February 6th, 2012 | University

Tuesday’s Buzz: 2.7.12

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Photo by Joyce Xi.

THE NEWS

  • The approval of ethnicity, race and migration as a stand-alone major last Thursday has left South Asian studies

    as the only major that must be taken with a second area of study.

    Since the mid-1980’s, Yale has offered five majors that could only be taken as second majors, four of which have since been replaced by stand-alone majors. Administrators and faculty interviewed said these “piggy back” majors are generally created on a trial basis until they acquire enough resources to stand on their own. While professors said achieving stand-alone status is a testament to a program’s coherence and rigor, they viewed the “piggy back” phase as useful for testing and growing a major.

  • Harvard and Princeton came under fire last week after an Indian-American student from California filed complaints with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights that he had been denied admission to the schools because of his race, Bloomberg reported Friday. The student’s allegations have stirred discussion among college officials and higher education experts as to whether racial discrimination plays a cloaked role in today’s college admissions process.
  • Despite a week of controversy, the Yale School of Public Health will not be withdrawing its invitation to the head of the nation’s largest breast cancer charity to speak in this year’s commencement. The school’s invitation to founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy Brinker, came under doubt this week amid growing concern from faculty, students and staff over her foundation’s announcement last Wednesday that it would no longer provide funding for Planned Parenthood, a decision that has since been reversed.

THE WEATHER

High of 46 degrees, low of 25 degrees, sunny.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Blueberry Oat Tea Bread

Lunch: Cream Of Broccoli Soup, French Onion Soup With Crouton, Quinoa Black Bean & Corn Pilaf, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Breast Sandwich, Three Cheese Baked Ziti, Grilled All Beef Franks, Chef’s Choice Hot Vegetable, Mesclun, Cauliflower & Cheddar, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Eggplant Caponata, Peanut Butter Cookie, Iced Devil’s Food Cupcake

Dinner: Home-Style All Beef Meatloaf, Vegan Paella, Individual Chicken Pot Pie, Brown Sauce, Black Bean Quesadilla, Baked Polenta, Brussels Sprouts With Shallots & Mustard, Mesclun, Cauliflower & Cheddar, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Eggplant Caponata, Pastel de Tres Leche

In Commons

Breakfast: Cream Of Wheat, Mushroom Frittata, Waffle Bar, Extra Thick French Toast, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Ham Slice, Shredded Potatoes, Blueberry Oat Tea Bread

Lunch: Four Onion Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chana Masala, Bolognese Sauce, Spaghetti, Organic Tomato Sauce, Chefs Choice All-Natural Burger, Herb Marinated Chicken Breast, Garden Burger, Chinese Marinated Tofu, Pepperoni Pizza, Chef’s Choice Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Cheese Calzone, Chicken Curry, Greens & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Italian Deli Zep, Chef’s Choice Fries, Basmati Rice, Roasted Cauliflower, Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad, Egyptian Bean Salad, Peanut Butter Cookie, Iced Devil’s Food Cupcake