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We are the fat police

AQuard

February 17, 2011

No one ever tells you directly, "You are fat." Which is strange, considering we live in a country that is obsessed with dieting, exercise, shaping those buns, working those calves, slimming those thighs, shedding those few extra pounds and choosing salads over sandwiches. We are a society obsessed...

Making numbers fun: why investing is more exciting than one might think

Making numbers fun: why investing is more exciting than one might think

J. Staten Hudson

February 10, 2011

Many of you are not interested in investing at all. I get this. What is fun, you ask, about balance sheets, cash flows and dividend policies? Well … very little. If that's all investing was, I probably would not  be writing this column. But investing is interesting and, more importantly,...

Video game morality needs to grow up

Video game morality needs to grow up

Blair Hanley Frank

February 3, 2011

Spoiler Warning: I'll be discussing important plot points from "Mass Effect" and "Bioshock". You have been warned. Humans have always told stories. It's in our nature. Up until recently, however, it's been impossible to truly put yourself into a story. That's why video games are cool: it's finally possi...

Staying informed difficult in the Whitman bubble

Staying informed difficult in the Whitman bubble

Allison Bolgiano

November 18, 2010

Two of the most difficult things I've done recently were filling out my ballot and writing my column two weeks ago. Voting and writing about the media proved to me how insular the Whitman bubble is and that staying informed will require adaptation. As college student at a liberal arts college, and esp...

Compromising our political ideals

Compromising our political ideals

Heather Nichols-Haining

September 23, 2010

Compromise is the backbone of American democracy. Only by bargaining, trading votes and at least pretending to listen to the opposing party's complaints can politicians manage to garner enough support to stay in office. The bigger the region they are representing, the more varied and diverse the opinions...

5 Easy Ways to Waste Time on the Internet

5 Easy Ways to Waste Time on the Internet

Blair Hanley Frank

May 6, 2010

Well, it's that time of the semester again. Finals are right around the corner. Massive papers and tests clogging up your brain? Get some digital palette cleansers, in the form of some of the greatest time wasters the Internet has to offer. How easy is it to waste your time on the Internet? Very easy....

Seriously, your green dot matters

Seriously, your green dot matters

Ami Tian

April 29, 2010

Date rape, or any other kind of interpersonal violence, is an uncomfortable subject. Most of us probably remember with varying degrees of clarity some kind of orientation regarding the subject, learning statistics like the following: "One of out of every four women has survived rape or attempted rape."...

Why tabletop gaming is still relevant

Why tabletop gaming is still relevant

Blair Hanley Frank

April 8, 2010

In my column last week, I talked about video games and their potential as a storytelling medium. This week, I'd like to tackle something decidedly more old school: tabletop role-playing games. These games are nothing like your usual board game; there's no standard game board, no standard way of...

Chatroulette: The grim reality of anonymity

Chatroulette: The grim reality of anonymity

joeykern

March 11, 2010

"I've never seen so much penis in my entire life." This was first-year William Witwer's all-too-common response to the media-web phenomenon known as Chatroulette. Chatroulette is a Web site that links two people, completely anonymously, in a video chat room where you can cycle through different chat-...

iPhone: This is not censorship

iPhone: This is not censorship

Blair Hanley Frank

March 4, 2010

On Feb. 19, Apple began the systematic removal of every app in the iTunes Store that is designed to titillate, arouse or otherwise stimulate. All of the apps designed to showcase scantily clad women (and men, for that matter) have, for the most part, been removed, effective immediately. Tech pundits at l...

American presence burdens Japan

American presence burdens Japan

Heather Nichols-Haining

February 25, 2010

The 50th anniversary of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty was not met with much fanfare and celebration. In fact, many dissidents believe that after over 50 years it is time the United States decrease or eliminate the military bases it is maintaining in Japan. Our presence may have made sense in immediate pos...

Obama’s problem of polarization

Obama’s problem of polarization

Lisa Curtis

February 4, 2010

My fellow columnist and Opinion Editor Alex Potter recently wrote that the unforeseen election of Republican Scott Brown in the traditionally blue state of Massachusetts was "ringing endorsement of the inherent conservatism of the American people." I would argue that instead, the election was a ...

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