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May 21, 2016
Gender neutral bathrooms unveiled. Before Yale welcomed guests and families to campus for its 315th Commencement, the University published a campus map of all-gender restrooms on the commencement website. This move comes in the midst of national debate over bathroom rights. In the past year, over 100 universities in the nation have taken steps to install gender-neutral bathrooms to provide a more inclusive environment for transgender populations on campuses. Elsewhere, politicians and school leaders are working to divide public bathrooms by gender. For example, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill in March forcing transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex with which they were born. Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Tamar Gendler told the Associated Press that Yale aims to be a leader in the gender-neutral bathroom project. Putting the map at the top of the University's commencement site is an act of signaling Yale's commitment to the project, Gendler said.
Death in Newhallville. A young New Haven woman was found dead in her apartment by New Haven police on Thursday. At 5:33 p.m., New Haven police found the deceased woman in her apartment on 7 Daisy Street. She was identified by relatives as 22-year-old Kwasiada Robinson of New Haven, and the cause of death is unknown. Robinson was found in the Newhallville apartment by her relatives, who then notified the police. Detectives soon obtained a search warrant for the home. Robinson's body was removed by death investigators from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and was autopsied Friday morning. A second dead body, discovered four miles away at the St. Bernard Cemetery around noon the same day was identified as someone who had a relationship with Robinson, and police are investigating the deaths together, according to NBC Connecticut. The autopsy results of Robinson's body have not yet been made available, said New Haven Police Department spokesman David Hartman.
May 4, 2016
An invitation. This spring, the University's four cultural centers — which will see their budgets doubled next year — announced that part of that increased funding will go toward hiring a new assistant director for each center. As the semester concludes and the search process nears its end, AACC Director Saveena Dhall has invited the Asian-American community to meet the AACC's three final candidates in order to seek student input. Lunches with the candidates will take place on Friday, Monday and Tuesday.
April 29, 2016
A farewell. And with this issue, the News takes our leave for the summer. Thank you for a year of your letters, your comments and your readership. Our doors at 202 York St. will open once again in the fall.
Bad press. Donald Trump sparked controversy by accusing Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 of playing the “woman card.” Clinton’s campaign released a fake “Woman Card” to mock the comment.
Outbreak. Harvard’s campus has been plagued by more than 40 cases of the mumps. According to NBC, the high volume of cases could impact the university’s graduation, scheduled for May 26.
Holi-day. Students will gather at Swing Space at 4 p.m. for the Yale Hindu Students Council’s celebration of Holi. There will be 400 pounds of colored powder to commemorate the spring holiday.
Riff Raffle. The YCC invites students to post to the Spring Fling 2016 Facebook page until 4 p.m. today to enter a raffle to meet this year’s performers — Vince Staples, Janelle Monáe and A-Trak.
April 27, 2016
The other four. Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland and Pennsylvania also held state primary elections today. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump took all four states, in addition to Connecticut, and completed a five-state sweep. Democrat Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 won in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, but her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders defeated her by 12 points in Rhode Island.
Who are they voting for? The John F. Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard conducted a spring poll of millennials — young adults, age 18 to 29 — which found that support for the Democratic party among young people has increased dramatically since last spring. In 2015, 55 percent of respondents said they would prefer Democratic control of the White House, but that share rose to 61 percent in the most recent poll.
One, two Streep. Writer Michael Schulman has chosen Meryl Streep DRA ’75 as the subject of his new book, a biography titled “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep” — in stores now. Schulman tells several stories about Streep’s early career and time at Yale. He reports that Streep’s acting chops earned her quite a bit of fame at the Yale School of Drama. She was so popular that her last name became a verb — to “Streep it up” meant to step it up.
Credit/D/Foster. In an interview with The New York Times ahead of the release of her new movie “Money Monster,” director Jodie Foster ’85 revealed that after all of her success, she still fears failure. The Times characterized the film, which stars George Clooney in the lead role, as “a meditation on failure.” “Failure is a big one for me — people in spiritual crisis, in a moment in life of total self-hatred,” Foster said, explaining her inspiration for the movie.
Newest Nieman. Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s former Tehran bureau chief who was jailed for 18 months in Iran after being accused of espionage, will spend next year at Harvard. Rezaian will be a fellow for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
Discuss the divide. Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae will visit Battell Chapel tomorrow to give a talk titled “Knowledge Through Narrative: Bridging the Racial Divide in America.” Students can reserve seats online.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1943 According to a national report, approximately 67 percent of Yale’s undergraduate population is enlisted in the Army, Navy or Marine reserves. These students are continuing their studies at Yale at the consent of the armed services.
April 26, 2016
Rock the vote. Today is the Connecticut primary. From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Yale students will go to polling places around New Haven and cast ballots. According to Public Policy Polling data from over the weekend, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 has 48 percent support among Democrats, 2 points more than Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Among GOP candidates, Donald Trump leads the pack, polling at 59 percent.
YD-Almost. This weekend, the Yale Debate Association competed at the National Debate Championships. For the second consecutive year, Evan Lynyak ’17 earned the honor of top speaker at the competition. Two Yale students, Justin Katz ’18 and Adela Lilollari ’18 also made it to the national quarterfinal, and an additional six students were octofinalists.
Invictorious. Former President George W. Bush ’68 is the honorary chairman of this year’s Invictus Games — an international sports competition for injured military veterans. The games, which were created by Britain’s Prince Harry, will take place in Orlando from May 8 to May 12. Competitive events include archery, cycling, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
From the left. The Yale College Democrats invite students to join a conversation with Lorella Praeli, the director of Latino outreach for the Clinton campaign. Praeli will address topics such as immigration policy, the Latino vote and the 2016 election. The talk, which will be held in Sudler Hall at 7 p.m., is also a Bulldog Days event.
From the right. The William F. Buckley Jr. Program welcomes Dr. Yuval Levin, the founding editor of National Affairs and the Hertog Fellow at the conservative think tank, the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Levin will speak on the topic: “What Are Conservatives For?” in Sudler Hall at 4:30 p.m. today.