Every day I’ve been going to a different library. Since I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, they are on rotation: SML, Bass, Law, Berkeley, A&A, Classics, Law, Berkeley—you get it. There’s nowhere else to go and nothing else to do. Just as I thought I’d escaped the grimy smallness of L-Dub, I landed last pick in the housing lottery (98). I’m out of spaces, people!
Still, I think I’m wrong because I can’t remember a time in my life when something wasn’t being renovated. First, from the ages of zero to nine, everything was completely new and changing all the time. Then it was 2004—I turned ten, entered my ’tween years, Bush was reelected, and Hey Arnold! was cancelled. Since then, I have gone up the rungs of the educational ladder: middle school, high school, col- lege, year-by-year and day-by-day falling into rhythms that repeated regularly and varied slightly, just as often. All the while, I’m pretty sure the West Side Highway, which took me to school in the Bronx and takes me to New Haven, has been under construction since I was born.
It turns out, as it often does: I am wrong—things at Yale are also are about to be expanded and renovated in a big way. This week, President Salovey sent the entire Yale community an email (serious shout out to Charlie) celebrating a $250 million dollar “gift commitment,” the largest donation in Yale history. In this week’s front, Daniel Stern, SY ’16, and Eric Boodman, BR ’15, bring you separate profiles of two seemingly marginalized spaces of Yale: the HGS basement and the Peabody Museum’s Environmental Science Center storage room, respectively. We hope they serve as two snapshots of Yale’s unique physical space, space off the center of campus that have survived our inattention and might be altered in the eminent, large-scale, campus overhaul.
Maybe you prefer the smaller snapshots. In the Culture section, you can read blurbs about six senior art majors and their work. In Features, Isabelle Taft, SM ’16, investigates the Freshmen Scholars at Yale program, in which 33 freshmen, mostly first-generation college students took Yale courses over the summer to get acclimated to the collegiate life and work-load. Kevin Su, MC ’16, of Reviews <3, argues that the script of coming out is written exclusively for the role of the upper-middle-class white male. As always, there are some gems in the Voices section: Cody Kahoe, CC ’16, sits with Ambassador Marc Grossman and Cory Myers, BK ’15, travels across spacetime and the Internet.
I hope that over your brunch, study-break, or final days of summer basking, you can relax with the Herald and take solace in the fact that, whatever’s being renovated, we are going to print this fucking paper.