Exploration Diaries: The lingerie show

Tonight, the Silliman common room is almost unrecognizable. The couches and chairs have been carted off and stored elsewhere; the rugs have been rolled up and removed. The only traces of the room’s previous incarnation are two old portraits on the back wall, from which prim dead white men stare sternly out at the proceedings. […]


YCC eases into more visible role on campus

Last week’s Yale College Council election brought out more candidates and voters than ever before, and earlier this semester a sizeable portion of the student body voted in favor of a student activities fee. These demonstrations of unprecedented student involvement in YCC-related issues have thrust the council into a more public role than before. Next […]


Standing committees’ impact is unclear

Some of them have the ear of the administration and at times their recommendations can be the impetus for significant changes in University policy. They are the Yale College standing committees, and although students often feel the effects of their work, many are not even aware of their existence, much less the nature of the […]


What are Yale’s policies concerning alcohol?

While many Yale students agreed that the University’s alcohol policy, which places emphasis on safety over punishment, is the most lenient in the Ivy League, administrators are currently reassessing the school’s approach to alcohol. On the spectrum of college’s attitudes toward alcohol, Yale’s falls to the more liberal end. At Colby College in Maine, students […]


Does the iPod signal the downfall of our civilization?

When Christopher Morris’ photo essay on President Bush was published in TIME magazine in mid-January, a storm of controversy ensued. Hours after the pictures were published, Internet forums were abuzz as vitriolic barbs flew back and forth across cyberspace. But liberals and conservatives weren’t lashing out at each other over Iraq or budget cuts. In […]

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Syverud ’06 to lead next year’s YCC

Steven Syverud ’06 won this year’s Yale College Council presidential race in a landslide Wednesday night, receiving more votes than any YCC presidential candidate in history. Students voted in unprecedented numbers overall. Syverud received 1,779 votes — 56 percent of the ballots cast — and 1,181 more than the presidential first runner-up, R. David Edelman […]


YCC election voting begins

Voting for next year’s Yale College Council officers — following a campaign marked by negativity and numerous rule violations by the record number of candidates for six officer positions — will begin this morning on the YaleStation online portal. Presidential candidates R. David Edelman ’07, Alan Kennedy-Shaffer ’06, Sam Penziner ’07 and Steven Syverud ’06 […]


YCC hopefuls discuss key issues at debate

This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. The Yale College Council presidential candidates faced off at a Yale Political Union-sponsored debate Wednesday night, delving into a range of issues including dining hall transfer restrictions, student health and financial aid reforms. Three of the four candidates — R. David Edelman ’07, […]


YCC punishes rule breaches

This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Yale College Council presidential candidates Alan Kennedy-Shaffer ’06 and Steven Syverud ’06 will have their campaign spending limit halved as a penalty for violating election rules, the YCC’s election commission decided Tuesday night. Three of the four presidential candidates were issued penalities or […]


Panel pushes more faculty diversity

Several dozen faculty members aired their grievances about what they believe to be a lack of gender and racial diversity among the University’s faculty at a panel discussion Wednesday night hosted by the Yale Women Faculty Forum. Panelists and audience members alike criticized the University for not making a strong enough effort to mentor female […]


Alcohol policy committee meets in ‘education’ phase

Yale President Richard Levin’s committee to review the University’s undergraduate alcohol policy met for the first time on Monday, though Yale College Dean Peter Salovey said its members are only in the “education phase” of their work and do not foresee immediate policy changes. “We’re trying to educate ourselves so that we have a deep […]


Frosh Olympics feature new lineup

Muscles will only get competitors so far in this year’s Freshman Olympics. In an effort to include more freshmen in the games, which are scheduled for April 2, the organizers are planning a wider array of events that test more than just athletic ability and that promote community awareness. Whereas in past years the Freshman […]