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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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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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Apr 20 2011

Learning How to be Happy

I’m going to go out on a limb and criticize something even more popular than the things I usually criticize–my school’s Happiness Club.

Mar 06 2011

Sex, Morals, and Academic Freedom

[First, some backstory--this post concerns a controversial event at Northwestern in which the professor for a class called Human Sexuality held an optional live demonstration that showed a man penetrating a woman with a sex toy. The story, which was first reported by our campus newspaper (the Daily Northwestern), quickly blew up and was featured …

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Jun 26 2010

On Ambition

I used to be what most people would call an ambitious person. That is to say, I knew exactly where I wanted to go in life, and it was a place that everyone respected. I was also willing to do everything necessary to get there–the perfect grades, prestigious college, and on and on. What my …

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