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Letter: Leave mental illness diagnoses to experts

To the Editor: In his Nov. 23 column, Chad Simon ’16 described his experiences with depression and mental health services at Brown. He went on to discuss his thoughts on how mental health issues should be viewed and dealt with on college campuses. Overall, his arguments are rooted in anecdotal evidence, ...


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Letter: Brown should not have joined Coalition App

To the Editor: An Oct. 6 Herald article described Brown’s becoming one of more than 80 founding members of a Common Application alternative called the “Coalition Application.” Members include every Ivy League institution, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, Pennsylvania ...


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Letter: The Herald should have supported Maier

To the Editor: I write to express my disappointment with The Herald’s unwillingness to support M. Dzhali Maier ’17, its embattled staff columnist, and publicly defend both its commitment to free speech and editorial independence. Responses to Maier’s columns by students and administrators correctly ...


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Letter: Race does not cause cultural and social variation

To the Editor: Your call for responses to M. Dzhali Maier’s ’17 Oct. 5 column “The white privilege of cows,” and your own editorial comment, have — rightly — focused on the issues of racism and free speech. First, I would like to say that Maier’s essay was “clear,” contrary to your ...


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Letter: Some acts of expression can be harmful

To the Editor: Something is missing from the attempt by Professors Ross Cheit, David Josephson, Glenn Loury, Kenneth Miller ’70 P’02 and Luther Spoehr to identify what is missing from the statement about the current debate over free expression by President Christina Paxson P’19, Provost Richard ...


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Letter: Column offensive, but not worth censoring

To the Editor: I sincerely hope The Herald reconsiders the removal of M. Dzhali Maier’s ’17 column “Columbian Exchange Day” from its website after it was published in the print edition last Tuesday, Oct. 6. While I agree the piece was ill-conceived and offensive, I believe the lesson you are ...


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Letter: Herald, University lack backbone

To the Editor: Be outraged with the Herald and University, not the writer. The Herald apologized for publishing a recent controversial column. Worse still, The Herald removed the article from its website. The apology and removal declared that there is a limit to which ideas are acceptable for discussion. ...


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Letter: The role of a free press

To the Editor: The only standard that you should use to determine whether to publish anything is the quality of what is written. If you made an error by publishing something that was of inferior intellectual quality and included factual errors or widely discredited and offensive or inciteful material, ...


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Letter: Diversity benefits the majority

To the Editor: Your recent editors’ note ends, “We do not and will not tolerate racism,” but this begs the question: What are you actively doing to dismantle it? I mean, if you ain’t for us, you’ve got to be against us. It seems many organizations at Brown and beyond think recruiting a few ...


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Letter: Veganism has deficiencies

To the Editor: I am writing in response to a recent column (“Horowitz ’16: The FAQs of veganism,” Oct. 7). While I commend AEPi for going vegan on moral grounds, I find blanket statements about veganism being healthier than omnivorism troublesome. Horowitz writes, “Plant based sources of protein ...


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Letter: Feminism should be political, not paraded

To the Editor: Robyn Sundlee’s excellent opinion piece (“Sundlee ’16: Selling out the patriarchy,” Sept. 30) identifies numerous oft-ignored points about the intersection of feminism and capitalism. Sundlee points out that when we buy “F*** the Patriarchy” t-shirts, we are probably “courting ...


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Letter: Race is not a valid genetic category

To the Editor: Because these letters are usually short, I will focus on just one part of the generally incoherent opinions column in Monday’s Herald (“Maier ’17: The white privilege of cows,” Oct. 5). Before that, I would like to acknowledge my position as a middle-class cisgender white male, ...


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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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