Senior Perspective: Davi Bernstein

April 30, 2003
Yale has always been a battle for me. This spring’s crisis is finishing my work even as the library tries to ruin me. My privileges are suspended and my dear father wants to know if he has to mortgage our home to pay my $16,000 in library fines. As I leave Yale, I face the »

Get ready kids: It’s Thomas L. Friedman!

April 14, 2003
It’s difficult to believe Thomas L. Friedman was the first choice for Class Day speaker. I hope the committee invited Donald H. Rumsfeld, my Nobel Peace nominee, to expound on our exciting new doctrine of pre-emption. Or Colin L. Powell, to proclaim a new Marshall Plan or a different Powell Doctrine. Or Condoleezza Rice, to »

Finally, giving true peace a chance

March 24, 2003
It’s difficult to know what’s happening in Iraq now — physically, on the ground — beyond precision bombing and the deliberate march toward Baghdad. Spiritually things are clearer. America’s essential benevolence and Iraq’s absolute tyranny continue. Geoff Hoon, the British defense secretary, described this situation well: “The lights stayed on in Baghdad, but the instruments »

If only this man were here now

January 27, 2003
Eugene Rostow used to quip that despite his 10 years in the Yale administration, he still believed in reason. He was analytical, judicious, and one of our greatest bipartisan patriots. Rostow died this past Thanksgiving, at age 89. Born in Brooklyn in 1913, Eugene Victor Rostow — so named after Eugene Victor Debs, the American »

Yale professors doubling as thought-police

December 2, 2002
I opened the Yale Daily News one morning to find three opinion columns written by faculty on the possibility of war with Iraq. One, by history professor Glenda Gilmore (“Variations on Iraq,” 10/11), stood out. “Instead of standing up against tyranny,” she wrote, “we are bringing it to our own doorstep. We have met the »

It’s time: three angles, one war

November 11, 2002
On Wednesday morning, I received an email from a friend of mine suggesting a few rounds at the Anchor. It was necessary to get smashed, she wrote to a bunch of us, because of the previous evening’s Republican sweep. Or, in her words, “the triumph of evil in America.” She decried the electorate’s “contempt for »

UCS fairs: fantastic free pens and mini Snickers, but jobs?

October 28, 2002
“Great numbers!” I overheard the man who runs Undergraduate Career Services babble these words, not very discreetly, at a recent fair, expressing that his priority is quantity, not quality. I’d never been to a UCS event before, mostly because I couldn’t find them — their location is about as far away from undergraduates as possible. »

Iraq attack has precedent in our long tradition of liberty

October 14, 2002
My mother and father did not come to New Haven this weekend. That’s fine, I love them for reasons bigger than Yale Parents’ Weekend. They taught me that life is sacred, that liberty is great, and that America is good. Almost 16 years ago to the day, my mother dragged my brothers and me to »

Bombing Taliban must be precursor to broader war

October 16, 2001
The criminals who vandalize New Haven’s sidewalks with the shibboleth “No More Victims” apparently do not grasp that if the perpetrators and enablers of Sept. 11’s attacks on America are not brought to justice, there will undoubtedly be more victims, and they will be us. In their search for the fantasy of peace, the vandals »

Hiding behind candle light, academia shirks duty

September 25, 2001
Sept. 11 was not the simple “tragedy” the Yale administration peddles; America is at war. Woodbridge Hall and the people at the vigil treat this autumn of tears as though it were the product of an earthquake in downtown Manhattan. Make no mistake: 7,000 people were killed in acts of war by a collection of »