Shreyas Tirumala
Staff Columnist
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TIRUMALA: Two truths and a lie

It’s amazing how many small untruths fly by unnoticed around campus. Take the fibs spewed during corporate recruiting season. “We have a good work-life balance” […]

TIRUMALA: When in Rome

A week ago, a friend and I had an intriguing conversation about names. Both of us are from Asian immigrant families; both of us care deeply […]

TIRUMALA: Manage the managers

It’s always amusing for me to open up one of the many generic emails sent from Woodbridge Hall and count the number of administrators whose names or titles I don’t recognize at all.

TIRUMALA: Practice what you preach

I miss a great many things about freshman year.

TIRUMALA: Everyone’s human

In the coming days, many students will be inundated with Facebook posts eviscerating the Yale administration and Corporation — and for good reason. It’s duplicitous […]


Whenever the subject of U.S. presidential elections pops up, Yale proudly boasts that five of its alumni once called 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home. Unsurprisingly, our […]

TIRUMALA: Right answers, wrong reasons

Spring break has come and gone and social media is, as usual, buzzing with pictures of everyone’s trips to Cabo and Puerto Rico. True to form, Yalies are a preppy bunch — you don’t have to look too hard to find photos of drunken teenagers clad in only the finest boat shoes and pastel shorts. There’s one type of apparel, however, that seems to be worn a little less frequently than you might expect from traveling Bulldogs: Yale gear.

TIRUMALA: In search of nuance

The “Yale Bubble” is a strange place. Inside this odd world, it’s not out of the question to hear young adults casually discussing Plato and Socrates; it’s a place where many students acquire a summer job that pays more than the annual salaries of most Americans.

TIRUMALA: What comes next?

The student body’s collective attention span is about as long as that of a goldfish, and we really don’t follow up on our demands.


Most folks, when they are asked whether $1 million is a lot of money, will answer yes. Still more people are impressed by $1 billion — as they should be. But try asking them what the NASA budget ought to be. How much money does a large government agency need to survive from year to year? Five billion? Ten?

TIRUMALA: Sheeping period

A little more than a year ago, former Yale English professor William Deresiewicz penned a controversial book in which he criticized students at elite universities for being “excellent sheep.” In it, he somewhat hyperbolically implies that the Yale student body and those at peer institutions are composed of resume-padding automatons who live in a community devoid of intellectual curiosity. At this point, I think many of us have concluded that he was largely incorrect. But there’s certainly one aspect of Yale that makes me feel sheepish: shopping period.