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Whatever Happened to that Need-Blind Thing?

Zach Schonfeld ’13 is bringing it back, baby.  The topic, I mean. Not the actual thing. The topic.

Pictured: Roth answers student questions regarding need-blind at a forum in September.

Pictured: President Roth answers student questions regarding need-blind at a forum in September. Photo by Rachel Pincus ’13.

Remember way back when the campus was all talking about need-blind and stuff? Man, when was that? Oh oh, only three months ago?! Are you sure? What happened?!

Need-blind has been conspicuously absent from campus discussion lately. (I would have put a link in that last sentence but really, nobody’s talked about it much in months.) Many of need-blind’s most fervent and vocal advocates have burned out, have moved on, have grown hoarse from what seems to be a stagnant discussion. (Have forgotten?)

Fortunately, Our Most Glorious and Dear Leader Zach is having none of that. His recent article in USA Today College focuses on recent activism taking place among alumni rather than students, describing a “poignant patchwork of alumni perspectives” manifesting themselves in a plethora of petitions recently circulating amongst alumni. First there was one asking alums to withhold donations (for reasons involving sexual assault as well as need-blind), then came Lana Wilson ’05s more recent Change.org petition. Zach’s bit discusses the general alumni response, covering both sides of the donation argument and everything in between. There is also a quote from President Roth, responding to the alumni voices:

Dear Wesleying

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Let’s talk about blogging for a bit here.

Blogging has this past decade become a really big phenomenon, brought to you by the internet. Though the tumblrverse is now becoming more popular than the blogosphere, the intrepid cavaliers of the blagoblag have undoubtedly made an important and continuing influence on world affairs, bringing myriad new voices to public debate on the best way forward for a campus, for a country, for humanity, for the world. This is an important role we bloggers play, and sometimes, we forget that.

The unfortunate reality is that the internet, and its sub-region of the blogosphere, is littered with cheap jokes and well-weathered “humor.”  It takes real effort (and often modern-fangled tools) to sift through all the junk to find those rare gems of piquant writing or crisp humor.

Point is, memes and other “big” internet phenomena need actual substance lest they quickly become old, stale, and uninteresting. Even with substance, regurgitated and recycled comedy swiftly sours.

Can we take ourselves a little more seriously please? We have opportunity. Let’s not waste it.

Anyway, for you beloved readers that take the jump, below is a