April 3rd, 2013 | University

Cross Campus: 4.3.13

Harvard students are protesting Tyga's scheduled appearance at the school's Yardfest, accusing the rapper of misogyny.
Harvard students are protesting Tyga's scheduled appearance at the school's Yardfest, accusing the rapper of misogyny. Photo by Change.org.

Speak out. More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition launched Monday night urging faculty members to oppose a proposal that would transition Yale from a letter-grade to a 100-point grading system. The petition argued that the proposal would make Yale’s academic environment more stressful and competitive. Faculty members will vote on the initiative this Thursday at the Yale College faculty meeting.

A new crop of leaders. Yale released its roster of this year’s World Fellows on Tuesday, selecting 16 international mid-career professionals to come to campus for four months for scholarship and leadership training. The selected fellows cover a spectrum of industries and include diplomats, social entrepreneurs, politicians and nonprofit leaders. The 16 fellows were selected out of more than 2,500 candidates and will arrive on campus in the fall.

Uh oh. After widespread student outcry and an online petition with nearly 2,000 signatures urged Harvard to rescind its invitation to Tyga — the rapper best known for “Rack City” — to perform at Yardfest, the school’s spring concert, the Harvard Office of Student Life has requested that concert organizers reconsider their choice of headliner in light of concerns that Tyga’s lyrics “promote sexism and rape culture.” But the office said it will not force organizers to withdraw their invitation.

Get cultured. The International Festival of Arts and Ideas announced this year’s lineup for the summer festival at a Monday reception. The annual event, which will be held from June 15-29 this year, will include a new adaption of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. The festival will also highlight locally-based groups, including the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, A Broken Umbrella Theatre and the Yale Choral Artists.

Lights, camera, action. Yale has been named the fourth best film school in the country, behind New York University, the University of Southern California and UC Los Angeles. The data, which was compiled by the website Ranker, is based on semantic data that links film credits from Ranker’s “Best Movies of All Time” list to the alumni of various educational institutions.

Hail to the chief. President Barack Obama is expected to travel to Hartford next week to advocate gun control, marking the second time he has visited the state since Newtown.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1929 The debate team prepares to send three men to Puerto Rico, marking the first time the team sends competitors out of the country. The delegates will leave by ship the next day.

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