Journalism

A collection of articles published in the Yale Daily News, Yale Daily News Magazine, Yale Daily News WEEKEND, Yale Politic, Yale Globalist, Toledo Blade, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Politifact, and Union News Daily.This collection is not exhaustive. 

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace saves itself from closure

Patricia Payton was reliving a nightmare. Just three years ago, the Diocese of Paterson had closed Holy Family School, the Catholic elementary school her fourth-grade daughter had been attending since kindergarten. Payton and others fought the closure for a year, launching a fundraiser and reaching out to alumni, to no avail. At the time, she had felt sadness and melancholy. Now, though, she burned with anger.

As friends celebrate Christmas, Muslims navigate religious, cultural implications

Rehana Ahmed doesn’t recall meeting many Catholics at her Catholic high school. In fact, she estimates that about 80 percent of the students at Cathedral High School in Lahore, Pakistan, were just like her: proudly practicing Muslims. Right up until she graduated in 1967, she read Scripture in her Bible study classes — ”an easy A,” she recalled — attended church services and, come the holiday season, belted out the Christmas carols she knew by heart. She and her peers always looked forward to the school’s Christmas parties, where Santa Claus would arrive with mountains of presents....

At the Intersection: The Ongoing Battle Over Water, Oil and Sovereignty

First came the battle cry: “We can’t drink oil!” Then the resounding response: “Keep it in the soil!” Drivers honked their horns. Rush-hour traffic screeched to a halt, as the stoplight went from red to green to yellow and back to red again without a single vehicle moving. At the center of the intersection of College and Chapel streets, in front of TD Bank, a line of defiant protesters stood

Yale researchers advance search for dark matter

Decades after dark matter was first discovered, a Yale-built detection device is leading the search for the invisible phenomenon. --------One reader's comment on the article: "AHMED ELBENNI deserves special recognition for his success in translating some very deep science into terms understandable to the YDN readership, including careful selection and arrangements of relevant bits from the HAYSTAC of information this story encompasses."

Tyranny in Twenty Lessons: Timothy Snyder on the Rise of Trump

Eight days after Donald Trump was elected president, Yale history professor Timothy Snyder posted an ominous warning on Facebook. “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism,” he began. “Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.”

An Interview with Kip Thorne, Theoretical Physicist and 2017 Nobel Prize Recipient

"We simply don’t know whether backward time travel is possible. The answer, as best I can tell, is controlled by laws of quantum gravity, laws that come from combining general relativity with quantum physics. Only when we understand those laws of quantum gravity far better than we do today will we be able, theoretically, to answer the question of whether you can go backward in time. That’s probably a few decades away. I’m a little pessimistic about it, but I regard it as a very open question."

FACT-CHECK: Matt Flynn's claims that Foxconn is under investigation in China for fraud fall short

Ever since Gov. Scott Walker signed a $3 billion agreement with Taiwan-based Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, the deal has been an object of controversy in Wisconsin politics. The complaints from Democratic gubernatorial candidates have ranged from the size of the deal to the cost per new job to the environmental impact of the plant. Matt Flynn, one of the candidates, claimed that Foxconn "is under investigation in mainland China for securities fraud, environmental fraud and labor fraud."

Cranford High School graduate plays key role in bringing ‘The Call of the Wild’ to life

CRANFORD, NJ — Moviegoers who happened to visit Cranford Theater at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, stumbled upon an odd sight: a group of more than 20 people, young and old, carrying dirt-caked shovels, minnow buckets, oil lanterns and rusted pans. Most wore long-sleeved plaid shirts and wool hats. A few boasted fake beards. Even more mysterious was the item sitting on the wooden easel in the midst of the crowd: a giant black-and-white photograph of a steely gazed, bearded man wearing....

Rift: The Uyghurs and the Hui

The differential treatment of the Uyghurs and the Hui is linked to this basic logic: the Uyghur have mostly failed to fully assimilate into Chinese culture and thereby represent a potential threat, while the Hui tend to be more politically unengaged and have assimilated into Han culture. As such, they have won unusual tolerance from the Chinese government, which has previously ignored isolated instances of religious fundamentalism amongst the Hui. The Chinese government has attempted to fashion the Hui into exemplars of legitimate Chinese Islamic expression as political counterpoints to the Uyghur separatists. ----------------------Note: This article was cited by University of Chicago professor Robert R. Bianchi in his 2019 book, China and the Islamic World: How the New Silk Road is Transforming Global Politics

Dressed in Blue, in the Red

Grant often thinks of Amherst. Although he had also been admitted to Cornell and Brown, his college decision ultimately came down to a face-off between Amherst and Yale. He recalls Amherst offering him not only more generous financial aid than Yale, but also a higher credit conversion that would have allowed him to graduate far in advance of the 3.5 years he’s spending at Yale. Though the appeal of Yale’s name and its incredible resources eventually sealed his decision, he sometimes regrets not taking Amherst’s financial aid package, some of which he could have pocketed for graduate school. But ultimately, he doesn’t regret coming to Yale. “I’ve met too many good people,” he says with a smile.

FACT-CHECK: Wisconsin GOP radio ad takes aim at Democrat Matt Flynn

In a radio ad attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn, the Wisconsin Republican Party claims that Flynn "told one child predator to ‘wait and see,’ when he should have turned him in to authorities." Flynn has taken heavy criticism from Gov. Scott Walker and others for his role representing the Milwaukee Archdiocese in priest sexual abuse cases from 1989 to 2004. Flynn is one of eight Democrats in the Aug. 14 primary who hope to face Walker in November. The former priest and Flynn have given differing accounts of what happened. But this much is clear: Describing the former priest in question as a "child predator" is one step (or several) too far.

Owner, prescribers from Tosa pain clinic charged in opioids case

A nurse licensed to prescribe drugs and her ex-husband associated with a Wauwatosa pain management clinic have been charged with running an illegal pill mill that gave thousands of opioids to people who didn't really need them, federal authorities said. In a separate case, three Milwaukee residents have been charged with obtaining oxycodone via prescription fraud and identity theft. "Not all drug dealers carry guns," said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, speaking at a news conference Friday at the federal courthouse in Milwaukee. "And not all of them report to drug cartels south of the border."

9-year-old Za'Layia Jenkins: Judge gives shooter 41 years

'She wanted so much out of life': Shooter in killing of 9-year-old Za'Layia Jenkins sentenced to 41 years "I'm going to be famous," she once told her mother. She did everything a 9-year-old girl would — soccer, dancing, even rapping. But she never lost sight of one of her main goals: going to college. Those dreams ended May 5, 2016, when a storm of bullets engulfed her aunt's house in Milwaukee. Za'Layia suffered a fatal head wound.
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