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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/.

Hack ’21: Brown is stranding its students by failing to provide outdoor social options during winter months

Op-eds

Hack ’21: Brown is stranding its students by failing to provide outdoor social options during winter months

March 14, 2021 4 comments

On one of my first days as a freshman at Brown, I remember standing in line for the dining hall by myself. I was petrified to go in alone.  I found comfort when the first-year in front of me told me he didn’t know anyone, either. Neither did the guy behind me. We all ate together.

Reed ’21: Steven Pinker Wants to Repair Campus Culture

Columns

Reed ’21: Steven Pinker Wants to Repair Campus Culture

March 12, 2021 10 comments

In a world seemingly beset by problems, Steven Pinker has made a career out of focusing on the positive. For the past decade, the Harvard professor turned celebrity intellectual has been spreading the good news about human progress.

Murphy ’23: Trump’s Midnight Middle East Moves May Be Here to Stay

Columns

Murphy ’23: Trump’s Midnight Middle East Moves May Be Here to Stay

March 12, 2021 1 comment

As the realization crept into the West Wing that — despite his best efforts to nullify the election — Donald Trump would soon be on his way out of power, last-minute policy decisions came flowing out of Washington.

Hong ’24: What culture shock can tell us about the first-year experience

Columns

Hong ’24: What culture shock can tell us about the first-year experience

March 12, 2021 0 comments

As first-years’ midterms come and go, most of us feel stressed. For students like me who are on campus for our first full semester, midterm stress may be exacerbated by homesickness and irritability.

Bhaskar ’21: Reconciling the pharmaceutical industry in the age of COVID-19

Columns

Bhaskar ’21: Reconciling the pharmaceutical industry in the age of COVID-19

March 11, 2021 5 comments

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout progresses nationally, all eyes are on the industries responsible for creating and churning out the vaccine in such record time. Given the success of Operation Warp Speed, can we possibly praise the companies that took a huge gambit to provide us the vaccine? Or is […]

Pipatjarasgit ’21: Understanding and keeping advancement accountable

Columns

Pipatjarasgit ’21: Understanding and keeping advancement accountable

March 10, 2021 0 comments

When students found out about the now infamous “Granoff Dinner,” they were outraged. To be fair, there were also some published opinions defending the events, but most students will likely recall an overwhelmingly negative reaction when the story broke in spring 2019.

McGough ’23: Don’t let fears of gentrification hold back housing

Columns

McGough ’23: Don’t let fears of gentrification hold back housing

March 9, 2021 0 comments

America has a housing problem. Whether in being prohibitively expensive, hopelessly rundown or environmentally unfriendly, America’s housing is not meeting the needs of the 21st century.

Walsh ’23: Will Biden meaningfully increase government transparency? Probably not.

Columns

Walsh ’23: Will Biden meaningfully increase government transparency? Probably not.

March 8, 2021 0 comments

With the tumult of the last four years, it’s not hard to decipher President Biden’s mandate. Economic relief from COVID-19 and racial justice sit atop the agenda while issues like environmental protection, LGBTQ+ rights and electoral reform are on a slightly lower rung. But his mandate goes beyond just expanding […]

Kundra ’21: Abortion is an equal rights issue

Op-eds

Kundra ’21: Abortion is an equal rights issue

March 8, 2021 1 comment

“My body, my choice.” Growing up, my mom was always quick to remind me of this fact. “You have the right to make decisions about your body,” she would say. “Never let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do with it.”

Editorial: Brown, be kind

Editorials

Editorial: Brown, be kind

March 5, 2021 1 comment

As we approach COVID-19’s anniversary on College Hill, the University is better equipped than ever before to handle a pandemic. From the automated COVID-19 test reminders to the plexiglass dividers in the dining halls, Brown has created its own “new normal” to keep members of the campus community safe.