Nathan Kohrman
Staff Columnist
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KOHRMAN: Our lesser angels

Last spring, Stephen Schwarzman ’69 gave $150 million to Yale. In return, Yale commemorated him by renovating Commons, Memorial Hall and Woolsey Hall into a “state-of-the-art campus center,” and by naming the complex the “Schwarzman Center.” This strange exchange is emblematic of Yale’s weakness — of which we’re all aware and a shade ashamed — for glitz, prestige and money.

KOHRMAN: A more perfect union

On March 18, 2008, Barack Obama gave the most important speech of his political career. ABC News had found clips of the then-senator’s former pastor […]

KOHRMAN: “On Writing Well,” today

Before his book “On Writing Well” sold more than a million copies, William Zinsser was master of Branford College and taught a nonfiction workshop in the 1970s. He made a superlative impression on his students.

KOHRMAN: Why we don’t wear helmets

For this eight-week window, we can glide down Elm St., inhaling the crisp scent of fall. But there’s something missing when you imagine this idyllic scene: a helmet.

KOHRMAN: Unwanted hands

Earlier this week, Lady Gaga released a new music video called “Til it Happens to You,” which details three graphic scenes of sexual violence, in order to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses.

KOHRMAN: Fiction and fission

I have come across so many parallels between the sciences and the humanities that I have begun to believe that atoms and humans behave with similar volition.

KOHRMAN: Go to sleep

It feels like everyone at Yale takes that fifth class, joins that third club, goes to Woads and makes everything fit by cutting back on sleep.

KOHRMAN: A year away from Yale

This Tuesday, I turned 22, and as I drove to Safeway for some last minute groceries, I thought about how I’ve changed since turning 21.

KOHRMAN: For a smoking ban

A campus ban would reinforce the uncontroversial notion that cigarettes are bad for our community, creating social space for peers to mock smoking as an unhealthy affectation.

KOHRMAN: Chinese is not hard

We should be aware of cultural barriers, but we shouldn’t fixate on them.

KOHRMAN: Serious fun

There is a time for seriousness, but not all the time. Adulthood is rarely simple, but its complexity means there’s a funny side to things.