March 5th, 2013 | University

Wednesday’s Buzz: 3.6.13

Over the course of this academic year, administrators will consider whether to move forward on four major construction and renovation projects valued at almost $1 billion in total.
Over the course of this academic year, administrators will consider whether to move forward on four major construction and renovation projects valued at almost $1 billion in total. Photo by Kamaria Greenfield.

THE NEWS

  • The Hall of Graduate Studies, previously plagued with heat, gloom, smells and floods, can now add toxins to its list of problems. The cancer-inducing building material, asbestos, was detected over two weeks ago in the basement of the Hall of Graduate Studies, forcing faculty members and classes to relocate while the hazard was removed. Though the asbestos was removed after a week, the incident comes as the latest example of the building’s ongoing infrastructure problems, which may finally end after the University’s $100 million renovation of HGS that is set to begin in summer 2013.
  • As Yale contemplates new initiatives in online education, graduate students are seeking ways to participate in discussions on the University’s next moves. At December’s faculty meeting, the Ad Hoc Yale College Committee on Online Education presented a report suggesting possible routes the University could take to expand online, including offering for-credit courses to Yale undergraduates and the public during the academic year and expanding online offerings during the summer. Members of the Graduate Student Assembly have criticized the report for failing to include graduate student input and have raised questions about the potential ramifications of new policies on the teaching fellows program.
  • In the age of increased globalization, nations need to eliminate the number of nuclear weapons within their borders, according to Angela Kane, the United Nations high representative for disarmament. At a Tuesday afternoon talk co-sponsored by Yale International Relations Association and Global Zero, Kane explained the steps the U.N. is currently taking to combat nuclear weapon proliferation and provided guidance on ways to advocate for global disarmament to a small crowd of seven students. Kane, who has worked at the U.N. for roughly 30 years, said disarmament is the key to future conflict resolution throughout the world.

THE WEATHER

High of 42 degrees, low of 33 degrees, slight chance of snow.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Cinnamon Sugar Bun

Lunch: Chef’s Choice Soup, Tomato & Chick Pea Soup, Moroccan Spiced Salmon, Beef & Turkey Moussaka, Penne, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Mediterranean Turkey Burger Sandwich, Lebanese Ciabatta Sandwich, Fresh Market Vegetable, Turkish Chopped Salad, Chickpea, Peppers, Olives & Charmoula, Peanut Butter Iced Chocolate Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Dinner: Chef’s Choice Soup, Tomato & Chick Pea Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, Dal Masala, Saag Tofu, Eggplant & Red Pepper Panini, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Basmati Rice Pilafi, Fresh Market Vegetable, Turkish Chopped Salad, Chickpea, Peppers, Olives & Charmoula, Coconut Cream Pie

In Commons

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Apple Cinnamon Dairyless Pancakes, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Scrambled Egg Whites, Red Bliss Home Fries, Cinnamon Sugar Bun

Lunch: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, Minestrone, Baked Cod, Chard & Gruyere Tart, Penne, Grilled Portabella Mushroom, Grilled Ham & Cheese Sand On Rye, Pepperoni Pizza, Eggplant Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Chicken & Broccoli, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Olive Oil & Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Fresh Green Bean-Garlic Saute, Turkish Chopped Salad, Chickpeas, Peppers, Olives & Charmoula, Peanut Butter Iced Chocolate Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie