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Opinions

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/.

Ten voices on varsity team cuts

Ten voices on varsity team cuts

June 10, 2020 0 comments

Following the University’s decision to cut 11 teams as part of the Excellence in Brown Athletics initiative, The Herald invited 100-word submissions from individuals impacted by the decision.

Letter: Brown is Better Off for President Paxson’s Athletics Initiative

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Brown is Better Off for President Paxson’s Athletics Initiative

June 10, 2020 2 comments

To the Editor: It is highly ironic that contributor Peter Mackie ’59 extolled former President Ruth Simmons when it was her abject decade-long failure to support Brown athletics that has led to President Christina Paxson P’19’s necessary and reasoned initiative.

Letter: Coverage of Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Coverage of Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative

June 9, 2020 0 comments

To the Editor: Thank you for your recent coverage of the University’s recent athletics decisions, as well as many reactions described in published opinion pieces.

O’Neil ’16, Paul ’19, McMahon ’19: In Defense of Excellence and Equity in Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field

Op-eds

O’Neil ’16, Paul ’19, McMahon ’19: In Defense of Excellence and Equity in Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field

June 8, 2020 1 comment

As alumnae of the Brown Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams, we are writing in solidarity with current teammates on the Brown Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams whose collegiate athletic careers were abruptly terminated May 28

Sinai ’21 and Lee ’21: Put me (back) in, Coach: The suddenness of Brown’s sports cuts needlessly destroys athletic careers

Op-eds

Sinai ’21 and Lee ’21: Put me (back) in, Coach: The suddenness of Brown’s sports cuts needlessly destroys athletic careers

June 7, 2020 0 comments

As many may now know, on May 28 Brown University ended the athletic careers of 84 men and 65 women on a roughly six-minute Zoom call.

Mackie ’59 — An Open Letter to the Brown Community: The Price of Winning

Op-eds

Mackie ’59 — An Open Letter to the Brown Community: The Price of Winning

June 7, 2020 0 comments

The May 28 announcement arrived without warning — a thunderbolt from above, striking the hearts of legions within the University athletic community.

Collins – We Suffocate: When Will We Finally Breathe?

Op-eds

Collins – We Suffocate: When Will We Finally Breathe?

June 5, 2020 0 comments

To the Brown Community: I’m sure by now many of you are consumed by what’s been happening here in the United States. For those of you who are in a particularly difficult place because of the racial killings, I’m writing to you. Honestly, I’m writing to me too. 

From the Brown Women’s Squash Team: President Paxson, Why Aren’t We Excellent?

Op-eds

From the Brown Women’s Squash Team: President Paxson, Why Aren’t We Excellent?

June 4, 2020 1 comment

We are two of five rising juniors on the Brown Women’s Varsity Squash team. We spent upwards of 10 years training with hopes of playing squash at a collegiate level. We have dedicated 20 hours a week for 25 weeks a year to train, travel and compete.

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 […]