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Reading is still one of those rare activities that retains the power to keep a man in check with reality. I do not recall exactly when I started reading classics, but I do remember how reading the unabridged version of “Little Women” made me feel. It was a domino effect from then on. I would finish reading a 300-page novel within four days and then borrow another classic from the school library so I could read it over the weekend and start a new cycle Monday. Within a very short time, I had read almost all major 19th century literary works, from Daphne Du Maurier to renowned writers like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens– most of them British, with few of them male. Classics have always succeeded in making the average reader revisit a concept or a personality trait through the characters that they construct. Reading “Pride and Prejudice” when…

As Joseph Mandarino turned to speak, he tore his eyes away from a glowing Apple Macbook and whirled around on his revolving chair. A stack of old newspapers lay on his table at the entrance of the Health Sciences library, and he furrowed his brows for a couple of seconds. “With hard copies, I do not have to worry about the different types of formats of textbooks that my device might support or the glare of the screen,” Mandarino said as he helped a student access the online research sources.  Ironically, Mandarino–a junior computer science major–thinks that people buy online versions of books because they are easily accessible. “I’ll live, but by no means is it a preference because I like holding the physical paper in my hands,” he said earnestly. In a study conducted by the Pew Research center in 2014 it was revealed that around 41 percent of…