Kid in a Candy Shop

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. — “As You Like It,” Act II, Scene VII Renderings of the Globe Theater — the polygonal playhouse built at the […]



Her majesty the Windy City looms above the slabs of black and worn out brooms, whose bristles brush over the bric a brac strewn carelessly across the pavement’s cracks. The men who guide them tip their caps at you, A sly request to join their lonesome crew. Your eyes avoid the beseeching glances, focused instead […]


Open Yale seeks stability

Well before last semester’s course evaluations rolled in, Yale history professor John Merriman had already received a rave review. In early October, he opened an email that had been sent from the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan: “You would be delighted to learn that at 5:00 pm, June 11, 2011, the first lecture of your Yale […]


“Batman” actor gets political

For years, Matthew Modine acted out stories crafted by other individuals. Now he is standing behind the camera to make his mark on the film industry. On Monday, Modine, an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor, spoke to group of about 26 students at a Master’s Tea about his career, the nature of celebrity culture and […]


Thursday Profile: Facilitating change

On October 14th, 2010, Professor Melanie Boyd ’90 met her 23-person seminar, Theorizing Sexual Violence, as usual in the Hall of Graduate Studies. But this wasn’t just any other class session. Less than 24 hours before, a group of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity pledges had paraded around Old Campus, chanting a series of sexually degrading […]


Widening the Frame

‘Why did she put him in the corner?” asks a leggy blonde as our group stops in front of the East wall of the Raphael Room. “Why did she put him in the corner?” our tour guide, Francine, counters. The blonde shrugs and looks slightly annoyed. “Is he taking a break? Looking outside?” prompts Francine. […]


The New Pilots

Scene A FADE IN INT. HOUSTON COURTROOM – DAY Three months before the world reeled from the events of 9/11, another tragedy was on the mind of almost every mother in America. On June 20th, 2001, Andrea Yates, a 37-year-old woman with a history of mental illness, drowned her five children in a bathtub at […]


Channel 1

Inside the Channel 1 showroom at 220 State Street in New Haven, Lou Cox leans back onto a black futon, spreading out his legs and stroking his black scruff with one hand while pulling absentmindedly at the threads of his camouflage print pants with the other. Around him are glass display cases filled with bottles […]


Singular Twins

When Elena Light ’13 first visited Yale, she ran into a different kind of competition than the typical applicant. “I came to Yale and my twin sister said, ‘I’m applying here. Sorry.’ I told her, ‘No you’re not! It’s my favorite school.’” [ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”225″ ] Elena’s decision to separate from her twin is not an […]

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MAGAZINE | Twin coincidences

Seems like Yale is a smaller world than I ever thought! For the February issue of the Yale Daily News Magazine I’m writing about Yalies whose twins go to other schools. One of the twins that I interviewed, Katie White ’13, had an interesting run-in with a fellow half-of-a-pair. During her freshman year, Katie wore […]


Book of Quotes

‘Get a life.’ We say it all the time. But who said it first? Easy: The Washington Post on January 23, 1983. Before The Yale Book of Quotations, though, modern sayings like this were much harder to place. “If you want a thing to be well done, you must do it yourself.” —Henry Wadworsth Longfellow, […]

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