February 8th, 2012 | University

Cross Campus: 2.8.12

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Photo by Scott Stern.

A protest. The Yale chapter of the Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition staged a demonstration on Cross Campus Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness of the federal goverment’s move to cut funding for syringe exchange programs. The students distributed pens that looked like syringes, and one even dressed up as a syringe.

Change in America. The Yale College Democrats posted an album to Facebook Tuesday night featuring pictures of Yalies on Cross Campus holding a whiteboard with their idea of what “change is.” Answers ranged from “campaign finance reform” to “supporting Planned Parenthood” to “Not Mitt.”

One week in. A week after the launch of the class of 2012’s Senior Class Gift, 41 percent of seniors have donated a total of $17,000. The gift fund will hold Trivia Night tonight at Anna Liffey’s at 8 p.m.

More Ivy hazing. In late January, Dartmouth senior Andrew Lohse wrote an opinion article in the school’s paper describing various disgusting hazing practices among the university’s fraternities. In response to Lohse’s piece, more than 100 Dartmouth professors signed a faculty letter late last week calling on the university’s administration to take a stronger stance on hazing.

More money, more problems? The city released its grand list on Tuesday, revealing 2.7 percent net new growth in taxable property over 2011, according to a press release. Under the current tax rate, that totals $6 million in new tax revenue for the city.

Hold up, trolls. The New Haven Independent announced it would not be publishing reader comments as its editors re-evaluate the website’s role in “convening civic debate” in light of a souring tone on the comment boards, the site’s editor wrote in a piece posted to the site on Tuesday.

Streetcar named New Haven. The New Haven Urban Design League held a meeting last Thursday at the New Haven Free Public Library that drew 50 people, including Ward 6 Alderwoman Dolores Colon, to discuss the proposed streetcar, the New Haven Independent reported Tuesday.

Movers and shakers. The Yale College Council announced three new representatives in a Tuesday email — Leandro Leviste ’15 of Timothy Dwight, Nathan Kohrman ’15 of Saybrook and Allegra Gordon ’14 of Branford.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY

1962 Members of the Congress of Racial Equality stage two sit-ins in New Haven to protest the Board of Aldermen’s rejection of the Fair Housing Law.