January 17th, 2013 | University

Friday’s Buzz: 1.18.13

The eight founding members of the Yale chapter of BYX, with the president, Victor Hicks ’15, pictured in the center.
The eight founding members of the Yale chapter of BYX, with the president, Victor Hicks ’15, pictured in the center. Photo by Emilie Foyer.

THE NEWS

  • For students who are studying East Asian languages at Yale, applying to the Richard U. Light Fellowship is becoming a rite of passage. Since the 1996-’97 school year, the number of fellowships awarded to students has increased from 22 to 155. The growth in the number of Light Fellows over the past decade follows a language study trend in Yale College: While the number of students studying Chinese has increased by roughly one-third, the number of students studying European languages like French and German has been steadily decreasing.
  • Describing Ann Coulter as an “enemy” to the pursuit of an intellectual brand of conservatism, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will delivered an impassioned defense of conservatism in America Thursday afternoon. Sponsored by the William F. Buckley Jr. Program, the talk was titled “Up From Liberalism, Yet Again” and drew hearty applause from an audience that included roughly 150 students, professors and community members in Linsly-Chittenden Hall. 
  • Yale’s newest fraternity Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) will begin its first rush process next week as the University’s only fraternity currently in defiance of Yale’s anti-discrimination policies. In October 2012, BYX chose to deregister with the Yale College Dean’s Office to maintain a nationally mandated policy of exclusively Christian membership.  All registered groups must comply with the Undergraduate Regulations, which state that all undergraduate organizations are banned from discriminating on the basis of religion. Fraternity members said Christianity is a key part of their fraternity’s life, and they are committed to upholding the Christian-only policy despite the challenges associated with deregistering. 

THE WEATHER
High of 32 degrees, low of 21 degrees, sunny.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Waffle Bar, Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin

Lunch: Caribbean Shrimp Chowder, Penne w/ Salsa Sofrito, Baja Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream, Vegan Bean Burrito, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, Chicken Quesadilla, Cuban Sandwich, Arroz Blanco, Black Bean & Rice Salad, Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon Vinaigrette, Blondie With Chocolate Chips, Gingersnap

Dinner: Caribbean Shrimp Chowder, Frittata Mexican, Beef Fajita, Guacamole, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken Wings, curly Fries, Black Bean & Rice Salad, Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon Vinaigrette, Espresso Tres Leche Cake

In Commons

Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Scrambled Egg Whites, Sweet Potato Home Fries, Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin

Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Wheatberry Pilaf, Berkeley Mac & Cheese, Baja Style Fish Tacos, Linguine, Spaghetti, Portabella Fajita, Hamburger, Spinach Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Chef’s Choice WOK, Sesame Chicken, Pork Dumpling, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Ricotta, Prosciutto & Arugula Sandwich, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower, Black Bean & Rice Salad, Tomato & Avocado Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette, Blondie With Chocolate Chips, Gingersnap