Vol. XIX, Issue I

Hey kiddos,

Welcome back! I hope your Shopping Period went well but, let’s be real, we both know it didn’t. C’est la vie, you know? Here’s what I’ll say: my schedule is finally sitting in the Morse College Dean’s Office — signed, sealed, and delivered — and I can’t wait to detox the two weeks that aged me two years. Elsewhere on campus, though, this weekend is an active one; sorority rush is well underway and Potential New Members are in the thick of vying to be sisters.

In this week’s front, Emma Chanen, BK ’19, talks with some of the women of Delta Sigma Theta’s Pi Alpha Chapter. The Deltas, as they’re called, make up the only historically Black sorority at Yale. Established in 1984, they’re also the oldest sorority on campus. But the Deltas are a little different from Yale’s other sisterhoods, from their own semester-long rush and pledge process to their emphasis on public service. After a hiatus of several years, they reactivated last spring, and will soon begin to recruit new members.

Meanwhile, in Features, Kat Corfman, SM ’21, investigates how and why Laurie Santos’s “Psychology and the Good Life” broke Yale course enrollment records. Over in Culture, Sidney Saint-Hillaire, BF ’20, puts the work of Hip Hop and Rap collective N.E.R.D and artist Nina Chanel Abney in conversation, and even curated a playlist to match. And in Opinions, check out three hot takes on Shopping Period (because we couldn’t help ourselves).

Whether you’re hitting the hay or hitting this town this weekend, I hope you take some time to kick back and peruse 2018’s first Herald, too. We made it through, guys. Now the fun begins.

Till soon,

Eve Sneider