Opinions

Opinions pieces published in The Herald — which include columns, op-eds, letters to the editor, and editorials — are written independently of news coverage. More information on the difference between these formats can be found at https://www.browndailyherald.com/submissions/.

Schmidt ’21: The coronavirus is the great equalizer of science

Columns

Schmidt ’21: The coronavirus is the great equalizer of science

April 8, 2020 0 comments

At the forefront of everyone’s minds right now is the ever-developing COVID-19 pandemic. What started as a faraway problem in January in some people’s minds has shaped up to be a global health crisis with both immediate and long-term consequences.

Ren ’23: Andrew Yang is wrong: Asian Americans do not have to prove their “American-ness”

Columns

Ren ’23: Andrew Yang is wrong: Asian Americans do not have to prove their “American-ness”

April 7, 2020 0 comments

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang ’96 leads a rallying cry against racism. Only instead of simply denouncing the recent rise of anti-Asian sentiment in America, he goes one step further. 

Simpson ’20: In Response to Dean Zia

Op-eds

Simpson ’20: In Response to Dean Zia

April 7, 2020 0 comments

I believe that in times of crisis the true character of each and every individual comes to light. Leaders are tested, communities are strained. But in times of hardship, one can truly find out where one’s allies rest.

Aman ’20: Professors: Prioritize compassion over rigor

Columns

Aman ’20: Professors: Prioritize compassion over rigor

April 6, 2020 0 comments

It’s been repeated so many times that it’s become cliche: We are living through unprecedented times. After sending home the vast majority of students living on campus and urging those living off campus to leave, the University has tasked professors with moving their courses online.

Editorial: To our administration: we ask for clear, caring communication regarding grading policy change

COVID-19 Updates, Editorials

Editorial: To our administration: we ask for clear, caring communication regarding grading policy change

April 5, 2020 0 comments

On Monday, March 30, the undergraduate community received an email from Dean of the College Rashid Zia ‘01 outlining the University’s updated grading policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s sweeping academic consequences this semester.

Siemens ’21: COVID-19 and the search for presidential virtue

Op-eds

Siemens ’21: COVID-19 and the search for presidential virtue

April 5, 2020 1 comment

Over the past two months, we have watched the Trump administration flounder in its response to the largest public health crisis in the world’s recent memory. Once again, glaring administrative incompetence has met executive egotism in the face of a national catastrophe.

Reed ’21: Coronavirus reveals the cost of voters prioritizing ideology over competence

Columns

Reed ’21: Coronavirus reveals the cost of voters prioritizing ideology over competence

April 2, 2020 0 comments

If it weren’t already evident, the COVID-19 pandemic has further illuminated the greatest problem in American politics: Both sides think the other is irresponsible, both sides think the other is incompetent and both sides are right.  

Rauschenbach ’23: Subcontracted service workers are a valuable part of the Brown community, too

Op-eds

Rauschenbach ’23: Subcontracted service workers are a valuable part of the Brown community, too

April 2, 2020 0 comments

Almost daily for the past week, the University has sent its students an email about how we will remain connected during these “unprecedented times.” They shared best practices for how students, along with the entire University community, will endure.

Ruzicka ’21: Maintain reading period to ensure student success

Op-eds

Ruzicka ’21: Maintain reading period to ensure student success

April 1, 2020 0 comments

On the evening of March 24, 2020, Rashid Zia, dean of the College, and Andrew Campbell, dean of the Graduate School, emailed the Brown community detailing temporary academic policies that will be implemented in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glickman ’23: What the Grade Option Debate is Really About

Op-eds

Glickman ’23: What the Grade Option Debate is Really About

March 31, 2020 2 comments

As spring break comes to a close and we resume classes this week, the fervor around the grading option debate continues to increase. The three options most widely debated amongst students at Brown are implementing Mandatory S/NC, extending the grade option deadline, or implementing Universal Pass.