Cross Campus: 10.16.08

O’Connor on campus. Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor will meet today with the board of trustees of Yale’s Berkeley Divinity School at 9:30 a.m. in the Divinity School’s RSV room at 409 Prospect St. to discuss “The Role of Law and Jurisprudence in Shaping Our Society’s Understanding of Itself and Moral and Ethical Questions.” O’Connor, who received an honorary doctorate from Yale’s Berkeley Divinity School in a service at Marquand Chapel last night, will answer several preselected student questions at the meeting.

Roe v. Wade stands. The Independent Party last night debated “Resolved: Overturn Roe v. Wade.” The motion failed, 6-15-3. Former justice O’Connor will undoubtedly approve.

Happy b-day, Noah. Dictionary creator Noah Webster’s 250th birthday celebrations will kick off with cupcakes on Beinecke Plaza today at 1 p.m. at an event entitled “Eating Your Words.” The cupcakes, according to a Yale press release, will be “iced with words.” The celebration continues tomorrow.

Sukkot, a Jewish holiday, is celebrated this week. The Slifka Center hosted dinner last night under traditional sukkahs, or straw roof constructions, and offered students lulaz and etrog — palm branches and myrtle — to shake in all directions to reaffirm the presence of God all around them.

Apple, cherry, pecan. The annual Freshman BBQ will take place this Sunday at 1 p.m. on Old Campus. FCC Chairman Kevin Adkisson said the event will feature a pie-eating contest and copious amounts of food.

Apple, apple, apple. A number of residential college dining halls offered apple-tasting stations yesterday. Galas, Cortlands, Macintoshes and more, with cards indicating the orchards from which they came, were available in a pleasing autumn-themed display.

Angels, online. YouTube now features a clip depicting a flaming lectern popping out of the floor in the Dramat’s 2008 spring mainstage, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.” Producer Rachel Sturm ’10 enthused, “The show was an epic adventure, so it’s great that we can now share it with a broader audience.”

This day in Yale history

1969 Yale President Kingman Brewster responded to harassment of black students by campus and New Haven police with a proposal to appoint “grievance hearing officers,” who would investigate cases of alleged harassment. Brewster presented the proposal to a delegation of black students, including the moderator of the Black Student Alliance at Yale.

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