We’re about a month away from the official move-in date for the Yale College Class of 2018 and many of them are sitting at home pondering deep questions like “how big will my room be?” and “will I make friends?” Entering college is apparently the most terrifying experiencing one can go through—and Yale’s official guide for incoming students is no longer enough. Yale18 has all the answers you never needed and should not be looking for under any circumstances. Created by two members of the Class of 2017 and one from 2018 (what are you doing you haven’t even arrived on campus yet), Yale18 is basically a compilation of past “guides to freshman year,” an absurd Google Doc template to figure out where each one of your roommates is traveling from, and some links to free shit.
Ivy League schools waste of time announces magazine that is integral arm of Ivy alum media job pipeline
— alex pareene (@pareene) July 22, 2014
The current issue of the New Republic features former Yale professor William Deresiewicz going on for 4000 words deriding the Ivy League and other “elite” schools. This is not unusual: Deresiewicz has done this before and probably will do so again (there’s freedom in not getting tenure, it seems). But with a solid clickbait headline, the article made the rounds on social media and we decided to address some of the fallacies and paradoxes presented in his TNR arguments. Join us.
Today we’d like to throwback to 2010, when some benevolent Yalies traveled to South Africa for spring break to participate in Jamie Lachman’s, Y’98, “Clowns Without Borders South Africa.”
“We remove our [clown] noses, only to transfer them to the plush animal-shaped neck pillows we bought on impulse while waiting for our flight.
… We eleven Yalies could have built that teacher a new school and more with the combined cost of our plane tickets to South Africa. We hoped our trip amounted to more than simple self-indulgence, but sometimes we had trouble remembering why.”
[Notably, in the three days since this was tipped to us, the page was taken down, but archives preserved this pixel-y image. If you have pictures to share in future #tbts, email us at email@example.com]
This week, New York Magazine did a feature on the delicious DC summer interns, one of our favorite subsets of students. Of the 10 interns profiled, half of them (from our sleuthing) are Ivy Leaguers, hailing exclusively from Yale and Harvard — though this post in the very earnest “Yale in Washington Summer 2014” group may have had something to do with that slant:
Happy trails to you.
After 20 years as the President of Yale, Richard Levin has finally made the move to a more real school: Coursera, Inc., one of the many platforms for the massively expanding market of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Levin will come on as the CEO of Coursera in April, becoming something of a mascot for online education as one of the first respected educators to enter the field.
In classic form, Yale students have found a petty non-issue to latch onto and raise hell over. Recently, all Yale dining halls stopped offering normal-sized bagels without warning, replacing them with mini-sized bagels (while continuing to offer the same selection of bagel varieties). And Yalies lost their shit.
Last week, Yale students received two university-wide Clery Act emails informing them that two Yale students were victims of “sexual assault by an acquaintance, who is also a Yale student” at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house on February 8th. February 8th was the night of the annual “Dom” party thrown by the Women in Power Society (WIPS), a secret society, which was held in the SigEp house.
The “Dom” party is an infamous, no-cellphones-allowed event. From what we hear, people dress up in BDSM gear and porn is projected on the walls as hot freshmen guys pass around drinks. Interestingly, it’s also generalized as one of the safer party SigEp hosts: there is a closed guest list with doors closing at 11 pm and everyone (besides those hot freshmen boys) is over 21-years-old.
For two assaults to happen on a night that typically gets by without major public notice is surprising–but only considering its history of safety. Dom is a party full of porn, S&M, and lots of alcohol, after all. In a statement, SigEp said that the assault allegations are not against brothers of the fraternity, consistent with rumors we have been hearing.
A fake tweet linking to a not-existing article
Brief item, here: John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s only grandson, is the editor of the Bullblog. Today a fake Twitter account—@JJSchlossberg—tweeted the above phony link. Queerty fell for it, as did some some people on Twitter. Sources tell us that the Kennedy in question is “100% not gay.”
We’ve contacted Schlossberg to see if he’ll set the record straight in time for Valentine’s Day.
Update, 7:32 PM: JBKS sent IvyGate the following:
The twitter account belongs to someone who impersonates me online. There was never any article posted, and instead was a link to a non existent piece. And for the record I am not gay. Thanks.
Sent from my iPhone
Hate to burst your (prizewinning economic) bubbles…
Generally when a Nobel Prize-winning economist—like, say, Robert Schiller—agrees to teach a 400 person course to a bunch of 18-year-olds—like, say, the Yale Introductory Macroeconomics class—the 18-year-olds in question sit back, shut up, and bask in the knowledge.
“I believe that talking about socioeconomic status is one of the last taboos among Yale students,” Yale President Peter Salovey said in his Freshman Address this fall. As if in response to this call, Yale Alumni Magazine showcased class in their January/February issue, declaring on the cover:
“Yale College seeks smart students from poor families. They’re out there—but hard to find.”
Nope, this isn’t a parody of Yale stereotypes—it’s really a thing they thought was OK to put in big letters.