Articles by Kurt Mitman

12/10/13 5:27pm
After talking to Shipman, I have gleaned that the preparation offered by CURF is on par with what I received at Virginia — and Virginia has produced more than two and a half times the number of Rhodes Scholars than Penn has.
11/21/13 4:55pm
Certain forms of reality TV actually have the potential to affect my reality — and to make it a better one.
11/11/13 5:33pm
It’s great to know that the site is working for the massive 1.6 percent of the population that is running Linux.
09/26/13 6:13pm
The DP should be more active in curating the comments section. When the author is directly attacked, or if the commenter goes off on some tangent unrelated to the topic of the article, the comment should be removed.
09/23/13 6:40pm
When your research begins to step into the fray of politics, your motives immediately start to come into question.
09/11/13 4:10pm
Amidst all of the noise about Syria coming from the talking heads in Washington, a bigger point has largely been ignored.
09/05/13 4:56pm
More than an eighth of the undergraduates at Penn are international students and a significant fraction of the faculty is also foreign, meaning that under FISA, the government can track all their communications.
08/29/13 10:22pm
While the boycott has succeeded in raising awareness, the philosophy of it is misguided.
08/28/13 5:02pm

Summer of our discontent

04/19/13 12:08am
If the legislation had passed the debate on gun control and gun violence would have been over. The momentum that had built up since Newtown would have diminished.
04/16/13 2:36am
The right way to honor the victims of this tragedy is by simply continuing to live our lives as normal.
04/10/13 11:52pm
As a TA, I’ve seen many ways students cheat the system.
04/04/13 11:52pm
Fundamentally, should the government be funding research at Penn or in general? The private sector is great at applied research — it is easily monetizable. Basic research? Not so much.
03/29/13 12:07am
This issue goes beyond the question of straight and gay marriage currently before the court.
03/22/13 12:39am
Obama should have used his visit to Israel to put forth a comprehensive proposal for peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
03/14/13 11:55pm
Economist William Shughart II estimated that daylight savings costs the United States approximately $1.7 billion a year. He arrived at that figure by calculating the opportunity cost of our time and the total amount of time it takes to adjust all of our clocks twice a year.
02/21/13 11:44pm
There is little evidence that disparity in spending has a big impact on outcomes. Research into the effect has found a modest positive link between disparity in spending and vote outcome. However, one of the confounding problems is that popular and well-organized candidates are probably more likely to win.
02/15/13 1:11am
The lifetime ban on males that have had any sexual contact with another male (MSM) since 1977 seemed a little extreme to me.
02/08/13 12:50am
Since high school, college and graduate school graduation rates are lower for minorities than for whites in the United States, by the time you get to the top, there will be a much larger disparity in representation than in the population in general.
02/01/13 1:01am
If the Supreme Court upholds the Appellate Court’s ruling, it will restrict executive power and create a legal mess at the NLRB and most likely at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose director, Richard Corday, was also appointed during a pro forma session. The Supreme Court should, however, uphold the lower court’s decision.
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