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July/August 2005
Volume 68, Number 6

Feature stories:

July/Aug 2005 cover  

Yale’s $8 Billion Man

David Swensen has made better returns for Yale than any portfolio manager at any university. He has a word of advice: don’t try this at home.



What Would Plato Do?

As undergraduates nationwide abandon the humanities for business degrees, a history professor finds executives who argue that the liberal arts are good for business (and not just his).


Commencement 2005


In Their Own Words
We talked to some of this year’s 3,122 graduates to get the stories behind the caps and gowns and beaming smiles.


Baccalauretate Address: The Damage Done by Sound Bites

President Rick Levin exhorted the Yale College Class of 2005 to “raise the level of discussion” in the public arena.



from the editor

Reflections on religion at Yale; John Fenn responds.

light & verity
+  sending undergrads abroad
+  celebrating Rev. Coffin
+  the dog-eat-dog contest for a new Handsome Dan

Remembered: Alvin Novick, Ben Mordecai, Jacques Guicharnaud.

scene on campus
Trial by (architecture) jury.

Why pre-K kids are expelled; what antibiotic resistance looks like; a test for ovarian cancer.

arts & culture
Twenty years of August Wilson at the Rep; Sterling Prof pens Yale murder mystery.

sporting life
Lightweight crew triumphs.

old yale
Long before cell phones, university calls were handled by “middle-aged and matronly” operators.

news from alumni house
Revisiting 1960s racial politics.

where they are now
Knitting and the new feminism; restoring vision in Nepal.


last look


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