Final Gnotable Gnomie of the Year: Isabel Mendia ’18

Hi Team! The final gnotable gnomie of the 2016-2017 school year is me (Isabel Mendia, DC ’18), the writer of this very blog! Davenport is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been an Aide here since October of my freshman year, have been a Dive Worker since my freshman spring, and have been the Davenport theater liaison since one of my first conversations with Barbara Munck that same year. I have directed the Davenport Holiday Play three years in a row, and this year was a co-writer of the original “musical” The Gnome Who Stole Christmas.  Next year, I’ll be one of the inaugural members of the first coed Cottage in Davenport history!

When not spending all of my time in the Dive, the Dport Dining Hall, or reading in the Dport Courtyard when the weather is nice, I am probably working on a Yale theater production or doing my radio show for WYBC-Yale Radio.

Thanks for sticking around and see you in the fall for more introductions to the special people that make up our college!

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Me hanging out in the Davenport Office with fellow DPort employees (a Froco and two aides) and Dean B.

Kyle Deakins ’18: One Politically Active Gnomie!

Hi, I’m Kyle! I’m a Junior in D’port and I’m studying Political Science. I spend more or less every minute that I’m not in class in the Davenport library, the Dive, or in my room watching YouTube, and I’m pretty sure that I’ve only eaten in a different dining hall once this year.

I’ve been working as the videographer for the Yale Dems for most of the spring semester, and I recently finished up work on a Bulldog Days promo video. The project has been fun and rewarding for me, as I’ve been able to unite two of my passions, politics and film, and I’m working on something that has potential to make a tangible difference. Our DCC President @tresajoseph suggested that I be on this blog for the video, but really, I’d rather talk about what my future suite has in store…

I’m excited to be a part of the Cottage next year, and we’re all looking forward to hosting some of the best D’port social events you’ve ever been to. I’m talkin’ decades parties, holiday events, maybe even a potential darty? Who knows, the possibilities are endless. We’re trying to dig up all of the old Davenport traditions to bring back to life, and maybe start some of our own, and we hope to see all of you around next year!

Kevin Kiernan ’18: Varsity Rower & Seasoned Dive Worker

Hey I’m Kevin and I’m a junior in Davenport studying economics. I’m a heavyweight oarsman, a coffee addict (although even I appreciate the 100% good energy provided by Verb bars), and a Dive quesadilla craftsman.

For me the best part of my time at Yale has been rowing on the Heavyweight Crew Team, the finest bunch of lads you’ll find anywhere. I think being on a team is such a highlight for so many Yalies because sports are the best way to form deep and meaningful friendships and connections. Working hard day in and day out, and pushing yourself physically and mentally towards something you’re passionate about is one of the most rewarding experiences of all time. It bonds you permanently with the people you do it with and gives you an incredible feeling of satisfaction. It also doesn’t hurt that the program has been on the rise since I came in, with our Varsity boat winning two consecutive Ivy League championships and coming second at nationals last year. Rowing defines my Yale experience and I’m grateful to the guys on the team for making it so much fun.

Staying active in Davenport isn’t easy after balancing school, work, and rowing, but it’s definitely worth the late nights walking back from the Dive every other Thursday. Outside of the team, almost all my closest friends at Yale are in Davenport. They have been my support when I felt like I couldn’t handle overwhelming schoolwork and kept me grounded when I’ve gotten too focused on myself. Staying involved in the vibrant community that is Davenport is just one of the ways that I try to give back to the home away from home that has given me so much.

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Kevin with his boat, the 2V, last year

Andrew Del Vecchio ’19: Dport IM Secretary & Yale’s Best Emailer

Hi I’m Andrew! I am what some people might describe as “athletically minded, but not really athletic”. I am neither big nor strong nor exceptionally fast, but I love playing any type of sport. Because of that, I knew Intramural sports were going to be important to me while I am here at Yale. Davenport had a long history of success before my freshman year, as we won the Tyng Cup back in 2014 to complete the first-ever Triple Crown. But since then, we have hit a bit of a rough patch. We forfeit games, there aren’t many replies to our desperate e-mails, and we lost some of the energy and enthusiasm for Intramurals that we once had.

As Geoffrey Chaucer once put it, “Fam people just didn’t really care about D’Port IMs anymore.”

So I applied to become a Davenport IM Secretary to change that. I have always found IMs to be a convenient, fun way to relieve stress at the end of a day of classes, while being able to show my competitive side and make fun of TD kids. I wanted to bring back the commitment level we once had, and the best way to make that happen is to lead by example. So I brought the energy back to my position.

E-mails are great. College wouldn’t be fun without the dozens of emails you receive every week, whether it be Chief Ronnell A. Higgins, Susan Cahan, Notes from Woodbridge Hall, or the YCC surveys that you instantly delete. So I decided to have a little fun with the e-mails I send out to the sports that I manage, as well as to the Davenport community at the beginning of the IM Spring season, so people could have a laugh and get pumped for IMs at the same time.

Sometimes it requires Photoshop (all thanks to my time working for my high school newspaper), other times it requires excessive amounts of GIFs or jokes about the other colleges, but no matter what the idea or concept of the e-mail is, I try to make it unique and fun to read. I will likely fail miserably at some point, which is kind of a reoccurring theme in my life, but so far attendance at IMs this season has been up, and we are winning games! That’s all I could ever ask for, so I will keep doing my part to make it happen.

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Andrew leading Davenport’s spirited Broomball team

P.S. come to IMs!!! Let me know if you ever want to play!

Emily Everlith ’19: a Doctor-in-training, a Musical Director, and a Gnomie!

Hi, my name is Emily, I am a sophomore HSHM Major. I am so grateful every day to be at Yale, not only because I love school spirit and the amazing opportunities Yale provides, but also because of the community we have here. Yale, and Davenport especially, creates such a home for its students that really encourages growth and giving back to the world that we all live in. Such community service is something that has always held a special place in my heart. I was born with cleft lip and palate, a facial birth defect that affect one in every seven hundred children. Growing up, it was at times difficult to face the criticism from my peers and numerous surgical procedures. However, such experiences helped me ultimately decide the career path I want to take in life. During my high school junior year chemistry class, we watched an emotional video about all the negative health effects of nuclear radiation in Chernobyl, Ukraine. I was both captivated and inspired watching the doctors heal children born with a myriad of defects. The video also caused me to realize how fortunate I am to live in a nation where I am able to easily get the proper operations for my facial and dental issues. Therefore, my ultimate career goal is to become a facial surgeon for a cleft lip and palate association, like Operation Smile, that works to heal children in Third World countries. I hope to use my Yale education to not only bring me one step closer to a career with a nonprofit organization, but also to further develop my passion for helping those in need.

While the premed struggle bus is a big part of my life, my favorite part of being at Yale is being in Something Extra. As the pitch of SE, I am able to make many musical decisions and develop my vision for the group as as fun, energetic, and musically diverse. I grew up with three brothers, so joining SE has been my chance to gain many sisters in my life. Lucky for me, SE has a strong Davenport contingency, so I never go a day without seeing some of my closest friends in the dining hall, or as we like to call it, the SE headquarters. We just got back from performing in Europe together over Spring break, and we all already miss seeing each other 24/7.

Outside of SE, you can find me every other Friday cooking (objectively) the best quesadillas in the dive, or watching Gilmore Girls reruns in any spare time I have. I have so much pride and joy in being a bulldog and a gnome, and can’t wait to see where the next two years take me!

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Something Extra at tap night 2016
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Something Extra touring in London in 2017

Matt Czarnecki ’18, André Monteiro ’18, and VERB Energy

Matt Czarnecki and André Monteiro are juniors in Davenport College, who have been suitemates since freshman year. They’re both active parts of the DPort Community, especially as André has been named the newest Dive Manager this past semester.
But they’re more than just students and Gnomes, they’re entrepreneurs:

We started Verb Energy a year and a half ago, and it has been an incredible journey. Verb makes energy bars with a cup of coffee worth of caffeine, but the caffeine comes from organic green tea for longer-lasting energy. We started making energy bars in a local bakery, giving out free samples to Yale students in Bass during exams. We sold bars this fall on Yale’s campus, and we realized we were onto something when our customers were having Verb Bars every single day, sometimes multiple times per day! We now are so excited to be launching at Yale, at thirteen other college campuses, and in stores after March break. Two other Yalies, Bennett Byerley SY ’19and Isaac Morrier BR’17, are part of the team. Though it has been challenging to balance with academics as full-time students, it’s been a blast and we’re excited for what the future holds. Check us out at verbenergybar.com!

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Nick Friedlander ’17–Our resident “SWUG”

My name is Nick Friedlander, and I’m a SWUG that studies comparative psychology in the dog lab, does lighting design for dance groups, watches RuPaul’s Drag Race religiously, spills the tea constantly, and enjoys talking about how crappy boys can be.

For me, Davenport has been a home over the past four years that has given me such wonderful opportunities to grow as a person and has lifted me up when I’m down. Being a first-generation college student, I feel like Davenport has been the community I’ve needed to really thrive here at Yale, and I can’t imagine a life without all the wonderful people I’ve met because of it.

I’ve also had an amazing opportunity to be a part of Davenport in so many ways. Up until my senior year, I was a college aide, where I got to meet the ever-wonderful Linda, learn about what goes in to all of the amazing events that Davenport puts up (holla at the Louisiana Soiree and the seniors events), and be a part of the reason that the college has fantastic activities. I was also the Dive manager, for what is obviously still the best buttery on campus thanks to Haley Mitchell-Adams ’18 and Reed Srere ’17. It was one of the best times of my Yale career – I loved being able to bring all my friends from various sections of Yale down for a quesadilla and being part of building a community that I loved so much. I’ve also been lucky enough to be a FroCo, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my senior year. I get to be the big gay in charge of all the baby gays, and I get to know some of the newest batch of Gnomes very deeply, which warms my jaded heart.

Overall, what I’ve loved most about my Davenport experience is being able to serve a community that has given me so much, that has lifted me up when I’m down, and has pushed me to grow in a loving community. I have been so fortunate to be involved in Davenport in such unique ways – even though they’ve been very different and have pushed me in various directions, they’ve all had a common bond of community and love. I’ll miss Davenport so much next year, but I hope that I will find a similar community wherever I go!