By Kyle | June 3, 2016
Faculty and grad students managed to quash an administrative appointment of a retired Army general — for being too pro-American. A column.
By Kyle | May 6, 2011
No more 5 am car trips to UCONN for Yale’s tiny contingent of ROTC cadets. Yale board approves restoration of ROTC unit to campus. Congrats.
By Kyle | December 29, 2009
Routine anti-Harvard taunt or thinly veiled anti-gay slur? Yale is throwing a hissy fit over the use of the word “sissies.” What about “wimp” and “wussy,” though? Let’s be proactive and ban those too.
By Kyle | October 1, 2009
Harmless fanboy tweeting or scary stalking? You make the call about what happened when Brown student Emma “Hermione” Watson went to Harvard to watch a football game. Certainly, if you happen to be a stalker, technology has down all your dirty work for you. On the other hand, do we really want to prevent kids from sending each other texts and tweets that deal with the locations of celebrities? When I was at Yale, I remember it was spectacularly uncool to take too much notice of the celebrities among us (who included Jennifer Beals, who was a year ahead of me, and, later, one of the girls from a then-popular TV sitcom called “Kate and Allie.”) I guess that’s changed.
By Kyle | August 21, 2009
Gilmore Girl emeritus Alexis Bledel in “Post Grad,” a mild comedy about starting out in life. My review is up.
By Kyle | July 27, 2009
By Kyle | July 20, 2009
For trying to enter his own home and being excessively
uppity er, “tumultuous.” I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this story: An acclaimed 58-year-old black academic says he was arrested solely because he is black.
UPDATE: The more details emerge, the more it becomes clear that Gates was arrested for yelling at police. Why do police have the right to arrest people for (perhaps justifiably) shouting? They claim he was “alarming” passersby. Can they produce these allegedly upset individuals? Too many cops think the badge is a right to push people around. This charge will obviously be tossed but in addition to that the police owe Gates an apology. There has to be some price to be paid by police for overzealousness.
UPDATE 2: Jonah Goldberg has a thoughtful post on conservative reaction to Skip Gates’ arrest–says it’s evenly divided. (7:52 am on July 21.) Like Goldberg, I’m inclined to give cops wide deference to exercise their judgment. But “wide” and “unlimited” are not the same thing. I see no reason in this case to believe the cops acted reasonably. When they far overstep their authority, they need to be corrected.
UPDATE 3: Charges dropped! Non-apology apology issued by CPD. Not good enough! Of course this incident reflects badly on the Cambridge Ceystone Cops.
By Kyle | April 10, 2009
Hee, hee. Arizona State University rejected the president for its honors list, ruling that it can only award someone for “an achievement of eminence.” Being more popular than members of a party that was in power during an economic meltdown? Not actually that much of an achievement. (Via Instapundit.)
By Kyle | December 16, 2008
So says this writer, at Culture11.com. I know how you feel, pal.
By Kyle | April 27, 2008
A woman at Yale claims she has repeatedly inseminated herself and aborted the results for the purpose of creating an art project that will make us all question our heteronormative values. Yale says she’s lying. Does it matter who is telling the truth, though? More in my Sunday column.