Ivy Muslims hold conference

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. […]


Af-Am dean search discussed

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

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

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 […]


Spike Lee criticizes media

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. [ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”9252″ ] “We should blame this founding father s—. […]


No minced words at Spike Lee Dean’s Tea

Filmmaker Spike Lee is proud of the New York Yankees — but not America’s founders. Sporting a Yankees baseball cap and blazer, Lee coolly denounced George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — in expletive-laced language — as the main reason anti-black sentiment still exists in the media. “We should blame this founding father s—,” he said, […]


Yale Dems lobby for mayor

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 […]


Cultural houses host panel on law careers

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 […]


Professor goes back to school

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

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 […]


Anonymous campaign ‘renames’ colleges with slave past

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,” […]


Chinese middle schoolers visit the Elm City

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 […]