Opinion

Book on Jewish conspiracy hits new low for academics

September 21, 2007 • 0
Apparently, Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich has something of a sideline at The Huffington Post. In addition to his writings elsewhere, he has posted intermittently on that liberal blog-hub; One of these postings came to my attention via (Ph.D.) alum Michael Rubin’s post on The National Review’s blog. As one might expect of “HuffPo,” »
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Landscapes embody greatness of America

September 7, 2007 • 0
I’ve written before about how sweet I think America is. (In case you forgot: totally sweet.) And I mostly attributed said sweetness to our nation’s unique sense of identity, to the fact that anyone, irrespective of origin, can become an American if he’s willing to embrace our principles and laws, our central philosophy of individual »
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‘Dude-a-Que’ recalls Yale’s manliness of old

April 27, 2007 • 0
It has been almost 40 years since Yale’s 1969 introduction of coeducation, and we are undoubtedly the better for it. Arbitrarily halving a class of applicants is no way to ensure that the University educates the best and brightest, and coeducation has allowed qualified women to benefit from the opportunities within and without Yale’s classrooms. »
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It’s time to speak up against new colleges

April 13, 2007 • 0
At this point, I don’t think anyone gives credence to President Levin’s repeated reassurances that Yale’s impending two-college expansion “is by no means certain” (“Donors talk new colleges,” 4/11). The remark of an anonymous donor that “administrators conducted the meeting as if the construction of the colleges was a certainty” comes off as more apt. »
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Surprise: Liberals aren’t the only crazy ones

March 30, 2007 • 0
Before spring break, I decided to opt out of my usual weekend regimen of moral decline (I’ve yet to bottom out, so high-fives all around) and instead attend the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1973 as a small gathering of the conservative faithful, this year’s “CPAC” was ready to host »
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Elitism isn’t enough: You have to act on it

March 2, 2007 • 0
Much as I trust in Yale’s exceptionalism, it’s possible to let our elitism get away from us. Maybe it’s because we can spend our time dropping cash bets on which classmate will end up in Congress (my money’s on the kid with “senator” in his AIM screen name) or which one will inspire us to »
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Harvard-haters don’t make Yale look good

February 16, 2007 • 0
I’m sure everyone at Yale has complained about Harvard at some point. I know I was less than thrilled with their lackluster undergraduate tailgate this year; I walked in, found myself in a sea of lumpy misanthropes and, with no keg beer to keep me afloat, left. Immediately. That night, I was again anti-impressed with »
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Unique concept of identity makes U.S. great

February 2, 2007 • 0
I probably think about how sweet America is a good half-dozen times a day, more if I have free time between classes. My seminar last Tuesday actually got me a little introspective about my identity as an American, though, which was different — I typically avoid introspection and choose to defer entirely to my brainstem. »
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‘Multifaith’ chaplain would devalue belief

January 19, 2007 • 0
In his recent column (“It’s time to rethink role of campus chaplain,” 1/17), Rabbi James Ponet assumes that Rev. Jerry Streets’ replacement “shall be a Protestant pastor who will make Christianity palatable to a student and faculty congregation.” Ponet counters the Yale Chaplaincy Search Committee’s unstated desire, which he infers from its “Goals for the »
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Li’s quest for equality ignores the real issues

December 1, 2006 • 0
If it accomplishes nothing else (which, realistically, it won’t), the civil rights complaint leveled by Jian Li ’10 against Princeton will have at least helped Yale find common ground. And maybe that common ground is skepticism of the merits of his case, but still, hooray. Much as I’m anti-impressed with Li’s much-publicized SATs, though (ooh, »
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Voting out of state screws up democracy

November 10, 2006 • 0
Let me say: Bravo to all you out-of-staters who registered to vote in Connecticut and exercised that right and privilege this past Tuesday. Like that Ned Lamont poster told me, this was a great chance to “Show Your Courage,” and if Ned Lamont says so, well then — you better vote. As hard as you »
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Yale is right to back freedom of speech

October 27, 2006 • 0
Much as it kills me to be positive (these columns are easier to write when I’m tearing someone down for using scare quotes inappropriately), I’m impressed with how most of Yale reacted this past Oct. 11. When the National Organization to Gain Acceptance for Your Sins (NOGAYS) sent out an e-mail implicitly comparing homosexuality to »