As you might have guessed, I am a wise, intelligent individual, and, because of these two facts, I am asked many questions about a variety of subjects on a daily basis. Today, of all days, I feel like answering one: how does one become popular in high school?
Gather ’round, dear readers, for I am about to tell you the secret to high school popularity: CHAIN-MAIL.
CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL. CHAIN-MAIL.
— Jackson Williams.
Ever since May 1st, I’ve been thinking a lot about labor.
May 1st is, of course, international workers’ rights day: one day of the year. But our economy is driven by blue collar workers every day of the year, not just on the first day of Spring when those who are willing choose to recognize it for 24 hours.
I am lucky enough to attend a really wonderful undergrad college at a really wonderful university and I am hugely grateful for that and for the opportunities it affords me. Full disclosure, though, I am here on an incredible scholarship, without which I would absolutely not be able to afford tuition to this school.
Here at Barnard, and at the greater Columbia University, the grass is always tidy, the paving stones are always swept and, in the Barnard dorms anyway, the bathrooms are cleaner than any dorm bathrooms have a right…
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This is a guest post by Willa Hammitt Brown, a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia, where she is finishing her dissertation, “Gentlemen of the Woods: Manhood, Myth and the American Lumberjack, 1860-1920”. She is a teaching assistant in the Department of History and the Women’s and Gender Studies program. Content note: this article mentions sexual assault.
“I have worn the honors of Honor
I graduated from Virginia” – :The Honor Men”, James Hay Jr, 1903
“Nobody wants to send their daughter to the rape school” – Rolling Stone, 2014
This morning I got an email from the President of my University, the University of Virginia. In it, she quotes Thomas Jefferson, and invokes tradition, honor and idealism. She harks back to the long history of a storied institution. “Honor and tradition inform our thinking,” she explains, but where “success is demanded as much as it is sought” we…
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In 2000, economist Steven Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics about the internal wage structure of a Chicago drug gang. This piece would later serve as a basis for a chapter in Levitt’s (and Dubner’s) best seller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) The title of the chapter, “Why drug dealers still live with their moms”, was based on the finding that the income distribution within gangs was extremely skewed in favor of those at the top, while the rank-and-file street sellers earned even less than employees in legitimate low-skilled activities, let’s say at McDonald’s. They calculated 3.30 dollars as the hourly rate, that is, well below a living wage (that’s why they still live with their moms). 
If you take into account the risk of being shot by rival gangs, ending up in jail or…
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I’m conflicted: I love the holy nerdy hell out of this, and yet I want to find the person who created this masterpiece, beat them up, steal their lunch money, and then take credit for creating it. Might even buy a Raspberry Snapple with the money I took out of their wallet, because last I checked people who are unconscious can’t drink delicious Raspberry Snapple. BULLIES RULE.
— Jackson Williams.