Cross Campus: 3.29.13
“We are the 79 percent.” Wielding a slogan reminiscent of the Occupy movement, an anonymous dissident sent an email to the Yale community yesterday afternoon in a call to arms for a “loud, non-violent protest” against proposed changes to the University’s grading policies. Faculty members will vote on whether to change Yale’s grading system to a 100-point scale with specific grade distributions on April 4.
A dramatic achievement. Drama professor Ming Cho Lee, who chaired the Design Department at the School of Drama for 43 years, has been named the recipient of a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. Lee, 82, arrived at the Drama School at 1969 and has been previously awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest national award given in the arts. He will accept his award on June 9 at the 2013 Tony Awards.
Cheaters gon’ cheat. The Harvard Quiz Bowl team was stripped of its last four national championship titles after evidence arose that a former team member had illicitly accessed tournament questions prior to competitions. The student apologized in a statement to the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, citing mental health issues as a factor, but later denied the allegations in an interview with The Harvard Crimson.
Student entrepreneurship. Marketing software firm HubSpot has announced that it will acquire PrepWork, a startup company founded by Daniel Wolchonok SOM ’13 that helps users build strong business relationships through “smart” interpersonal data. PrepWork also sends clients emails with relevant blogs and social network profiles to prepare them for upcoming meetings.
No grade inflation. Connecticut received a “C+” on transparency in a recent report by the ConnPIRG Education Fund, which ranked 48 states based on online transparency and access to government spending. Though Connecticut slipped from a B grade to a C+ in the annual report, ConnPIRG’s director said the falling score does not mean the state is becoming less transparent, but instead that other states are “improving faster.”
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1917 The Undergraduate Committee of the Athletic Association votes to cancel all athletics in the event that the U.S. government decides to enter World War I. This puts a number of athletic events, including a scheduled crew race against Penn, in limbo during Easter break.
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