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Yale Notes
November 2004

They scare because they love

In observation of that most unholy of holidays, the Branford College Council invited Halloween visitors to tour the Haunted Asylum, the reconstructed remains of the basement of the mental hospital once run by Jonathan Branford on the very same grounds.

Students masterfully crafted the most terrifying environment Harkness Tower has seen since Master Smith caught a group of cleated Saybrugians running around Branford Court. Unwitting tourists were carried away by zombies almost as insane as those who appear during Reading Week. Unlike Reading Week, however, this demonic performance benefited a good cause: all proceeds were donated to the United Way.

Go Go Globalization

An uncommon voice of economic reason came to campus on November 1st when Martin Wolf, Associate Editor of the Financial Times, spoke at Luce Hall on “Why Globalization Works,” after his book of the same title. Though antiglobalization arguments often assail states and corporations that engage in productive trade and investment, Wolf reminded the audience that globalization can actually work to fight poverty and drive growth—proving yet again that it takes a professional economist to convince people that voluntary exchange is a good thing.

Kerry supporters turn to bloc of “chalk voters”

In a brilliant and bold political maneuver, campus Kerry supporters took to the streets, or rather the sidewalks, by chalking political slogans on Old Campus and Cross Campus in the week before the election. Their pastel endorsements sought to win the hearts and minds of an oftoverlooked bloc of Yale voters: those who were not planning to vote for Kerry, but do find large, legible endorsements persuasive. Surprisingly, these efforts did not succeed in changing the results of the election.

YPU approves election results; nation relieved

On November 4th, a mere two days after the election, the Yale Political Union gathered to debate the resolution “America has made a mistake.” As the epicenter of American political life, Yale students took it upon themselves to recount the election in a first attempt to heal our nation’s deep partisan divide.

The debate reached an unprecedented level of passionate discourse. One speaker deplored the Christian Right’s destruction of America with a recitation of a Civil War battle rally delivered by General William Tecumseh Sherman against the Confederacy; another referred to Abraham Lincoln as a “uniter, not a divider.” At the end of the night, the body decided that no mistake had been made, failing to pass the resolution by a clear but appropriately narrow margin.


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