Letter from the Editors 9/25

Dear reader, wherever you may be,

With one week left before October, soon all media outlets will be publishing articles with titles like “Trick-or-Treating and Social Distancing” or “How to Incorporate Masks Into Your Costume.” Where did September go? Usually, I know September is over because I’ve stopped making daily trips to the Yale Bookstore. But these days I rarely emerge from my Wooster Square apartment outside of infrequent grocery store runs. Time and space are a fleeting memory. As a student taking the semester off, even my geographic proximity to Yale has done little to affirm a feeling of connection to the university. The thread that binds me to this place is tenuous and ever thinning, and I mark the weeks by counting the empty Popeye’s bags that pile up on my coffee table. Two, three, four — yes, a month into school sounds about right.

But the Yale Herald, Yale’s only weekly publication, helps me track the passage of time, and makes me feel that maybe Yale isn’t too far away. Whether you’re on campus, off campus, or way off campus, there’ll be something in this issue for you. In Features, Bryan Ventura, MY ’24, chronicles the first-year experience under quarantine, delving into the idiosyncrasies of making friends while staying healthy. McKinsey Crozier, TD ’22, juxtaposes the treatment of Hasidism in Shtisel and Unorthodox, Netflix’s two pandemic binges about Orthodox Jewry. In Culture, Kapp Singer, GH ’23, muses on Facebook groups, while in Inserts, Clay Jamieson, GH ’24, counts down the best ways to spend your semester off. And, if you’re looking for something especially topical, Zawar Ahmed, BK ’23, reports on the psychological differences between Democrats and Republicans.

The year is moving fast, it’s true. Only about nine weeks until we all go home for Thanksgiving, and New Haven is once again free from our disease-bearing bodies. Yes, nine short weeks, but that’s nine issues of the Herald for you to look forward to. Nine issues that, although you won’t have physical copies to collect in a stack on your common room table, you’ll be able to access wherever and whenever you like. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are; we’ll be here, ready to hold your gaze and pass your time.

From Wooster Square, with love,

Elliot Lewis, BR ’23 (or ’22+1)

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