Articles by Emerson Brooking
Farewell Column by Emerson Brooking | My final paean to PennFarewell columns are invariably self-important and unavoidably pretentious. I’ve been looking forward to writing one for a very long time.
Emerson Brooking | Remembering the Great WarWe need a renewed interest in the war that Frank Buckles fought and renewed appreciation for the sacrifices he and his WWI comrades made.
Southern Comfort | Free-thinking and proud of itIn his challenge to the Ten Commandments, Rev. Bo Turner exhibited the kind of behavior we all should follow.
Southern Comfort | The Watergate that really wasn’tThanks 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.
Southern Comfort | Rally to Restore Sanity: the joke’s on usI’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.
Southern Comfort | Facebook and the Philosopher's StoneIt’s up to us to appreciate the power and recognize the pitfalls of our deepening digital footprint.
Southern Comfort | Give me that old time religionAs a proselytizing faith, it can be difficult for evangelical Christianity to find its place in the framework of tolerance. And in doing so, it can compromise those very elements which set it apart in the first place.
Southern Comfort | Narrowing the service gapNestled in the Penn bubble, we know a lot about the strategic hopscotch that starts wars, but we know less and less about the college-aged kids we send to fight them.
Emerson Brooking | All a-Twitter for the wrong reasonsSocial media has its uses, but also its place.
Southern Comfort | Censorship hits high schoolBlocking content in high-school newspapers is harmful to the future of journalism.
Southern Comfort | Battling for Ivy League recognitionCurrently, four Ivies permit an ROTC program on campus, and only two, Penn and Cornell University, continue to award any sort of academic credit for cadet participation. This should change.
Emerson Brooking | Taking the midnight train to GeorgiaLong- distance travel on Amtrak has logistical and social benefits.
Emerson Brooking | I came, I saw, I majoredWhen I came to Penn, I couldn’t tell you the difference between Plato and Cicero. Moreover, I wasn’t sure why it mattered.
Emerson Brooking | Once was enough“The South Will Rise Again” is a phrase that evokes reminders of a dark and bitter chapter in American history — and it has no place at the sporting events of a public university.
Emerson Brooking | Setting aside the differencesAgreeing to disagree is something that politicians could use a little reminding of these days.
Emerson Brooking | A Phever around campusThe Phillies' recent success has brought them a cadre of new Penn fans.
Emerson Brooking | Too much of a good thingEmerson Brooking discusses how too much agreement can lead to complacency
Emerson Brooking | Changing the gameVoters and candidates need to work together to create a more engaged campaign
Emerson Brooking | Our chance to capture a momentOur generation owes plenty to the Woodstock moment