Cynthia Peng Staffwriter

Class of 2011


  • The Carrie Bradshaw Effect: The economy’s down, stupid

    A paradox to think about: The economy is in shambles, yet you can’t find a parking space at the jam-packed five-story mall parking garage. You might argue that the hordes of people are all there to buy the 75-percent-off-the-already-50-percent-off-with-an-additional-30-percent-off-with-your-card leftover Christmas trees and assortment of outdated “Holiday 2008” ornaments, but I argue that’s not en...

    Forum | February 9, 2009
  • Pop culture in brief: Lost, Obama, and the Steelers

    If the new year’s events thus far are any indication, 2009 is going to be a great year — or, if not a great year, at least an eventful one. The start of a new semester obviously begets new courses, new schedules, new syllabi, and new sources of stress eating away at free time. With this in mind, I have taken the liberty to sum up recent and future events with absolutely no personal bias or subject...

    Forum | January 26, 2009
  • An Olympic reflection: Protests were of minimal influence

    In the months leading up to, during, and immediately following the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was perhaps difficult to distinguish the athletes from the dissidents, the sports from the politics, the pageant from the protestors. Both the gripping sporting events and the political debate have subsided since then, and thus it is easier to stand back and see that the raucous voices of dissidence and di...

    Forum | November 24, 2008
  • Lang Lang gives masterclass

    World-renowned pianist Lang Lang shared his enthusiasm and wisdom in an instructive and insightful masterclass in McConomy Auditorium last Tuesday. Dressed in a blazer and jeans, Lang was animated and introspective as he listened, directed, and critiqued the playing of three deserving pianists: Rishi Mirchandani of the Carnegie Mellon Music Preparatory School, Carnegie Mellon senior piano performa...

    Pillbox | November 24, 2008
  • Nobel Prize process too abstruse?

    It’s 3 a.m. and the phone rings. It’s neither Obama nor McCain (nor Clinton, for that matter) who answers; rather, it’s a small, selective group of geniuses who arise from their slumber and are informed that they’ve won a Nobel Prize.

    Forum | October 13, 2008