Enough with Knee-Jerk Evaluations of History

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If you ask someone for his favorite president, odds are he’ll tell you Lincoln or FDR. These are reasonable answer of course. But American history is interesting and complicated, and we should make an effort to look beyond the obvious.

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Yale Decries Term “Freshman” As Offensive

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“Every year I get a call from Yale asking why I haven’t donated recently. It’s good to have fresh answers every time.”

Maybe she can next demand that students living off-campus no longer refer to the owners of the apartments they rent as “landlords” because the word “lord” has connotations of feudal Europe where there was something less than perfect social equality.

Changing names has never been more in vogue. Protesters have demanded universities rename buildings whose namesakes have fallen out of favor. Last year, Yale ordered students to no longer use the centuries-old term “master” because it could be considered offensive to black students.

Now, at Yale, one academic dean, Camille Lizarríbar, has made it her crusade to eliminate the term “freshman.” She wants the term replaced with “first-year” because the term “freshman” carries connotations of discrimination against women. Although the term “freshman” has been in existence since the 1590’s, Ms. Lizarríbar has decided that the name needs to be changed urgently, before the start of the next academic year.

Zainab Hamid, writing for the Yale Daily News on March 8, quoted Dean of Yale College Jonathan Holloway, who admitted that abolishing the term “freshman” was not the first issue on his daily to-do list: “I will confess it’s not something I spent a lot of time thinking about…it just wasn’t part of my daily routine [of] thinking about what things need to be taken care of.” Read more

Show Some Gratitude, Yale

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I remember being a little aghast at seeing one student refer flippantly to the endower of her named scholarship as a ‘rich white guy’ only concerned with his ‘rich white name.’

At times, the voice that alumni will hear is one of disdain for donors—that money is somehow a bad thing.

Why give millions of dollars just to be met with scorn and ingratitude from the very people who benefit most from this generosity?

Outside of the Schwarzman Center at Yale University, students have taped posters to signposts bemoaning the fact that the prominent Yale donor and CEO of the Blackstone Group has taken an advisory role in the Trump administration. Mr. Schwarzman provided the second-largest donation in the university’s history in 2015.

The vitriol on the part of Yale students towards several donors, whose business practices or political philosophies, they object to is now being met with finger-wagging from the university’s administration. Vice President for Alumni Affairs at Development Joan O’Neill cautioned students against being ungrateful to donors or, even worse, actively condemning them: “At times, the voice that alumni will hear is one of disdain for donors—that money is somehow a bad thing—rather than the fact that our alumni have felt that their Yale experience was so important that they wanted to give back, to pay it forward, to repay the opportunity that they had.”

Today, Luke Ciancarelli at The Yale Daily News quoted Yale senior Bernard Stanford who described “a severe gratitude deficit” in the Yale student body in how they view donors. Mr. Stanford continued: “I remember being a little aghast at seeing one student refer flippantly to the endower of her named scholarship as a ‘rich white guy’ only concerned with his ‘rich white name.'”

These donors worked hard for their money and could have spent it on vacation homes and boats, but, instead, they chose to be generous to Yale and its students. Unfortunately, this lack of gratitude displayed by students will only serve as a deterrent for future donors. Why give millions of dollars just to be met with scorn and ingratitude from the very people who benefit most from this generosity?

Show some gratitude, Yalies.

 

 

At U. of Wyoming, straight women aren’t allowed to support LGBTQ rights

Who knew that these student groups advocating for diversity and inclusion can be so exclusive?

On March 1st, students at the University of Wyoming organized a rally in support of transsexual rights in an effort to be “allies for the trans community.”

However, the LGBTQ group, of all people, refused to participate.

The group cited as the reason for the boycott that the event had been organized by straight women rather than members of the LGBTQ community: “You sympathize with their struggles but at the end of the day you are a straight female, and that holds privilege within society today.”

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