March 29th, 2012 | University

Cross Campus: 3.29.12

The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford.
The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Special guest. Jimmy McMillan, who gained fame for declaring the rent “too damn high,” stopped by Davenport on Wednesday for lunch. McMillan was on campus to shoot a segment of a new Web series with Michael Knowles ’12. The series, a weekly political show titled “Too Damn Live with Michael Knowles and Jimmy McMillan,” debuts next Thursday. Knowles said McMillan called Davenport’s fare “some damn good food.”

Infamous. On Tuesday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart questioned Rick Santorum’s statement that Mitt Romney was “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.” As evidence, he showed the now-infamous clip of East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo telling a reporter, “I might have tacos when I go home,” when asked about how he could support the Latino community. According to Stewart, Romney is at least a step up from “taco mayor.”

Another chance. For registered campus organizations who failed to send a representative to required training sessions in January: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Melanie Boyd ’90 will be holding makeup sessions today and tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Keeping taxes low. In response to gas prices soaring above $4 a gallon, the Connecticut General Assembly voted unanimously on Wednesday to pass a bill that caps the gas gross receipts tax in Connecticut at $3 per gallon.

Punishment’s pricetag. A fiscal note attached to the bill that would abolish the death penalty currently in the state’s General Assembly reveals just how much capital punishments cost the state. In all, it’s about $5 million a year — without capital punishment, the state would save $455,000 per inmate currently sentenced to death, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis.

In the news. Paul Lorem ’15 was featured in New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof’s column this week. On the eve of admissions decisions, the piece examines Lorem’s long path to Yale from rural South Sudan. “Congratulations to Lorem as well as to college applicants who receive great news today — and let’s work to help all those other Paul Lorems out there, at home and abroad, step onto the education escalator,” Kristof writes.

All roads. Toad’s Place will hold its Wednesday dance party tonight, a Thursday.

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