Ivy Muslims hold conference

February 8, 2010
The first ever Ivy Muslims Conference this weekend persevered despite a mid-Atlantic snowstorm Friday night. Muslims from five Ivy League schools convened at Yale Saturday and Sunday in the first conference organized by Muslim Student Association chapters across the Ivy League. About 120 delegates from each Ivy League school attended, with 30 delegates from Yale. »
Dean of Student Affairs Marichal Gentry meets with students at the Af-Am House to discuss the search for a new director.

Af-Am dean search discussed

January 27, 2010
Though students expressed sadness over the departure of Assistant Dean Pamela George from her position as director of the Afro-American Cultural Center after 10 years, they said the search for a replacement has provided an opportunity to build on her legacy. The Black Student Alliance at Yale hosted an open forum with Dean of Student »

Slifka gets new director

January 13, 2010
After a year of waiting, the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale has a new director: Steven Sitrin, a Rhode Island resident who has served as director of student life centers at both Carnegie Mellon University and George Washington University. Sitrin, who will take on the position beginning next month, said he plans »

Slifka Center hires artist in residence

November 18, 2009
Fourteen years after its establishment, the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale now has its first ever artist-in-residence: filmmaker Ilana Lapid ’99. Lapid, whose film “Red Mesa” — screened at the Slifka Center on Tuesday — has qualified for potential Oscar nomination in 2010, has returned to Yale 10 years after graduating to »
Director Spike Lee speaks to a crowd of about 240 at an Afro-American Cultural Center Dean's Tea at the Whitney Humanities Center.

Spike Lee criticizes media

November 10, 2009
Filmmaker Spike Lee is proud of the New York Yankees but not the founding fathers. Sporting a Yankees baseball cap and blazer, Lee coolly denounced presidential forefathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as the main reason anti-black sentiment still exists in the media. “We should blame this founding father s—. Those motherf—ers owned »

Yale Dems lobby for mayor

October 30, 2009
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. has recruited the Yale College Democrats to help advance his primary re-election campaign push moving into Tuesday’s election: improving New Haven’s schools. The New Haven Federation of Teachers, the mayor and school officials reached a consensus this month in ratifying a union contract reforming teacher and school evaluation methods. Now the »
Four members of different minority groups discussed their experiences as legal professionals at the panel held Tuesday.

Cultural houses host panel on law careers

October 28, 2009
Minority students worried about succeeding in a law career can look to the experiences of others who have forged the way, according to the organizers of Tuesday’s “Minorities in Law” panel. Five cultural centers, two undergraduate groups and three minority student groups at the Law School sponsored the panel Tuesday — the first in a »
It’s back to school for Tamar Gendler ’87, who is taking nine Yale courses this semester. A fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is paying for her to further her training outside her field.

Professor goes back to school

October 19, 2009
Tamar Gendler ’87 likes to save paper. So she prints her problem sets for PSYC 518, “Multivariate Statistics,” on the back of discarded pages from the rough draft of a book she is writing. Her grades have lately been sliding a little, from an “Excellent” on the first two assignments to only a check mark »

Undergraduate Organizing Committee chalked colleges

October 15, 2009
The Undergraduate Organizing Committee has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the campaign of chalk and fliers that proposes new names for Yale buildings the group says are named after supporters of slavery. Last Sunday, under the cover of darkness, six to eight members of the social activist group set out to post new names »
Chalk writing on Cross Campus draws attention to some of Yale’s residential college namesakes’ historical connection to slavery.

Anonymous campaign ‘renames’ colleges with slave past

October 14, 2009
Chalk inscriptions and paper fliers appeared around residential colleges this week, proposing new names for the colleges whose namesakes were slave-owners or supporters of slavery. But no one has claimed responsibility for the campaign, which has puzzled both administrators and student groups. Calhoun, Davenport, Jonathan Edwards, Morse, Silliman, Timothy Dwight and Trumbull colleges were “renamed,” »
Yali students visit the United States for two weeks every fall, four days of which are spent in New Haven with their counterparts at The Foote School.

Chinese middle schoolers visit the Elm City

October 13, 2009
Since founding the Yali Middle School in Changsha, China, 104 years ago, the Yale-China Association’s work has come full-circle. What began as a missionary effort by a group of Yale graduates and faculty members has grown into an innovative and little-known exchange program that connects New Haven middle schoolers with a group of their peers »

Sister City Project still going strong

October 8, 2009
While non-profit organizations across the country are barely surviving the recession, the New Haven-León Sister City Project is riding out the storm with relative ease, the organization’s program director says. A local non-profit that conducts educational relief work in León, Nicaragua, the Sister City Project also works to educate city residents about Nicaragua and the »