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Fast '12: It can't happen here

The recent child molestation scandal at Pennsylvania State University and its fallout prompt reflection on the set of circumstances that allowed these atrocities to continue unabated for years. Jerry Sandusky, retired assistant football coach and alleged perpetrator, remained free to commit unspeakable ...

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Fast '12: Sodom, Gomorrah and individual liberty

Tomorrow, the Queer Alliance will host the famous night of debauchery known as Sex Power God. Though the event has reportedly become much less chaotic since Bill O'Reilly aired his moralistic critique of it on Fox News in 2005, the fact of the matter is that a free and open society demands that such ...

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Fast '12: Eschew college rankings

The U.S. News and World Report recently released its annual list of America's top universities, and given the intensity of public reaction to Brown's ranking alongside Cornell as the worst in the Ivy League ("No news in U.'s U.S. News ranking," Sept. 14) — a fate certainly worse than death — ...

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Fast '12: Correct market forces, don't ignore them

The recent attempt by students to form a market for seats in courses with capped enrollment ("Econ caps spur black market controversy," Sept. 12) elicited a response from the University administration that was grossly insufficient in its redress of the factors that compel students to offer cash for ...

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Fast '12: In God we hope, in reason we trust

Brown's motto, "In Deo Speramus," is a vestige of the time of the University's founding, when our collected scientific knowledge often failed to protect us from nature's vicissitudes, whether they came in the form of plagues, floods, earthquakes or whatever else. In that era, it made sense for us to ...

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Fast '12: In the drug war, keep your eyes on the real killer

Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa '11 recently opined in The Herald that the breakdown of the rule of law in Mexico at the hands of vicious drug cartels can be blamed unequivocally on common cannabis users like the ones who appeared Wednesday on the Main Green ("4/20 and the drug war," April 18). While a subsequent ...

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Fast '12: Why we still should not fear nuclear power

In the aftermath of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan March 11 and the consequent release of radioactive material from the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, many have raised concerns regarding the safety of nuclear energy. But when compared with feasible alternatives, it ...

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Fast '12: The silent treatment

Gov. Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14 recently announced that Rhode Island state employees would be forbidden from speaking with talk radio hosts, arguing that public resources should not "support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."

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Fast '12: Just say 'no' (to the nanny state)

In recent years, Rhode Island's fiscal woes have repeatedly made national news. With a deficit of $427 million for fiscal year 2011 and a projected shortfall of $290 million for fiscal year 2012, legislators are hard pressed to engineer solutions to the budget crisis. Sin taxes — taxes on alcohol, ...

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