GREENBERG: Surveys and priorities
It is somewhat disturbing that the Yale administration sees fit to ask more questions about diversity and identity than any other topic besides academics.
GREENBERG: Acting like aristocrats
By now, many of us have seen the latest cover of The Economist, featuring a portrait of a man with a powdered wig and a Yale jacket, underneath the headline, “America’s new aristocracy.”
GREENBERG: Please do the reading
Many of us will choose our courses for the semester with no intention of getting through all, or even the majority, of the assigned reading.
GREENBERG: The worst Friday
Consumerism and excess are attractive to the global elite for the same reasons they are attractive to Yale University, for the same reasons they are attractive to Black Friday shoppers. Consumption is driven by status, recognition and instant gratification.
GREENBERG: Don’t hate on the administration
Frankly, I sometimes think that those who don’t believe the Yale administration is responsive to undergraduates’ concerns attend a different university than I do. Off the top of my head, I can think of eight occasions in recent memory where students communicated concerns civilly and respectfully to administrators, who thereupon took substantial, and often prompt, action in response.
GREENBERG: Against politics as usual
Any congressional nominee could refuse to accept money from special interests; any politician could choose to disaffiliate from both parties; and any 25-year-old could begin a candidacy of his or her own.
GREENBERG: Improve academic advising
Yale’s faculty are willing to sit down and discuss our papers and problem sets. But we need to do a better job of talking about the big intellectual questions.