Kristin Tyndall's read
Bad coffee carries you through the afternoon, warms your hands at the diner booth, gives you something to sip between awkward family conversation attempts. "Bad coffee is always there for you," notes Keith Pandolfi in this surprisingly touching homage. Flat whites command attention to themselves—but bad coffee slips into the background, allowing you to focus on enjoying the moment and the people you're sharing your cuppa with.
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Emily Hatton's reads
As protests pop up on campuses nationwide, so do complaints of "The P.C. Police." In a piece for NPR's "Code Switch," Virginia Pasley argues we shouldn't be concerned about the students pointing out threats on Yik Yak—but rather the students making those threats.
Uptown Funk may have dominated the start of the year, but Naptown Funk is closing out 2015. A group of Naval Academy midshipmen took to the streets of Annapolis in their choker whites to create a localized version of Mark Ronson's viral hit. The 60-person cast and crew, along with the Trident jazz/swing band, and a drone filmed the video—all on a $0 budget and all looking pretty sharp in those dress unis.
Dan Diamond's reads
Why reporters like me ignore famous female researchers. In the New York Times this week, famous male economist Justin Wolfers concludes that the media ignores famous female economists—like his wife, Betsey Stevenson. It's an important point, but I think there's more to the story: The problem isn't just who gets featured in the media, but who chooses to talk in the first place.
Depressed? Why to seek help from a human, not a computer. We've written about the problem of mental health access on campus, and one solution might be to seek help through online programs instead. But there are drawbacks to getting only online support, as this story points out.
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