Category Archives: Brown

Commissioner Kelly and the discussion worth having

by Ben Kutner

Brown lost its balance yesterday. The healthy give and take between dissenting opinions and the ability to voice those opinions was disrupted during New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly’s speech.

Ron Paul takes the stage at Brown

by Ben Resnik

Tuesday night, former congressman and libertarian proponent Dr. Ron Paul spoke to a crowd of Brown students in Salomon Hall. Paul used the event, hosted by the Brown Lecture Board, as an opportunity to introduce students to various case studies and examples of government overreach and encroachments on individual liberty.

BP, M.D. – HIV incidence rising among college students in southern New England

by Julia Harvey

A study published last month by researchers from Brown University and the Miriam Hospital indicates that the number of new infections of HIV may be increasing on college campuses across southern New England. 

A message from Brown Divest Coal

by Marcel Gout-Bertsch

Brown Divest Coal’s mission stands out from that of any other student organization on campus. While others worry about what society’s future will look like, we’d just like to make sure there is an inhabitable future, period. We’re not pessimists. The effects of coal (and other pollutant fossil fuels) really do reach that far. Coal is the single largest source of global carbon dioxide pollution, helping the most to trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere and destabilize environmental equilibriums that have been at work for thousands of years.

International Oil Companies: Company Culture – Part III

by Margaret Kearney, Louisa Kellogg, Jacqueline Ho, Katherine Wong

Company culture, which includes how the companies engage with the media and stakeholders, disclose information, and present themselves to the world, influences Exxon Mobil Corp. and British Petroleum’s stances on climate change.

International Oil Companies: The Tax Disparity – Part II

photo by Darren Kirby

by Margaret Kearney, Louisa Kellogg, Jacqueline Ho, Katherine Wong

Exxon Mobil Corp. and British Petroleum exhibit extreme differences in the amount of taxes that each corporation pays. In 2011, BP’s tax rate was estimated at around 34 percent, while Exxon Mobil’s tax rate was a record low of 13 percent — less than the rate the average American individual taxpayer pays. Exxon Mobil receives this lowered tax rate due to tax breaks from the U.S. government, such as the domestic manufacturing tax deduction that passed in 2004 and was “designed to keep factories in the United States.”

International Oil Companies: Evil Giants or Something More? Part I

Oil Fields

by Margaret Kearney, Louisa Kellogg, Jacqueline Ho, Katherine Wong

The combined 2011 revenues of four of the most well-known international oil corporations — Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and Chevron — adds up to a number roughly the size of the GDP of India, according to the International Monetary Fund. Needless to say, these monsters are big and powerful.

An aid or a detriment: teachers’ unions face debate

photo by the Center for American Progress

by Olivia Conetta

“Teachers’ unions are not the sole problem, nor will they be the sole solution,” said Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005, in a Janus Forum lecture Thursday at Brown University. “There are a lot of things that we’ve got to do.”

Former senator speaks to Brown about campaign finance reform

photo by Tom Barrett

by Corinne Cathcart

Former Democratic Senator of Wisconsin Russ Feingold stressed the significance of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and its negative effect on campaign finance law in a speech at Brown on April 25.

Senator Franken speaks on progressive cause

Al Franken

by James Blum

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) spoke to a crowd of Brown students last Sunday as he accepted the Brown Democrats’ John F. Kennedy Jr. Award for inspiring youth in politics. The former Saturday Night Live writer fielded questions on issues ranging from healthcare to campaign finance as he galvanized the crowd in preparation for the 2012 campaign cycle.