How to Keep a Promise

The New Haven Promise program goes off to college this fall.

Graffitti outside High School in the Community. Photo by Jacque Feldman The long mid-morning class period, which lasts from 10:05 to 11:35, can be tedious if you’re a student at Wilbur Cross, a public high school in New Haven. On a rainy day in early April, class was especially tedious for one student, whom I will call Shawn. He was working in the school library’s computer room with his junior English classmates, and he was supposed to be researching a presentation on “Battle Royal,” the. . . Read more
Jacqueline Feldman
Title IX: Taking Yale to Court

Perspectives from a plaintiff in the landmark 1977 case Alexander v. Yale.

    Design by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff Editors’ note: Like many others on campus, we have dear friends who, as victims of sexual assault, have been ill-served by their University. We believe that the University’s mechanisms for responding to sexual misconduct can be substantively improved, and we are confident that in responding to the complaint to the Department of Education under Title IX, the University will become a safer, better place for students of both sexes. Ann Olivarius was a plaintiff in the 1977 case. . . Read more
Ann Olivarius
Hide Your Tires

Traveling in used tires, the world’s deadliest mosquito threatens to invade Connecticut.

A deadly threat. Illustrations by Clare Randt John Shepard spends his summers hunched over a microscope, identifying mosquitoes trapped in the Connecticut mosquito surveillance program. Shepard oversaw the identification and sorting of 115,725 mosquitoes last year. The year before it was closer to three hundred thousand. He examined probably forty thousand under the microscope himself. Connecticut is home to over fifty different species of mosquitoes, thirty of which are commonly found in the statewide traps. But one morning in July 2006, Shepard saw a distinct,. . . Read more
Jeffrey Kaiser
Not on Their Watch

Putting on the red jacket of international civilian crime-fighting brotherhood, the Guardian Angels.

The Guardian Angels are watching. Illustration by Tom Stokes We walk in a sharp diamond formation. Rocky reminds me repeatedly to stay on his inside, away from the street, where action is most likely to break out. To patrol tonight, we’ve driven to the Crown Street nightclub district, an area close to Yale that I know well, but still Rocky has built the formation of hulking men in red jackets around me—I’m small, I’m a girl, and it is my first patrol. As we approach. . . Read more
Sanjena Sathian
A Trip to the Corner Store

A hard look at New Haven’s bodegas.

Nutrition in the urban desert. Illustration by Ali Abarca On our way over to the West River neighborhood, a former Italian enclave that is now predominantly black and Latino, Stacy Spell and I drive past a dilapidated storefront—its windows boarded up, its sidewalk dusty with the residue of melted street snow. “See,” Spell beams at me, “the potential is here.” Spell is the head of the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation, which has recently partnered with the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) at. . . Read more
Jake Conway

The New Haven Institute of Religion on a nice sunny day like today.

Illustration by Ali Abarca The food’s on the table: chicken salad, tomatoes, grapes, chips, and a bowl of York Peppermint Patties. Let’s go ahead and say a blessing! A graduate student in astronomy bends his head. Our father in Heaven, we are grateful to be able to have Institute today, to discuss the problems of life and put them in the light and perspective of Scripture. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Institute is just a short name for Institutes of Religion, the program. . . Read more
Max Ehrenfreund
Nota Bene

Taking the wooden chairs of WLH for its pews, Yale’s Sacred Harp singing ensemble continues a centuries-old tradition begun by New Haven’s own Puritans.

Illustration by Ali Abarca Yale New Haven Regular Singing, the University’s Sacred Harp singing ensemble, does not perform. Instead, its members sit in a hollow, democratic square, sopranos facing basses, tenors facing altos. Each singer is a listener, as well as a musician. The group ranges from ten to twenty undergrads, graduate students, and New Haven community members. Founded about a year ago by Ian Quinn, a professor of music theory, the group chatters familiarly as they wait in the hall for a course section. . . Read more
Rachel Lipstein
American Elm, American City

Over the centuries, the Elm City’s eponymous tree has weathered cankworms, beetles, and the teeth of villagers’ hungry horses. Now, a local group has taken up a mission to stop the greatest threat of all: Dutch elm disease.

Illustration by Ali Abarca In 1685, William Cooper gave an unusual gift. The poor Hamden farmer uprooted two saplings, specimens of Ulmus americana, the American elm, from his farm and hauled them on his wagon five miles to the budding city of New Haven, where he planted them in front of the church that then stood on the town green. They were the first elms recorded to have been planted in the city. Nearly three and a half centuries later, the city of New Haven. . . Read more
Eli Mandel
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
The House That Alice Built

Before women could vote, Alice Washburn was building the most beautiful houses in New Haven and Hamden.

Blueprints of Washburn's houses. Images courtesy the Eli Whitney Museum The houses of Hamden’s Swarthmore Street possess delicate bones. Place them atop poles and each home would look like the finest handmade birdhouse. These colonials and their siblings, over one hundred and ten houses in total, have presided over streets in Hamden, New Haven, and Cheshire since the 1920s, when they were designed and built by Alice Washburn. Washburn began her career as a landscape architect in 1919 at age 49. She had no formal. . . Read more
Juliana Hanle