Around New Haven

April 24, 2009 • 0
City to sell former Timothy Dwight school The city has agreed to sell the historic Timothy Dwight School building on 130 Edgewood Ave. for $4.51 million to Amistad Academy, which will use the space to consolidate its formerly split K-4 and 5-8 campuses. Amistad, a charter school supported by the nonprofit Achievement First, will build »

Next year, no more ‘Porn’?

April 22, 2009 • 26
Future “Porn in the Morn” classes may not carry a science credit — and as a result, the course may not be offered at all. The Yale College Science Council has determined that “Biology of Gender and Human Sexuality” — a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies class popularly referred to as “Porn in the Morn” »

On the ground: Bulldog Days underway

April 21, 2009 • 4
Facing gray skies and even bleaker economic forecasts, admitted students began arriving in New Haven on Monday for Bulldog Days, the University’s three-day program for prospective freshmen. In over 30 interviews with admitted students, nearly all cited the University’s 2008 financial aid reforms as a deciding factor in their tentative decision to matriculate at Yale »

Applications to nonprofits skyrocket

April 17, 2009 • 1
Applications to national post-graduation service programs such as Teach for America, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps have reached record proportions this year, driven by graduates seeking stable employment in a crumbling job market and looking to fulfill what some have termed the “call to service” of President Barack Obama. Applications to TFA this year broke organization »

On the ground: City departments fight for funds

April 14, 2009 • 1
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. As the Board of Aldermen’s Finance Committee works to finalize budget allocations, city department leaders are pleading for additional dollars. The Finance Committee convened Monday night in City Hall to hear testimonies from city departments concerning their budget requests for fiscal year 2009-’10. »

YCC Vice President: Brian Levin ’11

April 10, 2009 • 6
In a race that will decide the future of the Yale College Council’s internal management, Brian Levin ’11 is counting on experience and dedication to win him the right to succeed two-term Vice President Emily Schofield ’09. Levin said he hopes to leverage two years of experience in student government in order to make academic »

Butterfly wings attract, defend

April 9, 2009 • 1
Butterfly wings can be defensive — or sexy. A new study from Yale biologists suggests that the eyespots on the underside of butterflies’ wings are used to ward off predators while those on the upper side attract mates. The finding is the first to confirm an offhand observation evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin once made in »

Obama aids city economy

April 8, 2009 • 1
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Even after nine terms in office that ended in a massive city deficit, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. holds his cool when receiving millions of dollars in governmental help. Before a crowd of about 20 people, DeStefano and Jim Finley, the executive director of »

Peruvian blasts Yale

April 7, 2009 • 13
As a crowd of students, faculty and even a few Peruvians hissed and clapped, Eliane Karp-Toledo, the former first lady of Peru, called for the immediate return of all Inca artifacts housed at Yale last night. Speaking to a full house at the Yale Political Union, Karp-Toledo was characteristically outspoken; though she thanked the University »

Around New Haven

Trails to link Hamden, Cheshire and New Haven neighborhoods Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will lead a groundbreaking ceremony for phase three of the Farmington Canal Greenway section on Monday, City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said in a statement this week. The final phase of the construction project, which began in 2001, will connect the New »

Senior centers get laptops

April 1, 2009 • 1
The city is closing half of its senior centers due to budget cuts, but it will add at least five new laptops at those that remain. At a meeting of the Board of Alderman Human Services Committee on Tuesday night, the eight board members present voted to apply to and accept a $10,000 grant from »

Balancing law, children

March 30, 2009 • 1
Ami Parekh is a 29-year-old joint J.D.–M.D. candidate graduating from Yale Law School this May. In her first year at Yale, she got involved with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines; the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics; and the American Constitutional Society. But she does not have time for those activities and the »