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Guest column by Xavier Flory | Could the real Gabe Delaney please stand up?

Delaney enjoys the process of politics and admires the rhetoric of the greatest presidents of the past, but even a short conversation with him shows that he is informed and cares about the issues facing the Penn community.

March 25, 2014

Xavier Flory | Is specialization the problem?

At Penn, I am continually impressed with the accomplishments of my fellow students but often underwhelmed by their ability to justify why those accomplishments and causes are important.

November 10, 2013

Xavier Flory | Following Franklin, not the Benjamins

Slipping into the mainstream usually means leaving our more cherished ambitions behind.

October 27, 2013

Xavier Flory | Is there a secret?

There is only correlation between the study of music and the traits that lead to success.

October 13, 2013

Xavier Flory | The educated citizen

Newspapers like to say that journalism is the first rough draft of history, but even for a rough draft, it’s often pretty bad.

September 26, 2013

Xavier Flory | Channeling our insecurities

It’s easy to think we need an even higher GPA and more impressive extracurriculars if we are to compete with students from HYP.

September 15, 2013

Xavier Flory | The Price of Engagement

The ivory tower is often derided for how elitist and out of touch it is, but isolation from the world is a good and necessary thing.

September 8, 2013

Xavier Flory | The dark side of brotherhood

Tyga won’t be the only one promoting sexism on Friday. While there has been much furor over Tyga’s lyrics, certain groups at Penn will be propagating a more ubiquitous and insidious form of sexism over Fling: our fraternities.

April 11, 2013

Xavier Flory | A beautiful game

It’s that time of year. Grab a wurst and sit back for the sporting highlight of the year. No, I’m not talking about March Madness. I refer to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, the annual tournament for the best footballing clubs in Europe.

March 31, 2013

Xavier Flory | Over-represented or under-rewarded?

The University prides itself on elevating groups that have faced discrimination, but it is penalizing Asian Americans for their success despite prejudice.

March 18, 2013

Xavier Flory | Secularism: A western conceit

Secularism as understood today, although a great idea in the West, isn’t always exportable. The problem is that secularism is not a neutral concept but has positive associations with modernity and democracy.

February 25, 2013

Xavier Flory | The forgotten art

Concert violinist and Juilliard and Yale graduate Igor Pikayzen told me in an interview that pop is more about “creating a sort of ambiance” than producing worthwhile art. Indeed, blasting “Ass ass ass” is a crude but clear message to girls at frat parties. However, nothing great was ever conceived as background music.

February 10, 2013

Xavier Flory | Shut up and think

Last year, as part of the religious studies class “Living Deliberately,” I had to spend a month in silence. The experience made me realize how far I had slipped into the thoughtlessness of a busy life.

January 28, 2013

Xavier Flory | Higher grades, worse education

Creating a core curriculum could help with basic deficiencies in people’s knowledge and give the College of Arts and Sciences an identity.

January 14, 2013

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