Community reacts to news of Brodhead’s departure

December 12, 2003
Members of the Yale community awoke this morning to find surprising news waiting in their e-mail inboxes: Yale College Dean Richard Brodhead, a fixture at the University for nearly 40 years, will leave his alma mater to become the ninth president of Duke University in July 2004. In dining halls and offices across campus, students »

Peer schools remedy health needs differently

December 5, 2003
During their four years in New Haven, Yale undergraduates not only grapple with daunting academics and social situations, but also must learn to take responsibility for their own physical well-being. When illness strikes, Yale University Health Services often plays a large role in students’ recovery. Providing quality care for the entire Yale community is no »

At UHS, the doctor is in, whatever the need

December 3, 2003
By the time they graduate from Yale, most students have become familiar, at one point or another, with the plastic benches and the crumpled magazines in University Health Services’ first floor waiting area. There, in the halogen glow, sit the fatigued, cough-racked and occasionally bloody. Fill out the form, state your problem and take a »

Yale-Harvard ‘Fusion’ draws 1,400 partygoers

December 1, 2003
At this year’s Harvard-Yale weekend, the Yale Student Activites Committee wanted to organize a light-hearted social event that would provide a forum for interaction between Yale and Harvard students. So they hired a DJ, rented a fog machine, and made sure there were plenty of kinky cages. When Elis and Cantabs gathered Nov. 21 in »

Language depts reevaluate

November 14, 2003
Following the Nov. 6 heavily-disputed decision to change Yale College’s foreign language requirements beginning with the Class of 2009, the University’s language departments are now starting to consider what alterations in curricula and instruction the new requirements will necessitate. As language instructors look warily toward the future, many predict the need for broad and costly »

Painful Exits

November 12, 2003
Harry Flaster ’05 imagines that he was excited at this time last year, just one week before the Harvard-Yale Game. It had been the best season of his football career. “The Disaster” Flaster was leading the Ivy League in sacks, and was ready to take down the Crimson quarterback. It was going to be one »

Paying the price for pain

November 5, 2003
It is difficult to fight the mid-autumn blues. Midterms and cold, grey weather conspire to suck students into the fluorescent depths of Cross Campus Library. A Machine City subsistence slowly drains the good cheer out of life for the hunch-backed victims crammed into their weenie bins. But on the fifth floor of Payne Whitney Gymnasium, »

Navigating the culture of Payne

October 29, 2003
Primetime at the Adrian C. “Ace” Israel Fitness Center resembles a scene from a science fiction novel: man merged with machine, stubborn muscle pushing stubborn pedal. Bodies running, but getting nowhere. A steady hum echoes into the fourth floor hallway of Payne Whitney Gymnasium. It’s 4:30 p.m., and the floor is transformed into a sea »

Nutritionists recommend toys, not treats

October 22, 2003
All hail fats and sugars. As the days of October grow shorter, children and candy companies across America look forward with gluttonous glee to the night when the food pyramid becomes officially inverted. But for nutritionists, Halloween is one of the scariest nights of the year. This year, a group of Yale scientists is hoping »

GESO releases sciences report

October 17, 2003
A new Graduate Employees and Students Organization report examining Yale’s alleged heavy reliance on postdoctoral science researchers says a growing number of prospective scientists are finding it more difficult to obtain tenure-track positions at academic institutions. The report, “Too Casual Too Blue,” tracks the career paths of 200 alumni of Yale’s scientific graduate programs from »

Lewis discusses mixed heritage

October 15, 2003
Elliot Lewis, a Washington, D.C., television news reporter, dislikes one question above all others: “What are you?” So when the question rears its ugly head, Lewis whips out his personalized business-style card, which politely requests the inquisitor to think more carefully about why fitting him neatly into one racial group or another is so important. »

New college rankings make defining ‘No. 1’ even harder

October 15, 2003
Applying to college has always been a bit of a number crunch: SAT, GPA, various dates and deadlines — and now, a jumble of conflicting college rankings — can make any overwhelmed high school senior want to curl up in the fetal position. The U.S. News & World Report’s 2003 “America’s Best Colleges” issue — »