Yale University will officially change the name of Calhoun College, its residential college named after John C. Calhoun — an 1804 graduate, South Carolina politician and infamous white supremacist.
It will instead rename the complex after Grace Murray Hopper, “a United States Navy Rear admiral who made pivotal advances in computer science,” the Yale Daily News reported Saturday. Read more. (2/11/17, 7:44 PM)
Like “Make America Great Again,” the call to put “America first” may seem relatively harmless on the surface.
But a closer look at the origins of the phrase reveals a dark history.
According to Williams College professor Susan Dunn’s CNN op-ed from April, the term got its start with the “America First Committee,” an organization founded in 1940 at Yale University by student R. Douglas Stuart Jr., future President Gerald Ford and future Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart.
The trio urged Congress against participating in World War II, “even if England is on the verge of defeat.” They wanted instead for the United States to appease Adolf Hitler.
The organization soon replicated itself across the country, garnering millions of members, according to Dunn.
And as its message spread, it soon became tied up in anti-Semitism.
“It had to remove from its executive committee not only the notoriously anti-Semitic Henry Ford but also Avery Brundage, the former chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee who had prevented two Jewish runners from the American track team in Berlin in 1936 from running in the finals of the 4x100 relay,” Dunn wrote.
But try as they could, the group’s leaders couldn’t shake the anti-Jewish sentiments plaguing the organization. Read more
Yo peeps, so as you can probably tell, I’m about to blow your mind. You might want to sit down, grab some water, you know, keep yourself hydrated. Maybe do a few stretches.
Now that you’re all ready, let’s begin! A girl who wrote about hotdogs and Costco got into Stanford and most Ivy League Schools, a student who wrote about his love for food got into Stanford, while Cornell’s admissions officer’s favorite essays were about lint and failing the driver’s test four times. Observing a pattern here? All these people chose kind of silly topics to write about. You might be wondering, “Yo,why would I want to sound stupid in front of the admissions officer, this doesn’t make sense!” . Well, that’s a valid argument. Now read this excerpt from one of the essays I mentioned above.
“While enjoying an obligatory hot dog, I did not find myself thinking about the ‘all beef’ goodness that Costco boasted. I instead considered finitudes and infinitudes, unimagined uses for tubs of sour cream, the projectile motion of said tub when launched from an eighty foot shelf or maybe when pushed from a speedy cart by a scrawny seventeen year old. I contemplated the philosophical: If there exists a thirty-three ounce jar of Nutella, do we really have free will? I experienced a harsh physics lesson while observing a shopper who had no evident familiarity of inertia’s workings. With a cart filled to overflowing, she made her way towards the sloped exit, continuing to push and push while steadily losing control until the cart escaped her and went crashing into a concrete column, 52” plasma screen TV and all. Purchasing the yuletide hickory smoked ham inevitably led to a conversation between my father and me about Andrew Jackson’s controversiality"
Yes, yes, she’s literally talking about hot dogs and Costco. Now don’t underestimate her, this girl got accepted to 5 Ivy League Schools and Stanford. Jeez, that’s impressive. So now, you might be thinking , “Okay, enough of this, just get to the juicy part, give us the magic potion!” . Luckily enough for you, I’m getting to the point.
If you want to write an essay that slays everyone else’s like Beyoncé, first you gotta be true to yourself. You’re 17 or 18, you don’t want to end poverty or save the world. Maybe you enjoy pepperoni pizza, maybe you love watching horror films, maybe you love shopping at Macy’s, whatever it is, write about it.
The key is to choose a seemingly silly topic and present it in an intellectual light. Your ability to turn something silly into something genius will impress them and make you more memorable. In order to do that, you need to have a lot of knowledge about the topic you chose, which is why you need to be true to yourself. But then again, don’t write a pointless essay, don’t tell the officers that you can stuff 20 cheese balls in your mouth. Although I think it’s impressive, the admissions officer will beg to differ.
So there’s the secret formula to write a winning essay. Best of luck and I hope you get into your dream school!
is fantasy but set in our world, at Yale University
it focuses on the secret societies as repositories of arcane magic
I was in a secret society
if you go to my instagram (Lbardugo) you can see some pics of my research trip
My first trip back to the Grishaverse will be an illustrated collection of original fairytales called The Language of Thorns that comes out in September. As for future Grishaverse novels… more news to come later this year :)