Will Penman Staffwriter

Class of 2016


  • A rhetorical analysis of Das Racist

    In 2008, the alternative hip-hop group Das Racist released a song, still heard today ringing from those gigantic speakers by the Fence, called “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” The main refrain (and there are no verses, just refrain) goes:

    I’m at the Pizza Hut;
    I’m at the Taco Bell;
    I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

    Pillbox | September 10, 2012
  • Consistency necessary with bus fare payments

    Port Authority budget cuts are all over the news right now. What they should really focus on is being more consistent with their drivers and the public about when we’re supposed to pay.

    Forum | February 27, 2012
  • End secrecy in school legacy policies

    The New York Times recently ran a story in which a bunch of kids whose parents went to Ivy League schools whined about not being able to get in. See, most top schools have a special deal with kids of alumni that gives them preference for admissions. The schools call these applicants “legacy” students.

    Forum | November 21, 2011
  • ‘Peeing’ phrase should stay in bathroom

    Modern American culture gives us many enlightening images of women. As the respected philosopher Beyoncé once defined the struggle for feminine independence and security, “If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.” She continued: “Whoa oh oh, oh oh oh oh; whoa oh oh, oh oh oh!” Cultural critic Katy Perry added, regarding feminine attractiveness and decision-making, “I kissed a girl, ...

    Forum | October 17, 2011
  • The cattle were lowing: Thoughts on an a cappella date auction

    This weekend I went to what’s known as a “date auction”: Attendees bid on a guy or girl, and the proceeds go to charity. In this case, two of Carnegie Mellon’s great a cappella groups, Counterpoint and the Originals, auctioned off select members to the highest bidder. Out of the five guys and five girls auctioned, I don't think a single date will occur, so it obviously wasn’t done in all seriousne...

    Forum | October 10, 2011