The DP’s real motivation for reporting on the Penn admissions essay scandal today

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As reported in this morning’s Daily Pennsylvanian, a Penn admissions officer was let go after sharing excerpts from undergrad application essays she reviewed:

Near the end of 2012, Penn’s Office of Admissions was made aware of a series of online posts written by Nadirah Farah Foley [in which she] mocked a number of student essays she had come across in her work.

What types of horrible, inappropriate, deeply embarrassing excerpts did she post? The DP was happy to publish some samples:

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One horse meat scandal pun to rule them all

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This is not my first post about horse meat. It is not even my second post about horse meat. Nor is it the first tasteless* horse meat-related joke recorded on this blog (though in retrospect, my timing — early January — was quite prescient). But it is my third post about horsemeat, and the second horse meat-related joke recorded on this blog.

And now that we’ve got the numbers out of the way, I will also take this opportunity to note that I am not responsible for either of the two jokes — just for sharing them.

As you have surely by now heard, Europe — soon to be joined, I imagine, by the US — is caught up in a horse meat scandal (that shouldn’t be a scandal). But not every country is responding to the news in the same way. The Times is on it — with one of my favorite puns of all time:

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Haaretz guilty of “cultural colonialism” in article decrying “cultural colonialism”

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Last Friday, Haaretz published Benny Ziffer’s thoughts on the Israeli cultural colonization of Herodium — an archaeological site in the West Bank — in an article titled Herodium turns into a cultural settlement (which I will quote extensively but not in its entirety because it is behind a paywall):

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My pick for prediction of the year

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I am always behind on my reading: for school, for pleasure, for any other reason — doesn’t matter what for, I’m behind.

And yet, I persevere. I keep all the magazines I’ve yet to get to, and I fully intend to read them… one day.

I don’t feel a particular need to justify this habit — but if I did, said justification would probably start with the following except from the January 20, 2013 edition of the New York Times Magazine. Please do enjoy:

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Law school in real life

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Full disclaimer: this post contains not an ounce of original thought on my part. And I have no particular personal claim to the story: another member of my small group pointed it out to the rest of us. But I really like coincidences, and so far as I know, nobody else in my small group has a blog with which to have posted this particular coincidence online (though I’d be happy to be proven wrong), so here we go.

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Philip Roth once said, “You can’t write good satirical fiction in America because reality will quickly outdo anything you might invent.” As this post will demonstrate, he was basically right: you may outrun reality for a while, but it will catch up soon enough.

You may have heard the Valentine’s Day reports that Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen was flirting with a 24 year-old model over Twitter. Gawker, take it away:

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