December 4th, 2012 | University

Cross Campus 12.4.12

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Rainbow nation. Just one day after opening registration, the fourth annual IvyQ Conference has already sold more than 250 tickets, selling out its Tier 1 tickets reserved exclusively for Yalies. IvyQ, which will be held at Yale for the first time this year, seeks to bring college students across the country to discuss LGBTQ issues in workshops and lectures.

Taking Alaska by storm. After a close recount in Alaska’s House District 34, Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins ’12 won his re-election campaign by a margin of 32 votes. A native of Sitka, Alaska, Kreiss-Tomkins left Yale last spring to campaign to represent his home district in the Alaska State Legislature.

Watch out, President Obama: There’s a new administration in town. Yale’s “Studies in Grand Strategy” class recently launched a simulation White House website that includes a press room and mock presidential cabinet made up of students in the course. But aside from the pictures of Yalies dressed in suits and posing as top political leaders, the website also announces the passage of the “Dernbach-Zhang Ensuring Solvency Act,” which averts the fiscal cliff through bipartisan efforts. Perhaps Obama should check out the site, as it seems a group of Yale seniors have found the solution to the nation’s most pressing economic issue.

Report it. Members of the Yale community received an email from Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins yesterday notifying them of an anonymous report of sexual assault against a Yale student. Higgins’ email is the second one reporting sexual assault in five days. The first email, sent Nov. 28, said a Yale student reported being sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at an off-campus location.

Rewarding the sciences. Seven Yale faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Council, a prestigious honor that recognizes efforts to advance the sciences. The brainy Yalies will be officially honored at the AAAS annual meeting this February.

Not okay. Inflammatory invitations for a supposedly new final club at Harvard, “The Pigeon,” have elicited heated responses from the Harvard community. The invitations included offensive statements, such as “Jews need not apply,” and referenced rohypnol, the date-rape drug also known as “roofies.” Though some said the flyers were meant to be satirical, Dean of Harvard College Evelynn Hammonds called them “hurtful and offensive.”

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1961 The Yale blood drive opens in Dwight Hall and is sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.