My how things do change. Yesterday we posted a photo of JFK as a college freshman in 1935, wearing jacket, tie and collar pin. Meanwhile in 2016, America’s best and brightest continue the practice of wearing hooded sweatshirts on national television in the “Jeopardy!” college tournament.
Well one Yale student has finally taken to protest, and not the kind of protest that grabbed headlines last Halloween. Yesterday Yale Daily News columnist Cole Aronson published an essay entitled “For an optional dress code,” in which he argues that showing up to class in sweatpants and flip-flops is unprofessional, and that while students wrangle with adult issues such as the renaming of buildings, perhaps they should dress like adults, too, like the guys in the 1957 photo above.
Wouldn’t it be nice if, when all the dignitaries who visit our fine school look around, they see students who appear to take what they do so seriously that they dress like adults? And wouldn’t it serve the purpose of reminding us that we’re here not just because it’s sort of fun or useful, but because we’re part of a great tradition of learning going back to the folks who started this place 300 years ago?
How did Aronson’s column go over with his peers? So far there are three comments:
Cheers to Aronson: there’s something tragically noble in fighting a battle that’s already been lost. — CC