The Provost’s House at 35 Hillhouse Ave. was built in 1836 and sold to the University in 1953.

For modern administrators, one mansion is too many

October 1, 2010
The year was 1993, and Yale’s newly-appointed president, Richard Levin, had a choice to make: To move into the official president’s residence at 43 Hillhouse Ave. or stay in his longtime East Rock home? Levin, his wife, Jane, and their children had lived in ordinary houses around New Haven since Levin became an assistant professor »

In focus: How one department coped with budget cuts

September 30, 2010
The Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department’s annual reception, once an elaborate affair, has been pared down to half its former size. Guest lecturers invited by NELC, who numbered up to a dozen in previous years, have become scarcer around the Hall of Graduate Studies. The department has also had to delay hiring more language »

Swensen model still highly regarded among investors

September 28, 2010
Friday saw the $16.7 billion endowment managed by Yale investments chief David Swensen fall to the bottom of the Ivy League in its most recent investment gain. But that hasn’t diminished Swensen’s standing among Yale officials and onlookers. “Anybody that makes money is going to have a really bad year at some point,” said David »

Endowment posts 8.9 percent gain

September 27, 2010
A year after Yale’s endowment lost nearly a quarter of its value, the fund is back in the black — even if its growth pales in comparison to other schools’ and its own past performance. The endowment’s 8.9 percent investment return from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, which the University announced Friday morning, »

Endowment posts 8.9 percent return for last year

September 24, 2010
Yale’s endowment returned 8.9 percent in the 2010 fiscal year, the University announced this morning. After endowment spending, the fund grew 2.5 percent, rising from $16.3 billion in 2009 to $16.7 billion this summer. The gain is in line with what administrators said they had expected. It falls short of the 13.3-percent average return of »

New residential college may have bells

September 24, 2010
Harkness Tower may be getting some competition — though not for several years. According to the University’s latest plans for the two new residential colleges, targeted to be open by fall 2015, one of the towers in the northern college may rival Harkness not only in size, but in sound: At 190 feet, the tower »

Yale clerical, technical union approves new leaders

September 23, 2010
Clutching red balloons and clapping, members of Yale’s largest employee union gathered in the main meeting room of First and Summerfield Methodist Church on Wednesday evening to approve their new leadership. The 3,400 members of the union, Local 34, had not had much to celebrate in several months: Over the summer, Yale laid off 100 »

VOLLEYBALL | Elis hit the Sunshine State

September 17, 2010
A week after winning two of its three Blackbird Invitational matches, the women’s volleyball team is heading to California — the home state of six of its players. The Bulldogs flew to southern California on Thursday to prepare for the Fullerton Classic in Fullerton, Calif., where Yale (5–1) will match up against Liberty on Friday, »

Profs adjust to smaller staff

September 17, 2010
To make ends meet over the past year, the 20-member Computer Science Department has given up faculty lunches, some guest speakers and a few graduate students. This fall, it finds itself short on another front: After an administrative assistant retired last year, the department could only afford to hire a part-time employee as a replacement. »

Faculty hirings still on hold

September 16, 2010
With budgets still tight and a faculty that swelled over the past decade, the University will delay most faculty searches for at least another year. Departments that could make a strong case for hiring new faculty — either to fill gaps in their academic programs or to push certain fields — were authorized to conduct »

Yale’s endowment return might mirror Harvard’s

September 15, 2010
The Harvard-Yale rivalry has come to New Haven early this year, and it’s not about football. It’s about money: Since Harvard University announced last week that its $27.4 billion endowment made solid gains in the last fiscal year, partly erasing the massive losses of the year before, all eyes are on Yale investment chief David »
Discretionary funds enabled Pierson Master Harvey Goldblatt to arrange an annual subsidized spring break trip to Italy for some Pierson seniors. Now, such perks may be cut or diminished as the University centralizes and standardizes budgeting among the residential colleges.

In Pierson, master’s departure to coincide with tightened budgets

September 14, 2010
When he walked into the brightly-lit Pierson College dining hall the evening of Sunday, May 9, Pierson Master Harvey Goldblatt got a standing ovation. Students attending Goldblatt’s surprise “Appreciation Dinner” wore yellow-and-black Pierson gear that bore his nickname, “Master G.” They cheered and laughed as Pierson freshman counselors played a slideshow of Master G moments, »