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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/.

Editorials

Editorial: Questions for Mr. Musharraf

September 22, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Tonight’s speech by former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is an opportunity.

Columns

Jonah Fabricant ’10: A retreat from pedantry

September 22, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Academic jargon is intended to increase clarity; used in the wrong social context, it instead serves to obscure simple points and exclude the uninitiated from the conversation. 

Columns

Andrea Matthews ’11: A Portrait of the Consultant as a Young Man

September 22, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Whatever the justification, what convinced us that Brown offered the most suitable education available? How did we come to believe that $50,000 per year was an appropriate price to pay for it?

Letters to the Editor

Letter: TAs not informed of cuts to tutoring program

September 21, 2009 Comments are Disabled

To the Editor:We are the head teaching assistants for CSCI 0150: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science. Our course, Brown’s largest introductory computer science course, previously relied on the Brown University Tutoring Program to offer additional help to our students by making individual tutors available to those in need.  These tutors were mostly current or previous teaching assistants for CSCI 0150, and were able to help students in ways that teaching assistants holding office hours could not. One of us, as a tutor and tutee herself in past years, knows from experience that one-on-one tutoring keeps students motivated and pulls students through a challenging course that they might have otherwise dropped.  And she is not alone — there are undoubtedly many experiences like hers.

Editorials

Editorial: Chinua Achebe is not one book

September 21, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Despite what your high school English teachers may have led you to believe, he’s more than just “Things Fall Apart.” He’s a poet and an essayist, a national hero and a Man Booker Prize winner. More importantly, though, he’s a teacher.

Columns

Jeanne Jeong ’12: Another column about swine flu

September 21, 2009 Comments are Disabled

In case we don’t get enough administrative e-mails at the beginning of the school year, swine flu warnings have infiltrated Brown inboxes this fall. At first, I skipped reading the messages. After all, schools across the U.S. went through the same scare last year, and in response, Brown chose to display antibacterial hand sanitizer stands to constantly remind us of the threat. So I figured this year would be no different, with even more people, regrettably, failing to wash their hands around campus in favor of using the more time-efficient sanitizer.

Columns

Anthony Badami ’11: A forum for intellectual pugilism

September 20, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Call me pugnacious, but I believe in argument for argument’s sake. Sit me across from someone with a remotely interesting political opinion, and I will have to challenge it.

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Against intolerance in academia

September 18, 2009 Comments are Disabled

I was pleased to see Kate Fritzsche’s ’10 thoughtful column regarding the difficulties facing religious students at Brown (“The secret life of Catholics at Brown,” Sept. 17). I, too, have noticed that God is generally unpopular in academia. This is either the chicken or the egg of the erroneous belief that intellectualism and faith are irreconcilable, a myth that Ms. Fritzsche appropriately denounces.

Editorials

Editorial: First-years first

September 18, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Before going after seniors, Brown should focus its attention on improving the underclassman residential experience.

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Advocacy for local school reforms

September 18, 2009 Comments are Disabled

To the editor: In your editorial regarding the debate over seniority-based salaries (“Seniority and its discontents”, Sept. 16), your recommendation that students at Brown involve themselves in programs to improve education in Providence and elsewhere is praiseworthy. I would like to offer another opportunity to students to improve local schools […]