March 28th, 2013 | University

Cross Campus: 3.28.13

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Lawful activism. Members of the Yale Law School community have submitted amici curiae briefs to the Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which will decide whether the Equal Protection Clause prohibits California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Law professors Harold Koh, William Eskridge LAW ’78 and Bruce Ackerman LAW ’67 joined alumni and legal experts to defend same-sex marriage and urge the Supreme Court to do the same.

It’s not so lonely at the top. Roughly 83 percent of candidates accepted to Yale Law School for the 2012-’13 academic year decided to matriculate, making Yale Law the most popular law school in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. At a time when many law schools are witnessing a significant drop in application numbers, Yale’s yield continues to rise. According to an annual survey of 190 U.S. law schools, Yale’s yield is more than three times the national average. Boola boola.

Frat city? Rumor has it that rapper Tyga will bring his “Rack City” moves to Harvard on April 13 to perform at the school’s spring concert, Yardfest. According to The Harvard Crimson, the news of Tyga’s possible appearance was leaked after two undergrads wrote a computer program to access a hidden image of the rapper on the Yardfest website. Tyga is also scheduled to perform at UPenn’s Spring Fling just one day before going to Harvard.

In memoriam. Applications are currently being accepted for the Marina Keegan Award for Excellence in Playwriting, an annual award established to honor the memory of Marina Keegan ’12, a prolific writer and activist who died last May. The award is jointly sponsored by the English and Theater Studies departments, and is open to graduating seniors in both departments as well as those who have studied playwriting at Yale. Applications are due at noon on Monday, April 8.

Safety alert. When a fire alarm goes off, people are typically expected to run away from the potential danger. But not at Yale — at least, not yesterday afternoon in KBT Café when an impromptu fire alarm had almost no effect on nearby students. According to one eyewitness, café workers had to step in and force students to leave their studies and flee from impending doom.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1929 The League of Nations Model Assembly rests after a productive meeting held the day before in the Trumbull common room — as planned — in which participants discussed foreign policy with N.J. Spykman, a professor of international relations and the “godfather of containment.”

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