Students vet college seminar hopefuls

February 16, 2009
In Pierson College on Thursday night, Howard Dean ’71 and David Berg ’71 GRD ’72 sat at a long table, answering questions about a residential college seminar they hope to co-teach in the fall. Dean, the former governor of Vermont and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Berg, a clinical psychiatry professor at »

In recession, performance groups cut back

January 29, 2009
Budget cuts: The phrase has become Anna Wood’s ’09 “worst fear this year.” But Wood is not an economics major pursuing a job in the financial sector. She is the business manager for the all-female senior a cappella group Whim ’n Rhythm, which, like many student performance groups, is feeling the effects of the nation’s »

Elis head to Washington for inauguration

January 20, 2009
Water bottles and snacks in hand, roughly 40 students boarded an overnight bus for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Washington, D.C. The bus, sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center, will be one of many others driving on slippery roads to reach president-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration today. “People are very anxious and really excited,” said Kevin »

Elis pen inaugurals

January 20, 2009
Today, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, Barack Obama’s head speechwriter, will listen to the inaugural speech he helped the president-elect to craft. But just six years ago, Favreau was a college undergraduate like the students in Bryan Garsten’s class on political rhetoric at Yale last semester. Garsten said he saw no reason why his students too could »

A ‘mifgash’ on Birthright

January 14, 2009
Most Elis consulted newspapers, television reports and online media for news of Israeli-Palestinian violence that erupted after the Dec. 19 expiration of a six-month truce. But over winter break, 14 Yale students got a more personal view of one side of the conflict. As part of a trip organized by Yale Hillel under the auspices »

’Tis the season for giving 2.0

December 10, 2008
Last December Annette Soules’ husband, a construction worker, fell on the site of Yale’s Art & Architecture building during its renovation. He broke several bones and has been unable to work since. Despite having only his workers’ compensation and her part-time salary to support three children, including a 12-year-old autistic son, Soules said her family »

Turkey, stuffing in Elm City

December 1, 2008
Even though she stayed on campus over break, Katy Grunzweig ’11 said she watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning. Still, she said she was nostalgic for the familiar company of her mother and the opportunity to cook Thanksgiving dinner with her. “I missed the traditions a lot,” said Grunzweig, who lives in »

THE GAME | Finding the party on Friday night

November 21, 2008
With Harvard University imposing stricter tailgating regulations for Saturday’s Game, Friday night festivities will test the extent of the Crimson’s party scene. Even if Yalies cannot get into the sometimes private final clubs — the social groups at the heart of Harvard’s party scene — dorm parties and university-affiliated events are in place to make »

For musicians, job market hits sour note

November 20, 2008
At the Undergraduate Career Services building Monday night, about 25 students gathered as they would for most other career panels, grabbing bags of chips on their way in, some with notebooks and pens in hand. The few students donning suits were dressed to impress — not in typical Brooks Brothers ensembles — but formal a »

Pride and solidarity at Obama’s high school

November 12, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama is a Harvard man. He graduated in 1991 from the university’s law school, where he served as editor of the Harvard Law Review. But at Yale, a small group of current undergraduates can say they share the Illinois senator’s other alma mater: Punahou School, a college preparatory school in Honolulu, Hawaii. While »

U. Chicago recalls ‘rising star’

November 5, 2008
CHICAGO — When he was a professor of law at the University of Chicago, president-elect Barack Obama’s favorite classroom was Room V, the Harry A. Bigelow lecture hall. It is an airy and windowed space, one of the largest at the school, according to a University of Chicago facilities administrator who asked not to be »

Joy, pride surge in Chicago

November 5, 2008
CHICAGO — Renee Pearcey anxiously awaited voting results from her home state of Florida — an electoral battleground — in Grant Park on Tuesday night. But long before the Sunshine State was called, the show was over. At 10 p.m. local time, Sen. Barack Obama had officially been projected the next president of the United »