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Adam Silver | Rethinking and reforming College requirements

This is the problem with requirements: they don’t make sense. So many courses that obviously should fill them just don’t.

March 27, 2013

Adam Silver | Beneath the border

What is basically a prohibition of drugs in the United States and of guns in Mexico creates an extraordinary demand for the illicit products in each country — a demand addressed by drug cartels.

March 21, 2013

Adam Silver | What we can all do

Politics today is riddled with stories of candidates rising from the one-bedroom log cabin to the political stratosphere. Yet rarely have I come across a candidate quite like Williams, a man who, for nine months, had to plea for money, search for food — often in trash cans — and find a warm place to sleep.

March 14, 2013

Adam Silver | Size doesn't matter

But what sounds good in a political ad doesn’t necessarily make good policy sense. If we allow ourselves to continue to pursue big vs. little, we might forget the more important fight: smarter vs. dumber.

February 20, 2013

Adam Silver | The NFL is … socialist

Among professional sports, the NFL is unique — a look at the different financial structures of other sports leagues makes the NFL’s socialist tendency even more apparent. Although Americans call European soccer a socialist sport, it is far more capitalist than our beloved NFL.

February 6, 2013

Adam Silver | Give him a chance

Obama has not had the opportunity to create a New Deal, Great Society, New Beginning or any lasting doctrine. This is not his fault — it is the result of partisanship, gridlock and vitriol.

January 22, 2013

Adam Silver | Why don’t we talk about it?

No child, man or woman should be a political football — especially in a time of fragility and mourning — but there comes a point when a political conversation is necessary.

December 15, 2012

Adam Silver | Looking over the cliff

Although a deal is all we hear about now, we didn’t talk about it during the election. While the deficit is scary, it isn’t what people or candidates care about.

December 5, 2012

Adam Silver | Sharing in success

Everyone wants to be associated with success. When they invest in something that blossoms, they take a share of it.

November 28, 2012

Adam Silver | A Democrat thrives in a conservative era

The past four years have been some of the most challenging of this century. But the country is moving out of these hard times and into a new era. While it will remain a conservative era, Democratic governance — and Obama — will thrive within it.

November 7, 2012

Adam Silver | Paranormal politics

The politics of fear has created scary laws that stain American history. The question now is, what type of policy will the fear we see in this campaign give way to?

October 31, 2012

Adam Silver | Swearing off election night stands

Politicians take advantage of us simply because we let them. We allow ourselves to be persuaded by the wrong things.

October 23, 2012

Adam Silver | Putting people over politics

Mindless partisanship, where voters act like sports fans, has leaked down to the lowest levels of each party. It has even seeped onto this campus.

October 10, 2012

Adam Silver | Wherever the wind blows

Come November, Romney will lose because a man who tries to stand for everything stands for nothing.

October 3, 2012

Adam Silver | Connecting on common ground

Last weekend, my mom and I went to two Bruce Springsteen concerts in New Jersey. I still haven’t found the guts to ask her whether seeing me or Bruce was more of a priority.

September 25, 2012

Adam Silver | Thank you for not surfing

The main reason I try not to surf the web in class is privacy. I don’t want people behind me to know that the only person who ever chats me online is Sara Silver (my mom).

September 19, 2012

Adam Silver | The democratic infomercial

Although the formalities of the old still echo the halls of the convention — there are voice votes, motions and even a gavel — it is no longer a place for a party to pick a nominee.

September 11, 2012

Adam Silver | From Cairo to Charlotte

If there ever was a part of American democracy that a newly enfranchised democrat should see, this is it.

September 5, 2012

Adam Silver | Saying sorry to my subletters

Subletters, I know I told you that pets were not allowed in HamCo, but that is simply because it already comes with pets.

August 28, 2012

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