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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/.

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.

Schmidt ’21: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over: Vaccinated people still need to exercise caution

Columns

Schmidt ’21: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over: Vaccinated people still need to exercise caution

March 21, 2021 0 comments

There is some hope on the horizon more than a year after the World Health Organization formally declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Ruzicka ’23 and Meirowitz ’22: Restoring accountability in student governance

Op-eds

Ruzicka ’23 and Meirowitz ’22: Restoring accountability in student governance

March 19, 2021 0 comments

Constitutional disputes, student government power struggles and member misconduct — these are the barriers holding Brown’s undergraduate student government back from fulfilling its purpose. Brown’s student government cannot fight for students if we spend our time fighting each other.

Editorial: UCS, an unnecessarily complicated system

Editorials

Editorial: UCS, an unnecessarily complicated system

March 18, 2021 0 comments

It’s that time of year again: The weather’s improving, student government campaigns have begun and the student body, as usual, appears indifferent. This is not a new phenomenon.

Pipatjarasgit ’21: An ode to the Brown University Library

Columns

Pipatjarasgit ’21: An ode to the Brown University Library

March 18, 2021 0 comments

It has now been over a year of living in the COVID-19 pandemic and learning largely in a virtual environment. Yet, academic functions at Brown must continue. One of the unsung heroes involved in some shape or form in all our academic journeys is the Brown University Library.

Brown University leveled 51 buildings in 1950 to clear the way for Wriston Quad.

Columns

Wrenn GS: College Hill’s Grim Reaper

March 18, 2021 3 comments

Since January, Brown has sought to exclude five University buildings — the Orwig Music Hall (c. 1850), Grant-Fulton Recital Hall (c. 1845), King House (c. 1895), 137 Waterman St. (c. 1910) and 190 Hope St. (c. 1865) — from a historic district proposed by the Providence Preservation Society.

Bayard ’24: The new social conservatism: Barstool conservatism

Columns

Bayard ’24: The new social conservatism: Barstool conservatism

March 18, 2021 6 comments

Last fall I was speaking with a high school classmate of mine about politics when he, after some prodding, admitted he voted for Trump. It isn’t surprising for a high school peer of mine to vote for Trump — I’m from a very “Trumpy” part of Florida — but I […]

Pollard ’21: Preparing a healthy transition to our next new normal

Columns

Pollard ’21: Preparing a healthy transition to our next new normal

March 15, 2021 0 comments

Student life at Brown has changed dramatically during COVID-19, and while many of us expected our hiatus from an in-person college experience to be brief, we have already passed the one year mark of attending university online.

Han ’23: The tragedy of “cancel culture”

Columns

Han ’23: The tragedy of “cancel culture”

March 14, 2021 3 comments

“Green Eggs and Ham,” a children’s book by Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is an all-time classic. But why am I writing a column about “Green Eggs and Ham” now, in 2021, as our country has only just started to hope for an end to a devastating pandemic […]