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September 13, 2002|Volume 31, Number 2














In the News

"Nobody wants affordable housing except advocates for the poor."

-- Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law, "Lack of Affordable Housing in New Jersey," "Morning Edition," National Public Radio, Aug. 20, 2002.


"[Al-Qaida fighters] are going to open a second front, and I see south-east Asia as much more vulnerable than Europe."

-- Minh Luong, assistant director of International Security Studies, "Spreading Influence; Mutating al-Qaida Founds Units in World's Lawless Zones," The Guardian (London), Sept. 4, 2002.


"[Playwright Eugene] O'Neill ran away to escape a very difficult impaired upbringing. He turned that energy -- despite anxiety and illness -- into creative energy to reflect out of that experience something that is universal. He does what the Greek tragedians tried to do."

-- Patricia Willis, curator of American literature at the Beinecke Library, "Large Database on Playwright Eugene O'Neill in the Works," Contra Costa Times, Aug. 6, 2002.


"Neurosurgeons die considerably earlier than other people because of the stress. . . . When you're inside someone's brain, it's sort of like defusing a time bomb."

-- Dr. Benjamin Carson, Yale trustee, "The Doctor's Saving Grace; Famed Pediatric Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Keeps Healing Others as He Faces Cancer," Washington Post, Aug. 7, 2002.


"It's this weak support for public schools -- not the lack of money for private schooling -- that's the problem. Meager tax bases and frustrated parents yield neglect. Few good independent schools exist in most cities or rural areas. Those that do are expensive and selective, closed to the student who might benefit most."

-- Josiah Brown, associate director of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute in his article, "Vouchers Aren't the Solution For Troubled Schools," The Hartford Courant, July 17, 2002.


"In truth, the [FBI] director must consider hiring a new sort of intelligence agent. Avid readers with meticulous indexing and organizing skills offer potential for uncovering terrorist plots on domestic soil -- and no one fits that career profile better than librarians."

-- Susan Froetschel, tutor in the Bass Writing Program, in her article "Hire Librarians To Upgrade Intelligence Network," New Haven Register, July 17, 2002.


"Eventually, any specialty retailer is going to hit their optimal size, and then overshoot it."

-- Stefan Krieger, assistant professor of economics, "Too Much of a Good Thing? Gap Faces Same Dilemma As Other Big Retailers That Grew Beyond Demand," The Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2002.


"It's threatening to one's entire sense of self [to imagine the end of life]. So essentially we have to convince ourselves that there is an afterlife. Even those of us who don't believe in one sneakingly wish there was one."

-- Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, clinical professor of surgery, "Why We Need Heaven," Newsweek, Aug. 12, 2002.


"[T]he lid has come off the price of health insurance. Premiums are increasing at double-digit rates. To offset costs, some employers are cutting benefits or requiring workers to dig deeper into their own pockets. . . . The number of small businesses that no longer provide any health insurance at all keeps climbing, and the number of people in working families left without coverage is approaching 32 million."

-- Dr. David Kessler, Dean of the School of Medicine, "Morning Edition," National Public Radio, July 19, 2002.


"I, too, was sitting glued to my CNNfn with baited breath to see if the handcuffed perp walk would lead to a stock jump. And it almost feels a little gory. You look at the sad faces on these guys, and you can almost feel sorry for them, until you think about the impact of their damage."

-- Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, professor adjunct at the Yale School of Management, on recent corporate scandals, "Does the Perp Walk Make Markets Pop?" CNN Money Morning, CNNfn, Aug. 2, 2002.


"The things that kids can do at home, such as watching TV or playing video games, are so engaging and so seductive that going outside to play is becoming a thing of the past. The whole picture is of eroding physical activity."

-- Dr. Kelly Brownell, Director of the Center for Eating & Weight Disorders, "Exercise Levels Drop for Teenage Women," The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 5, 2002.


"Whereas in western nations parties run to their lawyers to settle differences in courts of law, the Japanese practice an alternative approach. They don't sue so much as mediate. Aggrieved parties are encouraged to find a mutually face-saving solution, a consensus that returns harmony to the community. Of course, if that doesn't work, they sue."

-- David De Rosa, adjunct professor at the Yale School of Management, in his article "Is Japan's MOF Threatening Moody's With Lawsuit?" Business Times (Malaysia), Aug. 3, 2002.


"We hope our students emerge with, obviously, the capacity to read and think about the world, to do that with clarity, to express themselves with clarity. But most of all to have acute critical intelligence, to be able to think critically about issues, to analyze them, to come up with their own conclusions under any circumstances."

-- President Richard C. Levin, "What Should You Get Out of College?" The New York Times, Aug. 4, 2002.


"I have always, on principle, refused to make any distinction whatsoever between my professional obligations and reading for the deepest kind of pleasure."

-- Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, "Harold Bloom Discusses What's On His Summer Reading List," "Weekend Edition," National Public Radio, Sept. 1, 2002.


"Terrible as it is, Israelis are managing quite well with terror. Since the U.S. went on Yellow Alert with the September 11 terror attacks, Americans woke up to terror, but no one knows what this alert means and what to do."

-- Edward Kaplan, William N. & Marie A. Beach Professor of Management & Professor of Public Health, "Expert: Israel Should Get Smallpox Vaccine Now," Jerusalem Post, July 21, 2002.


"Half the tropical forests are gone. . . . Half of the world's mangroves and wetlands have also been destroyed. Bird and mammal species are disappearing at an estimated 100 to 1,000 times the rate at which extinctions naturally occur. Industry and agriculture are fixing nitrogen at rates that exceed nature's, and among the many consequences of the resulting overfertilization are 50 dead zones in the oceans, one the the size of New Jersey."

-- James Gustave Speth, Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, in his article "Recycling Environmentalism: Two Decades of Talk and Treaties Have Not Stemmed Environmental Degradation; Argument," Foreign Policy, July 1, 2002.


"While Iraq's missiles can reach Israel, they can't touch American soil. Before the U.S. government can claim to be acting in self-defense, it must present compelling evidence that terrorist groups linked to [Saddam] Hussein, or Hussein himself, are both willing and able to launch an imminent attack on the American homeland."

-- Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law & Political Science, in his article "But What's the Legal Case for Preemption?" The Washington Post, Aug. 18, 2002.


"When the Forest Service invited others in the community to be a part of the process up front, there was a great deal of cooperation and collaboration, and as a result, the projects move fairly quickly. The problem arises when the public is cut out of the process and basically told the way their public lands are going to be managed."

-- James Lyons, professor in the practice of forestry & environmental studies, "Caution Urged in Forest Thinning," United Press International, Sept. 3, 2002.


"Beginning with George Washington, early presidents established a tradition of leaving after two terms even though the Constitution permitted them to run again. Similarly, future [Supreme Court] justices could, with a little nudging, establish a tradition of leaving after a fixed term or at a set age."

-- Akhil Reed Amar, Southmayd Professor of Law, and Steven G. Calabresi, in their article "Term Limits for the High Court," Washington Post, Aug. 9, 2002.


"What we generally find is when you tell a woman, 'Your husband is emotionally committed to someone else,' she reasons that it means he is emotionally committed and he is having sex with her. So when you say to women, 'Which would make you more jealous, your husband having a sexual affair or being emotionally committed to someone else?' she chooses the emotional commitment. When you say to a man, 'Your wife is emotionally committed to another man,' he doesn't assume that she is having sex with him."

-- Peter Salovey, Chris Argyris Professor and chair of the psychology department, "A Closer Look at the Green-Eyed Monster," latimes.com, Aug. 5, 2002.


"The fact of the matter is torture, generally, does not yield confessions. . . . In countries where people are tortured, they don't yield a higher rate of convictions or confessions. The confessions that are achieved are not reliable because the people are being tortured, so you don't know if they're telling the truth or not."

-- Harold Hongju Koh, Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, "Harold Hongju Koh Discusses a Recent Decision Ordered by a U.S. Court in a Case Involving Compensation for Torture Victims From Foreign Counties," "Weekend All Things Considered," National Public Radio, July 27, 2002.


"In 1787, the framers [of the U.S. Constitution] could draw on no prior experience with large-scale representative democracy. They were inventing a federal representative republic for a country that was already large and would rapidly grow to immense size. They fully expected that experience with their untested constitutional machinery would reveal the need for changes, and with the passage of time perhaps even require a new Constitution."

-- Robert A. Dahl, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science, in his article "For a More Democratic Union," Boston Globe Online, July 21, 2002.


Yale to honor life of Edward Bouchet

Law School authors featured on 'Today Show'

Researchers win grants supporting women in the sciences

University Information

Famed poets to give readings and discuss their craft


Yale Library taking lead on project to establish international database . . .

Three classics are woven into one in Rep's first offering

Painter and former art school dean Andrew Forge dies

Conference looks at conflict in Central Asia, Caucasus

Program will explore recent accomplishments and trends . . .

Film Fest showcases works by independent filmmakers

The art of wood turning is focus of symposium

Panel to explore the future of the environment

Coming to America: Program brings the world to New Haven

Traditions of French, American revolutions explored in weekend conference

President Richard C. Levin's Freshman Address

Yale College Dean Richard H. Brodhead's Freshman Address

Graduate students begin Yale chapter of their 'love story'

They're here! Photos of the arrival of the Class of 2006

While You Were Away: The Summer's Top Stories Revisited

Interns dedicated themselves to a summer of service

Sports and music were on the agenda in groups' trips abroad

Sports Spotlight

Yale Books in Brief

Campus Notes

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