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Mary Bates GS: Should I stay or should I go?

October 13, 2009 Comments are Disabled

For most of your time in graduate school, there is little time for self-reflection. It is easy to get caught up in the details of completing your degree and forget about the big picture — that is, until you schedule that dissertation defense. Suddenly, the end is in sight and you have a decision to make — stay in academia or leave your cozy ivory tower for a non-academic career.

Will Wray ’10: A simple kind of man

October 9, 2009 3 comments

You may know him from Robert Redford’s hagiography “Motorcycle Diaries.” You may have inherited a little secondhand respect from Johnny Depp’s medallion, Angelina Jolie’s tattoo or Rage Against the Machine’s deeply confused, anti-authoritarian lyrics. Jean-Paul Sartre called him our era’s perfect man; Carlos Santana considers him a paragon of love and compassion.

Adrienne Langlois ’10: Not a funny column

October 9, 2009 Comments are Disabled

It’s hard to go anywhere without encountering some sort of celebrity gossip. Most of it is pretty frivolous; the sun will still rise and set, regardless of whether Brangelina and Jennifer Aniston get into another spat tomorrow. Yet every once in a while, the gossip tidbit of the day is a little more sobering — something with real relevance that crosses over into the mainstream media.

Kate Fritzsche ’10: Stupid decisions have serious consequences – sometimes

October 8, 2009 1 comment

How many times have you seen your friends or other students use a fake ID to drink on campus? And how many of those times was your friend punished for his or her decision? My guess would be that your friends have never been penalized.

Ethan Tobias ’12: Fall Weekend, reimagined

October 8, 2009 Comments are Disabled

With shopping period firmly in the rear-view mirror and tons of exams to study for and papers to write, the relief that is “Fall Weekend” could not come sooner. Yet “Fall Weekend” has been plagued by heaps of controversy surrounding the naming and meaning of this one day off from classes.

Abigail Chance ’11: Women’s rights bargained for health care reform

October 7, 2009 2 comments

While skimming the front page of the New York Times on Sept. 28, I was appalled, and yet not completely surprised, when I read about the current debate in President Obama’s proposed health care reform: abortion.

Jonathan Topaz ’12: A lopsided tradeoff

October 7, 2009 Comments are Disabled

The next time that the Brown administration wants to cut an extremely popular program that accommodates struggling students and employs hundreds of others, perhaps they should take a simple poll first.

Sports

2009 MLB Playoffs: Do I feel lucky?

October 6, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Jonathan Hahn makes his playoff picks.

Michael Fitzpatrick ’12: The vegetarian delusion

October 6, 2009 4 comments

Anyone who wandered through the Main Green this past week was granted a rare opportunity to see some profoundly horrifying images: a seal being brutally clubbed to death for its fur; an innocent piglet being castrated; a poor cat being pinned down on a dissecting table.

Ivy Chang ’10: Honest to Blog

October 6, 2009 Comments are Disabled

However, technical impediments and stereotype affirmations aside, student blogs could actually be extremely helpful in both enriching our school’s image and fostering a greater sense of community among the student body.