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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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Will Wray '10: Shame on Ruth

Since the 2008 economic crisis, there has been no shortage of "belt-tightening" rhetoric in our periodic e-mails from President Ruth Simmons. The administration's promise to reduce the budget deficit became incarnate in the Feb. 2 report of the Organizational Review Committee. The report is littered ...


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Editorial: RoadMAPS

If freshman year is spent in transition and exploration, sophomore year is when many students begin to settle down and find their place at Brown — a process that involves making lots of decisions. Students must choose and declare their concentrations, pick which groups and activities they want ...


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Adrienne Langlois '10: R.I.P. Howard Zinn

Admit it: regardless of how much we enjoy our academic pursuits at Brown, they can sometimes seem very distant from reality. The journal articles and academic books we read can seem too specific to be useful in "real life," and the papers we write rarely see the light of day once their due dates have ...


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Manas Gautam '12: Off with our heads

Since the people of Massachusetts doomed the health care bill, the Obama administration has been trying to bridge the differences between the Senate and House health care reform bills, and will continue to do so within the next several days before the televised bipartisan health care summit on Feb. ...


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Adrienne Langlois '10: The real language barrier

Learning a foreign language is serious business. Although the rewards are great, the path to "fluency" — a concept which becomes more elusive the longer one pursues it — is long and arduous. And just when it seems like you've significantly expanded your abilities, you realize just how much ...


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Editorial: Don and taxes

The state government is almost certainly in for a struggle over the budget that Governor Donald Carcieri '65 recently submitted to the General Assembly. To help close a deficit of $427 million for the coming fiscal year, the governor proposes new and increased fees alongside drastic cuts in local services ...


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Letter: Employee buyout not actually 'popular'

To the Editor:I was saddened to read The Herald's article "Early retirement popular choice for longtime staff" (Feb. 15). What upset me was not the news of the buyout — I had known about it for months and had come to accept it as somewhat inevitable — but rather the way in which the title ...


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William Tomasko '13: Brown, ROTC and DADT

This year, if President Barack Obama can fulfill a promise he made in Wednesday's State of the Union address, Congress will finally repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. When — and only when — this national injustice is remedied, ...






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