Mad impressive bling

Hey you! Yes, you. Are you about to be a Yale Graduate? We thought so. We could tell. You have Success written all over you. Hey, Lifeguard ’06 — you’re our type of man, sitting there on the third floor of the gym on a Saturday afternoon, watching to make sure no one drowns. You’re […]

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The Best Romanian Pop Song Ever

It’s not over until the fat lady sings. But if it’s a fat dude, and he’s lip-synching to an Eastern European pop song with lyrics about linden trees and Picasso, “over” will likely turn into “over-and-over.” Case-in-point: After discovering the lip-synching fat dude on an Internet video stream, Jason Chu ’08 and his roommates can’t […]

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Adderall: The academic steroid

Raskolnikov. Rodya. Rodion. Svidrigailov. Zossimov, Zamyotov, Lebezyatnikov. Those crazy Russians and their patronymics, their confusing nicknames, their horribly long and dreary novels. Awash in a sea of consonant clusters at 4 a.m., a student finds those names alone might inspire a Raskolnikovian surge of nihilism. Why, it’s almost enough to drive someone to the point […]

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DKE & YPU: Filling precedential shoes

Before they were presidential candidates in 2004, they were presidents at Yale in the 1960s. Years before he would move onto the White House, George W. Bush ’68 ruled the roost as President of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. And before John Kerry ’66 hit the campaign trail, he practiced his rhetorical skills as President of […]

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Dinner crowding leads to exclusion

Annette Tracey is not a bouncer at a club. But as a dining hall worker in Berkeley College, she is the next closest thing. Swiping ID cards at the exclusive, all-organic dining hall, she frequently finds herself turning away hordes of Yalies anxious to get a seat within the refectory’s walls. They beg and they […]


Coalition tries to stop demolition

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. “It’s like a massive footprint, it’s like a giant fortress when you come into the city,” North Haven resident Kevin Tennyson said, waxing poetic on the New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum. “I always enjoyed going up and down the [parking] helix.” With a demolition date set for […]


Fencing coach rides donkey with dignity

Somewhere on the seventh floor of Payne Whitney Gymnasium, beneath piles of sabres and gloves, sits the desk of fencing head coach Henry Harutunian. Only the desk’s general form can be made out beneath papers, broken fencing gear, old rosters, promotional packets and the occasional trophy. The clutter, accrued over nearly 35 years of coaching, […]

For ’05, 9/11 is an early Yale memory

As the wind on Cross Campus Saturday night threatened to extinguish the flames lit in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, students shielded their candles and drew support from groups of friends. It was a smaller gathering than in years past, the raw emotions provoked by the tragedy fading with time. But memories of Sept. 11, […]


English class edits usual format

At first glance, the class that met in Saybrook College’s Lyceum Room Tuesday afternoon seemed like a typical seminar. The topic of discussion — how literature becomes part of the canon and ends up on a college syllabus — did not raise many eyebrows among the 20 or so sophomores sitting around the table. Then, […]


Bookstore offers more than text

In the lower level of the Yale Bookstore, wedged between the foreign language section and the Clinique counter, a small but colorful garden has sprouted. Its flowers beckon to the passing shopper with colors crazier than tulips in March: bright red, pastel, sequined, plaid. Some are plastic, and some are cloth, some have heels — […]


Gym boasts medal

Michael Phelps, move over. Payne Whitney Gymnasium needs some room on the Olympic podium. Perhaps one of Yale’s largest and most sedentary Olympians, the building earned a silver medal in the 1936 Berlin Games, when its architectural plans demolished the competition in one of five art categories. While only credited with one Olympic medal, Payne […]