January 18th, 2013 | University

Cross Campus: 1.18.13

Stephen Colbert spoke with storied Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar '80 LAW '84 last night.
Stephen Colbert spoke with storied Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar '80 LAW '84 last night. Photo by David Shankbone / Creative Commons.

The Amar Report. Law professor Akhil Amar ’80 LAW ’84 appeared on “The Colbert Report” last night to talk — what else? — constitutional law with Stephen Colbert. But if you missed Amar on television, don’t worry. The storied professor teaches a class twice a week in the Law School auditorium.

Money matters. Or does it? A new national study has found that the more college money parents provide for their children, the lower their children’s grades in college, according to a recent article from The New York Times. This inverse relationship was not as strong at elite institutions than at other private, costly and out-of-state colleges, the study continued.

Frat city, yo. Zeta Psi brothers were spotted handing out free “Rush Zeta Psi” shirts on Old Campus yesterday afternoon. Because if there’s anything that will convince an undecided freshman to join a fraternity, it’s a free T-shirt. That should seal the deal.

Stop, drop and roll. A fire alarm set off in the Loria Center yesterday afternoon sent Yalies scurrying outdoors. But there wasn’t much to worry about: The alarm went off not because of a fire, but because several architecture students opened plastic fittings in a stairwell, causing the dust to explode and trigger the alarm.

Can you sing? Sarah Solovay ’16 can. The singer/songwriter is one of the top 10 finalists in Hitlab’s “Golden Ticket Contest,” wooing the judges with her songs “Superhuman” and “A Little In Love.” The contest winner will have a chance to attend and perform at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

New campus celebrity. Marc Grossman, former U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, will come to Yale as a senior fellow with the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. The former ambassador will visit campus three times this semester and teach a course in the department next fall.

Education reform. The New Haven school board has accepted a $111,042 donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will fund “innovative professional development” for teachers.

Celebrate the dream. The Yale Peabody Museum will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Sunday and Monday with free events, including a poetry slam and interactive games.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1884 Vital statistics released today indicate that the average Yale man is 19 years and one month old and 5-foot-7.92-inches tall.