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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.
Water under the bridge. Bridgewater Associates, an investment management company known for its unconventional interview tactics, is holding interviews on Yale’s campus tomorrow. Bridgewater manages over $150 billion for a variety of clients.
Will you be an all-star? The senior tradition “Feb Club,” in which class of 2016 members are invited to a social event every night of February, is underway. Last night’s event was held at the Davenport cottages. To earn all-star status, seniors must attend every Feb Club event.
An eternal bond. Silliman College will host a bookbinding workshop at the college’s bindery at 8:30 p.m. today. Students can create blank journals or hard-bind copies of their favorite book.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1935 Yale basketball falls to Penn 32–28 in an away game. Yale excels in the final eight minutes of the game, closing a 12-point gap to a 4-point one, but the fourth-quarter push falls short.
February 3, 2016
After a long night. Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 was confirmed as the winner of the Iowa Democratic caucuses at around 1 p.m. yesterday after all votes were counted. With 49.9 points, Clinton beat Sen. Bernie Sanders by a slim margin of 0.3 percent of the vote. Martin O’Malley, who garnered only 0.6 percent of the Democratic vote, dropped out of the primary race late Monday night.
The punk from Punxsutawney. The official Groundhog Day hog — Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania — did not see his shadow when he emerged from his tree trunk cage this morning. According to tradition, Phil predicted that spring will come soon. Canada’s resident groundhog Shubenacadie Sam also did not see his shadow and predicted a short winter.
CrashesV2. Hundreds of students experienced difficulty accessing materials on course website Classesv2 yesterday. While some reported that they had been inexplicably removed from all course sites, others complained that they could not download syllabi and resources. The issues were largely resolved by the end of the day.
Blue me away. The New Blue, Yale’s oldest all-female a cappella group, earned the No. 3 spot on College Magazine’s list of the nation’s top 10 female a cappella groups. The top spot went to The Sil’hooettes, a group from the University of Virginia. Loreleis, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, were ranked No. 2.