Yale’s Hewitt Quadrangle has long unfortunately been permitted by the liberal administration to serve as the locus for leftwing protest art. A number of “shanties” erected to protest the policies of the former government of the Republic of South Africa were an eyesore for several years, until Dr. Elwood Bracey ’58 visiting Yale for a class reunion did us all a favor by setting fire to them.
Local communists had more recently installed the above “sculpture” made from pill bottles to protest pharmaceutical companies’ enjoyment of patent rights. The bottles evidently symbolized all the spongers and looters who allegedly perished because US companies did not simply give away the medicines they spent millions of dollars developing and producing for free.
The Yale Daily News reports that the noisome object
was badly damaged Thursday night, when it was apparently thrown by students involved in secret society Tap Night from Beinecke Plaza into the sunken sculpture garden on the plaza. …
Although no witnesses to the incident could be reached for comment, Jordan Strom â€™07 said he had heard that the individuals responsible were a male wearing a Speedo swimsuit, a male dressed â€œin a baby costume wearing a diaper,â€ and a male in a purple dress, indicating that the vandalism was a result of secret society Tap Night* activities.
Jordan Strom said he was told that the three males were confronted by witnesses after they threw the pill bottle over the edge of the pit, but that the perpetrators were â€œtoo intoxicated to pay much attention.
All of which shows that good men and true still exist at Yale.
“Elwood Bracey, be like him. Dare to Struggle; dare to win.”
* Tap Night is the Spring evening on which new members are “tapped,” i.e. invited to join, Yale’s exclusive senior societies.