July 13, 2020

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    The Private Sector Goes to Infinity and Beyond

    What is out there? What is waiting for us in that black abyss? Can we go there? These are the questions that NASA has asked and tried to answer since it was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act in 1958. However, CNN reports that, pending an approval from the U.S. Congress, the private sector will take charge of future space exploration and answer these questions itself. CNN reports that after the Columbia Disaster in 2003, former President George W. Bush decided to complete the space station and have the shuttle retired by 2010.

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    Shift

    What if I put someone else first?What if I got to use any of the dialogues I practice, In my head, while I stare at the ceiling at night?Yes, and what if the world stopped turning in an instant—An impossible thing, of course, but nevertheless—If the whole thing just halted, like some giant top seizedIn the course of its perfect celestial danceBy some equally giant and, I suppose, omnipotent hand?The mountains would roar with discomfort,The greatest constructions of man would be uprooted, tornFrom their substrata like trees from the earth,Blown away as if they stood witness to some nuclear firestorm.Myself, I should be dashed upon the wall before meOr else slung out into the frigid, gaping darkness of the void.Lest this appear a selfish appraisal of fate, note:Of this destruction, we are all allotted our equitable share.Or what if every particle in the universe,Regardless of location, of velocity, of angular momentum,Every boson, every fermion, everything,Shifted a meter in the same direction, at the same time?Quite improbable: Write “zero-point-zero…”, thenContinue writing zeros until you die, and pass the buck.Let a member of each generation contribute zerosFrom the cradle to the grave for, say, the next million years,Then “…percent.” But ignore the odds for a moment.What would happen to us, besides, of course, shifting ourselves?I imagine that nothing would appear any different—Would anything be different? I suppose we should be unaffected,Or perhaps rent terribly.Or better yet: What if I thought of you for a change?

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    The Peacock Fan

    A hundred iridescent eyes watch two slender-fingered hands slip around the neck— attached to the same body as the many-eyed tail—then, one hand gliding down the finer-feathered blue nape (gently), to elicit a coo-cooo-(the hands stretch the neck)-OOOO (and twist)… The bird’s circlet’d head withers to the gardened ground. Its convex pupil lens refracts images of: Five slender fingers plucking plumes, leaving gaps in the once-spread fan. The Odalisque plucks a satin ribbon from her hair, sheafs the feathers, there, on her back. She cranes her neck, assuring the only watchful eyes are dead ones; rushes, waist twisting this way through open slits between plant stems, that behind stone fountains whose speckled mica echoes sun-rays upward… She rises at the garden’s edge: A hydra with as many eyes— but with a single head that strains…. The Odalisque then unpins each lock from her scalp— each falling to her waist to hide the hydra’s eyes— then parades past pathetic eunuchs plucked of their pride— through the harem’s halls to the door of a room more secluded than not— to conclude her fixing of the feathers in a silver-wrought clasp, arranging each stalk equidistant from those adjacent. She grasps the silver-bound bird’s tail, holds it before her face— that each feather’s eye would hide her own two, would heed for her own two. So when the Sultan came, bade Mona to bed, she might (coquettishly) flicker the fan twice, then motion with upturned palm to the flock of other Monas beside her.

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    Justice Stevens Announces Retirement

    Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court and the leader of its liberal wing, announced his retirement Friday, April 9, 2010.

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    Mail

    Francis wakes up but he doesn’t have the luxury of checking the mail.

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    The Right Place for Parisian Glamor

    One of the few French phrases that most Americans know is the infamous line, Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? This line was made famous after Moulin Rouge hit theaters in 2001. The orginal French cabaret that inspired Moulin Rouge gained even more widespread fame after the movie’s release. It was first shown in France at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie won two Oscars and was an instant success. However, the actual live French cabaret show deserves some credit as well.

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    Poems by Google

    His eyes are on the sparrowHis golden eyesHis dark materialsHis only crime was loveHis regretHis infernal majestyHis utmost for his highestHis red right handHis and hers pajamas

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    Let Us Speak

    Let us speak, for words are all we have to express our fate, of rainy days and birthday wishes sent too late. I’ll meet you at that place,where glass paned windows reflect the tired lines of your swollen faceand the air is heavy with formless memories and tragic mistakes.

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    DEBATING ‘ROUND THE WORLD: Court Limits FCC Authority on Web (For)

    There is something quite troubling about a government agency attempting to expand regulation over the Internet. The Internet is the most popular way of communicating information.

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  • News | Apr.14, 2010

    Staff Pick of the Week

    Conor Leary ’11 / Porfolio Editor Jacob is intelligent, dedicated, and nurtured by his affectionate mother who spends most of her life raising him and his brother by herself. However, every day is a grueling challenge. Jacob has been diagnosed…

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