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Student voices: undercover tourist, broccoli PR, etc.

“Asian tourists were clogging up the sidewalks,” Kimberly Guo ’17 has heard students complain. When are these comments harmless observations, asks Guo, an Asian-American student at Yale, “and when do they start to negatively affect Asian Americans within the Ivy League as a whole?” To find out, she hopped on a bus with 50 people. In an interactive article in the Yale Daily News, she chronicles her “life as an Asian tourist.”

If Robert Storr, dean of the School of Art, is the “blissful anti-careerist overseeing the School of Art’s fertile mess,” Robert A. M. Stern, ’65MArch, dean of the School of Architecture, is “his attitudinal antithesis in the Brutalist block across Chapel Street.” Yet they both oversee two nationally acclaimed professional programs that, until 1972, were part of the same school. Katy Osborn ’15 offers a dual profile of these two “diametrically opposed characters,” in the Yale Herald.

“Our goal is to create excellent works of cinema that will be respected by our peers!” shouts Ingrid Leigh (played by Crystal Liu ’16) in B-Roll, a “Bulldog Productions Yale student-produced web series about college students making movies.” Is this possible in the hypothetical world of B-Roll—and at Yale? Jane Balkoski ’16 profiles the Bulldog Productions and the birth of B-Roll in a recent Yale Daily News article.

“Broccoli. Now 43% Less Pretentious Than Kale.” Billboards pitting broccoli against kale have popped in Claire’s Corner Copia, on College and Chapel streets, and even in on-campus dining halls. Inspired by a New York Times Magazine article on a hypothetical ad campaign revamping broccoli’s image, Monica DiLeo ’16, Adam Goff ’15, and Drew Morrison ’14 have began their own mission to “hijack kale’s cultural momentum” and make broccoli “cool.” Read the Yale Herald article on the movement, written by Sophie Haigney ’17, here.


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