STERN: End legacy now

November 2, 2012 • 19
At the end of this academic year, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel will return to the classroom. Brenzel’s tenure has been marked by a number of successes, including an effort to yield more applicants interested in science and engineering and more effective international recruitment. But as we usher in a new face to guide »

STERN: A problematic political trend

October 29, 2012 • 9
I was forewarned. Before I arrived at Yale as a freshman, many members of my family warned me. Yale would be too liberal, they cautioned. Especially on the issue of Israel, Yale was a veritable bastion of leftism. What I have actually found at Yale is more troubling than the hardcore liberalism my family warned »

STERN: Hillary for president

October 11, 2012 • 40
I was an unlikely supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2008 election. She was neither the voice of change nor the inspirational candidate. Instead, she was the manifestation of the establishment. I was way further to the political left than Hillary, and there was a slightly more liberal alternative in the race. Why didn’t I »

STERN: Rethinking the Ivy style

September 28, 2012 • 6
Before I came to Yale, I didn’t know that outfits of bright green shorts, pastel-colored collared shirts and boat shoes were all that common. I was not accustomed to brand-name clothing that was kelly green, periwinkle blue or pale pink (sorry — salmon). Before I came to Yale, my exposure to preppy clothing had been »

STERN: The face in the president’s office

September 14, 2012 • 19
For the majority of its existence, Yale did not count most minorities — or women, for that matter — among its students. Yale’s name was practically synonymous with lily-white, WASPish, moneyed roots. But we are now living in the 21st century. It is time to show the world — and prospective applicants — that Yale »

STERN: Come on, Irene

August 31, 2012 • 18
As Hurricane Isaac blows its (his?) way through the Gulf Coast, the pundits have been whipped into their own storm of epic proportions, pontificating about the environmental and political impacts of the rain. Yet I urge Yalies to resist this speculation for the moment and to try to think back nearly one year to the »

STERN: The grammarian’s manifesto

April 20, 2012 • 527
This column is going to be about grammar. Don’t get too excited, now. Today I will discuss a national emergency — the complete deterioration of our ability to write well. Even at Yale I have experienced disdain for my love of grammar. When I told people of my interest in the freshman seminar “Grammatical Diversity »

STERN: Occupying our conversations

April 6, 2012 • 18
The Occupy New Haven encampment has been having a hard time. Reports of infighting and crime on the Green coincide with city efforts to dismantle the site completely. On Monday, city workers took down the wooden barricades surrounding Occupy, calling them a fire hazard. Not to worry, though: Quinnipiac to the rescue! Not the school, »

STERN: Watching the watchers

March 23, 2012 • 3
On September 25, 2010, Luis Luna was arrested. His crime? Filming a police officer. Yes, when Luna used his iPhone to record several arrests being made on Crown Street by then-NHPD Assistant Chief Ariel Melendez, his phone was confiscated and he was placed under arrest. Melendez ordered another officer to erase the video on Luna’s »

STERN: For another prefrosh weekend

February 24, 2012 • 34
Last weekend, Yale had more visitors than usual. Slightly confused-looking kids wandered around in herds, mostly staying close to Science Hill but occasionally straying into the heart of campus. They were here for Yale Engineering and Science Weekend (YES-W). The goal of YES-W is to impress prospective students by playing up Yale’s resources in science »

STERN: Lift the Cuba embargo

February 10, 2012 • 6
When you own a cow in Cuba, you can drink its milk, but you may not slaughter it, said Patricia Alejandro ’12, who was born in Cuba and is a member of Yale’s Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association. When they wanted to buy beef, Alejandro’s family had to pay 40 or 50 convertible units — »

STERN: Needle exchanges work

January 27, 2012 • 2937
For six and a half years, Margaret Lippitt, a student in the Yale Graduate School of Public Health, worked for an organization with a slightly jarring name: Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive. HIPS provides services including disease testing and support groups to prostitutes, intravenous drug users and other at-risk individuals. One of HIPS’s many services is »