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A New Look at Americana

By Alex Newhouse

November 5, 2015

It is easy to discount “American Culture” as a loose, insufficient, reductionist term for the patchwork heritage of the U.S. As we all know, America is called a “melting pot” for a reason – this country is primarily composed of people who have cultural roots elsewhere, often across several...

Confronting Life’s Big Questions

By Alex Newhouse

September 30, 2015

“Oh, I’ve spent my time pondering my existence, contemplating life and death, wondering what it all means.” It’s the cliché joke about intellectuals – sitting around at a coffeeshop or a pub, discussing life’s big questions and perhaps smoking cigars and wearing tweed coats. We’ve al...

The Value of Doing Less While Abroad

By Alex Newhouse

September 17, 2015

The end of my second week in England is coming to a close. I have started getting into a routine. I finally know how to walk from my building to Oxford’s library. Research has dominated most of my days this week; I have buckled down and started work on my first big project during my study abroad...

Enjoy The Moment

By Alex Newhouse

April 29, 2015

It’s been a hard winter and a hard spring semester. We grow restless as the cold weather drags on long into April, and we’re given only a few of the most tantalizing warm days to enjoy. Project upon test upon essay upon book piles up before us, each clamoring to be completed and each weighing do...

Why I am an Objectivist

By Alex Newhouse

April 15, 2015

Often I find myself debating against people who argue that it is impossible to know the best way to live a life, or the best moral code, or the best way to understand the universe. More often than not, I find that Middlebury students especially hold subjectivism as their method of approaching these is...

On the Path to Transhumanism

By Alex Newhouse

March 11, 2015

Every day we accelerate toward longer life, healthier life, fewer diseases, and better recovery from those diseases we can’t cure. Every single day our technology progresses, building on itself in all sorts of ways that we can’t imagine yet, slowly but steadily directing us toward an ultimate end poin...

The Arrogance of Youth

By Alex Newhouse

February 25, 2015

Most of us probably came to Middlebury in order to have our beliefs challenged. We wanted to confront situations that would make us think and take on problems from different perspectives. We wanted to expand our ability to consider critically and to learn from the people and places around us. But we ...

Finding the Constant in Your Life

Finding the Constant in Your Life

By Alex Newhouse

February 11, 2015

Recently I’ve found myself describing my life as a runaway freight train. At some point in the last year, it began changing so rapidly and in so many ways that I basically threw up my hands, gave up trying to make sense of it and simply went with the current of my life. New experiences presented them...

Nothing is Above Criticism

By Alex Newhouse

January 14, 2015

Each horrifying act of violence that occurs in the world cuts at us. Each example of cruelty takes our conceptions of security and turns them around. Violence makes us question those places where we feel comfortable, our ideas about the world and our values. We often wonder how it is possible for such te...

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

By Alex Newhouse

November 19, 2014

The cold has finally arrived. Snow has carpeted the grass and framed the buildings with a border of white. Temperatures are dropping and freezing drizzles make walks to class ordeals. Those poor unfortunate souls who have to make the trek to Twilight or the Mahaney Center for the Arts know the pain of ...

A New Form of Literature

A New Form of Literature

By Alex Newhouse

October 22, 2014

For decades, video games served one main purpose. From “Pong” to “Space Invaders” to “Super Mario Bros.”, games were created and shared to entertain. People played to have fun, to escape from the world for a few minutes, to engage with experiences that were competitive, interesting and enjoy...

Choose Not To Party

Choose Not To Party

By Alex Newhouse

October 8, 2014

This year, I have not gone to a single party. I have not been involved in any of the party culture, I have only once even seen alcohol, and I go to sleep early on the weekends. Small gatherings of friends have supplanted loud, raucous parties. Video games, reading for fun and playing cards occupy my ti...

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