Patrick Gage Kelley

Class of 2013


  • An analysis of The Tartan from its last ombudsman

    Last Tuesday, April 19, the Tartan Editorial Staff voted 23–0, with two abstentions, to pass substantial constitutional reform, including the removal of the position of ombudsman from the governing documents. This means that as of Aug. 1, when the changes take effect, the position I am currently serving will be terminated — removed after seven years. They can be best categorized as seven years of ...

    Forum | April 25, 2011
  • Obama’s shellacking leads to word revival

    Shellacking: “2. A beating or thrashing, a ‘pasting,’ a defeat. Slang.” So says the Oxford English Dictionary. Yes, it is this slang — this varnish-influenced term — that has brought forth a deluge of press headlines describing President Barack Obama’s performance in the recent midterm elections.

    Forum | November 8, 2010
  • Ombudsman provides important perspective

    While you may have heard about Juan Williams’ recent comments on Fox News and subsequent firing from his position at National Public Radio (NPR), a name you may not recognize is Alicia Shepard. Shepard is the NPR ombudsman, described by NPR as “the public’s representative, ... an independent source regarding NPR’s programming.”

    Forum | October 25, 2010
  • Vargas Llosa’s win means no Nobel ‘year of the poet’

    Once a year, as is my way, I use these pages to once again remind the Carnegie Mellon community that it should read. I time my monologue to immediately follow the release of the Nobel Prize in literature, largely because it falls somewhat early in the academic year and also allows me to obsess for a week over the lives, politics, and bets surrounding a number of authors whose names you have probab...

    Forum | October 11, 2010
  • America Online redesigned its logo and itself

    When I was just a young boy first discovering the magic of the Internet (and it is truly magical), America Online was the portal to the significantly smaller Net of a decade ago. America Online was my e-mail, my instant messenger, my chat rooms, my browser. America Online was a multitude of CDs packaged with everything imaginable. Free CDs lined racks for free, and America Online direct-mailed adv...

    Forum | October 4, 2010

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