Friday, March 25, 2016
Sports and the Campus Climate for Women: ‘It’s on Us’ Men”
7:05 pm edt
Recently I wrote an opinion piece occasioned by a
controversy involving the Yale basketball team. An apology underscored the team’s support for “a healthy, safe and
respectful campus climate.”
versions of the article appear at an online outlet of Sports Illustrated (the Cauldron) via Medium, and at Connecticut Viewpoints.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
“Naturalization of Immigrants: Connecting the U.S. to the World”
10:05 am edt
Saturday, March 19, 2016
College Basketball (and Football), Athletics and Academics
9:30 am edt
Last week, Joe Nocera of the New York Times featured UConn's pursuit of membership in one of the “Power 5”
Last year, my own op-ed – at Connecticut Viewpoints and Medium – included some similar arguments about the academic as well as financial risks of trying to be serious about
college football in a state and region unfavorable to that sport.
Despite my skepticism about
football, I remain a fan of both UConn and Yale basketball.
On March 6, my brother and I observed as my son and nephew had an opportunity to participate in the introduction of the “starting five” before UConn’s “senior day” — its final home game of the season and of the seniors’ (and two graduate students’) careers.
On March 13, my son and I and friends attended the Yale basketball team’s celebration of its selection in the NCAA tournament, with an announcement event at the university’s gym. On March 17, we returned to that gym to watch — on
a large screen on the team's home floor — Yale upset Baylor for the first NCAA tournament win in school history.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Caste, Politics, and Water in India
7:15 am est
Turmoil erupted last month over caste in Haryana,
a state where my parents-in-law lived until recently (when they moved back to New Delhi proper). The water supply in
Delhi faces pressure.
The BBC, NPR, and New York Times reported on the events in Haryana and their implications nationally
In 2015, a piece I wrote in the Times of India touched upon caste, politics, and opportunity as embodied by B.R. Ambedkar, principal writer of India’s constitution.
My April 2014 reflections followed a third trip to New Delhi and included mention of issues related to social class, politics, and the urban environment.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Basketball, Bedtime, and a Boy Growing Up
11:05 pm est
Tonight was Yale men’s basketball’s senior
night. After the ceremony where we recognized the seniors and their families, my brother and his son joined my son and
me in watching the first half. By halftime, it was already 9 p.m., and the boys were sleepy. So we drove a mile
home. As my wife put our son to bed, our daughter returned with me to the Yale gym for the second half. Yale defeated
Dartmouth in dramatic fashion, in overtime, as my daughter and I joined the home crowd.
Previous posts, for example in March 2013 (March 10) and February 2015 (February 1), addressed Yale (and UConn) basketball.
Also, readers: Please indulge this father’s personal
prerogative to record a seemingly mundane family milestone. My son finally lost his first baby tooth at school yesterday,
on February 26 – news that he delivered with glee and pride, as he greeted me with a hug upon my return home in the