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August 31, 2016
Day one. Whether you’re on the waiting list for the most sought-after seminar or trying to find a seat in the upstairs balcony of SSS 114, the News wishes you the best of luck on the first day of fall semester classes. Enjoy shopping period while it lasts.
Long shots. With the new preliminary course schedule deadline, students can browse course demand statistics online, and the chances of getting into some seminars seem slim. For example, former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean’s ’71 “The Politics of Foreign Policy” has 81 shoppers. And as expected, the most popular class is Intro to Microeconomics with 468 students currently signed up.
If Howard Dean’s seminar doesn’t work out. By contrast, many seminars seem quite lonely as of this morning. Elementary Classical Tibetan has one shopper. A Judaic studies seminar about revelation at Sinai has one shopper as well. This course lists reading fluency in ancient Hebrew as a prerequisite.
Other firsts. If you make it through the first day of classes, there’s reason to celebrate at the first Woads of the year. For the class of 2020: Woads is the storied Wednesday night Yale-only dance party at Toad’s Place. For Yale students over 21, penny drinks are served at 11 p.m.
Election 2016. According to Public Policy Polling, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 has a five-point national lead over her Republican opponent. GOP hopeful Donald Trump is polling at 37 percent, while Clinton has 42. Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein have the rest of the vote.
For your next happy hour. The Elm City’s newly reopened Anchor Bar got a shoutout in The New York Times Style Magazine yesterday. The review praises the bar’s “new cocktails, old vibe,” and points to the “Yale Beets Harvard” as a particularly enticing cocktail offering.
The reason J. Crew has nothing good left. If you see several smartly dressed Yale students making their way to The Study or Omni hotels, you can follow them to snatch some free refreshments. Consulting firms and investment banks will soon arrive on campus for recruitment. Bain & Company will make a presentation to interested juniors and seniors on Sept. 13 at the Omni.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 2012 Just a day after University President Richard Levin announced plans to step down at the end of this academic year, Yale Corporation Senior Fellow Edward Bass ’67 ARC ’72 rolls out the Corporation’s plans for picking a successor.
August 26, 2016
Welcome, Class of 2020. Today, 1,370 of the newest members of Yale College will move into Old Campus, Timothy Dwight and Siliman. The members of the class of 2020 hail from all 50 states and nearly as many countries. The News welcomes them to campus. In the spring, the university accepted 6.27 percent of applicants to the class of 2020.
In the history books. Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 made history at this summer’s Democratic National Convention when she became the first woman to secure the presidential nomination for a major political party. Clinton will face her opponent, Republican Donald Trump, in the presidential debates on September 26, October 9 and October 19.
In the news. The Yale College Republicans captured national headlines this summer when members of the group resigned after they officially endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 election. The Harvard College Republicans did not endorse the controversial candidate.
Stirring the pot. In a welcome letter to its freshmen, the University of Chicago said that it does not condone the intellectual “safe spaces” or trigger warnings in the interest of preserving academic freedom. The action has been met with both support and controversy.
Well-deserved after the poopertrator. In an email to the Saybrook College community, head of college Thomas Near introduced several renovations to facilities. The former “Master’s Office” has been renamed to “College Office” and the former “Master’s House” to “Saybrook House.” Other improvements include a refurbished common room and a new 55” television in the college gym.
For free. It’s tax-free week from August 21st to August 27th in Connecticut. Enjoy no sales taxes on all clothing and footwear costing less than $100 at The Shops at Yale tomorrow and Saturday.
Not a member of the class of 2020. Internationally ranked tennis player and Olympian Genie Bouchard, who is in town for the Connecticut Open toured campus and was so impressed that she considered enrolling right away. Bouchard says, however, that she will stick with tennis for now.
Looking for employment? One option is to apply to be a guide at the Yale University Art Gallery. Applications due Sept. 12.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY. 1942 All students register for fall sports at lunch to complete the college’s exercise requirement.
August 14, 2016
Rest in peace. Handsome Dan XVII died last week in Rhode Island, most likely due to a heart attack. The English bulldog, whose name was Sherman, had spent nine years as Yale's mascot, and met prominent figures including former presidents George H. W. Bush '68 and Jimmy Carter. Chris Getman '64, Sherman's caretaker, said in a news release that the dog had experienced seizures earlier this summer but was taking medication and doing well. Plans to replace Sherman have not yet been announced.
August 10, 2016
Shooting reported near campus. The New Haven Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday near 393 Mansfield Street—a five-minute walk from the Divinity School. There, the NHPD located the victim, forty-seven year-old Christopher Motzer of Guilford, CT, who had been shot in his right ankle. Motzer told police that a black man around forty years old and armed with a silver revolver beat him and took his cell phone. The NHPD suspects that the perpetrator had an accomplice and that the two fled the scene in a white Chevrolet with New York plates. Motzer's injury was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
June 27, 2016
Fence to relocate. Fence Club, the coed fraternity currently situated on High Street, notified its members last week that the organization has until August 1 to relocate from its current house at 15 High St. Club leadership told members that despite “months of agreements otherwise,” the organization's new landlords have decided not to renew the lease.