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The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. is a financially and editorially independent, not-for-profit corporation that provides Brown University and the surrounding community with news, information and a venue for the exchange of ideas. Since 1891, The Herald has served as the daily newspaper of record for the Brown community, and for over a decade The Herald has expanded its online presence to provide the most up-to-date news to readers everywhere.

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Rape and the Intoxicated Victim

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 3:06 PM

By Maggie Tennis

Campus rape has been in the news frequently in recent years. This rise in media attention is not because campus rape is anything new, but rather reflects a decline in the societal stigma that prevented coverage of the topic in the past. Sexual assault is and has...

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A Different Take on Sex in College

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 12:36 PM

By Maggie Tennis

The Daily Princetonian ran a controversial letter to the editor in March. Its author, Princeton alum Susan Patton, warned women -- especially female students at elite colleges -- that college is the best time, and possibly the last chance, for them to find the...

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The Decriminalization Downfall

(6) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 1:00 PM

By Lucas Husted

Beginning April 1 -- just in time for 4/20, coincidentally -- possession of up to an ounce of cannabis will no longer be a misdemeanor in Rhode Island. Instead of receiving a year in jail and a $500 fine, offenders can expect to get no more than...

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Taking Sides: Are the Humanities in Danger?

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 4:24 PM

By Jared Moffat and Claire Gianotti

Jared Moffat: Yes

In 2012, a mere 16 percent of Brown's incoming class reported it intended to concentrate in the humanities, two percent less than the class of 2014 two years prior. The same trend is clear in our recent national history:...

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The Illusion of Need-Blind Admission

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 6:06 PM

By Maggie Tennis

In its efforts to attract the best candidates among above-average high school students, Brown advertises its "need-blind" admission status. As a university, we are particularly proud of this aspect of our admission process, which seeks to ensure that the Admission Office considers applicants without regard to their...

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Stop Watching So Many TEDTalks

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 9:48 AM

By Matt Brundage

Our generation has both the collective attention span and the curiosity of a caffeinated squirrel. Though many students have the intellectual curiosity to explore beyond the syllabi of their courseloads, many lack the focus span or extrinsic incentives to move far beyond the surface level of multiple...

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Putting Action Back in Activism

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 1:25 PM

By Gabriella Corvese

A pink ribbon. An inspirational YouTube video. A group of women dancing. What do these things have in common? While they are symbols of important movements, they are also symbols of a dangerous trend in activism: "slacktivism."

Slacktivism, as the name suggests, involves supporting a cause on...

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Identity Politics Is Counter-Productive

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 2:47 PM

By Kevin Carty

A few months ago on Facebook, a friend of mine wrote of how one friend's perspective "as a white male in a fraternity" seemed to guide his opinion about sexual assault policies at Brown. A couple days later, I saw one writer's opinion explained away by another's...

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Fight for Your Right to Part... icipate

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 11:14 AM

By Jared Moffat

There is an insidious form of institutionalized discrimination written into our Constitution, and it affects virtually every student at the University. Young people under the age of 35 -- nearly half of the citizens in the United States -- do not enjoy the full benefits of enfranchisement:...

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Student Activism Today

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 9:55 AM

By Lauren Schleimer

Back in October, when the Occupy Movement was spreading like wildfire, The Herald reported that a majority of Brown faculty members think student activism is lower than when they were in college. Among those working here for more than 20 years, 82.6 percent say activism...

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What Ever Happened to the Female Orgasm?

(46) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 4:00 PM

By Cara Dorris

This is Brown ­­­-- Land of the Liberal. While we may find religion too backward, we unanimously accept all races, all sexual orientations and the traditionally taboo activities of masturbating and watching porn.

How could we not? We showcase our nude bodies on online subreddits like...

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