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Between Yale Blue and Green

September 12, 2014
Some were pleased with a pivot away from a unitary focus on divestment, while others promised to push back against the CCIR. For Barrows — who has come to view climate change as the “most important justice issue of our time” to which most other global issues are linked — the administration’s efforts weren’t nearly enough. Sustainability is all well and good, but a university with more than 12,000 students, a 20-billion-dollar endowment and a name recognized around the world could, in Barrows’ view, do much much more.
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Shaking Off ‘Shake It Off’

August 29, 2014
I was, comparatively, disappointed. “Shake It Off” is, in my opinion, the weakest of Swift’s five lead singles. It lacks the sweet naiveté of “Tim McGraw,” the crossover appeal of “Love Story,” the surprising growth of “Mine,” and the cheekiness of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” It uniquely is devoid of uniqueness.

Creator-in-Chief: Colleen Kinder charts her own course

March 28, 2014
Colleen Kinder ’03 spent the summer of 2007 in Liberia. She was on assignment covering women leaders in Liberia in the aftermath of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s recent election as the first female head-of-state in African history. The story appeared later that year on a single page in Ms. magazine.
Don't put him into a box.

Chang-Rae Lee’s ’87 Folk Tales of the Future

March 7, 2014
As a Yale undergraduate, Chang-Rae Lee ‘87 was admittedly a quiet one. He majored in English, but avoided creative writing courses, including Daily Themes, about which he said he “didn’t take it, thank goodness.”
School spirit heyyyy.

Boola Boola?

February 7, 2014
My father arrived home and we replayed the opening greeting a few times, to make sure it wasn’t all a mistake. We would do so every day for the next week, just in case.
Definitely Mario Kart.

The Social Networks

December 6, 2013
On the eve of The Game, it didn’t take long for me to tire of the party. Pushing through the crowd at 202 York, I made my way out of the building and started in the direction of Pierson. “Wesley!” I heard my name shouted from within, so I glanced back at the first floor window. Inside, the crowd was still pulsing. Amid the moving bodies of dancers and drinkers, my caller was nowhere to be found. As I gazed into the building from where I was standing outside in the cold, I wondered once again whether or not I was supposed to feel lonely.
A power duo.

The Best Performances, Off the Field

November 21, 2013
Let’s be real — many of you reading this aren’t going to pay a lot of attention at the game. For all of you couch potatoes, the real showdown takes place in movies and on the silver screen. You probably pick up on every character with Ivy blood and wonder how screenwriters choose alma maters for their characters. In the competitive spirit of this weekend’s Harvard-Yale Game, we’re pairing of some prominent fictional students and alums of Harvard and Yale. Can you guess which school will reign supreme?
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Teach for X

November 8, 2013
Yale students who have enrolled in TFA readily admit to the existence of flaws in the program, but most believe that they profit from their experience. At times the program fails to live up to its lofty ideals, but Yalies in the program continue to find meaning in this work.
What's a sackbut anyway?

An Old, Less Familiar Tune

October 18, 2013
It isn’t everyday that you get to hear music from the medieval era performed live, but surprises abound at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
But where IS Chase?

Motivational speech, without the speaker

October 4, 2013
Chase Michaels is nowhere to be found. For the first ten minutes of the “The Most Beautiful Thing in the World,” written by Gabe Levey DRA ’14, Carol, an obsessive fan, scrambles around frantically looking for Michaels, the motivational speaker who is supposed to headline the show. She searches for him onstage, heads backstage, treads through the entire room, and then walks outside, shouting his name. Following this maddening first “scene,” full of are-we-supposed-to-laugh-? moments, she reappears on stage and dejectedly announces, “Chase Michaels isn’t here.”
A brave Yalie.