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Ruzicka ’21: Brown should make all courses S/NC while allowing grade petitions

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Ruzicka ’21: Brown should make all courses S/NC while allowing grade petitions

March 24, 2020 0 comments

Amid the panic and fear caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, college students everywhere have been left in limbo about the trajectory of their academic careers. The most prominent concern I have encountered among students is the impact the global crisis might have on their academic success.

Javaheri ’20: Against mandatory S/NC — why choice matters

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Javaheri ’20: Against mandatory S/NC — why choice matters

March 24, 2020 1 comment

In recent days, there has been a call for all courses to switch to mandatory S/NC grading as a measure to “achieve real equality,” claiming that the loss of our on-campus community and access to resources necessitates the implementation of a forced pass/fail semester.

Oke ’20, Saji ’20: Brown University must continue paying its student workers

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Oke ’20, Saji ’20: Brown University must continue paying its student workers

March 23, 2020 0 comments

On March 20, Brown University announced that they would no longer pay student workers after Saturday, April 4, if students could not continue their on-campus jobs remotely.

McCarthy ’23: In the age of COVID-19, we must consider inequality: make classes mandatory S/NC

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McCarthy ’23: In the age of COVID-19, we must consider inequality: make classes mandatory S/NC

March 22, 2020 1 comment

As the majority of students depart from campus, entering into new environments with new routines, I fear that remote learning will amplify the inequalities among our student body.

Frieden ‘19.5: I was tear gassed by the IDF. Warren Kanders Must Go.

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Frieden ‘19.5: I was tear gassed by the IDF. Warren Kanders Must Go.

March 11, 2020 1 comment

Last fall, I watched a livestream of the Whitney Museum filling with smoke. The smoke emanated from bundles of sage burned by members of Decolonize This Place, an activist collective based in New York City advocating for the removal of Warren Kanders ’79 P’23 from the board of the museum.

Arnold MA’19: What’s it like to be ‘Black Like Me?’

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Arnold MA’19: What’s it like to be ‘Black Like Me?’

March 9, 2020 0 comments

Recently, I participated in a screening of the film “Black Like Me.” The event was hosted at Brown University’s Manning Chapel by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.

Heffernan: Gender bias in the critique of Coach Behn

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Heffernan: Gender bias in the critique of Coach Behn

March 4, 2020 7 comments

The Feb. 24 Brown Daily Herald article announcing that the Brown Band will not perform at women’s basketball games to protest the head coach was chilling. Citing and reporting “allegations circulating” and “things we were hearing,” the band and The BDH threatened the career of a well-respected coach and educator.

Apple ’21: One Person, One Vote — No ID

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Apple ’21: One Person, One Vote — No ID

March 2, 2020 1 comment

Democrats in many states have committed to defending voter rights and increasing turnout as Republicans make efforts to disenfranchise voters. Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, recently launched Fair Fight, an organization working to build voter protection in states across the country.

Siemens ’21: S.2077: The end of partisan gerrymandering in Rhode Island?

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Siemens ’21: S.2077: The end of partisan gerrymandering in Rhode Island?

February 27, 2020 0 comments

This Thursday, the state Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hear public commentary on S.2007, a joint resolution to inaugurate an independent redistricting commission in Rhode Island.

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

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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.