Petey E. Menz



Summer Postcards 2014

Some American Encounters

He presumes I know nothing about this topic. He presumes correctly.

House Life

Bad Trend Alert: Active Freshman

In the days leading up to Housing Day, the average House listserv will be bombarded with emails. There will be an interminable debate over the color of the housing day shirt. There will be emails demanding you wake up early for housing day. Later, there will be emails demanding you come to Annenberg to scream at the freshmen.


Jukebox: Spring Break

For some, spring break is just around the corner. For others, it’s already here (nothing happens in class on Thursdays anyway). Whether you’re avoiding sunburn or your mother’s questions about summer jobs, FM has the songs that will define your spring break.


Arts Year In Review 2013: Editors' Note

The 140th Guard Arts Chairs, Petey E. Menz '15 and Austin Siegemund-Broka '14, reflect on the publication, the year, and Arts's first annual Year In Review special issue.


Venn Diagram: Yale Bowl vs. Toilet Bowl

Both: Go there when drunk Uncomfortable seating Washing hands a necessity Smells like shit


Realism and Awe in "Blue"

There is nothing intrinsically shocking in Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour.” Its steadfast realism is not quite revolutionary, but “Blue is the Warmest Colour” is still a deeply affecting film, bolstered by excellent performances and, somewhat improbably, its three-hour running time.


"12 Years" A Tale of Chaos and Cruelty

Steve McQueen's “12 Years a Slave” is a remarkably subtle film. Though it has a strong sense of morality, it rarely moralizes, letting the atrocities onscreen speak for themselves. Brutal, painful, and harrowing, it stands as one of the finest films of the year.

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On Campus

Interactive Map: Arts First

An interactive listing of events for this weekend's Arts First festival.



"Spring Breakers" is a triumph of direction and vision. Director Harmony Korine deserves the credit for this—it is he who took many admittedly kitschy elements and sculpted a film filled with dread and fear, a film that dares you to forget that Gucci Mane tried to change his name to Guwop or that Vanessa Hudgens dated Zac Efron.


Joaquin Phoenix

Crimson arts editor Petey E. Menz explains his choice for the Best Actor award.


Eight Things We'll Miss: History

Everyone knows that the world might or might not be ending next Friday, December 21st. Flyby's not in the business of making predictions, but just in case the Mayans were right and the last day of exam period also happens to be the end of, well, everything, we're compiling 8 lists of some great things (in no particular order) about the world as we know it, one for each day between now and The End. While it's a shame the world's going to end before the 2010s conclude, the approaching apocalypse does provide us with an exceptional opportunity for reflection on the good times humanity has had. In that spirit, here's Flyby's list of the five best decades ever. Runners-up included the 1870s, when the Harvard Crimson invented journalism.





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Visual Arts

Intelligent Design: Negotiating the Identity of the Architecture Track

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Visual Arts

Script Doctors

Harvard vs. Yale

Freshman Survey Part V: A Look at New Haven


Freshman Survey Part III: Inside the Classroom and Out