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ageism

February 26, 2009

I usually ignore the phenomenon of "ageism."  I feel that old people don't get discriminated against any more than anyone else.  I always disagree with my mom when she says Michael Moore was heckling Charlton Heston at the...

trouble in paradise

February 24, 2009

There's been a lot of buzz (not really) this past week about a potential conflict of interests between Clark's media groups (The Scarlet, CCN, ROCU) and student council (I know, it's very exciting).  It all started when ROCU, le...

“desks”?

February 18, 2009

I want, no, NEED to know who was the idiot who came up with the design for those teeny tiny desks that they use in almost all classrooms.  Why is it that in highschool we get these nice desks where we can actually fit our books,...

Why are there firecrackers going off outside?

February 4, 2009

I'm sitting here at the office writing this week's Scarlet Letter and there are firecrackers going off outside.  Which got me thinking: you know how some people celebrate Christmas in July? Maybe we should celebrate Independ...

shameless self-promotion

February 4, 2009

Just to let everyone know, you can now get The Scarlet in the Caf (news rack right as you walk in) and at the Academic Commons, near the ITS desk.  We'll also have newspaper racks in the dorms soon.  Just try avoiding The Scar...

hot hot heat

February 2, 2009

Is there something wrong with Estabrook? Every Monday and Wednesday I have class in there twice in a row. I sit through Spanish 102 on the 4th floor for an hour in the sweltering heat, wearing a t-shirt as the heater blasts my...

ice

January 29, 2009

As I was walking home from the office at 3 a.m., I tried to think of something witty to say about how slippery the sidewalks were.  But I was too busy trying to avoid falling flat on my face to do so.

mystery substance

January 29, 2009

Does anyone know what they keep in the room marked "Caution: Radioactive Materials" that's next to S 321?

Worcester: the Keith Richards of cities

January 20, 2009

Worcester is hard to figure out.  On the one hand, it's a poster child for urban decay.  It's not very pleasant to look at and seems generally unremarkable.  And you'd be hard pressed to find a Clarkie whose car hasn't been...

Why are books expensive?

January 13, 2009

I just came from the Clark bookstore with a brand new paperback in hand.  "On Modern Jewish Politics" by Ezra Mendelsohn is a slim volume; only 168 pages including notes and index.  How much did it cost? $50.00.  Why did it...

Campus security

December 3, 2008

There is going to be a discussion of campus security on December 9 (this coming Tuesday) in the Grind at 7:00p.m.  Given all of the muggings that have occurred this semester, as well as the incidents at Holy Cross, it's about...

Dukakis at Clark

November 14, 2008

Mike Dukakis just finished giving a very good speech on the importance of "reality-based" learning in universities.  He discussed the myriad successes of his distinguished public service career, and how academia did not contribute...

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