Tag Archive: The Buzz

  1. Monday’s Buzz: 4.22.13

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    THE NEWS

    • The stage was crowded Saturday afternoon when the five men vying to become New Haven’s next mayor squared off in the first public debate of the election season. But among the officially announced candidates, only one issue emerged as clearly dividing the rapidly crystallizing field: campaign finance. That’s because the candidates have already made starkly different choices about how to finance their campaigns.
    • This May, students will have yet another summer storage option. Starting this summer, Yale has partnered with All College Storage, a third-party college storage service that picks up students’ boxed belongings from their rooms, stores them during the summer and returns them in the fall.
    • After over 10 months of deliberations, the Yale-NUS inaugural Curriculum Committee released a 90-page report on April 4 detailing the final version of the curriculum to be implemented at the college Yale is establishing with the National University of Singapore. But the report’s content ventured far beyond details of the liberal arts college’s academic curriculum and into the nature of liberal arts education in Southeast Asia and the United States. University President Richard Levin called the curriculum report a “seminal document” for the philosophy of a contemporary liberal arts institution. Aleksandra Gjorgievska investigates.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 56 degrees, low of 39 degrees, mostly sunny.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Lemon Poppy Muffin

    Lunch: Vegetable Soup Pistou, Split Pea Soup With Ham, Chef’s Choice Frittata, Penne with Tofu & Winter Vegetables, “Old Country” Porketta, Pan Gravy, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, All Beef Grilled Hot Dog, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Roasted Potatoes with Olives & Caper Dressing, Fresh Market Vegetable, White Bean Salad with Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette, Asparagus Salad With Greens & Mint, Peanut Butter Cookie

    Dinner: Vegetable Soup Pistou, Split Pea Soup With Ham, Pot Au Feu, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Roasted Vegetables & Provolone Panini, Lemon Scented Orzo with Spring Vegetables, Fresh Market Vegetable, White Bean Salad with Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette, Asparagus Salad With Greens & Mint, Dirt Cake

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Buttermilk Pancakes, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Lemon Poppy Muffin

    Lunch: Chicken Gumbo Soup, Southwest Black Bean Soup, Spinach & Gruyere Tart, Chicken Fajita, Portabella Fajita, Guacamole, Penne, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Hot Pastrami Sandwich, Pepperoni Pizza, Fresh Vegetable Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Green Beans STIR, Vegetable Fried Rice, Beef & Broccoli, Jasmine Rice, Chickpeas & Tomato Pita Sandwich, Spanish Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Sauteed Carrots With Dill, White Bean Salad with Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette, Peanut Butter Cookie

  2. Friday’s Buzz: 4.19.13

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    THE NEWS

    • On the afternoon of Nov. 8, 2012, faculty and administrators who crowded in the McDougal Center for a special announcement had a hunch that they were about to meet Yale’s next president. So when Provost Peter Salovey appeared with University President Richard Levin and Yale Corporation Senior Fellow Edward Bass ’67 ARC ’72 at the side door, Salovey had to walk through a standing ovation and chorus of cheers in order to reach the podium in the front. No one looked surprised.  The similarities between Levin and Salovey are numerous, but the trajectories of their presidencies could not look more different. Levin is leaving his successor with a Yale unlike the campus he took charge of, which was ringing with calls for a better future. Julia Zorthian takes a close look in tomorrow’s News.
    • Faculty members will participate in a new round of workshops designed to discuss the teaching of undergraduate humanities courses this May as part of a broader focus on a humanities-based education in Yale College. In July, the University received a $1.95 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation put toward enriching its humanities teaching. Though the grant — which funds an interdisciplinary concentration in the graduate school, a program for post-doctoral students and the faculty workshops — does not directly fund undergraduate coursework, the first set of workshops held last June and August generated course proposals and recommendations for interdisciplinary teaching in the humanities that faculty and administrators hope to implement across Yale College, according to Pamela Schirmeister, associate dean for Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Schirmesiter said she hopes that conversation and collaboration will continue in May’s workshops, which will focus on utilizing Yale’s art and library collections in the classroom.
    • In a brief unanimous vote Monday night, the Board of Aldermen redrew the borders of two New Haven wards, bucking the legal recommendation of the city’s top lawyer in the process. The redistricting came well after the city concluded the once-per-decade process of redrawing ward boundaries last year. Nevertheless, and despite the advice of the city’s Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden, the Board of Aldermen voted to move Jocelyn Square, a small neighborhood and a park, to Ward 8, as well as a block near Hillhouse High School to Ward 21. The Board justified the changes by citing an oversight in last year’s redistricting process, and cited the opinion of New Haven attorney Martyn Philpot in defending the legality of the move.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 64 degrees, low of 52 degrees, drizzle with thunderstorms at night.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Orange Fiesta Muffin

    Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Enchiladas Verdes, Argentinian Sierra Beef Sandwich, Quinoa Black Bean & Corn Pilaf, Tex-Mex Chicken Breast, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, BLAT Sandwich, Fresh Market Vegetable, Peruvian Corn Salad, Mexican Tabbouleh Salad, Orange Cranberry White Choc Chip Bar, Toffee Coffee Cookie

    Dinner: New England Clam Chowder, Roasted Pepper Enchilada, Red Snapper Veracruz, Nachos Express Bar – Ground Turkey, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Chipotle Tomato Salsa, Portabella Fajita, Mexican Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Peruvian Corn Salad, Mexican Tabbouleh Salad, Mexican Hot Chocolate Sheet Cake

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Potato Home Fries, Orange Fiesta Muffin

    Lunch: Manhattan Clam Chowder, Chilaquiles Verdes with Tofu, Batter Fried Cod, Linguine, Shrimp Quesadilla, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Yu Choy Stir Fry, Shrimp Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Spring Roll, Tofu Lo Mein, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Snap Peas, Corn & Pimento Salad, Orange Cranberry White Choc Chip Bar, Toffee Coffee Cookie

  3. Thursday’s Buzz: 4.18.13

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    THE NEWS

    • The atmosphere at the Yale University Art Gallery this December was one of celebration: Following a 14-year construction process, the art museum opened its expanded and renovated spaces to an eager and impressed public. The YUAG’s revitalized design was lauded by art critics, architects and educators alike as a paragon of both architectural and curatorial excellence. What most of the visitors to the YUAG on its reopening day did not know, however, was that the project had once been a hair’s away from coming to a halt. Yanan Wang explores the development of the YUAG in tomorrow’s News.
    • Another protégé of Yale Chief Investment Officer David Swensen is leaving the nest. Last week, Peter Ammon GRD ’05 SOM ’05 — a director at the Yale Investments Office who works under Swensen — was named the University of Pennsylvania’s next chief investment officer last week. When he leaves the YIO this summer, Ammon will join the ranks of several YIO alumni who have gone on to manage investments for prestigious universities and charitable foundations, including Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wellesley College, Bowdoin College, the Hilton Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. In an interview with the News, Swensen said departures like Ammon’s are “bittersweet” but that he is proud of the YIO’s reputation as a training ground for future leaders in the investing world.
    • Society has entered an age where data is taking over and privacy is becoming less and less important, according to Jacob Ward, the editor in chief of Popular Science magazine. At a talk attended by roughly 30 students on Wednesday afternoon, Ward discussed today’s innovations in the technology that uses data, which is becoming a prominent fixture in every aspect of life from location services to health care. He said privacy is becoming unimportant and people are increasingly more willing to share their information.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 59 degrees, low of 51 degrees, sunny with possible drizzle.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

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

    Lunch: Tortilla Soup Mezclado, Orzo Vegetable Soup, Berkeley Mac & Cheese, Black Eyed Peas & Chili Casserole, Honey Mustard Dip, Duck Sauce, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled 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, Chef’s Choice Grilled Flatbread, St. Louis Style BBQ Spareribs, Tofu & Grilled Vegetables, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Burger, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Curly Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Southwestern Potato Salad, Chipotle Carrot & Cucumber Salad, Apple Strudel

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Grits, Waffle Bar, Fried Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Omelets To Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Sausage Pattie, Potato Pancakes, Lemon Meltaway Cake Ring

    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, Coconut Macaroon

  4. Wednesday’s Buzz: 4.17.13

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    THE NEWS

    • The current student body is the most vibrantly diverse in Yale’s history. Last year, roughly 40 percent of incoming freshmen intended to major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields — satisfying the Yale Admissions Office’s target percentage for the first time — and a record-breaking 40 percent of American freshmen identified as minorities. But, inevitably, diversity has come with a steep cost. Amy Wang takes a close look at diversity at Yale in tomorrow’s News.
    • On March 4, a district court dismissed allegations of racial and gender discrimination at the School of Medicine from former employee Anthony Craig, who was terminated less than a year into his residency. Craig, who is African-American, was hired on a one-year contract with Yale New Haven Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program in July 2008 and permanently dismissed in April 2009 for poor performance and lack of improvement. In his suit, Craig claimed that an unidentified physician called him “boy” three times in a 30-minute shift, that he felt uncomfortable socializing in the work environment and that Shaw told him he was being “held to a lower standard” than other physicians. The claims were rejected by a Connecticut district court, but Martyn Philpot, Craig’s attorney, said Craig’s complaint has since been filed in state court.
    • The Board of Alderman received a proposal on Monday to transfer the historic Shubert Theatre from city ownership to a new, not-for-profit management body. The proposed new owner — the Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) — has been running the theatre since 2001. Shubert Theatre administrators hope that an ownership switch will help the theatre fund a much needed renovation. In order for the proposal to be finalized, the Board of Alderman must reach a majority vote in favor of the change.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 65 degrees, low of 43 degrees, partly sunny.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Maple Pecan Bread

    Lunch: Rice Soup With Chicken & Ginger, Asian Mushroom Broth, Rice Noodle with Spicy Chili Sauce, Lime & Cilantro Roasted Tofu, Coconut & Green Curry Pork, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Fried Fish Hanoi, Thai Beef Lavash Wrap, Jasmine Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Spinach Salad With Butternut Sq & Almonds, Lemon Pistachio Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Dinner: Rice Soup With Chicken & Ginger, Asian Mushroom Broth, Lemongrass Chicken, Vietnamese Vegetable Curry, Korean BBQ Tofu Taco, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Beef Pad Thai, Brown Rice Pilaf, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Spinach Salad With Butternut Sq & Almonds, Chocolate Cream Pie

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Banana-Walnut Dairyless Pancakes, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Red Bliss Home Fries, Maple Pecan Bun

    Lunch: Chicken Gumbo Soup, Cream Of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Adobo Roasted Chicken Thighs, Spinach Felafel Burger, Penne, Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger, Grilled Cheese & Bacon Sandwich, Pizza Margherita, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Chicken & Broccoli, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Garden Salad Pocket Sandwich, Rice Pilaf, Fresh Market Vegetable, Sliced Yellow Squash, Chicken Onion & Israeli Couscous Salad, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Lemon Pistachio Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie

  5. Tuesday’s Buzz: 4.16.13

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    THE NEWS

    • When Peter Salovey arrived at Yale as a graduate student in 1981, roughly one in five degrees from Yale College were in science, math or engineering. As he prepares to take the highest University office, that rate is roughly unchanged. In many important ways, the sciences at Yale have not kept pace with Salovey’s rise, and he inherits both the accomplishments and unrealized goals of outgoing University President Richard Levin. Dan Weiner takes a close look at the sciences at Yale in tomorrow’s News.
    • Since Monday, campus has been thrumming with the presence of thousands of people, which can only mean one thing: Bulldog Days is here. Bulldog Days, the annual three-day program to welcome admitted students to the University, runs from Monday to Wednesday. Prefrosh are offered on-campus housing with current undergraduates and are invited to attend activities presented by the Admissions Office in conjunction with various other departments and student extracurricular groups. According to Mark Dunn, director of outreach and recruitment for the Admissions Office, 1,235 high school students registered for Bulldog Days and have arrived with roughly 1,000 parents in tow.
    • During their classes in the School of Management’s new building on Whitney Avenue next year, SOM students will interact with business leaders from overseas — on screen. Though the new building’s glass exterior and infrastructure are complete, SOM administrators and Yale Facilities representatives interviewed said construction is still underway on the classrooms inside. The 16 “innovative” classrooms, which are specifically designed to maximize interactive learning, will contain advanced video equipment allowing faculty and students to communicate with business experts in different locations in real time. The 242,000-square-foot campus — named Edward P. Evans Hall to honor the Yale alumnus whose $50 million gift enabled SOM’s move to Whitney Avenue — will open in January 2014 as scheduled, administrators said.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 62 degrees, low of 48 degrees, partly sunny.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Banana Bread

    Lunch: Tuscan White Bean Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Chicken Breast Piccata, Stuffed Shells, Chick Peas & Veggies, Pandorato (Italian Grilled Cheese), All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Roasted Vegetable Zep, Rice Pilaf, Fresh Market Vegetable, Quinoa with Dried Cherries & Radicchio, Beet Salad with Gorgonzola & Walnuts, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bar, Cinnamon Sugar Cookie

    Dinner: Tuscan White Bean Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Zucchini & Tomatoes with Wheatberries, Baked Eggplant with Muenster Cheese, Alice’s Savory Herb Meatballs, Penne, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Sausage & Peppers, Fresh Market Vegetable, Quinoa with Dried Cherries & Radicchio, Beet Salad with Gorgonzola & Walnuts, Banana Maple Spicy Walnut Cupcake

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Cream Of Wheat, Mushroom Frittata, Waffle Bar, Extra Thick French Toast, Omelets To Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Ham Slice, Shredded Potatoes, Banana Bread

    Lunch: Four Onion Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chana Masala, Spaghetti, All Beef Grilled Hot Dog, Gruyere & Sundried Tomato Grilled Foccacia, Spinach Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Cheese Calzone, Chicken Curry, Greens & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir Fried Chinese Vegetable, Ricotta, Prosciutto & Arugula Sandwich, Basmati Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cauliflower, Sesame Green Bean Salad, Curried Rice Salad, Cinnamon Sugar Cookie

  6. Monday’s Buzz: 4.15.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came to campus Friday afternoon to discuss his experience as a diplomat and his views on international relations. University President Richard Levin and history professor John Gaddis interviewed Kissinger to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his book, Diplomacy, and as part of a two-day conference sponsored by the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Kissinger, who served as secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 under former President Richard Nixon during the Cold War, emphasized the connection between the academic study of history and the work of real-world diplomatic policy to affect change.
    • Not a single Republican ran for elected office in New Haven in 2011, and the Yale College Republicans are trying to change that for 2013. In an email to campus Republicans last Thursday, Ben Mallet ’16, who serves as the YCR’s political director, announced plans to field a Republican candidate in November’s Ward 1 aldermanic election. Mallet said the YCR is currently in the process of talking to a “pool of interested people” about entering the race, despite what he admitted were slim chances in a ward that leans heavily Democratic.
    • Danielle Dobosz ’16, the co-captain of the freshman team that represented Morse College at Saturday’s Freshman Olympics, said pressure on her team from Morse sophomores ran high in the wake of the tournament. Morse students, who won the games last year after racking up 265 points, repeated their victory at this year’s tournament by collecting 24 points, three more than the team from Jonathan Edwards College, which finished second. Though the games’ opening ceremonies had to be moved from Friday to Saturday because of bad weather, making Saturday’s events run slightly behind schedule, all team captains and freshmen interviewed said they are mostly satisfied with the way the Freshman Class Council handled the event. Still, three team captains said they think the FCC representatives’ decisions about the outcomes of certain games seemed “arbitrary.”

    THE WEATHER

    High of 49 degrees, low of 42 degrees, sunny.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Blueberry Muffin

    Lunch: Amish Chicken & Corn Noodle Soup, Cream Of Fresh Mushroom Soup, Sauteed Swiss Chard with Beans & Bread, Philly Steak & Cheese Sub, Brocoli & Cheddar Quiche, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Grilled Sausage Beer Onion & Apples, Dilled Tuna Lavash Sandwich, Black Forest Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Red Apple Coleslaw, German Potato Salad, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie, Blueberry-Coconut Bar

    Dinner: Amish Chicken & Corn Noodle Soup, Cream Of Fresh Mushroom Soup, Mushroom Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce, Crispy Baked Pollack, Chicken Schnitzel, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Lentil Burger with Swiss Cheese, Shoestring French Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Red Apple Coleslaw, German Potato Salad, Devils Food Cake

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Buttermilk Pancakes, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Blueberry Muffin

    Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup, Beef Barbecoa, Rainbow Pasta Primavera, Penne, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Roasted Tofu With Cilantro Citrus Sauce, Pepperoni Pizza, Eggplant Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Greens & Tofu, Beef & Snap Peas, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir Fried Chinese Vegetable, Egg Salad, Chef’s Choice Fries, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Broccoli Coleslaw, Hot German Potato Salad, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie

  7. Thursday’s Buzz: 4.11.13

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    THE NEWS

    • For the first time in recent memory, students gathered outside a monthly Yale College faculty meeting to protest. “Was Tolstoy a 97 or a 96?” read the hastily scrawled words on one student’s posterboard. “Yale is stressful enough,” read another. Students stationed themselves outside Davies Auditorium, where the April Yale College faculty meeting took place, to protest a variety of proposals to overhaul Yale’s grading system, including the adoption of a 100-point grading scale and a recommended rubric of grade distributions. The potential grading changes follow decades of steadily rising average GPAs across Yale College: the gentleman’s C, it seemed, had become the gentleman’s B. And after 62 percent of the grades awarded in a single semester were in the A-range last spring, many professors have acknowledged that grading in Yale College is headed in a dangerous direction. Jane Darby Menton investigates grade inflation in tomorrow’s News.
    • The Divinity School’s $800,000 budget deficit has forced Divinity School Dean Gregory Sterling to put some of his plans for the school on hold. Sterling, who came to the Divinity School in August 2012 after serving as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School, has been restructuring the school’s administration in an effort to make the school operate in a more cost-effective way and has postponed some of his initial plans to focus on the deficit.
    • A former graduate student who was repeatedly assaulted and raped during her time on campus a decade ago is suing the University for negligence in their security, healthcare and sexual misconduct response. The plaintiff, Natasa Mateljevic GRD ’07, lived on campus and worked in the physics department when she had several abusive interactions with Rafael Crespo, Jr. between December 2002 and December 2004. In the suit, Mateljevic alleges that she notified University members, including faculty and peers, but was not provided adequate protection from harm and was not effectively educated on possible crime reporting mechanisms.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 54 degrees, low of 41 degrees, rain likely.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Orange Fiesta Coffee Ring

    Lunch: Spinach & Sausage Soup, Cream Of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, All Natural Beef & Cheddar Pizza, Cheese Pizza, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, Grilled Garden Burger, Pesto Chicken Sandwich, Turkey Caesar Wrap, Orzo With Sundried Tomatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Greek Bean Salad, Roasted Mushrooms & Barley Salad, Chocolate Mint Oreo Cupcake, Honey Walnut Cookie

    Dinner: Spinach & Sausage Soup, Cream Of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Pork Loin with Peppers, Sweet & Sour Eggplant, Mustard Parmesan Chicken, Fettucini Alfredo, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Turkey Burger With Spinach, Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Greek Bean Salad, Roasted Mushrooms & Barley Salad, Fruit Cheesecake Kiss

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Grits, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Scrambled Egg Whites, Waffle Bar, Omelets To Order, Sausage Links, Potato Pancakes, Orange Fiesta Coffee Ring

    Lunch: Italian Sausage & Pasta Soup, Corn Chowder, Chili Con Carne, Spaghetti, Chicken Pesto Sandwich, Tofu Teriyaki, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Green Bean & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, General Tso’s Chicken, BLAT Sandwich, Cilantro Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Fresh Corn On The Cob, Dawn’s Panzanella, Chocolate Mint Oreo Cupcake, Honey Walnut Cookie

  8. Wednesday’s Buzz: 4.10.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Following the recent appointment of the first Latin American pope Jorge Bergoglio, the region is becoming increasingly important in the sphere of global politics, according to former President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez. Fernandez, who led the Dominican Republic from 1996 to 2000 and 2004 to 2012, addressed a crowd of roughly 100 students and faculty at the Yale Law School on Tuesday. Fernandez spoke about Latin America’s economic growth in recent years and touched on the importance of the Latino community in the United States.
    • Last Saturday, 24 business students from four U.S. business schools participated in the School of Management’s inaugural integrated leadership case competition, where students attempted to solve a simulated scenario that could arise in the business world. 
      In teams of four, competitors from the Wharton School of Business, Penn State Smeal College of Business, New York University Stern School of Business and SOM had to analyze a “raw” case — an online, interactive case with several multimedia elements that is only used by SOM. Unlike traditional cases, which ask students clearly defined, written problems, “raw” cases require students to locate the problems by themselves after analyzing various primary sources. SOM students, professors and administrators said the case competition — the first one at SOM to include peer business schools — exemplified SOM’s interdisciplinary approach to the business world and highlighted elements of the school’s core curriculum, which aims to combine academic coursework and practical experience.
    • A new website designed by Calhoun Intramural sports secretary Ben Sherman ’13 means Yalies will no longer have to make the long trek to the IM fields to find that a team has forfeited. The website, which officially launched on Thursday, allows students from every college to sign up for the specific games they can attend and sends two email alerts to confirm their participation. Sherman started developing the website during the student-run Hackathon on Feb. 18 and 19 — one week after two Calhoun IM teams he captained were forced to forfeit their last games — and received positive feedback on the website after he submitted it to the YCC’s App Challenge on March 1. Sherman said he designed the website to encourage greater participation in IMs because he thinks more students will participate if they were ensured there would be enough players.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 71 degrees, low of 52 degrees, chance showers.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Apple Danish

    Lunch: Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup, Matzoh Ball Soup, Spinach & Feta Quiche, Chicken Souvlaki, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Falafel Pita Sandwiches with Tahini, Eggplant Muhammara Sandwich, Lemon Mint Israeli Couscous, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Dressing, Tabbouleh, Magic Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Dinner: Manhattan Clam Chowder, Baja Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream, Picnic Barbecued Chicken, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, Hand Shaped Slider Burger, Grilled Portabella Mushroom Sandwich, Fresh Market Vegetable, Classic Potato Salad, Broccoli Coleslaw, S’more Brownie, Devils Food Cake 

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Apple Cinnamon Dairyless Pancakes, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Scrambled Egg Whites, Red Bliss Home Fries, Apple Danish

    Lunch: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, Minestrone, Chard & Gruyere Tart, Grilled Chicken In Spiced Yogurt & Mint, Penne, Grilled Cheese & Tomato On Wheat, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Mushroom Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Chicken & Broccoli, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Thai Vegetable Wrap with Tofu, Noodle Kugel, Fresh Market Vegetable, Fresh Green Bean-Garlic Saute, Turkish Chopped Salad, Tabbouleh, Magic Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie

  9. Tuesday’s Buzz: 4.9.13

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    THE NEWS

    • When students fill out their ballots during the Yale College Council’s annual elections this week, they will find far fewer choices than in previous years. In fact, they will find three uncontested executive board positions: president, vice president and events director. All three positions have only one declared candidate, even after the YCC postponed the deadline for students to declare their candidacies by 48 hours last week. The uncontested candidates all said they are surprised to be running unopposed and do not think the lack of a true election will impact their work on the Yale College Council next year. But students interviewed said they believe the number of uncontested races detracts from the candidates’ legitimacy.
    • Over 200 students in Yale College have chosen not to seek assistance while intoxicated due to fear of disciplinary repercussions, according to a survey sent out by the Yale College Council in March. The survey, which received 1,762 responses, was designed to supplement discussions by the Yale College Dean’s Office’s Task Force on Alcohol and Other Drugs — a group created in Decemberto make recommendations for improving campus drinking culture — on the clarity of alcohol policies, an issue not considered in other surveys previously sent out by the University. YCC President John Gonzalez ’14 said the survey yielded the same conclusion as the Task Force itself — that students find the disciplinary policies regarding alcohol confusing, which negatively affects their behavior in potentially dangerous alcohol-related situations.
    • Over two months after Ward 10 Alderman Justin Elicker SOM ’10 FES ’10 qualified for the Democracy Fund — New Haven’s public financing system for mayoral candidates — he collected his first check on Friday. Elicker received a check for $9,840 in matching funds for 238 donations, as the Democracy Fund matches the first $25 of eligible donations twice. Though Elicker was eligible to receive these funds when he qualified at the end of January, a provision in the Democracy Fund ordinance stipulates that candidates cannot receive funds until April 1, and Elicker received the first check of any mayoral candidate from the Democracy Fund.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 73 degrees, low of 50 degrees, areas fog with scattered showers.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Blueberry Oat Tea Bread

    Lunch: Cream Of Roasted Tomato Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich, Braised Lentils With Kale, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Grilled Cheese On Whole Wheat, Pita with Chickpea, Spinach & Cukes, Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Farro Waldorf Salad, Creamy Coleslaw, Iced Red Velvet Heath Bar Cupcake, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie

    Dinner: Cream Of Roasted Tomato Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Grits, Red Beans & Rice, Southern Fried Chicken, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Blackened Catfish Fillet, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Farro Waldorf, Creamy Coleslaw, Apple Crumb Pie 

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Cream Of Wheat, Texas French Toast, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Omelets To Order, Waffle Bar, Zucchini Frittata, Scrambled Egg Whites, Shredded Potatoes, Blueberry Oat Tea Bread

    Lunch: Cream Of Roasted Tomato Soup, Turkey & Wild Rice Soup, Beef Brisket ala Trieste, Quinoa Black Bean & Corn Pilaf, Penne, Turkey Quesadilla, Grilled Frankfurter, Pepperoni Pizza, Chef’s Choice Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Greens & Tofu, Shrimp Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir-Fried Chicken, Vegetable Curry, Italian Deli Zep, Red Beans & Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Spiced Roasted Local Carrots, Creamy Coleslaw, Chick Pea Salad, Iced Red Velvet Heath Bar Cupcake, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie

  10. Monday’s Buzz: 4.8.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Sixteen months after a fatal crash at the 2011 Yale-Harvard game left a Massachusetts woman dead, the victim’s estate has filed a negligence suit against the University, the city of New Haven, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and others. Nancy Barry, a 30-year-old woman from Massachusetts, died after she was struck by a U-Haul truck during the tailgate before the Yale-Harvard football game on Nov. 19, 2011. Paul T. Edwards, an attorney representing Barry’s estate, filed a lawsuit with the New Haven Superior Court on Friday. The crash “was the result of an accumulation of incredibly bad decisions by several parties,” according to a press release on the suit. Read more about the lawsuit in tomorrow’s News.
    • With the Yale Corporation on the cusp of a complete overturn of its leadership, members of the University’s governing board chose not to kick-start any major new budget or policy proposals during their meeting this weekend. Instead, the fellows discussed initiatives already in progress and approved a capital budget similar to last year’s plan. The meeting marked the penultimate Corporation gathering for both University President Richard Levin and Senior Fellow Edward Bass ’67 ARC ’72, who will be replaced by President-elect Peter Salovey and Margaret Marshall LAW ’72, respectively, on June 30. In light of the upcoming transitions, Levin said the Corporation approved additional funding for ongoing building projects and the financial committee approved a $375 capital budget for the upcoming year.
    • Provost Benjamin Polak will eat dinner twice on April 23: once in honor of a retired economics professor, and once with a group of eight students known as the Provost’s Advisory Committee. Since his appointment as provost in January, Polak said it has been difficult to find time to engage with students because of the new obligations and “crowded” schedule that accompany the role of the University’s second highest administrator. Though Polak has had one meeting this spring with the Provost’s Advisory Committee and one meeting with representatives from Yale College Council, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, he said this is “not enough” and hopes to make more room in his schedule to converse with students next year.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 65 degrees, low of 48 degrees, mostly sunny with chance showers.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Banana Nut Muffin

    Lunch: Cream Of Broccoli Soup, French Onion Soup With Crouton, Penne Nicoise, Lemon Herbed Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, All-Natural Grilled Burger, All Beef Grilled Hot Dog, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, Portabella Mediterranean Wrap, Shoestring French Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Couscous Salad w/ Dates and Almonds, Roasted Zucchini Salad, Peanut Butter Cookie

    Dinner: Cream Of Broccoli Soup, French Onion Soup With Crouton, Slow-Roast Salmon with Orange Thyme Butter, Tofu Provencal, Crunchy Baked Pork Chop, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Ham Omelet, Kalamata Olive Polenta, Fresh Market Vegetable, Couscous Salad w/ Dates and Almonds, Roasted Zucchini Salad, Golden Pound Cake, 

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Buttermilk Pancakes, Scrambled Egg Whites, Home Fries, Banana Nut Muffin

    Lunch: Vegan Lentil & Mushroom Soup, Chicken Orzo Soup, Tofu Provencal, Lemon Herbed Chicken, Penne, Chefs Choice All-Natural Burger, Spinach Felafel Burger, Pepperoni Pizza, Fresh Vegetable Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Tofu Teriyaki, Green Beans STIR, Vegetable Fried Rice, Beef & Broccoli, Jasmine Rice, Chickpeas & Tomato Pita Sandwich, Forbidden Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Fresh Broccolini, Roasted Eggplant & Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad, Peanut Butter Cookie

  11. Friday’s Buzz: 4.5.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Proposals to change Yale’s grading system have been tabled until next fall, said Yale College Dean Mary Miller. At today’s Yale College faculty meeting, the Ad-Hoc Committee on Grading presented a report to the faculty that recommended the college adopt a 100-point grading scale and a suggested grade distribution rubric. Though some of the committee’s proposals to increase the transparency of grading across departments were passed, propositions that would alter the grading system were referred back to committee for review. Miller said the committee will present again at next November’s faculty meeting.
    • As President-elect Peter Salovey continues to pack his days with meetings and speeches, he regularly takes time off to cheer on the Bulldogs from the bleachers. And student-athletes have noticed. Salovey said he has not yet decided on any policies pertaining to the athletics program, including policies regarding campus life or recruitment, and added that making any decisions before he has taken office would be premature. Still, he said he has met with a number of alumni representatives and athletic staff, including Director of Athletics Thomas Beckett, to gather information on the athletic program and assess the needs of its community. With the University preparing for a changing of the guard in Woodbridge Hall, possible changes to athletic policy on a campus where many student-athletes said they do not feel supported.
    • In a 90-page report released Thursday, the Yale-NUS Curriculum Committee unveiled the details of the Singaporean college’s curriculum and outlined the process of creating a liberal arts education from scratch. Committee members said the report, which Yale-NUS faculty have been working on since December 2012, aims to address the challenges that have arisen while drafting the curriculum’s current version, such as offering a core curriculum as well as individual majors and balancing general and specialized education. Committee Chair Bryan Garsten and committee member Charles Bailyn, who is also the Yale-NUS Dean of Faculty, said they hope the report will serve as a guide to others looking to experiment with the liberal arts in Asia and also spark conversations about curricular innovation in the United States and elsewhere.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 56 degrees, low of 31 degrees, rain likely.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Blueberry Muffin

    Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Pane Cotto, Vegan Paella, Dinosaur Shepherd’s Pie, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Batter Fried Fresh Fish, Spicy Roast Beef Sandwich, Shoestring French Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Marinated Cauliflower & Broccoli Salad, Coconut Macaroon

    Dinner: New England Clam Chowder, Sardinian Baked Eggplant, Alice’s Savory Herb Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana, Angel Hair, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Fresh Market Vegetable, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Marinated Cauliflower & Broccoli Salad, Iced Oreo Cake

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Scrambled Egg Whites, Sweet Potato Home Fries, Blueberry Muffin

    Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Berkeley Mac & Cheese, Linguine, Organic Tomato Sauce, Sauerkraut, Grilled Frankfurter, Spinach Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Shrimp Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir Fried Broccoli & Carrots, Tofu Lo Mein, Pita with Chickpea, Spinach & Cukes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower, Green & Yellow Bean Salad, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Peanut Butter Blondie, Coconut Macaroon

  12. Thursday’s Buzz: 4.4.13

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    THE NEWS

    • In an effort to create an academic track that caters to undergraduates interested in the science, economics and social impact of energy production, the Yale Climate & Energy Institute unveiled a new Energy Studies program this week. YCEI announced on Monday that it is accepting sophomore applications for the program, which will commence in fall 2013. Energy Studies will not be a stand-alone major, and students will complete Energy Studies in conjunction with the requirements of a standard major in Yale College. Pagani said he expects 20 to 30 applicants for the first class of Energy Scholars.
    • When thinking back on the construction of the 360 State St. apartment complex completed in, Ward 7 Alderman Doug Hausladen ’04 said he had an “ah-ha! moment” for a new, progressive city investment strategy. After realizing that the new apartment complex was financed in part via a multiemployer pension fund, Hausladen said he had a vision that New Haven retirees’ pension funds — the largest of which are the Police and Fire Fund, or P&F, and City Employees Retirement Fund, or CERF — could invest in New Haven real estate. Hausladen said he believes this would expand the city’s tax base and thus allow it to lower property taxes, reducing the financial burden of households and luring business back to the city.
    • This month, Yale’s stages have been home to singing pirates, vibrators and a 45-year-old Hollywood star as Hamlet. This week, it’s on to singing, dancing, cursing and lovemaking puppets. “Avenue Q,” playing Thursday through Saturday at the Calhoun Cabaret, is a musical about recent college graduate Princeton, played by Christian Probst ’16, who finds himself moving to a sketchy neighborhood in New York in search of his life’s purpose. There, he befriends a host of characters of questionable morals. About half of the characters in the show are puppets.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 50 degrees, low of 32 degrees, sunny.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Ring

    Lunch: Greek Bean Soup (Fassolatha), Creamy Tomato & Roasted Garlic Soup, Pasta Sausage & Escarole, Cashew Chili, Honey Mustard Dip, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Hand-breaded Chicken Tenders, Athenian Chicken Salad PIta, Fresh Market Vegetable, Moroccan Carrot Salad, Tuscan Potato & Pepper Salad, Blondie Butterscotch Bars, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie

    Dinner: Greek Bean Soup (Fassolatha), Creamy Tomato & Roasted Garlic Soup, Grilled Olive Flat Bread with Romesco Drizzle, Spanish Chicken Chillindron, Pork Souvlaki, Spanish Stuffed Pepper, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Omelets To-Order, Oven Roast Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Moroccan Carrot Salad, Tuscan Potato & Pepper Salad, Lemon Sheet Cake with Raspberry Icing

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Grits, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Scrambled Egg Whites, Waffle Bar, Omelets To Order, Sausage Links, Potato Pancakes, Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Ring

    Lunch: Italian Sausage & Pasta Soup, Corn Chowder, Chili Con Carne, Spaghetti, Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Pork Char Siew, Broccoli & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, General Tso’s Chicken, Ciabatta Caprese Sandwich, Cilantro Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Fresh Corn On The Cob, Tuscan Potato & Pepper Salad, Couscous With Lemon & Tomatoes, Blondie Butterscotch Bars, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie