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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/.

McGrath ’24: All the web’s a stage: social performance and the rise of Internet slacktivism

Columns

McGrath ’24: All the web’s a stage: social performance and the rise of Internet slacktivism

July 14, 2021 1 comment

“The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information,” Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, told the BBC in 2003. “The idea was that by writing something together, and as people worked on it, they could iron out misunderstanding.”

Smith ’23: Brown’s plan to reduce campus red meat consumption without addressing poultry and fish lacks nuance

Op-eds

Smith ’23: Brown’s plan to reduce campus red meat consumption without addressing poultry and fish lacks nuance

July 7, 2021 4 comments

The Undergraduate Council of Students noted in an April 30 email that Brown will charge a Red Meat Working Group with delivering recommendations for reducing red meat consumption on campus.

Harris ’22 and Iqbal ’24: American response to Uyghur genocide

Op-eds

Harris ’22 and Iqbal ’24: American response to Uyghur genocide

June 10, 2021 5 comments

Since 2014, the Chinese government has executed a relentless campaign of mass detainment, high-tech surveillance and religious persecution against Uyghur and other primarily Muslim groups in Xinjiang Province (often referred to as “East Turkestan” by Uyghurs).

Hodges ’22: In support of a tax on sugary drinks

Op-eds

Hodges ’22: In support of a tax on sugary drinks

June 7, 2021 1 comment

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply harmed Rhode Island’s economy and a quarter of households are now experiencing hunger. Even as businesses start to reopen, an unprecedented number of Rhode Islanders still rely on food banks to feed themselves and their families, and food bank usage grew by 26 percent in the past year.

Editors’ note: Changing deadnames and pronouns

Editors' Note

Editors’ note: Changing deadnames and pronouns

May 17, 2021 5 comments

In order to respect individuals’ current and lived identities, The Herald has adopted a new policy regarding requests from transgender or nonbinary individuals to replace their deadname and/or change their pronouns featured in previously published work on The Herald’s website.

Bayard ’24: Biden has redefined bipartisanship for the better

Columns

Bayard ’24: Biden has redefined bipartisanship for the better

May 13, 2021 1 comment

Joe Biden campaigned on bipartisanship, on “the spirit of being able to work with one another.” To be frank, that is hardly what we’ve gotten from his presidency thus far, one defined by partisan legislative maneuvering.

Editors’ note: This summer, The Herald will publish online daily

Editors' Note

Editors’ note: This summer, The Herald will publish online daily

May 5, 2021 0 comments

The Herald will publish content on our website daily throughout the summer term.

Commencement 2021 | Sophie Culpepper ’21: Losing spring, and finding home

Columns

Commencement 2021 | Sophie Culpepper ’21: Losing spring, and finding home

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

Before last March, I had never seen someone open a trash can with their elbows. For whatever reason, that is the detail I visualize when I recall my first impression of what would soon explode into the COVID-19 pandemic:

Commencement 2021 | Wassa Bagayoko ’21: In Deo Speramus, In God We Hope

Columns

Commencement 2021 | Wassa Bagayoko ’21: In Deo Speramus, In God We Hope

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

Hello, my fellow graduates, friends, families, and honored guests. My name is Wassa Bagayoko,  and it is my distinct honor and deep pleasure to address you this morning.

Commencement 2021 | George Daccache ’21: This Is Life as Transit

Columns

Commencement 2021 | George Daccache ’21: This Is Life as Transit

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

I did not first move into Brown during a pandemic, but I might as well have. As most of us have found ourselves during the past 14 months, in that moment in September 2017, taking my very first steps on College Hill, I was completely alone.