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Liberal Handwringing About "Free Speech" on Campus

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 03.13.2017 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

“In this week’s “Sunday Review” the centrist New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni, echoes his colleague Nicholas Kristof and others in tisk-t...

Coping With Trump Stress Disorder

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.24.2017 | Healthy Living
Bob Burnett

A month into the Trump Administration, many Americans are stressed out. A recent study by the American Psychological Association revealed “more Ame...

The Presidential Paradox: Winning In 2016 Means Losing In 2020

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Whichever party wins the White House in 2016 could find itself unable to make good on its vision and promises, reaping a whirlwind of difficulties instead.

Ivy League or Bust?

Kristin Battista-Frazee | Posted 06.23.2016 | College
Kristin Battista-Frazee

My Facebook newsfeed for the past several weeks has been filled with graduation pictures and proud posts by parents about their child's college acceptance letters. It reminds me my daughter will start high school this coming fall and soon be applying to college.

Changing College Admissions Into A Double-Blind Matching Process

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.21.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College admissions has become increasingly competitive -- and stressful. Colleges love the current system -- they earn millions each year in applicati...

Trump, Kelly, Casablanca & Other Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

Narcissism. It's a basic requirement for many entertainers, actors, television performers and most anyone who works in front of a camera and is succes...

Does Facebook Make You Narrow-Minded?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.23.2016 | Media
Lev Raphael

That's the thrust of Frank Bruni's thoughtful column in the New York Times where he references social psychologists to assert that we're turning into "culturally and ideologically inflexible tribes."

The New York Times Fooled People Into Thinking Stanford Didn't Accept Anyone

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.30.2016 | College

The New York Times' Frank Bruni published an opinion column Wednesday claiming that Stanford University had declined to admit anyone for the class of ...

No Guns In My Classroom After The Roseburg Gun Massacre

David Smith-Soto | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
David Smith-Soto

In the aftermath of the gun massacre in Roseburg, the chorus of gun zealots already can be heard sounding the same cynical refrain they always chant -- more guns save lives and gun-free zones kill people. However, the tragedy's lasting lament is even louder -- guns don't belong in the classroom.

Challenging the Value of Prestigious Universities

Kevin Price | Posted 06.18.2016 | Education
Kevin Price

One of the benefits of being a radio talk show host and a bibliophile, is the many books I get every month in my mail box. I receive so many, and they compete for my attention with those I actually purchase. I open the packages for all the books, and I am sure I look like a kid at Christmas.

Does Alma Mater Really Matter?

Cecilia Conrad | Posted 05.27.2016 | College
Cecilia Conrad

About 1.8 million students will graduate from American colleges and universities this month, but their future trajectories will not be determined by the name of the school printed on their diploma. Newly compiled data on the educational background of MacArthur Fellows corroborates this basic claim.

In Debate Over Gay Rights and Religious Freedom, Who Decides What Is 'Christian'?

Hollis Phelps | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Hollis Phelps

The fact of the matter is: the cultural and theological tide has already shifted in many quarters in favor of full equality for LGBT individuals -- and it will continue to shift in that direction. And that's a good thing.

A Better Model For Taking the Stress Out of the Competitive College Admissions Race

Julie Halpert | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Julie Halpert

As college acceptances and rejections hit the emails of students this week, the plethora of articles on the increasingly competitive process -- one that takes an emotional toll on parents and students alike -- roll out with predictable regularity as well.

Ivy League Announces Plan to Sucker Punch Rejected Applicants

Prabha Kannan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Comedy
Prabha Kannan

Preparing to release admission decisions at the end of this month, the Ivy League universities announced plans today to replace the traditional rejection letter with a punch directly to the gut of declined applicants.

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.


Martin Marty | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Nationally, church leaders wrote eloquently about the need for local churches of all sorts to step up to the awesome challenges of racial prejudice, and to note that 86.3% of local churches in America failed to have at least 20% "diversity" in their membership.

Are Diet Pills an Aggressively Marketed Scam?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Silly and optimistic as I am, I'm hoping for an end to health claims on foods and supplements. Health claims were introduced in 1994, have been so miserably abused and have become so utterly misleading that it's just time to say goodbye. The other more realistic scenario is that consumers will start rejecting the hype and express their skepticism with their wallets.

The Third Plate Makes Farming as Exciting as Four-star Dining

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.20.2014 | Home
Jesse Kornbluth

I thought Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma was pretty much the last word about the food we eat, why we eat it, its cost to our health and the planet's health, and how we can do better. I wasn't alone in that view. But the gold standard is now Dan Barber's The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.

The 'Sore Winners' Fallacy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Those who call gay people intolerant for defending ourselves are twisting the concept beyond recognition. Civility is a virtue; but tolerance does not require us to treat a relentless assault against our rights as citizens like a disagreement at the dinner table.

Take the Time to Know Your Students, Even If You're Famous

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

When you teach, isn't it better to assume less and try to enjoy more? Otherwise, you're turning the classroom into an echo chamber.

Service With A Snarl

George Heymont | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Each year, as I attend performances at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, I spot a series of attractions that share an unintentional common bond. 2013's theme was unmistakable.

A Tale So Bizarre It Can Only Happen To Courtney Love

Posted 11.21.2013 | Celebrity

To anyone who has ever ridden a cab in New York City, lost an iPhone somewhere and anyone familiar with the unconventional life of Courtney Love -- th...

Crimes and Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

What we don't need time to learn is that enforcement of laws in the hands of the wrong people produce results as bad as the results authorities hope to prevent.

Celebrating Equality in Song and Prayer: A Personal Reflection on the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

This was a day that I could never have imagined as an adolescent, when I struggled to reconcile my sexuality with religious teachings. This was a day to pause and appreciate how blessed I am now to be part of a church that affirms my full participation.

Authors Can Be Trapped by TMI

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.14.2013 | Home
Lev Raphael

Some authors, begging for attention, even go overboard and live too much of their lives in social media, recording every twitch of consciousness as if the fate of publishing depended on it. Their neediness -- however disguised -- is epic and sometimes pathetic.