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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/.

From the Captains and Supporters of 11 Cut Varsity Teams: Is Brown Ever True?

Op-eds

From the Captains and Supporters of 11 Cut Varsity Teams: Is Brown Ever True?

June 4, 2020 0 comments

Last Thursday, Brown University announced its decision to cut 11 varsity teams as part of the “Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative.” This change, guided by the advice of consultants, means former varsity teams will lose all recruiting spots, trainers, athletic department tutors and coaches — effective immediately. Club teams will […]

Kante ’21: A Letter to Our Allies

Op-eds

Kante ’21: A Letter to Our Allies

June 4, 2020 0 comments

Dear Allies, My brother and I went to a protest in Dallas last Friday night to demand that the police and agents of white supremacy be held accountable for the murders of George Floyd and countless other Black lives. While we were on the streets, clamoring for justice, I realized […]

Skahill ’21: One Team, One Family — Women’s Cross Country, Track & Field Weigh in on Excellence Initiative

Op-eds, Uncategorized

Skahill ’21: One Team, One Family — Women’s Cross Country, Track & Field Weigh in on Excellence Initiative

June 4, 2020 0 comments

On May 28, Brown University revealed that it will cut 11 varsity athletics teams and transition them to club status, effective immediately. The decision, which was made without the knowledge of the University’s head coaches and student-athletes, has been dubbed the Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative.

Perkins ’22, Maloney ’22: A Statement of Sentiment by the Brown Men’s Track and Field Team

Op-eds

Perkins ’22, Maloney ’22: A Statement of Sentiment by the Brown Men’s Track and Field Team

June 3, 2020 2 comments

Last week, the Brown Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams were completely blindsided and told that, effective immediately, we must “cease training, competition, and related operations at the varsity level” as part of an “Excellence Initiative”

Kelley Tackett: The promise of joy

Columns

Kelley Tackett: The promise of joy

June 1, 2020 1 comment
This article is part of the series Commencement Magazine 2020

The first time I went swing dancing, I simply followed the music. It was a snowy February night, and I was walking home from a late shift at The Herald when the soft notes of Ella Fitzgerald found me on the sidewalk behind Sayles.

Letter: To the Class of 2020 from President Christina Paxson P’19

Letters to the Editor

Letter: To the Class of 2020 from President Christina Paxson P’19

June 1, 2020 0 comments
This article is part of the series Commencement Magazine 2020

I hope you are embracing your graduation as a moment of tremendous accomplishment and celebration.

Elizabeth Tran: Confidence-in-the-making

Columns

Elizabeth Tran: Confidence-in-the-making

May 31, 2020 0 comments
This article is part of the series Commencement Magazine 2020

Last fall, I attended a workshop hosted by legendary public-speaking professor Barbara Tannenbaum.

Gaur ’21 and Lee ’20: UFB’s pandemic response fails our communities

Op-eds

Gaur ’21 and Lee ’20: UFB’s pandemic response fails our communities

May 30, 2020 2 comments

Following Brown’s closure due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 16 Brown student organizations called on the Undergraduate Finance Board to donate unused funds from these organizations’ annual budgets to mutual aid efforts to support members of both the Brown and Rhode Island communities.

Anita Sheih: Thank you, friends

Columns

Anita Sheih: Thank you, friends

May 30, 2020 0 comments

Over the past four years, my professors taught me about the history of museums, how to read like a writer and to question who has the right to tell what stories.

Priyanka Podugu: What grief taught me about compassion

Columns

Priyanka Podugu: What grief taught me about compassion

May 28, 2020 0 comments
This article is part of the series Commencement Magazine 2020

A couple days before classes started last fall, I learned that my grandmother was dying. She was the oldest member of my family, but we did not expect such a rapid decline in her health.