February 7th, 2013 | University

Friday’s Buzz: 2.8.13

Bill McKibben is encouraging universities to divest from the fossil fuels industry.
Bill McKibben is encouraging universities to divest from the fossil fuels industry. Photo by Annelisa Leinbach.

THE NEWS

  • Around 80 students crammed into a classroom in Linsly-Chittenden Hall last Saturday as part of the kickoff meeting for Fossil Free Yale, a campaign to encourage the University to remove its endowment investments in the fossil fuel industry. The campaign has become a national movement and spread to 252 college campuses, including most of the Ivy League. According to environment activist and movement leader Bill McKibben, the movement hopes to convince universities to immediately freeze all new investments in fossil fuel companies and phase out existing investments over the next five years. A “green” portfolio, McKibben said, should be as important to universities as an energy-efficient campus.
  • This summer, as many students set off to work in cities all over the world, others will look toward internship opportunities closer to home. Undergraduate Career Services will offer an increased number of domestic internships this year in several lesser-known geographic areas where students have demonstrated interest and alumni bases are particularly strong, said Jeanine Dames, director of UCS and associate dean of Yale College.
  • Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan addressed a packed audience yesterday afternoon during a town hall discussion moderated by John Negroponte, a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute and former U.S. ambassador to the UN. During the talk, Annan discussed his experience with the U.N. and hopes about the organization’s future, and fielded questions from the audience and members of the Yale International Relations Association.
THE WEATHER

High of 35 degrees, low of 22 degrees, heavy snow.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Blueberry Muffin

Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Vegan Paella, Dinosaur Shepherd’s Pie, Grilled Garden Burger, Turkey Burger With Spinach, Batter Fried Fresh Fish, Spicy Roast Beef Sandwich, Shoestring French Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Marinated Cauliflower & Broccoli Salad, Chewy Peanut Butter Brownie, Coconut Macaroon

Dinner: New England Clam Chowder, Sardinian Baked Eggplant, Pasta Sausage & Escarole, Alice’s Savory Herb Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana, Angel Hair, Grilled Garden Burger, Fresh Market Vegetable, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Marinated Cauliflower & Broccoli Salad, Chocolate Toffee Pudding

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, Blueberry Muffin

Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Vegetable Cassoulet with Pecan Crust, Berkeley Mac & Cheese, Linguine, Grilled Frankfurter, Spinach Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Shrimp Lo Mein, Jasmine Rice, Stir Fried Broccoli & Carrots, Tofu Lo Mein, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower, Green & Yellow Bean Salad, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Chewy Peanut Butter Brownie, Coconut Macaroon