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Letter: Sexual assault training reform is collaborative

To the Editor: From the Sept. 18 Herald article “First-year sexual assault training to be reevaluated,” some readers may have gotten the impression that BWell has been resistant to change and taken an obstructionist stance on the first-year orientation sexual assault training. This is not the case. ...


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Letter: Speaking up in section

To the Editor: In his piece “On Classroom Etiquette,” Chad Simon ’16 seems to forget the point of discussion sections and of college in general. Contrary to what Simon may believe, not all students arrive with a flawless grasp of philosophy and a talent for public speaking. When one of his peers ...


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Letter: Brown must do more to combat sexual assault

To the Editor: The results of the recent campus climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct are horrifying. The report tells us that roughly one in four undergraduate women and one in 15 undergraduate men at Brown (and at other campuses) have experienced unwanted sexual contact. Moreover, ...


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Letter: Softball players defend Coach Katie Flynn

It is with great confusion and frustration that we, members of Brown Softball, respond to the article that appeared in The Herald last week regarding Coach Flynn and the Brown Softball program. As a preliminary matter, it should be understood that we speak for ourselves, not the whole team, and have ...


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Letter: Physical evidence not immune to power

To the Editor: In reference to your editorial, I want to clarify that my position, like yours, is that survivors should seek justice and get rape kits done and allow testing for date-rape drugs. Of course, this is only if they feel comfortable doing so, for the police can often traumatize survivors ...


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Letter: ‘Cleaning up’ campus culture

To the Editor: In a March 18 editorial, The Herald’s editorial page board argued that students’ social media accounts should be cleaned up because inappropriate material on them reflects badly upon Brown. How about The Herald clean up its Blog by removing the juvenile, vulgar, obscene, pornographic  ...


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Letter: Mills ’15 and others misunderstand safe spaces

To the Editor: I am greatly disappointed that Walker Mills ’15’s opinion piece “Playing it Safe — Too Safe” falls into the same semantic trap that New York Times contributing opinion writer Judith Shulevitz and many other generational pundits have been making in recent editorial comments across ...


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Letter: The Walk should house the performing arts

To the Editor: The announcement that we will soon know the proposed site for a new and long overdue performing arts center is welcome news. Of the many potential locations on campus, my hope is that it will be sited somewhere on the Walk. The Walk was created in part to celebrate Brown with new and ...


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Letter: Brown should ban fraternities

I have been reading with disgust and profound embarrassment the reports about the date-rape drug case at Phi Kappa Psi. While the controversy addresses many of the hot-button topics of the day involving privilege and the treatment of women, the discourse refuses to confront the most important issues ...


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Letter: A child left behind

To the Editor: The recent article “Black R.I. students see high suspension rates” in the “Playground to Prison” series addresses a serious problem that the legislature in this state needs to address now. The writer quotes an ACLU report, “The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Black and White,” ...


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Letter: Alcohol policy does not cause issues off campus

To the Editor: In the early 1990s, in response to a Providence municipal ordinance, the University began requiring student organizations to obtain Class F entertainment licenses for certain types of social functions where alcohol was served. Students argued that this change, which included having to ...


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Letter: ROTC members welcome but not superior

To the Editor: Many commentators have accused Peter Makhlouf’s ’16 polemic opinion piece “ROTC: Return of the criminals” of being logically unsound and overly generalized. However, a real concern about the piece is the lack of formal reasoning for an anti-war ethos on campus. Being a pacifist ...


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Letter: Brown has proud history of military service

To the Editor: In his Feb. 5 column “ROTC:  Return of the Criminals,” Peter Makhlouf ’16 made the claim that “Brown has a rich ‘anti-military,’ anti-war history.” Perhaps his fiery rhetoric precluded actual research, because his historical myopia is disappointing. Similarly disappointing ...


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Letter: ROTC should not have campus presence

To the Editor: I appreciate and agree with Herald Opinions Columnist Peter Makhlouf’s ’16 strong opposition to the Brown faculty’s approval of a resolution to establish partnerships with Navy and Air Force ROTC units at Holy Cross. There is, as he says, an admirable tradition of anti-war and anti-military ...


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Letter: Diversity in hiring conflated with subjectivity

To the Editor: An article in the Feb. 4 issue of The Herald, “Faculty endorses tie to Holy Cross ROTC program,” significantly misrepresented the report to the faculty by the Committee on Faculty Equity and Diversity. By linking “high expectations for diversity in hiring practices” and “a new ...


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Letter: Phi Psi says no member spiked drink

To the Editor: Sexual assault has no place on our campus, and our hearts are with all survivors of sexual violence. Phi Kappa Psi does not condone the illegal possession, use or sale of drugs and supports the University’s efforts to ensure that students are not put at risk. Very serious questions ...


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Letter: Greek Council aims to create safe space

To the Editor: The Brown University Greek Council supports the University’s efforts to promote a safer environment on Brown’s campus, and we acknowledge that, as we move forward, the Greek community must continue to evolve to further this goal. Throughout the past semester our new Greek Sexual ...


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Letter: Incident warrants long-term frat suspension

To the Editor: The Nov. 10 Herald article confirming that a Brown student was given a “date-rape” drug at a fraternity party and the subsequent Janus Forum debate and Professor Lindsay Orchowski presentation on rape culture research create an unprecedented opportunity for the University to act ...


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Letter: Janus Forum alternatives and freedom of choice

To the Editor: There have been a lot of conversations generated by the Janus Forum event, “How Should Colleges Handle Sexual Assault?” To respond, two alternative spaces were created: the “BWell Safe Space” and “The Research on Rape Culture,” a lecture by Lindsay Orchowski, assistant professor ...


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Letter: Faculty diversity requires multifaceted efforts

To the Editor:   In supporting colleague Professor of Neuroscience Diane Lipscombe’s letter to the editor in Thursday’s Herald (“On plans to diversify the faculty,” Nov. 6), please let me add that improving faculty diversity requires extensive practical support from the faculty in implementation. I ...





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