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Charity Begins Abroad?

January 30, 2015
“Dà jiā hǎo,” Yale President Peter Salovey said in broken Chinese. “Hello everyone.” On Oct. 29, 2014, Salovey sat down with Pan Shiyi, one of China’s most influential businessmen and the chairman of SOHO China, a major real estate development company worth over $10 billion. Behind Salovey and Pan, both dressed in dark suits and »
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Food Fight

October 3, 2014
It’s been called everything from a “food factory” to “the ripping apart of Yale’s residential dining.” But when I first entered Yale Dining’s Culinary Support Center (CSC) in early September, it was just another part of the network of the University dining operations—albeit a shiny, new one. When the CSC was announced in the summer, »
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MAHBOD MOGHADAM: Yale’s Rap Genius

February 7, 2014
Whether he is claiming to invent “the Guttenberg 2.0” or telling Mark Zuckerberg to “suck his dick,” Rap Genius co-founder and Yale grad Mahbod Moghadam ’04 has a personality that is hard to miss. Rap Genius started as a hip-hop music site to explain rap lyrics, but after receiving 15 millions dollars in venture capital, it has grown to be much more. Moghadam, along with Tom Lehman ‘06, and Ilan Zechory ‘06 came up with the website thinking it would not amount to much more than a coffee-table book, but now, have set their sights on becoming “the fabric of the internet.” This December, Rap Genius catapulted into mainstream limelight after a very public falling out with Google, which led to Google deliberately burying Rap Genius search results. WEEKEND sat down with Moghadam to speak to him about the burgeoning Genius “empire,” his experience hotboxing in the Vanderbilt attic and his thoughts on aliens using apps.