This might be cheating a bit, but the best things I've read this week I may have read over the last few months, too.
But, I'm so proud of three of my senior students who wrote fantastic enterprise pieces for their Senior Capstone course.
Alphabetically, Emily DiSalvo, Garret Reich and Jessica Simms did a wonderful job on these and they are the best things I've read this week.
Emily wrote about how zoning has affected business, neighborhoods and even activism in the Hamden neighborhood of Spring Glen. Garret's piece dug into how the City of New Haven might look ahead to how climate change will impact low income communities. And Jessica, on whose project I actually advised, looked into the rise of anti-Semitism in the area.
I couldn't be more proud of all three of these young women. The coolest thing? There were other GREAT projects in this class, too. MiriYam Judd, Lo Yarnall, Anthony Nichols, Alyssa Naumann and Matthew Bruin all did work of the highest quality.
You can read all of them here at HQNN.org, the website for the senior capstone digital newsroom.
All of these students graduate this weekend. Cheers to each of them.
I actually read this last week (yesterday). And, it's almost a year old.
But, so what?
It is still great and jogged my mind to a time more than a decade ago when I was a full-time sports journalists and covered the Washington Huskies.
My main beat was covering the football team -- which was unquestionably the worst Pac-10 team over the years I covered it. (Now, that doesn't matter at all. What does? The amazing people I covered, telling their stories, the memories made on road trips.)
But, I remember this game. I never saw it. I remember being with a handful of former players, and texting, and saying, "Oh my God, is the game still going?" and checking in with other friends for updates. I remember thinking that Danielle's arm was going to fall off.
Reading this was a walk down a hallway with old photos hanging on the wall. And it was a blast.
I've rooted for Heather Tarr and the Huskies since leaving Seattle. She overcame early doubts and skepticism. She let go one of her friends. And she has proven to be a legendary softball coach who, by all accounts, had done it the right way. Without condescension, I'm incredibly proud of her.
There isn't much more fun than a well done oral history and Graham Hays hits this one over the park... and beyond Amanda Fleischman's glove. It's the best thing I read this week.
Admittedly, I've spent most of this week consumed with course preparation, editing and watching way too much coverage of the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, but I did get a little reading done. And, the best of it, I read this evening after dinner while waiting for the UConn-Tennessee basketball game.
Mike Freeman is a great sports columnist. This past fall, Freeman became the sports race and inequality editor at USA Today. Thank goodness we still get to read his work.
Eric Bienemy, the offensive coordinator for the defending Super Bowl-champion Kansas City Chiefs, has yet to be hired as a head coach. Meanwhile, a bunch of other guys -- all who happen to be white -- are getting hired.
This is a short column. It makes its point succinctly. Still, it is long on impact and it is the best thing I've read this week.
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.