Transformers

Yale’s Anime Society.

Sometimes people fly. Sometimes they yell. Sometimes they fight, with their feet and their fists, pounding faces. Their eyes are enormous—some opened wide and round like cherries, others pointier, almond shaped. There are monsters sometimes: space creatures or enormous spiders that bleed maroon juices and snarl. Sometimes there are magical elks and strange horsefaced dogs. There’s multicolored shade and stripes of lamplight on dark streets. Sometimes there are swords and sometimes there’s sex. There are subtitles, in English. If there weren’t, you couldn’t catch a. . . Read more
Kate Selker
Paint and Switch

How one contracting company paints a pretty picture of a risky venture.

In 2008, a Yale senior made close to $60,000 in one summer painting houses. As fantastical as it may sound, especially to the many Yale students who see enervating banking and consulting internships as the only way to make money over the summer, the story of Max Rhodes ’09 is no fairy tale. In an article, seductively titled “Rhodes ’09 earns big with paint,” published in the Yale Daily News last February, Rhodes described how he spent summer 2008 running a painting business through a. . . Read more
Haley Cohen
Judging A Book By Its Cover

Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts library spares no expense to acquire rare treasures. So how do they make sure they’re real?

On the fourth floor of the Art Gallery, Suzanne Boorsch pulls a print from a black box. Unauthorized Reproduction Title: Laissez-Faire (Les Affaires) Beneath a red sky, two men are fighting. One is faceless and the other has a fedora. Both wear grey slacks and have giant, rugged hands. To the left, a policeman turns his back to them; he is also wearing grey pants. The scene, with its swatches of color and bantering men, is comically straightforward: aimless rage and controlled passivity together on. . . Read more
Sara Mich
A Little Older, A Little Wiser

Graduate students living among us in the residential colleges.

Their numbers are small: emails to the administrative offices of the residential colleges revealed only five names spread across two colleges, Davenport and Saybrook. Few students in the general Yale College student body know of their existence. Unlike masters, deans, or professors, they do not look or behave so differently from undergraduates. Instead, they live among us, as us—almost. Though they live, eat, shower and sleep amidst undergraduates, they are no longer in college themselves.  Yes, several graduate students, still suspended in a dormitory lifestyle. . . Read more
Helen Knight
Catch Him If You Can

Professor Kirk Wetters is pulling a con job.

Tucked away in an office on the third floor of WLH, Professor Kirk Wetters is pulling a con job. While his colleagues in the German Studies department lecture on the Brothers Grimm and the Weimar Republic, Wetters teaches classes whose connection to the studies of his colleagues is tenuous—“Literature, Politics and the Public Sphere,” “Literature of Travel and Tourism,” and, this past fall, “Confidence Games: Fakes, Frauds, and Counterfeits.” Wetters’ desire to teach a course on confidence games was sparked by Orson Welles film F. . . Read more
Nicholas Geiser
More Than a Game

Feeling left out of the huddle.

A race to the finish. Courtesy Ed Betz, The New York Times It was August and hot. The air teemed with the testosterone-fueled excitement of preseason. I had signed up for my West Hartford, Connecticut public high school’s football team with about fifty other freshmen, who, like myself, had been coaxed into helmets and pads by nostalgic fathers and then prodded into huddles by even more nostalgic coaches. I was terrified, but eager to prove myself. Some of the other players on the team had. . . Read more
Jake Conway
Risque Business

One man’s mission to dress people up, without selling out.

A row of masks at Costume Bazaar. Animal heads surround me. They are stacked on shelves, falling off of counters, staring at me with oversized cartoon eyes. I start reaching out to feel the top of a panda’s head when my guide appears in the entrance from the parking lot, stomping his feet to get rid of the snow on his boots and leaning a shovel against the doorway. “Those?” he asks with a nod to my furry acquaintances. “We have about 200 of them.. . . Read more
Jessica Cole
An Impostor’s Guide to Yale

Two impostors (or are they?) show us how to make the most of Yale, uninvited.

In 1997, Tonica Jenkins was arrested for faking a resume to gain admission to Yale’s School of Medicine. In 2007, it was discovered that Shin Jeong-ah, a professor at Korea’s Dongukk University had forged a letter alleging that she had earned doctorate from Yale’s Graduate School. Two years ago, Akash Maharaj lied about undertaking a rigorous course of study and achieving straight A’s at Columbia to win a transfer into Morse’s class of 2008. In all three cases, the repercussions for the outed impostors was. . . Read more
Jacqueline Feldman and Ari Berkowitz