Small changes don’t affect Yale’s intensity

May 3, 2007
There’s a certain cheesiness inherent in a last YDN column. I don’t really see a way of avoiding it, so I’ve decided to embrace it with open arms. Consider yourselves appropriately warned, and let the cheese fly. There are, of course, some ways in which Yale has changed in the four years I’ve been here. »

A look at history can help anti-war effort

April 12, 2007
A Republican president wins an incredibly divisive election, despite failing to win a majority of the popular vote. He enters office with a serious legitimacy problem. He is constantly criticized for his perceived lack of intelligence, with major New York newspapers commenting on his “small intellect” and his political opponents harping on his poor grammar »

‘24’ is model of American psyche at its most intense

March 29, 2007
Over spring break, with a senior essay deadline looming, I bit the bullet and did the only thing I responsibly could. I watched TV. In fairness, it was research — sort of. I reasoned, as I downloaded seven episodes from this season of “24” and watched them back to back, that I was doing important »

Caucus conundrum hurts politicians, people

February 15, 2007
Comedian Lewis Black, who came to Yale a few weeks ago, has this to say about our annual celebration of Christmas: “You Christians have created a holiday that has become a beast that cannot be fed. Every year Christmas gets longer and longer and longer, and you don’t care. … How long does it take »

Roe backers shouldn’t focus on Constitution

February 1, 2007
I somehow doubt that any of Yale’s pro-lifers, surely an endangered species at this university, were convinced to change their minds by Yale’s celebration of “Roe v. Wade Week.” The commemoration of the 34th anniversary of Roe last week (which apparently featured a workshop on manual vacuum aspiration, to Sean Hannity’s delight) was nevertheless an »

Obama’s ‘Audacity’ should give U.S. hope for future of politics

January 18, 2007
On its cover, “The Audacity of Hope” doesn’t seem remarkably different from any of the other dozens of campaign biographies penned (which is to say, ghost-written) by past presidential hopefuls. It features Barack Obama’s grinning mug, his pearly-white teeth gleaming alongside his vaguely hokey-sounding catchphrase-turned-title. Many Yalies, noting its striking surface resemblance to George W. »

Chaotic room-reservation system handicaps groups

November 30, 2006
The Yale administration has got to make its facilities easier for undergraduate student organizations to use. Let’s start with some good news: We live on one of the most beautiful campuses in North America. And give the administration credit for fostering that aesthetic. I can’t manage to keep my bedroom neat. It’s no small feat »

Policy, not politics, must dominate Dems’ agenda

November 9, 2006
What a difference two years make. Liberal Yalies woke up on Wednesday morning after Election Day in 2004 and went about their schedules in eerie silence, stunned at the losses from the previous evening. The scattered crowing conservatives wore Bush-Cheney stickers to class and talked buoyantly about a new era of Republican domination. I have »

GOP Congress has more problems than just Foley

October 12, 2006
I’ve always had a soft spot for Congressman Mark Foley. You see, when I was a House page in high school in the summer of 2002, Congressman Foley was the only representative who would speak to me. You know the tiny droids on wheels in “Star Wars” that scurry away whenever Darth Vader strides by? »

Moderates’ political niches vary

September 21, 2006
If you want to understand the difference between Democrats and Republicans, consider carefully the sad tales of two moderates. Both moderates are U.S. senators, from different parties. Both have undergone brutal primary challenges. Both are deeply unpopular with their party’s base. Both risk defeat this coming November. With that said, the similarities end. On one »

Don’t let political realities stifle idealism

September 1, 2006
The Class of 2010 has swept onto campus, their boxes, bags and anxious parents in tow. If history is any judge, they will bring to Yale a flurry of long-distance relationships, a sudden spawning of disoriented “freshman swarms” drifting through courtyards in search of dining halls and dorm parties and a healthy dose of political »

Bury the hatchet on the Hill: Compromises prove indispensable

April 6, 2006
Maybe it’s egotistical, but I can’t help but feel that Josh Eidelson’s last two News columns have been aimed more or less directly at me (“Party divisions are key to progress,” 4/4; “Dems lose out in courting McCain,” 3/21). Earlier this semester, a skeptical Eidelson patiently listened to me gush like a giddy schoolgirl about »