For Class Day, Havel fits our unstable world

October 22, 2003 • 0
My roommate has begun to read the New York Times as a portent of a coming apocalypse. Reading the newspaper’s continual description of tragedy and disaster, she has become convinced that a redemptive election season must soon appear. She’s the apartment’s optimist. As things continue to fall apart in Iraq and the United States continuously »

Continuing the dream of American immigrants

October 3, 2003 • 0
“Freedom!” “Freedom!” “Freedom!” This past Monday, I joined students, workers and other members of the New Haven community in chanting “freedom” in Chinese. We were led by Qin Qin, an immigrant from China and a fifth-year graduate student in Engineering and Applied Sciences. Qin is one of hundreds of workers from around the country who »

Breathe a sigh of relief: It’s over

September 19, 2003 • 0
I’ve spent the past two days in a state of suspended animation. Every time the phone rang, I’d answer it expectantly, hoping someone would tell me the strike was over. Yet, all through today I’d dismissed rumors of a possible settlement. I’d seen negotiations breakdown too many times to get my hopes up. The rumors »

There’s one way Yale can end this

September 4, 2003 • 0
I walked through Old Campus Friday night, and for a few minutes, Yale College seemed normal. Freshmen were clumped in large groups. College names were being dropped. Cell phone numbers exchanged. The masses were headed toward Dwight Street for the annual BD bash. I felt relieved. The Class of 2007 was at least experiencing some »

Unionization and its discontents?

February 20, 2003 • 0
I’ve always found large crowds of people chanting in unison somewhat frightening. It’s just a bit too “Triumph of the Will.” Protesting is not my weekend plan of choice, and getting arrested will never be my idea of a great time. As Justin Zaremby ’03 rightly pointed out earlier this week (“You’re a Yalie, they’re »

D.S. not suicide, but baptism by (canon) fire

June 30, 2002 • 1
Myths surround Directed Studies, Yale’s yearlong introduction to the Western canon. Call it D.S., call it Directed Suicide, or call it crazy, Directed Studies is infamous for requiring its 120-something students to turn in a paper every Friday morning. Beginning with Plato, Homer and Herodotus, students read their way through a few millennia of intellectual »