The NCAA’s ‘Student-Athlete’

​"Our purpose is to govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount."

It is hard to argue with the NCAA's stated intentions. Governing competition based on the hallowed principles of fairness, sportsmanship, safety? Sounds great! Simultaneously integrating athletics into the time-honored ideals of higher education? Talk about killing two birds with one stone! The NCAA's authority, and the main justification for its continued existence, nominally rests on their noble promise to, first and foremost, protect the "student-athlete". While these intentions seem honorable, they are not an honest representation of the motivations and actions of the NCAA.

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A Socratic Dialogue on Social Media

“Ironic”_Scare_Quotes: Six years into my volatile relationship with Facebook, I still marvel at the indiscretion often exhibited by many of my virtual, if not actual, ‘friends.’ Call me old fashioned, but I remain of the opinion that Facebook is not the appropriate forum for statuses chronicling difficult break-ups or albums documenting the placenta-soaked torment of childbirth.

Instragram_Pics_of_my_Breakfast: For what, then, is Facebook the 'appropriate forum'?  It seems like as good a place as any for updating the virtual world about the progression of your life.Read More

Who Determines What Science Is?

At Dartmouth, I’ve been told by a professor that I do not know how to do science. I’ve been told I can’t continue with a research idea, which applied a scientific study my peers and I completed to active resource management, because it “wasn’t science.” However, I’ve also been told by a professor that if I don’t know what science is, than neither does he. All of this has led me to wonder who determines what science is and thus explore the often unquestioned process through which science research gets funded. What I’ve found has led me to wonder whether or not our prevailing methods of choosing what scientific research is worth funding may actually limit the amount that we as a society can learn and accomplish through scientific research.

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Fiscal Cliff: A Misnomer

With the realization of a temporary deal now complete, the U.S. avoided the sequestration and tax increases that many economists predicted would severely cripple the ongoing economic recovery. The deal allowed for the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts on households making more than $ 450,000 a year while delaying the implementation of 1.2 trillion in spending cuts set to occur over decade until March. Both sides hope delaying the onset of sequestration until March will provide Congress and the President enough time to cut a ‘grand-bargain’ to resolve the U.S.’s seemingly yearly debt crisis for the next decade. The recent negotiations raise a number of important issues concerning the so-called “fiscal cliff.” 

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Behind the Screen

A predator drone makes a “signature strike” somewhere in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen. Only seconds before, a drone operator, working for the US Air Force pressed a button initiating a Hellfire missile attack on what seems to be suspicious behavior from people on the ground. But this soldier wasn’t on the front line or even outside the United States. He sat in Nevada in a dark, cool, control-room, interacting with the targets of the attack only through infrared information transmitted by satellite.

Warfare of this sort is different from warfare we’ve seen before. It isn’t a scenario of soldiers shooting at people, or even pilots in a plane, dropping a bomb on a city. 

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