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Liberal Hillary?

Hillary Clinton is officially running for president, and Yale’s liberals are justifiably excited. The prospect of our first female president is enough to get us buzzing, as it should...

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No more penis jokes

I’ve loved stand-up since before I knew what stand-up was. The only surviving home video of me features Charlie, age four, meticulously organizing Hot Wheels by shininess and color—no...

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Not that chill

I’m not sure when, but chill crept into our vocabulary, our communal lexicon, as indica­tive of ultimate value. It has taken on a life of its own: at some...

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Eat the marshmallow

In the late 1960s, researchers at Stanford ran what became a famous study on delayed gratification. They gave kids one marshmallow each and told them they could eat it...

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Big man on campus

It is a heavy burden to be popular at Yale. Trust me. The gaping stares at parties hurt. Getting reintroduced to people who tell me we’ve met before stings....

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Look back at it

In 1972, Joyce Maynard published a mini-memoir that appeared on the cover of the New York Times Maga- zine. Poignant, eloquent memoirs often grace the magazine’s pages, but this...

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In defense of 50 Most

When our friend Herald asked us to write an opinion piece about the face of 50 Most on campus, Herald initially asked us for a “defense.” Imagine: a defense...

Maude Tisch

Revisiting voluntourism

Whether it’s building latrines in Ghana over the summer or providing essential medications to communities in Honduras for spring break, many Yale students strive to do social good with...

Claire Goldsmith

Do not go gently into your 20s

As the end of spring break signals the flickering of the Class of 2015’s halcyon days of college, nearly all of us have confronted the big “what.” When I...

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The new Yale woman

A male friend of mine recently told me that a team we are on together is made up of “affable, charismatic, intelligent, and occasionally buffoon-ish” men, and “terrifyingly put-together...

Anna Meixler

Anticlimactic

“It took me way too long to process the evidence: sexy boys aren’t always good kissers.” So begins an essay called “I really regret some of the hot ones,”...

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A movement misled

I’m no treehugger, but, having been to my fair share of motorsports events where nitromethanol-impregnated race fuel exhaust blackened my clothes, I have always been aware that carbon consumption...

Alex Swanson

Taming of the screw

In the midst of the Camp Yale frenzy, I have a distinct memory of hearing the phrase “freshman screw.” I interrupted the girl mid-sentence, asking her to repeat herself....

Claire Goldsmith

Breaking down bondage

Regardless of whether or not you’ve ever picked up the book or have any intention of seeing the film, it’s almost impossible to go about your life these days...

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Gifting

“I need that this year, and if he doesn’t know that, well, I just don’t know,” she said in her exasperated Australian accent. “I just know, I need my...

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Selfie expression

As I sat in a dimly lit, vaguely hipster Chicago coffeehouse, a flash went off in the corner of my eye. To my left, I saw a smiling couple...

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18 trillion: up to us

The United States national debt is 18 trillion dollars and climbing. That’s more than the United States produces in an entire year (GDP = 16.8 trillion). That’s enough money...

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Fossil free, subsidy free

Walk through the isles of Sungevity, SunEdison, SunRun, SolarCity, or any other Bay Area solar startup. You’ll meet thousands of jeans- and plaid-clad workers convinced that we’ve reached a...

Vincent Mitchell

Blow’s close call

When I got my license, my big brother told me that if I ever got pulled over by the police I should keep my hands out on the wheel...

Chris Melamed

How we mourn

When I was in 8th grade, a kindergartner at my school passed away. It was a sudden sort of death, I think caused by an aneurysm or something to...