The year in review


For Yale, 2008 was a year marked by the approval of new residential colleges, the election of Barack Obama and an art project purportedly documenting months of self-induced miscarriages. To look back, the News hereby presents our most-read stories of the year.

MARCH 7
After campus gets ‘juicier,’ Yale considers legal options
University administrators consider blocking the the gossip Web site JuicyCampus from Yale’s network or punishing users who log onto it.

JAN. 22
Misogyny claim leveled at frat
The Yale Women’s Center threatens legal action after 12 Yale students affiliated with the Zeta Psi fraternity pose in front of the Center with a sign reading “We Love Yale Sluts.”

APRIL 21
Yale threatens to ban Shvarts’ art project from show
The University says it will not allow Aliza Shvarts ’08 to display her controversial senior art project at its scheduled opening unless she confesses in writing that the exhibition is a work of fiction.

JAN. 2
In campus-wide poll, Obama eclipses former Eli Clinton
In a News poll on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Senator Barack Obama receives the support of 26 percent of Yale undergraduates, more than twice the support of Sen. Hillary Clinton LAW ’73.

APRIL 8
Student arrested for defrauding Yale
The Yale College Dean’s Office rescinds the admission of a transfer student, Morse College junior Akash Maharaj, after an internal investigation concludes that his transcript and letter of recommendation were fabricated.

OCT. 28
Shays concedes loss for McCain
Locked in a tight congressional race, Republican Rep. Chris Shays of Connecticut’s 4th district predicts his party’s presidential nominee would lose to Sen. Barack Obama. “I just don’t see how [McCain] can win,” Shays tells the News.

APRIL 18
Shvarts, Yale clash over project
As a media firestorm grows, a Yale official calls the purported senior art project by Aliza Shvarts ’08 a “creative fiction.” But Shvarts stands by her project and claims that administrators had backed her before the planned exhibition attracted national condemnation.

FEB. 19
Levin backs residential college expansion
University President Richard Levin endorses the proposal to build two new residential colleges and announces he would recommend that the Yale Corporation proceed with planning for the project.

APRIL 17
For senior, abortion a medium for art, political discourse
Aliza Shvarts ’08 says her senior art project will document a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages.

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