The Clutch
Aug02

The Clutch

Courage is grace under pressure. — Ernest Hemingway At its core, athletics like basketball, football, and fútbol, serve much the same function as the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome. Of course, our versions today possess fewer decapitated heads than those Russel Crowe depicted, but there is nonetheless the same competition, “combat,” and human excellence in full display. So, how do our best “warriors” of today (e.g., LeBron...

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Save the Internet!
Jul12

Save the Internet!

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. — Bill Gates By the end of 1969, four computers worldwide made up the Internet. By the mid-1980s, this “networking system” had expanded to dozens of universities as it let scholars easily search and collaborate on research all across the country. In 1992, the first web browser (i.e., Netscape) was developed, allowing people everywhere to access this...

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Who Helps Whom?
Jul05

Who Helps Whom?

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know. — W.H. Auden In the 5th grade, a nameless young girl saved my life. Well, she saved me $0.75, which is kind of like saving one’s life at that age. At a garage sale, I found a basketball signed by Damon Stoudamire, one of my favorite players at the time. And for this signed ball, the adult was only charging $0.75… Say...

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Are You An Imposter?
May10

Are You An Imposter?

It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other. — Emile M. Cioran It’s no fun feeling like a phony. In fact, for my first semester in graduate school, I was certain a mistake had been made. Everyone was extremely smarter than me; it took forever to get through my homework; reading scientific articles was like deciphering a cookbook (I’m not good at cooking). But after four years in the program—after getting my...

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Be the Hero
Mar16

Be the Hero

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. – Ronald Reagan If you’re anything like me, you spend most meetings imagining that part of the ceiling is about to fall, right before you save the person underneath it. Or, terrorists suddenly burst into the room and your sequence of takedowns is executed with mathematical deadliness. But let’s be real—those moments only transpire like what, a dozen times in one’s life? So,...

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