What you do is a tattoo

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Change can happen only when you let it. With all of this free information available, you’d think the world is becoming a better place, that people are becoming smarter about the things they do and how they do them, but evidence shows that “openness is not the end, it’s the beginning.” It’s not enough to have all this free information out there. Nobody will look at it and say, … [Read more...]

Thinking your way out of the pre-grad panic state

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As my undergraduate commencement inevitably draws nearer and nearer, I find myself in disbelief. While I consider myself to be adult-ish in that I am self-sufficient and responsible, getting a degree still seems like something that I’m not ‘old enough’ or ‘mature enough’ or ‘ready’ to do. But when I really think about it, I realize that I’ve grown up a lot more than I think I … [Read more...]

Winning in Silence

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The excitement of achievement begins to die the moment it is shared. Redistributing the energy, even with those who love you the most, immediately and inevitably kills some of the beauty that can only be harnessed and recognized by a selfish owner. It’s only as selfish as it is constructive. Effective mentalities are products of trained minds. Practicing restraint by winning … [Read more...]

The Stain of Censorship on the Washington DC Jewish Community Center and the Firing of Ari Roth

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Ari Roth, longtime Artistic Director of Theater J, the resident company at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC), was fired recently, and summarily escorted out of the building by security. Unusually for this sort of transition, Roth’s firing has been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times. A letter, signed by sixty Artistic Directors from … [Read more...]

New Beginning or Same Old Story for The Times?

It was another rough year for The New York Times. Staff cuts, including cuts to the newsroom staff, seemed all too regular. The Times continued to miserably fail in its (attempted) transition to digital, highlighted by the decision to shut down its NYTOpinon mobile app, part of a revamped subscription-app-based model, after just four months. Executive editor Jill Abramson was … [Read more...]