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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/.

Commencement 2021 | Augustus Kmetz ’21: Ever True

Columns

Commencement 2021 | Augustus Kmetz ’21: Ever True

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

As a member of the Band — yeah, those sickos who wake you up early every Parent’s Weekend — I’ve heard a lot of Brown school songs (and occasionally remembered how to play them). Our fight song, Ever True to Brown, is fitting for our class of 2021.

Senior Column | Jordan Allums ’21: Beyond resisting, toward living as a Black alum

Columns

Senior Column | Jordan Allums ’21: Beyond resisting, toward living as a Black alum

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

In high school, I once joked that I didn’t find out I was Black until my first day of sixth grade.  That is, of course, an exaggeration; my parents and my parents’ parents are Black, and I have never dissociated myself from my identity.

Senior Column | Sarah Martinez ’21: Letting go of the gold and accepting the value of the invaluable

Columns

Senior Column | Sarah Martinez ’21: Letting go of the gold and accepting the value of the invaluable

April 28, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement MagazineThe age-old adage states that college is where you find yourself and your people. At 18, I wished fervently to “find myself” falling in love with math, championing the resolution of some low-level environmental issue, graduating with straight A’s in my […]

Senior Column | Krista Stapleford ’21: On painful beginnings and surprising self-acceptance

Columns

Senior Column | Krista Stapleford ’21: On painful beginnings and surprising self-acceptance

April 28, 2021 1 comment
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

When I first arrived on Brown’s campus the day of first-year move-in, I wasn’t all that different from any of my peers chaotically flooding the University gates.

Editors’ Note: A socially distanced goodbye and thank you

Editors' Note

Editors’ Note: A socially distanced goodbye and thank you

April 28, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

Every year, The Herald’s Commencement Magazine collects the memories and reflections of the senior class. This year, that collection is inevitably shaped by the grief and loss COVID-19 has caused.

Bhaskar ’21: Contemplating the future of academic objectivity

Columns

Bhaskar ’21: Contemplating the future of academic objectivity

April 9, 2021 5 comments

Over the past two years, identity politics have trickled into the curricula of university settings worldwide. At face value, such movements appear well-intentioned.

Fuad ’23 and Sloan ‘23.5: Opacity, delays and power imbalances thwart Brown’s PPSD Fund Committee

Op-eds

Fuad ’23 and Sloan ‘23.5: Opacity, delays and power imbalances thwart Brown’s PPSD Fund Committee

April 8, 2021 0 comments

In 2007, Brown drew national attention for promising to account for its role in the transatlantic slave trade. One of these promises brought forth the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence, a $10 million endowment for the Providence Public School District that Brown intended to fill through […]

Editorial: Accessibility in a post-pandemic world

Editorials

Editorial: Accessibility in a post-pandemic world

April 6, 2021 0 comments

As vaccines become much more widespread, we’re all ready to leave the horrors of the pandemic behind us. But there have been some silver linings. Looking forward as an institution, we ought to preserve the culture of understanding and accommodation that we were forced to develop in the face of the pandemic.

Schmidt ’21: The science of isolation and why first-years at Brown need more support

Columns

Schmidt ’21: The science of isolation and why first-years at Brown need more support

April 5, 2021 0 comments

The first-year experience at Brown for the class of 2024 is unique in that its challenges are unlike anything many upperclassmen have experienced before, with one of the primary difficulties being social isolation from their peers, whom they have only been allowed to meet through Zoom.

Murphy ’23: ‘An existential threat’: how anti-Chinese discourse in foreign policy lends itself to anti-Asian hate

Columns

Murphy ’23: ‘An existential threat’: how anti-Chinese discourse in foreign policy lends itself to anti-Asian hate

April 4, 2021 1 comment

On March 16, 2021, after a year in which the United States saw anti-Asian hate crimes rise nearly 150 percent, a white gunman murdered six Asian women in three Asian-owned spas after allegedly saying that he would “kill all Asians.”