defeating imposter syndrome

Brown is a special place, but it can also be a place where it is difficult to feel special. Surrounded by thousands of other high-powered, brilliant individuals, it is easy to lose sight of how and where one belongs. But if this mentality — known as imposter syndrome — persists, it can be limiting. ...


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Editorial: Response to Emma Sulkowicz’s talk

On Thursday, Emma Sulkowicz spoke to Brown students about her experience with sexual assault and its influence on her senior thesis. Her story made national headlines when Columbia allowed her alleged rapist back on campus. In her talk, she explored the idea of consent in a sometimes controversial manner. ...


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Editorial: Students show moral inconsistency

On Friday and Saturday, roughly 5,000 Brown students will pay money to crowd the Main Green to applaud and cheer along Waka Flocka Flame and Pusha T. We will give them tens of thousands of dollars, both out of the University’s operating budget and directly from our pockets in ticket purchases. Why? ...


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Editorial: Spotlight Brown's history

Next month’s Commencement ceremonies will mark the completion of the University’s 250th anniversary celebrations. Begun in March 2014 with a flashy fireworks display on the Main Green, the 250th has given administrators a prime opportunity to fundraise, tout the University’s expansion into new ...


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Editorial: Pushing up declaration deadlines

Brown should strongly consider moving up the deadline for the declaration of concentrations during sophomore year. Because an earlier deadline would not presume students have a total plan for the future, students would realize that one’s concentration does not define one’s life path or personality. ...


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Editorial: Applauding the sexual assault task force

Since last fall, the Task Force on Sexual Assault has worked tirelessly to draft a formalized and comprehensive series of recommendations to more effectively address the pervasive issue of sexual assault on campus. The interim report, published in December, emphasized the pressing need to reform the ...


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Editorial: Building stronger academic communities

This year, advising was not at the forefront of any Undergraduate Council of Students presidential candidate’s platform. This is a marked change from candidates campaigning on “fixing advising” as one of their lofty goals. Improving advising has been an issue in the student body’s psyche for ...


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Editorial: Striking a balance

On Monday, 44 Rhode Island School of Design technicians ended a strike protesting the school’s stance in union contract negotiations, which centered on health care premiums, wage increases and retirement contributions. The strike lasted five days. The technicians at RISD are vital to the basic functioning ...


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Editorial: Weighing UCS candidates

The upcoming Undergraduate Council of Students elections provide a valuable opportunity for the Brown community to shape the character of student leadership on campus — an impact that is all too often overlooked. Thursday’s debate offered a window into the platforms of both the UCS presidential and ...


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Editorial: Revamp the UCS/UFB voting process

Now that spring break is over, everyone’s favorite time at Brown is right around the corner: the annual elections for leadership positions on the Undergraduate Council of Students and the Undergraduate Finance Board. Readers who chortled or scoffed at the previous sentence would be forgiven for doing ...





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