Rafaela Kottou
Staff Reporter
Author Archive
New Havener Alexandra Daum Selected as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development

With Gov. Lamont preparing for his second term, he named New Haven resident and current deputy commissioner Alexandra Daum as the next commissioner of DECD.

Chasing Complicated: Strangers Turned Friends Turned Lovers

Life at Yale is complicated. Friendships are complicated — you fight and you drunk fight and you sober fight and you cry and apologize and […]

Humans of New Haven: Lifelong friends serving up cappuccinos, mochas out of a bus

Owned by two seasoned coffee experts, the Jitter Bus celebrates the simplicity of classic beverages while embracing the dynamics of current culture.

Culturally responsive pedagogy: supporting the individual in the era of COVID-19

New Haven Public Schools have increased support of culturally responsive pedagogy, focusing on individual student needs amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World of the Romantic Comedy

Danny is a charming, successful plastic surgeon with one goal: get girls. But, once he meets the beautiful 23-year-old Palmer, everything changes. Determined to be […]

Orlando Yarborough III and Abie Benitez take seats on New Haven Board of Education

With the recent expiration of Tamaiko Jackson-McArthur and Larry Conaway’s BOE terms, two new members with diverse perspectives and experiences take their seats on the board.

My Obsession with Reality TV

Over winter break, I developed a concerning obsession with reality TV.  Perhaps “developed” is the wrong word. My obsession with reality TV is most certainly […]

Finding forever

We sit on the sofa, our fingers shiny and sticky, coated in butter from our now-eaten popcorn. It’s just past 2 a.m. on a Monday […]

Mom, Dad, I Hope You Approve

For my first Halloween, I dressed up as a ladybug. Or, rather, my parents dressed me up as a ladybug. I suppose I had no […]

Good-boy cologne

He wears good-boy cologne. The type that reminds me of sweet tulips and red berries and honey. The type that my mom would like and […]

How I Bumped a Yale Professor’s Car

To the professor whose car I bumped this summer:  I apologize, deeply and sincerely. As you probably know, your car was beautiful, and I hope […]

Cecilia Lee