Cynthia Peng Staffwriter

Class of 2011


  • Pluots, wolverines, and grocery sacks: Dismantling Fashion Week

    Fashion shows usually conjure images of the ridiculous and the excessive, so when I heard that Time magazine fashion critic Kate Betts described the shows of New York Fashion Week as “playing it safe,” I had to know what she meant. Was the fashion world finally getting off its high horse of five-inch platforms, and beginning to cater to the majority of the population who are not 6'2" and celery ...

    Forum | October 6, 2008
  • Contradictory security measures

    The stranger moved the metal bar up and down my inner thigh, with every swipe coming closer and closer to my crotch.

    Forum | September 22, 2008
  • Ranking systems and Miley Cyrus draw skepticism

    Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Newsweek’s 100 Best Public High Schools.*= Forbes’ 100 Richest People. U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings. People’s 50 Most Beautiful People.

    Not to mention Forbes’ incredulous ranking of 266th for Carnegie Mellon on its college assessment list.

    Forum | September 15, 2008
  • Shawn Johnson and Liang Chow defy politics

    For American gymnast and recently crowned Olympic champion Shawn Johnson, last week’s games weren’t only about living the Olympic dream, though that in itself is a fairy tale. For Johnson, the sprite 16-year-old from Iowa, and Liang Chow, her Beijing-born coach, theirs was a dream of East meeting West.

    Forum | August 25, 2008
  • Michelle Kwan for president: Art unites, not divides

    Think about this: Michelle Kwan, 2016.

    Forum | April 14, 2008