Arts & Culture

on April 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM / in Arts & Culture

Out of this World: Explaining the Success of Adventure Time

By: Andrew Peoples The show has won commercial success, widespread critical acclaim, and three Emmy Awards. Exploring themes ranging from moral philosophy to gender identity to the certainty and nature of death, it has attracted millions of dedicated fans with its brilliant writing and diverse cast of characters. No, it’s not an HBO drama or Netflix original series. The program […]

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on April 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM / in Arts & Culture

(Un)reality Television

By: Chenee Tracey “You’re going to Hollywood!” Cut to the excited “American Idol” contestant who has just discovered she has advanced to the next round. She hasn’t even performed in front of the judges. Instead, the show’s producers decided she could advance to the next level. Reality shows are designed to be entertaining. Cameramen follow reality television subjects with hopes […]

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on April 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM / in Arts & Culture

The European Union, Netflix, and Net Neutrality

By: Bruce Li On April 3, 2014, the European Union voted in favor of measures that would promote equal access to the Internet by preventing Internet providers from charging for “preferential access” to their networks. The EU was lauded by net neutrality advocates for its effort to progressively shape Internet policy for the future. Meanwhile in the United States, the […]

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on March 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM / in Arts & Culture

Don’t Ban Bossy, Embrace It

By: Shuchi Goyal “Your daughter is creative and constantly engaged around the classroom, but …” My first-grade teacher hesitated, and my parents waited anxiously for whatever horrible truth would be revealed next. “Well … she’s a little bossy.” It was said as though this was the worst thing a little girl could be: not lazy, not rude, not a bully, […]

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on March 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM / in Arts & Culture

An Icahnic Investor

By: Chris Neill “CONFLICTS OF INTEREST! OPTIONS BACKDATING SCANDAL! INVESTMENTS IN DIRECT COMPETITORS! DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATION! THESE ARE “WORLD-CLASS” DIRECTORS?” Making gratuitous use of caps-lock, bold, underline, and exclamation marks, Carl Icahn’s latest claims against the eBay board of directors and management seem more at home on the cover of a grocery store checkout line tabloid than in an […]

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on March 17, 2014 at 2:32 PM / in Arts & Culture

Assisted Suicide: Heartless or Humane?

By: Hannah Turner Legalization of gay marriage and marijuana are hotly contested issues at the forefront of national debate. Behind center stage, though, lie less discussed and potentially more controversial concerns. Such is the life-or-death case concerning euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Before delving into the specifics, it’s important to clarify the distinction between these two types of aided deaths. Euthanasia […]

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on March 15, 2014 at 7:49 PM / in Arts & Culture

Are Consumers Shying Away From Coke and McDonald’s?

By: Bruce Li Coke and McDonald’s—it’s a pairing as classic as Batman and Robin. Coca-Cola is more than a soda company, and McDonald’s isn’t just a fast food restaurant. These quintessentially American companies have built global empires, crafting brands that transcend the food and beverages that they sell. But recently, questions have abounded about these titans’ hegemony. Coca-Cola has dominated […]

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on March 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM / in Arts & Culture

WhatsApp <--> Facebook: Understanding $19 Billion

by: Sam Kinsman The world’s largest social network just became larger. On Feb. 19, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp, a cross-platform mobile messaging app that allows smartphone owners to communicate with each other using only their existing Internet data plan or Wi-Fi connection. To call the app’s user growth explosive is an understatement. Since launching in 2009, WhatsApp has […]

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on March 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM / in Arts & Culture

High School Never Ends: Standardized Tests in Hiring Practices

By: Eli Scott “It is a little confounding how a test somebody took when they were 17 predicts success in a competitive workplace when they’re 22,” said Kevin Monahan, a career services dean at Carnegie Mellon University. Monahan was referring to the controversial practices of many white-collar employers to ask potential candidates for standardized test scores such as the SAT […]

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on March 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM / in Arts & Culture

“Frozen” Defrosts Disney Animation’s Lull

By: Holly Boggs “Do you want to build a snowman?” With one simple song, Disney Animation Studio’s “Frozen” uprooted this basic question and transformed it into an internationally renowned adage. Where once a simple “yes” or “no” would have sufficed, this question is now answered with a long-winded musical ballad. A double Oscar win only served to further cement the […]

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