Opinion Columns

12/07/09 9:57am

Lauren Burdette | A need for openness

It’s one thing to support your own position and refute those who disagree with you, but it’s quite another to actively prevent alternate theories from being published, which it seems is what some of these researchers hoped to accomplish.
12/04/09 11:53am

Rohini Venkatraman | Too early for this gift

While fun, it’s still too early to switch to eBooks for textbooks.
12/04/09 11:49am

Katherine Rea | Texting tactfully

Texting, perhaps because it feels so discreet, lacks clear boundaries in determining when it’s appropriate.
12/03/09 10:44am

Arielle Kane | Still tales as old as time

Once upon a time, there was a princess. There’s usually always a princess involved.
12/02/09 9:29am

Maya Brandon | You can’t sleep this one off

Back on campus after Thanksgiving break, we haven’t just returned to the steady routine of takeout and five hours of sleep per night — we’re also one step closer to finals.
12/01/09 10:31am

Jonathan Wright | Forging a two-way street

Once the final bell rings, you’ll be hard-pressed to find much student engagement in Philly middle schools coordinated by the School District of Philadelphia. And here is where you all come in.
11/25/09 11:46am

Emerson Brooking | Taking the midnight train to Georgia

Long- distance travel on Amtrak has logistical and social benefits.
11/25/09 11:42am

Ashley Takacs | The squirrel-theft accords

The squirrel-theft ridiculousness has gone on just a tad too long ­— here are my open letters offering solutions.
11/24/09 10:14am

Lindsey Stull | Think about it

I don’t know how to write about rape. If it were something abstract to me, I could probably distance myself, but victims of sexual assault are my friends and classmates, and it’s happening all the time.
11/24/09 10:12am

Sam Bieler | Making the most of opportunities

For most, Halloween Friday is a bacchanalia of wild parties and scandalous outfits; I saw Shakespeare.
11/23/09 10:21am

David Lei | Democratizing SAC funding

The Student Activities Council is responsible for allocating more than $800,000 to more than 140 student groups across campus that received funding this year. And it is in serious need of reform.
11/23/09 10:17am

Lauren Burdette | Palin 'populism' v. Ivy 'elitism'

Just when you thought politics were getting boring again, Sarah Palin burst back onto the political scene this week with her new book.
11/20/09 7:35am

Sally Engelhart | Doing it caveman style

Many of us know someone running the 26.2 miles this weekend, and most of us think that they are insane.
11/20/09 7:33am

Katherine Rea | I love college?

“I hate my life,” or “Eff my life” seem like such melodramatic and inappropriate things to say. Eff my life? Really?
11/19/09 9:47am

Dennie Zastrow | Laying foundations for a new campus bridge

Fellows in Building Intercultural Communities, a new program, can bridge the divides among the diverse communities at Penn.
11/18/09 10:10am

Maya Brandon | A time to DREAM big and make action

Penn students should become more involved in the DREAM Act.
11/18/09 10:06am

Emerson Brooking | I came, I saw, I majored

When I came to Penn, I couldn’t tell you the difference between Plato and Cicero. Moreover, I wasn’t sure why it mattered.
11/17/09 10:32am

Jonathan Wright | Defining dressing for success

The historically-black institution and alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has implemented an “Appropriate Attire Policy”
11/17/09 10:30am

Lindsey Stull | It's still free speech under fire

As a total geek, librarians have been some of my best friends. Bert Chapman, a Purdue librarian, will never be one of them.
11/16/09 8:08am

Heidi Khaled | Everyone's got a story

As a social art form, storytelling is unique in its ability to attract a wide variety of both participants and actors. But most importantly, it teaches us to do something we often forget to do — sit back, and listen to what someone else has to say.