Articles by Hayley Brooks and Ali Kokot

04/16/13 11:57pm
Why do we jam pack the year’s allotted fun into one weekend when it never turns out to be the best one?
04/09/13 11:21pm
Pulitzer’s tale is a refreshing success story that finds promise in our daily mistakes — one of hers landed her a company with net sales over $100 million just this past year.
04/02/13 11:28pm
Supporting a cause has become as simple as clicking “upload” with an ease that undermines actual activism.
03/20/13 2:54am
But as we look to past pop culture role models of ours, the girls from “Girls,” Lena Dunham’s hit HBO series, we’re confused. In their sour season two finale last Sunday night, they represent the antithesis of Sandberg’s message.
03/13/13 1:06am
While these actresses use “Spring Breakers” as a catalyst for reinvention, we too use our own week of spring break to rebrand ourselves.
02/26/13 10:39pm
Graph Search has taken the “making” out of friend-making, and this instant gratification can’t compete with the rewards of taking the time to really get to know someone. Will there come a day when we can no longer enjoy the process of unearthing our quirky common interests — like quinoa — because Facebook will have already detected them for us?
02/19/13 11:29pm

Hayley Brooks & Ali Kokot | Working to play

Penn has a pre-professional aura that radiates outward from Huntsman, enveloping the rest of campus. This internal pressure, coupled with the external pressure from career-minded parents, can discourage students from seeking other opportunities, even if those opportunities might be a better fit than finance. There should be more support for students who want to spend their summer incorporating their play — or better put, their passions — into their work.
02/13/13 12:22am

Hayley Brooks & Ali Kokot | The debased base system

However it happened, the baseball model has infiltrated both our collective consciousness and our corresponding bedroom behavior.
02/06/13 12:31am
While we’ve all been warned against sending pictures of ourselves in the buff, what’s more worrisome is that we don’t seem the least bit concerned about forwarding, sharing and further exploiting our peers. Worse, this trend is not bounded by the cybersphere — it’s alive in real time.
01/23/13 12:42am

Ali Kokot & Hayley Brooks | To our dearest Abby

Last Thursday, we lost the master of the art. Pauline Phillips, who wrote the most iconic advice column of all time under the pseudonym “Abigail Van Buren,” passed away at 94 years young.
01/16/13 1:04am

Hayley Brooks & Ali Kokot | Fratty food

Food is an integral part of the open rush process for both genders. This past week, fraternities and sororities each served up a different plat du jour, subliminally reinforcing their specific dose of gender stereotyping in such choices.
01/09/13 12:00am
Ali and Hayley here, and after a semester traipsing across the pond, we’re back!
08/01/12 10:01pm
While today’s hot social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, serve mostly to feed our vanity and self-absorption, the blogosphere often provides a more productive outlet.
06/20/12 9:57pm
Last Sunday night, we watched the first season of Dunham’s HBO darling come to a circuitous end: we started with Hannah eating, and we finish with Hannah eating.
04/24/12 1:01am
Open dialogue between the sexes at Penn is just not happening because the “game” we subscribe to requires crafty disingenuity.
04/16/12 11:36pm
From the guys at Allegro’s who served us pizza at 3 o’clock in the morning, to the accepted students who toured Penn for the very first time — we were curious about how Fling fared for those on the periphery.
04/09/12 10:54pm
Back in high school, the bell rang and it was home to the family. Now, we go home to our friends.
04/04/12 12:54am
After publishing our first little number on grinding. — we’ve reevaluated how we stand on this mating ritual: to the front, to the back and to the side.
04/03/12 12:26am
Beneath the corny Undergraduate Assembly election posters adorned with shameless rhyme schemes — “Sex Under The Button, Vote for Abe Sutton” … umm — that we saw last week, student government may actually be the outlet for our grievances.
03/29/12 10:40pm
In our digitized, connected world, we’re quick to judge those who lunch like Liz — by themselves.
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