About Catherine Dinh

My name is Catherine Dinh. I'm a freshman in Pierson. I'm from Fremont, which is in the Bay Area, California. I am considering majoring in English or Psychology. I enjoy reading, writing, watching movies with friends, shopping, graphic design, taking walks, eating, imagining, and learning new things. I'm a member of ViSA and TAS, but I joined the APA blog because I wanted to reach out to more of the Asian American community here at Yale. In short, I hope this blog will be a huge success and am looking forward to seeing it grow.

Bulldog Buzz: iPad, Winter Show, and Salinger

Week of January 31, 2010

iPadding? iPad, Apple’s newest creation, combines smart phone and laptop functions, allowing users to play games, browse the web, and read ebooks on a 9.7-in touch screen.  However, critics point out that the iPad is little more than an iPod Touch with blown-up features.  But with a price tag of $499, the iPad is sure to appeal to Apple fans.

Barred by the Bureau. The United States Census set up camp on Elm Street Friday January 29, blocking the entire Cross Campus entrance with a big blue tent. No doubt the population of bewildered students was quite large.

Let it Snow! Regional differences came to the fore when a surprise snowfall hit New Haven on Thursday. East Coasters watched nonchalantly as precipitation-happy West Coasters squealed at what was for many of them their first real experience of snow.

Comedy Central. Woolsey hall was completely filled on Saturday night after throngs of students filed in to see Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari, who was recently named one of the “top-ten stand-up comedians of the decade” according to Paste Magazine and featured in the hit comedies “Funny People,” and “I Love You, Man.” Student openers for the Winter Show included Ethan Kuperberg PC’11, Michael Gabriel SY’12, and Eric DePalo TD’11. Despite several awkward moments during the Q and A session, Aziz brought the house down and received a standing ovation for his performance.

Sign of the ‘Times‘. A cup of coffee with the day’s edition of The New York Times at breakfast may soon be a thing of the past. When the President’s Office asked the Yale College Council to raise student readership of the Times, the YCC discovered that less than half of the council’s 28 members even read the newspaper regularly. Their discovery led them to recommend the President’s Office to to cut back on Yale’s subscription to the Times, including reducing the number of issues delivered by two-thirds or only delivering on Sundays. The Yale Daily News also conducted a poll of 50 students, in which 50% admitted that they “don’t read it regularly”. Nevertheless, some students are fighting to keep the Times. As of Jan. 31, a Facebook group started by Charlie Jaeger SY ’12 titled “Keep the New York Times in Yale’s Dining Halls” had garnered 1,149 members.

J.D. Salinger dies at 91 (1/28/2010). Whether you thought Holden Caufield was a whiny brat in Catcher in the Rye, or whether he “changed your life,” the impact that this revolutionary author had on generations of youth is immeasurable. From a statement by Salinger’s representatives: “Salinger had remarked that he was in this world but not of it. His body is gone but the family hopes that he is still with those he loves, whether they are religious or historical figures, personal friends or fictional characters.”

You Are More Than What You Eat

Most of us have access to a buffet three times a day and an endless source of free/cheap food from various late-night gatherings, not to mention the stash of junk food we have accumulated in our rooms and the twenty four-hour eateries in New Haven.

It’s no wonder that college students are notorious for unhealthy eating habits. (Freshman Fifteen, anyone?). We take this lightly, but deep down, we all know that the daily food choices we make will affect not only our lives now but our futures as well – the ones we obviously care about or we wouldn’t be at Yale.

This article is not another dieting guide or a useless “do, don’t” lecture.  Rather, it is meant to help you take the step between reading advice and following through with it and to open discussion on ways to successfully reform eating habits.  I am in no way a nutrition expert, but I have done research on how to have a healthier lifestyle and have personal experience with failing and succeeding with following through with such changes. Yale Dining has compiled a very helpful list of ways to eat healthier at Yale entitled “Have a Healthy New Year!” that should be available in all dining halls. Essentially what I’ll do is give tips on how to follow Yale Dining’s fairly comprehensive tips, some of which I’ve paraphrased and condensed.

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