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Letter: Criticizing Kanders donations is self-righteous, misses point

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Criticizing Kanders donations is self-righteous, misses point

February 24, 2020 0 comments

I was disappointed to read the letter to the editor, “If the Sacklers must go, so too must Kanders,” by Abdullah Shihipar MPH’20 in the Jan. 27 issue of The Herald. It represents yet another example of self-righteous virtue-signaling by a Brown student.

Aman ’20: Limiting health care for transgender youth is misguided and dangerous

Columns

Aman ’20: Limiting health care for transgender youth is misguided and dangerous

February 24, 2020 1 comment

Several state legislatures are considering bills that would restrict medical treatment for transgender youth by making it illegal for doctors to provide puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy and sex-reassignment surgery to minors.

Shanmugam ’23: Let Medicare negotiate with Big Pharma to drive down pharmaceutical prices

Columns

Shanmugam ’23: Let Medicare negotiate with Big Pharma to drive down pharmaceutical prices

February 21, 2020 0 comments

By the time Alec Raeshawn Smith’s family had made it over to his apartment in June of 2017, it was too late. He was already dead. Smith was a Type 1 diabetic, who made the fatal decision to ration his insulin once he realized that he would be unable to […]

Douglas ’20: Put the Classroom Online

Columns

Douglas ’20: Put the Classroom Online

February 21, 2020 0 comments

In 2013, President Christina Paxson P’19 unveiled her 10-year strategic plan, “Building on Distinction.” The plan called upon the Brown community to “enhance our capacity in the creative use of online technologies” through “aggressive experimentation in new modes of education.”

Gross ‘20.5, Shapiro ’22, Hall ’20: It’s time for University to cut ties with climate deniers

Op-eds

Gross ‘20.5, Shapiro ’22, Hall ’20: It’s time for University to cut ties with climate deniers

February 20, 2020 1 comment

Brown is an outlier when it comes to mobilizing on climate change — but not always in a good way. While we have an ambitious plan to reduce our campus emissions, we lag behind other universities and institutions in many other matters that count.

Reed ’21: Democrats’ far-left gambit will gift Trump the White House

Columns

Reed ’21: Democrats’ far-left gambit will gift Trump the White House

February 20, 2020 2 comments

In the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election, a punch-drunk Republican party, having twice gotten its clock cleaned by the Democrats and Barack Obama, performed something of an autopsy on the Romney campaign. The result was a 100-page report titled the “Growth and Opportunity Project.”

Klein ’20: Will the Dodgers finally win a championship in 2020?

Columns

Klein ’20: Will the Dodgers finally win a championship in 2020?

February 19, 2020 0 comments

The Los Angeles Dodgers have experienced an unfortunate number of heartbreaking postseason exits over the past decade; while they have reached the playoffs in each of the last seven MLB seasons, they never have been able to secure a championship victory. And several losses have come in demoralizing fashion: A […]

Ren ’23: Why not take a math class?

Columns

Ren ’23: Why not take a math class?

February 19, 2020 0 comments

I was chatting with a friend the other day when I accidentally unearthed a source of deep psychological trauma — I asked her how math class was going. All the joy left her face in an instant, replaced with a curious mix of fear, panic and anger.

Frankel ’20: The Dutch don’t have sex earlier, they just have sex smarter

Op-eds

Frankel ’20: The Dutch don’t have sex earlier, they just have sex smarter

February 14, 2020 0 comments

“Isabel sent a topless picture to her whole class?” Dumbfounded, eight-year-old me stared at my six-year-old cousin’s birthday invite. She had painted a big six across her chest and belly, striking a pose and pointing at her torso with a huge grin. Isabel and I had a lot in common.

Letter: The case for divestment is riddled with untruths

Letters to the Editor

Letter: The case for divestment is riddled with untruths

February 14, 2020 2 comments

To the Editor: Brown University should take a moral stand by continuing to keep its investments in Israeli companies. Alums should be proud that our university recognizes that the existence of Israel is necessary in the global fight against anti-Semitism.