MCHENRY: How’s the weather?

September 20, 2013
Soon, the snow will set in, and the cold will seep into your bones. But look around; this day can still be beautiful.

MCHENRY: Notes on Notes from Woodbridge Hall

August 29, 2013
In the course of fewer than 10 emails, our president has quoted poetry from Rabindranath Tagore, name-checked Will Eaves and pulled out a handy little reference to the 1980s com- puter game “Carmen Sandiego.”

MCHENRY: Delaying gratification and marshmallows

April 17, 2013
This kind of delayed gratification, when you know the reward is sure to come, is easy to put into practice in everyday life. But, at some point, the game changes, and the prizes become vague and less guaranteed.

MCHENRY: In defense of “midterms”

March 7, 2013
The typical Yale student, in my opinion, complains because, he or she, despite whatever comes with being “a typical Yale student,” is not always happy.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Thanks to “Inspector Hound”

March 1, 2013
At one point in “The Real Inspector Hound,” the play’s five central characters realize that there may be a murderer in their midst and they all rush to grab improvised weapons — the maid gets a rope, the ex-soldier in a wheelchair clutches a bent pipe and a young socialite fiercely wields a candlestick.

MCHENRY: Anatomy of a marathon

February 18, 2013
In college, the escapism that marathoning a television show can bring is hard to find.

MCHENRY: Trust the hog

February 4, 2013
I don’t know how to avoid these melancholic weekend mornings, but do I want to recommend watching the Groundhog Day celebration.

MCHENRY: Returning again and again

January 14, 2013
There’s something to be said for the fact that people will change.

MCHENRY: Dealing with Grinches

December 7, 2012
But whoever aligned Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice also knew something else that the Grinches forget — that winter doesn’t last.

MCHENRY: Pride, prejudice and cyberspace

November 16, 2012
In fact, Austen’s protagonists are very much like college students. Not in the sense that we all want to get married and spend our time freeloading off each other in various mansions, but rather in our ability to read anything into anything. Austen’s characters spend their time inventing gossip, chasing romances and proclaiming universal truths from little to no evidence. I challenge you to prove that we don’t do the same.

MCHENRY: My absentee election

November 6, 2012
I’m convinced that I didn’t vote this year, at least not really. How can merely mailing a piece of paper all the way across the country mean anything significant? My ballot arrived from California a couple weeks ago. A few days later, I finished researching the propositions on which I wanted to exercise my direct »

MCHENRY: Be who you can’t be

October 31, 2012
The best Halloween costumes don’t exist. Case in point: In fourth grade, I was a Ravenclaw. Before this goes on, I’d like to point out that, in the entirety of the Harry Potter series, there are no important male characters in Ravenclaw. Roger Davies, Marcus Belby and Michael Corner weren’t mentioned until at least book »