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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...

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The burden of listening

TRIGGER WARNING FOR CHILD ABUSE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT All children love stories. So when they reveal that they have been sexually assaulted, people hope that’s what they are doing—making up...

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Making things

As far as I can tell, getting through four years at Yale is a marathon of incompletions. I can’t count the papers I’ve written that got kicked out the...

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Our sad state

With regard to politics I consider myself something of an agnostic, maybe even apolitical, and so I did not watch President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address last...

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A reductive message

The text on the most recent cover of the Yale Alumni Magazine reads, in three descending lines, “Reaching beyond the low hanging fruit,” “Yale College seeks smart students from...

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Beyond vocabulary

“That’s just not the way we’ve been trained to talk about these things,” my friend said matter-of-factly as he sipped his beer. Crowded around a poorly lit table near...