LETTERS: 4.4.12

April 4, 2012 • 1
Gays still persecuted in Singapore I am glad that Austin Shiner, as an admissions officer of Yale-NUS and a new public face of that emerging institution, is so gay-friendly (“Gay night in Singapore,” April 2). It is also nice to see him concede the value of civil liberties. Such a stance cannot be taken for »

LETTERS: 4.2.12

April 2, 2012 • 3
Milton abhorred censorship NUS professor Rajeev Patke, a part of the team of academics planning the curriculum and hiring the new faculty for Yale-NUS, defended Singapore’s practice of censorship as an instance of “how a nation wishes to protect its citizens” (“More than banned books,” March 30). Books by Salman Rushdie and the Marquis de »

LETTERS: 3.29.12

March 29, 2012 • 55
School before sports America has betrayed the life of the mind by encouraging almost all of its great universities to take part in a kind of huge semi-pro league, especially in football, basketball and hockey. Big-ticket athletic programs, even with their huge stadiums filled with fans, do more damage than good to the universities’ educational »

LETTERS: 3.27.12

March 27, 2012 • 13
Yale’s child in Singapore Michael Fischer’s description (“Yale-NUS is not Yale,” March 23) of the relationship between Yale and Yale-NUS College is largely accurate. I believe the name “Yale-NUS College” appropriately signals that relationship. Yale-NUS College is a child with two parents. As such, it is quite different from any branch campus. It is still »

LETTERS: 3.23.12

March 23, 2012 • 0
Suspicious of Singapore In their defense of President Richard Levin’s great Singapore folly, professors Charles Bailyn, Deborah Davis and Pericles Lewis (“Rethinking Liberal Arts Education,” Feb. 29), none of whom has ever drawn a paycheck in Southeast Asia, let alone actually run anything in this part of the world, peep, “We recognize that Singapore has »

LETTERS: 3.22.12

March 22, 2012 • 2
The right to read freely It is troubling that a Sterling professor of French, R. Howard Bloch (“Why I like Yale-NUS,” March 19) would endorse Yale’s expansion into a country where students could not read, among other authors, the Marquis de Sade, whose works are banned in Singapore. Yes, a liberal arts education may help »

LETTERS: 3.21.12

March 21, 2012 • 7
Opposing Yale-NUS Our colleague Howard Bloch (“Why I like Yale-NUS,” March 19) invites us to ask what the government of Singapore “was thinking when it invited Yale to establish within its borders a liberal arts college.” We have to ask ourselves in turn: How did we get here, to a place where we are required »

LETTERS: 3.2.12

March 2, 2012 • 1
The health of Yale science I am sorry to read that Lily Twining (“Unhealthy Competition,” March 1) has witnessed personal differences among her faculty advisers in the natural sciences at Yale. She insinuates that this amount of personal discord extends to most Yale natural science faculty and that the tenure system is largely to blame »

LETTERS: 2.21.12

February 21, 2012 • 0
Debate, don’t demonize, the NYPD Reading about the New York Police Department’s monitoring of Muslim students’ associations, I find it highly unfortunate that the NYPD found itself in a position where it felt the need to monitor the activities of student groups. However, the reaction here at Yale represents a disturbing misunderstanding of the situation. »

LETTER: 2.10.12

February 10, 2012 • 1054
Putting the pressure on Iran During her visit Monday, Christiane Amanpour spent a good deal of time discussing Iran and advocating a stronger, more committed policy of engagement toward Iran, specifically something greater than the Obama administration has tried. This issue was lightly touched upon in the News (“Journalist asks for U.S. foreign policy change,” »

LETTERS: 2.9.12

February 9, 2012 • 5
Don’t let up on politicians No disrespect to either Jack Schlossberg (“Rally Behind the President,” Feb. 6) or President Reagan, but Schlossberg’s suggestion that Democrats adopt Reagan’s golden rule — the idea that one should not criticize a politician simply because of the letter beside their name — is absurd. If there is a legitimate »

LETTERS: 2.2.12

February 2, 2012 • 782
A better use for federal funds In his article (“Needle Exchanges Work,” Jan. 26), Scott Stern argues that federal funding for needle exchange programs should be reinstated. The proof that clean needle exchange programs reduce the transmission of diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C among intravenous drug users is clear, but I question the »