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Lazy Rivers

Oct 10, 2014
I have a weakness for revolving restaurants. When I plan my travel, I often refer to my favorite Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_revolving_restaurants. As if the combination of fine dining and 360 views weren't enough, the mechanics of the revolving restaurant fascinate me. Does the kitchen revolve as well? Where is the boundary between the revolving platform and the core and is there ever a...
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Fooling All The People All The Time

Sep 26, 2014
Probably the least secret "secret society" at Yale is the Pundits. Founded in 1884, the Pundits are Yale's senior pranksters. When students run naked through the library, it's probably the Pundits. My brother Aaron was tapped as a Pundit and...
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Jello Shots

Sep 12, 2014
I always thought it was strange to walk into drugstores and see cigarette cartons piled high as mountains behind the cashier. After all, I come from Ontario, Canada where you can't buy alcohol outside of special Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores. (Beer, it should be...
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Do the Right Thing

Aug 29, 2014
Higher education is about more than learning a subject and gaining the skills required to become gainfully employed. Judging from recent media coverage, it's also about football and basketball. More important, it's about learning to do the right thing. In college, I...
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Abominable Snowjob

Aug 15, 2014
Growing up in Toronto in the 1980s, if I thought about university at all, it was about the relative merits of London, Ontario (Western University) versus Kingston, Ontario (Queen's University). There was no question about going to University of Toronto. That was for losers who wanted...
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Bono Goes AWOL

Aug 1, 2014
It seems like U2 has been on top of the world of pop music forever. But in the early 1980s U2 was just another Irish rock band. Sure, they were more popular than The Pogues, but not yet a different genus let alone...
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Hot Dog Eating Contest

Jul 18, 2014
On the 4th of July I turned on my living room TV in search of the France-Germany World Cup quarter final. To my surprise, Wimbledon was on ESPN while ESPN2 was showing a...
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Smell Like a Scholar

Jul 3, 2014
In 2010 Old Spice was a brand in need of reinvigoration. After years of sales declines, Proctor & Gamble gambled on a new campaign for the 70+ year-old brand that most consumers identified as something their grandfather used. Maintaining Old Spice's traditional seafaring...
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Van Halen University

Jun 20, 2014
In the early 1980s as video began killing the radio star, the paradigm of male licentiousness was Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth. Known for his spandex pants, mesh tops and scarves, heavy eyeliner and long, flowing blonde hair, Roth combined the fashion sense of glam rock with the aggressive heterosexuality of heavy...
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Not Invented Here

Jun 6, 2014
Most transformative ideas in higher education already exist. The hard part is not the idea, but rather selection and execution. Of the many ironies in American higher education, one of my favorites is its combination of isomorphism - the tendency for universities to have identical missions and strategies, largely driven by college rankings - and "not...
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