Zhu: Do not go gentle into tap night

April 12, 2011
In the poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night,” Dylan Thomas shows the way in which death can expose weakness and regret in all men. He speaks of wild men, wise men, good men, grave men, and finally, his father. The confidence they have projected throughout their lives fades away as night approaches. »

Zhu: Going the extra mile for our cities

March 30, 2010
A month ago, I couldn’t wait to go back home to Florida for spring break — to see the sun for the first time in months, to swim outdoors, to divide my time evenly between sleeping and impassioned Oreo consumption. But by the third or fourth day back, a weird sense of loneliness crept over »

Brodsky and Zhu: A collective vision for Dwight Hall

November 17, 2009
James Cersonsky raised several ideas for Dwight Hall to become more active in promoting community service and social justice (“Step it up, Dwight Hall,” Nov. 13), Our experience is that a passion for making the world a better place is thriving at Yale. Countless students spend hours tutoring underprivileged children, working with the city to »

Zhu: Get off campus; do something

September 9, 2009
The beginning of school hits many people suddenly and viciously. There is no transition. The sturdy gates of Old Campus seem to close for good on those long summer bike rides and the ample time to wander and ponder. In another few weeks, summer will seem like a distant memory pushed away by ever-increasing loads »

Zhu: A new way of thinking

April 22, 2009
Non-environmentalists at Yale complain about us environmentalists taking away their trays, and our encouragement that they turn off their lights. But we, the environmentalists, have to suggest timidly to annoyed friends that they carry out those actions. We get scolded for asking people to not waste food, and we question whether our actions have any »

On Earth Day, find your inner environmentalist

April 22, 2008
Today is Earth Day, and I have a confession to make: As an environmentalist, I am getting tired of hearing about climate change on the news, from my friends, in my dreams — all the time, around the clock. Sure, I believe that climate change is very real and very scary. But I worry that »

Warming could create health nightmare

April 11, 2008
When we think of climate change, we think of the environment and carbon emissions: wet polar bears, rising sea levels and gas-guzzling SUVs. When we think of public health, we think of diseases and cures: AIDS in Africa, hospital infections and quinine pills. The connections are not obvious, but as researchers learn more and more, »