CMU's culture of competitive complaining belittles us all
I’m told it happens at every top-tier school; my friend at Harvard calls it “the suffering game.” I call it I-got-less-sleep-than-you-did. It’s a conversation we’ve all overheard (and maybe participated in once or twice): two students from different majors holding a spirited debate over whose life is more difficult. From outside, it’s laughable and pathetic, but from within, it’s life-or-death. ...Forum | November 14, 2005
"Intelligent design" is the monkey on Darwin's back
"Intelligent design" is the most ridiculous case of right-wing semantic jazz-hands since homophobia and misogyny were designated "family values."Forum | October 3, 2005
Grand Theft Autonomy: Hillary Clinton, stop the crusade
Dear Hillary: Listen, I?m rooting for Clinton-Obama in ?08 as much as the next guy, but first we?ve got to get a few things straight: The United States is not a child, and you?re not its nanny.
I am, of course, referring to your recent outrage over the discovery of a sex scene in the popular video game [ITAL]Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[/ITAL] (I believe you described it as ?stealing the innocen...Forum | September 12, 2005
National Day of Silence honors victims of hate
On Wednesday, members of Carnegie Mellon?s community participated in the National Day of Silence in remembrance of those ?who have been silenced by hatred.? Originally a day to honor victims of violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation, the Day of Silence at CMU encompasses all minority groups, including those defined by race, religion, and gender.
Signified by white ribbons and a da...News | April 25, 2005
Recording industry brings piracy on itself
It?s said that the best judge of a person?s character is what they do when nobody?s looking. If that?s true, then it appears many of us are thieves. We?re dastardly little pirates, but instead of cannoned ships, we man computers and sail the seven seas of cyberspace. We rape and pillage the noble music industry with iPods in place of eyepatches.
Or at least that?s the image being propagated by th...Forum | April 18, 2005