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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/.

Columns

Adrienne Langlois ’10: Not a funny column

October 9, 2009 Comments are Disabled

It’s hard to go anywhere without encountering some sort of celebrity gossip. Most of it is pretty frivolous; the sun will still rise and set, regardless of whether Brangelina and Jennifer Aniston get into another spat tomorrow. Yet every once in a while, the gossip tidbit of the day is a little more sobering — something with real relevance that crosses over into the mainstream media.

Editorials

Editorial: Scaling back

October 9, 2009 Comments are Disabled

There is no question that Brown could use more money. Over the past several weeks, The Herald has reported huge losses in the endowment, suspension of scholarships and the removal of academic support programs. But regardless of the financial state of the University, the chance to save money is no excuse to make health care less accessible to the workers who make our campus run.

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Eating vegetarian, and making a difference

October 8, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Animals do have the ability to suffer and feel pain just as we do, so why do we continue to exploit them?

Columns

Kate Fritzsche ’10: Stupid decisions have serious consequences – sometimes

October 8, 2009 1 comment

How many times have you seen your friends or other students use a fake ID to drink on campus? And how many of those times was your friend punished for his or her decision? My guess would be that your friends have never been penalized.

Columns

Ethan Tobias ’12: Fall Weekend, reimagined

October 8, 2009 Comments are Disabled

With shopping period firmly in the rear-view mirror and tons of exams to study for and papers to write, the relief that is “Fall Weekend” could not come sooner. Yet “Fall Weekend” has been plagued by heaps of controversy surrounding the naming and meaning of this one day off from classes.

Editorials

Reviving study abroad

October 8, 2009 Comments are Disabled

This fall the number of Brown students studying abroad sunk to 199, down from 220 last fall. The University reported a more pronounced decrease in study abroad figures for the spring — 268 students went abroad last semester compared with 366 in the spring of 2008. In light of the downward trend, the University should take measures to encourage student enrollment in study abroad programs. In particular, the University should reverse its policy of charging students full tuition to receive credit for study at considerably less expensive universities abroad.

Columns

Abigail Chance ’11: Women’s rights bargained for health care reform

October 7, 2009 2 comments

While skimming the front page of the New York Times on Sept. 28, I was appalled, and yet not completely surprised, when I read about the current debate in President Obama’s proposed health care reform: abortion.

Editorials

Editorial: Track to the future

October 7, 2009 Comments are Disabled

A new project to help revitalize Providence is in the works, and we have a chance to be a part of it.

Columns

Jonathan Topaz ’12: A lopsided tradeoff

October 7, 2009 Comments are Disabled

The next time that the Brown administration wants to cut an extremely popular program that accommodates struggling students and employs hundreds of others, perhaps they should take a simple poll first.

Columns

Ivy Chang ’10: Honest to Blog

October 6, 2009 Comments are Disabled

However, technical impediments and stereotype affirmations aside, student blogs could actually be extremely helpful in both enriching our school’s image and fostering a greater sense of community among the student body.