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Samantha Sharf | Stories a nutgraf can't tell

At 15 years old, I already harbored fantasies of bylines containing my name. If that were the whole story it would, of course, be a very boring one. My path up till now must look nauseatingly straightforward from the outside. But like most students, my years at Penn have been anything but simple and very different from what I expected.

May 11, 2012

Samantha Sharf | A tourist for one hour

Like most students, I cannot devote too much time or money to this endeavor. My solution? The Museum Without Walls, an audio tour accessible to anyone with a cellphone (a map printed from the Without Walls website is helpful, but not necessary).

April 11, 2012

Samantha Sharf | Oh, the places you’ll go with Dr. Seuss

My Seussical reawakening began when I went to see the new film adaptation of the 1971 classic The Lorax.

March 27, 2012

Samantha Sharf | The gritty reality behind creativity

The study of creativity is relatively new. As students, we have the advantage of entering the workforce with more information about our creative tools than any generation before.

March 20, 2012

Samantha Sharf | Battling brand management bullies

Louis Vuitton has a right to protect their brand from those who manufacture and sell knockoff goods, but it should not treat every organization that uses their image as their enemy.

March 13, 2012

Samantha Sharf | How to not believe in God

I decided to leave my scarf on as I walked into a meeting of “Rekindle Reason: Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers at UPenn” this Sunday. This was so those around me could not see the tiny gold hamsa, or hand of God, I wear around my neck.

February 28, 2012

Samantha Sharf | A font for Philadelphia

In our text-heavy world, fonts are everywhere — from the page you are reading to the sign on the building you are reading it in to the cellphone that you will likely fish out of your pocket at least once during these 668 words.

February 21, 2012

Samantha Sharf | 'LOVE' beyond the statue

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, campus is littered with references to the L-word. Just as confused about the expression as I was a decade ago, I decided to take a closer look at the way the word love figures into typical Penn life.

February 7, 2012

Samantha Sharf | Reality within a frame

Art can and should be political.

February 1, 2012

Samantha Sharf | Finding creativity in crosswords

Until last night when I went to see Will, I had never thought of puzzle making as a creative endeavor.

January 24, 2012

Samantha Sharf | The problem doesn't stop with porn

The problem doesn’t stop with porn. As early as next year, web addresses can read something.anything. Imagine, penn.university or DP.newspaper.

January 18, 2012

Samantha Sharf | From campus to computer screen

Facetime or not, I still have a strong desire to keep learning. I want to continue the intellectual conversations that have started in the classroom.

January 10, 2012

Samantha Sharf | Not all photo editing is created equal

Many magazines manipulate images without telling their readers. A group of researchers at Dartmouth College may have solved this problem by discovering a way to determine how extensively a digital photo has been edited.

December 6, 2011

Samantha Sharf | Why senior year is like Thanksgiving dinner

At any age, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to look back, to consider where you have been and where you are going.

November 30, 2011

Samantha Sharf | We go to Penn, but we are Penn State

Having adopted Pennsylvania as our home, we need to think of ourselves as residents of the state rather than just as members of the Penn community.

November 16, 2011

Samantha Sharf | Looking beyond Hill’s ‘ugly’ facade

Should a building be judged on its aesthetics or on the acclaim of its architect?

November 8, 2011

Samantha Sharf | Making 7 billion voices count

As of Monday, you are one of 7 billion people on Earth. How can 7 billion voices be heard? How can 7 billion individual sets of desires be met?

November 2, 2011

Samantha Sharf | A portrait from a movement

The Occupy movement has been criticized for lacking a cohesive voice, but one artist has a message and plenty of stories to tell — including her own.

October 25, 2011

Samantha Sharf | How Jobs saved journalism

This is the story of how Steve Jobs saved professional journalism from extinction and me from myself. (Or at least paved these roads.)

October 11, 2011

Samantha Sharf | The ranks of wives and mothers

What does Arianna Huffington, number 31, being divorced and having two children have to do with her selling The Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million earlier this year?

October 5, 2011

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