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Letter: UCS is committed to transparency

To the Editor: I’m disappointed by the recent Herald op-ed’s (“Shorter ’17: UCS needs to be transparent,” Sept. 28) framing of the Undergraduate Council of Students’ work toward informing our new members of Brown’s context as part of a conspiring liberal agenda. On Sept. 24, UCS went into ...


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Letter: Against pets for all in dorms

To the Editor: Grace Johnson’s ’19 column (“Pets should be for everyone,” Sept. 26) in yesterday’s paper was poorly thought out, insensitive and under-researched. I highlight just a few of the problems with the column: 1. “Allowing all students access to an emotional support animal would ...


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Letter: Meyer ’17 column is what journalism is for

To the Editor: As an alum of The Herald and longtime newspaperman, I was gratified that The Herald had guts enough to publish the Sept. 16 column by Daniel Meyer ’17, “Lamp/Bear sucks,” which was critical not only of that sculpture but also of its lender, former Brown trustee Steven Cohen. It’s ...


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Letter: Meyer’s ’17 column is offensive

To the Editor: I found Daniel Meyer’s ’17 column, “Lamp/Bear sucks,” of Sept. 16 offensive. I’m fairly certain that as many people enjoy Urs Fischer’s sculpture as do not. Art is often controversial. To defame Steve Cohen’s kindness in lending the work to the University as “a monument ...


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Letter: Tisch '76 P'18 P'20 misses the mark

To the Editor: Former Chancellor Thomas Tisch’s ’76 P’18 P’20 shamelessly money-minded and utilitarian letter in response to Daniel Meyer’s ’17 column ought to inspire fear and outrage from students and faculty members of this “liberal” institution alike. The real rub of Meyer’s piece ...


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Letter: CS works to serve low-income students

To the Editor: The financial pressures faced by low-income undergraduate researchers are real, and the Department of Computer Science is working to mitigate them. When we spoke with our low-income students last semester, they mentioned the challenges on Carin Papendorp’s ’17 list  (“Papendorp ...


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Letter: Philanthropy comes in many forms

To the Editor: I read with interest Daniel Meyer’s Sept. 16 column on Urs Fischer’s “Untitled (Lamp/Bear)” on the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle. While I know there has been a difference of views on the big blue bear in the community, I’ve come to appreciate the piece for its unexpected joyousness ...


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Letter: Making use of the SciLi

To the Editor: As you know, the SciLi is having an open house Sept. 16 (announced in Provost Richard Locke’s P’17 email). This letter is to point out that in addition to the many important activities described in the email and in The Herald’s article, there is still an important library function ...


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Letter: Money matters

To the Editor: The comment by University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi in the article on the SciLi refurbishment regarding a “guarantee” not to reduce staff number or salaries in the transition of the SciLi to a digital-age library and office complex is very troubling to me as an alumnus, who attended ...


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Letter: On Blueno

To the Editor: I’m writing because I want to speak my mind about a recent issue sparking debate on this campus. We are lucky to have many guests here at Brown this semester, and as a community we must strive to give them the warmest welcome possible. In many cases, I think we succeed. However, I have ...


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Letter: Give DPS credit

To the Editor: Regarding the opinion column, “DPS: the lesser of two evils” by Vaughn Campbell ’18, published Tuesday, I take exception with the title: DPS is not an evil, lesser, necessary or otherwise. I have consistently found in my experience that DPS, the Department of Public Safety, is professional, ...


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Letter: Students for Justice in Palestine hummus boycott

To the Editor: Thanks for the article, “Hummus options added after SJP protest,” March 8. As a Mizrahi Jew, it was enlightening to read that “‘(my) ancestors have been eating hummus, (and) they have been eating hummus for their whole lives.’” This came as a shock, mostly because I don’t ...


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Letter: Supporting Middle East studies

To the Editor: I read Sara Al-Salem’s Feb. 26 column with great interest and empathy. Many years ago, when I was an international student at Brown, I had an emotional breakdown due to some private reasons involving my family. I could not handle the double stress of trying to sort out personal issues, ...


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Letter: Responding to student concerns

To the Editor: At an open university like ours, what happens in a classroom is always fair game for public discussion, and Kyle Tildon ’19 has every right to openly criticize one of his professors, as he did in his recent Herald column, “On the Classroom.” But that does not mean that his charges ...


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Letter: Compensated committee work

To the Editor: Last December, Brown decided to fund paid student research assistantships to support the work of two university committees — the Mental Health Community Council and the Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board. The Feb. 26 article titled “Brown launches funding pilot for student committee ...


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Letter: Syrian refugees in Rhode Island

To the Editor: Your report on the press conference on Syrian refugees sided with the protesters who came to the State House to shout us down. Yet polls show that our view represents the majority opinion of Americans, and probably of Rhode Islanders, regarding the potential danger posed by importing ...


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Letter: A closer look at ‘Carol’

To the Editor: Jennifer Shook’sFeb. 4 article “Carol’ performances captivating, not ‘groundbreaking’ cinema" reveals an unfortunate misreading of both the film and its production history. Shook criticizes “Carol” for showing us something we have already seen (white lesbian protagonists) ...


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Letter: Misguided notions on mental health issues

To the Editor: I disagree with the argument posed in Chad Simon’s ’16 Nov. 23 op-ed “Depressed? Who isn’t?” It comes across as misinformed, contrived and utterly pointless on the state of mental health issues. Firstly, Simon describes Counseling and Psychological Services as the “most ...





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