Lu: For the love of Bass

February 10, 2011
Dear Bass Library, I’ve studied in you long enough to memorize your closing-time mantra: “Bass Library will be closing in 10 minutes. The Fire Marshal requires that everyone exit the building at this time.” “Living on a Prayer,” this isn’t. The line always stays the same. And it always blames the Fire Marshal. I’ve met »

Lu: Do you see what I see?

February 3, 2011
If you’re reading this article, odds are you’re wearing contacts or glasses. I am: without them, I’m legally blind, 4 times over. I have 20/900 vision, which means I can see at 20 feet what normal people can see at 900 feet. I’ve had poor vision since I was 5 years old. Since then, the »

Lu: Young mind, old soul

January 27, 2011
At the center of the Peabody Museum’s Great Hall is an enormous Brontosaurus. (It’s called an Apatosaurus, and has been for 100 years now, but hey, let’s be anachronistic.) Its body is a roller coaster: the head rises 30 feet into the air, and after a rollicking dip and swell of its spine, the tail »

Lu: Sweet seniority

January 20, 2011
Freshman, sophomores and juniors: Stop reading now. (Maybe move to River’s column?) As a second-semester senior, with four months before my Yale ID cuts off access to every building I care about, I’ve been fumbling around with the idea of compartmentalizing my limited time (last I checked, 123 days and 23 hours). Shopping period has »

Lu: Bain baby Bain

January 12, 2011
The rejection letter starts with the sentence “Thank you for submitting your resume … ” It takes 36 more words — many of which are positive, like “interest,” “impressed” and “accomplishments” — before McKinsey & Company finally cuts you loose: “we regret that we will not be able to invite you to interview with us.” »

Lu: Of prisons and papers

December 8, 2010
Often, when I approach the New Haven Correctional Center, I think that its building is one of the most depressing I have ever seen. Trash litters the curb and pairs of shoes dangle on telephone lines; the houses across the street look shuttered; the parking lot in the CVS next door is sometimes littered with »

Lu: The unrivaled life

November 19, 2010
Picture this: April, 2000. The Valley Green apartments on De Anza Boulevard, Cupertino, Calif.: pasty yellow, thatched roofs, burgeoning with Asian immigrants, all engineers or computer programmers or accountants, from India and China and Korea and Japan. Apple Computer’s headquarters are next door, but none of us kids go there. I am 11, and far »

Lu: Yale with no regrets

November 18, 2010
After 1,172 days at Yale University, it’s hard not to have a secret hiding spot. Mine is a 3-foot by 3-foot square of granite on the northern edge of Beinecke Plaza, tucked in next to a sheer façade of Vermont marble. When I’m there, coarse winds blow from Cross Campus and chill my bones; the »

Lu and Nguyen: AASA exists to inform

February 13, 2009
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. In an column published Wednesday, Gordon Siu argued that the Asian American Students Alliance has failed in its mission of “educating the entire Yale student body … about Asian American issues,” going to the point of spreading misinformation (“AASA fails to meet its »