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Senior column by Caroline Brand | 14 Things I Learned at Penn (GIFs not included)

Although you might be convinced that it is acceptable to text your way through any lunch date, class, or meeting, that is a mere myth.

May 20, 2014

Caroline Brand | A race against the word count

Most of these articles acknowledge that the conflict is “nuanced,” but after glossing over this point, they still try to cram their thoughts on a subject that spans almost 3,000 books in Van Pelt into half a newspaper page.

December 10, 2013

Caroline Brand | Why we should go back to school

Penn should require all undergraduate students to take an academically based community service course.

November 25, 2013

Caroline Brand The antisocial Ivy?

I estimate that we exchange names and handshakes with someone once a day, but would venture to say that few, if any, of these people ever hear from us again.

October 27, 2013

Caroline Brand | Ask Caroline

I’ve heard about the same personal struggles and issues from many people — some of which I’ve experienced too. Given the pervasiveness of these topics, I’ve decided to address a few.

September 30, 2013

Caroline Brand | I’ll find a title, sometime

Instead of telling you that “college flies by” or “it’s the shortest four years of your life,” I have a new tidbit of advice: Stop using the word “sometime.”

September 16, 2013

Caroline Brand | Girl meets world

Over the summer, transitioning from a loud college student to a perfectly postured professional was tough.

September 2, 2013

Caroline Brand | Real Beauty, real problems

As part of its ongoing Real Beauty campaign, Dove posted a YouTube video last week that has over 19 million views. I find the overwhelmingly positive response to this video troubling — especially the praise from within the Penn community.

April 22, 2013

Caroline Brand | In praise of Patton

Others have criticized Patton for being anti-feminist, but I find her argument empowering. What’s anti-feminist about telling a woman to find a man “worthy” of her intelligence?

April 9, 2013

Caroline Brand | I think, therefore you are

Especially at Penn — a world in which six degrees of separation feels more like two — it’s all too easy to “know” someone despite never having met them.

March 26, 2013

Caroline Brand | From sonnets to sexting

While some mourn the end of the era of boyfriends and girlfriends and dates at Pod, others find the hook-up culture to be less stressful than trying to hold a conversation with someone over the duration of a three-course meal and find it much more conducive to our busy schedules.

February 5, 2013

Caroline Brand | Let’s get our facts straight

While Penn for Palestine’s proposal may have been well-intentioned, its analysis of the situation was littered with inaccuracies and the biases that perpetuate the exact conflict they denounce.

January 22, 2013

Caroline Brand | Me, myself and iPhone

We aren’t addicted to our iPhones per se — rather, we literally love them, as we would a spouse or parent.

January 10, 2013

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