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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/.

Ruzicka ’21: Return to Campus? Better Decide Quickly

Columns

Ruzicka ’21: Return to Campus? Better Decide Quickly

November 3, 2020 0 comments

On Oct. 29, 2020, President Christina Paxson P’19 sent an email announcing that the University is planning to welcome back the entire undergraduate community to campus for the spring 2021 semester.

Pipatjarasgit ’21: The benefits and limitations of Dear Blueno for academic advising

Columns

Pipatjarasgit ’21: The benefits and limitations of Dear Blueno for academic advising

November 3, 2020 0 comments

Most Brown students active on Facebook know about Dear Blueno, where anonymous posts can be used for anything from political rants to trolling, from complaints about Brown to requests for relationship help.

Letter: A Goodbye from Dr. Meek

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A Goodbye from Dr. Meek

November 2, 2020 0 comments

I wanted to send you all a thank-you note as I depart the University. I’ve been the director of Counseling and Psychological Services for 3.5 years, and during that time our center has gone through a major transformation, in no small part thanks to you.

Editorial: Voices Still Unheard

Editorials

Editorial: Voices Still Unheard

November 2, 2020 0 comments

In late June, Voices of Brown launched among a wave of similar accounts sharing anonymous submissions from sexual assault survivors. The purpose of the account is to serve as “a safe and dependable space for survivors within the Brown community to be heard and validated.”

The statues must go: Brown should not celebrate colonialism

Op-eds

The statues must go: Brown should not celebrate colonialism

November 1, 2020 27 comments

You may have heard that Decolonization at Brown (DAB) is trying to remove some statues. Decolonization at Brown is a student group committed to reimagining Brown by decolonizing our academics, spaces and relationships.

Performance spaces at Brown have historically been inaccessible to student groups — it’s time for the PAC to change that

Columns

Performance spaces at Brown have historically been inaccessible to student groups — it’s time for the PAC to change that

November 1, 2020 0 comments

Construction for Brown’s new Performing Arts Center is well underway. Students are eager to return to campus once it is safe to do so, and reconnecting with performing arts groups will be a priority for many seeking to rebuild their college communities and make up the time lost to COVID-19.

Arenberg: What to expect as Election Day approaches

Op-eds

Arenberg: What to expect as Election Day approaches

October 30, 2020 0 comments

This is the most consequential election of our lifetimes.  This election features candidates as polarized as any in American history.  This election has exhibited the highest level of voter enthusiasm perhaps ever — more than 79 million Americans have already voted. This election will be a landslide for Democrats. 

Reed ’21: Trump may lose, but he’s not going away

Columns

Reed ’21: Trump may lose, but he’s not going away

October 30, 2020 0 comments

If President Donald Trump is defeated in this election, he is going to leave office. Despite what some alarmists in the New York Times might say, he will not try to retain power; there will be no coup d’état.

Walsh ’23: To better address inequality, target zoning

Columns

Walsh ’23: To better address inequality, target zoning

October 28, 2020 0 comments

In the story of income inequality in the United States, the orthodox view is to blame the top 1 percent. Indeed, this exclusive group has experienced disproportionate gains in income and wealth since the advent of Reaganomics, while everyone else has seen either modest growth or stagnation.

Schmidt ’21: Get real — the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t coming soon

Columns

Schmidt ’21: Get real — the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t coming soon

October 27, 2020 1 comment

The world is coming to terms with COVID-19 and establishing a “new normal” for continuing with everyday life. Naturally, many people — especially in countries hardest hit like the United States — are wondering if there is an end in sight to the pandemic.