March 3rd, 2011 | Uncategorized

Cross Campus: 3.3.11

After a particularly balmy Wednesday, which had hints of spring in the air, the National Weather Service is predicting a high of 26 degrees for Thursday.

Mischief afoot. A tipster noticed a flier Wednesday morning on Cross Campus announcing a Thursday open house for the sale of the Scroll and Key tomb, described as a “multi-level family home” with “fabulous city views.” Another spotted a “for sale” sign affixed the tomb’s gate.

Students signed a pledge to stop using the “r-word” — “retard” — on Beinecke Plaza Wednesday as part of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, which was sponsored by Yale Students for Special Olympics College and Best Buddies Yale. Although the final number of pledges had not been tallied when campaign co-founder Tim Shriver ’11 was contacted Wednesday night, nearly 1,000 pledged, he said.

It has begun. Some colleges have sent out e-mails to students soliciting nominations for the Mr. Yale competition set to be held in April. Davenport College Council wrote: “What do you get when you combine a talent show, an interview, a fashion walk, and dancing? Mr. Yale!”

Learning from the best. The Harvard Crimson ran a long article Wednesday comparing Yale’s renovations of the residential colleges to Harvard’s impending “House renewal” program. “Those involved with House renewal have said that they have gained insight from observing the experiences of Harvard’s longtime rival,” the article said.

In an e-mail to Stilesians about spring break, Mary Jo Miller, senior administrative assistant, gave a “handy list” of phone numbers. The last number listed was described as her cell phone, but the entry was “555-555-5555 (if you read this far: ha!).”

Democrat senatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy has garnered endorsements from the state’s attorney general, secretary of the state, and comptroller, according to his website. Fomer Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz ’83 is also running to replace Joseph Lieberman ’64 LAW ’67.

With his Senate seat filled, former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd will be the new chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, according to a Tuesday press release.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY

1960 New Haven gets about 15 inches of snow in the nighttime, “paralyz[ing]” the city.