BLACKMON: Yale’s cruel no-loan lie
Access Yale’s mission — simply to stretch current financial aid policy over two more residential colleges — does nothing to help students who even now struggle to access a Yale education.
BLACKMON: The Pope I needed
Had I heard the “Habemus Papam” and watched Pope Francis lead Christianity in a new direction just a few years earlier, my life might have turned out differently.
BLACKMON: What’s a white person to do?
I give my thoughts here from the perspective of a white American who lives in an overwhelmingly white part of the South in the hopes that others in similar settings might find how I have proceeded helpful.
BLACKMON: ACA was worth two shellackings
Now, on the other side of the Republican wave, we progressives are forced to ask ourselves again: Was the President’s signature healthcare law worth two brutal election years for our party?
BLACKMON: We deserve more than Foley
Republican candidate Tom Foley, who is currently tied in the polls with Governor Dan Malloy, has refused to acknowledge the solid scientific evidence that human-induced climate change exists.
BLACKMON: Refuse to come out
When I saw several national organizations celebrate National Coming Out Day over the weekend, I couldn’t shake the feeling that we are going about it all wrong.
BLACKMON: Charity isn’t about you
The social craze around dumping ice water on one’s head has perverted the otherwise pure intention of charity into something unrecognizable: self-aggrandizement via others’ misfortune.
BLACKMON: Don’t index us to unaffordability
Regardless of whom you vote for in the runoff election for Yale College Council president, your candidate of choice supports the idea of indexing the student income contribution portion of Yale’s financial aid package to a consistent standard that would make future increases in the SIC predictable from year to year.
BLACKMON: The Flappy Bird Test
Rewiring the brain to consider your impact when evaluating your goals requires you to ask yourself the same question over and over again: Does this pass the Flappy Bird Test?