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Opinion Columns

11/05/10 3:47am

Lu-stick To The Point | College now, business school later

There are benefits to a well-rounded liberal arts education and a master’s of business administration can provide even better opportunities than an undergraduate business degree can.
11/05/10 3:33am

Penn Name | All you need is love?

Dating used to be a common phenomenon in college. Yet, it seems that college has become a four-year break, totally devoid of romance, between crush-filled high school and date-filled adulthood.
11/04/10 4:45am

Truth Be Told | Michelle Obama rally missed the mark

After seeing the election results, as much as Michelle Obama’s presence at Penn may have helped the Democratic ticket, it may have stung just a little too.
11/04/10 4:41am

Smart Alec | An alternative aid model

Penn could implement need-blind admission for international students if it really wanted to. All it would need to do is roll back no-loan financial aid.
11/03/10 3:02am

Amanda Please | Not too parentally attached

Yes, we talk to our parents more now than our professors did when they went to college. But that doesn’t hinder our ability to succeed — if anything, it keeps us grounded.
11/03/10 2:47am

Ad-Libs | Illegal downloading isn’t going away

Music labels should attempt to embrace technology and develop methods in which they can still be compensated.
11/02/10 4:24am

Southern Comfort | Rally to Restore Sanity: the joke’s on us

I’m not going to offer a pithy recap or make a pun about “Sanity and/or Fear.” Instead, I want to tell you why the rally wasn’t important. And I want to tell you why it was.
11/01/10 4:23am

Cosmopoli-Tanvi | Fix customer service

If customer service in medicine doesn’t exist at the point of treatment in HUP or elsewhere in the United States, then patients will take their business to other places that charge lower prices and provide infinitely better care.
11/01/10 4:16am

The Sooner, The Better | Calm down about politics

We should all calm down about politics because there are bigger issues. Even after the “hope” of Obama’s 2008 victory, Muslims, gays, Latinos and, yes, still blacks and women are harassed on a daily basis.
10/28/10 2:45am

Smart Alec | It doesn't get better

The response to the slew of bullying-linked suicides has been a touching nationwide movement to send messages to teenagers that “it gets better.” Pity, then, that it simply isn’t true.
10/28/10 2:07am

Scientifically Blonde | Hardwired to fear the paranormal

Even though there’s no real proof that paranormal phenomena exist, there’s a good scientific reason why we can’t shake these feelings. A leading theory is that irrational fears are scientific in nature — simply a product of evolution.
10/27/10 3:16am

Say Anything | (Un)dressing for Halloween

There isn't anything wrong with being next to naked on Halloween, should that be your costume of choice. My issue is with the fact it’s practically impossible to find an acceptable alternative.
10/27/10 3:06am

Ad-Libs | A Four Loko ban at colleges is loco

Four Loko is made up of materials commonly found in energy drinks, but also contains 12% alcohol. Although its content and marketing does make it a concern, there is no reason to ban it altogether.
10/26/10 3:28am

Berry Nice | LARPers deserve respect

At Penn, we claim to abide by the tenet that you can learn something from everyone. So, in true columnist fashion, I’m here to tell you why students should give LARPers the time of day.
10/26/10 3:25am

Southern Comfort | Facebook and the Philosopher's Stone

It’s up to us to appreciate the power and recognize the pitfalls of our deepening digital footprint.
10/25/10 12:40am

Wiki-Pedia | Saving energy = saving money

Saving energy is important for the world’s sake, but I’m talking specifically about the nickels and dimes. Students should be more aware of how they can save money by conserving energy.
10/22/10 2:38am

Hassall-Free Fridays | Study Chinese or beware in business

Fail to learn Chinese at your peril. Not only is Chinese one of the most useful languages for any person to know, it is also relatively easy.
10/22/10 2:30am

Penn Name | Alluding to understanding

I propose that the English Department require majors to take a religion class. It’s in Penn’s best interest to make sure students are capable of interpreting literature independently.
10/21/10 1:56am

Truth Be Told | When research becomes political

If you ever needed more proof that lives are decided by popular opinion then look no further than the current state of federally funded embryonic stem cell research in this country.
10/20/10 4:55am

Ad-Libs | Course investment, not class participation

Professors should replace the participation percentage with one that is more versatile and inclusive. Professors should grade students’ overall course investment.