Dean, David Lionheart, Daily News discussed on Unstructured Interviews


And at the time I thought Oh that's a smart little move. You know have the Dean right something to to get you to go there as opposed some other school and when I got there was only time I found out that that was very rare. Everybody got a form letter nobody got a personal note from the dean. And so then I realize, okay, he wanted us here. That was part of it. I quickly realized that there was a massive class gap between me and everyone else there. It was reinforced by culture. So very much an upper middle class culture affluent culture, but but northeastern and west coast wasn't I was used to Frat boy rich boy southern boy culture because of the scholarship, the private school I've had here in Chattanooga I knew that but this was a whole different animal. This was northeast west coast everything else was flyover country culture. So it was like the elite of the elite and leaving the mayflower and and things like that. Exactly Oh money real power. and. So I I had when I read the ill monthly magazine and they're talking about getting rid of need blind admissions and getting rid of need based financial aid. I realized that they could do that throughout the Ivy League and basically it would become completely exclusive and kids like me would never be able to get admitted there again. and. So if you other people formed a kind of a protest movement, a buddy of mine who's all he's to the left these days he's always always been left but he he he came up with a new titles called Port Yale Pay. His. He was always a thing like that Sammy Yourself Great Guy adopts poor adopt kids from all kinds of backgrounds. Now, that's the kind of guy he is and the he and another buddy of ours nicodemo who had grown up homeless on the streets of Newark City up until the age of seven. So he could tell stories the thing he liked to do a year was just sit down. At some random cafeteria table and starts wriggling with stories from what it's like to be five years old and homeless on the streets of new. York City and the winner how the Er Room is is your second home and so forth. The just amazing. Amazing Guy. So we started big protest movement and luckily for us David Lionheart, who is now the economic an economics editor at The New York Times was the Editor in chief of the Daily News, and he loved story and he put us on the front page and it was a crash course in so many things that I learned. Because the turned out that the what he understood was that the entire year administration it the only way they knew what was happening on campus through the Yale Daily News either daily news was not necessarily reflective of what was happening on campus. So if Lionheart wanted to make us look like a mass movement, he could and he did and so how he did photographs told the stories he put on the front page, all of a sudden Yale University administration but hit every panic button imaginable. They thought there was this a revolution on campus that was going to also expose the fact because every year when they raised money, they would their number one picks was for financial aid. So as Planning on. Exactly they're planning on shifting money. On a massive scale and it's all going to get exposed by this little this little protest group that looks huge because the Yale Daily News Editor in chief likes the story and thinks it's an important story I. mean he spent years pro getting yield to disinvest from South Africa. So he was just that Kinda guy old school lefty. And still this we debate now and then on twitter on social media, he's obviously not trump but the, but he made us look huge thousand nine years old and showed they actually.

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