Articles by Mindy Schwartz

Friday Library Hours Extended at Stern After A Single Student’s Request


On Tuesday, May 9th, Head Librarian of the Heidi Sternberg Library Edith Lubetski sent out an email to the YU mailing list announcing that library hours at the Stern would be extended until 4:00 PM on the remaining two Fridays of the Spring 2017 semester, which fall on May 12th and May 19th. In her […]

Free Tampons and Pads To Be Provided by YU


Following an article in the February issue of The Commentator titled “The Case for Free Tampons at YU,” the YU administration recently decided to provide free tampons and pads in select restrooms on both the Beren and Wilf campuses. The cost of the products, which according to Dean of Students Dr. Chaim Nissel will be […]

Joel Holds Sentimental, Sometimes Tense Final Beren Town Hall


President Joel spoke at his last town meeting on the Beren Campus Wednesday, March 22nd to fairly full crowd of students and faculty in Yagoda Commons. After a warm introduction given by SCWSC president Lizzi Peled, President Joel reciprocated the sentiment, proclaiming, “I love you guys. You are just wonderful… and still my children,” as […]

The OU Statement on Women: A Stern Student’s Perspective

Mindy Schwartz

About a year ago the Orthodox Union (OU) commissioned a rabbinic panel of seven prominent Orthodox rabbis to address the topic of female clergy in Orthodox synagogues. After meeting among themselves and with many other community leaders and laypeople over the course of several months, the panel issued their final ruling: women cannot serve as […]

YU Students React to the JOFA Conference

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At 9:00 am on Sunday, January 15th, over 1,200 men and women crowded into the Roone Arledge Auditorium of Columbia University. The many rows of seats were quickly taken, and a host of stragglers filed upstairs to fill the overflow seating area. As event coordinators would note throughout the day, the attendance had far exceeded […]

Stern Students Construct Mural in Response to Trump Immigration Restrictions


The College Democrats hung up a mural on the outside wall of room 102 in the 245 lobby on the Beren Campus Wednesday night, in response to the immigration restrictions passed by the Trump administration over this past weekend. The executive order temporarily banned immigrants from seven, mostly Muslim countries, and touched off widespread panic […]

Forgetting Decency at Yeshiva University


Ben Shapiro ended his widely attended speech at Yeshiva University on Monday night, December 5th, with a bold statement: “I preach decency… If you act like a mentsch you should be treated like a mentsch.” Sitting in the audience, I felt utterly dumbfounded. Decency? Ben Shapiro preaches a lot of things, but my big takeaway […]

Fake News: How Does it Work and Did it Affect the Election?


If you are friends with certain types of people or follow certain types of groups on Facebook, you may have seen this headline crop up on your feed sometime between late August and early November: “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President.” This patently false story has garnered about 1 million shares, reactions, […]

Is the Fight For Civil Rights Basically Over?


“…the fight over Civil Rights is basically over. The Supreme Court struck down public discrimination, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 struck down private discrimination, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 instituted protections of minority voters in the South, lynching and burnings are essentially over…” – “The Confederate Flag You Never Knew,” The YU Commentator, […]

A Conversation With President-Elect Berman


  Confirmed for less than twenty-four hours, president-elect Rabbi Ari Berman sat down to discuss the future of Yeshiva University. When asked what he felt his priorities were moving forward, Berman said, “Certainly the financial situation needs to be addressed.” Berman explained that, prior to accepting the position, he made understanding the financials of the […]