CIENFUEGOS: I wish I’d been surprised
The simple fact is that these men’s respective racial identities determined the course of events, and to think otherwise is to be blind to America’s race problem.
GOLDENBERG: Reforming the game
Yale is ideally positioned to pioneer radical change in the sport. This is a campus that could embrace a serious discussion about whether an institution of higher learning like ours should be sanctioning an activity that is putting students’ future mental health in jeopardy.
BIGGS: The recommendation blues
Last year, when asked by a Yale senior majoring in English to recommend her for work after graduation with a notable public service organization, I was happy to oblige – until I opened the online recommendation form that required me to answer every question about her numerically.
EZE: Tragedy of the Commons
In addition to fostering social ties, dining halls serve another important function for campus life: They are a space for intellectual conversation and debate.
MEI: Empathy takes more time
It is difficult to reduce someone’s experience to a single group discussion. We are the products of years of conversation and silence, love and sorrow, migration and home.
WOLF-SOROKIN: Sowing the seeds for change
Unlike a TV ad, which loses relevance the day after the votes are cast, grassroots organizing builds the foundation for future political movements. As young people, college-aged Americans are most often the boots on the ground.
SULLIVAN: Broadening cultural horizons
Teaching students a foreign language and showing them different cultures are both worthwhile objectives for a university to pursue. The problem is that I don’t think the current requirements achieve either.
TIRUMALA: College apps all over again
Let’s step back for a moment. These are college clubs — not fancy fellowships, not jobs and in most cases, not even organizations that realistically require specialized knowledge.
GOLDBERG: The price of insensitivity
The businesses brought into a neighborhood define its color and character. Walking down Broadway and Chapel, are we passing stores that attract our interests and accommodate our needs, or ones that feel out-of-touch, overpriced?
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.
ACKERMAN: New colleges, new opportunities
With the opening of two new residential colleges, Yale will undergo its largest transformation in decades; it is this transformation that we, students and stewards of our university, must embrace and shape.