The Rough-And-Tumble, Top-To-Bottom Education of Rocky Pratt

March 3, 2011
Keith “Rocky” Pratt, the organizer of the Connecticut chapters of the citizen patrol group Guardian Angels, didn’t live by the book growing up. After running away from home at 15, he played an active role in the New York graffiti culture of the ’70s, lived on the street for six years and trained as a »


February 11, 2011
Amidst all the recent talk of improving science education at Yale, WEEKEND set out to find some of the wackiest research projects around. Naturally, we turned to monkeys and robots. Little did we know that in examining our primitive ancestors and the machines that will one day kill us to rule the world, we would »

The Trials of the Elm City Biker

December 3, 2010
When Jimmy Murphy ’13 began his fall semester last year, he was faced with a problem familiar to many Yalies: Science Hill. He couldn’t make sense of the elaborately multicolored shuttle schedule, and he felt like he was wasting time with his daily slog up the dreary hill to his science classes. But three weeks »


November 12, 2010
I am often unsure how to spend the few free hours of my week. Sleep, homework and friends all seem like viable options, but it turns out that Bridgeport actually has something better than all three combined: a zoo. If you’re anything like me, it’s been years since you enjoyed the wonders of the animal »

Table tent Talmud

October 15, 2010
I get asked if I am a Jew a lot at Yale. This is weird because I was always singled out in the very Jewish community where I grew up as “that Aryan kid.” Here at Yale, though, I must give off “the Jewish vibe.” Sometimes those Orthodox guys who stand near Cross Campus will »

Rosenfeld: ‘Whoa, sweatin’ it’s hot up in this joint’

October 15, 2010
Everyone talks about the heat, but no one ever mentions the sweat. As I was sitting in the waiting room of the Bikram Yoga studio in New Haven, admiring the large world map on their wall, my yogamates tried to prep me. (It was, after all, my first encounter with Bikram.) The intensive 90-minute yoga »

Boult ’14 is pale, funny

October 8, 2010
Ben Boult ’14 is the first person to admit that he’s a pussy. He’s never been in a fight, he’s comically pale, and he’s a really lazy freshman in DS. His memory isn’t too good either. It’d be pretty sick to be like him though. He’s really funny. Within minutes of sitting down in the »

Backstage: Michael Ian Black

October 8, 2010
Michael Ian Black is a man of many talents: Comedian. Actor. Children’s book author. Poker player. While not necessarily a household name, making a living onbeing funny has paid off for Black, who has established himself a secure niche in the stand-up comedy world with his signature brand of absurdity. Flippant and sardonic, Black’s humor »

Gio Christodolou: Greek god or a division IAA football player?

September 24, 2010
“And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.” –Judges: 31 Gio Christodoulou »

Mr. Fatcat: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the free umbrella

September 17, 2010
I’m nervous. My hand runs through my hair. Too greasy; they’ll judge. It’s a little too late to do anything about that now. Is my tie right? Right enough: solid blue, not too thin. I gently slide on my grandfather’s gold tie-bar. They’ll definitely like that, maybe even think that I’m one of them. Navy »

Bush’s brain spills his deepest, darkest secrets (Just kidding)

September 10, 2010
Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s ’68 former chief political advisor, spoke at a Yale Political Union event at the Yale Law School on Tuesday. WEEKEND caught up with the strategist-turned-pundit to chat about college, the media, and the Obama presidency. Q You got your start at the College Republican National Committee, what do you »

Your mashup is mashing my brain

April 26, 2010
What the hell is a mashup? Maybe I’m hopelessly uncool and out-of-touch with those hip kids nowadays, but can someone please explain to me what is going on? I like Girl Talk, that’s cool and creative, but what is with the proliferation of “versus” mashups (those 2-songs-become-1 monstrosities)? I share a dropbox with a bunch »