January 24th, 2013 | University

Friday’s Buzz: 1.25.13

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal LAW '73
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal LAW '73 Photo by Grace Patuwo.

THE NEWS

  • Following the completion of a report evaluating Yale’s new academic calendar, the Yale College Council plans to work toward two policy changes to alleviate the stress of the shortened reading period. The Academic Calendar Report includes data from a Jan. 10 survey asking undergraduates questions about fall break and the three-day reading period — two new additions to the calendar that began in the 2012-’13 academic year — and recommends changes to the calendar and academic policies during finals. YCC President John Gonzalez ’14 said the YCC presented their findings to the Academic Calendar Report to the Yale College Calendaring Committee on Wednesday and concluded that the Council will focus on implementing the academic policy changes during the spring semester.
  • Though the School of Management is $25 million short of fully financing its new campus, slated to open in late 2013, administrators have broadened the school’s fundraising priorities under the leadership of SOM Dean Edward Snyder. The departure of Sharon Oster, Snyder’s predecessor, coincided with the end of a University-wide five-year campaign to raise money for Edward P. Evans Hall, the new campus, and Snyder said he has expanded the school’s fundraising objectives since the campaign ended. A proven fundraiser, Snyder — who brought in a $300 million donation, the largest in U.S. business school history, as dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business — has raised several gifts of over $1 million since his arrival at SOM in July 2011. While he said he will continue to prioritize fundraising for the new campus, he added that SOM is turning its sights to fundraising for other initiatives.
  • In a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal LAW ’73 and Chris Murphy joined California Sen. Dianne Feinstein as she introduced legislation to ban assault weapons in the wake of December’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. If passed, the legislation, titled the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, will ban the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of assault weapons while expanding the kinds of firearms categorized as assault weapons.

THE WEATHER
High of 23 degrees, low of 14 degrees, increasing clouds.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Apple Cinnamon Muffin

Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Enchiladas Verdes, Argentinian Sierra Beef Sandwich, Tex-Mex Chicken Breast, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, BLAT Sandwich, Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Peruvian Corn Salad, Mexican Tabbouleh Salad, Orange Cranberry White Choc Chip Bar, Coconut Macaroon

Dinner: New England Clam Chowder, Roasted Pepper Enchilada, Red Snapper Veracruz, Nachos Express Bar – Carnitas, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Chipotle Tomato Salsa, Portabella Fajita, Mexican Rice, Peruvian Corn Salad, Mexican Tabbouleh Salad, Mexican Hot Chocolate Sheet Cake

In Commons

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

Lunch: Manhattan Clam Chowder, Chilaquiles Verdes with Tofu, Batter Fried Cod, Linguine, Grilled Tuna, Provolone & Tomato On Whole Wheat, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Chef’s Choice WOK, Jasmine Rice, Spring Roll, Tofu Lo Mein, Tex-Mex Rice, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower, Peruvian Corn Salad, Chipotle Carrot & Cucumber Salad, Orange Cranberry White Choc Chip Bar, Coconut Macaroon