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Tisch '17: Why Brown needs a gynecologist

Like many people, I am not particularly fond of pelvic examinations. Even when performed with the utmost care, sensitivity and expertise, this essential examination can be a source of both anxiety and discomfort. I recently visited Health Services to deal with a nonurgent “female” issue. I was prompted ...


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Bhargava ’17: The great escape

I first discovered the Absolute Quiet Room in the Rockefeller Library over the summer. I was roaming the library, looking for a place to sit and read a research paper — the sort that had obscure mathematical symbols scattered on every page — and when I saw a worn-out red armchair in the distance, ...


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Logan: Respect in the search for diversity and inclusion

Kyle Tildon ’19 titles his column “On the classroom.” Most readers will quickly see that the subtext is more like “Racism and sexism surface again at Brown.” This is a hot topic. It’s likely to draw your attention. I haven’t seen the column so let me begin with an apology in case I guess ...


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Tildon '19: On the classroom

The antiquated concept of the classroom, as it exists today in the minds of many educators and students, actively undermines the goals of higher education. Defining or giving purpose to the concept of a classroom is a seemingly easy task. Simply understood, the classroom is a space for a teacher to ...


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Zabat '18: In light of NEDA week

As a college student, I find that I have to introduce myself a lot. Usually I say the same things: My name is Michelle, and I am a Michigander. I am a chef, an athlete and a musician. I spend my free time doing yoga, playing sports and singing. I am an older sister. I am a foodie. I am a scientist. But ...


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Novoa '19: In defense of Aubrey Graham

Drake is the hottest rapper in the game right now. This is a fact. In 2015, he released two number-one mixtapes, launched a radio show on Apple Music, shot to the top of the charts with “Hotline Bling,” recorded killer guest verses on “Blessings,” “Where Ya At,” “R.I.C.O.” and “100” ...


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Campanelli '18: No Labels at Brown University

In today’s political climate, it seems as though politicians continuously talk past each other and pride themselves on their unwillingness to compromise. Candidates parade their votes against bipartisan agreements and champion thwarting an opposing party’s agenda. This rhetoric and inaction has ...


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Volpicello '18: It’s okay to be alone

Before coming to Brown, odds are somebody probably told you that college would be the best four years of your life — that you would be making friendships that last a lifetime and the person you end up marrying could be sitting next to you at orientation. This isn’t everyone’s story. Not even most ...


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Pierce: AEPi responds to accusations

I write to address the unscrupulous and untrue accusations made by Ben Owens ’17, a former member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, regarding the decision made by the chapter to turn its back on membership in AEPi and start a “local” fraternity. Saying that AEPi International does not “understand the issue ...


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Owens '17: Why we disaffiliated from AEPi

Dear fellow Brunonians, We are proud to announce that Nov. 3, 2015, we made the decision to disaffiliate from the Alpha Epsilon Pi National Fraternity and reestablish ourselves as the independent Greek organization, Beta Rho Pi. We, as brothers of Beta Rho, wish to be a positive force in the Brown community, ...


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Doyle '18: Grades will not define your identity

I’ve always found Brown to be a calming environment. The simplified grading system, the guarantee that no F’s will haunt my transcript and the general emphasis on learning over achieving generally keeps my stress level lower than that of students at other universities with atmospheres that encourage ...


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Beaulieu '99: Frats vs. feminists

During my junior year at Brown, a woman was raped at a campus fraternity party. A group of campus activists, mostly women, began to organize a response to this awful incident. They wanted to hold a demonstration on Wriston Quadrangle outside the fraternity where the rape took place. The fraternity — ...


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Shroff '15: Don’t stop demanding

If we keep getting told this is the real world, it will be. This past May, I graduated from Brown. This past August, I began my master’s in business administration program at the Yale School of Management. This past week, I turned 22. As the youngest student in my graduate program of about 600, I ...


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Mendis '17: Je suis _____

The world has gone up in arms after two restaurants in the 10th arrondissement, two restaurants in the 11th arrondissement, the French national stadium and the Bataclan Concert Venue were attacked by unidentified assailants. World leaders including President Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ...




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