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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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Letter: On plans to diversify the faculty

To the Editor:   At the faculty meeting Tuesday, President Christina Paxson initiated a very important and welcome discussion about increasing efforts here at Brown to diversify the faculty. The Herald article (“Paxson aims to double underrepresented minorities on the faculty,” Nov. 5) reports ...


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Letter: The compatibility of religion and academics

To the Editor: In her Monday Herald opinions column (“Are religion and academics incompatible?” Nov. 3), Divya Bhatia ’15 argued that the lack of religious dialogue in academic settings goes against our “liberal” values. While I agree with the point that there should be more open and prevalent ...


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Letter: Celebrating diversity in teaching

To the Editor:   As a Brown alum, Asian American woman, and executive director of Teach For America Rhode Island, I want to share my perspective on an article in Friday’s Herald, “Number of Brown grads entering TFA drops sharply,” Oct. 24. I appreciate that the article shares Teach For ...


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Letter: Phi Psi condemns sexual violence

Dear Brown community, On Friday, the Brothers of Phi Kappa Psi, along with the rest of the Brown community, received an email from Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, and Russell Carey ’91 MA’06, executive vice president for planning and policy. The email stated ...


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Letter: Coal divestment is the right choice

To the Editor: This is about “Fossil Free Brown: Imagining Brown fossil-free,” the opinions column in Thursday’s Herald. The fight against global climate change is so important that it far outweighs all other considerations. Thus it should be recognized that the Corporation members are generously ...


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Letter: Cianci coverage lacks bite

To the Editor: I am pleased to see that The Herald is covering the crucial mayoral election in Providence. However, “Cianci touts past as he aims for comeback” repeats Vincent “Buddy” Cianci’s talking points largely unchallenged, leaving it to readers to cast their votes based on what they ...


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Letter: Column mischaracterizes criticism of Israel

To the Editor: On Tuesday, Zachary Ingber ’15 published a column regarding anti-Semitism and several cases of it that he claims have recently materialized. Ingber writes that one such case occurred when a panelist from “Students on Palestine and Israel: Perspectives on the Gaza War” supposedly ...


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Letter: A commentary on the Corporation

To the Editor: I grow increasingly wary of the Corporation’s dodges to avoid student representation. The facts are clear: This institution depends on students for its existence. The Corporation is the highest governing body of the institution. As a result, the best governance of the institution depends ...





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