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Charles Gray | How I see the color gray

Words in a column, book or a speech, for that matter, mean nothing without action to supplement them.

May 11, 2012

Charles Gray | A thing about Spring Fling

The whole weekend is built around the idea of the momentary. After all, that’s why they call it a “fling.”

April 18, 2012

Charles Gray | Sleepless in Washington D.C.

Around 1 a.m. last Tuesday, a blog monitoring public spots to hear the oral arguments (that I had been refreshing for hours) reported that there were still spots available. I immediately decided to travel to the capital.

April 3, 2012

Charles Gray | How TV taught me about failure

At first, it was impossible not to be disappointed with what happened. Everyone I talked to told me that I would learn from this experience.

March 20, 2012

Charles Gray | Moving toward a Valentine Life

I always thought that most great writing is short and sweet. But in only 81 words, President Reagan makes three pivotal points to consider in the context of Valentine’s Day, especially on a college campus.

February 15, 2012

Charles Gray | Laptops and light bulbs

When the government or another authority continually steps in as a virtuous purveyor of wisdom, it creates a culture that prevents personal responsibility.

February 1, 2012

Charles Gray | State of the school's hidden waste

Last semester, at the annual State of the School event hosted at the Penn Museum, the problem of fiscal abuse by those in charge of our funds reared its ugly head at Penn.

January 18, 2012

Charles Gray | Penn’s political opportunity

Given the administration’s current student group funding structure, it’s very difficult to host political speakers.

November 29, 2011

Charles Gray | Tebow’s conservative approach

It is the unconventionality and conservatism of quarterback Tim Tebow’s offense that allows the Denver Broncos to win.

November 21, 2011

Charles Gray | A modern-day Greek tragedy

The seeds of the European debt crisis lie with the creation of the euro over 10 years ago by technocrats and politicians who felt they could outsmart the financial system.

November 15, 2011

Charles Gray | Short-term gain, long-term pain

Last week’s Obama event on campus focused on the short-term gain without thinking of the long-term pain that will be caused.

November 8, 2011

Charles Gray | The tragedy of aborted potential

There aren’t enough people involved in the pro-life movement at Penn.

November 1, 2011

Charles Gray | A race that shouldn’t go unnoticed

On Nov. 8, in Philadelphia’s local elections, there is one race at the bottom of the ballot that is especially competitive and where there is an opportunity for political unity — the race for city commissioner.

October 24, 2011

Charles Gray | Get better — not bitter

Yesterday, we missed an opportunity to hear Eric Cantor talk about the solution to the problems our nation faces.

October 22, 2011

Charles Gray | A message to the 100 percent

The problem with Penn professors’ Occupy Wall Street solidarity statement is that it takes what happened in a few months in 2008 and uses it to explain the entire financial crisis.

October 18, 2011

Charles Gray | Making residential programs work

Thirty years ago, innovation in residential life was possible on Penn’s campus. Next week, it will be possible once again.

October 3, 2011

Charles Gray | Rethinking intellectualism

A tactic that has been used by the media and many elements of the Left when handling the Tea Party is to portray it as a group of anti-intellectuals who are unsophisticated.

September 20, 2011

Charles Gray | Glory outside the halls of Congress

While politics often brings out the worst in people, it can occasionally bring out the very best.

September 13, 2011

The Gray Area | A faculty-initiated fix

When faculty members decide to get involved the University, they have the potential to make immediate changes for the better.

April 19, 2011

The Gray Area | A PURManent endowment

It’s time to set priorities straight — the University needs to increase funding for the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program.

April 12, 2011

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