Uncategorized | 9:24 pm | February 28, 2011 | By Yale Daily News

Tuesday’s Buzz: 3.1.11

THE NEWS

  • Despite wide reports that Brown University will halt further investments in the controversial HEI Hotels and Resorts chain, an official on Yale’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility says the decision lacks transparency. Brown announced in mid-February that it would follow a unanimous recommendation by the university’s Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policy regarding HEI, which has been accused of mistreating its workers and interfering with their unionizing activities. While members of Yale’s Undergraduate Organizing Committee and Brown’s Student Labor Alliance have praised what they see as Brown’s decision to abstain from future investments in HEI, the phrasing of the committee’s actual recommendation leaves unclear whether Brown would consider investing additional funds in the hotel chain.
  • Less than two weeks after his budget proposals won praise from municipal officials, Governor Dannel Malloy is under fire for appearing to backpedal on his commitment to maintain state aid to Connecticut cities and towns. While state aid to municipalities was largely spared from the budget cuts Malloy proposed in a major speech last Wednesday, the governor is seeking emergency authority to cancel that aid if the state’s fiscal troubles worsen. Facing a budget deficit of more than $3.6 billion, Malloy left the state’s $2.8 billion in aid to cities and towns, about 14 percent of the state budget, unchanged in his proposals. But if he has his way, he will have the authority to unilaterally cut $280 million of that assistance.
  • With over a billion dollars in possible budget cuts, the National Institute of Health may soon cut funding for many research projects at the Yale School of Medicine. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) visited the School on Monday to investigate what impact potential the budget cuts would have on the school’s research projects. In a bill that passed through the House on Feb. 19 and will be reviewed by the Senate next week, roughly 1.6 billion dollars would be cut from the institute’s budget. Yale currently receives $378,805,446 in funds from the institute, not including the funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which are also set to expire this year. Without these funds, many projects would have to be either terminated or stalled.

THE WEATHER

High of 39 degrees, low of 24 degrees, sunny.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Waffle Bar, Peanut Butter Muffins

Lunch: Chicken Orzo Soup, Yankee Bean Soup, Chana Masala, Escalloped Chicken & Noodles, Sausage & Pepper Grinder, Grilled Cheese On White, Grilled Peppered Jack Cheese On Whole Wheat, Italian Deli Zep, Basmati Rice, Greek Salad, Insalata Di Grano, Carrot-Pecan Cake With Cream Cheese Icing, Fudge Choc Chip Walnut Cookie

Dinner: Barbecued Chicken, Baked Chicken 1/4′s, General Tso’s Tofu, Pork With Cranberry & Cherry Compote, Cheese Quesadillas, Brown Rice, Steamed Fall Harvest Vegetables, Greek Salad, Insalata Di Grano, Apple Crumb Pie

In Commons

Breakfast: Extra Thick French Toast, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Ham Slice, Shredded Potatoes, Peanut Butter Muffins

Lunch: Chicken Orzo Soup, Miso Soup, Chile-Cumin Shredded Beef Flautas, Lemon Herbed Chicken Breast Sandwich, Tofu & Grilled Vegetables, Curly Fries, Sausage & Pepper Grinder, Cheese Pizza, Chef’s Choice Pizza, Organic Tomato Sauce, Pepperoni Pizza, Jasmine Rice, Sesame Chicken, Steamed Bok Choy, Italian Deli Zep, Fresh Broccoli & Cauliflower, Egyptian Bean Salad, Insalata Di Grano, Carrot-Pecan Cake With Cream Cheese Icing, Fudge Choc Chip Walnut Cookie

Dinner: Chicken Orzo Soup, Chard & Gruyere Tart, Stir-Fried Chicken, Pork With Cranberry & Cherry Compote, General Tso’s Tofu, Cheese Pizza, Chef’s Choice Pizza, Organic Tomato Sauce, Pepperoni Pizza, Scallion Jasmine Rice, Broccoli With Lemon, Olive Oil & Garlic, Egyptian Bean Salad, Insalata Di Grano, Apple Crumble Pie

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