When All Politics Is No Longer Local

When Kevin Hill, a social studies teacher who spent his entire career working in Wake County, North Carolina, first ran for the county’s Board or Education in 2007, his campaign raised about $5,000. Just four years later, Hill’s campaign raised more than $70,000. One of his opponents raised more than $90,000. Wake County is home … Read more

Numbers Don’t Lie─Until They Do

Ever since its creation in 1935, Gallup has been hailed as the leader of polling in the United States. Beginning with its prediction in 1936 that FDR would defeat Alfred Landon for the U.S. presidency, Gallup has reported on every presidential race since. So when Gallup announced it would not be reporting on the 2016 … Read more

Medicated Monopolies

At 32 years old and with a net worth of $100 million, Martin Shkreli has become the face of corporate greed and price manipulation in the pharmaceutical industry. Shkreli is the founder and CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. The now-infamous young biotechnology company made headlines after it acquired a 62-year-old toxoplasmosis medication, Daraprim, and increased the … Read more

Clash of Ignorance: Responding to a Tragedy

The November 13 terror attacks in Paris sent shockwaves through the international community. In the immediate aftermath, citizens around the globe stood vigil for Paris. French President Francois Hollande declared his country to be “at war” with the Islamic State (ISIS), and initiated a series of ground strikes aimed at Raqqa, ISIS’s capital in Syria. … Read more

Harvard on the Field

Crossing over the Charles River to the Murr Center is an unfamiliar trek for most students, but upon arrival, one suddenly becomes aware of a dynamic foreign to Harvard’s main campus. Students stroll outside athletics complexes clad in workout gear with the university’s insignia, a symbol of their belonging. The Murr Center is theirs, a … Read more

Problematic: The Battle for Free Speech

Over the last few weeks at Yale, there was a series of student outcries following an email sent out by Erika Christakis, a resident housemaster. She had written an email that advocated for free expression and challenged the Yale administration’s apparent restriction of certain “offensive” Halloween costumes. The email sparked immediate outrage from student activist … Read more

Ai Weiwei Wants Your Legos

On most days, much like the feed of countless other users, the stream of photos belonging to Instagram user aiww seems a public collage of personal memory. The digital grid is peppered with snapshots of close friends, smiling colleagues, and the occasional aerial view of a decadent dish about to be eaten for lunch. But … Read more

How Controlled Choice Could Make New York City’s Education System More Equal

In 2006, Leslie Seifert, a white father in New York City, was torn between seeking the best possible education for his five-year-old daughter and sending her to a lower-performing neighborhood school with a predominantly minority student body. He ended up deciding to send her to a higher-performing school outside of the neighborhood, as he wrote … Read more