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

Simon Liebling ’12: Student power for Palestine

April 14, 2009 6 comments

Students at the New School withstood pepper spray attacks by police last week while trying to force the ouster of their controversial president, continuing the tradition of a year of occupations as part of a national campaign for accessible education. The beleaguered administrators they target could almost be forgiven for thinking that the goals of student power movements end where they begin — on campus.

Columns

Dan Davidson ’11: Why R.I. reformed court debt

April 14, 2009 0 comments

A recent New York Times article highlighted one of the ways that states, burdened with massive budget shortfalls, are filling their coffers. In Florida, Georgia, Michigan and elsewhere, state judicial systems are cracking down on people who owe fees and fines to the courts.

Editorials

Editorial: Wertheimer for UCS president

April 14, 2009 0 comments

Several of this year’s presidential candidates are dedicated members of the Undergraduate Council of Students who have served in leadership positions and taken the lead on important initiatives. But of the four candidates in the running, Clay Wertheimer ’10 is the best choice.

Editorials

Editorial Cartoon 4/14/09

April 14, 2009 0 comments

Editorials

Editorial Cartoon 4/13/09

April 13, 2009 0 comments

Letters to the Editor

Letter: We hope you got that free first-class upgrade

April 13, 2009 0 comments

While Staehelin is right to lament low student participation, he is wrong to assume a dearth of student interest. What he fails to mention is the lack of University resources supporting students’ pursuits of such opportunities, which often entail significant costs.

Columns

Nick Hagerty ’10: Academic Inequality

April 13, 2009 0 comments

But since faculty turnover can proceed even more slowly than a UCS meeting, here are two proposals that could improve undergraduate academics at Brown in the meantime.  Brown, like all colleges, likes to cite numbers on average class size.

Columns

Andrea Matthews ’11: Brown’s brain drain

April 13, 2009 0 comments

In a few weeks, about a quarter of our population will process out of the Van Wickle Gates and into the real world.

Editorials

Editorial: UFB leadership endorsements

April 13, 2009 0 comments

Tomorrow, Brown students will choose the new leadership of the Undergraduate Finance Board, the body that allocates funding for officially recognized student groups. We strongly urge you to vote for Salsabil Ahmed ’11 for UFB chair and Neil Parikh ’11 for vice chair. Of the candidates running for these positions, they are the best prepared to counter the board’s weaknesses and capitalize on its strengths.

Columns

Ratledge ’11: Hey, Senator! Leave them kids alone!

April 9, 2009 0 comments

For 1,700 poor elementary school students in Washington, D.C., the best chance for a quality education ended last week. Despite entreaties from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and even President Barack Obama himself, the Senate used the omnibus spending bill to eliminate the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program by the 2009-10 school year.