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Sauber '20: The irony of SEAS’ inaccessibility

Before coming to Brown, I had never felt discriminated against as a result of my disability. Despite the crippling anxiety that I have dealt with since the first grade, it was always my towering stature and poor eyesight that made me feel like an outsider in my community. Mental health issues were unsurprisingly ...


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Murage '17: From jewelry to extinction

Four semesters ago, I vowed to my roommate that I would take a bullet to save any elephant from poaching. Astonished, he asked, “Why would you do that?” I grinned and said, “Because wild animals, elephants specifically, are majestic and they don’t really care about us.” Then I went on to ...


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Hanson ’17: The truth about Brown’s budget

Almost immediately after Brown’s budget for fiscal year 2018 was approved by the Corporation, many students reacted to the 4 percent tuition increase and the projected deficit of nearly $4.8 million. Tuition was compared negatively with the much lower inflation rate, and the deficit was seen by some ...


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Powell: Recent columns misconstrue admissions process

Recent opinion pieces in The Herald have made assumptions about the University’s admission process and the priorities we emphasize. We believe strongly that Brown flourishes because of the talents of its students, faculty, staff and alumni, and it is disheartening and disappointing to read assertions ...


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Paxson P'19: Supporting our students and scholars

I want to thank the Brown alums who shared their concerns about the executive order on immigration and refugee policy in a Letter to the Editor in the Feb. 2 issue of The Herald. This is indeed an issue of the utmost importance for Brown, principally because it has significant implications for the personal ...


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Shemano ’19: The perils of executive overreach

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions, it’s time to talk about the system and precedent that affords him the power to circumvent Congress and create policy unilaterally. You may be surprised to hear that when the legality of Trump’s executive orders goes to court, the ...


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Tisch ’17: Let’s not objectify our athletes

Earlier this week, several events circulated on Facebook promoting a Brown Athletics department-sponsored meet featuring the gymnastics team and the wrestling team. This Friday will be the third annual iteration of the event, a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Spectators are encouraged to #WearPink ...


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Nwizu '17: One Africa one people

The Executive Board of the African Student Association — AfriSA — would like to address the concerns recently published in an op-ed in The Herald by Daniel Murage ’17, a member of the African community. In this piece, we wish to address the concerns and demonstrate our commitment to our mission. ...


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Flynn '20: History and its ugly but important legacy

A little less than a year ago, as part of a wider controversy surrounding racial tension at Princeton, student protesters demanded the removal of Woodrow Wilson’s name from campus institutions. Wilson — a Princeton alum, 13th President of the university and 28th President of the United States — ...


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Murage '17: Afrisa for whom?

If we are to believe the media and historical texts, then most African governments were corrupt, are corrupt or are on their way to corruption. But the continent’s citizens have always been vigilant, condemning and protesting against their leaders and their corrupt ways. This steadfast fight among ...


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Okin '19: What we can learn from literary discomfort

In my comparative literature course this week, my professor warned us that what he was about to say would probably be an unpopular sentiment among us students. He quoted Kafka: “We ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us.” Nervous eyes wandered. Jaws opened slightly. Silence. ...


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Conway '18: Writing off 59 million opinions

Sitting in class Wednesday, I was surrounded by students and professors alike making the assumption that everyone in the room opposed President-Elect Donald Trump and that anyone who supported him was uneducated, backwards or hateful toward human rights. I genuinely appreciate the protests, the sit-ins ...


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Safian: Healing through art

Wednesday morning, Rhode Island National Public Radio’s political analyst Scott MacKay tweeted a link to Joe Conason’s blog post for the National Memo, “What Do We Tell the Children About Their Country Now?” As the mother of a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old who are both worried about the election ...


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Hood ’17.5: Veterans unwelcome

Let’s not forget Veterans Day is a time-honored tradition when a nation celebrates those who have served and honors those taken too early for the sake of American freedom. These men and women paid the ultimate price fighting for their blessed motherland. So if you see a veteran, please be sure to ...


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Muir '20: A request for respect

This past weekend, the nation celebrated Veterans Day, a national holiday where the country collectively takes a moment to honor the people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Every year, Brown University hosts a Veterans Day ceremony to honor its student veterans, past and present, as well as ...


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Cohn '17: The 2016 election — a springboard for passion

Last night, the impossible happened — now President-Elect Donald Trump won the presidency. Despite the myriad of pollsters and news sources giving former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at least a 2-to-1 chance to win, the American voters have spoken to the contrary. These voters, ...


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Seo '18: The hidden joy of consulting recruiting

“Do one thing a day that scares you.” This sentence was written over a Lululemon bag that I had when I was 12 years old. At the time, I thought the saying was ridiculous. After all, why would anyone do something that scared them once a day? Would that really make life more fulfilling? I didn’t ...




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