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  1. Salovey op-ed met with mixed reviews

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    Almost a year removed from a series of events that rocked campus and drew national attention to Yale, University President Peter Salovey took his opinions about free speech, inclusion and the controversial events of last fall to The Wall Street Journal.

    In an op-ed last Monday, entitled “Yale Believes In Free Speech — and So Do I,” Salovey argued that free expression and inclusivity are not mutually exclusive. Writing that university presidents across the country have faced the conflict between inclusivity and free speech, Salovey said he believes Yale is an inclusive community that also promotes free speech. Invited speakers are free to express their views, and the administration does not punish faculty or students for their opinions, no matter how unpopular they are, he wrote in the article.

    “All too often we hear people suggesting that inclusion and free expression are mutually exclusive — participants in a zero-sum game. Yale is in a terrific position to refute that claim, and I feel a personal responsibility to help do so,” Salovey told the News.

    But students interviewed disagree with Salovey on the University’s track record in upholding free expression while also fostering an inclusive campus.

    In response to Salovey’s column, former opinion editor for the News Aaron Sibarium ’18 published a letter in The Wall Street Journal criticizing Salovey’s “misrepresentation” of the events last fall, citing fear among several students to voice their opinions on controversial matters.

    “Many students were worried that there wasn’t a respectful climate of reasoned debate on campus,” Sibarium said.

    Joshua Altman ’17, president of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale, argued that Yale failed to do so during the fallout of former Silliman Associate Head Erika Christakis’ email, in which she defended students’ right to wear culturally insensitive costumes.

    “Claiming that the Yale administration succeeded in this goal last fall strays too far from the fact pattern,” Altman said. The Buckley Program was founded in 2010 by a group of Yale undergraduates in order to promote intellectual diversity on campus.

    Yale never declared that even if one disagrees with the Christakises’ views, the two raised legitimate questions that warrant vigorous debate, Altman pointed out.

    “While the Yale administration did not ‘punish’ [Erika Christakis] for her remarks, they also did not defend her or her right to free expression,” said Kyle Tierney ’17, vice president of the Buckley Program. “Simultaneously, Yale failed to offer an inclusive environment to the Christakises. When the Christakises were slandered and cursed [at] in the Silliman courtyard, the image of Yale as an inclusive place of free expression was shattered.”

    The Christakises resigned from their positions in Silliman College this summer after facing strong backlash and outcry from students.

    In his article, Salovey said Yale adheres to the principles of free speech espoused by the Woodward Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale, a committee created in 1974 to promote the “fullest degree of intellectual freedom” on campus. The spirit of the report, Altman said, is not just that the administration does not censor speech but that it actively encourages debate and disagreement on issues such as race.

    On Oct. 1, about 40 Yale professors gathered to celebrate the reprinting of the 1974 Woodward Report and listen to federal appellate judge José Cabranes LAW ’65 speak about the report’s relevance to the current situation of free speech at Yale.

    Cabranes said the University’s “safe spaces” and the ways in which the free speech of students and faculty members is currently monitored jeopardizes the freedoms outlined and supported by the Woodward Report.

    Still, students acknowledged Salovey’s commitment to free speech, as well as the administration’s efforts in that regard.

    “If you want to have free speech, you need to be able to take offense,” said Alexander Sikorski ’20, who said he supports Salovey’s commitment to free speech. “By putting policies in place that prevent people from hearing offensive speech, you are limiting what may be justifiable opinions regardless of whether or not they are offensive.”

    He added that he has not seen any case of violation of free speech by the administration.

    Although the events from last fall still loom large, Altman said the climate of free speech at Yale seems better this year.

    “As I wrote in the essay, our campus has proven, and is proving every day, that work toward the fullest possible inclusion doesn’t stifle speech but rather fosters it,” Salovey told the News. “Take our new Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration: what a remarkable range of dialogue is emerging already from the scholarship, ideas and voices that are coming together there.”

    The center, established in response to the campus racial protest, is an academic and research center focused on race, ethnicity and identity. Along with the center, the University has taken other initiatives, including a doubling of the budgets of Yale’s four cultural centers and providing training for members of the administration on recognizing and combating racism and other forms of discrimination.

  2. Windham in Their Sails

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    Tuesday morning, Beinecke Library staff set up a small, modestly lit stage and 40 chairs upstairs to prepare for the announcement of this year’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize winners. The prize awards $150,000 to each of nine writers — three in drama, three in nonfiction and three in fiction.

    Though this certainly makes for a noteworthy accolade, few people attended the ceremony. Almost all those who came worked at the Beinecke. University President Peter Salovey read a short speech: He named the winners, summarized their careers, thanked listeners and left. The whole thing took less than 20 minutes.

    Despite the small reception in New Haven, the event attracted a much larger audience than could be contained in the Beinecke. Michael Kelleher, program director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes, opened proceedings by saying, “We’re being watched all over the world live right now.” Indeed, the announcement was live-streamed over the Internet.

    The ambitions of the Windham-Campbell Prize certainly merit global attention. It aims to reward writers in the English language from all over the world for demonstrating achievement or promise in their respective genres. In an interview with the News, Kelleher joked that he was happy that this year was the first when over half the winners already knew what the Windham-Campbell Prize was, and that no one thought the phone call notifying them that they’d won was a Nigerian Prince scam. But in all seriousness, the vast scope of the award has attracted international attention, and though it was created only three years ago, the Windham-Campbell Prize has quickly acquired significant prestige.

    The prize was created by Donald Windham who, upon his death in 2010, left the majority of his estate to Yale in order to fund the Windham-Campbell Prizes. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Windham moved to New York City soon after graduating high school to become a writer. There, his career took off when he collaborated with Tennessee Williams on “You Touched Me!,” and he went on to become a critically acclaimed novelist.

    Windham’s success never came easy. He never went to college, and as a young, financially struggling writer, he worked odd jobs in New York City. It is perhaps because of this difficulty that Windham wished to create a prize that would not only honor well-known authors with impressive bodies of work, but also — and perhaps more importantly — provide younger, less established writers with the financial opportunity to focus on their craft.

    Eugene V. Kokot, co-executor of the Windham-Campbell estate, says he ensures that the selection committees choose winners that match Windham’s goals. “It was Donald’s intent to give someone the prize who would really benefit from money to aid [their] writing, without having to work a second job to make ends meet,” he said. In keeping with this mission, last year’s winners have expressed their gratitude for the prize, which has enabled them to stop looking for temp jobs and worrying about money, and to finally focus on establishing themselves among literati.

    The newfound ease of the prizewinners is the result of a long and complicated process. Each year, Kelleher travels to a different part of the world to familiarize himself with the region’s literary circles. He then chooses 60 nominators — usually writers or academics — who will each choose one “established” writer and one “up-and-comer” to nominate for the prize. He cited the importance of having what he called a “saturation” of nominees from a particular part of the world, so that every year selectors can closely examine the literature of a given country, rather than annually comparing literature from all over the world.

    Selection committees choose winners not based on a single masterpiece; instead, they look at the writers’ entire bodies of work. Judges on the committee then pick a book they think is indicative of the overall quality of an author’s work to send to a panel of jurists, who decide on the final winners. It’s a long process, and usually takes an entire year. In fact, Kelleher begins searching for new nominators the day after winners are announced.

    This involved procedure yields promising results. “The proof that the selection process works is in the people who are selected,” said Richard Deming, an English professor at Yale who teaches the popular creative writing course Daily Themes. “By and large, they aren’t household names, but they have been very impressive.”

    The names of the nominators are never made public, and nominees do not find out they’ve been nominated unless they win. The selection committees, also composed of anonymous members, work in seclusion throughout the process to determine the best nominees. Even after their term ends, previous judges cannot reveal their identities to the press.

    “The process is anonymous because we wanted to avoid conflicts of interest,” Kokot said. “We want nominators to nominate purely on the basis of their review of authors who deserve a wider audience.”

    This could explain the modest reception that accompanied the announcement of the winners; unlike prizes such as the Pulitzer Prize or the National Book Award, there is little fanfare surrounding the selections. While other literary prizes have celebrity judges and long processes involving publicized longlists, short lists and finalists, the Windham-Campbell doesn’t make a show of its procedure. As J.D. McClatchy, editor of “The Yale Review,” puts it: “The Windham-Campbell has prestige, like the Bollingen, more than glamour, like the Pulitzer.”

    McClatchy is not the only person to compare Windham-Campbell to more established prizes. Though the Windham-Campbell program is still in its infancy, members of the literary community have high hopes for its future. The prize was profiled in a Foreign Policy article about prestigious global literary awards, along with the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Award. Unlike these accolades, the Windham-Campbell does not allow almost-winners to benefit from being named finalists. However, Teju Cole, one of this year’s fiction winners, says he wouldn’t have wanted to know had he been a finalist. For him, the anonymity de-emphasizes the competitive nature of literary prizes. “Making art is not about rivalry,” he said.

    Most commonly, interviewees compared Windham-Campbell either to the Macarthur Genius Award, as the decision processes are similar, or, perhaps more aptly, to Yale’s Bollingen Prize, which is essentially Windham-Campbell’s poetic counterpart.

    The Bollingen Prize has awarded literary excellence ever since its inception in 1948, when Ezra Pound was the first winner. Also affiliated with the Beinecke, the Bollingen selects American poets who have published the best book of poetry in the two years preceding the prize’s announcement. It also takes into account lifetime achievement that the judges deem particularly impressive. Its goals, then, are somewhat different than those the Windham-Campbell — the Bollingen is not international, and is rarely given to a junior poet without a significant body of work.

    Nancy Kuhl, curator of American Literature at the Beinecke and Program Director for the Bollingen Prize, thinks that, because of these different functions, the Bollingen and Windham-Campbell will mutually inform and enrich one another.

    “The two prizes together highlight Yale’s deep investment in great literature,” she said. “This isn’t just a deep investment in research, but also in the creation of great works of art.”

    The relationship between Yale and the prizes is, in a sense, symbiotic: The prize enhances Yale students’ experience of literature, and association with Yale lends the prize automatic prestige. Kuhl went on to explain how awards such as these impact students and aspiring writers who are considering entering the field: “When we give an award to a writer, we don’t know what’s going to arise from their imagination, or how that will spark the imaginations of others at a distance.”

    The Windham-Campbell has already put significant effort into sparking young imaginations. Since its inception, the prize has maintained a partnership with Co-op Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven. Each year, six students concentrating in creative writing or theater coordinate a panel and workshop with one of the winners.

    Lynda Blancato organizes the cooperation between the Beinecke and Co-op High School. “This program shows students that the prizewinners have very diverse paths to their careers as writers,” said Blancato. Even just meeting new people who aren’t from New Haven, she said, is exciting for students — so working with writers from all over the world was especially rewarding.

    The high school’s affiliation with Windham-Campbell winners is, in a sense, indicative of the realization of Windham’s goals — for many writers, especially those from outside the U.S., local recognition in New Haven is the first step to recognition abroad. “I’m literally trying to bring these writers to the world,” Kelleher tells me. According to him, the Windham-Campbell Prize intends to bring acclaim to writers who deserve it and whose art should be appreciated by literary enthusiasts around the world.

    That said, fame is not the ultimate goal of most writers. “I think making art is about having a voice — prizes are not the reason we do this work,” said Cole. (This was, of course, after saying that he was very happy to have received the Windham-Campbell this year.) “But any opportunity to develop that voice is very meaningful. Money is not the end in itself, but it allows the work to go on.”

  3. 8 Yale GIFs You Need to Be Using Right Now

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    Earlier this month, students in Brad Rosen’s “Law, Technology & Culture” lecture enjoyed a day in Reddit’s proverbial sun when their paean to songstress Sarah Bareilles went moderately viral. Their YouTube video is best understood as testament to a larger truth: Yalies, by and large, are good at the Internet.

    Proof abounds. We have RumpChat and Overheard at Yale. We’ve got multiple student-made Bluebooking apps, and one of Sam Tsui’s most recent YouTube videos has 11 million views, which is seven million more than the most popular video of the Israeli national anthem and ten million more than the official Spyglass Entertainment trailer for “The Love Guru.”

    Alas, a huge and evident gap threatens to undermine our virtual credibility: GIF-making. Although Yalies are happy to pilfer moving images from the BuzzFeed post du jour, we generally seem less eager to make GIFs of our own.

    Are we just incompetent, or is this a failure of nerve? Making GIFs is easy and fun (here are two guides): an excellent way to procrastinate, express yourself and increase your employability in a turbulent job market.

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    Really, what are you waiting for, Yale? I want to see you be brave. I want original GIFs, Yale GIFs — GIFs we can call our own. Here’s a few I made to get you started.

     

     

     

    1. A GIF for when you’re just really, really apathetic. 
     
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    2. A GIF to convey the coming of winter

     

     
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    3. A GIF for when you’re just done with the haters. 
     
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    4. A GIF to express how you feel about that guy in section. 
     
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    5. A GIF for when you’re a winner. 
     
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    6. A GIF for when you’re just not having it. 
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    7. A GIF for when you just want to dance.
     
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    8. And a GIF for when you just need to dance. 
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  4. With bluegrass band, Salovey drops new album

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    Peter Salovey is probably having a more productive summer than you. In addition to finalizing a major job promotion earlier this month, the new University president officially became a recording artist.

    Salovey co-founded and plays upright bass for the band The Professors of Bluegrass, which released its first album “Pick or Perish” on June 15. In an email to the News, Salovey said the group self-produced the 19-track album under the leadership of banjo player and psychiatry professor Oscar Hills. Salovey also reflected on how his bluegrass fervor relates to his work as president and to the greater Yale community.

    “I love bluegrass music and have especially enjoyed playing it with Yale faculty and students,” Salovey said. “They have taught me so much about how one can do something with both great passion and virtuosity.”

    The Professors of Bluegrass had a modest beginning in 1990, when Salovey and former psychology professor Kelly Brownell began convening the handful of bluegrass enthusiasts on campus. The group gained momentum and started playing gigs, such as University President Richard Levin’s inaugural festival in the fall of 1993.

    After a few bouts of relative inactivity, the band has been strumming strong since 2005. Most recently, they performed at the ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival in Kentucky this June, just two days before Salovey took office.

    Hills said he realized this spring that Salovey and the other band members were only getting busier, so the time was ripe to record an album. He worked with each band member individually and used his own equipment to record and edit the tracks.

    The finished product took just six weeks of late nights and hard work, with Salovey squeezing his recording session in one Sunday morning in his basement.

    “He just marched through [his parts] like a studio musician,” Hills said in an email to the News. The Professors of Bluegrass finished just in time to tote their new CDs with them to the June festival in Owensboro, where they sold about 50 albums.

    Interested students and fans can download a copy of their new President’s cultural pursuits on iTunes, and serious enthusiasts can order hardcopies through the band’s website.

    Watch the Professors of Bluegrass play at the ROMP festival below:

  5. ‘Professors of Bluegrass’ revamps website

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    The Professors of Bluegrass is revamping its web presence in anticipation of a new CD release later this month.

    The bluegrass band — which features President-elect Peter Salovey as its bass player — announced the launch of a new website, professorsofbluegrass.com, on its Facebook page Sunday. The website is a belated replacement for the band’s old site, which crashed several years ago.

    Featuring photos, videos and sound clips, the site describes the band and its history, and provides information about an upcoming show at ROMP 2013 in Owensboro, K.Y., on June 29.

    Fans can also look forward to the release of a new Professors of Bluegrass CD, entitled “Pick or Perish,” before the end of June, according to the site’s homepage.

    Co-founded in 1990 by Salovey and psychology professor Kelly Brownell, who are both bluegrass enthusiasts, the Professors of Bluegrass has existed in various incarnations over the past two decades as members have joined and left the Yale community. The band has performed at many bluegrass festivals as well as at local venues like Toad’s Place.

  6. Thursday’s Buzz: 2.21.13

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    THE NEWS

    • New Haven Public Schools Superintendent Reginald Mayo has announced that he will retire at the end of this year, effective June 30. Find out more about his legacy and what Mayo’s announcement means for the city in tomorrow’s News.
    • Peter Salovey has just four months until he settles into the President’s Office in Woodbridge Hall. Until then, the President-elect is on the move. Since Benjamin Polak took over as provost on Jan. 15, Salovey has devoted his full attention to preparations for the presidency. By the end of this semester, Salovey will have completed a partial world-tour to meet donors and introduce himself to the global Yale community. Though Salovey has been spotted in the lobby of the Yale Club of New York, trips down the Connecticut shoreline are just the beginning, as Salovey estimated he spends about one-third of his time traveling for the job.
    • University President-elect Peter Salovey wore two hats during this afternoon’s panel on the role of cultural centers on Yale’s campus, speaking both as Yale’s next president and as a social scientist. The event, which was hosted by La Casa as part of a weeklong campaign to increase awareness of the center, hosted three panelists — Salovey, Trumbull College Dean Jasmina Besirevic-Regan and Student Affairs Fellow Hannah Peck DIV ’11 — who discussed self-segregation, social identity and affirmative action. Salovey said the criticism cultural houses receive for being self-segregating is inevitable because race has been a sensitive issue in U.S. history.
    THE WEATHER

    High of 32 degrees, low of 20 degrees, mostly sunny and clear.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Lemon Meltaway Cake Ring

    Lunch: Tortilla Soup Mezclado, Orzo Vegetable Soup, Chef’s Choice Grilled Flatbread, Berkeley Mac & Cheese, Black Eyed Peas & Chili Casserole, Honey Mustard Dip, Duck Sauce, Grilled Garden Burger, Hand-breaded Chicken Tenders, Chicken Club Wrap, Bourbon Yams, Fresh Market Vegetable, Southwestern Potato Salad, Chipotle Carrot & Cucumber Salad, Orange Almond Cupcake, Coconut Macaroon

    Dinner: Tortilla Soup Mezclado, Orzo Vegetable Soup, Turkey Stew, St. Louis Style BBQ Spareribs, Baking Powder Biscuit, Tofu & Grilled Vegetables, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Burger, Grilled Garden Burger, Curly Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Southwestern Potato Salad, Chipotle Carrot & Cucumber Salad, Apple Strudel

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Grits, Waffle Bar, Omelets To Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Sausage Pattie, Potato Pancakes

    Lunch: Roasted Corn & Tomato Soup, English Beef Barley Soup, Home-Style All Beef Meatloaf, Baked Polenta, Spaghetti, Black Bean Quesadilla, Grilled Chicken Breast, Pepperoni Pizza, Eggplant Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Pork Char Siew, Chef’s Choice WOK, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Roast Beef Sand with Caramelized Onions, Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Peas & Carrots, Barley, Corn & Tomato with Smoked Mozzarella, Arugula & Nectarine Salad, Orange Almond Cupcake, Toffee Coffee Cookie

  7. Fake Peter Salovey apologizes to community

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    At first glance, the email Yale students received this morning looked like another normal update from President-elect Peter Salovey. As the Salovey imposter’s message, however, became more and more self-deprecating, it became clear that the email from peter.salovey.yale@gmail.com was indeed a prank.

    The email appeared to be an update from Salovey, correcting a Feb. 6 message to the Yale community about the new president-elect website that students, faculty, staff and alumni can use to contact Salovey with feedback.

    This morning, the fake Salovey apologized for a typo, claiming his “s” key had malfunctioned during the last email and he had instead meant to write “the president-select website.” He wanted to clarify the mistake since, he added, “my appointment did not involve an election or a democratic process of any sort.”

    Whether the anonymous prankster (no word yet on Pundit involvement) lightheartedly references some students’ dissatisfaction during the presidential search process or whether the prankster is actually disgruntled with Yale administrators remains unclear.

    See the full text of the fake email below.

    To the Yale Community:

    My apologies, as I must correct a typo in my previous message. My announcement regarding the president-elect website should have read the “President-select website,” since, as you know, my appointment did not involve an election or a democratic process of any sort; rather, I was selected by Edward Bass and approved by the Yale Corporation. It seems that my “s” key was malfunctioning.

    Regardless, I look forward to responding to your thoughts with statements approved by the Yale Corporation and hosting seemingly progressive panel discussions that provide no concrete solutions. I remain committed to token issues such as diversity at Yale (except as it might apply to positions of leadership) and improving the Yale-New Haven relationship (via gentrification).

  8. Across-the-board reductions avoided for FY 2014

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    The University budget for the 2014 fiscal year likely will not require “across-the-board” reductions, newly appointed Provost Benjamin Polak said in a Thursday memo to University faculty and staff.

    Fiscal year 2014 will mark the second year since the 2008 financial crisis that Yale has not implemented University-wide budget cuts. Though Polak said the budget outlook is better than in the past, he acknowledged that it is not yet “sustainable” since annual expenses remain higher than annual revenues. Polak added that the current version of the budget plan — which will be finalized later this spring — does not have the flexibility to fund the new needs and initiatives that are necessary to “keep Yale at the forefront of teaching and the advancement of knowledge.”

    Polak said the 2013-’14 budget plan relies on one-time measures, including the use of reserve funds in both specific schools and departments and general University accounts.

    In order to plan the budget effectively, Polak said he intends to maintain the policies that President-elect and former Provost Peter Salovey put in place last year to promote transparency, including the use of faculty leadership on the University Budget Committee.

    The process and guidelines for the planning of the fiscal year 2014 budget will be similar to that of previous years, Polak said, adding that he will begin meeting with deans, directors and faculty members soon before presenting the budget to University President Richard Levin later this spring.

  9. ‘Great Big Ideas’ seminar to go on hiatus

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    After being taught for three consecutive terms, “Great Big Ideas” will be taking a break from Yale.

    The popular Yale College seminar co-taught by Provost and President-elect Peter Salovey and Adam Glick ’82 — a New York-based real estate investor and founder of The Floating University — will not be offered again until spring 2014, when current Dean of Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel will replace Salovey as the second instructor. The class follows an untraditional format where students watch prerecorded lectures on a diverse array of academic topics by high-profile scholars, including Brenzel and Yale professors Tamar Gendler and Paul Bloom each week prior to class.

    The seminar — which has 21 members but has repeatedly attracted hundreds of shoppers — then uses its allotted class time for discussions, which often carry over into dinner conversations afterward. Mohammad Salhut ’14, who shopped the class three times before being accepted this fall, said he thought the exposure to different disciplines was ideal, especially for undecided freshmen and sophomores.

    “Here’s a class that introduces you to everything and tells you to take your pick, [and] almost every student in the class loves [Glick] and loves the class, and nobody comes out saying it was a bad experience,” Salhut said.

  10. Salovey solicits nominations for next provost

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    Though Yale students don’t seem to know what the provost does, the University still needs one, especially since Provost Peter Salovey will assume the post of Yale’s president on June 30.

    In an email to the Yale faculty last week, Salovey said he intends to appoint a new provost soon to take over while he prepares to assume the presidency. He also solicited nominations for the position, specifying that his successor should be a current member of the Yale community.

    The provost, as the University’s second-highest administrator, must be the president’s “key deputy” in setting “academic priorities and policy,” Salovey said, citing qualities like imagination, diplomacy, communication skills and leadership as prerequisites to the position.

    Salovey said the provost must be “an outstanding scholar already at Yale who is regarded as a leader by his or her peers.”

    “It would be advantageous for me to appoint the next provost as soon as possible,” Salovey said in the email, adding that he wants to spend the majority of his time this year in conversation with the Yale community about the future of the University.

    The duties of the provost include overseeing academic policy and faculty committees, as well as serving as chair of the University Budget Committee.