The Oldest College Daily‘s latest this morning featured the following item.
Five Yale students staged a protest outside of Global Affairs professor Emma Skyâ€™s classroom on Tuesday afternoon after University administrators forbade them from entering and distributing a pamphlet criticizing the professor.
â€œOpen your eyes, open your ears, you are being taught by those you should fear,â€ chanted the protestors, disrupting Skyâ€™s 110-minute Global Affairs class titled Middle East Politics. Protestors â€” Zulfiqar Mannan â€™20, Casey Odesser â€™20, Hazal Ã–zgÃ¼r â€™20, Nika Zarazvand â€™20 and Francesca Maviglia MPH â€™20 â€” said they initially intended to enter Skyâ€™s seminar and distribute pamphlets calling their professor a war criminal.
But a Yale Police Department officer and Dean of Student Affairs Camille Lizarribar prevented students from entering the classroom. …
In an interview after the protest, Odesser told the News that she thought the Universityâ€™s response to the protest foreclosed discussion about Skyâ€™s previous involvement in Afghanistan.
â€œI am incredibly disappointed with the way that the University rejected our proposal to honestly, earnestly and creatively engage with [the students in the class],â€ Odesser said. â€œIâ€™m appalled and horrified at how no one will talk to us engage with us and instead perceive us as a threat.â€
According to Mannan, who is a staff writer for the News, the project was largely inspired by â€œthe revolutionary aspectâ€ of Paradise Lost and draws inspiration from the Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg and Shaikh Sarmad.
While Mannan and Odesser received a Creative and Performing Arts Award from Morse College for their project, the college is now â€œre-evaluating if they are still ableâ€ to fund the project, Mannan said. The reason for the collegeâ€™s reevaluation remains unclear. The Morse Head of College Office could not be reached for comment on Tuesday evening.
Odesser said that the project was not meant to be disruptive. She explained that the group had originally planned to â€œperform a slinky, sexy catwalkâ€ into the classroom and silently place a pamphlet on each of the studentsâ€™ desks. She said she believed that many students in Skyâ€™s class have â€œnot confronted the levels of hypocrisy and violence â€” like white feminism â€” that is propagated by her class.â€
Zulfiqar Mannan â€™20 shares (I’m not sure what possessive pronoun’s) viewpoint on the protest.
Looking at all this, I inevitably wonder why so many exotic specimens of humanity from remote parts of the world, holding alien worldviews, with native perspectives often unfriendly to the United States, are given places in the undergraduate student body at Yale.
I cannot help but think that out there somewhere are five Christian All-American A-student American Eagle Scout heterosexuals far better qualified to provide leadership to this country. Yale was founded to supply Congregationalist ministers to the Colony of Connecticut. Extending that charter obligation to provide leaders in a variety of fields to the nation was a logical evolutionary development. Exactly why and how that mission has been extended to the provision of sexually-ambiguous pseudo-intellectual activists to the Middle East seems mysterious to me.
And, yes, I think plenty of alumni would like to know what Morse College thinks it is doing funding this kind of thing.