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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/.

Pipatjarasgit ’21: Why does Brown have so many visiting directors of undergraduate studies?

Columns

Pipatjarasgit ’21: Why does Brown have so many visiting directors of undergraduate studies?

February 12, 2021 0 comments

When you declared your concentration, did you ever pay attention to the rank and title of your director of undergraduate studies?

Bhaskar ’21: Moralistic branding of movements fosters groupthink and denies nuance to sociopolitical issues

Op-eds

Bhaskar ’21: Moralistic branding of movements fosters groupthink and denies nuance to sociopolitical issues

February 11, 2021 6 comments

Branding signals. From #FeeltheBern’s revitalization of Sanders’s democratic socialism to Trump’s demagoguery-laden “Make America Great Again,” today’s policies and campaigns are dependent on their branding, nomenclature and image, which poise them to garner attention and accumulate a following.

Murphy ’23: In Myanmar, the return to military rule is 1990 all over again

Columns

Murphy ’23: In Myanmar, the return to military rule is 1990 all over again

February 11, 2021 3 comments

The scene is as follows: Myanmar holds what is proclaimed by the military, known as the Tatmadaw, to be a free and fair democratic election.

Schmidt ’21: Don’t let misinformation fool you: The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are cool

Columns

Schmidt ’21: Don’t let misinformation fool you: The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are cool

February 8, 2021 2 comments

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up in the United States, more and more cases of adverse reactions to the injection are being reported. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, 484 vaccine-related incidents have been reported in Florida

Carroll ’21 and Meirowitz ’22: Why is Brown Celebrating a Nazi Honoree? Rename the Watson CIT

Op-eds

Carroll ’21 and Meirowitz ’22: Why is Brown Celebrating a Nazi Honoree? Rename the Watson CIT

February 7, 2021 0 comments

Many Brown students, faculty and staff don’t know that Brown University’s Center for Information Technology  is named for Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Even fewer are aware that there is compelling and largely undisputed evidence that Watson Sr. maintained business ties to Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler.

McGough ’23: The Public Option is the next step toward Medicare-for-All, for Now

Columns

McGough ’23: The Public Option is the next step toward Medicare-for-All, for Now

February 7, 2021 1 comment

More than ten years ago, the Affordable Care Act set out to realize a progressive dream that dates back to the New Deal: universal healthcare coverage.

Rivera Perla ’15 MD’22: Naturalization is a COVID-19 public health intervention

Op-eds

Rivera Perla ’15 MD’22: Naturalization is a COVID-19 public health intervention

February 7, 2021 0 comments

My phone vibrated with text after text in my scrubs’ top pocket as I placed a hidden stitch under the surface of my patient’s skin. It was June 18, 2020 and I knew the rush of notifications meant that the Supreme Court had ruled on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Sahyouni ’21: Big Tech shuts down the marketplace of ideas

Columns

Sahyouni ’21: Big Tech shuts down the marketplace of ideas

February 5, 2021 5 comments

Over the past few years, the feud between conservatives and Silicon Valley tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter has moved to the forefront of political discourse. That battle reached a boiling point in the aftermath of January 6, 2021, when a mob comprising roughly 800 of the 30 thousand […]

Walsh ’23: Conspiracy theories do not belong in the marketplace of ideas

Columns

Walsh ’23: Conspiracy theories do not belong in the marketplace of ideas

February 5, 2021 1 comment

Twitter’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump’s personal account and purge its platform of conspiracy-peddling profiles has breathed new life into America’s free speech culture war.

Hong ’24: The Nuts and Bolts of First-Year Orientation

Hong ’24: The Nuts and Bolts of First-Year Orientation

February 4, 2021 0 comments

As a first-year, I often hear upperclassmen ask, “What is it like? How are you taking it?” Although I can’t speak for my entire class, here’s my take as a first-year on campus: From my one online class in the fall to a full course load on campus, my first-year spring has been challenging so far.