March 4th, 2013 | University

Cross Campus: 3.4.13

Macklemore will perform at Spring Fling this year.
Macklemore will perform at Spring Fling this year. Photo by YouTube.

More on the DoD. Following conflicting accounts over a proposed Department of Defense training center at the School of Medicine, Yale psychiatry professor Charles Morgan told the New Haven Independent that he thinks he has a “good defamation suit” against The Yale Herald for its Jan. 25 story about the center.

And they canceled. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, this year’s Spring Fling headliners who are scheduled to perform on April 29, have canceled their upcoming concerts at Williams College and Columbia University — scheduled for April 13 and 14 — to perform on MTV, according to The Williams Record.

Zombie apocalypse. Amid the University’s push for an increased social media presence, Yale’s popularity among an online Chinese audience on microblogging website Sina Weibo has attracted lively attention for its curiously large number of “zombie” followers — that is, dummy online accounts made to inflate an account’s follower numbers. After debuting in December 2012, Yale’s Sina Weibo account has attracted more than 140,000 followers, far surpassing other institutions which attracted only several thousand followers after being on the website for over a year.

Sharing isn’t caring. A University of Pennsylvania admissions officer has been fired after mocking applicants on her Facebook page, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Nadirah Farah Foley, a Princeton graduate, allegedly posted excerpts of applicants’ essays on her page adding inappropriate remarks to certain passages. In one Facebook post, Foley made fun of an applicant who wrote about his “long and deep” connection to Penn, where he had been circumcised at Penn Hillel years ago.

Snakes under a desk. State Sen. Ernest Hewett has been stripped of his leadership position after turning a 17-year-old girl’s testimony about overcoming her fear of snakes into a sexual innuendo. “If you’re bashful, I’ve got a snake sitting under my desk here,” he said to her, according to an audio recording posted on CT News Junkie. Hewett has since apologized, claiming he only meant to point out that the girl had overcome her fears.

Technical difficulties. Yale Law School moved its application deadline from March 1 to March 4 due to a glitch with the Law School Admissions Council’s online system.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1924 Yale alumnus James Penniman 1884 donates bound volumes of sermons by famed Rev. Timothy Edwards.

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