Part of me wants to say, “Yeah, Harvard sucks” (#boolaboola), but truth be told, this is an issue at so many places, including my beloved Yale. I’ve previously written briefly about why I think the “diversity” argument for affirmative action gives way to ignorant comments such as those seen on the dry-erase boards these students are holding. I’m fine with people questioning the validity and effectiveness of affirmative action. But truth be told, the university admissions process, especially at places like Harvard and Yale, is so opaque that just about any student’s acceptance can be scrutinized. The Yale Admissions website states, for instance, that more than 75 percent of the students who apply are likely qualified to matriculate. (As a point of comparison, Yale admitted fewer than 7 percent of applicants last year.) So given that college admissions is on some level a crapshoot, and any number of categories (legacy status, athletics, race, geography, etc.) are given preference in the process, why is that only one category of students consistently have aspersions cast on their merit? Props to these students for challenging this bias. There’s a promotional video for this project as well.
(Side note: I actually LOL’d at the last guy’s dry-erase board. The way some people talk about affirmative action, you’d think a student could get into college just by checking “black” on the application.)
Tolerating intolerance? | Being Gay at Jerry Falwell's University
This is an interesting but problematic essay. I don’t agree with this: “Not tolerating someone for his narrow-mindedness is perhaps the epitome of intolerance.” If someone asserts that black people are inherently criminal, for instance, I’m really not going to find common ground with that person. I can’t really fault people who identify as LGBTQ for being unwilling to compromise with people who see them as degenerate.
(As an aside, this line really isn’t helping me like Falwell: “When I think of Jerry Falwell, I don’t think about him the way Bill Maher does. I think about the man who would wear a huge Blue Afro wig to our school games….”)
"Let’s face it: If the 267-page report released Thursday by ex-FBI director Louis Freeh didn’t prove once and for all that Penn State displayed the dreaded ‘lack of institutional control’ in its cover-up of allegations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky molested young boys, what in the world constitutes a major violation in the eyes of the NCAA?"
It's hard out here for an aspiring magazine staffer
Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com
So a former intern at Harper’s Bazaar is suing Hearst for not paying her. It’s unclear from the reports whether she accepted the internship knowing she wouldn’t be compensated; I would expect so, since unpaid internships are pretty common in magazine publishing.
Regardless, I feel her pain. I knew from high school that I wanted to work at a magazine and was determined to do whatever it took to make that happen. I soon realized that would mean taking on unpaid work. (I was in college just before social media became ubiquitous and enabled recruiting stories like this one. When I started a paid internship after college, Twitter was still relatively obscure.) Fortunately, I was able to do so, because my family was able to swing the costs, and my internships, overall, were worthwhile experiences.
But now, I would advise college students against doing unpaid internships, especially if they will create a financial burden. In my relatively brief experience in the industry, I’ve found that a portfolio of clips/layouts/photos is far more valuable than a resume listing, and that can be gotten by joining (or starting!) a campus publication and working for local publications during the academic year. And, I must note, there are publications that do pay interns: Inc. (my employer) is one.