Infants in University Land

The infants at Yale’s Silliman (residential) College may deserve better, but it would have to start with fresh diapers and spankings. When I was a Yale undergraduate about a half century ago, my fellow students were young men, not infants; they had senses of humor. Those who helped us to learn were adults. They did not much care whether their words might offend the easily offended. Neither did we.

This song was sung by the returning class of 1963, my class. I wish I had been able to attend and wonder whether it will eventually cease to be sung at Yale.

In the present context, two events stand out from my undergraduate years. One evening, I watched a hundred or so Yalies walking about demanding Freedom. Yalies of that day were (and  those of today probably are) among the most free people on the planet. They carried “We Want Freedom!” signs, none of which even hinted at what they wanted freedom from or of what freedoms they had been deprived.  Perhaps they wanted freedom from exams. Or perhaps they just wanted to march around being silly and having a bit of fun. A college environment from which fun is barred would be dreadful.

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Another time, I watched a group of Yalies crown Homer Tomlinson King of the World on the steps of Sterling Memorial Library. Tomlinson claimed to have ended the Korean Conflict by flying over the country. None of the Yalies appeared to be at all serious; they were mocking Tomlinson. He seemed to relish their attention and not to understand that he was the butt of their “insensitive” jokes. Another group had a different mission: they were “supporting” Dick Nixon by carrying signs reading “Nobody can lick our …” er, Richard. Nobody wanted, and nobody had, a “safe space” from which different views and mocking were excluded.

I very much hope that the current crop of students infants infesting Yale is small and not representative of present trends. In that case, safe spaces can be found for them in the scholarly environment shown in this (satirical) video. They should fit right in and find it very congenial.

 

 

 

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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8 Responses to Infants in University Land

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  4. Mike says:

    “Cry Bullies”… Brilliant!

    Like NEO I am partial to what My Alma Mater, University of Arizona, had to say; “Is there a Keg at this protest?”

  5. NEO says:

    I’m much fonder of what my alma mater had to say, Dan.

    “To the Purdue community.

    Events this week at the University of Missouri and Yale University should remind us all of the importance of absolute fidelity to her shared values. First, that we strive constantly to be, without exception, a welcoming inclusive and discrimination-free community, where each person is respected and treated with dignity. Second, to be steadfast in preserving academic freedom and individual liberty.

    Two years ago, a student-led initiative created the “We Are Purdue Statement of Values”, which was subsequently endorsed by the University Senate. Last year, both our undergraduate and graduate student governments led an effort to produced a strengthened statement of policies protecting free speech. What a proud contrast to the environments that appear to prevail at places like Missouri and Yale. Today and every day, we should remember the tenants of those statements and do our best to live up to them fully.

    Sincerely,

    President Mitch Daniels”

    I used to respect a lot of schools, but now, like when I was deciding (in 1969-70) they are narrowing quickly. How sad. 😦

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  7. Tom Carter says:

    Well, this did get pretty serious. The Missouri football team threatened not to play if student demands for … something … weren’t met. Just imagine what will happen if Yale ever gets a serious football team.

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