October 28th, 2011 | University

Cross Campus: 10.28.11

Brr! New Haven saw its first snowfall of the season Thursday evening, as a mix of snow and rain fell throughout the evening. It was also the first deep freeze of the year, with temperatures dipping into the low 30s. And it isn’t over yet — lows will remain around 30 over the weekend, with highs in the low 40s. Warmth, we barely knew ye.

He is the walrus. A walrus skeleton has been mounted on the wall in the Morse dining hall. The skeleton comes from the Peabody Museum, which has recently received a new walrus skeleton and no longer requires the services of the one now in Morse.

In other dining hall news, the Berkeley dining hall will be closed today for breakfast and lunch as University President Richard Levin hosts a function for Family Weekend.

Homecoming. Stanley McChrystal, the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan and a lecturer in international studies, will return to Afghanistan next month to advise the government in Kabul, the AFP reported Thursday.

In memoriam. The School of Music will host a memorial concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday in honor of John Miller MUS ’07, who died in September. The concert will be held in the Morse Recital Hall at Sprague Hall.

Dollar bills, y’all. Though she only announced her candidacy a month ago, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon has already poured $600,000 of her own fortune into her campaign, according to financial records from the third quarter released earlier this month. The news comes in spite of McMahon’s pledge that she would rely more on individual donations than in 2010, when she spent $50 million of her personal fortune only to lose to Sen. Richard Blumenthal LAW ’73.

Hungry hungry flowers. The Marsh Botanical Gardens on Science Hill will host a spooky open house on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that will feature its collection of carnivorous plants, including pitcher plants and Venus flytraps.

Slow night. Nine Yale Police Department and New Haven Police Department cruisers broke up a Halloween-themed Law School party in East Rock Thursday night.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY

1969 An estimated 60 percent of the 550 students enrolled at the Law School boycott classes to protest the alleged harassment of black students by New Haven police during a protest a week before, the threat of disciplinary action against some of those students and the breakdown in student-faculty relations that ensued.