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Ruzicka '21: Why I comment on Dear Blueno posts

Recently, there has been much discourse on Dear Blueno, a public Facebook page that publishes anonymous posts submitted by members of the Brown student body, about the role that frequent commenters play in the online forum. Many of the posts have been negative, contending that frequent commenters take ...


Corwin '23: Bring back ‘Why Brown?’

Since the eighth grade, attending Brown had been my biggest pipe dream. I was absolutely infatuated with its idiosyncratic and captivating community and was immediately able to envision myself within it. When it finally came time for me to pour my heart into my Early Decision application four years ...


Ren '23: I did not like the first-year reading

This past summer, as anxiety and excitement for the coming year stewed within the hearts of Brown first-years all over the country and all over the world, we received a book in the mail. It was our First Readings, a novel called “The Idiot.” I still remember eagerly opening that conspicuously book-shaped ...


Self: Why we suspended our MA program in history

In response to The Herald’s April 19 editorial, “The terminal master’s in history should come back,” I wish to clarify the history department’s rationale for suspending that program. I’m grateful for The Herald’s keen interest in, and impassioned defense of, the study of history as a critical ...


Sacks '22: University needs greater diversity of speakers

SPEAK was originally founded in 2017 in order to help ensure the survival of healthy discourse and diversity of thought at Brown. Our 2017 Speaker Report showed that 94.5 percent of the 237 University invited speakers who demonstrated explicit political leanings leaned left politically. A year later, ...


Sahyouni '21: Questioning an assault weapons ban

In the midst of seemingly perpetual mass shootings including the massacres in Parkland, Sante Fe and Christchurch, there are increasingly strong calls to outlaw the purchase of high capacity magazines and the so-called “weapons of choice” for mass shooters: assault weapons. An assault weapon, as ...

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