To judge police, one must know the details

March 28, 2007 • 0
If you don’t look closely at the details, there could be something glamorous about the sting that ousted a couple of New Haven police officers two weeks ago. Lt. William White, leader of the New Haven Police Department’s narcotics unit and, at 63, two years shy of retirement, got busted for stealing around $30,000 and »

Oscars took a break from politics as usual

February 28, 2007 • 0
It was a strange stroke of mercy to see Hollywood back down from politics at this year’s Oscars. Remember last year, when the A-listers went to town? Their first move was to call upon Jon Stewart to host with a mix of comedy and crowd-pleasing Bush-bashing, only to respond with silence when he poked fun »

Student input could improve tenure system

February 14, 2007 • 0
When my “Modern British Novel” section found out last semester that our professor hadn’t gotten tenure, there were a few initial reactions. First, surprise. Next, confusion: Why would the English Department want to get rid of such an engaging professor? Then, inevitably, anger and frustration. So our professor was going to get pushed out, and »

Yalies can engage in war debate in better ways

January 31, 2007 • 0
Are students going to make any difference in the war in Iraq, or aren’t we? The question has been popping up in the News recently. The debate is heading in the right direction by asking what we, a bunch of promising college kids, should be demanding of ourselves as the war prepares to enter its »

Let MLK Day renew focus on social justice

January 17, 2007 • 0
It’s a nice twist of fate that Martin Luther King Jr. was born at the end of the holiday season. By January, our nationwide frenzy to gorge ourselves on toys, food, booze and discount merchandise can turn all but the strongest of stomachs. Some optimists posted signs around campus in December encouraging people to curb »

City has waited too long for new tower

November 29, 2006 • 0
There was just one problem with yesterday’s News article titled “Alumni to design for ground zero”: the “to.” What is taking New York so long to fill the gaping hole of ground zero, which looks the same today as it has for nearly five years? And more to the point, why should any non-New Yorker »

Election gives us a Congress to be proud of

November 8, 2006 • 0
When I went off to India this past summer, I was prepared to answer many unusual questions. I had been told that I should expect strangers to approach me and ask about my family or marital status out of curiosity, and this often proved to be the case. But there was one question above all »

Dearth of woman columnists is puzzling

October 25, 2006 • 0
It’s always nice to be in a class of one’s own, right? Looking over the new ranks of News columnists, I don’t feel so sure. To my surprise, I find myself to be one of only two regular female columnists out of the 11 new ones. What’s more, my column appears a day after Dara »

Uproar over opera is but latest exhibit of hypersensitivity

October 3, 2006 • 0
What do a few mediocre cartoons and Mozart have in common? If you guessed “the wrath of Muslim extremists,” then you’re the winner. As everyone knows, the freedom to express one’s views without inciting mass rioting came to a halt a year ago when a Danish newspaper published a series of cartoons depicting the prophet »

Five years after Sept. 11, pain still fresh

September 11, 2006 • 0
In mid-August, I had just curled up with the remote for an hour of TV-relaxation when a strange image appeared on the screen. A golden coin, perhaps the size of a Susan B. Anthony, gently floated into view to the tune of a gentle yet masculine voice. On the face of the coin stood a »

Provenance of artifacts requires deep scrutiny

March 27, 2006 • 0
In 1799, British nobleman Thomas Bruce became ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. As part of his diplomatic duties, Bruce, also known as the Earl of Elgin, made a visit to the Parthenon in Greece, then under Ottoman control. The trip must have made one heck of an impression, because in 1806 Bruce ordered that the »

Summers had vision but used wrong tack

February 27, 2006 • 0
I must admit that I was surprised when Lawrence Summers, Harvard’s 27th president, announced his resignation last Tuesday. Across the country, people are probably congratulating themselves for having predicted the downfall well in advance. After all, didn’t last year’s debacle over women’s inherent scientific ability set the stage for a juicy, hubristic collapse in the »