The Libertarian Brown

Esquire magazine recently called Brown “That Maoist collective in Rhode Island.” Bill O’Reilly lambasted both the institution and the administration as “pinheads” and “liberals.” The Princeton Review ranked us as #18 on their list of “Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians.” Yet as I spend more and more time at Brown, the question for me is not “Are they wrong?”, but rather “Just how wrong are they?” Continue reading “The Libertarian Brown”

To Whom Do We Owe Our Allegiance?

Creating an appropriate topic for an article in any publication is the most daunting part of writing. Inevitably, it takes some degree of invention especially when your focus is not on news, and even if you are simply trying to report the facts, a good reporter learns to write between the lines. This prelude is to act as a disclaimer for the discussion in this piece. It was inspired by an informal debate between several staff members at a recent meeting of our own staff. Take from it what you will. Continue reading “To Whom Do We Owe Our Allegiance?”