University | 9:48 pm | February 19, 2013 | By Yale Daily News

Wednesday’s Buzz: 2.20.13

Provost Benjamin Polak
Provost Benjamin Polak Photo by Maria Zepeda.

THE NEWS

  • Facing a projected $40 million budget deficit in the coming academic year, faculty and administrators continue to deliberate on how to close the gap. The 2013-’14 shortfall is significantly smaller than the $350 million gap between costs and operating revenue that Yale faced after the onset of the economic recession in 2008, but Provost Benjamin Polak told the News that Yale has not yet reached a sustainable budget model and continues to draw on reserve funds. Though there will be no “across-the-board” cuts this year, the University must look for ways to permanently reduce expenses, Polak said, adding that he has begun meeting with departments and divisions to discuss their budgets for the coming year.
  • Within the next two weeks, the Yale College Council will submit a report detailing student opinion on issues concerning academics, student life and athletics to President-elect Peter Salovey. The report will give recommendations about 36 topics, including mental health resources, alcohol disciplinary policy and introductory science courses for Salovey to consider as he prepares to transition to Woodbridge Hall.
  • As Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy fielded questions from the press on a report seeking to discredit the National Rifle Association on Monday, the December shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 26 children and teachers weighed heavily. “The Newtown shooting changed everything,” Murphy said in a Tuesday email to the News. “I don’t think anybody who’s talked to the families of those children, or the survivors, or the first responders there that day wasn’t fundamentally changed by it.”
THE WEATHER

High of 33 degrees, low of 20 degrees, mostly sunny and partly cloudy.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Maple Pecan Bread

Lunch: Rice Soup With Chicken & Ginger, Asian Mushroom Broth, Rice Noodle With Chicken & Ginger, Asian Mushroom Broth, Rice Noodle with Spicy Chili Sauce, Lime & Cilantro Roasted Tofu, Coconut & Green Curry Pork, Grilled Garden Burger, Fried Fish Hanoi, Thai Beef Lavash Wrap, Jasmine Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Squash & Israeli Couscous Salad, Lemon Pistachio Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Dinner: Rice Soup With Chicken & Ginger, Miso Soup, Lemongrass Chicken, Korean BBQ Tofu Taco, Vegetable Curry, Grilled Garden Burger, Beef Pad Thai, Brown Rice Pilaf, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Squash & Israeli Couscous Salad, Chocolate Cream Pie

In Commons

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Banana-Walnut Dairyless, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Red Bliss Home Fries, Maple Pecan Bun

Lunch: Chicken Gumbo Soup, Cream Of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Thai Red Curry Chicken, Spinach Felafel Burger, Penne, Bean Burger, Grilled Cheese & Bacon Sandwich, Pizza Margherita, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Chicken & Broccoli, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Garden Salad Pocket Sandwich, Rice Pilaf, Fresh Market Vegetable, Vegan Collard Greens, Chicken Onion & Israeli Couscous Salad, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie

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