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Why Can’t Sports Teams Cut Their Losses

Dylan Snyder

March 13, 2013

In every economics course one of the first things you learn is about the idea of sunk costs. A sunk cost is basically something you have invested, usually time or money, that you have no chance of getting back. For example, a new technology is being developed and your company puts in a $20 million non-...

Quintessential Queenstown

Lindsey Holdren

March 12, 2013

Queenstown: The adrenaline capital of the world. A place that resembles Lake Chelan with more cityscape and greenery, overlooked by mountains and a great gondola. Downtown is lovely, hip, and clean with a small-town feel (update: downtown is also the site of a concentrated drullet - dreaded mullet -...

Why Advanced Metrics Don’t Always Work

Dylan Snyder

March 7, 2013

This past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Boston to attend the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference with some of the best and brightest in the world of sports media and statistics. While I was there I noticed some interesting trends that really surprised me.  First and foremost there wa...

Adventures in Nelson and the World of Wearable Art Museum

Lindsey Holdren

March 3, 2013

It's our last day in Nelson and I've made a serendipitous discovery that I will share with you…. How to get an inverse Chaco tan in 5 easy steps: 1) Put on Chacos 2) Spray sunscreen on your feet 3) Scrap a few IQ points 4) Take off Chacos 5) Frolic in the sun for a few hours (preferably...

We Can No Longer Ignore Geoengineering

Sam Chapman

February 28, 2013

As you might suspect, my friends and I talk politics a lot. Because I am a green activist and an Environmental Humanities major, I can't resist bringing up climate change frequently; because a lot of them are hard science majors, they can't resist offering technological as opposed to social solutions....

The sports debate

Tristan Gavin

February 27, 2013

I don't think debate is a sport. I think years of swirlies and teasing from jocks would make even the debaters to be hesitant towards such a categorization. Still, debate is a highly competitive and tactical contest that pits individuals against each other and overall a pretty bizarre spectacle.  Whitman...

Ronda Rousey: The future of MMA?

Dylan Snyder

February 24, 2013

Mixed Martial Arts has proven to be a pretty contentious subject, even amongst those passionate about combat sports. The casual observer tends to find it gruesome and overly violent; boxing purists see it as a bastardization of a once great sport.  Still illegal in many states, most notably New York, the ...

Keeping Condoms Snug and Sound

Spencer Wharton

February 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I have recently become sexually active (we're both newbies) and we're having some serious issues with the condoms slipping/breaking. So, I guess I have two questions: What are some reasons that condoms slip/break, and do you have any tips for how to avoid those things? -Doesn't Wan...

Heartbreak, Ghosts and Reverse Chronology: the Incredible Literary Achievement of ‘Undun’

Matt Raymond

February 19, 2013

On music charts, the most impressive hip-hop album of the last five years hardly made a splash. Rolling Stone gave it a modest three and a half out of five stars. It appeared fleetingly, arriving unheralded and departing quietly like a specter in the mainstream consciousness. It is perhaps fitting...

Nelson, Abel Tasman, and the One Ring

Lindsey Holdren

February 18, 2013

On December 24th we made our way to the South Island and to Nelson, a city on the shores of Tasman Bay and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand. Oddly enough, it has been warmer on the South Island than it ever was for us on the North Island. Yes sir, the South Island has been treating us well...

Knowledge is Power is Freedom

Sayda Morales

February 15, 2013

I went to high school with Gossip Girl, and as the series suggests, she also made my life quite difficult. Nestled comfortably in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Nightingale-Bamford School, costing almost as much as a Whitman education, loomed over me five days a week for four years. From the mom...

Frolicking In The Shire

Lindsey Holdren

February 10, 2013

The Hobbiton movie set rests picturesquely in a hilly area of private farmland near the North Island city of Matamata. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but I want to add: if you ever visit, try to go on the earliest tour at 9:30 so that you have the Shire all to yourself for the half the tour!...

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