WEEKEND | 8:42 pm | September 19, 2013 | By Yale Daily News

Friday’s Buzz: 9.20.13

THE NEWS Out of a pool of nearly 30,000 applicants, 2,031 were accepted and 1,360 chose to come to campus this fall — making for a yield rate that almost exactly mirrors last year’s. Although the Admissions Office admitted the lowest percentage of applicants in Yale history to the class of 2017, the final yield rate »

WEEKEND | 4:12 pm | January 23, 2013 | By Kiki Ochieng

‘We the People’: Musings on a trip to the inauguration

The crowds gather in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration.

At 4 a.m. on Monday morning, in the dark parking lot of RFK Stadium, four buses full of Yalies awoke to make the trek downtown for the second inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. Between the long Metro lines and security measures, I anticipated an arduous trip to the National »

WEEKEND | 12:20 pm | January 21, 2013 | By David Whipple

Yalie mixtape offers lulz, weed

“HaHa,” the title of the new mixtape by student rapper Jake Backer ’14 and producer Mad Dangerous (alum Will Hutchinson ’12), leaves some room for interpretation. Are they laughing with us, laughing at us, or just because they have, in Backer’s words, packed “more bowls than a damn soup kitchen?” The answer turns out to »

WEEKEND | 1:14 pm | December 29, 2012 | By Ilana Strauss

‘The Hobbit’: much fighting, minimal plot, mediocrity

Remember how the final battle in “The Lord of the Rings” was breathtaking? How would you like to see that again, just a thousand times less epic, for three straight hours? It’s pretty easy to figure out what happened here. Somebody realized Hollywood was running out of recognizable source material for “Lord of the Rings” »

WEEKEND | 3:48 am | December 25, 2012 | By Patrice Bowman

A Christmas-y film review

This is a film review from Patrice Bowman, who writes the newly revamped WEEKEND blog column: “The 21st Century through a Monochrome Lens: Re-examining Older Films.” Cinephiles place movies on that high pedestal we call Art. But some films utilize less highfalutin gimmicks to wrangle in more audience members. Some tricks have been absolute busts, »