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Yale Wimps Out Again

By December 29, 2009

It was the source of an athletic taunt that could only have originated in the Ivy League:

"I want to go to Princeton," said Amory. "I don't know why, but I think of all Harvard men as sissies, like I used to be, and all Yale men as wearing big blue sweaters and smoking pipes."

Monsignor chuckled.

"I'm one, you know."

"Oh, you're different - I think of Princeton as being lazy and good-looking and aristocratic - you know, like a spring day. Harvard seems sort of indoors - "

"And Yale is November, crisp and energetic," finished Monsignor.

"That's it."

They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, Princeton X ‘17, This Side of Paradise

Take a look at that passage. Can you identify the part that was recently deemed too offensive to repeat on an American college campus? Look hard.

Give up? Let's go to the Yale Daily News [1]:

The [Freshman Class Council] has decided to change the design of its shirts after the original design, which was submitted by students and voted on by the freshman class, sparked outcry from members within the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. ...

Schools: Yale University