First person

Several years ago, we interviewed three newly arrived first-years. Now, we interview them when they’ve got their mortaboards on.


On gratitude

The Baccalaureate Address

By Peter Salovey


Open secrets

Once a year, Yale’s hush-hush senior societies engage in some cryptic but very public initiation rituals.

By Mark Alden Branch


The man who saved the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs were lumbering, stupid, scientifically boring beasts—until John Ostrom rewrote the book on them.

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From the Editor

A maven of Yale history

Judith Ann Schiff has plumbed the university’s archives for 53 years.

By Kathrin Lassila

Letters to the Editor

Pulling out all the stops 

Readers talk back about Yale’s first African American grad, canine cognition, the cost of tuition, and more.

Where They Are Now

A gentleman’s guide to success

How a Tony nominee decided he really was an actor.

By Mark Blankenship

Scene on Campus

Data art

Information writ large at the School of Management’s Evans Hall.

New Haven

Whispering Galleries

Public library art, courtesy of a shopkeeper from the 1800s.

By Christopher Arnott

Old Yale

Dual-career couple

Between the world wars, life partners Martha May Eliot and Ethel Collins Dunham taught at Yale’s medical school—and were pioneers in pediatrics.

By Judith Schiff

Sporting Life

Spring sports highlights: 2014

Coed sailing wins a second straight national title.

By Alex Goldberger

Last Look

Joining the clubs

Meet Yale’s ceremonial maces.

Web Extra

List: 41 secret societies at Yale

All the societies we know about, as of spring 2014.

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Q&A: Peter Salovey

Undergraduates and alcohol

Yale’s approach to a nationwide problem.

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