Articles written by: Jeremy Ball

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COLUMN: Ball was here

Back in high school, I used to count down the days until summer vacation, much like a prisoner making tally marks on the cinder blocks of his cell. When the bell rang on the final day, I had a yearly […]
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COLUMN: Megabus: Megacheap, but kindabad

As an economically challenged college student who experiences occasional bouts of wanderlust, I’m always interested in cheap opportunities to explore the world around me. Recently, I discovered Megabus, a bus company that advertises “low-cost intercity travel with prices starting from […]
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COLUMN: Do more college stuff

A few weeks ago, I played an intramural floor hockey game at the Student Activity Center. As a diehard hockey fan who still hopes he’ll get drafted into the NHL at age 24, it was a fun experience, but the […]
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COLUMN: Lessons learned from writing term papers

As a veteran of this whole college thing (Dubya was still president when I started at CMU), I’ve written far more term papers than any human should. It never gets any better or more manageable, as many grizzled and jaded […]
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COLUMN: How to be inoffensive

I live in fear of being “offensive.” In fact, very few people I’ve come across want to be the originator of something “offensive.” If you’re an especially neurotic sort like me, you take painstaking precautions to ensure your actions or […]
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COLUMN: Greek life is not for me

When I was an impressionable youth, I formed my first opinions on Greek life while watching movies like “Animal House” and “Revenge of the Nerds.” The frat house was a place to pass out after a day of drunken exploits, […]
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COLUMN: Defeating DOMA will take more than memes

On March 26, the Supreme Court discussed the Defense of Marriage Act, an act denying federal marriage benefits and interstate marriage recognition to same-sex couples. In response, the Human Rights Campaign urged Facebook users to show their support for same-sex […]
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COLUMN: I regret my Kindle

Every once in a while, I like to masochistically go through a mental inventory of stupid purchases I have made. Those 20 hockey jerseys I bought with financial aid refund money back when I was in community college: stupid. The […]
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COLUMN: Why just the Irish?

Sure and begorrah, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day – the holiday where everyone in America celebrates their Irish ancestry, whether they have any Irish ancestors or not. Students on college campuses all around the country will roll out of bed […]
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COLUMN: Local income tax unfair to student workers

I’m not usually one to complain about taxes. I enjoy having paved roads, a police force and a public education system. People who complain about paying taxes have always seemed to me like the people most able to afford paying […]
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COLUMN: Thesis formatting is needlessly complicated

Thursday morning, I successfully defended my Master’s thesis and was genuinely happy for the first time in a few months. I only had a couple more tasks to accomplish. It seemed easy enough. A few signatures here, a few edits […]
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COLUMN: How I learned to love Big Brother

I used to be vehemently opposed to surveillance cameras. I didn’t like the thought of Big Brother watching me traipsing around and scratching my nether regions. Whenever I noticed a camera in a grocery store, I made sure to extend […]


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