STERN: Having a heart about illegal immigration

November 29, 2011 • 31
Remember Rick Perry? That tough-talking, gun-slinging, boot-wearing, job-creating machine from the Lone Star State? It turns out things haven’t been going too well for him. First he mumbled his way through the GOP debates, managing to sound loopier than even Michele “The MMR Vaccine Causes Autism” Bachmann. Then there were revelations about his unfortunately named »

STERN: The unnoticed Cain

November 3, 2011 • 12
As you walk into Yorkside Pizza, look to your right. On the wall, a little above eye level, you will see a framed magazine cover — the August 1998 edition of “Pizza Today,” which praises Yorkside. It’s been hanging there for over 10 years. On the cover of the magazine is a glossy picture of »

STERN: A spooky Parents’ Weekend

October 31, 2011 • 7
On a sunny and brisk Friday afternoon, Yale was invaded. The invaders came like marauding bandits, swarming in from all sides, armed to the teeth with cell phone cameras and winter clothing from home. I am speaking, of course, about our parents. First things first: It was great to see them. As a freshman, I’ve »

STERN: Occupying our place in the protests

October 25, 2011 • 22
It’s still a little surprising to me how close Yale is to New York City. I’m from Pittsburgh, which — while not on the other side of the country or anything — is prohibitively far from the Big Apple. On Saturday, I took advantage of New York’s proximity for the first time. For one glorious »

STERN: The Buckley fetish

October 18, 2011 • 45
We have a habit of canonizing the dead. Michael Jackson went from alleged pedophile to tragic god of pop music. Ted Kennedy went from heartless, manslaughter-committing politician to storied liberal lion. William F. Buckley is utterly idolized — across the country and particularly at Yale. Yale students across the board respect and admire Buckley for »

STERN: We need more aid for AIDS

October 4, 2011 • 5
Last week, while reading for “Media and Medicine in Modern America” (which I highly recommend), I came across something shocking. I read that Arthur Ashe, a tennis star and AIDS activist, died on Feb. 7, 1993. Why did this shock me, you may ask? Because I was born four days later, on Feb. 11, 1993. »

STERN: A forgotten anniversary

September 28, 2011 • 6
This September marked two important anniversaries. You probably heard about one of them, but I would be willing to bet that you did not hear much about the other. The first of these was the 10th anniversary of the tragic attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The second was the 15th anniversary of the adoption and »

STERN: For a national DREAM Act

September 19, 2011 • 26
Meet Teresa Serrano. From 2006 to 2010, Serrano appeared to be a typical Yale student — she studied history and anthropology, spent much of her time volunteering for local non-profits, and, all in all, enjoyed a fairly normal Yale experience. But since her graduation in 2010, Serrano has spent her days pulling long shifts at »

STERN: Get Bolton in the race

September 15, 2011 • 5
Unless you are following the Republican presidential primary closely — very closely — you may not remember John Bolton. That’s all right; he’s not a major player. I certainly had never heard of him until a few weeks ago. But John Bolton, it turns out, may be worth discussing. The field of GOP candidates is »

STERN: New colleges, fresh names

September 8, 2011 • 70
Four reverends, two ministers, two politicians, an inventor, a professor and a preacher walk into a bar. All are white, Christian men. Does this bar look a little stodgy and exclusive? Well, on the door there is a sign that reads, “No shirt, no shoes, no WASPish white antecedents, no service.” These 11 men represent »

STERN: Controlling our shopping urges

September 1, 2011 • 0
I used to think my parents were pretty thrifty people. I grew up wearing my cousins’ hand-me-downs and learning about the value of coupons. My parents always instilled in me the importance of saving my allowance. My dad is known to drive miles out of his way to save a few cents per gallon on »