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Mike Johnson '11: The death of democracy

Senator Evan Bayh's recent decision to retire instead of seek re-election is an indicator of a larger trend in American government today — democracy is slowly dying. It's not a pretty death; rather, it's more like the long, protracted, gruesome death of a Western movie character. Shane isn't turning ...


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Editorial: Restoring the balance

Brown's student body is known for being politically active and engaged. A quick glance at the list of student organizations classified as "Service, Political and Social Action Groups" shows that students are involved in a wide variety of causes, including everything from the Brown Animal Rights Club ...


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Andrea Matthews '11: In which I bite the hand that feeds

A few weeks ago, I attended a standard gathering of The Brown Daily Herald opinions writers and editors to lay down rules and explain the ways of the Herald world. Given that I seldom keep track of my fellow columnists, I was excited to see who else was writing. As I scanned the room, I couldn't help ...


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Emily Breslin '10: The hypocrisy of moral relativism

Conservative activist James O'Keefe laments that college students are "drowned in relativism." This is a fairly common criticism of academia, but it is not exactly precise. It is fair to say that American universities are generally socially liberal and that many students and professors value tolerance ...


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Hunter Fast '12: Steal this newspaper

In the past, when Brown received complaints from media conglomerates that students were using file-sharing networks for purposes of copyright infringement, the administration would react by sending a simple e-mail to the offender. The e-mail demanded that the student delete the copyrighted ...


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Editorial: Book it

In recent years, an increasing number of universities have been making electronic textbooks available as an alternative to traditional print books. The Herald reported last year that universities across the country, including the University System of Ohio, have begun to offer students the option to ...


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David Sheffield '11: Steal this newspaper

Online universities are growing. They can provide an education cheaply and from any place on the globe. Even brick-and-mortar universities are providing content, courses and degrees over the Internet. Universities like Edinburgh and Oxford are offering graduate degrees online.


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David Sheffield '11: What could Brown do for you?

Online universities are growing. They can provide an education cheaply and from any place on the globe. Even brick-and-mortar universities are providing content, courses and degrees over the Internet. Universities like Edinburgh and Oxford are offering graduate degrees online.


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Editorial: Clear cut

When the Corporation convenes this weekend for its annual February meeting, the conversations may be more serious than usual. With the University's endowment down $740 million since the last fiscal year, Corporation members will gather to vote on a number of proposals aimed at trimming the University's ...


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Sarah Yu '11: Clean the mess, save the world

During my shifts working as a cashier at Josiah's, my heart swells with joy every time a customer asks for a reusable green canvas bag or water bottle to be added to his or her purchase of mozzarella sticks. Each student I see getting a mug refill or drinking tap water (especially without taking the ...


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Sean Quigley '10: Muckraking in the Bayou and beyond

James E. O'Keefe III is an unlikely lightning rod in investigative journalism. Whereas I might draw cries of reaction and looks of astonishment for my anarchy-cum-monarchy tendencies, O'Keefe is rather conventionally conservative. He may have a biting take on the bureaucratic enclave that is the Beltway, ...


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Corrections

An article in Thursday's Herald ("Class boards foster spirit, plan activities," Feb. 18) incorrectly stated that the class boards raise funds for Alumni Relations. After graduation, the net funds remaining from Senior Week proceeds are deposited in the senior class' own alumni account, after disbursements ...


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Editorial: Transfixed

A recent University Resources Committee report suggested that one way the University might increase revenue is by accepting more transfer students. Since transfers are not admitted on a need-blind basis, their tuition payments can help offset some of the $30 million in needed budget cuts. This week, ...


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Anthony Badami '11: I hate Glenn Beck

In an effort to squeeze out negative energy (new year, new semester, new outlook, you know the drill), I must take this conspicuous opportunity to lay open my feelings against a most conspicuous man. He is someone who absorbs more attention than he will ever deserve. He is a man capable of and culpable ...


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Ben Bastomski '10: Partying (f)or charity

The ongoing crisis and relief efforts in Haiti have rightfully captured our close national attention. But as the acute phase of the disaster fades and relief rather than rescue becomes the order of the day, an important opportunity arises for self-examination. It may be uncomfortable, but the circumstances ...


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Michael Fitzpatrick '12: Thank you for not smoking

The first time I smelled marijuana smoke, I distinctly remember thinking what an odd odor it is. Wood smoke has a crisp, full odor. Cigarettes give off a fainter aroma, light, but sharp. Marijuana is more difficult to describe: sharp like a cigarette, but distractingly sweet-and-sour. It's an unpleasant ...


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Editorial: Beyond the numbers

When enrollment data surfaced for the class of 2012, Brown struggled in terms of diversity. In particular, Brown's enrollment of black students ranked second-to-last among Ivy League schools — only 6.7 percent of the class of 2012 is African-American. A disappointed Herald editorial last February ...


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Sarah Yu '11: Financing culture

I had been making my rounds as a responsible member of the Hong Kong Students' Association last week, attempting to get the word out about our latest event. I was surprised at the number of my friends who questioned or declined my invitation on the basis of "not being from Hong Kong." I felt a little ...





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