Ph.D. students plan for a difficult job market

October 10, 2005
As upperclassmen scramble for recommendation letters and update their resumes in preparation for this fall’s interview season, many are only dimly aware that their teaching assistants and graduate fellows may also be engaged in a desperate job hunt. Jobs in academia are notoriously difficult to find, especially in humanities-related fields. According to the American Historical »

DeStefano’s proposal stirs controversy

October 10, 2005
New Haven City Hall has struggled to clarify its position on a proposal by Mayor John DeStefano Jr. last week to issue identification cards to illegal immigrants amid criticism from city and state residents and officials. The proposal drew fire from Elm City residents after the New Haven Register headlined an article last Tuesday entitled »

Elm City feels impact of elevated gas prices

September 7, 2005
From businessmen on bicycles, to customers waiting in long lines at gas stations, to landscapers filling extra tanks of gas for their lawnmowers at station pumps, it seems few members of the New Haven community can entirely escape the effects of rapidly escalating fuel prices on their daily lives. Hurricane Katrina’s mauling of oil refineries »

Complaint is not first for officer

September 2, 2005
A confrontation between a Yale student and members of the New Haven Police Department last Monday is the most recent of a number of incidents in which officer Marco Francia has been accused of using excessive force. Ilan Zechory ’06 was arrested Monday evening outside his apartment building on High Street as officers Francia and »

Pfizer opens research facility in New Haven

April 15, 2005
In a ceremony this morning, Pfizer executives, city officials, University President Richard Levin and Provost Andrew Hamilton celebrated the opening of a new Pfizer clinical research unit in New Haven. The 62,500 square-foot building at 1 Howe Street will be the fourth Pfizer critical research unit, with others located in Ann Arbor, Brussels, and Singapore. »

Same-sex unions pass state Senate

April 7, 2005
After a debate that lasted until around 7 p.m. yesterday evening, Connecticut state Senators voted 27-9 in favor of a bill to legalize civil unions between people of the same sex. The bill passed through the state Senate without the attachment of a proposed Defense of Marriage Act rider that would define marriage as a »

Conn. weighs ethics reform after Rowland

March 21, 2005
After the Friday sentencing of former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland on corruption charges, officials in both the state and the city governments said they feel it is time for Connecticut to commit to ethics reform. Rowland, 47, is set to serve one year of jail time and four months of house arrest, and will »

Metro-North adds surcharge

March 2, 2005
Metro-North customers in a hurry may also find themselves in a financial pinch, thanks to a surcharge for on-board ticket sales that took effect yesterday. The surcharge — which ranges from $4.75 to $5.50 for tickets purchased on-board as opposed to online, at the station or from automated ticket tellers — was part of a »

Alpern fields stem cell questions on state legislature panel

February 18, 2005
Yale Medical School Dean Robert Alpern testified yesterday on the possible economic and medical benefits of stem cell research at an informational hearing of the joint Commerce and Higher Education Committees of the Connecticut General Assembly. The hearing proceeds from debate over a bill to legalize and fund the research. “I told them why I »

Group seeks to better rape response system

February 17, 2005
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Student representatives of the group Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention met with Yale College Dean Peter Salovey and Dean of Student Affairs Betty Trachtenberg yesterday to discuss potential changes to the University’s rape response policy. The main issue RSVP brought to the meeting »

First black profs recall challenges, successes

February 15, 2005
When Curtis Patton arrived at Yale to begin teaching, he found himself confronted with armed guards. Patton, one of Yale’s first black professors, had arrived in the midst of the Black Panther trials of 1970. “When I arrived I was surrounded by people in fatigues and camouflage. It was an armed camp,” Patton said. “There »

Rell budget gives funds for laptops in schools

February 10, 2005
Connecticut high school classrooms may soon be getting a boost into the 21st century, courtesy of the state government. The two-year budget proposal announced by Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell Wednesday includes around $15.5 million for a program to put laptop computers in ninth and 10th grade English classes in public schools. Although it is »