What has erupted proves the case of the continued need to build cultural competencies across Yale and indeed across all campuses and communities. We don't have to, don't warrant this. But should we all not embrace that awesome challenge we may forfeit the future that is ours to own and make better.
The answer lies in how inefficient and/or difficult it is to be alone and an outlier on a board. Boards aim to be collegiate, making sure diverse opinions are aired while also providing good financial oversight of the company.
You can't buy the kind of free publicity extended by today's New York Times, which quotes extensively from Daniel Loeb's political rant in, "Why Wall St. Is Deserting Obama," a 1,200-word piece devoid of critical analysis.