MEDANSKY: A time for quizzing
The nice thing about BuzzFeed quizzes is that this doesn’t really matter at all: The tests are knowingly whimsical.
MEDANSKY: A government unchecked
The YCC has instead used student apathy as a tool to deflect attention away from the constitution, shielding them from questions critical of the claims that justified its revision.
MEDANSKY: For online anonymity
Anonymous space can foster honesty, and communities that are more transparent are better able to identify and rectify problems they encounter.
MEDANSKY: A messy Thanksgivukkah
At first, I did not like Thanksgivukkah one bit. For the uninitiated, Thanksgivukkah is pop culture’s latest portmanteau: a mix of America’s harvest holiday with the Jewish festival of lights. These celebrations rarely coincide. The former falls on the fourth Thursday of November, and the latter near the end of Kislev, a month determined by »
MEDANSKY: Honoring speech?
Even in the clearest of cases, a kind of murkiness can emerge when we wonder what it really means to “honor” the expression of others.
MEDANSKY: Tomorrow’s moon
It strikes me as somewhat ironic that NASA, once a testament to sustained national cooperation, has come to symbolize the gridlock of government shutdown.
MEDANSKY: The Ball in Salovey’s court
I hesitate to call this weekend’s inauguration a paradigm for inclusivity. Instead, the administration has spun its imperfect, yet benign ceremony into a shaky symbol for a democratic Yale.
MEDANSKY: The neutral Internet
The Internet surprises me every day, and this time, Facebook’s the culprit. When she used Facebook to invite friends to her 16th birthday party, Dutch teenager Merthe Weusthuis opened a Pandora’s box of virtual catastrophes. Weusthuis forgot to mark her party — a small affair at her home in Haren, Groningen — as private. Her »
MEDANSKY: Broadening the liberal arts
The students of the journalism program, however, recieved a slightly different explanation. In a letter to the students, the program’s director, Hank Klibanoff, recounted his experiences at a recent meeting where Foreman alerted him of the program’s fate. Journalism is “viewed by many at Emory as a ‘pre-professional program’ and therefore as ‘not an easy »
MEDANSKY: Don’t begrudge happiness
Back in 1960, the famed Objectivist author Ayn Rand came to New Haven to deliver a lecture at Yale. Ever the harbinger of controversy and debate — are you listening, Rick Santorum? — our dear Alisa Rosenbaum drew quite the crowd, with students from both Yale College and the professional schools packing the auditorium of »
MEDANSKY: Honor without a code
There’s a problem with cheating in the Ivy League, and Dartmouth students want to fix it. They’ve proposed an honor code that will obligate students not only to confess to their own academic transgressions but to reveal the dishonestly of others, too. Their proposal has created a wave of discussion. Princeton students want to implement »