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How I Became My Own Man

When I was claiming my assigned aisle seat on the plane back from Florida, the man sitting next to me in the middle queried, “Are you sure you wouldn’t rather have the middle seat?” “No thanks,” I replied. After all, I have seen a man in the aisle sell his seat to a man in…

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Honor Roll: Do the Math

At a secondary school renowned for its rigorous academics, it is somewhat disconcerting to hear that almost half the student body qualified for the Honor Roll last term. Although Phillips Academy’s History and Social Science Department Chair Victor Henningsen ’69 assures that grade inflation does not result from a decrease in the expectations of the…

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Arm Twisted, Mind Closed

In 1988, Allan Bloom wrote The Closing of the American Mind, a book bemoaning the degeneration of the American psyche as liberalism reigned supreme on the political front. He envisioned a conservative America, one in which basic intelligence and innovation would be restored to our heads. Well, what else can we call our present government…

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Fly the Friendly Skies?

As a consequence of the terrorist attacks of September 11, American pilots now have a new companion when they fly. This past Saturday marked the graduation of the first group of 46 pilots who received special training to allow them to carry guns in their cockpits. Congress granted this privilege in an attempt to protect…

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It Takes Time

In last week’s “The WMD’s, Mr. Bush,” Ruoxi Chen ’05 classifies the actions of the Bush administration as “dubious” and purports to speak for our Founding Fathers in decrying the “mockery America has become.” Her conclusions and brash assumptions are as follows: Iraq must not have weapons of mass destruction since we haven’t found them…

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