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MOOConomics and the overhaul of higher education

MOOConomics and the overhaul of higher education

The rising cost and deteriorating quality of American Education has demanded the media’s spotlight numerous times in the past two decades. Despite recent optimistic reports of rising degree attainment, the United States is consistently outpaced by its first-world counterparts. Last year, the U.S. fell to an alarming 9th place with respect to the young adults […]

Proaction and complexity: a sincere hope for the (perhaps distant) future

Proaction and complexity: a sincere hope for the (perhaps distant) future

What do civilians do to survive conflict?  This sounds like a fairly straightforward question, but it’s not.  Until very recently, scholars of violence and practitioners of  violence prevention saw civilians as entirely reactive parties that did little to shape the course of conflict.  While there have been some major steps in recent years in understanding […]

Dumbing down the SAT

Dumbing down the SAT

As a former tutor and poor public school student who excelled on the SAT, I hold strong feelings about the College Board’s decision to overhaul the exam’s future structure. In March, College Board President David Coleman publicized some changes: a more generous fee waiver program to help low-income students and a partnership with Khan Academy to offer […]

Flight hacking and security concerns

Flight hacking and security concerns

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370’s mysterious disappearance should frighten anyone who travels. Nearly two weeks after the plane took off from Kuala Lumpur, neither the plane nor its 239 passengers have been found. Numerous observers have questioned how in the modern age a Boeing 777 jet can just vanish. The answer appears to be all too […]

So what if I’m bossy? The pitfalls of Sheryl Sandberg’s #BanBossy campaign

So what if I’m bossy? The pitfalls of Sheryl Sandberg’s #BanBossy campaign

Sheryl Sandberg is a business woman who has recently launched a feminist campaign called Ban Bossy. The campaign was made to encourage young girls to be leaders, and she’s managed to get together a pretty extensive celebrity support system for it — Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, and Condoleezza Rice just to name a few. On the […]

Divided consent builds a slippery slope

Divided consent builds a slippery slope

The US Supreme Court ruled in Fernandez v. California (2014) that police may search a residence without a warrant if an occupant consents to a search and an objecting occupant is removed for reasonable purposes such as lawful arrest. Justice Alito delivered the majority opinion joined by Justices Breyer, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas; Justice […]

Irregular conflict and cartel dynamics in “The Wire”

Irregular conflict and cartel dynamics in “The Wire”

“The Wire,” praised as the best TV series of all time, has inspired its fair share of academic analysis. Multiple universities have devoted entire classes to exploring themes such as poverty and drug policy through the medium of David Simon’s creation. The journal “darkmatter” even published an entire issue devoted to analysis of “The Wire.” […]

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