The Shiurim and students' responses were, in my eyes, representative of the growing differences between the the two institutions and their influence on North American Jewry.
At YU - a Shiur about Tfila. It's categorization, meaning and effectiveness. The Shiur had all the expected key word: A חילוק of Reb Chaim, The Holocaust, a reference to Rav Soloveichik and mention of The State of Israel. Though wrapped in ethos and pathos and the lack of source sheets, the message was very traditional - our dependency on Hahsem in our private and communal lives and the role Tfila plays in that dependency.
At YCT - a Shiur about animal rights in Halacha. The Shiur had all the expected key words: Values, ethics, "Halacha Vs." and "letter of the law". Though it was all based on analyzing traditional texts the message was revolutionary - the possible inconsistency between Halacha and Torah values.
None of the students were familiar with the differences between the institutions. Most of them had never even heard of YCT and I didn't discuss it with them. Their responses were fascinating.
All the students thoroughly enjoyed one of the Shiurim and thoroughly did not enjoy the other. It was about a 50-50 split, though, between which they did and did not enjoy. Interesting.