Denis Merigoux

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  • Transatlantic Thoughts: America’s role as respected global leader may be ending

    For my last article in this newspaper, I want to share my impressions about a significant shift that has unrolled for the last year and a half in how we perceive the world. Indeed, Brexit and Trump’s election have confirmed the end of an Anglo-Saxon supremacy over international relations. However, the rise of movements in Western Europe which was predicted to swallow the Netherlands, France, and G...

    Forum | December 4, 2017
  • Transatlantic Thoughts: Meritocracy is ideal, blocked by difference

    As initiated last week, this column will start to broaden its topics to discuss subjects outside Carnegie Mellon. This week, I will attempt to give some perspective to the notion of meritocracy as it is understood in the U.S.

    Forum | November 13, 2017
  • Transatlantic Thoughts: Blind focus on work is unfulfilling

    This week, I will develop my reflection from two previous articles, published respectively on Sept. 25 and Oct. 9. Indeed, the workaholism culture combined with excessive professionalism in campus activities leads to the glorification of technique over everything else. The processes, meetings, carefully-written statements, and complex organizations seem to be more important than the original goal....

    Forum | October 30, 2017
  • Transatlantic Thoughts: Club professionalism drains CMU students

    Last week’s article in this column concluded on the lack of common ground among Carnegie Mellon’s students. This week, I’ll try to explain more in-depth how this general problem plays out in the clubs and associations on campus.

    Forum | October 9, 2017
  • Transatlantic Thoughts: Homework overload creates workaholics, isn’t sustainable

    I would like to start by a disclaimer: I am enjoying my Masters program at Carnegie Mellon and am very happy to learn here with the best professors in well-taught classes. I never found a stronger enthusiasm for academic excellence than I did here, and it's the pride of Carnegie Mellon. However, I want to expose in this installment the downsides of this double-edged obsession with hard work. I cou...

    Forum | September 25, 2017