Bowie: Coming together slowly

November 12, 2008
Even before Barack Obama was elected president, there was an open question of whether the 2008 election would have an immediate positive impact on race relations in the United States. As I watched the election results come in last Tuesday from the basement of Yale’s Afro-American Cultural Center, I thought I had an answer: “No.” »

Bowie: Time to fight a new prejudice

October 29, 2008
Historians will likely attribute George W. Bush’s successful 2004 reelection campaign at least in part to anti-Muslim fear after September 11. But might they also credit Barack Obama’s success so far to the same phenomenon? September 11 has dramatically altered race relations in the United States, but not necessarily positively. Perceptions of hostility between blacks »

Bowie: Yale’s quest advanced

October 15, 2008
Perhaps it should be expected of a gray city like New Haven that many of its buildings were constructed during a depression. While people across the country were tightening their belts, slapping on their fedoras, and standing in daily bread lines, Yale was on a spending spree, tearing down most of downtown New Haven and »

Bowie: Flaunting the SAT fetish

September 30, 2008
Some people are turned on by whips and leather. And as I learned from last Thursday’s News’ View (“Yale should keep the SAT — but only for now,” 9/25) on the SATs, even standardized tests can get some Yalies aroused. Taking the role of fetishizer in stride, the News refused to be turned off by »

Bowie: Redistribute Credit/D/F

September 16, 2008
The opening pages of the Blue Book offer many undergraduates a reminder of their impending doom: the science requirement. Recently, the News has hosted a debate over how to resolve the dilemma: most students want to graduate, yet graduating often involves hesitantly poking scientific calculators while grades are on the line. But the problem is »

‘Self-segregation’ myth affects all societies

April 11, 2008
Wednesday night was Pre-tap, but I’m a little hesitant to write about the group I recently joined. I know, we’re not supposed to talk about this stuff with our masks off, so I won’t name which one it is. Let’s just say I accepted the offer because I wanted to really get to know some »

Rankings fever obfuscates value of a Yale education

March 28, 2008
Tomorrow, some of the most important questions many of us face as Yale undergraduates will be answered when U.S. News & World Report releases its issue of “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009.” Will Harvard Law School upset Yale this year? Will the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine finally admit more than 6.2 percent of its »

In ’08 spectacle, the Super Bowl meets its match

February 29, 2008
CNN may equal politics, but what if had to face competition from none other than the Worldwide Leader in Sports? Imagine: Rather than sticking to the dry and wonkish standards of its cable news rivals, ESPN inaugurated a Ballot Bowl 2008 that promised to make an actual sport of the presidential campaign, from Super Tuesday »

Commercial value commands music industry

February 15, 2008
It’s always a startling experience, but I can’t hear more than a few notes of the Nelly Furtado song “Promiscuous Girl” before I am instantly whisked into a hospital bed, with whatever clothes I’m wearing suddenly replaced by a gown and thin blanket. It’s July 4, 2006. My stomach hurts, I’m high on morphine and »

Hillary: An ideal of masculine hegemony

February 1, 2008
Thanks in large part to President Bush, the job description for president might read, “Wanted: hyper-masculine warrior who can aggressively protect the homeland from evildoers and illegal intruders — boardroom experience a plus.” Yet the Bush administration is less popular than ever, and it is clear that we need more than a brush-cutting patriarch to »

Candidates held accountable at grassroots

January 18, 2008
In a well-publicized interview last week, Sen. Hillary Clinton contrasted the presidential experience of Lyndon Johnson with the message of change articulated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The comments launched a “silly” exchange in which each Democratic presidential candidate affirmed and reaffirmed the role of activists in creating the Civil Rights Act of 1964. »

Program quality suffers when TV writers are alienated

November 9, 2007
For fans of The Office, the biggest story of the next two months might not be whether Jim and Pam stay together, but whether the story’s conclusion will even be shown. Because unless the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers compromises to end the Writers Guild of America’s (WGA) strike soon, the concept of »