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Nader Helmy

Undergraduate at Swarthmore College

In Defense of the Ice Bucket Challenge and Other Viral Contests

As a kind reminder: you are not alone. This past week my Facebook feed has too been flooded with videos of bright, eager faces dumping large buckets of ice water over their heads and then nominating their friends to do…

0 Comments / 217 View / August 18, 2014

Why It’s Time To Start Talking About Student Debt

It is impossible to have a conversation with a student about college without, at some point, discussing cost. It is a peculiarly ubiquitous phenomenon considering that, generally speaking, in this country, issues of money, along with politics and religion, are…

0 Comments / 228 View / August 11, 2014

Planes Beget Tragedy: The fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

The first global tragedy that unfolded during my lifetime was the attack on 9/11. I was young and naïve, but I knew how to be afraid, and my parents, the news, and my teachers made absolutely sure I was. Everywhere…

0 Comments / 123 View / July 31, 2014

“Impeach the President,” or When Politics Sound Like Satire

The latest entry in what has become a tired list of superfluous attacks on either side of the American political aisle comes from ex-Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin. Her message is clear enough: due to what she (and, presumably, the…

0 Comments / 99 View / July 16, 2014

Blood on the Sand: How Vengeance and Victimhood feed a Middle-Eastern Conflict

To call what exists between Palestine and Israel “tension” or “conflict” is to do it a grave disservice. It is an ever-widening chasm, a fissure that is instilled in each and every citizen of the region far before they are…

1 Comment / 194 View / July 9, 2014

Why Businesses and People Lie

I am a male, 19 years old and a sophomore in college. I was born in Cairo, Egypt and have lived the majority of my life in quaint Apple Valley, Minnesota. I have two brothers, one older, one younger. I…

0 Comments / 120 View / June 28, 2014

Artificial Humanity—The State of AI

Meet Eugene Goostman. He’s a 13-year-old boy living in the Ukraine with a pet guinea pig and a father who is a gynecologist. He was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2001. He’s equally charming and disarming; his sense of…

0 Comments / 268 View / June 19, 2014

A Super Convenient Truth: A Climate Change Fallacy

How science and reason have weaseled their way into the public discourse Science has got to stop. In the realm of public debate, there is perhaps no discussion more superfluous yet of paramount importance than that of climate change. The…

1 Comment / 119 View / June 7, 2014

Has Aramark’s Monopoly Overstayed its Welcome?

A typical meal at a University Dining Hall: a group of student notice one of their peers is not eating nearly as much as tradition dictates. The wisest of the group warns, “Eat up. This meal costs you $8.” The…

0 Comments / 441 View / June 7, 2014