KNOWLES AND TAYLOR: MSA demands respect

February 27, 2012
In his Feb. 20 response to the New York Police Department’s monitoring of the Yale MSA, President Richard Levin paid mere lip service to the founding ideals of our beloved alma mater. As co-presidents of the Mustached Students Association (MSA), we go further and condemn the New York Police Department’s actions as baseless facial profiling. »

KNOWLES: It’s time to beat Harvard

November 18, 2011
This weekend the Cantabrigian, barbarian hordes will arrive at our city gates to wreak havoc and evil upon the earth, and the Elis must be prepared to repel and defeat them in battle. We live in an age of weak, impotent leaders. President Barack Obama’s grand strategy to “lead from behind” — no doubt learned »

KNOWLES: Idle demands for undefined change

October 14, 2011
The Yale College Republicans’ counterprotest to the Occupy Movement’s proposed indefinite “occupation” of the New Haven Green has sparked controversy and discussion, as we intended. The Republican counterprotest, the original invitation for which included the words “incoherence,” “loafing” and “Febreze,” has since been described by a few of our more excitable classmates as “disgusting” and »

KNOWLES: A complaint too far

September 22, 2011
In their Wednesday piece entitled “Exacerbating Yale’s rape culture,” Title IX complainants Joseph Breen ’12, Alexandra Brodsky ’12, Kate Orazem ’12 and Hannah Zeavin ’12 have at long last “jumped the shark.” The phrase comes from the fifth season premiere of the 1970s sitcom “Happy Days,” in which a waterskiing Fonzie, clad in swim trunks »

KNOWLES: Conscience of a coward

September 12, 2011
As President Obama read from the Book of Psalms to grieving families, friends and neighbors of the 3,000 innocent civilians murdered in the terrorists attack of Sept. 11, 2001, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman ’74 published his own reflection on his blog, “Conscience of a Liberal.” The piece, entitled “The Years of Shame,” mentions »

Knowles: The debt is too damn high

February 24, 2011
President Obama’s refusal to address entitlement reform, unprecedented national debt and record federal deficits could well cost him his once-loyal youth vote in next year’s presidential election. In 2008, an estimated 24 million young voters turned out to support Obama — between 2.2 and 2.4 million more than came out to vote for Senator John »

Knowles: The audacity of smoke

January 21, 2011
When I was 15, my mother’s sometime boyfriend visited us on our vacation in Wildwood, NJ. We had not seen each other since I was a baby, and none of us knew what to expect. He entered the door to our ocean-view motel room, walked to the kitchen table, and placed on it a Cuban »

Knowles: Vote with me

October 29, 2010
The midterm elections next Tuesday will prove catastrophic for Democrats, and they can blame no one but themselves. Arrogance, obstinacy and a blind stupidity have alienated this Congress’s former supporters and left them without a leg or constituency to stand on. Disengaged from reality, Democrat incumbents have resorted to name-calling and outright lies to preserve »