At close to midnight on Thursday night, roughly 200 students marched to University President Peter Saloveyâ€™s home on Hillhouse Avenue under a new name â€” Next Yale â€” wielding a new set of demands.
The students said the new movement will hold Yale accountable to its students of color and that a diverse coalition of students crafted the new demands. …
Salovey told the News that University leaders will â€œseriouslyâ€ review the new set of demands and reiterated that a response to them will be issued next week.
Salovey said he considers the manner by which the students delivered the demands entirely acceptable and in compliance with University policy.
â€œThis was a peaceful group of students visiting me at my home at a somewhat late hour, completely consistent with University protest policy,â€ he said.
Next Yaleâ€™s six demands each involved several parts. The first, which focuses on ethnic studies, demands that all Yale undergraduates be required to fulfill an ethnic studies distributional requirement and that the Ethnicity, Race and Migration Program be given departmental status immediately.
The second demand centered on mental health services, a topic that has been prominent in campus discussions and forums over the past two weeks. Next Yale calls for the University to hire mental health professionals in each of the four cultural centers, as well as increased mental health professionals of color at Yale Mental Health and Counseling.
Another demand asked for an increase of $2 million to the current annual operating budget of each cultural center, as well as five full-time staff members for each.
The students also demanded that Calhoun College be renamed and that the two new residential colleges be named after people of color. Under this demand, they also asked for the abolishment of the title â€œmasterâ€ and the building of a monument on Cross Campus to acknowledge that Yale was founded on stolen indigenous land.
After the gathering, Salovey told the News that decisions about renaming and naming residential colleges fall under the domain of the Yale Corporation, the governing board and policy-making body for Yale.
The fifth demand, directly addressing recent racial controversies on campus, called for the removal of Nicholas and Erika Christakis from their administrative positions. The final demand focused on allocating resources to support the physical well-being of international, first-generation, low-income and undocumented students.
Robert Long, at Ricochet, looks on the bright side of all this.
At Yale, a group of students has exploited their overseersâ€™ weak and pathetic need to appear â€œinclusiveâ€ and â€œnurturingâ€ and â€œsafe.â€ Weâ€™ve all seen the pictures: thoughtful and intellectually accomplished professors and administrators begging their charges for forgiveness, covering themselves in shame and remorse, confessing to all sorts of crimes and shortcomings. …
[P]retty impressive for a group of students at one of the most elite universities in the world. Think of the exams theyâ€™ve been able to get cancelled! Think of the late term papers that wonâ€™t be penalized!
Letâ€™s total up the life skills on display here: 1. brilliant use of financial leverage; 2. exploiting an opponentâ€™s weakness and cowardice; 3. remorselessly demanding that heads roll; 4. and hereâ€™s the best one: Doing it all on someone elseâ€™s dime!
I donâ€™t know about you, but those seem like some pretty impressive life and business skills. I donâ€™t know about you, but if I were a college recruiter from, say, Goldman Sachs, Iâ€™d have to say that these are exactly the skills Iâ€™m looking for.
Economics, financial statistics, that sort of thing you can learn in a webinar. But an instinct for blood and power? Thatâ€™s some powerful innate stuff right there.
My advice? Hire those brats. Hire them at Goldman and JP Morgan Chase and Cravath. Pay them really well the first year in order to get them hooked on being members of the power elite â€” thereâ€™s nothing that shakes off progressive ideology like a fat end-of-year bonus â€” and watch those killer instincts go into motion.
Just make sure to stay on their good side. You wouldnâ€™t like to see them angry.