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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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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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