Creating a Yale we’re all proud to be a part of

April 24, 2002
I love Yale. People sometimes doubt it and act confused when I say it, but it’s true. I love Yale because I am Yale. More than anything else, Yale is a community, and all of us in that community — students, faculty, workers — are what make up Yale. That community is devoted to education »

YCC to administration: negotiate with GESO

April 10, 2002
You wouldn’t know it from this newspaper, but the Yale College Council did something quite remarkable late Sunday night. It called on the Yale administration to sit down with GESO representatives and decide how the question of graduate student unionization will be settled. The contentious resolution the YCC eventually passed did not specify what the »

Maya to Frances: Negative campaigning is the last thing we need

March 27, 2002
From: Maya Lin ’81 ARC ’86 To: Frances Beinecke ’71 FOR ’74 Re: Campaign I’ve been telling everyone who asks that I’m not interested in campaigning for the Corporation seat for which I was nominated. So I’m getting rather concerned about the negative campaign that’s being waged against my opponent, the Rev. W. David Lee. »

Curbing professorial coercion everywhere

February 13, 2002
Imagine this scenario: professor X calls his graduate student into his office, closes the door, and says, “I think the two of us get along well together. I think you should come out to dinner and a movie with me next weekend.” Most people — and indeed University policy — recognize that the professor has »

Yale should revoke special admissions for athletes

January 30, 2002
Thirty five students a year might not seem like many. But when 12,887 students apply to Yale for only1,352 positions –as was the case last year –35 starts to seem like a big chunk. Thirty five is the number of admittances the football team gets under current Ivy League policy. These are thirty five people »

Levin’s moves on MLK, early decision only a start

January 16, 2002
The beginning of this semester bodes well for Yale. Last month, President Richard Levin told The New York Times that he favored re-examining early decision. Next week, as a direct result of a campaign by students and others last year, we will not have classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It seems as if »

Current tenure track hurts junior female profs

November 28, 2001
At the last Yale College Council public forum, we in the audience were treated to an eloquent discussion by Dean Richard Brodhead about the need for more tenured women faculty. As various administrators have for many years, Brodhead promised that Yale would make concrete steps toward recruiting and retaining women. On Dec. 6, we will »

Re-evaluating Levin’s record on leadership

November 7, 2001
Last year, President Richard Levin argued that, contrary to criticism, he has indeed showed leadership. “People misconstrue what constitutes moral leadership — they think making statements to The New York Times is moral leadership. Well, maybe it is, but there are other ways to accomplish things that actually drive toward important social goals,” Levin told »

Unbridled free speech integral to Yale

October 24, 2001
I never thought I would say it, but today I am grateful for University President Richard Levin. There are, perhaps, many reasons to be glad that we are at Yale now, rather than when Benno Schmidt was president. But a major one came on Monday, when the New York Times printed a letter from Schmidt, »

Increased scrutinizing of foreign students wrong

October 10, 2001
The parade of national flags at last Friday’s Tercentennial Convocation emphasized what we have been hearing for a long time now: Yale is an international school, dependent on international students and scholars. As multiple speakers this weekend reminded us, now more than ever, we need an international perspective in our studies. That perspective can often »

America’s first casualties of war: its civil liberties

September 19, 2001
Sitting on my desk is a pin that reads “For President: Convict No. 9653.” The man pictured is bald, and his expression looks like a kindly grimace. During World War I, while we were fighting to make the world safe for democracy, the U.S. government quickly locked up dissidents like Eugene V. Debs, the perennial »

Where your head lies: Vote in New Haven

September 10, 2001
After three years, my mother still blanches every time I call New Haven home. And indeed, like many college students, I think of myself as having two homes, one here and one in Washington, D.C., where I grew up. But when it comes to the government, New Haven is without doubt my home. Here is »