What we’re reading: Campus responses to the BDH

In light of the recent opinions articles published by The Brown Daily Herald, there have been numerous statements and articles written by individual Brown students and student-run organizations. As a widely read campus publication, we have a privilege and a duty to inform Brown students of campus happenings and to serve as a platform that elevates marginalized voices on Brown’s campus. Below is a collection of the responses that embody many of the discussions happening on our campus.

We encourage readers to read these statements and articles in their entirety. If any individual students, organizations, or groups wish to have their published works included in this piece, please email blog@browndailyherald.com.

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In a guest column for the BDH“Exchange Columbus: The case for Indigenous People’s Day,”  Native Americans At Brown argues why the University should change fall weekend to Indigenous People’s Day, and provides the historical and current context of the Native American experience:

“This is not just a symbolic or political stance that we are taking. Our continuing fight for Native visibility on campus has consequences for us as students, Native communities and the greater campus community of students of color. We are living testaments to Native resistance, and we are requesting a celebration of ourselves and millions of others like us, rather than a University erasure of the genocide that we had to fight back to get here. This renaming of Fall Weekend is just one small step in longer walk towards institutionalizing real support for Native students.”

NAB has also released a petition to the University that currently has over 1,000 signatures.

Leaders of several Black student organizations released a joint statement to the Brown Daily Herald in which they demand accountability and reform from the editorial board:

“As the oldest and most prominent publication on this campus, we hold the BDH accountable as an organization for their practices and how they approach controversial issues. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, whether or not students disagree; however, as an organization with privilege, power, and a platform, the BDH is, and will be, held to a higher standard than any one individual.”

“A Statement from a Collective of AAPI Students,” published in bluestockings magazine, is a statement of solidarity written by a collective of Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Brown, which calls on AAPI students to take action and speaks on AAPI complicity:

“In weaponizing the model minority myth, white supremacy broadcasts the economic success of a narrow subset of Asian Americans in the United States to justify the oppression of Native and Black communities. AAPI complicity and active participation in white supremacy can and does happen. This complicity upholds the systemic oppression of all communities of color. As AAPI people, our own shared histories of imperialism are connected to those of other people of color… we must be even more thoughtful and compassionate in the ways we build coalition with communities of color whose oppression we have historically benefited from.”

In this bluestockings magazine editors statement, the magazine speaks to ethical journalism and offers itself as a platform and space for response:

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Ch-ch-ch-changes: Courses @ Brown

There are a few things all Brown students can agree on. Meal plan makes no sense. BioMed windows are the best place on campus to check yourself out. The circle dance statue is weird. A quintessential fact-of-life for any Brunonian is that registration is a nightmare. We’re not just talking pre-registration, either. This goes way beyond that awful moment when Banner tells you the seminar you wanted to take is capped; no one likes searching desperately through Banner to fill up their cart, or staring at those awful red boxes that only serve to remind you how much choosing classes sucks.

The Registrar’s Office and the Office of the Dean of College have decided to make registering for classes slightly less painful by introducing the new course selection platform Courses @ Brown.

Check it out:

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Blogify: First Day of Fall

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Shopping period is ending and the temperature is cruising in the low 70s which can only mean one thing: it’s officially fall. Time to pull out your favorite layers and get to stepping on some crunchy leaves. Here’s a playlist of all your favorite fall-related songs and other jams to get you ready for Providence’s moodiest season.

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PSA: Blue Room closing at 7 p.m. tonight

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What the Blue Room fridges look like right now

Looks like all the nice weather was too much for the Blue Room! The eatery will be closing at 7 p.m. tonight due to refrigerator malfunctions. Though Dining Services is working to get them repaired as soon as possible, the Blue Room will also be closed tomorrow and potentially Wednesday. Check the Blue Room twitter for updates.

Go get your food while you still can!

[Update: The Blue Room is closed again on Wednesday, April 13.]

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Blogify: Finals

Last year we made a playlist of 140 songs to help us through finals period. If you, like us, have exhausted that playlist and are in need of some new musical inspiration, you’re in luck. Here are 51 new songs to get you through the final push.


What Lincoln Chafee brings to the 2016 Presidential race

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Yesterday in Wilson 101, former Governor and Senator of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee ‘75 P’ 14 P ’17, in a partnership with the Brown Journal of World Affairs, participated in a Q&A on various national and international issues. This comes right on the tail of Chafee basically announcing that he was running for President of the United States, and offered ample opportunity for participants to get an early understanding of his agenda and positions on key topics in the upcoming race.

With Hillary Clinton dominating the democratic nomination conversation, it can be hard to understand why other Democrats would even bother. Yet, as Chafee said himself, “There shouldn’t be one person out there…voters want options.” Chafee would certainly be a very different candidate from Clinton.

Here is what Lincoln Chafee could bring to the presidential race:

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