October 8th, 2012 | University

Cross Campus: 10.8.12

A makeshift tombstone was enacted on Friday on Cross Campus, memorializing the end of the popular 1980s-themed Safety Dance that administrators cancelled earlier this week.
A makeshift tombstone was enacted on Friday on Cross Campus, memorializing the end of the popular 1980s-themed Safety Dance that administrators cancelled earlier this week. Photo by Danny Serna.

No rest for the weary. Though today is Columbus Day and the United States Postal Service will be taking a break, Yalies will still have to go to class.

But Columbus Day is not for everyone. The Association for Native Americans at Yale will instead recognize “Indigenous Peoples Day” in protest of the federal holiday.

We have a winner. One hungry Yalie, Peter Kelly GRD ’15, completed the Caseus Cheese Truck Challenge on Friday, successfully demolishing 10 grilled cheese sandwiches in under an hour. After his conquest, Kelly promptly threw up all over JE’s wall. He named his cheese and tomato sandwich the “Barberis and Kelly (2012),” an homage to his advisor Nicholas Barberis, a finance professor in the School of Management.

R.I.P. Safety Dance. Several students erected an impromptu cardboard tombstone on Cross Campus on Friday, memorializing the 1980s-themed dance that was canceled last week. An inscription on the tombstone read “Safety Dance, R.I.P., 1980s-2012: Never gonna give you up.” Neon-colored clothing and two grieving roses were also thrown around the base of the memorial.

Keegan’s ’12 words live on. On Friday, the New Yorker published “Cold Pastoral,” a short story by Marina Keegan ’12 that describes a woman who struggles to deal with her emotions at the hands of an unexpected death. Keegan died in a car crash near Dennis, Mass. over the summer. She is the author of the highly-read column “The Opposite of Loneliness,” a piece that was published last May for a special issue of the News.

We’re number 11? Yale was ranked 11th in the world, according to the Times Higher Education world university rankings published last week. The rankings took into account teaching, research citation, industry income and international outlook. Based on these standards, Yale was edged out by Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.

Troubles on the horizon. In the face of rising costs, Wesleyan University announced that it will drop its blanket “need-blind” financial aid policy during the college admissions process. As a result, some qualified applicants may be denied admission if they need scholarship money. Wesleyan estimates that the new policy will affect only about 15 to 20 out of 10,000 applicants.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1905 The Yale Union establishes its weekly meeting schedule, a change from the bi-weekly meetings it had held previously.