February 17th, 2012 | University

Cross Campus: 2.17.12

Former Provost Susan Hockfield, pictured when she took over as president of MIT, announced Thursday that she will step down from her position at MIT.
Former Provost Susan Hockfield, pictured when she took over as president of MIT, announced Thursday that she will step down from her position at MIT. Photo by YDN.

Moving on. Former Yale Provost Susan Hockfield announced Thursday she will leave her position as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In a letter to the MIT community on Thursday, Hockfield said it’s time for a new president to take the reins of the university as it prepares to launch a significant new fundraising drive.

In Memoriam. Richard Hegel ’50, the city’s historian and a librarian at Southern Connecticut State, died at his home on Tuesday. He was 83. “There was no mistaking Dick Hegel was a New Haven guy,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr. told the New Haven Register.

It’s over. North Haven’s 16-year-old rising star Gabi Carrubba got cut from “American Idol” on Thursday, just missing a chance to advance past the group round and become one of the top 42 contestants. Carrubba was the only one cut in her group.

In the wake of Tacogate. Weeks after his remarks about tacos landed him in the national news, East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo has started reaching out to Latinos in his town, the New Haven Register reported. Maturo has spoken to several Latino leaders in his town, and has visited businesses owned by Latinos. One witness said he lunched at the Ecuadorian-owned Guti’z Bakery, the Register reported.

Save the artists. After pleas from the leaders of Connecticut’s arts communities, Gov. Dannel Malloy on Thursday reversed a decision to cut millions in arts funding from the state budget, the Hartford Courant reported.

Getting it in order. The arts, living, fashion, architecture and lifestyle magazine Out of Order, or OOO, has launched its new website that features photos of Yale sophomores at campus hangouts like Rudy’s and Yorkside. In an email to members of the Yale community on Thursday, the magazine advertised a new interview with filmmaker Woody Allen.

A mystery. An article published in the British newspaper The Telegraph earlier this week claims that, when the University invited children of professors at Oxford and Cambridge to stay at Yale for the duration of World War II, its reasons were not purely philanthropic — the University, the article claims, brought over the Oxford children to preserve their superior intellect as part of their eugenics-crazed effort to preserve superior human beings.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY

1919 Men bringing a guest to Yale’s Prom have until 7 p.m. to pay to rent rooms in Vanderbilt Hall. Guest rooms cost $2.50 for a single and $5 for a double.