April 24th, 2009 | Uncategorized

Cross Campus: 04.24.09

Spring is here. The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures this weekend will rise as high as 85 degrees on Sunday. The previous record high for the day was 78 degrees on April 26, 1960.

But things are even hotter in Myrtle Beach. Residents of the South Carolina enclave have been urged to evacuate because of raging wildfires; Mark Sanford, the state’s governor, has declared a state of emergency.

The fires are burning just 10 miles away from the Avista Resort, which will be the site of a week-long bacchanalia for seniors next month.

Some lucky seniors had their last Yale College classes yesterday; all seniors received an invitation to President Levin’s Commencement reception in their YaleStation boxes yesterday.

A new portrait was added to the Saybrook College Dining Hall last night, featuring Saybrook College Master Edward Kamens and master-turned-Dean Mary Miller along with their cat, Rainbow.

On hand for the ceremony was Edward Bass ’67, a fellow of the Yale Corporation, who is in town for this weekend’s gathering of the University’s highest governing body.

A different kind of celebration will take place at the Yale Farm today. Instead of toasting the end of classes, students there will roast a 125-pound pig. The festivities begin at 5 p.m., but the pig will have been cooking for 20 hours by then.

Caught. Police in Princeton, N.J., have charged a man with criminal sexual conduct and criminal restraint in connection with three sex crimes that took place on Princeton’s campus last week.

The inaugural Youth Forum on China-Africa Relations will be held on campus this weekend. If China-Africa relations sounds a little too foreign, just remember that North America is old news.

Harold Bloom, one of the University’s most lauded intellectuals, came to Jonathan Edwards College on Thursday. He thought he had been “invited for tea,” but ended up taking questions as well. (See story, page 9.)

This day in Yale history

1969 In a facultywide meeting, Yale College professors approved the creation of an Urban Studies major. The program was to be based on the popular “Study of the City” course taught by Alexander Garvin ’62 ARC ’67; while Garvin’s course remains to this day, the major does not.

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