Fear of Needles

New Haven proved that syringe exchange programs prevent the spread of HIV. Why won’t Congress pay for them?

From two to three o’clock on Tuesday afternoons, the New Haven syringe exchange van parks on the corner of Grand Avenue and Ferry Street in Fair Haven. It’s here that George Bucheli, HIV counselor and educator, takes dirty syringes from intravenous drug users and provides them with sterile ones in return. “This stop’s been hopping lately,” Bucheli told me. “We’ve been getting a lot of young male clients. Young. I mean like 19, 20 years old, Latino, white. From other places, too—East Haven, Waterbury, Branford.”. . . Read more
Helen Knight
Final Draft

The fight to write the blue book.

“Say what? SAYBROOK! Say what? SAYBROOK!” Residential college cheers are regularly heard at intramural sports games, but this time, the setting isn’t Yale’s playing fields—it is a small classroom in Scheffield-Sterling-Srathcona hall. After hours of preparation, the time has come – not to demonstrate athletic superiority, but to pick classes. This is the residential college seminar draft, the culmination of a long process of evaluation, negotiation, and strategy. Most students know the Residential College Seminar Program for its nontraditional courses; recent offerings have included Christian. . . Read more
Helen Knight
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