October 10th, 2012 | University

Thursday’s Buzz: 10.11.12

Berkeley Dining Hall
Berkeley Dining Hall Photo by Tomas Albergo.

THE NEWS

  • Berkeley students tired of an overcrowded dining hall may soon be able to eat in peace on biweekly Monday nights. Students interviewed expressed frustration with the suggested change, though Berkeley students said they would appreciate the lower traffic during popular meal times. Director of Residential Dining Cathy Van Dyke SOM ’86 said the new policy aims to alleviate overcrowding in the dining hall and to decrease the workload for dining staff.
  • After the GPA cut-offs for Latin honors reached an all-time high for the third year in a row, Yale College faculty are beginning to investigate grading trends in the college. Though Yale has kept information about its grade trends private since the 1970s, Miller said faculty have been monitoring long-term GPA trajectories across the country, and will examine Yale’s relation to these trends and the function of grades as a “pedagogical tool.”
  • High school seniors applying to college next fall will face a redesigned Common Application — but some of the proposed changes have already been criticized by college admissions experts.The updates, which were announced Oct. 5, aim to improve user experience and include a simplified online interface, a streamlined fee-waiver application system and the removal of the option to upload a résumé.

THE WEATHER

High of 60 degrees, low of 42 degrees, mostly clear.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Waffle Bar, Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Ring

Lunch: Crimini Mushroom & Potato Soup, Corn & Bacon Chowder, Gnocchi with Sundried Tomatoes & Parmesan, Fresh Tomato Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Cajun Chicken Sandwich with Onion Jam, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Onion & Ricotta Wrap, Combination Salad, Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce, Honey Walnut Cookie, Cream Cheese Brownie

Dinner: Chermoula Stuffed Chicken Breast, Baked Orzo Ratatouille, Moroccan Bean Stew, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, Pork Burgers, Lemon Herbed Israeli Couscous, Combination Salad, Pasta Salad With Pesto Sauce, Oreo Cheesecake Kiss

In Commons

Breakfast: Grits, Waffle Bar, Omelets To Order, Cafe-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Ham Slice, Potato Pancakes, Blueberry Sour Cream Cake Ring

Lunch: Pumpkin Pear & Coriander Soup, Tortellini & Spinach Soup, Cashew Chili, Southern Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, Cajun Chicken Sandwich with Onion Jam, Marinated Oven Roasted Tofu, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Tofu Pad Thai, Green Bean & Tofu, General Tso’s Chicken, BLAT Sandwich, Peas, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Pasta Salad with Pesto Sasuce, Honey Walnut Cookie, Cream Cheese Brownie