Hey. Grab a seat. Get comfy. Welcome to the Yale Herald. We’re glad you’re here.
We want to hear about you later, but first, let us tell you a bit about ourselves.
If you’re a returning reader, you may have noticed that the Herald looks a little different this year. While we’ve been steadfast in our commitment to being this campus’s most daring paper since our inception in 1986, this new format solidifies our position as an alternative arts and culture publication.
We are not a paper of record. None of us have ever been to an athletic event. But as a weekly publication, we occupy an otherwise unfilled niche on Yale’s campus: publishing both journalistic and creative writing, delving into the oddest and most insular campus subcultures, highlighting this week’s can’t-miss events, and presenting it all in the prettiest possible package.
We want you—yes, you—to join us. The Herald has something to offer every reader, writer, artist and editor. We value thoughtful, actionable, in-depth feedback. We seek to cultivate a sense of community and investment in one another’s work that contravenes the prevailing culture of self-centeredness on this campus. Our goal is to help our contributors find and refine their voices.
In keeping with Herald tradition, our inaugural issue of the 2022-23 academic year is devoted to the first-year experience. Students of all class years and colleges have written a series of short reflections on what it’s like to live and learn here in the Elm City.
They reminisce. They dispense sage advice. They remind us that attending an elite university is an immersive comedy of manners.
Settle in and enjoy.
Josie Ingall and Leo Egger, editors-in-chief