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February 8, 2016
Pey Day. The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24–10 to win Super Bowl 50 — named with numbers instead of Roman numerals for the first time in NFL history. Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars performed at the halftime show. Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who had two and a half sacks and six total tackles at the game, was named Most Valuable Player.
A reflection. Silliman Associate Master Erika Christakis spoke to The New York Times about the campus controversy sparked by her Halloween email last semester. “It was a painful experience,” Christakis told the Times. While she is not teaching at Yale this semester, Christakis told the Times she has not yet decided whether she will lecture again in the future.
Another one. After Republican candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic contender Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 won in Iowa last week, the presidential hopefuls continue to battle for the nomination in New Hampshire tomorrow. According to FiveThirtyEight, the chances of Sen. Bernie Sanders winning are greater than 99 percent, while those of Donald Trump are 71 percent.
Freudian slip. At a New Hampshire town hall this weekend, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge mistakenly introduced Republican candidate Jeb Bush as his brother, former president George W. Bush ’68. When Bush was president, Ridge served as the first-ever secretary of Homeland Security when the cabinet position after the 9/11 attacks.
This land is Boland. In the New York Post, former Yale admissions officer Ed Boland wrote about his new book, “The Battle for Room 314,” which tells stories about the process. “A few years before, an overeager Eagle Scout … on the wait list had pitched a tent … on the lawn to show how ardently he was interested. I am sure he enjoyed Haverford,” Boland wrote.
Will you be my Slaventine? The Yale Slavic Chorus is selling singing valentines this week. Students can pay five dollars to surprise a lover, friend or random acquaintance with a special Slavic song.
The Trump car(d). On Overheard at Yale yesterday, students reported sightings of a bus outside Vanderbilt Hall that looked like a Donald Trump campaign vehicle but had the message “Make fruit punch great again.”
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1961 President John F. Kennedy appoints two Yale alums as ambassadors. While Douglas Macarthur II ’32 will head the embassy in Belgium, James G. Parsons ’29 will serve in Denmark.
February 5, 2016
Moolah en Mass. A recent Bloomberg article profiled Bracebridge Capital — a Boston-based hedge fund run by Nancy Zimmerman that, according to Bloomberg, is “generating huge profits for Yale.” Bracebridge has gone from $5.8 billion in assets to $10.3 billion in four years, making it the largest hedge fund run by a woman in the world.
War of (Wood)words. Longtime Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s ’65 remarks about 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” sparked controversy earlier this week. “She shouts. There is something unrelaxed about the way she is communicating,” Woodward said. Later he apologized for “dwelling on the tone issue.”
Cruz control. At a New Hampshire campaign event, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said that, if elected, he would reverse the policies of “sanctuary cities,” such as New Haven. Sanctuary city policies include welcoming undocumented immigrants with official ID cards.
At least it lasted for 72 hours. Despite official groundhog Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring, a snow storm is set to hit eastern Connecticut today. The heaviest snowfall will occur between the hours of 4 and 10 a.m. Forecasters have also predicted heavy wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour.
Hbd Fb. Facebook, the company started by then-Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm, celebrated its 12th birthday yesterday. The social media site marked its anniversary by creating custom friendship videos for users. The hashtag #BeforeFacebookI also surfaced on Facebook and Twitter as user recounted their lives before the popular site was created.
Who run the world? Earlier this week, the Ivy League celebrated NGWSD — National Girls & Women in Sports Day. This year marks the 30th annual celebration of NGWSD, which is commemorated in all 50 states.
SCC Presents: Mask’d. Clad in black tie attire and masks, seniors will dance the night away at the Senior Class Council’s annual Masquerade Ball this Saturday evening. Tickets for the event sold out in late January.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1990 City and state leaders, including Mayor Jon Daniels and Rep. Bruce Morrison LAW ’73, speak to an audience at Yale, calling on the University to divest holdings in companies that do business in South Africa in an effort to end apartheid rule.
February 4, 2016
On to the next one. Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 sparred with Sen. Bernie Sanders at a town hall in New Hampshire last night. Sanders, who hails from Vermont, leads Clinton 55 points to 37 in the state. “I think it’s important people understand that good ideas are one thing, but you got to know how to implement. You’ve got to have a record of getting results. And I’m taking my ideas and my record to the people of New Hampshire this week,” Clinton said.
The elite reading list. The Washington Post tallied the most frequently assigned books at Ivy League universities and compared the list to the most frequently assigned books at all schools. “The Elements of Style” by E.B. White and William Strunk held the No. 1 spot among all schools but the No. 3 spot among Ivy League institutions.
#OscarsSoWhite. Lupita Nyong’o DRA ’12, the sixth-ever black woman to win Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her performance in “12 Years a Slave,” spoke out against the Academy in an interview with Buzzfeed yesterday. “It’s vital for film, TV and theater to be inclusive of the people who will engage in it, and who will learn to dream from it,” she told Buzzfeed.
Hae, what’s up? Hello. Adnan Syed, who was featured in NPR’s “Serial” podcast series narrated by Sarah Koenig, will appear in court once more. According to the Baltimore Sun, Syed’s attorney’s successfully argued for a new trial for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee. Syed is currently serving a life sentence.