Exce$$sive

BY Manik Bhatia Examining the Coop’s quasi-monopoly on the textbook industry. While the past two decades have seen an admirable increase in the accessibility of college, particularly to low and middle income families, one area of financial concern still remains: textbook prices have soared to the extent that many students simply cannot afford them and are looking for alternatives such as online rentals, book exchanges, and even illegal downloads. Returning from the Coop this fall, I stopped to look at my receipt that covered the majority of the books I needed for the semester. It read a staggering $294.55 and …






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The Painkiller Problem

BY MANIK BHATIA A hard pill to swallow. For a country that prides itself on its advancement in technology, infrastructure, and research, the United States has unsurprisingly been responsible for a number of the most significant medical advances in the last century from the life-saving (chemotherapy) to the life-improving (Pepto-Bismol). Modern medicine plays a vital part in our lives as American citizens — so much so that it might even be ingrained in our culture. In any suburban household, not a scrape goes unattended nor does a headache go untreated. While this is largely well intentioned, there does exist a …






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