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Opinion-Columns

02/28/12 9:14pm
My mother taught me that problems are best addressed face to face. As confrontational and initially aggressive as that suggestion might sound, it is one of the most empowering things that a civilized individual can do.
02/27/12 11:50pm
Walking out is not tantamount to signing an “I agree” petition — it’s deciding to engage in a discourse.
02/27/12 11:48pm
If college is supposed to be the best four years of our lives, then why are we so eager to forget it?
02/27/12 2:26am
Too often, thesis writing is couched in the semantics of research, research and research. Instead, we should emphasize achievement, ambition, publication and true scholarship on a subject of your choice.
02/23/12 11:54pm
Before this incident, I was pretty confident that I was in no way subjected to the scrutiny of American law enforcement, but I was naïve. The same might apply to you.
02/22/12 9:37pm
Q: I’ve really been kicking my ass at the gym since the beginning of the semester. Why aren’t I losing any weight? — Gym Fanatic*
02/21/12 11:50pm

Arielle Pardes | From the bedroom to the classroom

Despite learning very dutifully how to wrap a condom onto a banana, I have yet to find a practical use for applying contraceptives to my fruit.
02/21/12 11:30pm
In our text-heavy world, fonts are everywhere — from the page you are reading to the sign on the building you are reading it in to the cellphone that you will likely fish out of your pocket at least once during these 668 words.
02/20/12 10:31pm
Penn’s efforts amount to little more than a band-aid on a gushing wound.
02/20/12 10:27pm
While intellectual curiosity does live at Penn, it struggles to coexist in a habitat pervaded by a pre-professional culture with an Animal House mentality.
02/19/12 10:57pm
Newspapers are not going anywhere anytime soon. What I fear, however, is that the information within those papers, here in Philadelphia, will no longer tell the entire truth or even pretend to. Our view of the world will be narrowed, impaired and propagandized.
02/19/12 10:50pm
Digital music hasn’t only changed the way we listen to our favorite songs. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that it has changed the way we live our lives.
02/16/12 11:21pm
What is the true value of a structured Penn education in comparison to the education that the rest of the world has to offer? This question is particularly relevant to students who wish to pursue nontraditional careers or have a pure thirst for learning.
02/15/12 9:13pm

Arielle Pardes | Rethinking sexual consent

The “no means no” take on consent suggests, falsely, that if you’re not saying no you must mean yes. If you’re drunk at a party, you must mean yes. If you’re on a date, you must mean yes. The truth is that there is only one way to say yes (hint: it’s the word yes) and nothing else is permission for getting into your partner’s pants.
02/15/12 9:03pm
When I see mocking “kowtows” coming from the stands whenever Lin scores or spectators in Asian face masks with slit eyes, it makes me realize that Lin’s break into the world of NBA is but a small step towards dismantling stereotypes about Asian people.
02/15/12 12:38am
I always thought that most great writing is short and sweet. But in only 81 words, President Reagan makes three pivotal points to consider in the context of Valentine’s Day, especially on a college campus.
02/13/12 11:46pm

Peter McCarthy | Time to fight a racist, segregationist law

Black youth, no matter what their background, age or intentions now have to think twice about living in or visiting commercial white populated spaces in this city lest they be harassed and interrogated by a police force that thinks the worst of them.
02/13/12 11:37pm
Sexism has not bled-out. It’s alive and pulses through our conversations and our body language.
02/13/12 12:27am
Gerry-what? Gerrymandering. It’s a conventional nickname for the art of drawing state district lines in as ill-conceived a way as possible.
02/13/12 12:18am
In college, with boys all around, the tendency to analyze hasn’t changed as much as I’d imagined it would.