Cecilia Westbrook junior staffwriter

Class of 2007


  • Biofuels are only a stepping stone toward energy efficiency

    Recent weeks saw riots break out in developing nations over the rising cost of food worldwide. Although in the U.S. the effect of this rise might seem small (Sam’s Club recently imposed a limit of four sacks of rice per customer), in developing nations — where about 100 million people now face starvation — the impact is much more real.

    Forum | April 28, 2008
  • Questioning the effectiveness of antidepressants

    About a month ago, a spate of news articles popped up with the bold headline, “Prozac doesn’t work,” written in response to a scholarly article from earlier this year that throws doubt on the efficacy of a class of anti-depressant medications (the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs), of which Prozac is a member. Aside from the newspaper and magazine responses, the article’s findings...

    Forum | March 31, 2008
  • Hipsters bashing hipsters: using irony to veil fear of judgment

    “So ironic it’s not; so unironic, it is.” This was a line from a YouTube video that recently found its way into my inbox. In less than a day that video had been saved for me on del.icio.us twice, instant messaged to me, and referred to in casual conversation.

    Forum | September 24, 2007
  • Beyond the salad

    Carnegie Mellon isn’t a bad place to be if you’re a vegetarian.

    Recent changes by Housing and Dining Services have been emphasizing friendliness to vegetarians, including a new restaurant in the University Center, new and expanded menu items across campus, and new options in the new convenience center Entropy+.

    Pillbox | September 10, 2007
  • Campus gets a new look

    Summer is the season of construction on campus. In the three months between graduation and Orientation, the staff of Campus Design and Facilities Development (CDFD) was hard at work completing a long list of construction projects while the campus was less populated.

    News | August 27, 2007