Connecticut ponders same-sex marriage

March 8, 2002
Nearly two years ago, the Connecticut House passed bill 5830, making it one of only seven states to allow same-sex adoption. Now, if same-gender rights lobbyists get their way, Connecticut may join the even more exclusive club of states permitting same-sex marriage or unions. After pleading their cases at a legislative hearing, both sides must »

Yalies turn to yoga to combat stress, fat

February 1, 2002
The stress isn’t holding on to you, you are holding on to it. This is what Maureen McGuire, a yoga instructor, wants her class to realize. She also wants them to explore the possibility of releasing their ankles into a downward-facing dog pose, but today it just isn’t going to happen. McGuire, who teaches three »

Social pressure drives Yale students to exercise

January 29, 2002
Like innumerable other Yale women, she takes a seat in the sterile room, which smells vaguely of cleaning solution, and anxiously thumbs through an old issue of Cosmopolitan. As she waits, she sees others leaving. She envies them, because for them the pain is over. Soon it will be she who is strapped into the »

Stretching the truth to get into top classes

January 24, 2002
Some people will do anything to get that last coveted seat at the seminar table. “I said that I played King Lear and Hamlet in high school to get into a Shakespeare seminar,” one sophomore said. The sophomore did not play Hamlet or King Lear. In fact, she’s not even male. Although her scheme did »

Pakistani diplomat talks about U.S. partnership

December 5, 2001
As Shamshed Ahmad stood before members of the Yale Political Union Tuesday, he faced a sea of skeptical faces. “I cannot resist mentioning that when I entered this room, I felt nostalgic about my own time as president of a college political union,” said Ahmad, the permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations. “You »

How Yale came out of the old Ivy closet

November 27, 2001
When Yale professor Charles Porter came out at age 60, few people were surprised. “I knew I was gay,” Porter said. “But I didn’t know that everyone else knew.” Today, nearly 10 years later, Porter can look back laughingly on the past. When he was at Yale as a graduate student in 1958, however, his »

Needle program defies its critics

November 6, 2001
You can learn a lot from an ex-convict with a bucket of dirty needles. This, after more than 10 years, is what New Haven scientists and public officials are finally coming to realize as the city’s needle exchange program begins its second decade of operation. Despite considerable financial and legal adversity, the program has exceeded »

CIA comes to Yale in search of new recruits

November 2, 2001
I-banking just isn’t as attractive as it used to be. Some Yalies may forgo that analyst position with Goldman Sachs for an analyst position somewhere completely different — the Central Intelligence Agency. “These days, you have to think outside the box,” CIA recruiter Bryan Peters said at an information session for students Thursday. He drew »

River Street to undergo facelift

October 9, 2001
If the New Haven Development Commission gets its way, River Street will soon be getting a facelift. The $14 million proposal to redevelop the neglected industrial area involves using the property for several purposes, including light industry and retailers. It would also restore the Bigelow/National Pipe Bending complex, create a waterfront park, a trail along »

Deadline looms for many on the city’s welfare rolls

September 25, 2001
For hundreds of New Haven families, the only thing left to do is wait. Beginning Monday, hundreds of New Haven residents will no longer be receiving welfare checks — the first group to be dropped off the rolls in the aftermath of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. The federal law put a five-year lifetime »

Terror acts elicit calls for profs’ opinions

September 20, 2001
The life of Yale history professor Ted Bromund took a turn for the bizarre last week as he found himself being questioned about international security issues on the morning radio show of Dee Snyder, a former member of Twisted Sister. Bromund, who is the associate director of international security studies at Yale, was a little »

Crimson hires Cambodians for $50 per month

September 14, 2001
The Harvard Crimson now has an eastern branch. In an effort to create a free internet database of all of its issues since 1873, Harvard’s student newspaper has employed about two dozen Cambodian workers to typeset its archives over a six-month period. The decision to cross an ocean and two continents to find labor has »