I was encrusted. Flat-backed on a padded examination table, I confined my hands to my pockets and stared at the ceiling, tracing the outlines of the antiseptic white tiles with my eyes. The left side of my face had been nicked over and over by a pointed knife, which my doctor kept low over my […]


Gone Fishing

A man stood alone by the side of the road, still and calm, facing the water. He arched his back slightly, arms sweeping backwards, his hands clutching a warped metal pole. The metal, cold and grey, glided forward, the tip bending gently as he cast. He grunted softly. The street around him was empty, and […]

Short Feature


Well, you were never a saint, that’s true. No one’s questioning you on that. When you put it that way, ha, yes, of course, you never did make the list of the 10 most faithful husbands (Oh that incorrigible glint in your eye, no way you’re as pure as driven snow!), but that’s what makes […]


Strike’s legacy is in eye of beholder

One year ago, Torrance Greene walked out. Green, a worker in the Berkeley College dining hall, has been on the job for five years. He walked the picket line for 23 days. He is a 40-hour-a-week regular, and he is in labor grade 3, on the lower end of the pay scale. He is an […]


Athletes wrestle with issues raised by injuries

After missing all of the 2002 soccer season due to a knee injury, Jon Skalecki ’05, a defender, was determined to rejoin his team. Not long after his return, however, Skalecki sprained his ankle. He played anyway. “I played the whole season with a sprained ankle,” Skalecki said. “But I kept it on the down […]

Yale’s slavery link remains touchy

Since Brown University announced it was forming a committee to investigate the institution’s ties to slavery, questions about the role and responsibility of academic institutions in slavery have forcefully reentered the public vocabulary. The Brown committee captured national headlines after university president Ruth Simmons announced that Brown would embark on an extensive two-year-long investigation of […]


Vietnam lingers in Elis’ hearts, politics

When Larry Gwin ’63, a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Yale, fought in Vietnam after graduation, he saw combat at its harshest. A newly-minted infantry lieutenant, Gwin and his men were plunged into the first major clash of the war. At the Ia Drang Valley in 1965, Gwin’s unit suffered 70 percent […]


Tracing Vietnam’s footprints

For some, it was the land of falling napalm. For others, it was the final resting place of a former student. For still more, it was the freeze-frame moment when a close friend was hit by a fatal bullet. Vietnam continues to occupy a singular place in modern American culture, even grabbing headlines in the […]


‘Sexpert’ Dr. Ruth schools students in college seminar

When Dr. Ruth Westheimer walks by a bookstore and sees a book with “sex” in the title, she has but one option: she must buy it. “God forbid there’s anything I don’t know about sex,” she said in a lecture to professors Naomi Rogers and Janet Henrich’s “Women’s Health” class, shuddering at the thought. The […]


Eli athletes on the Rhodes again

The phrase “Yale athlete” sometimes elicits certain stereotypes: intellectual mediocrity, astounding connoisseurship of repulsively cheap beer and aversion to wearing anything but Boathouse jackets. And, as recent experience has shown, continuing selection as Rhodes Scholars. While athletes may receive their share of mixed press, a quiet trend is emerging among Yalies who win the prestigious […]

Chaplain fosters religious pluralism

Glancing around the office of Rev. Frederick “Jerry” Streets DIV ’75 gives one the impression that, after over a decade as University Chaplain, he has yet to find the time to properly move in. His desk is colonized by stacks of papers, books and trinkets — his keyboard is nearly submerged. The bookshelf is topped […]