By refusing card checks, hospital defies democracy

October 26, 2007
Imagine it’s election season, but before registering to vote, you first have to vote for your right to register. That is, instead of being able to sign a registration sheet, you are confronted by a government-issued $2.2 million campaign telling you why participating in the democratic process is unnecessary and why you should vote to »

Journalists satisfy sensation-driven populace

October 12, 2007
It surprises me a little that the Yale Daily News still doesn’t have a daily gossip section — a full spread of who hooked up with whom in whose bathroom when. Because given current trends in national reporting where news outlets like CNN are trying to become more like E!, I think Yale students would »

Crimson missed real career-disparity story

September 25, 2007
Last spring, the Harvard Crimson surveyed the university’s graduating seniors and recorded that an astonishing 58 percent of men and 43 percent of women entering the workforce were headed to the financial sector. In an excellent example of misguided reporting, the Crimson lamented how few women (“just” 43 percent) sought lucrative jobs as investment bankers »

Trip through heartland flips race stereotypes

September 7, 2007
As I walked by myself down Elm Street last week, I looked up and saw three large men in caps and baggy clothing turn the corner and head in my direction. I kept walking, but once I came close enough to tell that the men were white — and thus probably students — a feeling »

SAT is irrelevant as criterion for admission

April 17, 2007
Unlike in “ATM,” “RSVP” and “PB&J,” the letters in “SAT” do not stand for anything. The College Board may have changed the name from “Scholastic Aptitude Test” to just “SAT” 13 years ago because they knew that SAT scores are about as good a measurement of students’ “scholastic aptitude” as their parents’ tax returns are. »

‘Self-segregation’ myth affects all groups

February 12, 2007
Self-segregation, as alleged by Friday’s News’ View editorial (“Self-segregation thwarts campus unity”), is a myth. Let me put my biases up front: I am one of about 430 black students at Yale, I work at the Afro-American Cultural Center and last summer I was an aide for Cultural Connections. I also will admit that black »

Satirists vulnerable to dissection of work

September 25, 2006
Last year, when the Asian American Students Association led a student protest against the Rumpus and the Yale Herald for jokes and material AASA regarded as offensive, there were almost as many critics of the protest as there were protesters. The critics had many arguments: Offensive speech should not be censored, not everyone was offended, »

Americans lack right to vote

November 16, 2005
In light of the recent election, I thought I would write a quick quiz for all you lawyer-types out there: Which constitutional amendment guarantees American citizens the right to vote? Don’t look ahead, just guess. If you said any number at all, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. In fact, there is no clause in the »