Articles by Calvin Sitati
Jul. 14, 2017
Even Obama is only human
We often overlook a truth about the human condition: that we are complex beings. In one moment we are capable of being saints, and in the next, sinners.
Nov. 11, 2016
Living outside the Drexel bubble
One of the perks of going to school in a big city is that the entire city of Philadelphia is our campus. “Treat the whole city as a campus” is the drum beat of every freshmen welcome convocation address at Drexel University. Ironically, this city-wide approach to experiencing college remains shrouded in mystery for many students, whose entire college experience is shared between the dorms at Powelton, Urban Eatery and a co-op on campus. However, unbeknownst to many, Drexel’s campus extends beyond the isolated University City into Center City. And what better way to experience life in the city than living on the Center City campus?
Oct. 21, 2016
Leaving the nest for good
It is safe to assume that most students go to college in the pursuit of independence — freedom to be oneself. But what is freedom? According to Terry Castle, professor of English at Stanford University, freedom is the “self-conscious abrogation of one’s inheritance, the ‘making strange’ of received ideas, the cultivation of a willingness to defy, debunk, or just plain old disappoint one’s parents ….”
May. 20, 2016
A new war on drugs
You injure your shoulder at the gym, a snapped tendon perhaps. A minor surgery follows and as part of your treatment plan, your doctor prescribes painkillers. Normal, right? During every checkup your doctor writes you a Vicodin prescription and nonchalantly asks you, “Would you like something stronger for your pain?” Some even have the nerve to wink at you. He is a doctor, what harm can come out of it? Meh! “Oh yeah, I still feel some pain,” you say. Several weeks later, you are still seeing your favorite doctor and asking for the same prescription of pain medication. This time though, you are seeking a high. Welcome to the United States of Addiction, a land of pain, irony and painful ironies.
Apr. 22, 2016
Understanding gender identity
March 23, governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory released a statement condemning the city council of Charlotte for allowing transgender people to use whichever restrooms they identified their genders with. Governor McCrory then signed legislation to prohibit persons from using multiple occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities designated for a sex other than that of the person’s biological sex, as assigned on their birth certificate.