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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/.

Pipatjarasgit ’21:  Should Brown really be asking its current students for donations?

Columns

Pipatjarasgit ’21: Should Brown really be asking its current students for donations?

April 1, 2021 1 comment

It struck me as odd that although I had not yet walked out the Van Wickle Gates, I was already being asked for money. But the more I looked into the Brown Senior Class Gift, the more I became shocked at what I saw. 

Hong ’24: Brown should require COVID-19 vaccinations for the fall

Columns

Hong ’24: Brown should require COVID-19 vaccinations for the fall

March 30, 2021 9 comments

Recently, Rutgers University announced that, religious and medical exemptions aside, it will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall. Even with the end of the pandemic in sight, Rutgers has not taken for granted that its health situation on campus will get better. […]

Allums ’21: No more settling: the time for student loan forgiveness is now

Columns

Allums ’21: No more settling: the time for student loan forgiveness is now

March 29, 2021 9 comments

When Sanders officially dropped out of the race in April 2020, it became increasingly clear to Weinberg, as well as other like-minded Gen-Z youth and millennials, that “settling” for Biden as the frontrunner was a necessary evil to prevent the far worse threat of a second Trump term. 

Wrenn GS: The surveillance school

Columns

Wrenn GS: The surveillance school

March 28, 2021 1 comment

In the past several years, it has been fashionable to gawk in horror at China’s “social credit system,” an all-encompassing integration of surveillance, finance and state.

House ’20: Steven Pinker and who decides how campus culture should be repaired

Op-eds, Uncategorized

House ’20: Steven Pinker and who decides how campus culture should be repaired

March 25, 2021 0 comments

I am not the target audience for this. I found this thought echoing around my head as I read Andrew Reed’s March 12 column “Steven Pinker Wants to Repair Campus Culture.” The piece has a pretty veneer and frames itself as hopeful, but concerned. I am not convinced its true purpose is quite so positive.

Walsh ’23: Not your parents’ youth sports

Columns

Walsh ’23: Not your parents’ youth sports

March 24, 2021 0 comments

In just about every facet of American life, the pandemic has worsened existing inequities — and youth sports are no exception. Even before the pandemic, the professionalization of sports had been making youth athletics less equal. But COVID-19 has driven yet another wedge between rich and poor youth athletes by […]

Herce ’22, Torres ’22, Castañeda ’21.5: Here we go again (showcasing our resiliency in the face of adversity)

Op-eds

Herce ’22, Torres ’22, Castañeda ’21.5: Here we go again (showcasing our resiliency in the face of adversity)

March 24, 2021 3 comments

Content warning: This op-ed includes mentions of depression and suicidal ideation. Brown’s administration, despite receiving multiple learning opportunities to improve its behavior, continues to make decisions that severely undermine the quality of student life. This leaves already exhausted and emotionally drained students feeling like they have little choice but to […]

Carroll ’21 and Allums ’21: The case for reparations at Brown University

Op-eds

Carroll ’21 and Allums ’21: The case for reparations at Brown University

March 23, 2021 0 comments

Right now, Brown undergraduates are voting on historic referenda that call upon the University to identify the descendants of slaves it harmed during its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and to provide reparations to those identified descendants.

Lin ’23: Contact Your Representative (Civics 0010)

Op-eds

Lin ’23: Contact Your Representative (Civics 0010)

March 23, 2021 0 comments

The storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a misguided attempt to use political violence to sabotage the democratic process. It clearly failed: Joe Biden is now president, and the instigators of the insurrection are being investigated. Effecting political change requires communication and collaboration with policymakers ― not just […]

McGough ’23: Lights, camera, congressional inaction

Columns

McGough ’23: Lights, camera, congressional inaction

March 22, 2021 1 comment

After rioters finished desecrating the Capitol on Jan. 6, millions watched as a cohort of Republicans continued their attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. With no evidence, they repeatedly rose to object to the count in closely decided states.