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Jan 15 2012

Obscenity and College Admissions: Don't Judge People by Their F-Bombs

I read an article on GOOD that provided statistics about how much college admissions officers stalk check applicants’ Facebooks. Apparently 24% of officers do it, and that number is on the rise. Now, this is really nothing new. However, what did strike me about the article was this: Twelve percent of admissions counselors told Kaplan that …

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Jan 10 2012

You Don't Need Alcohol

[This is my first column for the Daily Northwestern, NU's student newspaper. I can't find the link on their website so I'm not linking to it, but here's the full piece.] You don’t need alcohol. Wait, hear me out. You really don’t need it. Before I came to college, I obviously expected that there’d be …

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Dec 31 2011

Storytelling

(Or: Massive Annual New Year’s Eve Note, Vol. 5) [TMI Warning] Many psychologists believe that it’s not what happens to us that matters, it’s the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Some people unfortunately interpret this to mean that we ought to “look on the bright side of life” and “find the silver lining” …

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Dec 06 2011

The Myth of Everyone

It’s right up there with Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and true love–the Myth of Everyone. The Myth of Everyone is invoked whenever someone attempts to justify their own or someone else’s shitty actions by saying, “Oh, come on, everyone does that.” For instance, my recent article against the Greek system generated arguments that all …

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Dec 03 2011

Why I Oppose the Greek System

This is a post I’ve wanted to write for years now but never have. I thought that writing it would result in my ostracism from society at Northwestern. I no longer think that that’s the case, though even if it were, I don’t really care. So here it finally goes. First, here are some premises …

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Nov 15 2011

Let Them Eat Snacks

In what might be the best argument for the abolition of the tenure system that I have personally heard of, a professor at Cal State Sacramento has walked out of his own class to protest the fact that some students didn’t bring snacks. To elaborate, the professor, George Parrott, has had the following “snack policy” …

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Nov 11 2011

Sleep: Forgotten Martyr of College Life

“Academics, social life, and sleep: pick two.” -popular advice given to college freshmen I’m sure you’ve heard that one before. Most college students, it seems, pick the first two. What surprises me isn’t so much the fact that they do, but the fact that sleep deprivation is considered such a routine part of college life. Nobody seems to …

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Nov 04 2011

The Gym: the Poor Man's Runway

Yesterday, one of the main student publications at my illustrious university came out with this gem, titled “Dressing to Impress at the Gym.” After the title and byline, the article takes an unfortunately predictable route: So the gym might not be the sexiest place on earth. But, who says that it can’t be one of …

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Oct 12 2011

You Can Leave

[TMI Warning] You’re allowed to leave. You’re allowed to walk away from things that hurt you. Nobody ever tells you that, so I will. ~~~ Tonight should’ve been a great night. SHAPE, a campus organization that I’m involved with–it stands for Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators–was holding an event in which a documentary filmmaker …

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Sep 30 2011

Mental Illness Is Not a Punchline

Damn, I’m certainly on a crusade against humor these days. That was sarcasm, by the way. I love humor. I just think it should be deployed carefully. A few days ago in my Psychology of Personality class, the following happened: Some people were having their own conversations while the professor was trying to give a …

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