See these instead of ‘House of Cards’ to avoid supporting Kevin Spacey

If still yearn for TV politics, check out “Scandal,” “Veep,” “The West Wing” and “Madam Secretary.”

| Staff Writer

Take it easy on Brian Williams

Williams does not deserve the vilification he has received in the press. Did he deserve to be suspended? Yes. He made a mistake and deserves according punishment. But to viciously attack a man’s reputation for doing his job and doing it quite well is wrong, especially when the attack is led by a press corps that has made similar, if not worse, mistakes.

| Staff Columnist

Study, sleep, socialize, watch Netflix, repeat

Back when the web was just where spiders lived, college students were forced to mill about their dorm room to procrastinate, looking for a sock drawer to reorganize or a pile of dirty laundry to finally clean. But now there are entire websites built around the concept of consuming your precious time, bit by bit, and one of the most egregious culprits is Netflix.

Zach Epstein | Contributing Writer

How to improve your Fall Break: Cadenza-style

Fall Break may be a ridiculous one-day excuse for a “break,” and some professors may decide that it’s a perfect opportunity to assign more work than usual, but that doesn’t mean you should spend the entire weekend holed up in Olin Library.

TV renewals: Will they or won’t they? Should they or should they not?

Network TV schedules usually seem really crowded at the end of the school year, with the full-season shows finishing up their runs while the mid-season replacements struggle to conclude their seasons by the end of May sweeps. As such, it’s time for a little clearing of the schedule to get rid of shows that shouldn’t exist anymore and make room for next season’s biggest hits. Here’s my take on 14 shows that premiered in the 2011-2012 season, excluding already-renewed shows like “New Girl,” “Smash” and “2 Broke Girls” and already-canceled shows like “Terra Nova.”

‘Scandal’ to be revealed this Thursday

Since “Grey’s Anatomy” premiered on ABC in 2005, its creator, Shonda Rhimes, has been kind of a big deal for the network. “Grey’s,” currently in its eight season and renewed for a ninth, is one of ABC’s biggest success stories.

Sexting: Not for childhood heroes

Sending illicit text messages isn’t becoming of a college freshman, let alone a 41-year-old professional athlete. In fact, it’s sexual harassment. I’m disturbed by the fact that the argument among sports pundits seems to be “will this affect Favre’s legacy?” I think it’s clear that it should.

| Sports Editor

Campus reacts as speculation over Sen. Jeff Smith’s future continues

Speculation over the political future of state Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, is continuing, as former students and staffers of Smith’s struggle to come to terms with recent reports of a federal inquiry into the Washington University instructor.

| Copy Chief