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Guan ’27: The freedom of thought

The Ivy League is no stranger to criticism and scrutiny. From producing mindless “zombies” to upholding socioeconomic inequality, critics have already levied almost any accusation one could imagine. But amid social and political upheaval in the aftermath of the October 7 attack, right-wing commentators ...

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Rahman ‘26: Why I said no to parental tracking

Two weeks ago, I was sitting at Saloniki Greek in Harvard Square visiting two friends from high school. I looked at my phone and saw a bombardment of anxious text messages from my parents: “Go home.” “It’s already 8:30” “Safety should be your first priority.” “Is it worth throwing your ...


Chang ‘27: Forget e-scooters — long live RIPTA!

I don’t like cars. They’re loud, expensive and they spew carbon dioxide everywhere. However, rentable electric scooters are not the solution, and actually contribute to net emissions. It’s time for Providence to promote more a environmentally friendly mode of transportation: the RIPTA bus system. ...


Sandhu ’25: Fear Of Many Opportunities

As you weave through parked cars and scattered shopping carts, the bold red lettering on the warehouse beckons you: COSTCO. At the door, you confidently display your membership card as a smiling employee welcomes you inside. Flat-screen TVs line the walls, displaying vivid images that catch your eye. ...


Hudes ’27: Removing Trump from the ballot won’t stop Trumpism

On Feb. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Donald Trump’s appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to bar Trump from being on the Colorado primary ballot. The country’s highest court will be dipping its toes into the dangerous waters of American electoral politics. In the wake of unprecedented ...


Aizenberg ’26: Start with empathy

Consider this alternate history: World War II has just ended and the U.S. surprisingly fails to stop Soviet communism from spreading past the Eastern Bloc. As a result, the USSR and Western Europe become close economic and military allies. Isolated and stuck with a faltering economy, the U.S. cedes ...


Chang ’27: Brown University, what do you believe in?

Brown’s administration has long insisted that the University’s endowment is “not a political instrument,” part of its doctrine of political neutrality — a doctrine with serious limits. Political neutrality is all fine and good when it comes to mundane issues like the federal deficit. ...


Zucker ’24: What I have in common with the X-Men

In the X-Men fictional universe, mutants are people born with something called the X-gene, a gene that confers superhuman abilities of various forms. Yet these mutations also generate unique physical traits — metal claws, blue skin and maybe a tail — which lead to mutants being ostracized from society. ...


Rahman ’26: Has ChatGPT turned the BA into BS?

In just one year, generative artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT have transformed the way we work and learn. In the Herald’s Fall 2023 poll, only 30.3% of surveyed students said that they do not use ChatGPT or similar tools in their academic study. Given the prevalence and utility of this ...

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