Tag Archive: The Buzz

  1. Friday’s Buzz: 3.1.13

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    THE NEWS

    • As Yale approaches the end of the first full academic year under the new University calendar, students, faculty and administrators are contemplating the best way to allocate the days that make up a school year — a careful balancing act. Though students and professors said the fall break came as a welcome respite after midterms in October, they also expressed concerns about the changes, which they said resulted in heightened anxiety and stress at the end of the semester. But any change to an academic calendar requires a give-and-take between downtime and classtime, and administrators said it is too early to tell whether the new calendar has struck the correct balance.
    • Four months after the University ended its nine-year relationship with Indigo Blue and former Buddhist Chaplain Bruce Blair ’81, the Chaplain’s Office has unveiled a series of new events and hired two interim staff advisers in January to address the needs of the University’s Buddhist community. University Chaplain Sharon Kugler said the office is focusing on growing its current programs before searching for a new full-time Buddhist chaplain. This semester, events for the Buddhist community have included biweekly Dharma talks, weekly formal practice and open discussion, according to Nathaniel DeLuca, the Chaplain’s Office program coordinator.
    • Athletes, former adversaries and regulators gathered Thursday evening to discuss doping in professional cycling in the midst of a sport in turmoil. The panel, which drew a crowd of roughly 150 people, featured Floyd Landis, who won the 2006 Tour de France but was eventually stripped of his title for doping; CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency Travis Tygart; Jonathan Vaughters, team manager of the Garmin-Sharp cycling team who formerly took performance-enhancing drugs; and professor Thomas Murray, president emeritus of the Hastings Center. During the talk, panelists touched on the future of drug usage in cycling and explained the ways doping became prevalent in the sport.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 45 degrees, low of 29 degrees, mostly cloudy.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Banana Nut Muffin

    Lunch: Boston Clam Chowder, Swiss Chard with Tomatoes & Potatoes, California Black-Eyed Peas, Picnic Barbecued Chicken, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, Hand Shaped Angus Hamburger, Hand Shaped Angus Cheeseburger, Curly Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Chickpea & Bulgur Salad, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, Passionfruit Coconut Macadamia Shortbread, Blondie With Chocolate Chips

    Dinner: Boston Clam Chowder, Vegetable Cassoulet with Pecan Crust, Turkey Pot Pie, Baked Stuffed Portabella Mushroom, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Reuben Grill, Roasted Yams & Bliss Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Chickpea & Bulgur Salad, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

    In Commons

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

    Lunch: Boston Clam Chowder, Pork Sirloin Fajita, Vegetable & Black Bean Pasta, Linguine, Batter Fried Cod, Spinach Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Yu Choy Stir Fry, Sesame Beef, Shrimp Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Ricotta, Prosciutto & Arugula Sandwich, Sweet Potato Fries, Basmati Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Caribbean Blend Vegetables, Chickpea & Bulgur Salad, Black Bean & Corn Salad, Passionfruit Coconut Macadamia Shortbread, Blondie With Chocolate Chips

  2. Thursday’s Buzz: 2.28.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Seeking to ease the particularly rocky adjustment from high school to college, Yale is set to debut a brand-new summer program this year. As part of its upcoming Summer Session, Yale will offer a five-week “summer bridge” program that invites roughly 30 accepted high school students to campus to be introduced to the academic and social environment of college life. Though the program — which is free to every invited student, covering all tuition and housing costs — was initially conceived in 2008, financial constraints forced Yale College to put the project on hold until last December, according to Yale College Dean Mary Miller.
    • Struggling to define its place and make a profit in a rapidly shifting media landscape, the Hartford Courant, Connecticut’s largest newspaper, launched a new website last week. The website, CourantPlus.com, requires registration and is an addition, not a replacement, to the paper’s long-standing free website. It is, however, a drastically different experience. The new website is simple, easy to navigate and almost entirely devoid of the banner ads, videos and other interruptions that litter Courant.com. While some see the site as a forerunner to a pay-wall site, where readers would need to buy subscriptions for access, the Courant’s owner, the Tribune Company, insists that the long-term direction of the site is still undetermined.
    • Inspired by President-elect Peter Salovey’s commitment make Yale more innovative and accessible, the Yale Information Technology Service is unrolling a University-wide initiative to enhance its technological resources. In a Wednesday email to the campus community, University Chief Information Officer Len Peters released a draft of the first University-wide three-year information technology plan and solicited comments from students, faculty and staff before the plan is finalized in April. The effort to develop the three-year plan was launched in December and aims to assimilate information and feedback from throughout the University to strengthen its technological capacities. Recommendations in the draft address topics that include technology in the classroom, web and email strategy and digital storage.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 47 degrees, low of 33 degrees, scattered showers.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Ring

    Lunch: Corn & Bacon Chowder, Vegetable Barley Soup, Gnocchi with Sundried Tomatoes & Parmesan, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, Onion & Ricotta Wrap, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Cauliflower & Radicchio Salad, Pasta Salad with Roasted Eggplant & Peppers, Honey Walnut Cookie, Cream Cheese Brownie

    Dinner: Corn & Bacon Chowder, Vegetable Barley Soup, Chermoula Stuffed Chicken Breast, Gaked Orzo Ratatouille, Moroccan Bean Stew, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Pork Burgers, Lemon Herbed Israeli Couscous, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Cauliflower & Radicchio Salad, Pasta Salad with Roasted Eggplant & Peppers, Oreo Cheesecake Kiss

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Grits, Waffle Bar, Omelets To Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Ham Slice, Potatoes Pancakes, Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Ring

    Lunch: Pumpkin Pear & Coriander Soup, Tortellini & Spinach Soup, Cashew Chili, Oven Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, Grilled Chicken Breast, Broccoli Quesadilla, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Tofu & Vegetable Stir, Tofu & Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Chicken Stir Fry With Teriyaki, Oven Roast Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Peas, Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Pinenuts & Raisins, Combination Salad, Honey Walnut Cookie, Cream Cheese Brownie

  3. Wednesday’s Buzz: 2.27.13

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    THE NEWS

    • The School of Management, which currently allocates roughly $3 million for combined scholarship and loan-forgiveness funding, has committed to increasing its financial aid to $6.5 million by 2015. The school will spend $1.2 million more on student aid in the 2013-’14 academic year than it allocates at the moment, said Joel Getz, SOM senior associate dean for development and alumni relations. SOM administrators said they hope the additional funds will help the school attract better and more diverse applicants.
    • Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman had a simple request for every student at his talk yesterday: “Change the world when you leave this institution.” At a Tuesday Pierson College Master’s Tea that was co-sponsored by the William F. Buckley Jr. Program, Huntsman — a former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China — condemned the current climate of polarization in Washington in front of an audience of roughly 200 students. To fix the state of politics in the U.S., Huntsman said, the country needs future politicians who follow the University’s motto of “Light and Truth.”
    • As dusk settled on Beinecke Plaza earlier this evening, a group of 30 students and New Haven residents lit candles in a vigil commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin. Organizers of the vigil — which called for an end to gun violence in urban settings — said they did not think the post-Newtown national conversation regarding gun control would result in meaningful reform for incidents of gun violence in urban regions.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 44 degrees, low of 34 degrees, rain.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Almond Bun

    Lunch: Shiitake Veloute, Hot & Sour Soup, Roasted Thai Red Curry Chicken, Asian Sesame – Peanut Pasta, General Tso’s Tofu, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Szechuan Beef Stir Fry, Pork Bahn Mi, Basmati Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Vietnamese Cucumber Salad, Persian Carrot & Orange Pilaf, Raspberry Coconut Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Dinner: Shiitake Veloute, Hot & Sour Soup, Asian Sweet & Spicy Spareribs, Miso Glazed Whole Roasted Salmon, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry, Cilantro Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Vietnamese Cucumber Salad, Persian Carrot & Orange Pilaf, Apricot Pistachio Cardamom Ring

    In Commons

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

    Lunch: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, Miso Soup, Stir-fried Cabbage, Peppers, Peanuts & Peas, Penne, Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry, Southwest Turkey Burger, Pepperoni Pizza, Mushroom Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Chicken & Broccoli, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Dilled Tuna Lavash Sandwich, Basmati Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Cauliflower, Persian Carrot & Orange Pilaf, Broccoli Coleslaw, Chocolate Chip Cookie

  4. Tuesday’s Buzz: 2.26.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Three years after financial concerns caused administrators to cut back on Yale’s prizes, the prize reductions still remain in effectWhen the recession tore a $350 million hole in Yale’s operating budget in 2009, administrators sought many ways to close the gap, such as a 2010 decision to cap most prizes at $1,000 and channel the excess funds toward the general operating budget for primarily financial aid purposes. Though at the time, the prize cap announcement elicited an outcry from students and faculty members alike, administrators and professors interviewed said the caps have not been lifted since and added that Yale is not encouraging donors to establish new prizes.
    • While students celebrated two consecutive snow days after a blizzard hit New Haven earlier this month, interns at the Yale Farm scrambled to rescue their spring crop from the storm’s path. The snowstorm that struck New Haven on Feb. 8 collapsed one of the farm’s three high tunnels, which will limit planting and harvesting capacity for the rest of the winter season. Farm Director Mark Bomford said in a Sunday email that the staff plans to rebuild the damaged structure before the spring, but reconstruction will leech from the farm’s budget. Although the farm received a grant to build a new high tunnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resource Conservation Service, Shizue Rocheadachi ’15, the farm’s student manager, said the farm will instead use the funding to reconstruct the collapsed tunnel.
    • The University completed a successful 2012 fiscal year with a total of $543,905,260 in cash donations — the second-highest amount ever raised for Yale and the third-highest total for all U.S. colleges and universities this year, according to the Council for Aid to Education’s annual fundraising survey. Vice President for Development Joan O’Neill said 78 percent of the cash donations were pledges made during the Yale Tomorrow campaign, which took place from September 2006 to June 2011. Donors filling their outstanding pledges after the conclusion of the campaign significantly bolstered Yale’s performance during the 2012 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2012. The majority of cash donations went towards the University endowment, O’Neill said, and donations fell slightly from the fiscal year 2011 total of $580 million, the last year of the campaign.

    THE WEATHER

    High of 43 degrees, low of 33 degrees, partly sunny, rain in the evening.

    THE FOOD

    In the colleges

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Cranberry-Orange Tea Bread (no nuts)

    Lunch: Pork & Hominy Soup (Pozole), Roasted Tomato & Black Bean Soup, Chipotle Tomato Salsa, Chilaquiles Verdes, Chile-Cumin Shredded Beef Tacos, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Mexico City Chicken Sandwich, The Mexican Wrap, Peruvian Cilantro Brown Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Quinoa with Roasted Jalapenos, Brazilian Black Bean Salad, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie

    Dinner: Pork & Hominy Soup (Pozole), Roasted Tomato & Black Bean Soup, Southwest Pasta, Mexican Grilled Vegetable Flatbread, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Lime & Cilantro Carne Asada, Diri et pois coloes (Haitian Rice & Red Beans), Fresh Market Vegetable, Quinoa with Roasted Jalapenos, Brazilian Black Bean Salad, Pastel de Tres Leche

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Cream Of Wheat Without Milk, Waffle Bar, Zucchini Frittata, Omelets To Order, Texas French Toast, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Scrambled Egg Whites, Shredded Potatoes, Cranberry-Orange Tea Bread (no nuts)

    Lunch: Escarole & Sausage Soup, Cream Of Fresh Mushroom Soup, Turkey Mango Chili, Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, Spaghetti, Pork Sirloin Fajita, Bean Burger, Pepperoni Pizza, Fresh Tomato & Basil Pizza (Vegan), Cheese Pizza, Shrimp Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir-Fried Chicken, Vegetable Curry, Tofu Lo Mein, Italian Deli Zep, Dirty Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa with Roasted Jalapenos, Brazilian Black Bean Salad, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie

  5. Monday’s Buzz: 2.25.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Though Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Brown offer health insurance coverage for students to receive gender-reassignment surgery, Yale is still reviewing its policies for the procedure. Though the Yale Health Plan does not currently offer students insurance for gender-reassignment surgeries, coverage was extended to faculty and staff at the managerial and professional levels in 2011 and to the unionized workforce last month. Paul Genecin, director of University Health Services, said he has noticed “increasing interest” both at Yale and other Ivy League institutions in offering insurance coverage for the procedure. Yale Health has received “a small number” of requests from students for gender-related surgery insurance coverage in the past, he said, and changes to student benefits are currently “under consideration.”
    • On Friday afternoon, Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese civil rights activist, shared his personal experiences in the Chinese legal system as a barefoot lawyer. At a panel sponsored by the China Law Center, Chen and two other panelists — New York University Law School professor Jerome A. Cohen ’51, LAW ’55, who is the director of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute and played a central role in Chen’s leaving China, and New York University Law School professor Ira Belkin, the executive director of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute — discussed different aspects of the Chinese criminal justice system as well as structural and systematic difficulties within it. Chen said the greatest threat to the well-being of China’s legal system is that the Communist Party of China is above the law.
    • On Saturday, 22 speakers from across the world descended on campus for TEDxYale’s second annual conference. Audience members from the Yale community packed the Shubert Theater for the seven-hour event, called “Solve for y.” The day was divided into four sessions, titled “Hypothesize,” “Experiment,” “Theorize” and “Predict,” and offered ticket-holders the opportunity to hear from speakers as wide-ranging as New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. to Yale professors, students and alumni.
    THE WEATHER

    High of 42 degrees, low of 27 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, 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, Peanut Butter Cookie

    Dinner: Vegetable Soup Pistou, Split Pea Soup With Ham, Spicy Black Bean Gumbo, Berkeley Mac & Cheese, Barbequed Pulled Beef, Groundnut Stew, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish, Grits, Mixed Greens Southern Style, Fried Fresh Okra, Roasted Broccoli & Farro Salad, Southern Salad, Sweet Potato Pie, Peach Cobbler

    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: Southwest Black Bean Soup, Spinach & Gruyere Tart, Fajita Beef, Portabella Fajita, Guacamole, Penne, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Pepperoni Pizza, Fresh Vegetable Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Green Bean & Tofu, Sesame Beef, Vegetable Fried Rice, 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

  6. Friday’s Buzz: 2.22.13

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    THE NEWS

    • After an extensive three-week campaign, the Senior Class Gift concluded Wednesday and netted $29,693.81 with a 96.1 percent participation rate of the class of 2013. Additional participation incentives including $10,000 scholarships, dollar-for-dollar matching and a $100,000 challenge brought in around $250,000 of extra funding. Though the participation rate was nearly 1.5 percentage points lower than last year’s record-breaking 97.5 percent, the campaign featured the largest number of volunteers, with 170 students working as coordinators, college representatives and class agents.
    • At a talk sponsored by the International Students Association and South Asian Society at Yale, law professor Oona Hathaway LAW ’97 honed in on the civil and legal issues surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles and called for a debate about the United States’ use of drones. In her talk, titled “The Legality of Drone Strikes,” Hathaway focused on three key challenges drones presented to the U.S.: the erosion of checks on the president’s power to wage war, the proliferation of drones at home and abroad, and the threat to civil liberties that the use of drones might pose to American citizens.
    • When it comes to corporate partnerships, a class of graduate architecture students is saying “just do it.” This semester, an advanced design studio taught by visiting architecture professor Greg Lynn and School of Architecture critic Brennan Buck is partnering with Nike Inc. to explore buildings in movement. As technology evolves, Buck said, architects are delving further into the possibility of not only creating the illusion of motion in a building, but also using robotics and sensory mechanics to build structures that actually move. While it is rare for studios at the School of Architecture to work so closely with corporate sponsors, Lynn said Nike’s focus on movement in design makes it an ideal resource.
    THE WEATHER

    High of 38 degrees, low of 28 degrees, increasing clouds and wintry mix.

    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, Guacamole, Tex-Mex Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden 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, Grilled Garden 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, Apple Cinnamon Muffin

    Lunch: Manhattan Clam Chowder, Chilaquiles Verdes with Tofu, Batter Fried Cod, Linguine, Black Bean Quesadilla, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Shrimp Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir Fried Broccoli & Carrots, Spring Roll, Tofu Lo Mein, Portabella Mediterranean Wrap, Tex-Mex Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower, Peruvian Corn Salad, Coleslaw, Orange Cranberry White Choc Chip Bar, Coconut Macaroon

  7. 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

  8. Wednesday’s Buzz: 2.20.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Facing a projected $40 million budget deficit in the coming academic year, faculty and administrators continue to deliberate on how to close the gap. The 2013-’14 shortfall is significantly smaller than the $350 million gap between costs and operating revenue that Yale faced after the onset of the economic recession in 2008, but Provost Benjamin Polak told the News that Yale has not yet reached a sustainable budget model and continues to draw on reserve funds. Though there will be no “across-the-board” cuts this year, the University must look for ways to permanently reduce expenses, Polak said, adding that he has begun meeting with departments and divisions to discuss their budgets for the coming year.
    • Within the next two weeks, the Yale College Council will submit a report detailing student opinion on issues concerning academics, student life and athletics to President-elect Peter Salovey. The report will give recommendations about 36 topics, including mental health resources, alcohol disciplinary policy and introductory science courses for Salovey to consider as he prepares to transition to Woodbridge Hall.
    • As Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy fielded questions from the press on a report seeking to discredit the National Rifle Association on Monday, the December shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 26 children and teachers weighed heavily. “The Newtown shooting changed everything,” Murphy said in a Tuesday email to the News. “I don’t think anybody who’s talked to the families of those children, or the survivors, or the first responders there that day wasn’t fundamentally changed by it.”
    THE WEATHER

    High of 33 degrees, low of 20 degrees, mostly sunny and partly cloudy.

    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 Chicken & Ginger, Asian Mushroom Broth, Rice Noodle with Spicy Chili Sauce, Lime & Cilantro Roasted Tofu, Coconut & Green Curry Pork, Grilled Garden Burger, Fried Fish Hanoi, Thai Beef Lavash Wrap, Jasmine Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Squash & Israeli Couscous Salad, Lemon Pistachio Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Dinner: Rice Soup With Chicken & Ginger, Miso Soup, Lemongrass Chicken, Korean BBQ Tofu Taco, Vegetable Curry, Grilled Garden Burger, Beef Pad Thai, Brown Rice Pilaf, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Squash & Israeli Couscous Salad, Chocolate Cream Pie

    In Commons

    Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Banana-Walnut Dairyless, 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, Roasted Thai Red Curry Chicken, Spinach Felafel Burger, Penne, Bean 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, Vegan Collard Greens, Chicken Onion & Israeli Couscous Salad, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie

  9. Tuesday’s Buzz: 2.19.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Over the past several years, the University has increased efforts to improve two frequently intersecting aspects of campus social life: sexual climate and drinking culture. Though administrators said the University has previously not combined programs aimed at creating a healthier sexual climate with those intended to reduce high-risk drinking on campus — partly in order to avoid confusion over where to assign blame in sexual misconduct instances — the administrators and the authors of Yale’s semiannual report on sexual misconduct complaints noted that drinking is involved in a number of reported sexual misconduct cases. The University has already started implementing several programs designed to curb drinking and prevent sexual misconduct, such as the mandatory bystander-intervention training for sophomores, said Yale College Dean’s Office fellow Garrett Fiddler ’11.
    • While Connecticut schools have captured the national limelight since 2009 for cutting-edge reforms, state and local legislators lauded President Barack Obama for initiating a federal push for a major overhaul of public education during his State of the Union address last week, which may serve to ameliorate the state’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap. Obama urged for universal high-quality preschool education, redesigning high school curriculums to emphasize science and math skills that would prepare students for a high-tech workforce and amending the Higher Education Act to factor college affordability into the allocation of federal funds. Obama also announced the implementation of “College Scorecards” that grade schools based on the return on tuition paid, and praised German schools, whose high school degrees mirror U.S. technical degrees.
    • Last month, four juniors founded a brunch delivery service called The Reading List, a startup that brings homemade pancakes and assorted breakfast food directly to customers’ entryways. Since starting their business two weeks ago, the founders have filled 24 orders and hosted a tasting for 75 students, and all four say they aim to fill a void of affordable brunch food available to students outside of campus dining halls.
    THE WEATHER

    High of 46 degrees, low of 30 degrees, showers with chance rain/snow.

    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), Grilled Garden 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, Grilled Garden 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 Walnut Bread

    Lunch: Four Onion Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chana Masala, Spaghetti, Fried Flounder, Philly Steak & Cheese Sub, Spinach Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Greens & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir-Fry Chicken Teriyaki, Stir-Fry Chicken Vegetable, Italian Deli Zep, Basmati Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices, Sesame Green Bean Salad, Curried Rice Salad, Kitchen Sink Cookie, Lemon Pistachio Cupcake

  10. Monday’s Buzz: 2.18.13

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    THE NEWS

    • When most of Yale’s campus was asleep at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, more than 100 high school students flooded Kroon Hall to learn about brain tumors, mathematical symmetry and robotics. The third annual Yale Engineering and Science Weekend (YES-W) — a three-day program run by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions — drew over 100 highly qualified science and engineering high school seniors from the class of 2017 applicant pool to visit campus and participate in science-related events from Feb. 16–18. Though the Admissions Office reached its matriculation goal of a 40 percent STEM-based incoming class for the first time last year, it continues to seek the same percent of science-oriented students for its next class.
    • Over four years after the 2008 recession caused Yale to halt the renovation of Hendrie Hall, administrators hope construction will begin in May 2014. The $45 million renovation of the building — which houses practice spaces and offices for undergraduate musical organizations, along with some School of Music departments — was one of the seven major construction projects put on hold in 2008 when administrators grew concerned about the University’s finances following the economic downturn. After the project received a $5 million donation last winter, University President Richard Levin and School of Music Dean Robert Blocker ramped up discussions with potential donors to raise the remaining funds needed for the project, and Levin told the News last week that he and Blocker are close to securing a donation that will enable the project to move forward next spring and reach completion by 2016.
    • Roughly 200 students flocked to campus this weekend to participate in Yale’s 18th Annual Black Solidarity Conference, which centered around activism in the modern era. The conference, which concluded with a celebration at the Omni Saturday night, included several events throughout Friday and Saturday such as panels on education and virtual activism, a professional networking career fair and a concert at Toad’s.
    THE WEATHER

    High of 32 degrees, low of 22 degrees, sunny with increasing clouds.

    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, Broccoli & Cheddar Quiche, Grilled Garden 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, Grilled Garden 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, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Omelets To-Order, Buttermilk Pancakes, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Home Fries, Blueberry Muffin

    Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup, BBQ Pulled Pork, Vegan Bean Burrito, Penne, Honey-Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Roasted Tofu With Cilantro Citrus Sauce, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Fresh Tomato & Basil Pizza, Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry, Sesame Beef, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir Fried Chinese Vegetable, Egg Salad, Chef’s Choice Fries, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Summer Beets, Red Apple Coleslaw, Hot German Potato Salad, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie

  11. Thursday’s Buzz: 2.14.13

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    THE NEWS

    • As University President Richard Levin prepares to leave Yale’s highest office next summer, the University prepares to gain a new first couple: President-elect Peter Salovey and his wife, Marta Moret SPH ’84. The tale of Peter and Marta traces its beginning to fall 1983. Salovey had just been elected president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, and he would soon experience the first of many presidential perks: meeting Moret, his vice president for communications. Salovey came into GPSCY Bar on York Street for a GPSS meeting when he first laid eyes on Moret, and Moret remembers the moment vividly because, she alleged, Salovey put his glasses on to get a better look when she introduced herself to the group. But if it was love at first sight, it wasn’t quite reciprocated.
    • In the wake of a renewed national focus on mental health services after the Sandy Hook shootings last December, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has released a budget for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services that will increase funding for young adult services but may leave some of the state’s most vulnerable patients without public assistance. The proposed budget calls for an increase in support for home and community-based services, in addition to brain injury placements and help for adolescent and early adult patients. But the plan also reduces funding for legal services and testing, including eliminating $1.3 million for research at the Yale-affiliated Connecticut Mental Health Center.
    • Following a comprehensive review of Yale’s doctoral programs conducted in 2011, Graduate School Dean Thomas Pollard released a report on master’s programs Wednesday. The report, which was complied by the Graduate School Dean’s Office, examined the 20 terminal master’s programs administered by the Graduate School of Art and Sciences. Based on interviews with faculty and a comprehensive survey of students, the report recommends that departments review their master’s programs, create a system to track graduates from each program after graduation, conduct regular surveys and find more ways to recognize the important role master’s students play in the University as a whole. According to the report, 84 percent of master’s students said they would recommend their programs to others, but many said they felt master’s students were prioritized below the more numerous undergraduate and doctoral candidates and suggested improvements to advising, course offerings and workspace options.
    THE WEATHER

    High of 42 degrees, low of 29 degrees, sunny and partly cloudy.

    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, Grilled Garden Burger, Pesto Chicken Sandwich, Turkey Caesar Wrap, Orzo With Sundried Tomatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Greek Bean Salad, Roasted Mushrooms & Barley Salad, Iced Devil’s Food Cupcake

    Dinner: Spinach & Sausage Soup, Cream Of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Pork Loin with Peppers, Sweet & Sour Eggplant, Mustard Parmesan Chicken, Fettucini Alfredo, Grilled Garden Burger, Grilled Portabella Mushroom Sandwich, Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Greek Bean Salad, Roasted Mushrooms & Barley Salad, Fruit Cheesecake Kiss, Red Velvet Cake

    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, Tofu Pad Thai, Green Bean & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, General Tso’s Chicken, BLAT Sandwich, Cilantro Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Fresh Corn On The Cob, Black Bean & Rice Salad, Dawn’s Panzanella, Chocolate Mint Oreo Cupcake, Honey Walnut Cookie

  12. Tuesday’s Buzz: 2.12.13

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    THE NEWS

    • Last year, it was Barbara Walters. The year before, it was Tom Hanks. Who will be this year’s Class Day speaker? Find out in tomorrow’s News.
    • Starting this June, visiting tour groups will not be taking many photos of the iconic entrance hall of Sterling Library. During the upcoming restoration of the Sterling atrium — known as “the nave” in reference to its cathedral-like design — the space will be covered in scaffolding, and library patrons will have to navigate the room using “construction tunnels,” University Librarian Susan Gibbons said in a Monday email.
    • Leo Hickey, a leading scholar in the field of paleontology remembered by friends, family and colleagues for his sense of humor and breadth of academic interest, died of melanoma Saturday morning in Branford, Conn. He was 72. A prominent figure in the field of paleobotany, the study of plant fossils, Hickey came to Yale in 1982 to serve as director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History and became chair of the Geology and Geophysics Department in 2003.
    THE WEATHER

    High of 43 degrees, low of 26 degrees, mostly sunny and clear.

    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, Grilled Garden 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, Grilled Garden Burger, Blackened Catfish Fillet, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Farro Waldorf Salad, Creamy Coleslaw, Apple Crumb Pie

    In Commons

    Commons will be closed tomorrow.

     

    Correction: 2.12.13

    An earlier version of this article included a menu for Commons. In fact, Commons will be closed on Tuesday in light of the blizzard.