Monday, March 13, 2006

This Just In From Yale

Recently there has been much buzz and criticism about the former spokesman for the Taliban studying at Yale. There has been little response or explanation for how this guy got into the country and why he should be taking up space at one of the most expensive schools in the country.

As Yale alumni, my wife an I get ocasional updates on doings in New Haven and what the university is doing that it thinks we will appreciate. Today, in an email, we learned this about Yale's Taliban:

You may have read recently that a former press spokesman for the Taliban was attending Yale. The individual was approved by the U.S. government for a visa to study in this country. Yale has allowed him to take courses for college credit in a part-time program that does not award Yale degrees. Contrary to what has been reported by some in the media, he has not been admitted to Yale as an undergraduate.

Not really much useful information here except to say that it is the government who admitted him and that Yale will not award him a degree. This doesn't provide much comfort to me about Yale's part here. They did not have to take him, whether the government wants him here or not. And who in the government wants him here?

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