Cross Campus: 11.4.08

The day is here. Citizens around the nation will exercise their constitutional right to vote. Elis registered in New Haven will flock to Main Library, Wexler/Grant Academy and Troup Academy to cast their ballots.

Pennsylvania became the most-canvassed state in U.S. election history on Sunday, thanks in part to the efforts of Yale for Obama. Sixty members of the group travelled to Philadelphia last weekend to continue campaign efforts. Sam Brill ’10 applauded his fellow Elis’ efforts, noting, “In poverty-stricken West Philly, the campaign has really made itself part of the community and … has inspired so many depressed people to mobilize aroun a common cause.”

Game Theory professor Ben Polak was met with an enthusiastic ovation upon his announcement that, due to the election, the class would be granted an extension for the latest problem set. Elis’ political activism has sparked a growing trend of deadling modifications and class cancellations, so as to allow students to continue their work on campaigns through election day without shirking academic commitments.

Aspiring T-shirt designer? Catalyst Apparel is looking for people to design T-shirts for The Game. Yalies will vote on designs and purchase the T-shirts online, and Catalyst will deliver shirts to students’ doorsteps. Additionally, many residential colleges are holding their own Game shirt competitions, offering ample opportunities for budding designers to showcase their work.

Scrambling to sway undecided voters in the last hours before today’s election, many Yalies participated in a massive phone-banking event held by Yale for Change yesterday. Volunteers called swing states on behalf of Sen. Obama and canvassed for Democratic Congressional challenger Jim Himes. “This is obviously going to be a historic election,” Alexsis Johnson ’12 said. “[Phone-banking] was just another way to be a part of history.”

Marshmallows make a difference, at least for Alpha Sigma Phi. The Yale-born fraternity established in 1845 can no longer be found on campus, said Alex Bauer, expansion coordinator. To the chant of “free hot chocolate,” he busked for signatures Monday on Old Campus.

This day in Yale history

1969 Nine students were fired from their jobs in Yale dining halls for sporting hairstyles deemed unacceptable by the director of dining halls. Dean of Undergraduate Affairs John Wilkinson acknowledged that “being neat and clean is not necessarily synonymous with short hair and clean-shaven faces,” and he expressed hope that the situation could be resolved without forcing the students to change their lifestyles.

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