Robotics team short on funds

March 25, 2009
After six weeks of construction in Yale’s machine shop and practice in a high school gym, the Great Glass Elevator — a robot constructed from $8,000 worth of starter kit materials, plastic, metal bars and wheels — has finally come to life. It whizzes, turns, and even collects and dumps balls. The contraption is the »

Yale sneakers to debut

March 5, 2009
Managers of a new student startup are anxiously preparing for their big kickoff. Campus Kings, an independent footwear company founded by Timothy Kau ’09 and Christopher Chau ’10, plans to launch a Web site that will allow students to order signature Yale sneakers. The footwear will initially feature two models, the “Bulldog” and the “Eli,” »

Gandhi ’10 earns bragging rights as the new Mr. Yale

March 2, 2009
Twelve men hopped, wiggled and thrusted on Saturday night for the title of Mr. Yale. But only one thrusted hard enough. At the end of the competition, Avinash Gandhi ’10 — an economics major in Pierson College — was the only man standing, claiming victory in the third annual Mr. Yale competition. The event, planned »

Around New Haven

Demolition slated for East Street factory At a meeting Wednesday night, Sal Brancati, a former development director for the city of New Haven, proposed that the City Plan Commission demolish the Simkins paper recycling plant that shut down in 2006. His plan is to reuse the site, currently located at 259 East St., for a »

Briefly: Rell urges UConn trustees to delay tuition hike

February 10, 2009
After presenting the state budget to legislature last week, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced in a press release Monday that she is still unsure how much funding Connecticut will receive in a federal stimulus package. In light of this, she urged the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees to suspend discussion on raising tuition fees. »

Supervisors seek to develop, publicize secret garden

January 28, 2009
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Past the food carts and chemistry labs on Science Hill, an eight-acre stretch of nature sits fenced off from the busy traffic of Prospect and Mansfield Streets. When most people dream of a wintry escape, it is probably something like the Marsh Botanic »

Briefly: Torres appointed to Board of Education

January 13, 2009
At a meeting Monday, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. welcomed Elizabeth Torres as a new member of the New Haven Board of Education. He swore in Torres for a four-year appointment, replacing Frances Padilla, whose term expired. Torres recently served as the executive director of the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, an organization that specializes in nonprofit housing »

A pothole fix, just a click away

December 4, 2008
Notice some vandalism in New Haven? See it, click it and the city will fix it. Citizens of New Haven have been working to improve their city streets using, a Web site launched in March 2008 by Ben Berkowitz GRD ’96 GRD ’01, Yale Academic Media and Technology systems programmer Jeff Blasius, and brothers »

Same-sex marriages commence

November 13, 2008
From Wednesday forward, same-sex couples in Connecticut can be licensed to marry, for better or worse and in sickness or in health — just like their heterosexual counterparts. One month after the Connecticut Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, the first same-sex marriage license in the state was issued in New Haven on Wednesday morning. Barbara »

Briefly: Fresh food fills New Haven school

November 6, 2008
Students at John S. Martinez School, a public elementary school in New Haven, are eating greener and healthier. Along with 30 other schools in the state of Connecticut, the school began to participate Monday in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which promotes balanced nutrition by introducing fresh fruits and vegetables »