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Yale’s Poor Little Lambs Who Have Lost Their Way Find a Ewe
The Wall Street journal ^ | February 20, 2018 | Leslie Brody

Posted on 02/20/2018 5:05:16 PM PST by KingofZion

More than a century of tradition changed at Yale University on Tuesday.

The Whiffenpoofs, the senior a cappella group, admitted its first female singer. Sofia Campoamor was picked to be one of the 14 new members of the Whiffs’ Class of 2019.

“I’m really excited,” said Ms. Campoamor, a 20-year-old junior from Washington, D.C. “To me the overall goal is to change the conversation around senior a cappella to one that is not about gender, but about music.”

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Founded in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs bills itself as the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the U.S. The Whiffs and an all-female senior group, Whim ‘n Rhythm, announced on Feb. 1 that they would consider auditions from all singers in the junior class. Tapping women for the Whiffs has been debated on campus for years.

In a joint statement, the groups said they sought to be more inclusive. “Both Whim ‘n Rhythm and the Whiffenpoofs acknowledge the transgender, gender nonbinary, and nonconforming members in our community, and understand that they feel unseen within the current paradigm of ‘all-male’ versus ‘all-female’ senior a cappella.”

Kenyon Duncan, the pitchpipe of the Whiffs, said his group got a lot of support and “positive vibes” for its decision to call itself “lower-voiced’’ rather than an all-male. He said about 40 juniors auditioned this month, and their gender wasn’t tracked.

The debate about gender and inclusion has been occurring on campuses nationwide. In December, Harvard University announced it was forging ahead with its long-debated plan to bar members of unsanctioned single-gender social groups from leadership positions in campus organizations, and from receiving formal endorsements for prestigious awards such as the Rhodes Scholarship.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: feminism; transgender; yale
Gotta love that name, Whiffenpoofs. The jokes almost write themselves.
1 posted on 02/20/2018 5:05:17 PM PST by KingofZion
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To: KingofZion

This is important.


2 posted on 02/20/2018 5:12:49 PM PST by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrat's John Dean])
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To: KingofZion

Not related to the story. But also nerdy like a Glee Club.

3 posted on 02/20/2018 5:13:33 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (The revolution will not be televised (at least, not by CNN).)
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To: Steely Tom
If the 'Poofs were important to begin with, maybe this would be important.

But really, what's another college a cappela group in the bigger scheme of things?

4 posted on 02/20/2018 5:15:44 PM PST by x
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To: KingofZion

Bah!


5 posted on 02/20/2018 5:19:25 PM PST by eCSMaster (Democrats: the political party of the undead)
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To: x

What a bunch of 21st-century undergraduates decides to do with a 109-year-old campus club is of approximately zero interest, at least to me. I’m amazed it didn’t go co-ed years ago. Whatever.


6 posted on 02/20/2018 5:27:05 PM PST by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrat's John Dean])
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To: KingofZion

Well it might have had Whiffenpoofters for a long long time.

But at least it was still guys.

This is what happens when dramatic lostness finds real lostness.


7 posted on 02/20/2018 5:46:21 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: Steely Tom

Well, it’s freedom of association, I think. But what is that? Fug it. Who gives a fuggin’ shiite?

That’s what I’m hearing.


8 posted on 02/20/2018 5:49:03 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: ClearCase_guy

I still have my Wff n Proof set, but it is not in good condition.


9 posted on 02/20/2018 6:42:09 PM PST by Lisbon1940 (No full-term Governors (at the time of election!)
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To: KingofZion

OK, I’ll admit it.
I really enjoy listening to all male choruses.
I also like mixed choruses.
Not too fond of all female choruses, however.

Does that mean I am a bad woman?


10 posted on 02/21/2018 4:28:43 AM PST by Gumdrop
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To: KingofZion

Goofball homos everywhere. I liked it a lot better when the closet had a door and it was closed.


11 posted on 02/21/2018 4:31:47 AM PST by anton
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To: KingofZion

I always liked that song. The lyrics probably mean something weird, but the music is pretty. Bahn bah, bah.


12 posted on 02/21/2018 4:37:55 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (Have an A-1 day.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Gosh, I wasn’t sure if I even had it, but it’s right there on my shelf. When I open the cover, I see the foam matrix, holding the cubes, has pretty much disintegrated. Ick.

Well, the book is in good shape, and everything is there. Never really played it, needless to say!


13 posted on 02/22/2018 7:27:21 PM PST by dr_lew
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