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Cars: The Final Frontier?

By Tara Baron

Cars. The dominant symbol of masculinity for over half a century. As a women who does usually adhere to stereotypes, I do come with exceptions. I’m not exactly sure what a transmission does, I do not see the appeal in NASCAR and if a mechanic ever told me “You have a simple problem. Your gasket and your piston rings are shot. So what you got are holes in your cylinder, which causes compression,” I’m probably going to stare blankly and reply “Sure…” But when I took a job as an office assistant in a car dealership I knew I wouldn’t need those skills. I’d be pushing papers all day; all I’d need to know was how to use a copier. I didn’t think that being a woman in a generally male-oriented industry would make a difference either.

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Shouting into the wind: Protesting the Iraq War

By Emily McNeill

I began the day of the protest on the 10th floor of an office building on H Street. By 9:30 a.m. I was on my third cup of coffee, sitting in an attractive conference room at the offices of Campus Progress, an affiliate of the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress.

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The Issues and the News Report

About two-thirds of the way through the Fall semester, I read the following passage to my Issues and the News Class.

“Education in journalistic practice that many students have already learnt while editing college newspapers is unnecessary. Instead, journalism students need practical training in intellectual and substantive fields, particularly economic and other social sciences, and to sharpen their analytical and explanatory skills, so that they can fully understand the contexts in which events and statements they cover are embedded. Otherwise journalism students will be replaced by liberal arts graduates who can write for the news media.”

Herbert Gans - Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

These words provoked a vigorous and surprisingly cohesive response from the class. There was a universal sense of frustration and disappointment that as Journalism majors, the Park School had failed to fulfill their expectations. As emerging adults, groomed to assume positions of responsibility, they felt justified in offering their opinions for serious consideration to those empowered to listen and implement change.
Alan Wright
December 2006

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Audism: Controversy at Gallaudet University

By Colleen Goodhue

When does a group’s pride in themselves become a prejudice toward others? When do you go from simply having a group perspective to being ethnocentric? It can often be hard to draw the line, and lately this has become an issue within the Deaf community.

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Work ethic, 25 mg. To be taken as needed.

by Andy Fry

Imagine (it shouldn’t be too hard) that it is two in the morning before a big assignment is due. You’re tired, and while your grade depends on the completion of your work, you can’t quite seem to get through it. You power through for what seems like an eternity, turn in your paper the next day, and - despite your efforts - the drowsy, unfocused state of mind you were in when completing the assignment affects its quality, and so you get a bad grade.
For some students, this is all too familiar - the meticulous nature of college homework is unbearably tedious for them, the subject matter drives them to distraction, important work is left uncompleted and grades suffer. To combat these troubles, many students turn to stimulants in order to improve their performance. The most famous and prolific of all late night study aides, caffeine, has been used by college students for decades. But recently students have been turning to a new substance to aid them in their studies: Adderall.

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When this Christian’s a Rockin’. . .

By Jocelyn Codner

Christian rock. I’m sure a few things pop into your head when you hear those words. It seems that in the past Christian rock has gotten a lot of crap. It has not been very popular or well looked upon since its feeble beginnings in the 60s. For one reason or another, Christian rock wasn’t so rockin’. But it seems that these days it’s been taking a turn for the better.

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Community, Culture and Religion: Judaism on Campus

By Chris Lisee

It is impossible to enter Michael Faber’s office without taking note of the bookcase that lines the back wall. Books ranging from secular to sacred cram the wooden shelves. The rest of the office is just as crowded, with two couches, a table, a computer desk and cardboard boxes filled with newspapers, paperwork, and even more books. I found Faber at his computer when I first came to interview him for a journalism assignment. I had never met him before, but his sparkling eyes and sincere demeanor immediately put me at ease. So much, in fact, that I agreed to conduct an interview with him in his car so that we could both save time as he ran an errand. I was raised Catholic but was eager to learn about the Jewish religion. What captivated me more as the interview progressed, however, was the notion of “Jewish identity.”

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Whaling Wall Matthew Farrell
Chow Feng Shui Josh Elmer
Stained Glass Ceiling Emily McNeill
Anarchitect Mike Berlin
SaHarrison Desert Harrison Flatau
Metrolollipopolis Jennifer Konerman
Tropic of Scurvy Heather Newberger
Copy Editors Danielle Sherwood
  Jenna Scatena
  Elliott Feedore
Adviser Mary Beth O’Connor
Chief Residents Abby Bertumen
  Kelly Burdick
  Bryan Chambala
  Sam Costello
  Cole Louison
  James Sigman

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