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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/.

Editorial: Brown, be kind

Editorials

Editorial: Brown, be kind

March 5, 2021 1 comment

As we approach COVID-19’s anniversary on College Hill, the University is better equipped than ever before to handle a pandemic. From the automated COVID-19 test reminders to the plexiglass dividers in the dining halls, Brown has created its own “new normal” to keep members of the campus community safe. 

Mackie ’59: Cliff Stevenson and the coaching road less chosen

Op-eds

Mackie ’59: Cliff Stevenson and the coaching road less chosen

March 5, 2021 0 comments

It was 1960, and Brown was trying to gain a foothold in the newly-minted athletic Ivy League. Overmatched in facilities, financial resources and athletic pedigree, one question dogged the program: Do we really belong in the Ivy League?

Letter: Response to SAT-optional proponents: Listen to the data

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Response to SAT-optional proponents: Listen to the data

March 4, 2021 6 comments

To the Editor: Concerns about equity in the college admissions process are always well-founded and necessary. However, a recent op-ed by Zoë Fuad ’23 calling for Brown to become standardized test-optional is misguided. It fails to acknowledge that well-intentioned efforts to exclude the SAT or ACT ignore half a century […]

Apple ’21: The Dems are still the party of the working class. They should champion its diversity.

Columns

Apple ’21: The Dems are still the party of the working class. They should champion its diversity.

March 2, 2021 2 comments

In recent years, we have witnessed a political realignment, with ancestral Democrats in rural areas voting Republican, while traditionally Republican suburbanites vote Democrat.

Siemens ’21: Little Rhody teaches little civics: Rhode Island students’ battle for a forgotten right

Op-eds

Siemens ’21: Little Rhody teaches little civics: Rhode Island students’ battle for a forgotten right

March 1, 2021 0 comments

What’s a right without a remedy? Rhode Island’s public school students learned the answer all too recently: It’s no right at all.

McKeever ’22 and Caplan ’22: For effective governance, UCS must reform its bylaws

Op-eds

McKeever ’22 and Caplan ’22: For effective governance, UCS must reform its bylaws

February 28, 2021 0 comments

For most undergraduates, apathy would best describe what they feel toward the Undergraduate Council of Students. In the last election, only about a third of students voted for representatives, and UCS Fall Polls and surveys have consistently revealed a student body that is unaware of UCS achievements and developments.

Fuad ’23: Equity isn’t optional. The SATs should be

Op-eds, Uncategorized

Fuad ’23: Equity isn’t optional. The SATs should be

February 26, 2021 16 comments

In 1968, Black students at Brown staged a walkout to protest, among other inequalities, the disproportionately white student body. They demanded that incoming classes be at least 11 percent Black, so as to reflect the United States population at the time.

Shanmugam ’23: Family planning programs change lives, but not necessarily by reducing fertility

Columns

Shanmugam ’23: Family planning programs change lives, but not necessarily by reducing fertility

February 26, 2021 0 comments

Because of factors such as poverty, sexism and cultural and religious stigma, women in low-income countries often struggle to access reproductive health services. Just 59 percent of women in these nations give birth in health facilities, for instance, and 218 million of them need contraception but lack access.

Sahyouni ’21: Addressing common pro-choice arguments

Columns

Sahyouni ’21: Addressing common pro-choice arguments

February 25, 2021 15 comments

The Brown Students for Life made an important contribution to campus debate late last month when they hosted Stephanie Gray Conners, a seasoned pro-life advocate, to defend the view against an audience overwhelmingly opposed to her stance.

Ehrhardt ’22: The Squeeze that Never Squoze: Cultural Reflections on the Gamestop Story

Op-eds

Ehrhardt ’22: The Squeeze that Never Squoze: Cultural Reflections on the Gamestop Story

February 25, 2021 0 comments

It seems almost poetic that the first significant financial explosion caused by digital communities was centered on, of all things, video games.