The Race for Ward 1

Sarah Eidelson ’12 and Vinay Nayak ’14 at a critical moment in city politics.

This summer, before she announced her candidacy for Ward 22 alderwoman, Jeanette Morrison went door to door in Dixwell, asking her neighbors what concerns they had about the community. “There’s no jobs,” they told her. But from the porches where she stood listening, she could see construction happening all over neighboring Ward 1 on Yale’s campus. How could the city grant those zoning rights, she wondered, without also requiring that some of the area’s unemployed residents be trained and allowed to work on these projects?. . . Read more
Emily Rappaport
Roaring Success

Roaring Brook Press, a small children’s book publisher founded in Brookville, Connecticut, has swept the Caldecott Medal in recent years. What does it take for old-fashioned success in an Internet-savvy, Twilight-obsessed publishing world?

Illustration by Ali Abarca Every morning, Amos McGee politely asks his sugar bowl for a spoonful of sugar for his oatmeal and two for his teacup. Then he ambles out the door. Amos is the city zookeeper, and his closest friends are the zoo’s inhabitants: an elephant, a tortoise, a penguin, a rhinoceros, and an owl. One day, when Amos wakes up ill and must stay home from work, his friends from the zoo surprise him at his house, passing the time with him until. . . Read more
Emily Rappaport
Riot Girl

In 1996 Sara Marcus left Yale, after violent threats to LGBTQ students were shrugged off by the administration. How far has Yale come since?

This fall, Katie Miller ’13 left the United States Military Academy at West Point in protest of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and transferred to Yale. “Even before I was interested in transferring, I knew it was LGBTQ friendly,” she says of the college. After all, in 1986, Yale became one of the nation’s first universities to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination clause. The next year, an article in the Wall Street Journal dubbed the school the “gay Ivy”—an epithet that Miller. . . Read more
Emily Rappaport
Separating the Men from the Boys

A look at a WGSS class on what it means to be a man.

He is outstandingly handsome and robust, very masculine. This is The American Heritage Dictionary’s example sentence for the word “masculine.” It’s the kind of sentence that’s intended to elucidate, to enlighten. It’s the kind your high school English teacher makes you write on tests to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you know the meaning of the word. Masculine equals handsome plus robust. Outstandingly so. The wise men of a new WGSS class. Brianne Bowen Does America really define masculinity this way? Does. . . Read more
Emily Rappaport