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 »

STERN: Ron Paul’s America

January 13, 2012 • 45
Fewer than 45 minutes after Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987, Senator Ted Kennedy stormed onto the floor of the Senate and gave one of the more passionate speeches of his career. Kennedy’s speech, forever known as “Robert Bork’s America,” discussed an America in which Robert Bork was a Supreme Court »

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 »