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October 6, 2015
Gravestone or Blackstone? University President Peter Salovey and Marta Moret sent the student body official invitations to their annual Halloween celebration at Commons — oops we mean the Schwarzman Center — on Oct. 31 at 9:30 p.m. Some things don't change, though. Shades will be performing at 10:15 p.m., as per tradition.
Eid Mubarak. Also at the Schwarzman Center: The Chaplain's Office and the Yale Muslim Students Association will jointly host Eid Banquet — their 14th annual dinner celebration for Eid — at 6 p.m. this evening. Eid-al-Adha, an important date on the Islamic religious calendar, translates to Festival of Sacrifice.
Thinking Critically. St. Anthony Hall will host Melissa Gira Grant, journalist and sex workers' rights advocate, in a discussion at 4 p.m. Grant will question conventional beliefs about the prostitution industry — ideas raised in her book "Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work."
Simchat Torah. At 10 p.m. last night, close to 50 students visited the News at 202 York and included us in their celebration of Simchat Torah — a holiday celebrating the Jewish people receiving the Torah. Visit again: We're here for production five nights a week.
Mazel Tov. Speaking of Jewish celebration, James Franco became a man over the weekend when he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at age 37. Franco participated in the event for pal Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity, an organization that raises money for Alzheimer's awareness.
Mango Moose. Stiles FroCo Mustafa Malik '16 plans to launch his startup Lassi Bar — a South Asian smoothie business — in the spring. Malik has developed a signature recipe for the famous mango lassi and assembled a business team of four. We wonder if Lassi Bar will be open before Junzi Kitchen.
October 5, 2015
Unmasked. “Malia Obama’s College Pick...” — the Sunday New York Times article that brought us to reminisce on the First Daughter’s New Haven visit — did poorly in omitting Hannah Gonzales ’16 from its list of presidential campus representatives. While not a competitor in the Mr. Yale beauty pageant, Gonzales earned the gig en route to becoming a head tour guide this year. Information is only as good as the source; and apparently, the Times is slipping.
New York's Most Populous Borough. Hillary Clinton LAW '73 appeared on SNL over the weekend. Cast member Kate McKinnon portrayed Clinton, while the 2016 presidential candidate played a bartender. Clinton made light of several criticisms she has fielded in her campaign. She jokingly refuted claims that she cannot inspire young voters due to her age, noting that her campaign is headquartered in Brooklyn — the city's hippest borough.
FIFAA World Cup. Stephen Blyth, head of Harvard's $38 billion endowment, announced that Harvard will be adopting "flexible indeterminate factor-based asset allocation" or FIFAA — an investment model developed at Yale under Chief Investment Officer David Swensen GRD '80. Watch and learn, Crimson.
Game 7. Matt Jackson '14 — who is currently on a six-game Jeopardy winning streak — will appear on the show for a seventh time this evening. Currently, Jackson's win total is $166,401. That's more than the salary for a first-year analyst at Goldman, right?
The President's Daughter. All eyes are on Malia Obama as she enters her senior fall. Head tour guide Jeremy Hutton '15 gave Malia and the first lady a personal tour of Yale's campus during their visit last spring. As she navigates the college process, the president's advice to his daughter is "Keep your grades up until you get in, and after that, make sure you pass."
Puzzled. Buzzfeed plans to release daily crossword puzzles starting in mid-October. At the helm of the project? Buzzfeed's new Puzzles Editor Caleb Madison '15. Madison is accepting themed submissions at email@example.com now.
Pension Problem. According to the Wall Street Journal, Connecticut does not have nearly half the funds needed to pay retirement benefits to its citizens in the future. With the population of adults aged 65 and over to comprise over 20 percent of all but two Connecticut towns by 2025, the state's pension problem will only grow.
Did We Skip Fall? If you thought the past two days were unseasonably cold, you aren't alone. Saturday's high of 53 degrees Fahrenheit was 15 degrees colder than the historical average of 68. Don't break out the Canada Goose yet, though.The forecast for this week predicts temperatures in the high 60s.
October 2, 2015
Stay safe. Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins sent a campuswide email last night informing the community of a theft that occurred in the Science Park are at around 8 p.m. Thursday. An undergraduate student was approached by four individuals who robbed him of his bicycle and backpack.
The Interview. Actor James Franco GRD '16 fielded questions from students at Emerson over Skype after a Tuesday night screening of his film "I Am Michael." According to The Boston Globe, the Skype video call was projected before a hall of students. Franco kept it casual — calling in from his bed in a Harley Davidson T-shirt. We wonder if he'll call into Davies next.
Cross Campus (the place). Students on college campuses across the country — including Stanford, GWU and USC — will demonstrate for climate change awareness in an activism effort organized by national nonprofit Know Tomorrow. Yale's event will take place on Cross Campus at 2 p.m.
ISO presents Flagg'd. The International Students Organization will host its second annual Flag Party at Sigma Chi tonight. Show national pride by wearing your flag or your flag's colors.
Old Thing Back. Ja Rule — Chance the Rapper's last-minute substitute for Spring Fling 2014 — recently announced that he will be going on tour again. The rap performer, who just finished a 28-month stint in jail for tax evasion, will be joined on the road by R&B performer Ashanti.
Coffee Crisis. Tragedy struck at Blue State on Wall yesterday when the cafe's coffee machine stopped functioning. Patrons were only able to order espresso=based drinks for the majority of the day. Here at 202 York St., the News is happy that Blue State's York location kept the caffeine flowing.