Marissa Medansky
Staff Columnist
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MEDANSKY: When Yale ends

Sometimes I wonder what will happen when Yale ends. Not what will happen after graduation — that I can more or less envision — but what will become of this place in its final hours.

MEDANSKY: Who’s afraid of Kim Kardashian?

For much of the person I am today, I have Ryan Seacreast to thank. For at least one prolonged period of my adolescence, Seacreast produced the vast majority of the entertainment media I consumed.

MEDANSKY: Inside the elevator

The man behind the curtain can’t hide forever — just ask John Lefevre. Last month, The New York Times outed the Texas banker as the guy behind @GSElevator.

MEDANSKY: Audrey’s drug problem

Audrey is neither Hepburn nor Horne, but rather the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative at Yale.

MEDANSKY: A time for quizzing

The nice thing about BuzzFeed quizzes is that this doesn’t really matter at all: The tests are knowingly whimsical.

MEDANSKY: A government unchecked

The YCC has instead used student apathy as a tool to deflect attention away from the constitution, shielding them from questions critical of the claims that justified its revision.

MEDANSKY: For online anonymity

Anonymous space can foster honesty, and communities that are more transparent are better able to identify and rectify problems they encounter.

MEDANSKY: A messy Thanksgivukkah

At first, I did not like Thanksgivukkah one bit. For the uninitiated, Thanksgivukkah is pop culture’s latest portmanteau: a mix of America’s harvest holiday with […]

MEDANSKY: Rob Ford’s drug war hypocrisy

It’s been a good few months for crack cocaine.

MEDANSKY: Honoring speech?

Even in the clearest of cases, a kind of murkiness can emerge when we wonder what it really means to “honor” the expression of others.

MEDANSKY: Tomorrow’s moon

It strikes me as somewhat ironic that NASA, once a testament to sustained national cooperation, has come to symbolize the gridlock of government shutdown.