Double take: Akon too controversial for Spring Fling

This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Beyond musicality and name recognition, the Spring Fling Talent Search Committee used at least one more criterion to pick this year’s acts: Their potential to cause controversy. The issue came to a head over rap artist Akon, whose popular singles “Smack That” and […]


Decemberists to perform at Spring Fling

Indie alternative rock band The Decemberists and singer-songwriter Colin Munroe will join the performance lineup for Spring Fling, the News has learned. The five-act show, which will also include N.E.R.D., Wale and Girl Talk, will be the longest in recent memory. The Yale College Council is expected to make a formal announcement of the Spring […]


YCC race heats up

Elis woke up Wednesday to find the race for spots on the Yale College Council Executive Board in full force — especially the campaigns of Jon Wu ’11 and Ryan Beauchamp ’10, both running for YCC president. Less than 24 hours into the official commencement of the campaign, signs with “Ryan Beauchamp for President” or […]


Briefly: Incoming JE master on the road to recovery

Although a date has not been set for his return, incoming Jonathan Edwards Master Richard Lalli MUS ’86 said in an e-mail to the JE community Wednesday that his recovery from the brain hemorrhage he suffered last December has been encouraging. Lalli said he must continue physical therapy and occupational therapy to relearn skills that […]


The YouTube campaign begins

The YCC campaigning has begun in earnest — at least for Jon Wu ’11 and Ryan Beauchamp ’10, both running for YCC President. Signs with “Ryan Beauchamp for President” or simply, “WU!” dot bulletin boards around campus. Students eating lunch can examine the finer details of Beauchamp’s face on table tents. And Facebookers are undoubtedly […]


Elis announce candidacies

Fifteen Elis submitted the required student signatures and candidacy statements Tuesday to launch their campaigns for a spot on the Yale College Council Executive Board. Though some predicted the field would widen over the weekend after YCC President Rich Tao ’10 announced he would not seek re-election, only two students — Junior Class Council Chairman […]


Briefly: Intercultural czar will temporarily head Native American center

Yale College Dean Mary Miller tapped Kirk Hooks, currently the special assistant to the dean of student affairs for intercultural and intergroup relations, to serve as acting director of the Native American Cultural Center last week. In July, Hooks will take over from Shelly Lowe, who announced her departure two weeks ago when she was […]


YCC will absorb YSAC, its duties

In a move that marks the most sweeping restructuring of Yale’s student government since 2003, members of the Yale College Council and the Yale Student Activities Committee overwhelmingly voted to eliminate YSAC and replace it with a committee, led by YCC, that will henceforth organize the annual Spring Fling concert. The 16 to 20 member […]


Tao will not run again

Yale College Council President Rich Tao ’10 told the News on Thursday that he will not seek re-election, though he said as recently as last week that he was strongly considering it. Tao’s announcement considerably shifts the landscape for YCC’s upcoming executive board elections; Tao was considered to be the favorite to win. Although students […]


YSAC may be dissolved

This year’s Spring Fling may be the Yale Student Activities Committee’s last. Members of YSAC and the Yale College Council plan to meet Sunday to decide whether to restructure — or even eliminate — the separate events body, YCC officials said Tuesday. Plans to restructure the organizations have not been met with universal approval from […]


Briefly: YCC submits report on road safety

The Yale College Council plans to make public tomorrow its New Haven Safe Streets Coalition Report, which offers recommendations to the city of New Haven and the Office of New Haven and State Affairs. The report suggests, among other things, improving education on traffic safety for Yale undergraduates and reducing the speed limit for streets […]


Spring Fling acts revealed

Next month’s Spring Fling will feature the funk rock band N*E*R*D, the remix artist Girl Talk and the rapper Wale, the News has learned. The three musical acts are listed on the Web site of Pollstar, a trade magazine covering the concert industry, as being scheduled to perform at Yale on April 28, the date […]