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Editorial: Oh the agony

As Professor of History Ken Sacks told The Herald last week, writing a senior thesis "is agony." Indeed, in some departments a stunning one-third of students who begin the process drop out. The Herald's recent report on thesis attrition should signal to all departments that they might want to take another ...


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Ethan Tobias '12: Spring into action

Where was everyone? Last Thursday, after what has been, in her own words, "an exceedingly difficult year for the Brown community,"  President Ruth Simmons delivered the first State of Brown address in four years to a mostly empty Salomon 101. To make matters worse, those few students who showed ...


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Editorial: State of the U.

Last week's weather began to undo some of the damage done by the cold, rain and snow of the past four months. Most students quickly forgave Mother Nature and embraced the outdoors. But on Thursday, several tore themselves away from the festivities on Main Green to attend the State of Brown lecture. ...


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Ethan Tobias '12: Time for credit

On more than one application for summer internships, I was asked to list the number of course credits I had completed in various subject matters. The question was startling, and on the online forms I was filling out, there was no room for me to explain.


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Nida Abdulla '11.5: Go team?

It's no secret that Brown lacks school spirit when it comes to athletics. If you want to see school spirit, you're better off going to an a cappella show than a football game. In the interest of full disclosure, I've never been to a football, basketball or softball game. I have been to a men's ice hockey ...


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Editorial: All aboard

It currently takes Amtrak trains six to seven hours to get from Providence to Washington — roughly equivalent to driving and sluggish compared to flying. Amtrak has long sought to reduce travel times along the northeast corridor. As America continues to fall behind other countries in developing ...


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Kshitij Lauria '13: Engine of change

On April 6, Brown faculty will vote on a two-year-old proposal to dignify Brown's Division of Engineering with the title "School" and other ancillary benefits. If this happens — and the Corporation backs it up with its cash and blessing — Brown Engineering will get 12 new faculty members, ...


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Sean Quigley '10: Appropriate for the occasion

It has been said that during the period in which King Edward VII of the United Kingdom reigned (1901-1910), humanity last knew a proper attention to sartorial choices. Yes, His Majesty's approach was perhaps a little too fastidious, but in a time when jeans are king, especially on college campuses, ...


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Editorial: Getting schooled

Brown is the only member of the Ivy League that does not refer to its engineering division as a school of engineering. Fortunately, efforts are well underway to change this and align Brown more closely with its peers. The faculty plans to vote April 6 on a proposal to establish an engineering school, ...


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Sarah Yu '11: Campaigning to win

A few weeks ago, I was walking through the lobby of the Sciences Library after a late evening of intense readings about political theory. A group of friendly freshmen stopped me as I was leaving and asked me to watch their video entry for the housing lottery first pick contest. Feeling an urge to participate ...


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Editorial: The great race

The Rhode Island General Assembly is weighing a considerable gamble, but the odds are in the state's favor. Today, legislators will vote on several bills dealing with public charter schools. The key proposals include increasing the cap on the number of charters from 20 to 35 and allowing Education Commissioner ...


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Emily Breslin '10: Not content to hope in God

I find Brown's motto confounding. In my experience, theists describe their "belief," "faith" or "trust" in God (or gods) rather than their "hope." "Hope" indicates a degree of uncertainty, as in, "I hope that God is coming, but I'm not convinced." Non-theists do not hope in God either; it makes no sense ...






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