Race and Empathy at Yale: A Balanced Perspective

The discourse surrounding race on this campus is emotionally charged, to say the least. The issue itself concerns the treatment of students of color: in public and online forums, students have offered their experiences of feeling unwelcome at their own university. The stories range from having college gates shut in their face, to being denied entrance to frats, to having the police called on them. In one case, a campus policeman drew a firearm on an innocent student whom he mistook for a theft suspect.

The Lady Doth Protest Too Little

If anything were to define this year at Yale, it would be protest culture. Students have been shouting, stomping, obstructing, and signing for many reasons this semester, beginning with the infamous Christakis email. The path in front of Sterling Memorial Library has been converted into an art gallery and Peter Salovey was roused from his restful sleep to receive a list of demands from students who could simply not wait until morning. The common denominators of these protest seem to be the same: they are organized by the campus left, demand nebulous change to the “racial climate” and “sexual culture” of Yale’s campus, and fade out almost as quickly as they begin.

YDN Abets Bass Grant Revisionism

One year after Lee Bass requested the return of his $20 million gift for a program in Western civilization, a pair of articles in the Yale Daily News suggest that the wrong history has been inherited from the episode. In its recent two-part retrospective, the paper does not even review its own previously reported nagging questions. Instead, the articles rehash the events in a light so favorable to the administration that they could have been written by the Office of Public Affairs.

Slouching Toward the Right

Polling the Yale student body is no easy task; ask students to define themselves and they will defy the very notion of a definition. When the YFP attempted a survey of students’ political views, an update of a previous survey conducted in 1986, some of our respondents explicitly denied the premise of a survey. One male spoke for them all: ‘sorry no labels for me.’ 

Welcoming Freshmen to the Global Village

Brodhead: Rewriting the Odyssey 
Adam Hochschild
Odysseus, the great traveler skilled in all ways of contending, stands before us just as Dean Richard Brodhead does not. Dean Brodhead cited the ‘resourcefulness’ exemplified by Odysseus as an important virtue to cultivate during one’s four years at Yale College. The Odyssey is a remarkable story of homecoming, the story of a man crafting a journey back to his land, his family and his people. But Dean Brodhead’s Yale is the prosaic story of thousands of young

The Greatness of the Yale Political Union

Before you breezily pass over this article for the greener pastures of the latest pornography in Rumpus, I want you to know one thing: This is not another article about the dissolution of the Yale Political Union. Rather, it is a story about its heroism.
Defenders of the honor of this institution are today few and far between. Why is this? Why have Union members remained silent as their critics rejoice and pour forth sacred oils upon what they believe to be the dead body of the Yale Political Union?

U.S. vs. the Flower Lady

When students returned to Yale this fall, they were met by renovations in Saybrook, the Broadway Redevelopment Project, and ‘welcome back’ greetings from Annette Walton, ‘The Flower Lady’. However, the Yale University Police felt that the latter two developments could not and should not co-exist. Seemingly bothered by the image of a homeless woman selling flowers in the wake of a massive rebuilding plan to make New Haven safe for yuppies, they decided to arrest Walton on charges of disorderly conduct. 
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