Strike’s legacy is in eye of beholder

October 1, 2004
One year ago, Torrance Greene walked out. Green, a worker in the Berkeley College dining hall, has been on the job for five years. He walked the picket line for 23 days. He is a 40-hour-a-week regular, and he is in labor grade 3, on the lower end of the pay scale. He is an »

Athletes wrestle with issues raised by injuries

April 27, 2004
After missing all of the 2002 soccer season due to a knee injury, Jon Skalecki ’05, a defender, was determined to rejoin his team. Not long after his return, however, Skalecki sprained his ankle. He played anyway. “I played the whole season with a sprained ankle,” Skalecki said. “But I kept it on the down »

Yale’s slavery link remains touchy

April 9, 2004
Since Brown University announced it was forming a committee to investigate the institution’s ties to slavery, questions about the role and responsibility of academic institutions in slavery have forcefully reentered the public vocabulary. The Brown committee captured national headlines after university president Ruth Simmons announced that Brown would embark on an extensive two-year-long investigation of »

Vietnam lingers in Elis’ hearts, politics

March 23, 2004
When Larry Gwin ’63, a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Yale, fought in Vietnam after graduation, he saw combat at its harshest. A newly-minted infantry lieutenant, Gwin and his men were plunged into the first major clash of the war. At the Ia Drang Valley in 1965, Gwin’s unit suffered 70 percent »

Tracing Vietnam’s footprints

March 22, 2004
For some, it was the land of falling napalm. For others, it was the final resting place of a former student. For still more, it was the freeze-frame moment when a close friend was hit by a fatal bullet. Vietnam continues to occupy a singular place in modern American culture, even grabbing headlines in the »

‘Sexpert’ Dr. Ruth schools students in college seminar

February 6, 2004
When Dr. Ruth Westheimer walks by a bookstore and sees a book with “sex” in the title, she has but one option: she must buy it. “God forbid there’s anything I don’t know about sex,” she said in a lecture to professors Naomi Rogers and Janet Henrich’s “Women’s Health” class, shuddering at the thought. The »

Eli athletes on the Rhodes again

December 3, 2003
The phrase “Yale athlete” sometimes elicits certain stereotypes: intellectual mediocrity, astounding connoisseurship of repulsively cheap beer and aversion to wearing anything but Boathouse jackets. And, as recent experience has shown, continuing selection as Rhodes Scholars. While athletes may receive their share of mixed press, a quiet trend is emerging among Yalies who win the prestigious »

Chaplain fosters religious pluralism

November 18, 2003
Glancing around the office of Rev. Frederick “Jerry” Streets DIV ’75 gives one the impression that, after over a decade as University Chaplain, he has yet to find the time to properly move in. His desk is colonized by stacks of papers, books and trinkets — his keyboard is nearly submerged. The bookshelf is topped »

Class of ’07 joins a cappella scene

September 25, 2003
Covered in war paint and with bullhorns blaring, members of Yale’s a cappella groups tapped their freshman classes last night in a ceremony that drew hundreds of nervous freshman and curious onlookers. The annual tap night capped a three-week-long rushing process in which hopeful freshman auditioned for the University’s fabled singing groups. As group members »

Locals 34 and 35 march on hospital

September 8, 2003
Hundreds of striking workers from locals 34 and 35 marched on the Yale-New Haven Medical Center Friday morning in an expression of solidarity with the approximately 150 dietary workers of the Service Employees International Union District 1199, who are also currently on strike. The march capped off last week’s demonstrations in the unions’ ongoing strike. »

CBS exec keeps the ad dollars flowing

April 30, 2003
When millions of television viewers tune in to watch the hit CBS reality series “Survivor,” the network is “outwitting,” “outlasting,” and “outplaying” its competitors all the way to the bank with advertising revenues, CBS executive George Schweitzer told audience members Friday. Schweitzer, the executive vice president of marketing and communications for CBS, is one of »

Bloom to give personal library to St. Michael’s

April 21, 2003
Renowned humanities professor Harold Bloom recently finalized plans to donate his personal library to St. Michael’s College, a small Catholic college of 1,900 students in Vermont. Bloom’s library consists of personal papers, correspondences and over 25,000 volumes collected over his nearly 50-year career, many of which are rare and out of print. The author of »