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People speak and judges listen

People speak and judges listen

The United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, 572 U. S. ____ (2014) that invalidated aggregate contribution limits has been denounced by activists across the political spectrum. However, some critics have an unthinking response and might change their minds if they seriously consider the Court’s reasoning. First, the case was […]

Are commencement addresses where ‘free speech’ ends?

Are commencement addresses where ‘free speech’ ends?

Another year, another college commencement controversy. This time, however, it’s not at Swarthmore. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s rights advocate and critic of Islam’s treatment of women, was disinvited from speaking and receiving an honorary degree at Brandeis’ commencement this spring. You have likely already heard about the controversy and have a staunch opinion, but […]

Dialogue needed on mental health

Dialogue needed on mental health

Earlier this semester, I had the opportunity to speak with Barry Schwartz, professor of psychology, about his take on mental health in the Swarthmore community. During our conversation, we spoke about the increasingly stressful environment at Swarthmore since the beginning of his teaching career. Among other things, what struck me most were the general statements […]

Understanding a generation’s growing distrust of finance

Understanding a generation’s growing distrust of finance

The Great Recession of 2009 has fostered a deserved and growing distrust of the United States’ financial sector over the past half-decade. In light of enormous scandals like Worldcom’s bankruptcy, Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme and Enron’s colossal audit failure, the aversion is decidedly understandable. A survey conducted by Accenture, a global management consulting firm, shows […]

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