Brandon Schmuck

Class of 2017


  • Outcry on Overheard: Generalizing that all white people are racist is reductive, harmful

    A few weeks ago, I took a stand on reverse racism in dating preferences and the criticism that a number of people receive when expressing alternative opinions on most college campuses. In response, my article was cited in not one but two articles in The Tartan. I am happy to open up a debate and value the opinions shared, and there were a number of topics that I think are worth addressing in this ...

    Forum | April 10, 2017
  • Outcry on Overheard: Title IX should protect the innocent, not shield the guilty

    Last week, outcry broke out on Overheard at Carnegie Mellon when a Medium post by a Carnegie Mellon graduate was shared, titled “Empowering my Rapist and Revictimizing Me." While controversy brewed about the authenticity of the events described in the article, it created a surge in atten...

    Forum | April 3, 2017
  • Outcry on Overheard: Coding on the Beach

    You’re walking to a beach with crystal clear water and white sands, when you look over to your best friend and say, “I can’t wait to sit on the beach and code.” This sounds like something straight out of a cartoon parodying the little to no work-life balance at a university like Carnegie Mellon, but sadly, this was one of many posts that involved coding, working, or anything far from a conventiona...

    Forum | March 27, 2017
  • Outcry on Overheard: Are Racial Preferences in Dating Racist?

    A week ago, people were angered by my response to a post on Overheard at Carnegie Mellon regarding a white college student with a “thing for Asian chicks.” Regardless of this post’s morality, I felt the need to respond to people crying out racism and call them out on their double standard. Upon doing so, I received a number of messages of people thanking me for sharing a voice less heard, even if ...

    Forum | March 6, 2017
  • Presidents’ use of executive orders abuses original intentions

    The countless headlines last week have left a number of Americans questioning the lack of limits on authority that has been granted to presidents through executive orders. This fear is justifiable, as the idea of any individual having the power to make such orders is both frightening and a risk to the welfare of this nation. However, this is nothing new and is something that should have been consi...

    Forum | February 6, 2017