Cross Campus: 11.10.08

Who has the star power to draw Jerry Seinfeld and Ralph Lauren to campus? Paul Rudolph, it turns out. The rededication of the old Art & Architecture Building attracted an A-list crowd on Saturday afternoon. Catch the scene at the ceremony, page 6.

Three fire trucks rushed to Old Campus yesterday at about 6:25 p.m. because smoke was filtering through a few rooms in Welch. “Anyone here burn incense?” one firefighter asked. The cause of the smoke was not determined and no damage was reported, but incense or a good ol’ Yankee Candle may have been the culprit.

In other smoky news, the “cigar lounge” tent continued to reek of tobacco 24 hours after Elite, the Casino Night replacement event hosted by Morse and Stiles colleges. See story at right.

YSAC members went door-to-door on Old Campus selling tickets to the Fall Show on Saturday night. But only about 1,000 students attended the event — whereas about 1,300 went in 2007, to see Mike Birbiglia was the featured performer. See story, page 3.

A pedestrian was hit by a car on the corner of Elm and York around 4 p.m. Saturday. This street corner is notorious for such accidents — Mahi Trivellas ’11 sustained severe injuries after being hit by a car at the same intersection in October 2007.

Chinese Adopted Sibs Program for Youth and Adopted Friends held its semiannual cultural education day on campus Saturday. Adopted Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean children from the tri-state area spent the day with their big sibs — Yale students who taught them about their cultures through calligraphy, folk stories, traditional instruments, clothing and food.

During interviews for spring break Reach Out trips, students were asked what super power they would most like to have. Hundreds of students interviewed at Pierson this weekend, hoping to spend their breaks in countries ranging from Argentina to Kazakhstan.

Using baby language or “elderspeak” when talking to the elderly can shorten their lives. A recent Yale study shows that the decrease in self-esteem caused by talking down to the elderly not only worsens their negative views on aging, but also their health.

This day in Yale history

1965 Gambling-prone students regularly lost cameras, record players and wads of money in games such as blackjack and poker. Around 250 Elis could be found gambling after midnight on any day of the week, the News reported. Peter Sykes ’68 warned, “And don’t let anyone think that here at Yale we’re too busy working or just too smart to get caught up in it.”

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