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Ostrovsky ’23, Carroll ’21, Amkieh ’21.5: Why Brown must do more

COVID-19 Updates, Opinions

Ostrovsky ’23, Carroll ’21, Amkieh ’21.5: Why Brown must do more

April 30, 2020 6 comments

Recently, Brown University announced it will temporarily house those fighting coronavirus on the front lines, namely emergency personnel and healthcare workers.

Agarwal ’24: In our focus on viruses, we underestimate the risk of deadly bacteria

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Agarwal ’24: In our focus on viruses, we underestimate the risk of deadly bacteria

April 22, 2020 0 comments

I have always found it ironic that Alexander the Great likely died of a fever. With the benefits of modern medicine, it is hard for us to appreciate the threat that fevers have posed to people in the past. Before the 1920s, fevers were the leading cause of premature death.

Chen ’22: The danger of a single narrative in the form of petitions

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Chen ’22: The danger of a single narrative in the form of petitions

April 16, 2020 0 comments

In a campus-wide email sent on March 30, Dean of the College Rashid Zia ’01 officially denied the adoption of a Universal Pass system at Brown, which has gained substantial momentum among students.

Veluvali ’20: Establishment entitlement will cost the Dems the presidency

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Veluvali ’20: Establishment entitlement will cost the Dems the presidency

April 15, 2020 7 comments

On April 8, Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for the presidency. This had been coming for a while. Though Sanders started as the Democratic frontrunner, his campaign was dealt repeated blows as his moderate opponents consolidated around Joseph R. Biden, Jr., who is now the presumptive nominee.

Bielenberg ’20, Smithwick ’20: Students and Decision-Making at Brown: Reflections from a Time of Crisis

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Bielenberg ’20, Smithwick ’20: Students and Decision-Making at Brown: Reflections from a Time of Crisis

April 13, 2020 0 comments

Crises illuminate how institutional power works. They prompt us to ask: How do dramatic, unexpected shifts impact decision-making? What role do larger pressures and resource constraints play? Who is included in decision-making — and how is input gathered?  Here at Brown, we have most recently seen these dynamics in our discussions […]

Simpson ’20: In Response to Dean Zia

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.