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bicycle fever

the bicycle in 19th century culture and our modern world

My hometown of Berkeley, California enjoys moderate temperatures and the infrastructure to accommodate bicycles, so cycling for sport and for transportation is ubiquitous year-round. Though bicycles are lauded for their utility, one of the main benefits of the bike is often overlooked: its ability to connect people to the world around them. When bicycles first…

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do it yourself

independent study options at brown

Like most students here at Brown, I was drawn to this school for its Open Curriculum, excited by the prospect of being in control of crafting an education fueled by my passions. Now well into my second semester, though I’ve sampled some unforgettable courses, it seems I’ve committed to blindly plowing forward in the course…

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view from the west bank

faith and loathing in the holy land

Within the walls of Jerusalem lies a grotto of timelessness, a place where the presence of history beckons in the alleys and every corner contains a scrap of sacredness to covet. Monks cross themselves under sanctified arches as pilgrims shuffle forward on canes, overcome by a silent wonder at their presence in the City of…

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faulty lines

politics along the u.s.-mexico border

A few weeks ago, I went on the annual DEEPS (Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences) spring break field trip to look at rocks in the West Texas desert. We traveled along the border between the United States and Mexico to see the geological features formed by the theory of plate tectonics, which births…

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spirit of brown

the eccentricities of brown campus tours

I only went on one campus tour during the college application season. I don’t remember much from it except the humid heat of mid-July and how our tour guide managed to mention at every stop how amazing the school’s Greek life was. “I never saw myself being part of a sorority, but now I can’t…