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What we lack

The elephant in the room and The meaning of Spartan life
April 16, 2015

In March, University of Oklahoma President David Boren summarily expelled two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for a racist chant. Similarly, last month, Bucknell University President John...

What it means to investigate

Incorrect Rolling Stone article raises systematic questions
April 9, 2015

Last November Rolling Stone magazine published a 9,000-word piece detailing a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia and the presumed-incompetent investigation the school conducted into the incident....

A third alternative

The elephant in the room
March 26, 2015

The title of this column, for the last three years, has been “The elephant in the room.” As it pertains to campus, this title has always signaled that I write about topics seen and unseen that affect...

When we’re too afraid to fight back

The elephant in the room
February 27, 2015

Our university does a lot wrong. Everyone who has read any number of my columns in this space knows that this is my normal mentality. Generally, the mistakes are defensible. They are, at worst, reversible....

A way we “need” to think?

The elephant in the room
February 13, 2015

This week on Tuesday, I was browsing through Facebook statuses when I came across one about an ethnic studies class. A student in the class, who identified himself as Asian, was lamenting that the class...

About the street where we live

The elephant in the room
February 5, 2015

Every time a Healthline bus passes by on Euclid, look, and you will not miss the words “University Circle” written on its side. Among the other “Cleveland neighborhoods,” including Midtown, Downtown...

The language of anxiety

The elephant in the room
January 23, 2015

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The weather is cold and dreary. Nightly snowfalls cover the streets, as students begrudgingly muddle their way to...

A note on beginnings

The elephant in the room
January 16, 2015

During the 2012 presidential election, an early criticism of Republican candidate Mitt Romney was “Government is not a business.” Romney, who for years had been a stellar businessman and investor,...

Thinking about giving back

The elephant in the room
December 5, 2014

In 2012, a group led by the 92nd Street Y in New York City, including the United Nations Foundation, began promoting “Giving Tuesday” in response to the increased commercialization of the post-Thanksgiving...

What I learned from an NBC sitcom

The elephant in the room
November 21, 2014

Like, seemingly most college students, I own a subscription to Netflix. The other night, utilizing my $8 privileges as much as possible, I found myself watching a recent episode of “Parks and Recreation.”...

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