March 20th, 2012 | University

Cross Campus: 3.20.12

James Franco, formerly GRD '16, will not be hosting this weekend's Academy Awards, praise heavens.
James Franco, formerly GRD '16, will not be hosting this weekend's Academy Awards, praise heavens. Photo by Ryan Nees.

Hush-hush? A concert listing that said rapper T-Pain was scheduled to perform at Yale on April 24 — the Tuesday of Reading Week, which is the traditional date of Spring Fling — has been removed from associated act BIG RyAT’s website.

Franco-watch. James Franco GRD ’16 will not attend the University of Houston’s creative writing program, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. Franco deferred his admission to the university’s program last year, and in mid-February emailed the program’s director to say he would not be coming in the fall.

The Queen cometh. Actress Parker Posey, the “Queen of the Indies” famous for her roles in independent films, will be on campus next month to star in “The Realistic Joneses” at the Yale Repertory Theatre. The play is slated to run from April 20 to May 12, and also stars Johanna Day, Glen Fitzgerald and Tracy Letts.

Not corrupt. Connecticut is one of the least-corrupt states in the nation, according to a study published on Monday by the Center for Public Integrity. Connecticut scored an 86, earning it a “B” grade. Only New Jersey, which earned a “B+”, came out ahead of the Nutmeg State.

A new look. Willoughby’s on York Street got a facelift over the past few days — the coffee shop now features freshly painted walls, new cushioned chairs and a new bar along the windows. The store also added 15 electrical outlets.

Busted. A man was arrested Sunday after attempting to go paragliding off of East Rock, the New Haven Register reported Sunday. Vin Conti was preparing for a glide in East Rock Park when the winds turned against him and his kite got caught in some trees.

The victors. With 13 kills apiece, roommates Daniel Frasier ’14 and Tammer Abiyu ’14 were crowned the champions of the Sophomore Class Council’s Sophomore Assassins. Because he made his final kill first, Frasier won the $200 gift certificate to Miya’s.

And a lamp! The Yale College Council announced on Monday that summer storage regulations have been amended to allow students to store one lamp. Last fall, administrators announced tighter storage restrictions that allowed students to store one couch per suite and one chair per student. After negotiating with the YCC, administrators added one bookshelf per student.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY

1948 The New Haven Communist Party distributes 3,000 pamphlets titled “A Fake Crisis! Yes!” across campus.