Committee rethinks faculty counts

September 23, 2011 • 1
Yale’s faculty and administration are reassessing an outdated system used to keep tabs on the number of full and assistant professors in each department. A newly appointed committee will examine how the University tracks its faculty, Provost Peter Salovey wrote in a Wednesday email to department and program chairs. The revamped system that the committee »

Yale’s endowment ‘on track’

September 22, 2011 • 1022
When colleges and universities report their endowment returns for the fiscal year that ended June 30, the figures may be a bright spot amidst other panic-ridden economic headlines. Though most higher education institutions have not released what their endowments returned in fiscal year 2011, two experts said they expect college and university endowments will report »

Music Initiative to continue

September 19, 2011 • 10
Yale lost its leading musical ambassador to New Haven public schools Thursday, but administrators at both the School of Music and city schools say they are committed to continuing his efforts. The week after the death of John Miller MUS ’07, the inaugural leader of the Music in the Schools Initiative, New Haven teachers and »

Yale police investigate “apparent suicide”

September 15, 2011 • 131
Yale police are investigating a death that occurred on campus Thursday, which the University and police have termed an “apparent suicide.” John Miller MUS ’07, the School of Music’s manager of community programs, died after falling from the fourth story window of Hendrie Hall at 165 Elm St. Miller was discovered lying on the pavement »

Higher ed inflation doubles

September 15, 2011 • 0
The inflation rate for colleges and universities more than doubled over the last fiscal year, according to a study released Wednesday by the Commonfund Institute. The Higher Education Price Index, which measures inflation in higher education, was 2.3 percent in fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30. In fiscal year 2010, the index was only »
The new uniform plates are intended to cut back on tray usage and reduce theft of dishware.

China change causes college controversy

September 15, 2011 • 6
Residential college dining halls lost one of their longtime hallmarks this fall: custom designed dishware. And the students frequenting those dining halls were not the only ones hit by the change. Yale Dining recently replaced the individual college dishware with a generic set of china. With a larger surface area and no rim around the »

One year later, Yale-NUS ready to hire

September 13, 2011 • 2
One year after Yale announced that it would partner with the National University of Singapore to open a liberal arts college in Asia, the schools are taking their first steps toward building an entire faculty for their project. Since University President Richard Levin announced the plan on Sept. 12, 2010, both universities have moved ahead »
David Swensen is an "expert in fine beer" in this photo.

Did Yale miss a golden opportunity?

September 8, 2011 • 0
The price of gold has skyrocketed amidst continued economic uncertainty, and at least one university endowment is reaping the benefits. The University of Texas Investment Management Co. revealed in April that it had invested nearly $1 billion in gold — an asset that tends to swell in price during periods of economic turbulence because many »
Adam Glick’s ’82  course features 12 lectures from all-star academics, including Larry Summers, Bill Ackman, and Tamar Gendler.

Great Big Ideas may have great big possibilities

September 8, 2011 • 487
Adam Glick ’82, the designer of Yale’s hottest residential college seminar this semester, says his course — “Great Big Ideas” — is essentially no different than a sampler in a restaurant. And he hopes that it will be only the first of many such intellectual appetizers. “Great Big Ideas,” the Yale College seminar, is the »

New survey tracks Yalies’ summers

September 8, 2011 • 0
Yale introduced a brand new survey at residential college registration meetings this fall as part of an effort to better track undergraduates’ summer activities. Though the University keeps tabs on students who complete internships organized or funded through Yale, it has not previously tracked activities funded by external organizations. With the new start-of-semester survey administered »

Machine shops may be monitored

September 5, 2011 • 0
Though Yale is attempting to standardize safety procedures in its machine shops after the tragic death of a student last April, one proposed aspect of the new protocol may not appear in every facility. The April 13 death of Michele Dufault ’11 sparked a Provost’s Office-led review of the University’s safety policies that revamped training »

Sociology Dept. home at last

September 2, 2011 • 1
The scaffolding that diverted pedestrians outside of Silliman College last semester is finally gone, revealing the Sociology Department’s newly finished hub on College Street. After spending nearly two decades spread among various buildings on or near Prospect Street, Sociology Department faculty moved into the freshly renovated offices at the beginning of August. The roughly week-long »