Prizewinner. Among Monday’s Pulitzer Prize winners was Elizabeth Kolbert ’83, who took home this year’s award for General Nonfiction with her book, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” A staff writer for The New Yorker, Kolbert has established herself as an authority on environmental issues.
Much respect. We’d be remiss not to write about the other prizewinners. The Post and Courier, for example, received the Pulitzer for Public Service for “Till Death Do Us Part,” an in-depth series on domestic abuse in South Carolina.
Who needs a prize? The Blackstone Group apparently already knows that it’s a big deal. A feature posted by ValueWalk.com on Monday made a careful point to highlight a quote by Stephen Schwarzman ’69 noting that “it’s six times harder to get a job as an analyst at Blackstone than to get into Harvard, Yale or Stanford.” One can only imagine how hard it was for Schwarzman to become the firm’s CEO.
One global guy. There is perhaps no better way to describe Fareed Zakaria ’86, the featured speaker at today’s School of Management event to celebrate the third anniversary of the Global Network for Advanced Management’s creation. Any guesses as to which major Zakaria — whose credentials include hosting CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” — would choose, were he to do Yale over again?
He does it all. Not to say that Zakaria is a one-trick pony: An article on the Huffington Post’s blog yesterday spoke in support of the Yalie’s most recent book, “In Defense of a Liberal Education,” taking a second to appreciate the ability to, very simply, read, think and write well. Pay attention, all you prefrosh choosing between Yale and Wharton.
Grand Old Prescott. Florida Senator and now-official 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio will be the keynote speaker for the Prescott Bush 1917 Awards Dinner in Stamford, Conn., on June 4. Remember that, between three generations of Bushes and figures like William F. Buckley, Jr. ’50, Yale does actually have quite the conservative legacy. And the Republicans on campus won’t let you forget it.
All in the grip. Yesterday, YaleNews profiled a campus study on the importance of an advantage held by primates and humans: hand dexterity. Thank nature by making sure you have a firm handshake.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1926 Polls conducted by the News to take the campus pulse on prohibition laws reveal a roughly three-to-one majority of people who believe that the federal ban on liquor has not reduced drinking at Yale.