Tag Archive: In the News

  1. Yale-NUS, in the international media

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    While professors have been preparing for a debate on Yale-NUS at today’s faculty meeting, controversy surrounding the Singaporean liberal arts college has begun to pop up in a number of media outlets.

    In a Bloomberg News op-ed published Tuesday, Clare Malone discusses the challenges involved in introducing a liberal arts education to a place unaccustomed to “the standards of Jeffersonian democracy.” Malone, who worked in student development at the Qatar campus of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Services, writes that United States colleges looking abroad should aim to promote critical thinking but should not expect to make progress “without some ugliness and struggle.”

    Koh Choon Hwee, a student at the National University of Singapore, took a different approach to the discussion by turning the debate on Yale-NUS around 180 degrees. In a March 26 piece in the Kent Ridge Common, the columnist suggests the question should not be be whether Yale needs the National University of Singapore, but whether the National University of Singapore needs Yale. She takes a shot at the “simplistic, stock authoritarian-Asian regime stereotypes” critics of Yale-NUS have employed in their arguments against the project.

    “It is hard to believe that tenured Yale professors would accept such superficial analyses of a whole political system, nation,” the article states. “Articles like theirs do nothing to promote intercultural communication and mutual understanding.”

    And in a New York Times article published today, Tamar Lewin takes her own look at faculty dissent on campus in New Haven, calling it “a whiff of a Yale Spring.”

  2. Muslim students to launch calling campaign

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    Yale’s Muslim Student Association is launching a “calling campaign” to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office tomorrow in response to recent reports that the New York Police Department kept watch of Muslim students at Yale.

    The campaign urges supporters to call Mayor Bloomberg’s office tomorrow at any time from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    “Hundreds of calls regarding the same message are hard to ignore, and are infinitely more powerful than an email,” according to the group’s official release about the campaign.

    The Yale MSA has written a script for its callers to use when contacting Mayor Bloomberg’s office. It’s reprinted below:

    Hi, I’d like to leave a comment for Mayor Bloomberg. Would it be possible for you to forward my thoughts to his office?

    [Wait for the operator to agree, then give the following statement:]

    My name is , and I am a concerned student/citizen from __ (insert town or university here).

    I am calling to express my sincere disappointment regarding Mayor Bloomberg’s support of the recent NYPD surveillances of Muslim Student Associations without probable cause in a complete reversible of his commitment to religious freedom.

    I call on him to issue a formal apology to affected communities, and to assure that religious profiling by the NYPD, on any level, ceases immediately.

    Thank you for your time.

    [Thank the operator and end the call.]

  3. Times article features Yale prefrosh at Stuyvesant

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    Rudi-Ann Miller may just be like any other prefrosh admitted to Yale’s class of 2016. But at Stuyvesant High School, she doesn’t even have to try to stand out.

    According to an article published in the New York Times on Saturday, Miller is one of just 40 black students currently enrolled at the Lower Manhattan high school. At Stuyvesant, 1.2 percent of 3,295 students are black, while 72.5 percent are Asian.

    To gain admission, Miller scored well above the cutoff for Stuyvesant, whose acceptance rate is well under those of Harvard or Yale. The racial discrepancy at Stuyvesant can be attributed to the admission system for New York City’s eight specialized high schools, the article shows.

    It also shows Miller staying up all night, two nights in a row, to get her work done — a skill that will no doubt come in handy when she arrives in New Haven next fall.

  4. Levin responds to monitoring of Muslim students

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    In a Monday night email to the Yale community, University President Richard Levin responded to reports that surfaced on Saturday that the New York Police Department monitored Muslim students at Yale and at least 14 colleges around the Northeast.

    Levin said the Yale Police Department did not participate in the NYPD’s surveillance, which included trawling the websites, forums and blogs of Muslim student associations at colleges including Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2007. He said the University was “entirely unaware” of NYPD activities until the Associated Press first reported the monitoring Saturday.

    “The Yale Muslim Students Association has been an important source of support for Yale students during a period when Muslims and Islam itself have too often been the target of thoughtless stereotyping, misplaced fear, and bigotry,” Levin wrote. “Now, in the wake of these disturbing news reports, I want to assure the members of the Yale Muslim Students Association that they can count on the full support of Yale University.”

    The NYPD recorded the names of students and professors involved in Muslim student associations and related events in reports prepared for New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, though none were charged with a crime. In a Nov. 22, 2006 NYPD secret document titled “Weekly MSA Report,” an NYPD officer reported that he visited the websites and forums of Muslim student associations at Yale, Columbia, Penn and eight other colleges and “did not find significant information.”

    In response to those activities, Levin stressed that police surveillance based on religion, national or “peacefully expressed political opinions” is “antithetical” to the values of Yale and the United States.

    The Associated Press documented NYPD undercover monitoring of Muslim student associations as recently as 2009, when police set up a safe house in New Brunswick, N.J., to follow the Muslim student group at Rutgers University.

  5. New Haven Indy brings backs reader comments

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    The New Haven Independent brought the comments back on Monday with a new policy for keeping the discussion civil.

    The online news outlet first cut off comments a few weeks ago, after less thought-provoking, and more libelous comments started to dominate the Independent’s comment boards, according to the article. With the return of the boards, patrons are now required to register a real name and email address with the website, though comments themselves can remain anonymous. Everyone also has to check a box promising they’d read the new rules for harmonious commenting. The new policy makes it the Independent’s main goal to publish those comments that provide valuable background to a piece, according to the article.

    “We are, at heart, idealists,” the article states. “We will be working to create an environment in which our readers can discuss our stories and disagree with each other with civility and respect.”

  6. Former Yale provost will step down as MIT president

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    Former Yale Provost Susan Hockfield announced today she will leave her position as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    During her seven years as president, Hockfield has helped maintain the university’s strong research activities through the depths of the recession, according to an MIT press release. But in a letter to the MIT community on Thursday, Hockfield said it’s time for a new president to take the reins of the university as it prepares to launch a significant new fundraising drive.

    “A campaign on this scale will require the full focus and sustained attention of the Institute’s president over many years,” Hockfield wrote. “I have concluded that it would be best for the Institute to begin this next chapter with new leadership.”

    Hockfield joined Yale’s faculty in 1985 as a professor of neuroscience. She later became the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences before serving as provost from 2003 to 2004. When Hockfield’s appointment as president of MIT was announced in August 2004, current Yale Provost Peter Salovey, who was Yale College Dean at the time, said he thought she would fill her new position “more perfectly” than any other candidate.

    After the MIT Corporation appoints her successor, Hockfield will stay at MIT as a member of the school’s faculty.

  7. Kristof pats New Haven on the back for school reform

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    According to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, valuable education reform is happening here and now in the New Haven.

    In a Thursday op-ed titled “The New Haven Experiment,” Kristof credits New Haven’s public school system for working with, rather than against, the teacher’s union in creating comprehensive school reform.

    “New Haven may be home to Yale University, but this is a gritty, low-income school district in which four out of five kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunches,” Kristof wrote. “Eighty-four percent of students are black or Hispanic, and graduation rates have been low.”

    Read the op-ed here.

  8. $tanford fundraising totals top Yale Tomorrow

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    Yale celebrated its $3.88 billion Yale Tomorrow campaign this September, turning the campus blue in recognition of a record-breaking campaign during one of the worst economic recessions in U.S. history.

    But Stanford University upstaged Yale Wednesday, announcing that the five-year Stanford Challenge campaign, which ended Dec. 31, 2011, had raised $6.2 billion. According to a press release from the university, 166,000 donors made 560,000 gifts to surpass Stanford’s original goal of $4.3 billion.

    “The response from the extended Stanford family was tremendous. This was a community joining together for something they believe in,” Stanford President John Hennessy said.

    Thanks to the money, the university will be able to endow 130 new professorships, build or renovate 38 buildings and pour $250 million into undergraduate financial aid.

  9. O’Reilly Factor takes critical look at Sex Week

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    Fox News offered a fair and balanced report on Sex Week 2012 in a Thursday segment on the O’Reilly Factor.

    Jesse Watters, a producer for Bill O’Reilly’s show, spun a few interviews of Yalies into an insightful look at Sex Week. His short segment features students — representing a broad cross section of the campus community — forced to justify the place of a controversial sex education program in an ever-changing world.

    In the segment, Watters struggles to understand college life at Yale. In an attempt to relate to one female student, an interview ends abruptly after the Fox producer and Trinity graduate claims, “When I was in college, every week was Sex Week.” The student appears visibly miffed and walks away.

    Unfortunately, most Yalies missed the Tuesday descent of O’Reilly’s gang to Yale’s campus. Next time, we’ll have to be sure we take a break from Yeats and do more to flatter the number one network in cable news.

  10. As clock ticks, New Haven split over Super Bowl

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    For New Haven, this Super Bowl Sunday is one of conflicted loyalties.

    New Haven has had a long history of Giants-Patriots rivalry because of its geographic location along the Connecticut coast, according to an article in the New York Times on Friday. Younger residents of the Elm City, who grew up in the Tom Brady era, tend to support the Patriots, while older fans seem to favor the Giants, according to the article.

    The Giants trained in nearby Fairfield, Conn. for much of the 1960s, and played in the Yale Bowl from 1973-1974, when Giants Stadium was under construction. During their two seasons at the Yale Bowl, the Giants went 1-11 at home.

    “It added to the sense that we were part of New York Giants territory,” said 55-year-old Richard Hanley, an associate professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University.

    Perhaps everyone can put aside their differences and embrace the unifying force of this Super Bowl: Madonna’s flyness.

  11. Yalie to coach Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI

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    Thirteen years after winning an Ivy League title, former Yale footballer Pat Graham ’01 is one game away from winning the biggest title of them all: the Super Bowl.

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    When Graham, the linebacker coach for the New England Patriots, takes the field Feb. 5, he will become the first Yale graduate to appear in the Super Bowl as a coach. The former Blue and White tight end and defensive lineman will face off against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

    After graduation, Graham spent two seasons at Wagner College as a graduate assistant while working toward an MBA degree. From 2004 to 2006, Graham served as the tight end and defensive line coach for the Richmond Spiders, who became the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Champions in 2005.

    In a 2010 interview with Yale Athletics, Graham said that his experience an Ivy League football player helped to prepare him for the competitive nature of the NFL.

    “[Yale] is a tough environment to go to school in, but it helps you to become a better person and a harder worker,” he said. “At the NFL level, no matter who you are, you are dealing with very competitive people who are trying to be the best at what they do. If you get thrown into this environment, and are not familiar with this attitude, it can be tough.”

    The Giants upset an 18–0 Patriots squad in Super Bowl XLII, beating the heavy favorite 17–14.