Cross Campus: 02.19.09

Today’s episode of “The Price is Right” will feature Josh Feldman ’11 and a Yale a cappella group, the Society of Orpheus & Bacchus. The show airs at 11 a.m. on CBS.

The final — for real, this time — fundraising results for this year’s Senior Class Gift have been released. As of last night, 89 percent of the senior class had pitched in, breaking the 2004 record of 83 percent participation and raising more than $27,000. Pierson College had the highest participation rate with 96 percent, while Saybrook College came in last with 76 percent.

An intracollege communiqué sent over the weekend to raise money for the Senior Class Gift touched a nerve. An angry senior — possibly part of the 4 percent in Pierson who didn’t donate — let out his frustration with Yale, sending an e-mail that read, “[Expletive] that. I don’t want to give any more money to this hellish place. I hope it is fire bombed to ashes once I leave. [Expletive] you all.”

Mark Zuckerberg apologized yesterday for Facebook’s clandestine change in its terms of use that purportedly took away ownership of private content, such as photos, from users. The founder was overwhelmed by protests in the past two weeks, and reverted the site to its previous policies.

Both Mike Jones ’11 and Katie Harrison ’11 unveiled their campaign logos for the Ward 1 aldermanic race yesterday. Harrison’s features a bold teal with the number 1, while Jones’ sports a gray-red-navy color palette.

Jones also has a new blog, which thus far contains three posts, including a short biography and a press release.

Charla Nash, the woman who was attacked by a chimpanzee in Stamford, Conn., earlier this week, is stable and shows signs of improvement after undergoing more than seven hours of surgery on parts of her face and hands. A further option for treatment is a full facial transplant, a procedure so far only performed on one other American.

St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale is holding its annual Golden Fellowship in Faith & Science Lecture today at 5 p.m. in its lecture hall. The talk, entitled “Radioactivity: How Current Standards Put Us At Risk,” will feature professor Kristin Shrader-Frechette of the University of Notre Dame.

This day in Yale history

1980 Yale police officer Natalie Podryhula lost police powers — the right to hold a gun and carry a police badge — presumably for good because of charges that she was racist. She had been fired in November and then reinstated in January, after a University grievance panel determined the punishment “too severe.” Over 50 community members and students attended the Feb. 19 hearing.

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