SOARES: We are young

September 27, 2012
My bout of blepharospasm began a few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, when I woke up hungover and tired but unable to fall back asleep. Beyond the generalized agony — the parched throat, the raging headache, the feeling of a chain tied around my gullet — that morning’s hangover also brought a more peculiar »

SOARES: Not forgetting 9/11

September 13, 2012
Forgetting usually takes a transitive form. Unlike intransitive verbs — “to stand,” “to wait,” “to live” — which don’t take objects, “to forget” often describes an action done unto something, so the verb precedes the forgotten thing. In most cases, but not always, the verb without an object becomes meaningless. I say this because I’m »

SOARES: Finding happiness in cliches (and God)

August 30, 2012
Once during my freshman year, I saw in the Silliman dining hall a flier that showed the picture of a senior. The senior had, I was told by the flier, gone through some rough times his junior year. He had been expected to find a prestigious summer internship and earn a tap from a secret »

SOARES: Clever headline goes here

April 20, 2012
This is called a lede because it’s supposed to lead readers into my column. It succeeds despite the odds. Here I introduce my topic. Gender-neutral housing. Singapore. My grievances about the Levin administration. Syria is important and I believe we should do something about it, but that column has already been written. I write about »

SOARES: Status update

March 29, 2012
Things happened while I was off: A Yale grad shook Bill Clinton’s hand. A high school friend decided to pursue his Ph.D. at Texas A&M (“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m taking my talents to College Station”). People traveled. My former roommate posed as a ring bearer in Las Vegas and ate clam chowder in San Francisco. »

SOARES: Subletter wanted

March 2, 2012
Back when my bathroom had a ceiling, it dripped. The drip was intermittent, innocuous at first. But its persistency persuaded me to place a pot under its pitter-patter and call my landlord. The maintenance man dispatched to solve the issue inspected the bathroom ceiling from one angle, then another. With a grave look on his »

SOARES: Naming Yale

February 15, 2012
I don’t really go to Yale. I go to a school up north. On the East Coast. Like an hour forty from New York. I’ll concede Connecticut if you ask me three or four times and narrow it down to New Haven if you are persistent. But its name, Yale, won’t come out unless you »

SOARES: At home in the workplace

February 8, 2012
Are you firm-minded and not warmhearted? Not an applauder, but a dissector? An analyzer and not a sympathizer, and more of a judge than a peacemaker? If so, you may be on your way to a summer internship with a multibillion-dollar asset management firm. Good luck. I didn’t know much about Bridgewater when I submitted »

SOARES: An indignation not our own

January 30, 2012
The prologue is by now familiar: A star athlete and stellar student, Patrick Witt spent half of last November debating whether he would attend his Rhodes scholarship interview in Atlanta or lead Yale against Harvard in his final college football game. Choosing team over self-interest, Witt captured the nation’s heart. But here the plot twists: »

SOARES: Paying for our vibrant future

January 23, 2012
When President Levin and Provost Salovey updated the faculty and staff on the University’s financial situation last week, they had some good news — we’ll make it through the 2013 fiscal year without “deep across-the-board” cuts — and some bad news: Our piggy bank is still running low. It all began three years ago, when »

SOARES: What’s your rating?

January 18, 2012
Sarkozy should have gone to FreeCreditReport.com. Last Friday, Standard & Poor’s nixed France’s AAA rating and banished the country to the lowly echelon of AA+ states, which includes Guernsey, the Isle of Man and — ah, right — the United States. I’ve been told — implicitly, by the human resources departments of several financial services »