Cynthia Peng Staffwriter

Class of 2011


  • Sex sells: In this case, classical music

    “I don’t know how I came upon this. I hope I didn’t buy it.” Those were my thoughts when I was browsing Tchaikovsky symphonies and happened upon a quaint little album entitled “Erotic Sex Classical Music.” My instant reflex was to navigate away from that page quicker than a szforzando. My next thought after that was, “what the hell?”

    Forum | September 14, 2009
  • First class air travel does not offer first class worthy perks

    In most areas of life, I am a snob. I listen to classical music on Deutsche Grammophon and other such labels, own two Burberry purses, and drink only the highest-quality tea picked from foreign fields. But when it comes to airlines and flying, I proudly admit to being your run-of-the-mill, average-Joe commoner.

    Forum | August 24, 2009
  • NIH Challenge Grants show government support for science research

    You may have recently noticed some frazzled professors. Upon inquiry, I learned that the application for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research was due April 27. The grant, I was told by one professor, was like “an extended final exam on acid to be churned out like elaborate manufactured car parts and evaluated by your former colleagues that you onc...

    Forum | April 27, 2009
  • “25 Things” note on Facebook showcases user’s vanity

    Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, useless facts, boring habits, or trivial goals that relate to you and your life. At the end, choose 25 people to be burdened with this mundane task. You have to tag the person who tagged you because they have done you the honor of inflicting this narcissistic pain upon you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want ...

    Forum | February 23, 2009
  • Tales from abroad: Europe

    What is traveling if not stumbling across train platforms with bags in tow, meeting strangers in strange lands with unexpected connections, or being completely lost and feeling completely safe at the same time?

    Pillbox | February 9, 2009