Conor Kelly


​KELLY: A line not worth treading

Humor is a subtle art, satire even more so; a tricky combination of comedy and discerning commentary, it is an art form that pushes the boundaries of civility in order to grasp something insightful about the human condition.

KELLY: Keep the Court away

By any straight reading of the clause in the Constitution relating to the State of the Union, the justices of the Supreme Court are not meant to play a role. All the same, six of the Court’s justices chose to attend last week’s State of the Union.

KELLY: A home by any other name

In light of the Jeffersonian vision of an “Academical Village,” and in comparison to peer universities, the University fares rather poorly when it comes to the percentage of undergraduates living in on-Grounds housing.

KELLY: We don’t need no education

Although the 180-day school year is by and large the norm in the United States, it is much shorter than in most other industrialized countries, where the school year usually lasts for 200 days or more and where students regularly outperform American students in most academic categories.

KELLY: Examining exams

A policy that would allow students to receive meaningful feedback on final exams would realize the original Jeffersonian ideals of lifelong learning and critical thinking.

KELLY: Community values

As long as states remain unwilling to reorient funding towards community colleges, private donors should attempt to pick up the slack.

KELLY: Dear mom, take a break

While all politicians intermittently wave the flag of family values, however, research has steadily shown that women who take maternity leave experience positive health benefits.

KELLY: Advising woes

In recent years, students have been quite vocal about their general dissatisfaction with the current advising system, citing concerns such as the insufficiency of career advising resources and a lack of advisors who match student interests during the pre-major period.

KELLY: Polling prejudice

Beyond the fact that minorities and the poor face disproportionate difficulties in obtaining such identification, in practice voter ID laws are rarely — if ever — about fraud.