Brian Zhang
Staff Reporter
Brian Zhang is Arts editor of the Yale Daily News and the third-year class president at Yale. Previously, he covered student life for the University desk. His writing can also be found in Insider Magazine, The Sacramento Bee, BrainPOP, New York Family and uInterview. Follow @briansnotebook on Instagram for more!
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ZHANG: The silver lining in a post-affirmative action America

I do not stand with the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down affirmative action. But there is a silver lining. As American higher education institutions […]

Rock hunt to take place during reading week

Students can expect to find rocks with positive messages painted on them all over campus during reading week, thanks to a project by Bella Taylor ‘23.

Yale to award first Black student a posthumous degree

The push to award Pennington his degree 186 years after he studied at Yale has been far from easy, but student groups see the Board of Trustees’ decision as a step in the right direction.

Students and policy experts rethink transatlantic policy in European Student Conference

Participants and organizers at this year’s conference talk about the potential of transatlantic partnerships in the digital, corporate and climate spheres.

Three student groups win Battle of the Bands

Attendees of Saturday’s Battle of the Bands voted DJ Leon Thotsky, PJ Frantz and Tired of Tuesday to perform as this year’s Spring Fling openers.

Poet Elizabeth Alexander ’84 to give 2023 Class Day address

As a Yale graduate and former professor at the University, Alexander looks forward not only to delivering this year’s address on May 21, but also to the commencement ceremonies as a whole.

UP CLOSE | Dwindling returns: Scholarship displacement and the struggle to maximize scholarship utility

Scholarship displacement is a process that uses outside awards to reduce internally-funded financial aid.

Former Washington Governor Gary Locke ’72 talks “raising the glass ceiling” for Asian Americans in politics

On a March 31 talk at Lindsey-Chittenden Hall, Locke recalled his political career and its major highlights, which drew heavily upon the Chinese immigrant experience.

Journalist Nicholas Kristof talks compassion and media coverage of global poverty

Effective journalism is rooted in a will to stand up for the voiceless and underrepresented, according to Pulitzer-prize winning columnist and reporter Nicholas Kristof.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society share survivorship stories at Yale

Representatives from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society came to Trumbull College to share survivorship stories, as well as the value of heightened awareness and research in the global fight against cancer.

Rejecting the style war: What students have to say about dress up at Yale

On her most study-heavy days, Aimee Catherine ’25 likes to dress semi-formal and put on a little makeup even if she has nowhere to go. […]