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Brody-Heine ’22: COVID-19 reveals the weaknesses of our health care system

Columns

Brody-Heine ’22: COVID-19 reveals the weaknesses of our health care system

March 10, 2020 0 comments

“So, as you all probably know, the coronavirus has hit Rhode Island.”Immediately after this announcement by my professor, I walked briskly up Thayer Street to CVS with the intention of buying multiple bottles of hand sanitizer and soap to stock up.

Douglas ’20: Don’t Panic President Paxson, COVID-19 is not here (yet)

Columns

Douglas ’20: Don’t Panic President Paxson, COVID-19 is not here (yet)

March 9, 2020 4 comments

On Friday, President Christina Paxson P’19 announced that the University will cancel all non-academic events with over 100 people, among other precautions. These events include a University-wide dance and a chance for admitted students to visit Brown’s campus.

Hall ’20: Disastrous coronavirus response shows the failure of conservative policies

Columns

Hall ’20: Disastrous coronavirus response shows the failure of conservative policies

March 9, 2020 0 comments

As the University’s travel and event policies constrict under the threat of a new coronavirus outbreak, it can be easy to get distracted by chatter over whether or not classes will be canceled, rather than stepping back and looking at the epidemic in a broader context. Yet even a cursory […]

Arnold MA’19: What’s it like to be ‘Black Like Me?’

Op-eds

Arnold MA’19: What’s it like to be ‘Black Like Me?’

March 9, 2020 0 comments

Recently, I participated in a screening of the film “Black Like Me.” The event was hosted at Brown University’s Manning Chapel by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.

Letter: Coach Behn is a positive force, not a negative one

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Coach Behn is a positive force, not a negative one

March 9, 2020 5 comments

The Herald’s recent article about Women’s Basketball Head Coach Sarah Behn, titled “Brown University Band will not perform at women’s basketball games in protest of Head Coach,” was quite disheartening.

Reed ’21: The Case Against Bernie Sanders, Part 2

Columns

Reed ’21: The Case Against Bernie Sanders, Part 2

March 6, 2020 3 comments

In the first part of this two-part series, I argued that Bernie Sanders’ devotion to the cause of socialism has blinded him to the human cost of regimes that have implemented the kinds of policies he favors.

Klein ’20: How the Houston Rockets improved by getting smaller

Columns

Klein ’20: How the Houston Rockets improved by getting smaller

March 6, 2020 0 comments

Four weeks ago, the Houston Rockets decided to alter their roster dramatically after underperforming for most of this NBA season. They traded starting center Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a four-team trade, ultimately receiving forward Robert Covington in exchange.

Reed ’21: The Case Against Bernie Sanders, Part 1 of 2

Columns

Reed ’21: The Case Against Bernie Sanders, Part 1 of 2

March 5, 2020 3 comments

And then there were two. If there were any doubt going in, Super Tuesday brought clarity to the Democratic race. It is now a race between moderate and progressive. Build it up versus tear it down. Normalcy versus revolution. Biden versus Sanders.

Shanmugam ’23: Democrats need to realize that the electoral deck is stacked against them

Columns

Shanmugam ’23: Democrats need to realize that the electoral deck is stacked against them

March 5, 2020 2 comments

After the 2016 presidential election, political airwaves seemed dominated by two refrains: “Donald Trump is our president!” “Actually, Hillary won the popular vote.” Both statements are equally valid.

Ren ’23: The power of saying “I don’t know”

Columns

Ren ’23: The power of saying “I don’t know”

March 4, 2020 0 comments

I am guilty of it — giving opinions on things I know little about. Most of the time, the stakes are low. I argue with friends about sports teams that I never watch, music that I rarely listen to and shows that I have only ever seen once. My limited knowledge does little to prevent me from crafting oversized arguments.