Cross Campus: 2.19.13
Trouble in Hollywood. Oscars season is always exciting for Hollywood — but this year, the drama is coming home to Connecticut. Sen. Joe Courtney stirred controversy when he complained that the Oscar-nominated film “Lincoln” inaccurately depicted Connecticut’s stance on the 13th Amendment. Though Courtney demanded that the scene be refilmed or dubbed, “Lincoln” screenwriter Tony Kushner called the complaint “ridiculous.” “It’s like saying that Lincoln didn’t have green socks, he had blue socks,” Kushner said to The New York Times.
Making a statement. Forty Yalies traveled to Washington, D.C., last Sunday to join the 50,000 people who gathered together for the “Forward on Climate” rally. The trip — which was organized by members of Fossil Free Yale and the Yale Student Environmental Coalition — called on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed expansion of the current Keystone pipeline that transports synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen from oil sands regions in Canada to the United States.
Says who? Yale Law School pretty consistently outranks Harvard Law School in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings, but University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter said in a National Jurist article last week that Yale Law School’s No. 1 status is due to its per capita expenditures. Since Yale has fewer law students than Harvard, it spends more per student, but the “increased cost does not mean a better education,” Leiter contended.
Blizzard problems. The cost of the Elm City’s snow-removal effort totaled $1.6 million and nine days of around-the-clock work, according to the New Haven Register. Since the blizzard hit, city workers have worked 24 hours a day in 12-hour shifts to remove the nearly 34 inches of snow that dropped on New Haven earlier this month. Luckily, the city won’t have to foot the entire bill: New Haven can receive up to 75 percent reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for storm cleanup costs.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1968 Roughly 250 people gather in the Law School auditorium for a meeting of Yale Friends of the Hill Parents Association. At the event, some speakers — including representatives from the NAACP — accused Yale of discrimination and neglecting the city’s black community.
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