Curling…Yes, Curling

Published: November-27-2011       Author: 

Since my last two articles were about tennis, I decided to look into a sport that it seems people care about even less, and I came up with curling.  Some may even call into question whether curling is considered a sport“In my opinion, curling isn’t a sport.  I mean, come on, there is nothing at all athletic about it. It’s just sweeping an ice rink,” said one Yeshiva College student, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of... Read more

Featured Faculty: Rabbi Schemouel Penya

Published: November-27-2011       Author: 

The scene was set for the holiest day of the Jewish year. The congregants had been abstaining from food and drink, dressed in white so as to embody the purity of angelic beings. They were a heterogeneous group, made up of Jews from both Sephardic and Ashkenazic backgrounds, college students and community members alike. The ancient melodies and chants were recited in a time-honed tradition, much the same way they had been done for thousands of years. Indeed our selichot... Read more

Celebrity Student: Ethan Wasserman

Published: November-27-2011       Author: 

Before Facebook, knowing the most basic details about a person consisted of remembering his or her birthday, hometown, and interests. However, that information no longer needs to occupy anyone’s mind. By logging into Facebook, typing in Ethan Wasserman, and clicking on his profile (assuming you know what he looks like), you would find that Ethan was born in Coral Springs, Florida, is pre-law, double majors in psychology and political science, and is a popular guy. If stalked more carefully, you... Read more

Featured Fiction: And I’m Yellow

Published: November-27-2011       Author: 

The color should make me happy, the sun’s warm, bright rays rising as I rise for breakfast, peeking through the window, splattering through the grate onto my face. Forcing open eyes but also forced to squint, running on eyeballs meandering through a forested mush of brain and blood, reaching out to tap, with one, tiny, brainless finger, that place, the center of my brain myself the world, when the light will turn on, the yellow, incandescent bulb that burns inside.... Read more

The Third Wave, Education, and the Beit Midrash: Reflections on Ron Jones’s Interview

Published: November-27-2011       Author: 

“Sometimes you miss those in the middle,” reflected Ron Jones in our fascinating discussion about education and his now-infamous experiment, The Third Wave. Upon hearing this, I immediately recalled a key lesson I learned before my first formal teaching opportunity. It was imperative that I did not focus my energies on the 20% of the students who were at the top and bottom. Rather, my goal as a teacher was to reach the often-neglected, middle 80% of the pupils. However,... Read more

Seven Up, Seven Down

Published: November-27-2011       Author: 

7 Up   1. 185th Street Vegetation Phantom gardeners have planted several trees on the green between Furst Hall and Glueck. Locals have been witnessed watering the plants but were subsequently detained for indecent exposure. 2. Andrej Pejic The Croatian born Australian male model has taken the fashion world by storm with his aggressive move onto the female runway. Is he beautiful? Absolutely. Is he a man or a woman? Not as clear. 3. Amazon Its new Kindle Fire is... Read more

Face to Face with Ron Jones: A 44-year Retrospective by the Schoolteacher Who Made Waves

Published: November-27-2011       Author: 

On the night of November 16, Ron Jones spoke to Yeshiva University students about the educational experiment he conducted with his 1967 high school class. The study of his experiment—facilitated by the book and film The Wave—has become a staple in Holocaust education. Before he spoke, representatives of The Commentator, The Beacon and The Observer were privileged to have an intimate meeting with Ron Jones.  The Commentator thanks the Student Holocaust Education Movement (SHEM) for organizing the event featuring Mr. Ron... Read more

7 Up, 7 Down

Published: November-17-2011       Author: 

7 Up   1. Unthink. The anti-Facebook social networking site quickly reaches 100,000 users. Just 899,900,000 more and they’ll be competing with Zuck.   2. VEVO. YouTube’s competitor is gaining popularity, starting to live-stream international concert festivals. Looks like ESL students may be seeing their families a bit more often.   3. Instagram. With only four employees, the new iPhone camera app has gained 4.25 million users. That’s only like 1.0625 million users per employee. Okay fine, that is pretty... Read more

How to Fix the Patent System

Published: November-17-2011       Author: 

Why do patents exist? A person does not inherently own the rights to his ideas. The patent is an artificial construct to encourage innovation in areas that otherwise would be underdeveloped. For example, certain companies invest millions of dollars in Research and Development and only get a return on their investment if they own exclusive rights to their inventions for a certain period of time. In this way, the patent system can encourage innovation. However, in many areas, the current... Read more

OES reduces on-campus energy consumption in new ways

Published: November-16-2011       Author: 

At a time when scientists are complaining about environment pollution and the university is strapped for cash, it should be a relief to hear that the university has at least one department that is trying to solve both of these issues. Since its formation, the Office of Energy & Sustainability (OES) has provided the university with hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings in just the past few years. By examining utility bills, performing multiple physical improvements on the energy-consuming... Read more

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