MAGDZIK: A specious case for science

January 17, 2012 • 51
As my sixth shopping period experience winds to a close, I want to give some attention to perhaps one of the most despised components of the Yale undergraduate experience: the mandatory science credits. In theory, the two required science credits serve to ensure “diverse intellectual pursuits for all Yale College students while encouraging flexibility and »

MAGDZIK: Advent of the machines

January 9, 2012 • 0
As we move into the primaries stage of the 2012 campaign season, every politically conscious American is being bombarded with a constant stream of flashy declarations about job creation. Unfortunately, many of these seem only dubiously rooted in actual economics, and the prospect of electing technocratic leaders like Italy’s Mario Monti or Greece’s Lucas Papademos »

MAGDZIK: Serving the world at home

November 9, 2011 • 2
The contentious and highly publicized race for Ward 1 alderman in New Haven has doubtless inspired some amount of thought on the part of many in the Yale student body about how to transform our city. And “transform” is a key word. I think we can all agree we are not entirely pleased with the »

MAGDZIK: Finish the job in Libya

October 21, 2011 • 2
On June 4, 2009, President Barack Obama gave a historic speech in Cairo, directed towards the Muslim world at a time when difficult realities of the administration of the War on Terror strained many of America’s relationships with Middle Eastern countries and their populations. When Obama spoke in Cairo of his commitment to governments that »

MAGDZIK: Throwing out the banks with the bath water

October 19, 2011 • 3
A week ago, I was slightly concerned about the Occupy Wall Street movement. I thought some of its points about inequality were well taken, if not particularly eloquently made. Now, a week later, I’m worried. Another recent piece published on this opinion page, written by Bassel Habbab (“Arab Spring on Wall Street,” Oct. 11), lauded »

MAGDZIK: Incentives for artichokes

October 4, 2011 • 159
Marina Keegan’s recent article (“Even Artichokes Have Doubts,” Sept. 30) explored why a solid fourth of Yale’s graduating class goes into finance and consulting instead of into more feel-good environments like medical outreach in Africa, community organizing or teaching. But she gets a key component of the allure of those careers wrong: a lot of »