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Senior Column | Ren ’23: An idiot all along

The first column I ever wrote for The Herald was titled “I did not like the first-year reading.” Perhaps you remember that book ― “The Idiot” by Elif Batuman. The pink paperback Brown mailed us the summer before our first year, with the picture of a gray rock on the cover. Our first homework ...


Senior Column | Collins '23.5: Deciding Factors

Where has the time gone? It’s as if I closed my eyes on my first night here at Brown and opened them on the morning of our graduation. When we said yes to Brown, we decided that this was the place to become young, independent scholars. We decided that we loved every blade of grass on the Main Green, ...


Senior Column | Lustig ’23: Food as community

I wrote my Common App essay about food. There was no other topic so significant to me then, and though much has changed since, there’s still nothing I would rather write about as I reflect on these last four years.


Senior Column | Gimenes ’23: The truth about finding yourself

College is the time to find yourself — at least that’s what movies tell us. But reality is not often like what we see on the silver screen. While I wish that my time on College Hill had a nicely wrapped message like the American coming-of-age films I grew up watching, the truth is that trying ...

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Arment ’23: No, Grad Center was not built to be riot-proof

The Sciences Library, the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, the List Art Center, Graduate Center — these brutalist buildings have a defined presence on campus, even if their aesthetics are highly controversial. Some hate the sight of Grad Center's concrete walls while others praise the striking ...


Farrell-Rosen ’24, Cline ’26, Turman ’26: The Israeli government must be held accountable to progressive values

"In addition to the abuses it continually commits against Palestinians, the Netanyahu government is committed to undermining the fabric of Israeli democracy. It remains committed to its radical plans to gut the independence of the Israeli Supreme Court, a key pillar of the country’s liberal democracy." ...

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