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A Concert and An Unusual Friendship

In 1892, a Stanford University student of the Pioneer Class arranged for the famous pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, to come and perform at Stanford. Paderewski was a world-renowned concert pianist and composer in the late 19th and early 20th century. He had been touring across Europe and North America at[Read More…]

by April 16, 2015 0 comments Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top, Uncategorized

Education Drives America’s Strongest Soft Power Resource

In an essay that was excerpted from his 1990 book, Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, and published in Foreign Affairs Magazine, Professor Joseph Nye of Harvard Kennedy School first introduced the idea of “soft power.” This second aspect of power, in contrast to “hard power,” occurs[Read More…]

by April 2, 2015 0 comments Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top

Is America the Best Country In the World?

In the pilot episode of the HBO series “The Newsroom,” a college student asks Atlantis Cable News anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), “What makes America the greatest country in the world?” McAvoy responds candidly, stating the United States is no longer the greatest country in the world. His answer not[Read More…]

by March 19, 2015 1 comment Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top

Forefronting the Gun Control Debate

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, a Connecticut native, broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School with his Bushmaster AR-15. In less than five minutes, Lanza wreaked havoc upon the school before claiming his own life with a bullet. Among the 26 victims, 20 were children and six were adult staff[Read More…]

by March 5, 2015 0 comments Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top

A Farewell to Legends of Comedy

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, Jon Stewart announced his departure from the hit Comedy Central segment “The Daily Show.” As expected, the Internet erupted as Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless bid him farewell and as Jon Stewart confirmed the news on air later that night. Stewart’s departure makes him the third[Read More…]

by February 19, 2015 0 comments Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top

The Beauty in x, y, z

I am not a mathematician, but I have always been in awe of math. In 1994, John F. Nash Jr. received the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences for his doctoral dissertation about “non-cooperative games,” otherwise known as game theory. Game theory is the study of decision and deliberation in[Read More…]

by February 5, 2015 0 comments Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top

Jeff Buckley Is Not a Terrorist

On Jan. 7th, 2015, three Islamic extremists stormed the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters in Paris and carried out a planned massacre that took the lives of 12 people. Five more were slain in the ensuing manhunt following the horrific episode. The terrorist attack prompted a massive response from around the[Read More…]

by January 21, 2015 0 comments Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top