That’s Not My Job: The Very Intimate Professor

Professor William Summers reads the label on the box in front of him: “‘Erotic Love Piggy’?” Judging by the smiling cartoon piglet on the box’s front, it indeed contains a raunchy, inflatable farm animal. “See, animals are a big thing,” he posits. Professor Summers and I are at V.I.P., “Very Intimate Pleasures,” in Orange, Conn., […]

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Ideas Yale Should Steal

RUNNING AND SINGING Every year, a cappella Tap Night takes about two hours, and by the end of the evening, freshmen and upperclassmen can barely move from all the sprinting. Were one of the extracurricular groups at Middlebury College in Vermont to run Tap Night, the whole endeavor would take about two minutes. Middlebury MchakaMchaka, […]

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Homeless speak out on ‘True Life’ panel

Tuesday night’s discussion panel “True Life: The Reality of Homelessness” brought together Yale students and members of the community, homeless and otherwise, to discuss the present situation in New Haven and brainstorm progressive solutions to homelessness in the Elm City. The panel, which was led by Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project coordinator Zachary Zwillinger […]


M. tennis overcomes Lions, Big Red

This weekend the men’s tennis team used raw talent to beat Columbia and endurance to down Cornell, keeping the Bulldogs atop the Ivy standings with only two weeks of the season left to play. Saturday’s match was a veritable display of individual power as the Bulldogs crushed the Lions, 6-1. The Elis conceded the doubles […]

W. tennis has mixed Ivy start

This weekend the women’s tennis team learned the difference between playing to win and playing not to lose. The Elis (8-7, 1-1 Ivy) took the latter approach on Friday, losing 5-2 to Penn (15-4, 3-0), but changed its attitude in time for Saturday’s game to win against Princeton (5-11, 0-3) by that same score reversed. […]

Staff shortage strains animal shelter

The current four-person staff of the New Haven Animal Shelter must often choose between regular maintenance of the shelter and responding to emergency requests. With only two employees trained to answer calls from the field, the staff must work overtime, doing cursory work on investigations in order to finish regular kennel duties. On March 21, […]


Researchers examine spice sensitivity in rats to understand pain

If the rats used in a recent experiment by School of Medicine pharmacology professor Dr. Sven-Eric Jordt invaded Samurai, they would have an easier time gorging themselves on spicy sushi rolls than the restaurant’s regular patrons would. “They could eat as much wasabi as they wanted, they don’t mind at all,” said Dr. Diana Bautista, […]


Pearce ’09 and Cohen ’09 represent Yale at the fencing Junior Olympics

Two members of the Yale fencing teams, Jennifer Cohen ’09 and Mike Pearce ’09, competed in the Junior Olympics, which were held in Hartford Feb. 17-20 and included contests in all three weapons. Though their Yale fencing records were unaffected by their performances in their respective events because the Junior Olympics is unrelated to the […]