My guess is probably a few ambitious polysci majors here at Williams secretly hope to be appointed to the highest court in the land. If you are one of them, heads up, you’d better pick your classes carefully and be ready to work your ass off. All nine of the current justices on the Supreme Court attended one of only two law schools—you can probably guess which two. You only got into Georgetown? UVA? Stanford? Tough luck! You’re not professionally qualified to interpret the Constitution at the highest level. … Read more
[Humpty Dumpty said,] “There’s glory for you!”
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.
Humpty Dumpy smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t – till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”
“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’ ” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.” … Read more
Excerpt from an abstract that Professor Nicastro provided us to publish.
This paper attempts to build bridges across cultures by calling attention to the shared characteristics of the blues and flamenco and emphasizing the universality of the forms as they speak to the basic humanity of all people. The blues and flamenco, though separated by an ocean, are almost perfectly analogous and share a common African element. Flamenco performers identify closely and explicitly with the spirit of the blues and jazz; thus the America of the blues already existed latently in Europe in the form of its older alter ego and kindred spirit, flamenco. … Read more
It has been a little over two years since the hate-crime in Prospect house, and our student body has not been informed of the results of the investigation or been given a timeline as to when we should expect some answers. … Read more
Who hasn’t been there? It’s a tale as old as time, really. You’re standing there, eulogizing your deceased great-uncle, subtly yet tastefully alluding to his involvement with the Nazis, warmly recalling how he would spend literally hours haggling over bruised oranges at the local A&P, when you feel it coming – that brown terror. … Read more
Force fields, love them or hate them they’ve got a firm foot in the door of corporate America. In fact, scientists predict that by 2025 80% of all office infrastructure will consist of some form of transparent, electrified wall. … Read more
Liberals, according to the old cliché, want to be judged by their good intentions. Tell them their projects cause collateral damage and you’ll be told that you can’t make an omelet – another cliché – without breaking eggs. … Read more
In the rare conversations I’ve witnessed critical of affirmative action at Williams (which, of course, take place exclusively behind closed doors in rooms with candlelit shrines to Hitler sitting inconspicuously in the corner), one complaint that invariably comes up is how it seems to be a policy sustained by anachronistic, Boomer-era thinking. … Read more
PE teacher: Ok, as the fields are waterlogged and we don’t want to churn up the grass, today we’re gonna try field-hockey, everybody grab a stick from the bag. … Read more