Harvard’s Pinker explains ‘what makes people tick’

October 2, 2003
Speaking about “what makes people tick,” renowned Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker explained human nature Wednesday afternoon by invoking the philosophies of John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Students and professors packed Davies Auditorium to hear Pinker speak about the role of human nature in intellectual life. Weaving movie quotes and comic strips into »

City starts on school building project

April 11, 2003
The city of New Haven began demolition last Saturday of 61 buildings in order to construct a new Prince-Welch Annex school for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The city has intended to build the Prince-Welch Annex school since the summer of 2001. Over the past two years, however, New Haven residents who live between »

Law School continues reign atop rankings

April 8, 2003
In the latest U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings, the Yale Law School continued to occupy the top spot, while the University’s other graduate schools saw slight drops in the magazine’s standings. Since the inception of U.S. News & World Report’s graduate school rankings, the Yale Law School has perennially been ranked first, outshining »

Stanford expert on stigmas to join Psych dept. in ’04

March 5, 2003
In an effort to increase both departmental diversity and a growing interest in the field of social psychology, the Yale Psychology Department recently hired Valerie Purdie, who is currently doing graduate work on stigmas at Stanford University. With plans to join the Yale faculty in the fall of 2004 as a junior professor, Purdie will »

Ex-CIA chief talks democracy, terror

February 14, 2003
Former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey LAW ’68 used to talk to his favorite Washington, D.C., taxi drivers rather than trust public opinion polls. Speaking on campus Thursday, Woolsey imparted a piece of taxicab wisdom to the audience. “[Terrorists] don’t hate us for what we’ve done wrong,” he said. “They hate us for »

Mourners remember crash victims

January 22, 2003
Hundreds of friends, family members and neighbors gathered at funeral services in Massachusetts and New York Tuesday to remember and mourn two of the four Yale students killed in an automobile accident last week. Sophomore Andrew Dwyer, 20; sophomore Nicholas Grass, 19; sophomore Kyle Burnat, 19; and junior Sean Fenton, 20, died this weekend following »