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Second-class student

When I first got an email last fall declaring me the “new Joel D. Honigberg Scholar of the Year,” I was so excited. What had I won? I hoped...

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Gourmet gentrification

Growing up in New Haven, avocado, egg, and cheese sandwiches from Gourmet Heaven have been a significant part of my life. So have the broad range of people who come to the...

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Citizen CT

On campus each fall, when we move into our dorms, houses, and apartments, we confront the question of where to assign our political citizen- ship. As voter registration forms...

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Not “Ready for Hillary”

Let’s face it: the presidential primaries are still more than two years away. That’s enough time for a member of Congress to win and lose a seat, for President...

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Feminist first

I mute commercial breaks in case another breakfast cereal company clumsily markets its product with just another kitchen scene featuring a woman cheerily waving her children and husband off...

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The myth of skinny-shaming

As Nicki Minaj’s highest charting single ever, “Anaconda” has elicited a lot of controversy since its release. While the most prominent discussion seems to center around its salacious music...

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Don’t vote

As everyone on campus has been made painfully aware in the past few days, the Yale College Council is holding elections for its top positions. The campaigns were launched...

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Hello, people of Yale University. I am Frank, and I want to be your new Treasurer for the YCC. What is the “YCC,” you ask? Well, that is why...

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Do nothing

I was in Haas the other day, and I was feeling stressed. I couldn’t come up with any ideas for an essay I had been assigned, and a nearby...

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Detritus

Whenever I go back home, my parents tell me it’s time to clean. They’re talking about my room, the one in which a rainbow ship-shaped kite still hangs from...

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Focusing our energy

On Sun., Mar. 2, 2014, several hundred students were arrested in an act of civil disobedience at the White House. chaining themselves to the fence, students called upon President...

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Boy meets world

I went to a high school where everyone knew it when I got a haircut. I sold firewood to my English teacher. The old Cuban guy who taught me...

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Reducing identity

I can’t wait until Jared Leto makes another movie or drops another album—something, anything, so he’ll finally stop talking about Dallas Buyers Club and his Oscar-winning performance as Rayon,...

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A high price to pay

In June 2013, Harvard’s endowment was 32,334,293,000 dollars, Yale’s was 20,780,000,000 dollars, and Stanford’s was 18,688,868,000 dollars. These sums would rank fairly high on the Forbes list of the...

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Putin’s chessboard

Six years ago the Russian military invaded my country in a shocking display of violence that left the global community thoroughly astounded. I’ll never forget Russian fighter jets buzzing...

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Deny the cold

I’ve been thinking about something that I don’t think anyone else has either the percipience to notice or the guts to talk about: it’s cold out. I know it’s...

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We scare because we’re careless

Op-eds about secret societies generally agree that the tap process is terrible. It “made me anxious beyond belief,” wrote Nate Zelinsky, DC ’13, in a YDN piece entitled “The...

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Sockville Winter Olympics

By the end of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, I found myself asking ques- tions about America—questions like, “Did Abraham Lincoln ever ski?” “Does Barack Obama ever ski?” “Did...

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Venmo, FoMO

On Valentine’s Day, I vicariously went condom-shopping. There are two ways you could know this: either you happened to be in the aisle when I decided between a “Platinum...

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The end of Facebook?

June 10, 2008: “Dude this whole facebook thing’s actually pretty fun” was the first thing I posted on Facebook, I think. I wrote it on a friend’s wall on...