The Back Seat

[ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”195″ ] I stood with my arms slightly lifted like a duckling. Mom tucked her hands under my armpits and raised me to the back seat, while I giggled from the itch. I twisted my hips into a comfortable position, my lunchbox, pencil case, exam papers, and textbooks rattling in my backpack. “I’m ready!” […]

Personal Essay

Karlan to use Gates grant soon

Professor of economics Dean Karlan is ready to start using the $7.3 million grant that the Yale Economics Growth Center received to fund research on microfinance policies. Starting next week, Karlan will begin to lay out his plans for the funding he received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last November. Karlan, whose work […]


The Rules of the Game

Every native Chinese student in an American university knows her. Every one of their parents dreams to have her. In the fall of 2000, while I was roaming around shopping districts in Beijing with my mother, I saw the smiling face of Liu Yiting. She was gazing out from the front shelf of every street […]


Professors support Israeli artists’ boycott

Five professors from the Yale School of Drama joined 150 American theater and film professionals last week in signing a statement in support of the Israeli artists who are boycotting the controversial new theaters in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. In late August, more than 50 prominent Israeli actors, directors and playwrights issued […]


Zipcar expands to city

Three years after Yale rolled out its Zipcar car-sharing program, New Haven residents may see an expansion of the service into its neighborhoods. On Tuesday evening, the Board of Alderman approved a contract with Zipcar to add two of its vehicles near Union Station and grant them free parking. The contract serves as a compromise […]


Greenfest boasts trash art

This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. There was a pen container made of candy wrappers, a tree with iron wire as branches and used light bulbs as fruit and a mosaic scene composed of outdated poster pieces. On Friday afternoon, trash art came to Old Campus. “Greenfest,” an event […]


Director Houston recounts past

Film director, producer and screen writer John Houston’s ’75 silver screen dreams started at the age of five or six, when he was observing the facial expressions of the people around him while they watched an old Hollywood movie shown on a bed sheet with a little three-wheel projector in a local recreation hall that […]


YES awards $51K in annual business-plan competition

Though their ideas are still in their beginning stages, participants in this year’s Yale Entrepreneurial Society Y50K Business Plan Competition may be on their way to becoming promising leaders in the business and nonprofit sectors. Teams proposing business models for engine-sensor technology and software applications for rural health workers walked away with the first place […]


Chen: China should decrease state holdings

Many governments justify public ownership of corporations as a way to increase economic equality. But Yale economics professor Zhiwu Chen GRD ’90 disagrees. Chen, who studies the Chinese economy, argued in a lecture Tuesday that the Chinese government ought to decrease the stake it holds in its economy in order to even income distribution among […]


At YFI event, Israeli mayor talks life in constant war zone

Eli Moyal, mayor of the Israeli city of Sderot, said the children of his city near the Gaza Strip constantly live in fear of a terrorist attack — incoming missiles, for example, are announced by sirens 10 seconds before impact. “Ten seconds,” Moyal said. “The only thing you can do is to pray that the […]