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Meszaros GS: The hidden costs of immunizations

I got my flu shot last week. The whole process was fast, convenient and entirely free — in fact, the most difficult part for a brand new student was finding the basement lounge where the shots were being administered. Encouraging the student body to inoculate against the onset of flu season is an ...


Bouton '20: We must demand a fossil fuel-free DNC

In June, the Democratic National Committee ended its long-standing policy of accepting money from the fossil fuel industry. But in August, a resolution put forth by party Chairman Tom Perez ’83 P’18 reversed the June decision. As Clare Steinman ’19 wrote in a column back in September, Perez’s ...


Glenn '14, Meyers '16: Cutting Brown athletics isn’t a joke

With the start of the new week came the revival of an old debate: Is there value in Brown athletics? Many of us arrived to work last Monday to find multiple messages from friends sharing the opinion piece by August ’19, Kent-Daggett ’19 and  Taswell ’19 entitled, “A slam dunk proposal for Brown ...


Bosis '19: The agency problem in student employment

There has been some serious blowback, to say the least, around Brown Dining Services stemming from the extreme overworking of students in supervising and management positions. The problems are myriad: fewer new hires means more work for the rest, existing employees often put off leaving out of fear ...


Wu '19: Transfer admission should be need-blind

In 2003, the University became need-blind for domestic, first-year applicants. This meant that Brown would not consider the wealth of an applicant (or their family) in granting admission. In this, Brown affirmed a core tenet of college admission: No candidate should be favored for coming from a rich ...


Rose ’19: Why is it so hard to be a barber in R.I.?

There is broad, bipartisan agreement, from former president Barack Obama to Milton Friedman, that America today regulates away economic growth and opportunity by erecting unreasonable barriers to participation in labor markets. Lobbied by special interest groups, states have built ever-expanding mazes ...


Holt: Securing the future of Providence — for all of us

My name is Ryan Holt. I live on Halsey Street (right near campus) with my wife, Lilia, our rescue dog Stella and our two rescue cats Silvio and Cleo. Lil and I were both born and raised right here in Providence. We both attended Classical High School in Providence. We both have successful careers — ...

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