University | 9:13 pm | March 27, 2013 | By Yale Daily News

Thursday’s Buzz: 3.28.13

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Yale Law School Photo by Jacob Geiger.

THE NEWS

  • When Yale Law School sends out its coveted admission letters, the nation’s top-ranked law school may not be guaranteeing an equal shot at success for all members of its future classes of aspiring lawyers, a new report has found. According to a study compiled by 12 Law School students this academic year, a majority of J.D. candidates believe that their class background and socio-economic status have influenced their experiences at the school. Based on 243 student responses to a survey the team distributed last fall, the report highlights student concerns related to class differences — such as access to informal networks that are only available to upper-class students — and recommends strategies for addressing them.
  • After using the same software system for over a decade, Yale has begun the process of moving to a new, updated system. Following more than a year of deliberations, administrators selected Workday last fall as Yale’s next administrative software system. The current system, Oracle E-Business Suite, was installed over a dozen years ago and has “reached the end of its useful life,” said Shauna King, vice president for finance and business operations. Though planning for the shift of the University’s human resources operations and payroll transactions to Workday will begin this spring, the new system will not go live in those two areas until late 2014, and the final phase of the project is expected to finish in 2016.
  • New legislation being debated in Hartford could expand the enforceability of sexual assault charges. The state’s Judiciary Committee is considering legislation that would broaden the definition of physical helplessness in sexual assaults to include people with severe mental and physical disabilities. Although similar legislation was proposed in three previous legislative sessions, it gained more traction this year after the state Supreme Court ruled in the 2012 case State v. Fourtin that a man who had sexual contact with a woman with cerebral palsy was not guilty of sexual assault. The woman, who could not walk or talk, was technically not physically helpless because she could have expressed unwillingness by kicking, biting or screaming.

THE WEATHER

High of 48 degrees, low of 33 degrees, mostly cloudy with slight chance of sprinkles.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Ring

Lunch: Corn & Bacon Chowder, Vegetable Barley Soup, Gnocchi with Sundried Tomatoes & Parmesan, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Cheese Pizza, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, Onion & Ricotta Wrap, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Cauliflower & Radicchio Salad, Pasta Salad with Roasted Eggplant & Peppers, Honey Walnut Cookie, Cream Cheese Brownie

Dinner: Corn & Bacon Chowder, Vegetable Barley Soup, Chermoula Stuffed Chicken Breast, Baked Orzo Ratatouille, Moroccan Bean Stew, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, All-Natural Grilled Burger, Pork Burgers, Lemon Herbed Israeli Couscous, Fresh Market Vegetable, Roasted Cauliflower & Radicchio Salad, Pasta Salad with Roasted Eggplant & Peppers, Oreo Cheesecake Kiss

In Commons

Breakfast: Grits, Western Style Scrambled Eggs, Waffle Bar, Omelets To Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Ham Slice, Potato Pancakes, Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Ring

Lunch: Pumpkin Pear & Coriander Soup, Tortellini & Spinach Soup, Vegetarian Chili, Oven Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, Pork Sirloin Fajita, Broccoli Quesadilla, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry, Tofu & Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Chicken Stir Fry with Teriyaki, BLAT Sandwich, Oven Roast Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable, Peas, Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Pinenuts & Raisins, Combination Salad, Honey Walnut Cookie, Cream Cheese Brownie

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