April 19th, 2012 | University

Cross Campus: 4.19.12

Two Connecticut men are charged with stabbing several alpacas to death in Essex.
Two Connecticut men are charged with stabbing several alpacas to death in Essex. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Drumroll please. At the second-annual Yale College Council App Challenge, YaleTravelogue took home the $1,500 first-place prize. Built and developed by Jared Shenson ’12, Charlie Croom ’12, and Bay Gross ’13, the app works to help Yalies connect with each other over the summer by mapping out their travel plans. A $500 second-place prize went to YaleMobile, an app designed by Danqing Liu ’13 to create a hub for various facets of Yale life, while Rafi Khan’s ’15 Screw Me Yale won $200 for third place.

For a good cause. The University will host the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive today in Commons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., honoring former women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’11, who passed away from leukemia in April 2011.

Pundits? An email from “YCC Elections Committee” — email address yccelectionscommittee@yahoo.com — informed students that the YCC elections committee had overlooked yet another clause in the YCC’s election rules, and that there would need to be another runoff election. “The YCC Constitution specifies that if a candidate has a given name of four or seventeen letters, or a name that ends in the letter Y, they are prohibited from running in the election, unless they win by a margin of EXACTLY 43.9975835562 percent,” the email said.

Continuing coverage. Two Westbrook, Conn., men accused of stabbing several alpacas to death at Applesauce Acres Alpacas Farm in Essex, Conn., back in December appeared in court on Wednesday for their arraignment, the New Haven Register reported.

What next? Around a dozen former occupiers were spotted lingering outside the New Haven Green around 9 p.m. They were gone by 10 p.m.

Stop the speeders. On Wednesday, the Connecticut NAACP came out against a bill that would allow Connecticut’s 19 largest cities — New Haven among them — to install red-light cameras at intersections, saying it would unfairly target the state’s urban populations, the Hartford Courant reported.

More opportunity. A new summer fellowship program will allow more undergraduates to conduct research in science and engineering during the summer after freshman year. At least 25 more fellowship slots will be available to freshmen by summer 2013.

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