February 18th, 2013 | University

Tuesday’s Buzz: 2.19.13

President Barack Obama pushed for education reform in his State of the Union address last week.
President Barack Obama pushed for education reform in his State of the Union address last week. Photo by Center for American Progress Action Fund.

THE NEWS

  • Over the past several years, the University has increased efforts to improve two frequently intersecting aspects of campus social life: sexual climate and drinking culture. Though administrators said the University has previously not combined programs aimed at creating a healthier sexual climate with those intended to reduce high-risk drinking on campus — partly in order to avoid confusion over where to assign blame in sexual misconduct instances — the administrators and the authors of Yale’s semiannual report on sexual misconduct complaints noted that drinking is involved in a number of reported sexual misconduct cases. The University has already started implementing several programs designed to curb drinking and prevent sexual misconduct, such as the mandatory bystander-intervention training for sophomores, said Yale College Dean’s Office fellow Garrett Fiddler ’11.
  • While Connecticut schools have captured the national limelight since 2009 for cutting-edge reforms, state and local legislators lauded President Barack Obama for initiating a federal push for a major overhaul of public education during his State of the Union address last week, which may serve to ameliorate the state’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap. Obama urged for universal high-quality preschool education, redesigning high school curriculums to emphasize science and math skills that would prepare students for a high-tech workforce and amending the Higher Education Act to factor college affordability into the allocation of federal funds. Obama also announced the implementation of “College Scorecards” that grade schools based on the return on tuition paid, and praised German schools, whose high school degrees mirror U.S. technical degrees.
  • Last month, four juniors founded a brunch delivery service called The Reading List, a startup that brings homemade pancakes and assorted breakfast food directly to customers’ entryways. Since starting their business two weeks ago, the founders have filled 24 orders and hosted a tasting for 75 students, and all four say they aim to fill a void of affordable brunch food available to students outside of campus dining halls.
THE WEATHER

High of 46 degrees, low of 30 degrees, showers with chance rain/snow.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Banana Bread

Lunch: Tuscan White Bean Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Chicken Breast Piccata, Stuffed Shells, Chick Peas & Veggies, Pandorato (Italian Grilled Cheese), Grilled Garden Burger, Roasted Vegetable Zep, Rice Pilaf, Fresh Market Vegetable, Quinoa with Dried Cherries & Radicchio, Beet Salad with Gorgonzola & Walnuts, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bar, Cinnamon Sugar Cookie

Dinner: Tuscan White Bean Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Zucchini & Tomatoes with Wheatberries, Baked Eggplant with Muenster Cheese, Alice’s Savory Herb Meatballs, Penne, Grilled Garden Burger, Sausage & Peppers, Fresh Market Vegetable, Quinoa with Dried Cherries & Radicchio, Beet Salad with Gorgonzola & Walnuts, Banana Maple Spicy Walnut Cupcake

In Commons

Breakfast: Cream Of Wheat, Mushroom Frittata, Waffle Bar, Extra Thick French Toast, Omelets To Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Ham Slice, Shredded Potatoes, Banana Walnut Bread

Lunch: Four Onion Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chana Masala, Spaghetti, Fried Flounder, Philly Steak & Cheese Sub, Spinach Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Greens & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir-Fry Chicken Teriyaki, Stir-Fry Chicken Vegetable, Italian Deli Zep, Basmati Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices, Sesame Green Bean Salad, Curried Rice Salad, Kitchen Sink Cookie, Lemon Pistachio Cupcake