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Jeanne Jeong '12: Another column about swine flu

In case we don't get enough administrative e-mails at the beginning of the school year, swine flu warnings have infiltrated Brown inboxes this fall. At first, I skipped reading the messages. After all, schools across the U.S. went through the same scare last year, and in response, Brown chose to display ...


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Editorial: Chinua Achebe is not one book

Despite what your high school English teachers may have led you to believe, he's more than just "Things Fall Apart." He's a poet and an essayist, a national hero and a Man Booker Prize winner. More importantly, though, he's a teacher. In 1965, Chinua Achebe wrote an essay in which he outlines the relationship ...


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Anthony Badami '11: A forum for intellectual pugilism

Call me pugnacious, but I believe in argument for argument's sake. Sit me across from someone with a remotely interesting political opinion, and I will have to challenge it.National health care? "Necessary but not sufficient." Legalization of marijuana? "Not in our lifetime."  Israeli-Palestinian ...


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Mike Johnson '11: The lost power of Barack Obama

Look out!  Obama is everywhere. He stares at us from our computer screens every time we browse a news Web site. His name rings out from our televisions whenever we turn them on. The front corner of the Ratty is inundated with countless news reports of him and his shorts-wearing wife. Yet his poll ...


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Editorial: First-years first

The University has been planning a new residence hall since 2007, and administrators told The Herald this week that they plan to move forward with construction sometime in the next five years. Residential life at Brown is in great need of attention, and we are happy that the University has made housing ...


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Editorial: The other Watson

This fall, Michael Kennedy, formerly a sociology professor at the University of Michigan, takes over as the director of the Watson Institute for International Studies. The previous director, David Kennedy '76, resigned this summer after overseeing the Institute on an interim basis for just over a year. ...


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Letter: URL citations not the solution

To the Editor: Regarding Tuesday's op-ed ("Rethinking citations," Sept. 15): Dan Davidson's '11 point about hyperlinked citations is a good one but in a sense moot, since most citation style sheets I'm familiar with would require you to use a URL for any online source you cite anyway. I would take ...


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Will Wray '10: Fair by whose rules?

When you take a sip of coffee bought from Brown Dining Services, Blue State or the Bookstore, you may notice a unique flavor. The brew itself is unremarkable, mediocre or worse, but it's fair trade coffee. That pleasant aftertaste is entirely psychosomatic. You have just bought coffee with an injection ...


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Kate Fritzsche '10: The secret life of Catholics at Brown

I am a practicing Roman Catholic. I am also a practicing Brown student. These identities are not incompatible, despite what many students on College Hill might have you believe. However, my fellow students rarely make it easy for me to practice my faith on campus, nor do they even understand why I would ...


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Editorial: Seniority and its discontents

Last Friday, the East Providence School Committee declared that it would seek to replace its district's existing seniority-based salaries with a system that financially rewards high job performance; the details would be determined through negotiations between parents, teachers, administrators, union ...


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Dan Davidson '11: Rethinking citations

It would be overly dramatic to say that citations are the bane of students' academic existences. Nevertheless, I don't believe I'm alone in finding them a time-consuming annoyance. It may simply be reflective of living on the country's happiest campus that I want to address this minor aspect of our ...


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Susannah Kroeber '11: Thanks, Ted

If you have driven through Massachusetts on Interstate 95 recently, the new highway billboards that mark out the miles cannot have escaped your notice. The recurring mantra, "Thanks, Ted," is but one of a small set of commemorations of a man important beyond his role as senior senator of Massachusetts.The ...


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Editorial: Measuring student opinion

As of June 30 the endowment stood at just over $2 billion, in line with the University's January projections. Over the next few years the sharp drop in value — a loss of about $740 million — will limit Brown's ability to draw on the endowment to pay for its annual operating expenses. More ...


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Sean Quigley '10: Doing our part

The tax man cometh, yet both Brown students and the administration are not inviting him in for tea and crumpets, as is usually the case. Indeed, the response to the tax has been decidedly negative, with most opinion-makers decrying the proposed $300 per annum fee on out-of-state  private college ...


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Julian Park '12: Calling out the misinformed

This past Monday, Jonathan Topaz '12 wrote a column ("SDS' golden opportunity," Sept. 14) urging Students for a Democratic Society to organize against the U.S.'s occupation of Afghanistan. As a member of that organization, I too have a "quick piece of advice to the new Class of 2013": be wary of uninformed ...





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