On a recent trip to Ukraine, I was lucky to witness a successful business project that shows Ukraine’s progress towards capitalism, following a trail blazed by the United States more than two hundred years ago.
Archive for April, 2011
Over the last 18 months, two earthquakes have struck island nations, wrecking Haiti last year and Japan just over a month ago. As a community, Lehigh is tied to both through students and alumni. However, there has been a distinct difference in the reaction of Lehigh’s administration to the two tragedies.
Recently the United States has confronted the ugly face of partisanship. Today it is considered noble for a politician’s career to be bent on ending the president’s. Today it is honorable to discredit an entire movement because they protest your policy initiatives. Hate is fueled by the idea that others must be wrong since you are right. We refuse to even attempt to understand our enemies, denying they have legitimate opinions. America, and the world, is only weakened by our black and white ideology. True success comes from compromise, understanding and celebrating the world as a complex shade of grey. (more…)
Mischaracterizations of the opposition are at the heart of the toxic political environment in this country. Instead of being an electoral season tradition as it has been in the past, today’s attacks on the character of the left or right come daily. The dialogue may go something like this:
In typical Lehigh fashion, Martin Luther King Day celebrations were extended to a full week of celebration marked most notably by the keynote speaker, Tim Wise. Prior to attending Mr. Wise’s speech, I did a bit of research to learn more about this speaker and his views. I must say I was a bit startled by my initial discoveries. (more…)
The memories of the September 11 terrorist attacks continue to haunt our memories to this day. Although most of us were mere children on that terrible day, we all remember the moment we heard the news, even if we didn’t understand the true ramifications of what had happened. 9/11 remains a touchy and emotional subject with a great many of us. (more…)
As a senior at Lehigh, I’ve recently been looking back on the past three years I’ve spent here in a sort of nostalgic manner. Yet there is one very, very important point that extends for as long as I’ve been here; a point that regardless of how much time passes still puts a smile on my face: having people pronounce my name. (more…)
As I sit in the lobby of the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., at the annual conservative gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC for short, writing this, it is quite obvious that conservatives are back. Last year’s CPAC, the first one I attended, was dry. (more…)
Despite a lull over the course of spring semester, The Patriot does have a new issue ready for students as they avoid studying for finals! The issue can be found in .pdf form by clicking on the “Latest Issue” link above. Articles will be posted in commentable form later today, and the printed issues will be delivered around campus tomorrow (Thursday). Enjoy!
The idea that education is, itself, a business is obvious to most. Particularly with higher education, you have students, who are the consumers of a good provided by University for the price of tuition. While many institutions like Lehigh are not-for-profit organizations, they still have to play the fundamental game of making sure that revenue covers expenses (and even look to expand the excess reserves within the endowment). (more…)