Articles written by: Phillip Piper

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What Does “Liberal Arts” Mean?: Evaluating Eastern’s identity requires answering this question.

Is Eastern a liberal arts college? If we want to know the answer, we must know something about what “liberal arts” means. It was the early Medievals who canonized the liberal arts. The premise was that activities are internally ordered towards some goal. The “fine arts”, painting, drama, dance, music, […]

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An Open Letter to the Weather

When it first occurred to me to write to you, I thought I would take you to task. I thought I could hold you accountable for all the times you have rained on me, coldly, cruelly, mercilessly, as if you were trying to make my life hard and miserable. Like […]

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How Eastern Began Using Wind Energy: This student-led initiative made Eastern the greenest college in the U.S.

You might remember from the last issue of the Waltonian that Eastern claims to have been “the first college in PA to power a campus on 100% wind energy.” So says our “Green Energy Program Postcard” which you can find attached to the “Green Energy Program” page on Eastern’s website. […]

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How I Discovered the Solar Panels on ELC: Eastern is secretly greener than you knew.

By now you have probably at least seen that you have a bill for the spring semester. If you look a little closer at the bill, you will find a section called “fees” and tucked away in there you will find a “Green Energy Fee”. At that point you may […]

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An Open Letter to the Eastern Turtles

Dearest Turtles, I’m terribly sorry that I don’t know your names; but then you might not have names. Alas, how am I to know? I don’t even know the proper name for your species, but then I’m sure you don’t know it either and don’t care to, so that’s alright. […]

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Following the Money: A look into power and justice in higher education funding.

Recent news that convicted sex-offender Jefferey Epstein quietly donated $1.7 million dollars to M.I.T.’s Media Lab has some people questioning the morality of higher education funding. Joichi Ito, the director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, worked with others to conceal the origin of these funds, making them appear to be […]