Evil Testing Serpent


After writing about my friend’s subpar experience with the GREs, I went to Educational Testing Service’s downtown testing center for the GREs myself.

Located on the 2nd floor of 675 3rd Avenue and 42nd Street, I’d never guess this dreary section of a building is where so many hours of human productivity and potential go to die. All at the hands of the Evil Testing Serpent.

Fort Hood Shooter Tied to Radical Cleric


The front page of the Times today broke the story of how Major Hasan, the army officer who killed 13 people at Fort Hood last week, was communicating with a radical Yemini cleric since last year. Not only that, but US intelligence agencies knew about it. For whatever reason, the matter was dropped by federal authorities who decided that Hasan wasn’t dangerous.

More on Why Health Care Reform Matters


5 votes. That’s the narrow margin that the House health care bill passed. And very surprisingly – there was a Republican vote in favor.

It’s still too soon to tell what the final product will be, but for young adults the outcome looks like:

  • individual mandate
  • and extension of the age on which they can remain on parents’ insurance

At Least You Never Pissed Your Pants During an Exam


In a previous post, I wrote about a college student who stocked his room with bottles of his own urine. Here, I document my friends strange story of a test-taker who redefines “commitment.”

It was supposed to be a routine test. Register online, pay the $130 fee, bring a No. 2, and fill in bubbles. Dan had spent months preparing for the Physics Graduate Record Examination, but nothing could prepare him for yesterday’s test.

Does That Make Me a Bad Person?


This Wednesday, I attended the Dean’s Scholarship Reception. It’s been a week in which I’ve been thinking a lot about the craft of writing – how other people are so good and I need much more practice.

Does Your Writing Suck This Badly?


I was diagnosed with a terrible disease a couple of weeks ago. But I only recently learned its clinical name and discovered the large extent of its infection.

Why You Should Watch Oldboy


Oldboy is not for the faint of heart. The film’s plot is bizarre, but its acting and screenplay are powerful. Just make sure you watch it when you’re in a good mood and don’t mind being emotionally jarred.

Read My Article


Check out my article on West Side Independent, a news website devoted to the West Side.