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.
SCHNACKENBERG: Not all finance is banking
The socially beneficial work of the innovative companies of our era — such as Apple, Facebook, GE, Merck and Pfizer — would be impossible without investment managers directing money into these companies.
CAYWOOD: It’s okay to leave
It is okay for us to admit that Yale is not healthy for everyone. In fact, it is our responsibility to understand that for some of our peers, with whom we share lunch tables, classes and a home, this environment feels destructive, not constructive.
STEINBERG: Divided and conquered
You don’t need a degree in urban design to realize that the Oak Street Connector did more to disconnect local communities than to reunite them. But LiveWorkLearnPlay’s vision is not a fitting correction for this problem.
GREWAL: Yale’s diversity problem
As chair of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, I was often one of few women or even the only woman of color in the room during meetings of Faculty of Arts and Sciences department chairs.