Weenie Bin C62F

Weenie Bin C62F is just like the 43 other weenie bins in Bass Library, except that it isn’t. Like the rest, it is lit by an overhead bulb with a motion sensor to save energy in case the occupant forgets to turn it off or falls asleep. The oak desk in Weenie Bin C62F is […]

Small Talk

Do You Speak Yeah-Lie?

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Yale fights the war on ivy

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines. —Frank Lloyd Wright, 1953 [ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”9950″ ] [ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”9951″ ] Yale, it may be said, is the quintessential Ivy League school. So where, then, is all the ivy? The signature vine of the Ancient Eight is conspicuously absent […]


Departments struggle with new budget cuts

As the cuts to this year’s budget run deeper, department heads say the savings are becoming harder to find. The administration is now asking departments to squeeze another 5 percent of reductions out of the current year’s non-personnel spending, in addition to the 7.5 percent cuts in personnel and non-personnel spending they have already made, […]


Demolition begins to make room for new colleges

Defying both economic headwinds and local critics, the University has begun clearing space for the 13th and 14th residential colleges. A woodchipper growled as work crews uprooted trees around 70 Sachem St. on Tuesday, on the corner of the Prospect Triangle, the future site of the new residential colleges. A trash chute extended from a […]


Yale-backed wind plan incites controversy

The town of Ira, Vt., population 452, has no stores, no gas station and no post office. What it does have are sweeping vistas of Vermont’s Green Mountains. And the slopes of those mountains have wind — wind that a developer wants to harness to produce an estimated 240,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy […]


Part 2 of 2: The unmaking of a haven

When Teresa Gonzalez Vala was put in the unmarked white van outside her house on Atwater Street early on the morning of June 6, 2007, there were already four men and two women inside. They sat on two benches facing each other between the barred, tinted windows. She thought they would be deported right away. […]


Part 1 of 2: A safe haven, raided

The federal agents came at dawn on June 6, 2007, pounding on doors, yelling in an unfamiliar tongue, storming bedrooms, lining up the men on one side of the room and the women on the other. In three hours, they raided eight apartments and homes in New Haven’s predominantly Latino neighborhood of Fair Haven, making […]


Univ. may cut classes to save money

By When history professor Abbas Amanat went on sabbatical last spring, Yale hired a visiting lecturer to fill in for one of his classes. She was Joanna de Groot, and she came all the way from the University of York, in Great Britain, to teach Yale’s course on “State, Society & Culture in the Middle […]


YaleNext reforms already underway

The first batch of reforms under the banner of YaleNext appeared over the summer, and more are on the way this fall. The multimillion-dollar upgrade of Yale’s internal computer systems — dubbed YaleNext — aims to make the University’s business operations more consistent and efficient. The project’s cost, which was not disclosed, has been scaled […]


Is Yale U. starting to run more like Yale Inc.?

Plenty was unusual about the planning for this year’s budget. It entailed the deepest cuts in at least three decades, on the heels of years of exuberant growth. But there was another wrinkle: The cuts would be negotiated with a new face at the table. For the first time, senior administrators from the University’s Business […]


It’s official: Endowment posts worst loss ever

The Yale endowment posted a 24.6 percent investment loss in the fiscal year that ended June 30, falling to $16.3 billion in its most severe decline ever, University officials announced Tuesday. The $5.6 billion decline is in line with the University’s projection last December, so it comes as “no surprise,” Provost Peter Salovey said. But […]