October 19th, 2011 | University

Thursday’s Buzz: 10.20.11

Melanie Boyd '90, above, has taken a leadership role in shaping how the University handles cases of sexual assault.
Melanie Boyd '90, above, has taken a leadership role in shaping how the University handles cases of sexual assault. Photo by Joy Shan.

THE NEWS

  • On October 14th, 2010, Professor Melanie Boyd’s ’90 23-person seminar, Theorizing Sexual Violence, met as usual in the Hall of Graduate Studies. But this wasn’t just any other class session. Less than twenty-four hours before, a group of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity pledges had paraded around Old Campus, chanting a series of sexually degrading phrases. The event could not be ignored, and Boyd shuffled the syllabus appropriately so that the class could discuss the issue.

    Boyd began teaching at Yale five years ago in the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies department. But this fall, she was appointed Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and now devotes all of her time to her work with the Dean’s Office, leading efforts to reshape how the University handles its cases of sexual assault. MADELINE BUXTON reports.

  • Despite the recent addition of new amenities on Yale’s West Campus intended to better connect faculty members with each other, many researchers still feel the site is isolated and relatively empty.

    Within the past year, administrators have expanded dining options at the facility, increased the frequency of shuttles from Science Hilland added weekly yoga classes. University President Richard Levin said faculty members will form better relationships as the more faculty members fill the largely vacant 136-acre space.

  • Though Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences witnessed dramatic growth over the past decade, the current 691 associate, assistant and full professors marks a decrease of nearly 20 members since last fall. The faculty size has hovered around 700 after administrators first decided to stall hiring when the economic downturn hit in 2008. But despite the University’s improved financial state, Provost Peter Salovey said Wednesday that authorized faculty searches occurring this fall are still mainly intended to fill vacancies created by retirements or departures, not contribute to an overall growth in faculty that four department chairs said is necessary.

THE WEATHER

High of 70 degrees, low of 49 degrees, chance of showers.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Waffle Bar

Lunch: Curried Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup, Bean & Bacon Soup, Cellentani With Beans Spinach & Cheese, Chana Masala, Shepherd’s Pie, Hand-breaded Chicken Tenders, BBQ Sauce, Honey Mustard Dip, Duck Sauce, Rice, Spiced Roasted Local Carrots, Quinoa with Roasted Jalapenos, Arugula Fennel Fontina Salad, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Butterscotch Cookie

Dinner: Fennel Chile Roasted Turkey Breast, Tofu & Soy Baked Ziti, Pork Chop Mar In Beer & Teriyaki, Gruyere & Sundried Tomato Grilled Foccacia, Apple Stuffing, Green Beans Sauté, Farro with Roasted Butternut Squash & Pepitas, Tomato & Corn Salad with Beans & Basil, Quinoa Salad with Olive, Feta & Raisin, Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce

In Commons

Breakfast: Grits, Waffle Bar, Fried Egg & Cheese Sandwich, 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, Penne Tuscan Style, Spaghetti, Organic Tomato Sauce, Chefs Choice All-Natural Burger, Marinated Oven Roasted Tofu, Herb Marinated Chicken Breast, Garden Burger, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Beef Pad Thai, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, General Tso’s Chicken, Roast Beef Sand with Caramelized Onions, Mashed Potatoes, Curried Cauliflower & Eggplant, Calabrian Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Heirloom Tomato Salad

  • dalet5770

    We have, (every) sort of, ” accouterments.” for almost every, malady in which suffering occurs. So it should come as no surprise, when I say there should be more done to signify maladies of the ear. Even a simple wristband, in acknowledgement of maladies of the inner ear, would go along way to our resolve our desire for, equal protection.

  • dalet5770

    I am a child, (who’s) entire life was subjugated to my parents, our community, and religious needs. It appears that they had, far more pressing needs, than my – Ear, Nose, and Throat. My ENT problems, never seemed to be, important enough to warrant a visit to an Otoligist, despite not being able to breathe, or falling down from vertigo – that is until I turned, “53” years old. We have, (every) sort of, ” accouterments.” for almost every, malady in which suffering occurs. So, as our minds are focused on, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” it should come as no surprise, when I say there should be more done to signify maladies of the, ear, nose, and throat. Even a simple wristband, in acknowledgement of maladies of the ENT, would go along way to our resolve, and our desire. (for) equal protection under the law.