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Asher '15: Anonymous comments are not free speech

Generally, writing these columns for The Herald is a good gig. I get to write about what I want to write about, I see my face grainily plastered on papers across campus, and it’s a good conversation starter — what’s not to like? The commenters. Oh, the commenters. The few, the proud, the anonymous. ...

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Asher '15: I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords

For an introvert like me, the self-checkout kiosks at CVS are a dream come true. I feel blessed to live in an age where, in the span of three minutes, I can locate and purchase deodorant, paper towels and SunChips without having to make eye contact with a single human being. Of course, I also have to ...

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Asher '15: The Corporation's price of admission

According to the FBI, a criminal enterprise is “a group of individuals with an identified hierarchy, or comparable structure, engaged in significant criminal activity.” Last November, SAC Capital Advisors L.P., the hedge fund of Steven A. Cohen P’08 P’16, was fined a staggering $1.8 billion ...

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Asher '15: Embracing strength

The stereotypical Brown student enjoys talking about hegemony almost as much as explaining that gender is a spectrum, not a binary. And when this stereotypical student talks about hegemony, it is not in positive terms. This student is wary of anyone, or anything, exerting hegemony. He or she knows that ...

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Asher '15: The problem with arguing for the humanities

During a bout of soul-searching last semester, I resolved to clarify for myself once and for all why I was studying classics and, in the process, justify spending four months in Italy touring Roman and Greek ruins. I was somewhat successful, though what I would like to offer here are my reflections ...

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Asher '15: The baffling boycott

Here is what I understand about the recent resolutions passed by the American Studies Association (ASA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) regarding Israel and the Palestinian territories. The ASA resolved to boycott all Israeli academic institutions, forbidding its members from collaborating with ...

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Asher 15: When we talk about immigration reform

According to family folklore, in 1914 my great-grandmother Eva Gilman — referred to as “Bubbe,” the Yiddish word for grandma — caught the last ship out of the port of Vilnius in Lithuania before World War I broke out. Whether or not it was, in fact, the last ship is impossible to tell, but we ...

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Asher '15: North Korea: our generation’s moment

In light of the country’s recent nuclear testing, it’s a safe bet we’ll be hearing about North Korea a fair amount in the coming months. It’s no secret that North Korea is an extremely oppressive place — one of the last strongholds of totalitarian communist government. Kim Jong-Un, like his ...

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Asher '15: Faith and anti-intellectualism

Googling “religion anti-intellectual” returns about 3.6 million hits, most of them on the anti-religion side of the argument. In fact, the only article on the first page countering the assertion that religion is inherently anti-intellectual is from The Gospel Coalition, which, though a fine site, ...

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