Seniors give Hanks thumbs up

February 28, 2011 • 1
The Senior Class Council’s decision to bring actor Tom Hanks to speak on Class Day this spring breaks with a recent trend of invitations to political and media leaders, and students interviewed said they welcome the change. Eighteen of 22 seniors interviewed expressed satisfaction with the selection, which was announced in an e-mail to the »

Tom Hanks will be the Class Day speaker

February 25, 2011 • 5
UPDATED Tom Hanks, Oscar-winning actor from “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump,” will be the 2011 Class Day speaker, Senior Class Secretary Cathy Lew ’11 and Treasurer Mathilde Williams ’11 announced in an e-mail to members of the senior class today. Lew and Williams, who were joined by fellow Senior Class Representative Chloe Gordon ’11 in selecting »

YCC surveys about teacher feedback

February 24, 2011 • 0
Next week, students will have a chance to grade their professors. The Yale College Council is beginning an initiative to look at how professors give students feedback at the end of each semester, starting with a survey that the council will send to students early next week. YCC President Jeff Gordon ’12 said he would »

Lupe Fiasco to play Spring Fling

February 21, 2011 • 1
Rapper Lupe Fiasco is scheduled to perform at this year’s Spring Fling, according to a concert listing on his website. The artist, who is best known for his song “Superstar,” listed a performance at Yale University on April 26, the day of Spring Fling, on his website. The listing, along with other April concerts at »

Lupe Fiasco headed to Spring Fling

February 18, 2011 • 12
UPDATED: 9:05 p.m.Rapper Lupe Fiasco will be performing at Yale’s Spring Fling this year, according to his website. The artist’s official website listed a concert at Yale University under tour dates for Tuesday, April 26, the day of Yale’s Spring Fling. The 29-year old rapper released his debut album in 2006, and performed for a »
Of 24 students living in gender-neutral suites that the News surveyed, 23 described their experience as “positive.”

Gender neutral housing unlikely for juniors

February 18, 2011 • 7
Administrators will likely opt not to extend the mixed-gender housing option to juniors next year, University President Richard Levin said Wednesday night. Seniors, who had the option of living in gender-neutral suites for the first time this year, will still be able to make housing configurations with people of the opposite sex in the 2011-’12 »

Dining suffers from veggie shortages

February 15, 2011 • 0
Salad bars will lack staples like green beans and peppers in coming weeks as Yale Dining works to reconfigure its menus in light of a national produce shortage. Due to unusual freezing and flooding of crop fields across the United States and Mexico, there have been severe shortages of items such as squash, zucchini and »

Yale Dining buys big

February 2, 2011 • 7
Last semester, Yale’s dining halls played host to about 87,000 pounds of chicken and 190,000 bananas. Yale Dining relies on a complex automated system to place massive food orders from a bank of 5,000 ingredients weeks before a dish is due to be served. Menus are in the works for months before they hit dining »

Fall break coming in 2012

January 24, 2011 • 2
Beginning in fall 2012, students in Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will have a five-day fall break and shorter reading and finals periods, University President Richard Levin announced in an e-mail to faculty Monday afternoon. In addition to the break, the new calendar equalizes the fall and spring semesters so »

Swing Space to serve as annex

January 19, 2011 • 0
Starting next year, Swing Space will serve as annex housing for as many as six residential colleges. The bulk of suites in Swing Space, which has housed students of residential colleges under renovation for the past 12 years, will go to annexed students, said John Meeske, associate dean for student organizations and physical resources, though »

Smith announcement no surprise

January 11, 2011 • 0
When Branford Master Steven Smith steps down from his post at the end of this year, students will say farewell to the second-longest-serving master in the college’s history — better known to Branfordians as “S. Diddy.” Branford students said they are sad to lose the charismatic master, but none of the 13 students interviewed said »

Report due from DKE committee

January 11, 2011 • 0
A task force on sexual misconduct prevention formed in the aftermath of last semester’s Delta Kappa Epsilon pledge incident has finished its report and is calling for changes to freshman orientation. Last month, Yale College Dean Mary Miller received a report she commissioned from the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Education and Prevention. Miller asked »