University | 8:32 pm | February 17, 2013 | By Yale Daily News

Monday’s Buzz: 2.18.13

More than 100 recruits interested in science and engineering were on campus last year for YES Weekend.
More than 100 recruits interested in science and engineering were on campus last year for YES Weekend. Photo by Victor Kang.

THE NEWS

  • When most of Yale’s campus was asleep at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, more than 100 high school students flooded Kroon Hall to learn about brain tumors, mathematical symmetry and robotics. The third annual Yale Engineering and Science Weekend (YES-W) — a three-day program run by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions — drew over 100 highly qualified science and engineering high school seniors from the class of 2017 applicant pool to visit campus and participate in science-related events from Feb. 16–18. Though the Admissions Office reached its matriculation goal of a 40 percent STEM-based incoming class for the first time last year, it continues to seek the same percent of science-oriented students for its next class.
  • Over four years after the 2008 recession caused Yale to halt the renovation of Hendrie Hall, administrators hope construction will begin in May 2014. The $45 million renovation of the building — which houses practice spaces and offices for undergraduate musical organizations, along with some School of Music departments — was one of the seven major construction projects put on hold in 2008 when administrators grew concerned about the University’s finances following the economic downturn. After the project received a $5 million donation last winter, University President Richard Levin and School of Music Dean Robert Blocker ramped up discussions with potential donors to raise the remaining funds needed for the project, and Levin told the News last week that he and Blocker are close to securing a donation that will enable the project to move forward next spring and reach completion by 2016.
  • Roughly 200 students flocked to campus this weekend to participate in Yale’s 18th Annual Black Solidarity Conference, which centered around activism in the modern era. The conference, which concluded with a celebration at the Omni Saturday night, included several events throughout Friday and Saturday such as panels on education and virtual activism, a professional networking career fair and a concert at Toad’s.
THE WEATHER

High of 32 degrees, low of 22 degrees, sunny with increasing clouds.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Blueberry Muffin

Lunch: Amish Chicken & Corn Noodle Soup, Cream Of Fresh Mushroom Soup, Sauteed Swiss Chard with Beans & Bread, Philly Steak & Cheese Sub, Broccoli & Cheddar Quiche, Grilled Garden Burger, Grilled Sausage Beer Onion & Apples, Dilled Tuna Lavash Sandwich, Black Forest Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Red Apple Coleslaw, German Potato Salad, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie, Blueberry-Coconut Bar

Dinner: Amish Chicken & Corn Noodle Soup, Cream Of Fresh Mushroom Soup, Mushroom Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce, Crispy Baked Pollack, Chicken Schnitzel, Grilled Garden Burger, Lentil Burger with Swiss Cheese, Shoestring French Fries, Fresh Market Vegetable, Red Apple Coleslaw, German Potato Salad, Devils Food Cake

In Commons

Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Waffle Bar, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Omelets To-Order, Buttermilk Pancakes, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Home Fries, Blueberry Muffin

Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup, BBQ Pulled Pork, Vegan Bean Burrito, Penne, Honey-Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Roasted Tofu With Cilantro Citrus Sauce, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Fresh Tomato & Basil Pizza, Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry, Sesame Beef, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir Fried Chinese Vegetable, Egg Salad, Chef’s Choice Fries, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Summer Beets, Red Apple Coleslaw, Hot German Potato Salad, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie

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