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Misplaced solidarity

Last Friday, Feb. 26, the Yale Men’s Basketball team completed its first season sweep of Harvard since their 2007-08 season, in a decisive win in John Lee Amphitheater. An...

On emptiness and hope

Imagine your life as a pool of water. On the surface float the most superficial components: your material possessions, fleeting cares and worries, all the small ephemeral details of...

A liberal education

The first time I visited Undergraduate Career Services (UCS) as a freshman, the lobby was filled with juniors interviewing for summer internships with whichever consulting firm had occupied the...

Receiving ashes

Last Wednesday marked the beginning of this year’s Lenten season, a 40-day period of preparation leading up to the holiest day on the liturgical calendar: Easter. On the morning...

It’s only the best day of the year!

“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year!” So begins Season 2, Episode 16 of Parks and Recreation, with Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope defining the episode’s titular...

No penis required

When chivalry first emerged on the social scene, all knightly and shining and armored, the world was a very different place. But when we talk about chivalry today, we...

The case for White History Month

Every February, millions of Americans observe the long, arduous story of tragedy and triumph that is black history and ask, “But when is White History Month?“ In 2016, so...

What’s the big Ydea?

In recent weeks, many on Yale’s campus have embraced the idea of renaming Calhoun College after one of its own former residents, Roosevelt Thompson. Beside the fact that Roosevelt...

Madame President

  Sex, Markets, and Power was packed at its first meeting. Professor Rosenbluth opened her lecture with a photo collection by Elle UK, in which men were photoshopped out...

Güle Güle (Goodbye)

When I walked into my Elementary Turkish class last Friday, no one was dressed in all black. There were no flowers, and no one was crying. Instead, there was...

Channeling shame

This past Monday, women of color from the Afro American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural, the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Native American Cultural Center organized The “March...

Not just a pleasantry

“How are you?” I ask people this question all the time, but only rarely do I get a meaningful answer. The question is, in fact, completely devoid of meaning....

Letter from the editor

On Fri., Nov. 6, the Yale Herald published an opinion piece titled “Hurt at home,” which articulated an individual’s feelings of discomfort in the aftermath of an email from...

Woman to woman

On Wed., Nov. 4, hundreds of students gathered on Cross Campus and voiced anger, pain, and frustration to Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway in response to recent racial injustice...

The Grief Game

My friend is staring morosely at his food at dinner. He has just finished telling us about his current sexual frustrations and playfully concludes his monologue by stating, “UGH....

Proving my identity

I’m what people call a halfie, the part-Ugandan, part-Chinese variety. I can’t say I’m incredibly partial to the term, but it does a pretty decent job of describing me,...

Toxic masculinity

On Thurs., Oct. 1, Chris Harper-Mercer killed nine people and then himself at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. In the days since, the world has begun, yet again, to...