Is Politics an Aesthetic Competition?

On Sept. 26, 1960, the first-ever televised political debate ushered in the era of celebrity politics. The story is well-known: the debonair and polished John F. Kennedy dominated the haggard and clammy Richard Nixon, and the United States revealed the extent of its bias towards the aesthetically appealing. Radio listeners,

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Where Do You Draw The Line? Appreciation and Appropriation in Fashion

Halloween just passed, and for many of us, so have the slew of conversations surrounding cultural appropriation and political correctness that typically accompany it. In the fashion industry, however, the conversation is on a seemingly endless loop. Seldom a month passes without some designer or celebrity being accused of cultural

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Where are the Models in the Middle?

Ashley Graham, a 28-year-old size-16 model, recently graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. As might be expected, there was significant controversy over a plus-size model being one of the three cover models chosen for a self-identified 'sports magazine.' Cheryl Tiegs, a former supermodel and two-times Sports Illustrated cover model, was

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L.A. Harptette Reaches Across Strings, Centuries

The Los Angeles Harptette, a group of four exceptionally talented harpists including Pomona College’s very own harp instructor, Mary Dropkin, performed at Bridges Hall of Music on Feb. 20. Audience members filed in to see four looming harps standing alone on stage, illuminated to emphasize their ethereal beauty. The four harpists entered

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