Shayna Elliot
Staff Reporter
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Thank You

The first-year counselor’s activity was perfectly timed. It was late August, after rooms were decorated, P.O. boxes purchased and parents gone. First years had begun […]

Going for Baroque

I think it’s fair to say that most of us don’t know much about the Japanese Baroque Period from 1550 to 1650. I, for one, […]

The Mormon You Know

Last Sunday night at 5 p.m., I found myself in a place I never expected to be. Not unlike my usual routine, I was at […]


When Yale students flocked to New Haven in late August of 2010, many had dreams of becoming electrical engineers. Or doctors. Or lawyers. Some were […]

Untitled but Uncovered: Norman Lewis In The YUAG // Shayna Elliot

There was always something missing from the Yale University Art Gallery’s Abstract Expressionist collection. While the museum’s walls were lined with works from Jackson Pollock […]

Dressed in Blue, in the Red

An Arabic translator for the Air Force. A four-year member of the Navy. A former addict turned Boren scholar and sociological researcher. A globe-trotting snowboarding coach and graphic designer. A former Marine Corp and State Department employee. They all walk Yale’s campus, but not as residential fellows, graduate students or professors. These are undergraduate students, all working towards the same bachelor’s degree as their younger classmates. They are Eli Whitney students.

Yale’s Brain Trust

Just off the side of the expansive Sterling Medical Center rotunda is the Cushing Whitney Medical Library. Considering its world-renowned status, the translucent tiled sign above the door generates an unassuming, even cozy, atmosphere. After the main corridor of circulation desks, the path forks in two: on the right is the modern medical library, and the Medical History Library lies to the left. The medical library brims with textbooks spanning topics from surgery and immunology to rehabilitation and chemical reactions. The historical library (which is, in fact, just a single room) is lined with dark wood paneling and locked book cases, eerie silence and sculpted busts, giving it a mysterious importance. It is cold and intimidating, yet magically lit and archaically beautiful.