STERN: Anti-social social media

November 15, 2011
‘Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people,” said Andre Dubus in 1991. He may have been exactly right when he said this, in light of recent psychoanalysis studies. Researchers in America and abroad have discovered that both narcissistic and introverted »

Stern: I get high with a little help from my MP3s

October 5, 2011
Like many of you, I got high this weekend. But it wasn’t from weed — it was from audible drugs, made with online music software. As Generation Y, we have grown up in a digital age in which nearly all of our desires were available at the click of a button. The market for products, »

Stern: “Smart” drugs that aren’t so smart

September 20, 2011
Staying up late to finish last-minute work is a weekly reality for many of us, and the buzzing fear of deadlines is persistently ringing in our ears. Decades ago, college students would just hand in the assignment a day late. But today, many kids can make deadline — with the aid of prescription stimulants like »

STERN: Go green — eat your veggies

August 31, 2011
The Little Salad Shop, a new restaurant serving delicious salads and fresh vegetables on campus, is setting the trend right this semester: eat green food. The owner, Tiffany Ho ’12, clearly understands that eating right is one of the most important ways to ensure success at school; green-colored foods are one of the best ways »

Stern: Beer is good for you

April 13, 2011
Stressed? Have a cold one. Unhealthy? Have another. Putting your feet up with a beer can be so much more beneficial than just providing relaxation in the form of a study break or stress reducer. Unfortunately, beer on campus has a bad rep. Beer lovers battle the biased reputation of their favorite beverage due to »

Stern: America’s new health trend: doggy diets

April 5, 2011
We are all familiar with the obesity epidemic facing American men and women today. But have you heard about its threat to man’s best friend? More than 50 percent of American dogs are obese, according to Wall Street Journal editor Wendy Bounds. Today, our dogs are suffering from the same threats as our community — »

Stern: Justifying your froyo addiction

March 30, 2011
It is 9 p.m. on a Friday, and Froyo World on High Street is jam-packed with Yalies looking for a special treat at the end of the week. Like most foods, frozen yogurt, a.k.a. “froyo,” poses little harm when consumed in moderation. But what if you are one of the regulars, spooning up the delicious »

Stern: Bikram Yoga: the bad and the ugly

February 23, 2011
For the 15-dollar student discount price of one class at Bikram Yoga New Haven, one would hope you get at least some of the benefits claimed of hot yoga practice, like increased flexibility, strength, lung capacity and blood circulation. But it turns out that you may also be paying for a practice that actually impairs »

Stern: Toxic sugar substitutes wreck havoc

February 16, 2011
Last week, I talked about the effects of artificial sweeteners on your mind: how these chemicals are feeding the American addiction to sweet foods. But how do they affect you physically? Now, let’s look at the science behind their toxicology. Most academic sources cite that artificial sweeteners cause people to crave sweet tastes and overeat »

Stern: A bittersweet love story

February 9, 2011
You might not expect that when you casually rip open that package of Splenda for your morning coffee today that you are in fact opening up a metaphorical Pandora’s box of potential physical and mental harm. Human nature predisposes us to seek sweet-tasting foods because sugars provide the fuel necessary for physical energy, brain function »

Matter over Mind: Physical exercise is central to memory formation

February 2, 2011
Looking to raise your test grades this semester? Most students who are trying to improve their exam performance think that the answer lies in studying more. However, mounting evidence suggests that you should hop on the treadmill instead. Recent research indicates that physical exercise may be just as essential to memory formation and retention as »
Searching for salad in the dining hall

Stern: Modern medicine

September 21, 2010
It’s ironic that the new environmentally friendly mugs sport the phrase “Yale: Where blue is green.” Funnily enough, as Yale Dining pushes to become “greener,” it has cut out the most basic green of all — our salad bar. In five colleges and Commons, the full salad bar has been removed, and replaced with a »