Amelia Nierenberg
Staff Columnist
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NIERENBERG: The business of busyness

Yale has its own standards of politeness.

NIERENBERG: Check the rearview

One of my friends from high school dated a really-not-nice guy. Let’s call my friend Mary. That’s how Mary describes that two-year period of her life: “I dated a really-not-nice guy.” And he was an objectively really-not-nice guy — he rarely tipped over 10 percent, he used to pull his dog by the leash to hurry up the walk and, as you’ve probably guessed, did some really-not-nice things to my friend.

NIERENBERG: Don’t rock the vote

This past Tuesday, coincidentally Super Tuesday, I voted. Unlike many Americans, I did not cast my ballot to help determine our future president. No, instead I voted for local elections at the Wexler-Grant Community School in Dixwell, casting my ballot in Ward 22.

NIERENBERG: No place like home

As the end of February draws nigh, sophomores and juniors start facing the age-old question: to live on- or off-campus?

NIERENBERG: Stripped of responsibility

We need to donate our time, as much — if not more — than our money.

NIERENBERG: Cauterized hearts

On Sunday, America will celebrate Valentine’s Day: the only expression of “love” less romantic than a third-wife prenup.

NIERENBERG: The will to grace

“Just be graceful, and it will all work itself out."

NIERENBERG: The best worst advice

This year for my birthday, I received a card that told me to “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching.” Being the cynical pseudo-socialist that I am, my first reaction was to grumble about this mass-produced and distinctly American emotional trope.

NIERENBERG: A break from break

For the past week, dining hall conversations have followed a standard script: break was fine, but it's good to be back. A squirmy justification follows — an apology for being unproductive but for enjoying that unproductivity. Perhaps, a quip from my professor sums it up best: “I needed a break from break.”

NIERENBERG: The duck syndrome

Imagine you are a duck. Seriously, imagine it. Imagine Yale as a pond, a big, big pond. Turn your little duck-head, and look with your […]

NIERENBERG: Home away from home

Inevitably, Thanksgiving with the family is a holiday of questions. What’s your major? What are you ever going to do with that? Where’s your boyfriend? […]