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Hillestad ’15: The dangers of a Brown education

As a Brown student, odds are you’re going to make a lot of money. You’re probably going to translate your Ivy League education into a lucrative and successful career. You’ll go into tech or consulting or finance, and you’ll make bank, partly because you’re good at what you do and partly because ...

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Hillestad ’15: Why Brown Hookups feels wrong

I wasn’t the only one excited when Brown Hookups burst onto the scene. It seemed very “Brown” — countercultural, sexually liberating and forward-looking. My curiosity was piqued. Like many of my peers, I quickly friended Brown Hookups on Facebook, eagerly awaiting where this new development ...

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Hillestad ’15: Down with the writing requirement

I’m a writer, so naturally, I believe that an adequate command of the English language is an essential prerequisite for success. The ability to communicate effectively can make or break your career ambitions. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, what phenomenal code you can write, or how much work ...

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Hillestad ’15: 257 Thayer — elitist enclave

257 Thayer: sophisticated and sustainable college living. No doubt, that’s a catchy slogan. I understand why that’s appealing to a lot of Brown students. After all, I like to consider myself sophisticated and environmentally conscious. And I wouldn’t want to feel guilty about my fancy new digs, ...

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Hillestad ’15: Mars or bust

A manned mission to Mars is the next major step in human achievement, and according to current estimates, NASA should be able to accomplish the feat by the mid-2030s. But given the constant, crippling budget cuts that NASA faces, that estimate may be little more than wishful thinking. If we want to ...

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Hillestad '15: America supports terrorism

In 1998, five Cuban counterterrorism agents were arrested in Miami and held in solitary confinement for 17 months. Then — after a dubious seven-month-long trial in which no hard evidence was ever presented — the group was convicted and given the equivalent of more than four life sentences. The ...

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