Speaking to the masses. In an email to the Yale community yesterday afternoon, President-elect Peter Salovey introduced a new website that aims to help members of the Yale community send him suggestions and feedback regarding changes they hope to see at Yale in the coming years. The open forum is meant to give Yalies a chance to share their suggestions, concerns, ideas or simply offer greetings and well-wishes.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall? The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will unveil a video portal to Duke University in its student center this Friday, UNC reported yesterday. The oval-shaped portal — which features a 50-inch high-definition monitor, webcam, microphone and speakers — will allow students from both schools to communicate more directly with each other. Talk about taking rivalry to the next level.
#SodaProblems. An upcoming conference sponsored by PepsiCo for Yale’s female graduates has raised concerns among some University alumni regarding Yale’s partnership with the beverage and snack company — which announced in 2009 that it would fund a graduate fellowship in nutritional science with the School of Medicine. According to a New York Times article published today, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor LAW ’79, who is scheduled to speak at the event, has also received criticism for her participation. Yale administrators, though, have said they welcome PepsiCo’s participation and support.
Wait, Valentine’s Day is next week? Sadly, yes. But if you’re a freshman and don’t have a valentine yet, fret not. The Freshman Class Council is here, and FCC members — much like the television producers for ABC’s hit television show “The Bachelor” — want to help you find your one true love. The council is distributing a free matchmaking survey that will pair up freshmen with their perfect mates. It’s a match made in heaven.
A distinguished guest. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will speak at Yale today as part of a Jackson Institute town hall meeting. Annan served two terms as the U.N.’s top official from 1997 to 2006 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
Snap to the future. Has Snapchat taken over Yale? Sean Haufler ’13 thinks so. In a Tuesday blog post entitled “How Snapchat Took Over Yale,” Haufler argued that Snapchat’s temporary nature makes its messages more engaging and personal.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1914 Harvard’s hockey team defeats Yale 4-3 in a hard-fought overtime game at the Boston Arena.
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