January 15th, 2013 | University

Wednesday’s Buzz: 1.16.12

Leaders of fraternities said the ban on freshman fall rush has had negative effects on recruitment.
Leaders of fraternities said the ban on freshman fall rush has had negative effects on recruitment. Photo by Christopher Peak.

THE NEWS

  • Continuing a trend that began more than two decades ago, the Yale Investment Committee approved a slight increase in the endowment’s exposure to private equity for the 2013 fiscal year, according to a December report. At their May 2012 meeting, the committee set the target asset allocation for private equity at 35 percent, compared with 34 percent during the last fiscal year, and also raised the absolute return target from 17 percent to 18 percent of the endowment and the real estate target from 20 percent to 22 percent.
  • The new ban on fall freshman rush for Greek organizations proved to have negative effects on the organizations, according to fraternity leaders interviewed. Six out of seven fraternities interviewed held fall rush events for upperclassmen, and both Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon reported lower numbers than in past years.
  • The toilet brush: used expressly for cleaning purposes. Right? Wrong. A trip to the Yale University Art Gallery’s exhibit “Once Removed: Sculpture’s Changing Frame of Reference” proves to visitors that the toilet brush, among many other commonplace goods, can readily become art.

THE WEATHER
High of 36 degrees, low of 27 degrees, wintry mix.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Waffle Bar, Apple Danish

Lunch: Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup, Matzoh Ball Soup, Spinach & Feta Quiche, Chicken Souvlaki, Penne, Grilled Garden Burger, Falafel Pita Sandwiches with Tahini, Eggplant Muhammara Sandwich, Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Dressing, Tabbouleh, Magic Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Dinner: Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup, Matzoh Ball Soup, Dal Gobi, Beef Curry, Mideast Style Chicken, Penne, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, Walnut & Chickpea Burger with Mint Raita, Basmati Rice, Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Dressing, Tabbouleh, Fruit Cheesecake Kiss

In Commons

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Apple Cinnamon Dairyless Pancakes, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Scrambled Egg Whites, Red Bliss Home Fries, Apple Danish

Lunch: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, Minestrone, Chard & Gruyere Tart, Grilled Chicken In Spiced Yogurt & Mint, Penne, Grilled Cheese & Tomato On Wheat, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Mushroom Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Chicken & Broccoli, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Thai Vegetable Wrap with Tofu, Noodle Kugel, Fresh Market Vegetable, Fresh Green Bean-Garlic Saute, Turkish Chopped Salad, Tabbouleh, Magic Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie