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Opinion Columns

03/03/10 5:59am

Ash Wednesday | Keeping design local

I was excited that a Philadelphia firm won a competition to design the new U.S. embassy in London. Because, despite the decrease in star power, there is real value in investing in local architects.
03/02/10 6:14am

In Case You Missed Me | Fine with not having a job yet

I’m tired of everyone acting like we should all have our dream jobs completely figured out by now. Because the majority of us don’t. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
03/02/10 5:41am

Roberts Rules | College admissions problems go viral

Having the option of submitting a one-minute YouTube video that “says something about you” could exacerbate the pressure of the college-applications process.
03/01/10 4:47am

Slip of the Chung | How to choose a lab: 101

The University should organize a seminar series that helps students decide which labs to join.
03/01/10 4:43am

That's What Schwenk Said | Actually looking forward to Huntsman

Huntsman as a speaker has tremendous potential, and anybody carrying around actual anger about it really needs to take a breath.
02/26/10 3:31am

Scientifically Blonde | Beyond Computer Engineer Barbie

I’m by no means knocking Barbie’s new career choice as a Computer Engineer, I just think it’s going to take more than a doll to bring about the gender balance we need.
02/26/10 3:27am

Rea-lity Check | Deflate grades' importance

Grades are overrated. Yeah, I said it. Grades are so arbitrary, it’s hard to take them seriously as an indicator of future success. Just work hard in your classes, and take the ones you want to work hard in.
02/25/10 4:56am

Penn vs Sword | A waste of money

UA members need to remove Ivy Council’s funding from its 2010-2011 budget immediately. It’s time for student government to stop wasting our money.
02/25/10 4:51am

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | Real chairs at the table for students

Until the University Council actually provides a forum where students can discuss issues with other University constituencies and expect results to come from those discussions, the body is useless.
02/24/10 5:15am

Political Penndit | Rights beyond the schoolhouse gate

The schoolhouse gate is being interpreted to stretch well beyond the doors of the school building itself — an expansion of school authority that needs to stop.
02/24/10 5:12am

Say Anything | Your love is a drug?

Regardless of your opinion of the legitimacy of sex addiction, you can still use the Tiger Woods scandal as a catalyst for a conversation about infidelity and sexual behavior.
02/23/10 6:04am

Bieler's Day Off | How technology hurts interactions

The digital revolution is all around us but if we are not careful, the issues of technology and space will isolate us right out of what makes Penn special as a University.
02/23/10 5:56am

In Case You Missed Me | No credit where it’s not due

The Credit CARD Act limits free choice without effectively preventing the companies from taking advantage of students.
02/22/10 5:17am

That's What Schwenk Said | My graduation speaker wish list

Here are my picks for inspiring, albeit maybe alternative, choices for the Commencement speaker.
02/22/10 5:13am

Wright-ing On The Wall | Skip this education program

Allowing 10th graders to test out of their final two years of high school and instead attend community college may do more harm than good.
02/19/10 6:05am

Rea-lity Check | A new vision for libraries

The key for university libraries is balance between digital and print information. But perhaps in the future, this balance should be reconsidered.
02/19/10 5:57am

Russell-ing the Leaves | Penn’s place and space: by the numbers

When we make decisions, we should think about the costs and benefits of how our actions impact our greater environment.
02/18/10 5:01am

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | ‘Ask’ questions. ‘Tell’ your thoughts

When a student feels he or she cannot discuss an issue dominating the national political dialogue, something has gone wrong.
02/18/10 4:49am

Penn vs Sword | Smarter sex education

The debate over moral values shouldn’t dominate how we develop effective sex-ed programs.
02/17/10 4:51am

Political Penndit | Make the American DREAM a reality

The DREAM Act has been defeated before and has taken a back seat in President Barack Obama's agenda. But it shouldn't wait.