Sunday, January 30, 2011

* Yale Political Union's First Colloquium

YPU Colloquium on Kent State

Honoring Sterling Library's creation 


The Kent State Collection 

in its

Manuscripts and Archives Division

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011


Yale's Soft-spoken Iconoclast

Here's a rather  radical statement from a Yale theologian:

 " . . . All that has been said of the reasonableness and truth of Christianity is demonstrably valid, whether we have any Christology or not, and whatever we may or may not believe about the historical Jesus.  It would still be valid if it should turn out that Jesus was essentially different from what has been commonly believed, or even that he was not truly historical at all . . . it is the systematic thinker's task to lead faith to a sure foundation, independent of the uncertainties of historical investigation."

Douglas Clyde Macintosh
The Reasonableness of Christianity

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

* My Pet Peeve : Podium vs. Lectern

" . . .   arose and, gripping the sides of the podium   . . ."

This incorrect usage from Mr. Moretti's Yale Daily News article (link below) is my pet peeve. Senators, Presidents, Clergy even Scholars use"podium" when they mean "lectern".

A podium is a raised platform on which a person stands (pod = foot). If the person in your article was "gripping the sides of the podium" he would be on his KNEES.

A LECTERN is a raised device behind which one delivers a speech or lecture and upon which one places the notes for that speech, or simply "grips" its sides.

Even the renowned author and prodigious scholar, Stacy Schiff, uses this word incorrectly. On page 177 of her charming biography Vera {Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov} she states: "Nabokov and his assistant [Vera] both felt he should be on the syllabus and not behind the podium, a sense that set them apart from the Cornell colleagues".

Since English is fluid, I predict that "podium" will transmogrify itself over the next fifty years (we are currently watching the process before our very eyes), and Presidents, Senators and Scientists will deliver speeches from behind the podium, only they won't be on their knees.

Note :
When I Googled
"podium" under "Images" only images of lecterns came up, not a single podium. The transmogrification has already OCCURRED on Google!

Posted by The Anti-Yale on January 25, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.

By Marcus Moretti
Guest Columnist
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Marcus Moretti is a sophomore in Berkeley College.


Monday, January 24, 2011

* Suck It Up

Simon Chaffetz is a junior in Morse College and coordinates business development for the News.


    This  teetotalers workgroup article [by Mr. Chaffetz, link above] would be amusing if my father's mother hadn't been hit and run and killed by a drunk driver in East Haven at age 49; if my cousin's 16 year old son the same in Gathersberg, MD; and my 38-year-old house-mate (the mother of four) hit head-on in and killed in Bethel, VT by a 19-year-old drunk driver, also killed, who was the son of a colleague.
    I wouldn't advocate a ban on drinking; I would advocate a ban on drinking and DRIVING.
    Breatholator ignitions please.

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    * 20 to 30 BELOW ZERO predicted in Vermont

    NOTE: Two days later, January 24, Monday,  it is MINUS 28 degrees at Lebanon Airport, which I can see from my livingroom.  (My 5-year-old car did not even turn over this morning; my 27-year old car started right up!!) PK

    "It's so cold outside that the dogs are sticking to the sidewalks."

    The Skin of Our Teeth

    Thornton Wilder

    * "Nobody wants to talk about the problem" IS THE PROBLEM



    Mental Illness

    Thursday, January 20, 2011


    Kent. 1970
    Los Angeles, 1968
    Atlanta, 1968
    Dallas, 1963


    It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood.

    (III,iv,123) Macbeth . 

    Military suicides 2010 
    The Washington Post reports:

    Last year, 301 active-duty, reserve and National Guard soldiers committed suicide, compared to 242 in 2009, senior Army officials said.
    The overall increase comes despite a massive effort on the part of the Army's senior leaders to hire hundreds of mental health and substance abuse counselors and a major push to reduce the stigma among soldiers of seeking mental health care. Most of those efforts have been focused on the Army's active-duty force, which did see a small drop in the number of suicides, from 162 in 2009 to 156 last year.

    According to Piero Scaruffi
    160 million  people were killed in wars and genocides in the 20th century. That is 16 million a decade or 1.6 million a year.

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    * Zuckerberg Bowl? Facebook Field?

    Today's elegant article in the Yale Daily News (link above) by Riley Scripps Ford has achieved what no amount of badgering from Yale posters has succeeded in doing over the last two and a half years: rendered my posting persona redundant. 

    Exeunt , Stage Left.



    This is a brilliant article: It might be called the Gatsby-ization of Old Money. Some day soon the Yale Bowl will become the Zuckerberg Bowl---or Facebook Field: Mark my words.
    I intend to link this article to The-Anti-Yale for it introduces the era which produced my zeal
    Why would Yale name its field after a Harvard dropout?
    Dollars, many.
    Brain cells, few.
    RexMottram08, I'm going to assume you're talking about our esteemed fellow commentator, and I'm going to officially declare this the first time I have EVER agreed with you.
    Why would facebook buy naming rights to the Yale Bowl instead of New Meadowlands?
    I expect a pithy response by next post.
    Yale12.... careful.... agreeing with conservatives is dangerous :-)
    RT: Why?
    For the same reason that Jay Gatz thought he could buy access to the world of Daisy Buchanon with his garish mansion on West Egg and his lavish parties, only THIS time New Money CAN buy access to the world of Old Money.
    It may not be Yale Bowl but it will be symbolically the same gesture as Hearst's creation of San Simeone, Jackson's of Neverland and (five blocks from Yale) Frederick Foster Brewster's of Edgerton: the longing of the nouveau riche for a pedigree, and their futile architectural attempts to manufacture one. Hyannis Port, Martha's Vineyard, the Dakota Apartments, anyone?


    "Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men" (Fitzgerald, p. 6).