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Ethnic studies merges with American studies dept

Nov 19th, 2013

The ethnic studies program has merged with the Department of American Studies this semester in what administrators and faculty members called an effort to provide more structured support to the ethnic studies concentration.

Equestrian team bucks rivals, trots into fifth

Nov 19th, 2013

The equestrian team wrapped up its fall season Saturday, trotting to fifth place at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Glades Ferry, Conn., where 20 riders competed for Bruno.

Alum becomes third in state police command

Nov 19th, 2013

Karen DeLucia Pinch ’88 was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the Rhode Island State Police earlier this month, making her third in command of the force and the highest ranking woman in the organization’s history.

R.I. to uphold ACA compliance standards

Nov 19th, 2013

Rhode Island will require all residents to have health insurance that complies with the standards outlined in the Affordable Care Act by March 31, despite President Obama’s decision Thursday that anyone on canceled individual or small business insurance plans can keep their coverage for another year, announced Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Hittner and HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson Friday.

Fencing sweeps field in season opener

Nov 19th, 2013

Both the men’s and women’s fencing teams swept their first official conference meet of the season Saturday, with the men taking 88 of 108 bouts for a 4-0 record and the women winning 106 out of 135 total, going 5-0.

Feldman ’15: A school without boundaries

Nov 19th, 2013

There are many factors that limit where people are able to attend college: finances, location and academic programs all play major roles in choosing an appropriate college. Disabilities should not play a factor. Certain schools do not do well in accommodating people with physical disabilities. Unfortunately, it seems Brown has joined their ranks.

Wrestling jumps to a quick start at ESU

Nov 19th, 2013

The Bears opened their season this weekend at the 47th annual East Stroudsburg University Open Wrestling Tournament hosted by East Stroudsburg University in eastern Pennsylvania. Eight members of the team placed in the competition, four of whom placed in the top three in their respective weight classes.

Weekend crime update: Nov. 15-17, 2013

Nov 19th, 2013

The following is an account of the crime event that took place this weekend, reported to The Herald by Deputy Chief of Police for the Department of Public Safety Paul Shanley:

Editorial: Give the Common App a chance

Nov 19th, 2013

This year, the Common Application — an organization that standardizes the college admission process for Brown and over 500 schools — introduced its new system, CA4. Unfortunately, this rollout has been characterized by technical difficulties, leaving frustrated students struggling to meet admission deadlines. Dealing with the consequences has been a “nightmare,” Jason C. Locke, a vice provost at Cornell, told the New York Times. Since August, when the new system premiered, students have faced numerous problems: New questions have been added, essays have been unable to upload and some parents have been forced to pay admissions fees multiple times because they received no confirmation. While we sympathize with affected students and encourage the University to provide allowances for Common App-related delays, we believe that a standardized application benefits not only Brown but also the high school applicants.

Hudson ’14: Being independent

Nov 19th, 2013

Success literature has largely remained unchanged for hundreds of years. From the New Testament to Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich,” pundits have called thrift, discipline and hard work the foundations of a good life. These values remain necessary for those seeking success today. But they do not guarantee success. Today’s world demands that a person not simply embrace thrift, discipline and hard work, but also become independent.

Upadhyay ’15: An academic approach to free speech

Nov 18th, 2013

As a student who transferred to Brown in the middle of my sophomore year, I’ve had the unique opportunity to compare my time here with that at another university. While I cannot really speak to the first-year experience in one of the 90 or so first-year seminars offered at Brown, my impression of these smaller, discussion-based courses is overwhelmingly positive. From my impression thus far of Brown’s commitment to its undergraduate curriculum, I believe seminars at Brown would be just as useful, if not more, than those at my previous school. For this reason, I propose that Brown expand its seminar offerings to students of all semester levels — not just to first-years and now, with the strategic plan’s proposal for sophomore seminars, second-years — to encourage discussion and debate, both of which are especially relevant given the recent on-campus controversies surrounding free speech.

Ingber ’15: UCS should stay focused on Brown

Nov 18th, 2013

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is undoubtedly one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions in recent memory. In a 5-4 decision, the court struck down limits on independent expenditures for corporations and labor unions as unconstitutional. The opinions penned by the court were vociferous — a normally affable then-Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens even read part of his ninety-page dissent from the bench. He argued stridently that the majority had changed the facts of the case in order to change the law.

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