Shots in the Dark

Finds of the Davenport College photo group.

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Charles Drucker and Han Xu Davenport Photo Group
A Few Good Men

Whatever happened to ROTC?

In 1950, over half of Yale’s undergraduate population participated in the military’s Reserve Office Training Corp (ROTC)— the college student’s alternative to taking his chances with the draft. In addition to their normal coursework, they performed drills, took Military Science courses, and, perhaps most dauntingly, signed away the four years following graduation to become officers in the military. In exchange, they received Yale credit for their ROTC coursework, considerable financial aid, and, in an era when military service was almost compulsory, were able to exercise. . . Read more
Helen Eckinger
The Contender

Minutes after arriving at Yale, Ned Lamont asks the crowd: “Who am I?”

Ned Lamont strolls into the Branford Common Room. Robust and confident, he seems a bit too polished for the casual space. His smile is self-satisfied without being smug. The boyish 52-year old businessman-turned-politician is the first challenger to Senator Joe Lieberman since the latter’s election in 19th. Lamont projects the image of the spirited politician who captures both the support of both the old and young in one fell swoop—a would-be JFK of Connecticut’s Democrats. “Who am I?” Lamont asks the crowd minutes after arriving. . . Read more
Lauren Harrison
Pints for Points

Anna Liffey’s famed Trivia Night.

On Tuesday nights, the tables in Anna Liffey’s, a subterranean Irish pub at 17 Whitney, fill up by 8:15 as regulars appear and gradually crystallize into teams of five. When nine o’clock rolls around, these teams engage in animated debates about the seemingly trivial—questions like “which popular board game was banned in Cuba and North Korea?” The participants defy generalization: Neuroscience graduate students compete against Book Trader baristas and a group of coworkers from a local high school. Some participants neither work nor reside in. . . Read more
Megan McLaughlin

The Morse College courtyard sculpture.

“It’s a helmet.” “It’s a gun.” “It’s a gun wearing a helmet.” “It’s a droopy mushroom.” “It’s very… vertical. It’s sort of, um…” “It’s a penis.” It’s the sculpture outside my window—stunningly ugly, brutishly tall, bizarrely sensual. To me, it looks like a craggy polyp; to others—okay , many others—it’s a giant emblem of… masculinity. Objectively, it’s not much more than a broadly curved surface on top of several long, twisted pillars. But any way you look at it, it’s a jarring addition to the. . . Read more
Julia Wallace
Harmony Displaced

What happens when the shelter gets evicted.

Gabor Kovacs left Hungary in 1976. “Draft dodging,” he explains with a faint smile. “In Hungary, everybody had to serve. You didn’t have a choice.” It is a quiet Tuesday evening at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Wall Street. Gabor sits at a table in a room at the back of the chapel. He occasionally looks over at the window as the daylight fades. It is almost six o’clock. Harmony Place, a community center for the homeless run by Yale student volunteers, meets here every. . . Read more
Nick Handler
Keeping an Eye on Iran

A New Haven non-profit documents violations abroad.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified one of the founders of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. The New Journal appreciates this correction to our online records. – Julia Calagiovanni and Eric Boodman, Editors-in-Chief, March 2015   Just over six thousand miles separate New Haven from Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Late last year, a new organization—the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC)—was founded with the intention of bridging that gap. The Center may seem like just another entrant into New Haven’s. . . Read more
Paige Austin
The College Dropout

A glitch in the residential system – I switched.

During my Yale admissions tour, forty overeager highschoolers and I were herded through the iron gates of Silliman, arranged in a corner of the Frisbee-dotted courtyard, and regaled with the merits of the residential college system. A couple of months later, in my interview, I cited these merits as one of my primary motives for applying to Yale. I babbled about how I longed for an intimate liberal arts experience in the midst of a research university and described a dream of four-year friendships, fierce. . . Read more
Nicole Allan
The Young the Restless

A television cast is at your command.

It just seems like the first episode…”I paused, searching for a tactful phrase. “Kind of sucked?” offered Lina Chen ‘08, the mastermind behind IvyU, the undergraduate soap opera that recently premiered on YTV, Yale’s student-run television station. ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘now that you mention it, yeah.’ IvyU captured attention on campus long before it premiered. Chen’s marketing team handed out laminated cards at Commons Dining Hall, placed ads in the campus tabloid,Rumpus, and plastered every campus bulletin board with posters. Each offered seductively few details: “IvyU…. . . Read more
Sophia Lear
The Old College Try

How Yale failed to build new residential colleges, and how it hopes to succeed.

Early last month, a Yale alumna agreed to take a quick meeting with a University development officer. The meeting, later described by the alumna as “very low-key,” was only one in an extended series of interviews currently being conducted by Yale development officers across the country. They are part of the “quiet phase” of a major University fundraising drive scheduled to be formally unveiled in September. Representatives are conducting a vast number of interviews with alumni to pinpoint topics that will make nostalgia flourish, hearts. . . Read more
Jonny Dach