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License To Kill

Jul 8, 2016
It's funny how weird things seem normal when you grow up with them. Toronto in the 70s and 80s was no exception. Like only being able to buy beer from a government store that wouldn't have been out of place in the Soviet Union. Like the fact that two of the eight teams in the Canadian Football League shared...
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Marriage and College: Stuff Successful People Do

Jun 24, 2016
My wife Yahlin and I got married where we'd met nearly a dozen years earlier: college. Because we were living in New York and both working full-time, we sought help from a New Haven theatre set designer who moonlighted as a wedding planner. Or rather, Yahlin...
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How Better Job Descriptions Will Change Higher Education

Jun 10, 2016
I'm not always great at predicting the future. Sure, two decades ago I believed online universities would be a thing. Then the moment MOOCs appeared, I made the correct call that MOOCs would be about as important as the Spice Girls. Most important, I moved to Brooklyn long before it was hip. But my brother often reminds me of the time I suggested to him and our friend...
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Reveal Your Secrets

May 27, 2016
There's a lot of room for speculation when it comes to the Yale secret society Skull and Bones. During the 2004 presidential campaign, George W. Bush commented it was "a secret society; so secret, I can't say anything more." And when John Kerry was...
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You're The One That I Want: A More Balanced Approach to Regulation

May 13, 2016
One of the great tragedies of my childhood involved Olivia Newton-John. It wasn't her 1981 video for Physical, although, in retrospect, the spandex spawned therefrom was a tragic crime of fashion. No, it was three years earlier: her introduction to a mass audience...
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If You Don't Enroll In This College, We'll Kill This Dog

Apr 29, 2016
Before there was Facebook or Google - even before there was Microsoft - one of the most successful ventures to come out of a college dorm room was National Lampoon. As chronicled in the terrific (but definitely R-rated) documentary "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead," National Lampoon was founded by two editors of the Harvard Lampoon who convinced...
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San Diego Breakfast Club

Apr 21, 2016
Three years ago, following the fourth ASU-GSV Summit (the first to move off campus to the Phoenician), the UV Letter explained why our little industry get-together was like the classic John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. Fast forward three years, our get-together is a little more star-studded...
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Luncheon Meats

Apr 15, 2016
Based on the response to the last UV Letter, there appears to be some enthusiasm for more stories from law school. Here's my favorite, also starring my brother Aaron. Aaron's a big guy (6'4") with an even bigger heart. Back in law school, he was intensely aware...
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Fortune Cookies

Apr 1, 2016
Elder siblings are supposed to set a good example for younger siblings. But as I've observed with my three boys, if a younger sibling copies the elder's behavior too closely, it likely ends in fisticuffs.
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The Las Vegas of the University

Mar 18, 2016
What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas. While this may be a catchy marketing slogan for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, I haven't been able to adhere to it. I keep writing about Vegas, from my first visit a quarter century ago, to a more recent...
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