Cynthia Peng Staffwriter

Class of 2011


  • I like it on The Tartan

    No, really. I like it against stacks of past issues of The Tartan, next to an open window, where the occasional Pittsburgh sun illuminates it ever so clearly, wedged next to a slim copy of Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth.

    Forum | October 11, 2010
  • Living out your narcissistic fantasies: A user’s guide

    A disease runs rampant in many university communities, and it isn’t swine flu — or alcoholism, for that matter. It’s narcissism, or what I like to call an “Inflated Sense of Self.”

    Forum | April 19, 2010
  • Their historical fictions, our alarming facts

    Once in a while, I like to read a textbook whose flash-and-trash content is akin to that of the National Examiner or Star magazine. However, since the textbook market tends to produce high-quality content (most of the time), horrendously written textbooks are hard to come by for use in this cathartic experience. This may all change soon, due to the fact that the Texas Board of Education recently p...

    Forum | March 22, 2010
  • Chronicling fantasy sports victories and woes: My story

    I actively participate in fantasy sports. Maybe it’s to make up for the fact that I don’t vote in local elections, haven’t watched every episode of Jersey Shore, and regretfully let my team down in IM co-rec badminton. (Sorry, Ben.) Fantasy sports are my way of engaging in representative popular culture in a competitive format. Either that, or getting excellent training in becoming a bookie.

    Forum | February 15, 2010
  • Selfless donations clash with ostentatious lifestyle

    For evidence of humanity in action, look toward the fact that nearly half of American households have donated to Haiti. This is a commendable part of human nature, as evidenced by the multitude of charitable organizations with a large quantity of donated relief items pouring in: toothbrushes and combs to Brother’s Brother, medical supplies to AmeriCares, family kits to Oxfam, as well as individual...

    Forum | February 8, 2010