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Opinion Columns

11/30/10 5:51am

Southern Comfort | Free-thinking and proud of it

In his challenge to the Ten Commandments, Rev. Bo Turner exhibited the kind of behavior we all should follow.
11/24/10 3:48am

Ad-Libs | The real reasons I like Thanksgiving

My favorite major holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. But I don’t like it for all the Hallmark-card reasons. While the conventional reasons make Thanksgiving pleasant, here are my real rationales.
11/24/10 3:43am

Say Anything | Food fight: cake vs. pie

There is one war which wages on even as other fights are won and lost. You are either on Team Cake or Team Pie. I am on Team Pie. Pie isn’t just more scrumptious than cake. It is also more American.
11/23/10 3:31am

Berry Nice | Thanks to Penn perks

Impatient as usual, I decided to get a head start on the list of things I'm thankful for with a campus perspective. Here’s a list of a few campus perks that don’t often get the recognition they deserve.
11/23/10 3:28am

Ryu's Clues | With a little help from mentors

Whether our mentors have a great deal of real-world experience or are just a few years older, they can all provide students with perspectives on academics, career paths and more.
11/22/10 6:12am

Wiki-Pedia | A call to arms for more school spirit

Teams work incredibly hard with little-to-no student support — imagine what a boost we could give to athletics if students showed up to games. This is a call to every student who has never been to a basketball game.
11/22/10 6:07am

The Sooner, The Better | ‘Bravo’ to the orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique and sacred gem in the midst of revitalization, is a flagship for this city’s long-term health and offers a stunningly low cost of admission for college students.
11/19/10 4:07am

Lu-stick To The Point | Attention, attention, provide more info

The absence of explanations after fire alarms causes students to doubt a future alarm’s credibility. Students don’t get the satisfaction of knowing whether the alarm was for a major or minor reason.
11/18/10 4:54am

Smart Alec | To students: shout in

To everyone who submits Shoutouts: please don’t be mean. By making Shoutouts all about how much we hate each other, we have lost an opportunity to create something that will make us feel better.
11/17/10 4:25am

Amanda Please | Drunk on technology

First, people had face-to-face drunk conversations. Then, drunk phone calls, drunk e-mailing followed and drunk texting. Most recently, the worst of all has arrived: drunk social networking.
11/17/10 4:15am

Ad-Libs | Lady Gaga class is no (fame) monster

She’s all over our televisions, iPods and computer screens. But now, Lady Gaga is infiltrating yet another sacred space in our society — the classroom.
11/16/10 5:12am

Southern Comfort | The Watergate that really wasn’t

Thanks in large part to the DP, Christian Lunoe has gone through too much for too little. This newspaper overstepped its bounds in its treatment of a fellow student. It should not do so again.
11/16/10 4:57am

Berry Nice | Look past the streamers

A social event for charity? Sounds like an excuse to party with a clean conscience. But Greek philanthropic efforts raise awareness for a number of causes and donate thousands of dollars to different charitable organizations.
11/15/10 4:13am

Cosmopoli-Tanvi | Making more use of each other

With four years of fall breaks and Thanksgiving breaks and spring breaks we’re racking up time that could be spent exploring, adventuring and visiting friends at their homes instead of bumming around at our own.
11/12/10 4:39am

Hassall-Free Fridays | Please, don’t take the easy way out

It seems that the easy post-graduation options are returning home or living in the BosWash megalopolis. But don’t. For the love of God, don’t.
11/12/10 4:35am

Penn Name | Same-day solution

In most states, eligible voters are required to register several weeks to a month in advance of Election Day. To make voting easier, Pennsylvania should consider allowing same-day voter registration.
11/11/10 6:19am

Scientifically Blonde | Mixing business with psychology

I'm impressed by behavioral investing — a field of commerce that mixes psychology and finance — and was shocked to find myself thinking that i-banking might actually be pretty cool.
11/11/10 6:16am

Smart Alec | Fund real interculturalism

I urge the new leadership of the minority coalitions to at least divest themselves of sole control of the Intercultural Fund and work with the University to use that money to promote true interculturalism.
11/10/10 5:01am

Say Anything | Liz Lemon: grad speaker

Perhaps you’ve seen the Facebook group aimed at getting professional funny lady Tina Fey to our graduation. I am hopeful that we can get Fey here.
11/09/10 5:21am

Ryu's Clues | 'Harry Potter' and the value of print

Our generation might love multimedia platforms, but what Harry Potter taught its readers in more than 4,000 pages over nearly 10 years was the value of paper books.