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Thomas '21: Defining manhood for ourselves

In a previous column for The Herald, I called for a men’s revolution: a dramatic shift in our definition of masculinity. Since then, more people seem to have come on board with the project of reexamining traditional manhood. Even so, many men seem unsure about how to move forward.  It is ultimately ...

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Thomas '21: The case for learning a second language

A lifelong goal of mine is to become bilingual. Since coming to Brown, and especially since exploring more of the world and spending a semester abroad, I’ve come to see the value of knowing more than one language. In fact, I would argue that everyone should learn a second language. Learning a second ...

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Thomas '21: Extinguishing burnout

There’s a saying at Brown: it’s midterms season until it’s finals season. And while this may seem like an exaggeration for comedic value, it’s much closer to reality than one might think. Regardless, it remains completely true that Brown students are busy. I have observed that students at Brown ...

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Thomas '21: Reflecting on Black History Month

It’s Black History Month. Every February is dedicated to appreciating the history of black people in the United States. Superficially, people recognize the significance of this month of remembrance; when presented with the statement “Black History Month is important” many would agree. But, not ...

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Thomas '21: The siren’s call of the online celebrity

On a foundational level, we all have an understanding of right and wrong and are able to identify these behaviors in others. This rings particularly true when it comes to celebrities or public figures. Though it’s often hard to believe, they’re people just like us — the major difference being ...

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Thomas '21: Cancelling cancel culture

The practice of “cancelling” is becoming increasingly common. By cancelling, I mean the process by which people mark someone as problematic and withdraw any and all prior support to ignore and exclude this person. To a lesser degree, when I talk about “cancel culture” I’m also referring to ...

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Thomas '21: The wake-up call of the 2018 U.S. Open

There were a lot of storylines that could have been written following the the 2018 U.S. Open Women’s Singles final. Serena Williams, arguably the greatest tennis player to ever hold a racquet, was looking to win a staggering 24th Grand Slam title and match the all-time Grand Slam record currently ...

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Thomas '21: Deriving meaning from different perspectives

In recent weeks, ideological diversity has become a major topic of discussion on campus. The Herald has certainly facilitated this larger discussion, publishing a wide range of op-eds about free speech, the SPEAK coalition and Jeb Bush’s upcoming lecture. These articles all touch on the idea of ideological ...

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