Elaine Harrington


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​HARRINGTON: Make execution look like what it is

When discussing the ethics of capital punishment, I find it necessary to discriminate between the ethics of choosing to give someone the death penalty and the ethics of how the execution is carried out. Fogel implies he disagrees with the death penalty. As do I. Yet one can still seek to have an inherently immoral act to be carried out in a more ethical way.

​HARRINGTON: ABC shouldn’t have officers

Whereas a local police force seeks to ensure safety, prevent crime, and maintain peace in a community, the ABC goal is to identify and punish alcohol law infractions. Thus, ABC special agents also behave differently than local police due to their different — and myopic — goal. These goals are frequently incompatible.

HARRINGTON: Rethinking “slacktivism”

The often-competing ideals of student self-governance and tradition at the University allow for true activism, but at the expense of expediency. This creates a gap in student support of causes which so-called “slacktivism” fills nicely.

HARRINGTON: The case for read receipts

The utility of read receipts demonstrates the truth is often useful. When a 10 p.m. text is left unread, the sender can concede you are asleep and will not be going out tonight. If you’ve read a roommate’s “lost my key, leave the door unlocked” text, she knows you’re aware of the situation.

HARRINGTON: Read the review

Unlike Khan, I trust myself less to choose a quality piece that will give me an enjoyable first impression than I trust experts or public success.

HARRINGTON: Keep Jefferson out of the gym

While it may have been a cute idea to put a Jefferson quote in the lobby of each gymnasium, the words irresponsibly advocate that a true Virginia student should “do it all,” rather than encouraging moderation.

HARRINGTON: The last to know

I believe student dismay about the project was not only because crossing the tracks is the logical choice, but also because crossing the tracks had become emotionally desirable.

HARRINGTON: Adderall inauthenticity

This emphasis on sheer productive output would hinder students’ appreciation of learning for its own sake — the very appreciation teachers aspire to foster.

HARRINGTON: Multiple-choice is the right choice

The multiple-choice exam focuses on ensuring student understanding of the material is especially appropriate for the settings in which these tests are often administered: introductory courses in which gaps in understanding can cause difficulty in higher level courses.