The Physical Level

February 21, 2012 • 0
At the bottom of Stair 96, in the steamy, labyrinthine bowels of Payne Whitney Gymnasium, there’s a sign scotch-taped to the wall: “SPINNING CLASS THIS WAY” it instructs cheerily, and a scribbled red arrow points down the hallway. In the opposite direction, the loud thumping bass of techno music reverberates throughout the heavyweight crew team’s »
Small Talk

If You Give a Girl a Cookie…

January 26, 2012 • 1
Every cookie has a story. This is the story of the peanut butter cookie I ate in the early morning hours last Wednesday: In 2003, a University of Pennsylvania student launched a late-night cookie-delivery enterprise to satisfy college students’ sweet teeth while indulging their preferences for minimal exertion and maximum intake of midnight calories. “When »
Personal Essay

Old Campus, New History

November 8, 2011 • 0
There was once a little house here, in the middle of Old Campus. It builds itself in my mind. Then a garden and a chimney and a pig in the yard. I blink and narrow my eyes: the sidewalks dissolve into dirt; the solid hulking towers of Bingham and Durfee and Vanderbilt crumble away. I »

“I had never heard of ‘Islam’ before.”

September 9, 2011 • 0
I had never heard of “Islam” before. That was the least of my concerns: at that moment, I was more worried about getting to my new school in my new state on time even as I wasted precious morning minutes watching the CNN footage. The smoke billowing from the buildings looked like special effects in »