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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/.

The statues must go: Brown should not celebrate colonialism

Op-eds

The statues must go: Brown should not celebrate colonialism

November 1, 2020 31 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.

Sahyouni ’21: Don’t Wait for Washington to Solve Your Problems

Columns

Sahyouni ’21: Don’t Wait for Washington to Solve Your Problems

October 26, 2020 0 comments

Even during a presidential election cycle that has been more devoid of policy discussion than any in recent memory, it’s not a surprise that both candidates have made their fair share of lofty promises, the bulk of which I’m sure they cannot keep.

Pipatjarasgit ’21: Change final grade submission rules and deadlines: they’re unrealistic and confusing.

Columns

Pipatjarasgit ’21: Change final grade submission rules and deadlines: they’re unrealistic and confusing.

October 22, 2020 0 comments

Toward the end of each semester, Dear Blueno becomes filled with many variants of one type of question: When will final grades be submitted to Banner? Why hasn’t Professor so-and-so submitted grades yet?

Hong ’24: The challenges of engaging with digital communities

Columns

Hong ’24: The challenges of engaging with digital communities

October 21, 2020 0 comments

In three days, 300 clubs, 300 Zoom links. A daunting Google Spreadsheet.  Over the three-day Brown Student Activities Fair, I joined a scant nine of the 300 some student activities links. I ended up leaving nearly all Zoom calls thinking, “I’d love to join on campus, but I won’t join virtually.”

Shanmugam ’23: Free trade is under attack

Columns

Shanmugam ’23: Free trade is under attack

October 20, 2020 0 comments

Twenty years on, the 2000 Republican Party platform is surprisingly similar to its 2020 counterpart ― from its commitment to “rebuilding the American military,” to lamenting that the federal tax code “penalizes hard work.”