Universities can move to increase disclosure

March 30, 2004
How should private universities handle requests for information about their investments? Consider the following two models: Model A: Students submit a list of companies about which they have concerns to the university investment office. The investment office informs the students how much exposure the endowment has to each company, either through direct investments or through »

Green candidate offers alternative to ‘Democrator’

November 3, 2003
With election day rapidly approaching, most of the space in these pages has been dedicated to Yale undergraduates who live (and perhaps even vote) in Ward 1. But Yale students have weight to throw around all over the city. In Ward 9, Green Party candidate Vic Edgerton and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Addonizio are locked in »

Surprise, it’s the Yale Corporation’s five-finger discount

September 10, 2003
In a recent Yale Daily News article about his election to the Yale Corporation, Jeffrey Koplan commented, “To me, it’s like being a kid in a candy store.” His analogy was more fitting than maybe he’d intended. Some would assume that Yale’s administration is motivated in its every action solely by concern for the welfare »

The hospital is menacing its poorest patients: What does Levin have to say?

April 8, 2003
A scandal has been engulfing Yale-New Haven Hospital, garnering two weighty Wall Street Journal articles and numerous headlines in the New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Post and local TV news, but surprisingly little here in the eye of the storm. The nonprofit hospital has allegedly been engaging in disturbingly aggressive debt collection practices to »

Channeling some of my inner anger

March 25, 2003
I’m madder than Richard Levin on speed at a union rally at how our self-righteous miser Mr. University has been giving its workers the Shifty Screwdriver — they screw you up, then they screw you down! I say screw them! Folks, patriotic Americans around the good U.S. of A. have been turning their sanctimonious energies »

Strike time: here’s what you do

February 25, 2003
A strike is coming, and it’s going to force students to make decisions that most don’t want to make. The hesitant should remember a few things: Concerning locals 34 and 35, claims that they are paid a fair market value (itself extremely dubious) are beside the point — Yale’s workers deserve to be paid a »

Yale’s inner-city blues (make me wanna holler)

February 11, 2003
A fortnight ago I echoed the condemnation of the New Haven Advocate: Yale had struck a deal with the New Haven Register that in return for Yale’s full page advertisements ($5,950 each) Yale’s labor strife would not sully the Register’s cover. So it was that the day after a civil disobedience that received national press, »

Ten million people will be reading this column

January 28, 2003
Police claimed that only 30,000 marched the recent “anti-war” rally at the Capitol, organizers claimed at least 200,000 protested, and some activists — veterans of mass demonstrations — claimed as many as 500,000. A lot happens in a typical protest, rally or march: a diverse group of people convenes for a variety of reasons with »

Here comes Wal-Mart–There goes the neighborhood

January 14, 2003
In recent years Greater New Haven has been birthing Wal-Marts like an Old Testament matriarch. By dint of its poverty wages in the United States and abroad, environmental destruction, penchant for illegally forcing workers to work overtime, and an insidious business plan that oversaturates a target market in order to drive local and smaller businesses »

Would Richard Levin lie to you, honey?

November 21, 2002
My father always told me that the most important commandment was “Honor thy mother and thy father.” Second was “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” He was onto something. As a freshman in Students Against Sweatshops, I assumed that public figures — politicians, puppets, presidents, Prince, etc. — did not actually lie; in the pomo »

The sun never sets on Jeffrey’s secret Garten

November 8, 2002
In his new book “The Politics of Fortune,” Jeffrey Garten, dean of the School of Management, discusses the climate of American business in the wake of accounting mismanagement scandals and Sept. 11. Garten’s continued stance against thorough government regulation of corporations is representative of corporations’ amoral and self-serving mentality; no news there. But are lambs »

The nearly impossible task of following Yale’s money

October 24, 2002
In the complex battle between Palestinian nationalists and Israelis, those who have adopted the cause of Palestinian liberation have been using traditional tactics to damage the Israeli state. There have been teach-ins, rallies and silent vigils. And there have been calls for Yale to divest its financial investments in Israel. The problem is that we »