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University program teaches ASL, Deaf culture, history

As students in the University’s American Sign Language program enter their classroom, they immediately fall silent. The mode of communication shifts from vocal chords and shaped lips to hand gestures and emotive expressions. In this classroom, professors encourage full immersion not only to learn ...


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An oral history of student activism since the 1980s

Herald Archives Students begin fasting to protest apartheid. RONALD REAGAN (1981-1989) Having grown up in the midst of the Vietnam War and the peak of distrust in government, students during the 80s were highly skeptical of the government, protesting CIA recruitment, University investment in South ...


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The college effect

As throngs of students coming from pre-games and “darties” swarmed the Main Green for Spring Weekend, another group was avoiding the muddy mess altogether. At the W. Alton Jones Camp in West Greenwich, around 70 substance-free students went hiking, played sports and even found some time for homework.  Though ...


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Unplugged: Students opt out of social media

In high school, Shane Fischbach ’15 checked his Facebook incessantly. Like the vast majority of his peers, he consistently liked statuses, posted photos and received updates on the college acceptances of “friends” he hardly knew. “At a superficial level, (Facebook) didn’t make me any happier,” ...


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Trading the pen for the paintbrush

A painting hangs in Abbott Gleason’s living room — a piece his wife calls his best work. A view of Florence from the hills outside the city, the landscape combines Cubist form with the pastoral, earthy colors of Paul Cézanne. There’s something organic about the painting: It straddles the border ...


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Students tweet their way to online accolades

“Anyone who likes to write realizes there’s a plethora of terrible ideas that bounce around in your head. It’s my job to give those ideas a voice and a face to punch,” said Dana Schwartz ’15, the brains behind the parody Twitter account @GuyInYourMFA. Started in early September, the account ...


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Student-run businesses create alternative campus jobs

When most students begin the search for on-campus jobs, they head to the libraries or dining halls. But some select students follow their entrepreneurial spirit, juggling small businesses and full courseloads. By setting up service-based businesses, students can work according to their own schedule ...


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Letters unsigned, but sealed and delivered

Some may say the art of a handwritten letter has been lost in a modern age saturated with Snapchats and Emojis. But the Brown Pen Pals are dedicated to keeping this fleeting art of letter writing alive. Through the club, student pairs exchange handwritten letters to form anonymous, yet surprisingly ...


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Putting up the ‘do not disturb’ sign

At 3 a.m. during reading period last semester, Ben, a junior, was about to head back to his dorm when he received a text from his roommate. “Don’t come back to the room,” it read. Ben, whose name — like those of several students interviewed for this article — has been changed to maintain ...


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Art festival showcases diverse crafts

For 10 a.m. on a Sunday, Thayer Street was unusually busy. Under the heat of an unseasonably bright September sun, vendors at the Thayer Street Art Festival pitched their signs and perfected their displays to prepare for incoming crowds. Before noon, anyone heading north on Thayer who looked into the ...


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Groups raise awareness on Israel-Palestine

In the wake of a tumultuous summer of violence in Gaza, Brown community members are facilitating an array of events and actions to raise awareness on campus and to promote a spectrum of political stances on Israel and Palestine. Between long-standing student groups, burgeoning independent initiatives ...


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In vacant spaces, a wealth of possibility

Urban exploration has recently become a trend in abandoned or more vacant cities around the country. It’s a phenomenon that seems to reflect the tension between nostalgia for “the old, the grand, the industrially or architecturally powerful” and wonder at “watching these things fall,” said ...


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Position title affects paycheck, not student approval

Students may not pay much attention to their course instructors’ official titles when picking classes, but faculty members said their tenure-track status influences their work experiences. At Brown, professors and associate professors are tenured, which means that they are entitled to guaranteed ...






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