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And Then There Was Swag

November 6, 2016 1:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Student Life gave undergraduates complimentary swag as they returned from a long holiday break. As Assistant Director of Student Life Linda Stone put it, “The Student Life professionals looked forward to welcoming students back with an upbeat, inspiring event to enhance the YU school spirit and pride in our campus community.” There’s no doubt that it was successful as the throng of students that waited to receive their swag wrapped around the entire Heights Lounge. As of press time, 1,400... Read more

The Heights Are Alive With The Sound Of Inequality

May 9, 2016 7:46 pm Published by 1 Comment

As a leading Modern Orthodox institution, Yeshiva University largely sets the tone for how Modern Orthodoxy is reflected in the world. For both Jews and non-Jews, each statement and every act committed by YU is under intense scrutiny and is often taken as reflective of the stance of the entire Jewish people. So when the model for the Jewish nation displays unfairness towards women and apathy for the arts, it’s concerning. It’s easy to write certain things off with classic... Read more

The Wisdom of the Elders, or Goodbye to All That

May 9, 2016 7:43 pm Published by 3 Comments

A distinct sense of sadness pervades me as I write these words, as I reflect on the fact that this will most likely be the last article I contribute to this newspaper. Actually, this past week was filled with last times and endings for me. My last class with a certain professor, unfortunately. My last class of a certain core, very, very fortunately. My last caf card dollar, a bit premature, honestly. My last attempt at using YU printing (no... Read more

Let’s Define Our Terms: Are We Really Yeshivish?

May 9, 2016 7:42 pm Published by 2 Comments

I don’t seek in this article to argue whether one should or shouldn’t be pro yeshiva-style events. I seek to define terms. Only once we define our terms can we decide what we are and aren’t for. Over the past month or so, time and time again, YP students in YU who generally are more into a “yeshiva style atmosphere” have been defined as “yeshivish.” No doubt, some students in YU are yeshivish. However the conversations which led to these descriptions... Read more

A Student’s Gripes On The Arts in YU

May 9, 2016 7:39 pm Published by 2 Comments

In choosing a college, I set my sights on YU, a place where I was destined to be Orthodox yet appreciative of secular studies. While my high school was not a place of literary excellence and development, I was sure YU would be. A year and a half into college, the time had come for me to throw all caution into the wind and venture into the abyss of predicted failure as an English major. I knew almost immediately that... Read more

A Note on Organic Interactions

May 9, 2016 7:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Every time I go, I promise I will never go again. But this time is different. I tell a friend the same thing. I tell him we will only go for dinner. That way, we won’t feel like we have bought into the 25-hour Awkward Seminar whereby nametags seem apropos, where desperation reads, “I came down 150 blocks to meet girls this Shabbat”.  So my friend asks me: why does it matter that we simply feel this way? Feelings are... Read more

School Sucks

May 9, 2016 7:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

School sucks. That’s the message that Dr. Yung Tae Kim, physicist, educator, and skateboarder, has for his students and for all of us. You really want to learn something? Stay far, far away from a lecture hall and start thinking about chemistry more like skaters think about learning a new trick.   Growing up, Tae was a bit of an anomaly, and had trouble finding his place. He was quite talented at math, and did well in school. But his... Read more

It’s Time for Desegregation

April 17, 2016 12:44 pm Published by 1 Comment

The first day of class is always awkward. There’s that moment of confusion, when everyone tries to figure out where they’d like to sit for the rest of the semester. There’s that mad dash for the seats near the windows or near the back, depending on what kind of person you are (and where the WiFi signal is strongest, honestly). While they wait for the professor to show up, people pull out their cell phones, clearly too cool or too... Read more


Greek Thought, Women’s Roles, and Rabbinic Discourse at YU

March 27, 2016 10:23 pm Published by 8 Comments

This past Chanukah, R. Aharon Kahn delivered a sichat mussar in Yeshiva University emphasizing avoiding the negative influence of foreign cultures and sharply criticizing the call for women rabbis in some Orthodox circles. I found the talk representative of larger trends at YU and would like to present an alternative voice. This essay is not addressing the question of women rabbis per se, but rather the general orientation and mode of conversation reflected in this sicha. Italicized sections will include... Read more

Shabbat on Campus?

February 7, 2016 2:04 pm Published by 1 Comment

  I recently spent Shabbat on the Columbia-Barnard campus. I happened to end up talking to a girl who had recently transferred from Stern. When I asked her what her reasons were, she gave several reasons, among them thefact that: “I wasn’t happy with the Jewish community there.” “What Jewish community?” I promptly responded. “Exactly.” This is my second semester on campus. Coming in to Stern, I never thought I would face the same struggles as my friends on secular campuses,... Read more