Attorney discusses NYC jogger case

January 16, 2003
Thirteen years ago, five young boys were convicted for the rape of a jogger in New York City’s Central Park. Last night, Michael Warren, the defense attorney for the “Central Park Five,” spoke to an audience of families and Yale students about the continuing struggle for a fairer criminal justice system. The speech, sponsored by »

The agonizing search for a summer job

April 17, 2002
I slid a dollar bill into the machine. Then a quarter. I waited for my classic lemonade Snapple to shoot out and provide me with enough sugar to keep me going for at least half an hour more during my weenie bin marathon Monday night. But it didn’t. I glared at the faulty machine. I »

Preserving intelligent free speech at Yale

March 6, 2002
Over the past week, Yale students have once again encountered Brother Stephen White, who has preached for repentance of our “lives of rebellion” and acceptance of Jesus Christ as everyone’s savior. As a greenhorn in the Yale community, I am appalled by some of White’s delusions, but also by some unreasonable responses to the issue »

Can undergrads really solve New Haven’s problems?

February 20, 2002
Once upon a time, the Rev. John Davenport and 500 English Puritans moved into New Haven, occupying the previous home of the Quinnipiac Native Americans. In 1718, Yalies moved into New Haven, occupying the previous home of agriculturalists. Now, Branford’s Harkness Tower and the monster of Kline Biology Tower cast shadows over New Haven’s neighborhoods. »

Next year’s frosh burned by renovations

February 6, 2002
First, no Naples. Now, no Old Campus? What kind of freshman year is that? With Timothy Dwight, Silliman, Morse, Stiles, and Berkeley college freshmen all living away from Old Campus next year, the “freshmen pad” will be more like some freshmen, some annexed juniors, and some construction workers. Simply, Old Campus has charms that Swing »

The seamless transition from regionalist to Yalie

January 23, 2002
Joe Yale arrives on campus. He unpacks his stuff and says goodbye to his parents and high school girlfriend. Everything goes smoothly: grades are solid, friends are fun, days are busy, and nights are crazy. During vacation, his family finds his newfound extrovertedness and occasional references to Spenser curious. Between a delayed flight and Connecticut »

Boys, look here: The plight of Yale femmes

December 5, 2001
Ever since kindergarten, I have had many guy friends. Wil, Chris, and I were the troublesome three musketeers back then. We terrorized our teacher and our peers, we left blocks in the bathroom, and we pulled Rachel’s pigtails on a daily basis. After surviving my awkward preteen years and first kiss, high school began and »

Tackling war outside the college bubble

November 14, 2001
Seventy-six days. Nineteen lectures about dead sociologists. Approximately 25 slices of pizza. Three days of parents and siblings buying us food and checking for dust in our common room corners. Two days when the temperature dipped below 35 degrees. One giant inflated bulldog. Thousands of Americans dead or missing in Sept. 11 attacks. Each month »

Old Campus life goes on after Naples

October 31, 2001
My first beer at Yale: I was uncomfortably squeezed around a corner table at Naples with 10 newfound friends. The place was packed, mostly with broad-shouldered football players and skimpy tank-top-wearing freshman girls. A nervous freshman was struggling with his first utterance of the classic line “one pitcher, one slice” –slowing the rhythm of the »

L.L. Bean? Lip rings? Frosh suites on Old Campus

October 17, 2001
You’re not alone. I did it, too. I ran home from the train station one sweltering summer day and started sifting through the mail. On the bottom of the pile was a brown envelope from Branford College. Inside was a list of the strangers with whom I would spend the next four years. I skimmed »

Through tie-dye and tragedy, Yale quickly became home

September 25, 2001
I never knew that I like tie-dye. I never knew that I like ska a little too. I found myself standing in the middle of my new home on the first night of school, gazing at my suitemates’ belongings. Tie-dye wall hangings cluttered the floor. A mysterious CD was in my stereo. What are these »

At Dwight Hall open house, freshmen answer call to serve

September 20, 2001
Fluorescent-colored fliers, Oreos and upperclassmen greeted hundreds of wide-eyed freshmen at the Dwight Hall open house Wednesday night. Tables set up by about 50 student groups and 40 community organizations wound around Dwight’s main hall and adjacent rooms during the umbrella organization’s main event of the fall. Students interested in becoming active in the Yale-New »