Opinion

MEDANSKY: Freeing up our speech

November 16, 2011 • 3
With all this talk about free speech at Yale, it’s worth considering what free speech actually sounds like. The study of rhetoric used to be a big deal in the days of Old Yale. In 1807, Timothy Dwight, then Yale’s president, taught a senior-level study of rhetoric. Dwight required every student in his class to »

MEDANSKY: When weird doors open

November 1, 2011 • 2
A friend of mine from high school recently posted a David Sedaris quote as her Facebook status. I consider myself a fan of David Sedaris in the way that many people, myself included, consider themselves fans of “This American Life” or Shatner-era “Star Trek.” Sure, I’m broadly familiar with Sedaris’s work — some paragraphs here »

MEDANSKY: Musings on a Chicken Tenders Day

October 21, 2011 • 4
Yesterday was Chicken Tenders Day. All 12 residential colleges served hand-breaded chicken tenders lovingly paired with barbeque sauce, duck sauce and honey mustard dip — the last of which, despite its name, is probably still technically a sauce. I like Yale’s chicken tenders. They’re pretty good in their own right, and especially good when compared »
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MEDANSKY: Jobs joins the iCloud

October 6, 2011 • 16
Yesterday, Steve Jobs — the American inventor and entrepreneur famous for his user-friendly philosophy, charisma and signature black turtlenecks — passed away. Jobs, best known for his involvement founding and leading a little start-up called Apple Computer, had been battling cancer since 2004. When Jobs died, Apple released a statement on its website. I found »
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MEDANSKY: Justice ill served

September 22, 2011 • 3
On Wednesday night, the Internet demanded justice. Somewhere in the small town of Rosebush, Mich. — a tiny community of less than 400 citizens — sat Amy Bruce, a 7-year-old girl allegedly dying of terminal illness. Her family was strapped for cash, her medical bills were unpaid. So Amy became an online sensation: Every time »
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MEDANSKY: Blue Book, we hardly knew ye

September 15, 2011 • 4
The Yale Daily News recently reported on the demise of the hard-copy Blue Book (“Blue book in its last year,” Sept. 12). No longer will Yale mail that fabled navy tome en masse to many an eager student. The College will instead enhance its virtual course catalogues: the Online Course Selection system and the YCC-backed »
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MEDANSKY: Learning to say “maybe”

September 6, 2011 • 4
In 1982, Nancy Reagan introduced a powerful and oft-parodied phrase into the American lexicon: “Just say no.” Armed with perfectly coiffed hair and perfectly padded shoulders, Mrs. Reagan visited middle school auditoriums and talk show sets alike, her script a simple message: if someone wants you — yes, you, right over there — to experiment »
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MEDANSKY: Dating Yale

August 26, 2011 • 6
As a freshman, I’m admittedly naïve when it comes to my new New Haven home. Like many of my peers, my first official introduction to Yale College came in the form of Bulldog Days; like virtually all of my peers, my next introduction will be the (in)famous Camp Yale. Bulldog Days was my first real »