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Ethan Tobias '12: Another fair contract

Last Thursday morning, I approached the Ratty with dread, worrying that those doors would be clamped shut. There had been a serious threat that dining services workers might strike leaving students unfed. Luckily, contract negotiators had reached a settlement the night before and my growling stomach ...


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Andrea Matthews '11: What the president needs from you

I remember the scene at Brown University when Barack Obama won the presidency of the United States. From Salomon 101, where the Democrats were hosting a returns-watching party, there was a deep primordial roar. Then, students and streakers rushed onto the Main Green. Hundreds gathered to sing, embrace ...


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Editorial: Top 50

The U.S. News and World Report college rankings are a subject of scorn for most Brown students. Unable to believe that we're the "worst" Ivy (yes, Cornell was a spot above us this year), we fulminate about how the rankings overweigh endowment size and ignore Brown's unique academic philosophy. So we ...


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Editorial: Going green

According to the College Sustainability Report Card released earlier this month, Brown is about as eco-friendly as universities get. Consider some of the initiatives that contributed to our A-minus grade this year. We've committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels ...


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Ethan Hammerman '13: Don't take me out to the ball game

Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd … " Don't you just hate that song? I mean, peanuts and Cracker Jack? If I go to a baseball game, I at least want a soft pretzel or hot dog for my troubles, not any of these chintzy, salty, dusty snack foods.Now, I really hate some things ...


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Editorial: Transparency and the endowment

Brown made the grade for the second consecutive year, scoring an A-minus on the College Sustainability Report, an assessment of environmental practices at hundreds of colleges. Brown's grade was set back slightly by the B's it received in two categories: Administration and Endowment Transparency. Regarding ...


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Letter: Columbus Day protestor showed hypocrisy

To the Editor:As a member of the Undergraduate Council of Students last year, I was present as Jerry Wolf Duff Sellers '09 came before that body to advocate changing the University's recognition of Columbus Day, on the basis that it memorializes racial injustice and perpetuates harmful historical inaccuracies. ...


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Brian Judge '11: Oration on the dignity of the humanities

A caution to us future leaders of America: the recent financial meltdown and resulting misery was caused by very smart people who were very bad at thinking about what they were doing. It takes a mathematical genius to come up with the convoluted equations for pricing derivatives and mortgage-backed ...


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Susannah Kroeber '11: 20-year-old octogenarians

I write this with all due respect to my former colleagues at the Brown Spectator and for my friends among the Brown Republicans. Despite my exceedingly liberal background, I find myself agreeing with their complaints about the dominant liberal discourse that pervades student discussion at Brown. I am ...


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Will Wray '10: Crude justice

Beware: you are being recruited for a war--a deeply unjust war. It isn't fought with guns or bombs, but the consequences are no less dire. What is at stake is nothing less than the well-being of the nascent seed of international justice and the future of sustainable development in impoverished countries ...


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Editorial: A day off, not a day on

Last Monday, a motley crew of kooks and food vendors, watched by a handful of bemused students, gathered on the Main Green to protest the University's renaming of Columbus Day as Fall Weekend. The congregation was heralded by an ingeniously postmodern flier campaign that omitted outmoded, deterministic ...


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Letter: A welcome farewell to cloves

To the Editor:After reading Sean Quigley's '10 column on the banning of clove-flavored cigarettes ("R.I.P. cloves," Oct. 13), I found myself sitting on the fence as to whether he was actually taking the banning seriously or if the write-up was some sort of elaborate joke. He seems to wander in a fuss ...


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Editorial: Fight for their right

We don't generally have a high opinion of harsh underage drinking laws. Students under 21 have, and always will, get away with flouting them, and harsh penalties for this behavior can have disastrous consequences. Arrests for even minor infractions can destroy students' chances of being admitted to ...


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Editorial: Effect on target

Brown's administration, like any other, has its successes and its failures, and it deserves to be congratulated for the creation and continued improvement of the Target of Opportunity hiring program.


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Fatima Aqeel '12: For the love of animals, and of meat

It is somewhat strange that I can never associate a cooked chicken on my plate with a walking, clucking chicken that I would otherwise never hurt with my own hands. It just doesn't inspire the same warm fuzzy feeling. No doubt, organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Brown ...





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