Hirst: Is it time to move on?

February 25, 2009 • 0
Wait another week for trite observations of American political discourse, nostalgia for an America that may never have existed, my love of baseball, the good times enjoyed in Directed Studies or the importance of preserving the cultural integrity of New Jersey in the age of globalization. Last week I wrote about the importance of people »

Hirst: College is about experiences

February 19, 2009 • 5
Camp Yale was the first time I was told the greatness of a Yale education does not come from her institutions, her hollowed halls, her ivy towers or the mustache of then-Dean Salovey, but rather from her student body and the relationships we form. I do not think I fully understood what that meant until »

Hirst: A fan, but now jaded

February 12, 2009 • 1
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. This week Alex Rodriguez, the MVP third baseman of the New York Yankees, admitted to taking illegal, performance-enhancing steroids between 2001 and 2003. While the number of current and past Yankees who have been accused of or admitted to injecting steroids is higher »

Hirst: Allies for a reason

January 28, 2009 • 10
The Yale’s community reaction to the recent Gaza war is neither unique among those at universities nor unique in the long history of this campus’ response to armed conflicts, especially those involving the Middle East’s only liberal democracy. Yale activists and intellectuals have protested Israel’s action and the inaction of the United States government. But »

Hirst: Different yet same

January 13, 2009 • 0
Today’s Yale students come from more places — and from farther away — than any previous generation of Yalies. But more of us share a common culture, often called popular culture, than ever before. These dual phenomena create a Yale class that is at once more diverse and more the same. Consider the traditional purpose »

Hirst: Hope, but not change

November 20, 2008 • 0
I believe in America. Her institutions and her people are good. Her institutions have given us a polity that brings together three important ideas in Western thought: order, freedom and justice, defined as the limited right of each to pursue his nature as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. It »

Hirst: The real role of our next president

November 11, 2008 • 2
George W. Bush ’68 is still the head of our government for another 70 days. But Barack Obama has assumed the role of head of state, settling easily into the position only a week after his election. How has he done? For an answer, we must look to the criteria by which we should judge »

Hirst: Enough disrespect

October 28, 2008 • 0
We vote for a candidate based on what he tells us about ourselves. We look for the best among us, and we seek to elevate him as our exemplar. In this way, we treat the candidate like a reflection of ourselves. He is our best hope for ourselves but has also the flaws we can »

National spirit rooted in athletic competition

April 8, 2008 • 1
At Yale, we jeer at Harvard in the same way that Bostonians do the City of Angels; that Yankees do the Red Sox; and that Blue Devils do the Tar Heels. Each pair is a rivalry of equals that takes part in healthy competition that channels energies into a constructive pursuit. Athletic competition between these »

Gale discusses film experience

October 25, 2007 • 0
Anyone can move to Hollywood with dreams of making it big, but Bob Gale said he thinks the secret to silver screen success is more than just an address change — it is perseverance, both in self-promotion and in one’s craft. The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of “Back to the Future” discussed the ideas that inspired »

West pegs crisis on ‘immaturity’

October 16, 2007 • 0
The immaturity of America’s adults directly threatens the United States’ national security and historical traditions, Diana West ’73 said at a Branford College Master’s Tea on Monday. West — a newspaper journalist and author of the book “The Death of the Grown-up” — discussed Islamic extremism with about 20 students at the tea, focusing on »

W. tennis kicks off ’07 in style

September 24, 2007 • 0
The tennis season opened with a bang as the women’s and men’s tennis teams began individual match play. The women, led by Janet Kim ’09, stormed to impressive victories while the men chugged through early stumbles but managed to turn in some noteworthy performances. This weekend, the men were at Princeton, N.J., participating in the »