Category: Editorial

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Deciding where to get coffee can be a daunting task. Should one stick with the tried and trusted combination of Donuts and Coffee? Or is it time to upgrade to the more expensive Starbucks? And where does McCafé fit into all this? You could always turn to the professionals and look at online reviews. But which one to believe? Consumer Reports believes that McDonald’s offering is “flawless”. Yet The Saint Petersburg Times concludes that it tastes “like it had cooked on a burner”. Centives decided to conduct a meta-analysis of all the reviews that had evaluated the three chains against each other, in an effort to come up with a definitive answer to the question: Who brews the best coffee? Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks or McDonalds? Continue reading

Who’s Hiring?

Amid the turmoil surrounding congressional negotiations over the debt ceiling, what has received less attention is that the United States created 117,000 jobs between June and July. Which industries were those jobs created in? View Full Article

NASA and Hollywood

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When the Space Shuttle Atlantis touches down at 6am EST on the 21st of July, it will mark the end of an era for NASA. Perhaps NASA’s greatest victory is its success at having touched the hopes and dreams of entire generations through five decades of human space exploration. Nowhere has this been clearer than in the movies that filmmakers have produced celebrating space as the pinnacle of human achievement. To commemorate the end of an age for NASA, Centives decided to look at the relationship between the space agency and the movie industry that has been influenced by it the most.

NASA Considers Reality TV Continue reading

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In honour of the release of the final Harry Potter Film, Centives decided to investigate what it would cost to go to Hogwarts.

Hogwarts is believed to be the best wizarding school in England. The average tuition for a year at England’s five most prestigious boarding schools is about £25,800.

On page 51 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry receives a letter detailing the equipment that he is required to purchase for Hogwarts. The letter is reproduced here. Centives went to to estimate how much each of the items would cost.

Three sets of plain robes

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Economics of Eating at Lehigh

Choosing the right meal plan can be a difficult thing to do. There’re many options, and the combinations of meals and dining dollars only makes the choice more difficult. In this post, Centives decided to take a look at the meal plans and determine their various values. Beware if you’re on anything other than the 19 weekly meal plan; the results are likely to shock you. Continue reading

In part one we looked at the changes in the budget of the various groups on campus. Now we’ll examine how different classes of organizations fared. As before Centives focused on Continue reading
(This is part 1. Read part 2 over here)Student Senate receives almost half a million dollars a year from the university to be allocated towards the funding of student clubs and organizations on campus. Clubs are divided into two categories: twelve major clubs and over a hundred minor clubs.
Centives decided to use data published by student senate over here (pdf warning) to analyze senate’s funding decisions for the year 2011-2012. Continue reading