Rachel Bayefsky
Bayefsky: Weigh merit heavier than background

Despite key differences between Democrats and Republicans, at the national conventions, both sought to convey the same message: “I feel your pain.” To make that […]

Bayefsky: Play the silent game abroad

‘Harom,” said the woman behind a sandwich-shop counter, her hand already stretched out toward me. The rest of her sentence degenerated — for me — […]

In all Elis, an inner premed ambition

When you hear the term “premed,” what comes to your mind? That awkward, lanky student stumbling out of the library past whooping revelers at 2 […]

Expertise, not politics, qualifies Blair for Yale job

An article published in the News last Friday (“Despite politics, Elis recognize Blair’s expertise,” 3/28) cited the following extraordinary reaction of students and professors to […]

Female genital mutilation: A gruesome torture

Every year, three million girls and women undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). It is torture, and yet it is tolerated and excused in many places […]

Power of words dissolves with overuse, misuse

In 1946 George Orwell wrote an essay called “Politics and the English Language,” asserting that modern language had lost the value of clear, honest expression. […]

Finding substance beneath our rallying cry

Imagine: A guest speaker comes to class or a special event. She warms up the crowd with an unusual joke: “So, I received my undergraduate […]

For candidates, policy must outweigh personality

We’ve all heard a great deal about the 2008 presidential candidates over the course of this long, grueling campaign season. We’ve watched the pundits break […]

The only way to Truth: questioning authority

You log on to classesV2 and click on the “Resources” tab with expectation. Your eyes pass over essays past: Paper Topics No. 1 and 2 […]

Language is power, both aesthetic and ideological

In an article last Friday, the News reported that the number of students studying Arabic has grown in recent years, apparently due to a heightened […]

Kind words will not quell thriving anti-Americanism

Many claim that the United States has very few friends in the world today. But of course! you might exclaim. There is a reason for […]