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February 12, 2016
And it all started with the Big Bang. A team of scientists announced that they had successfully detected the sound of two black holes colliding almost one billion light-years away. The sound confirms the final piece of Einstein’s theory of relativity: Space and time are interwoven, and disruption in space-time produces gravitational waves.
Mic drop. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 and Sen. Bernie Sanders took the stage for their sixth debate last night. When asked about women supporting her opponent in New Hampshire, Clinton said “I have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me.”
Faux pas. Meryl Streep DRA ’75 is facing backlash for a comment she made to a reporter at the Berlin International Film Festival yesterday. In response to a question about diversity in the movie business, she said, “And, after all, we’re all from Africa, originally … We’re all Africans, really.”
Where there’s a will there’s a way. More than 2,000 University faculty and staff members gave to this year’s Yale-United Way fundraising campaign, donating a record $1.3 million as of Jan. 31, the target date. According to a community-wide email from University President Peter Salovey, the campaign saw over 500 new donors this year.
Ganja with the wind. State Rep. Juan Candelaria, a Democrat serving New Haven, has introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana. Candelaria told the Hartford Courant that although legalization is a long shot, he proposed the bill because a recent poll showed that 63 percent of voters would support it.
Tower of Terror. To their dismay, students living in the Morse College tower found that their elevator — which has already been broken and fixed twice — was out of service again. To make the situation worse for residents of the 14th floor, a loud alarm went off every 10 minutes or so throughout the night.
Pocket, I’m on one. There are a few days left to surprise your crush with a Valentine’s Day treat. For five dollars, the Yale Undergraduates for UNICEF will hand deliver a “pocket of love” filled with candy and a message to your crush’s suite.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1950 After a closed session in Woodbridge Hall, the Yale Corporation appoints Alfred Whitney Griswold ’29 GRD ’33 the 16th president of the University. While an undergraduate at Yale in the late 1920s, Griswold was one of the founders of the Yale Political Union.
February 11, 2016
Waking up in Vegas. After a resounding defeat to Sen. Bernie Sanders, who took over 60 percent of the vote in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 prepares for the next contest: the Nevada Democratic caucus on Feb. 20. In the 2008 caucus, Clinton took the Silver State. On the Republican side, Donald Trump won New Hampshire with 35 points, and Carly Fiorina dropped out yesterday.
Speaking out. According to The New York Times, Princeton African American Studies professor Imani Perry ’94 is protesting a traffic arrest. Perry, who is black, said she was arrested over “a single parking ticket” and handcuffed to an interrogation table by two white officers. Princeton police said the officers followed department policy.
Hook, line and sinker. Last night, the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved a request to allow a private hookah club and food hall to open on 27 Church St. The club, which will open to patrons 18 and over, is equipped with an open smoking deck. The request was initially presented to the board in late January.
Berliners. Meryl Streep DRA ’75 will lead the international jury at Berlinale — the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, which is set to begin tomorrow. Streep, who is also 66 years old, has been a frequent guest at the 10-day festival. In 2012, she won the Golden Bear award for lifetime achievement. The School of Drama graduate is a three-time Academy Award winner.
The big kahuna. The Lesbian Filmmakers at Yale are hosting a screening of “Go Fish” and discussion with director Rose Troche. The film is a lesbian love story set in 1990s Chicago.
It’s the climb. New Haven’s City Climb rock climbing gym, located at 432 Science Park, is hosting the semester’s first “College Night” this Friday evening at 7 p.m. The Yale Climbing Team will host the event and belay student climbers.
Heartbreakers. Yale improv troupe Just Add Water is putting a creative spin on campus a capella groups’ tradition of selling singing valentines. Last week, the group sold Valentine’s Day pranks. The pranks, which start tomorrow, include random hook-up confrontations and “Congratulations on losing your virginity!” announcements.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1981 Yale Police Chief Louis Cappiello announces that a postdoctoral fellow was found dead in his car in the School of Medicine parking lot. Officers are still uncertain about the cause of his death.
February 10, 2016
From No. 2 to No. 1. The second-place finishers from the Iowa caucus won big in the New Hampshire primary yesterday. Donald Trump took the Republican race, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich was a far second. On the Democratic side, Sen. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 by a similarly wide margin. Clinton conceded the race shortly after 8 p.m. last night.
Game on. The Boston Globe reported that Harvard received 39,044 applications for the class of 2020 — a 4.6 percent increase from last year’s numbers. Yale also saw an increase this year. The University received 31,439 applications, which was a 4 percent increase from last year, and surpassed 31,000 for the first time.
No Screw Crew. The Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office added photos of Freshmen Screw and the Senior Masquerade Ball yesterday and referred to the class of 2019 event as the “Freshman Dance.” The admissions office, as well as several residential colleges, shy away from using the term “screw.”
Righty tighty, lefty loosey. The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program will host National Review editor Eliana Johnson, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades and pollster Jim McLaughlin to speak on “exodus from the establishment” in the 2016 primary elections. The talk will focus on the views of Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who represent the far right and far left, respectively.