Letter from the Editors
By Kalhara Gandrakota, class of 2018
2016 was a turbulent year. The geo-political stage witnessed several pivotal milestones that brought out the sharp contrasts in our society that were lurking beneath the surface. The political, economic and cultural repercussions of these events will be far-reaching. This was a year for the history books. Closer home, as first years acclimatized themselves better to the Booth ecosystem and second years edged closer to the sunset of their Booth experience, 2016 ended in a state of flux.
Enter 2017. New year. New chance. New hope.
President Barack Obama galvanized the world with his rhetoric of hope. We owe it to him and to ourselves to continue championing that message. Although it might be tempting to dwell on past successes and mistakes, 2017 presents a new opportunity to push ourselves to new highs, exhibit greater compassion, make new mistakes (there are bound to be several!) and enjoy the ride thoroughly!
Hence, in the first edition of ChiBus in 2017, Boothies introspect and retrospect on their experiences thus far, and offer some nuggets of advice on how best to navigate what is yet to come.
Lastly, as we embark on our individual and collective journeys into 2017, the editorial team at ChiBus would like to extend our arms once again to the Booth community. The University of Chicago has always prided itself as a stage for inquiry, insight and impact. A place where important issues are discussed and debated freely (no matter how uncomfortable or challenging the dialogue might be).
We will welcome a new editorial team next month and want to encourage all Boothies to engage with us with your fresh voices and perspectives - as contributing writers, editors or critics. We strive to serve as a safe and unbiased platform for Booth’s student body, to share our stories and contemplate the issues most salient to us. We hope that you will join us in this endeavor.
To borrow the words of T.S. Eliot:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice”
Few predicted the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. However, despite his lack of political credentials, he has demonstrated a talent for understanding what motivates the average American voter. Americans appear to be anxious about their future which, I will argue, may be explained by the short-term thinking that pervades American boardrooms.
Firstly, consider paid time off. Most Americans passively accept two weeks off per year and many do not use their full vacation allowance. Although this policy solves employers’ immediate staffing needs, a lack of vacation leads to greater incidences of depression and heart disease. Additionally, such miserly vacation policies make travel more difficult...(click to read more)