Opinion Columns

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It was a rough year for the American social fabric. The existing political order was under deep strain.
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Last week, The Daily Pennsylvanian ran an article about Wharton sophomore Eric Hoover, who posted in the Penn Class of 2019 Facebook group that he intends to form a chapter on campus of a pro-life group called Students for Life of America (SFLA). Naturally, Hoover’s post caused a bit of chaos in the group as pro-choice advocates began to berate him with comments such as “welcome to the middle ages.” While there’s no data to back this up, it’s probable that most Penn students are pro-choice and take great offense at those who would suggest that abortion be made illegal.
10/24/16 10:10pm
When I first came to Penn, one of the first questions I was asked about my home country was: “Isn’t Vietnam a democracy?” At first, it seemed like a harmless question, but, after rethinking it, I saw the damaging knowledge gaps behind the query — the same lack of knowledge about the Vietnam War directly informs humanitarian disasters like Iraq.
10/23/16 10:10pm
As we all know, the presidential debates mark the tail end of the two-year-long campaign for president of the United States.  With the cicada-esque lifespan of the campaign coming to an end, television networks across the country reap record ratings by broadcasting these debates.  Some of you may still remember the debate from this past week, which drew 71 million viewers, and which represents the conclusion of the most-watched series of presidential debates in history.  But does “most-watched” mean “best?”  Based on the leading nature of that question, I think many of you would disagree.
10/23/16 10:08pm
Communications are limited in the Monk class now: 100 spoken words per day, no social media, no contact beyond what is necessary for school or employment. It started out innocuously.
10/20/16 12:30am
Early last week, the University of Florida circulated a memo to its undergraduates, cautioning them not to wear offensive costumes on Halloween. The issuance of such statements has become something of an October tradition on many campuses, and kerfuffle of some kind nearly always attends.
10/20/16 12:29am
The other PC culture Electronic Device use in classrooms is hurting students Standing at the front of any given classroom on Penn’s campus, you will see students diligently typing, presumably taking notes on whatever important topic the professor is discussing.
10/19/16 12:13am
This weekend, I decided to never wear eye makeup again. Red lipstick: okay, because I like the way it makes me stand out, but eye makeup: no. What may seem like a rather non-drastic decision, means a life change for me.
10/16/16 11:40pm
On October 5, 2015, Penn was one of many Philadelphia-area colleges that lived under the threat of an anonymous online post foreshadowing a mass shooting.
10/16/16 11:35pm
It is not by accident that the right to bear arms is the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution─the founding fathers valued gun ownership highly, enumerating it just after the fundamental rights of free expression. A common misconception about the Second Amendment is that it is only referential to self-defense, to prevent other individual citizens from causing harm onto us.
10/16/16 11:34pm
“Sara Danius, a literary scholar and the permanent secretary of the 18-member Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, called Mr. Dylan “a great poet in the English-speaking tradition” and compared him to Homer and Sappho, whose work was delivered orally.
10/16/16 11:34pm
Before Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape fades from the news cycle and becomes just another scandal in an election season that’s seen many, I’d like to make one thing clear: Trump’s words are locker room talk.
10/12/16 9:26pm
A handsome Asian man pushed an oversized cardboard box on wheels into the elevator and squeezed in behind it on the side opposite myself.
10/10/16 9:50pm

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An underclassmen friend applied to one of my clubs and was rejected. I encouraged all the freshies I know to apply, including this person, and I know they were disappointed by the result.
10/10/16 9:46pm
This year, two of the least favorable candidates in American history are in line to be the next President.
10/10/16 9:44pm
I had two weeks of heavy restrictions in a row: first, a Jain diet, second, no more than 100 words used per day.
10/05/16 12:15am
This Monday, for the second time in less than a month, Brother Aden and his ragtag cadre of anti-gay “preachers” took up residence at the Button for a few hours to spew the noxious garbage that they confuse with theology. Don’t worry.
10/05/16 12:13am
My best friend and I throw around the term “banana” all the time. We see an Asian girl who only hangs out with white people, and we call her “banana!” I forget to take my shoes off when I enter his house, and he goes, “banana!” Then we laugh hysterically at how funny we think we are. “Banana” is an intrinsically troublesome term.
10/03/16 11:55pm
For quite some time, I’ve struggled with mental health. That battle has been a personal one, and I’m glad to be in the stable and generally happy position I am now.
10/03/16 11:53pm
When I learned that I had received a scholarship to study at Cambridge this past summer, and consequently would be going to Europe for the first time in my life, I was so excited I couldn’t sit still.