This week the Brown Daily Herald reported that students on campus are practically suffering nervous breakdowns. Why? Because social justice activism is interfering with their schoolwork. Or rather, getting an Ivy League education is interfering with their social justice work.
While it’s right and proper that colleges today are open to everyone, perhaps there’s something to be learned from the era of legacies and the old boys’ clubs. Today is International Pipe Smoking Day, and your captain and co-captain here are both brethren of the briar. And so we gladly present an article from a 2015 issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine, in which a student from the class of 1958 fondly recalls the prevalence of pipes during the Ivy heyday, and how they contributed to an atmosphere of stress-free studiousness:
Back in the 1950s, smoking a pipe was as much the fashion at Yale as button-down Gant shirts and scuffed white bucks. I wasn’t a smoker, but when I received my acceptance to Yale, my mother bought me a Dr. Grabow Yellow Bowl pipe and a can of Prince Albert tobacco. She thought smoking a pipe would have a calming influence on me. Her father smoked a pipe for over 60 years and was rarely, if ever, stressed out.
Ah, the days when mothers gave their sons pipes when they went off to college. You’ll find the full essay here. Happy reading, and smoking. — CC & CS