April 10th, 2013 | University

Cross Campus: 4.10.13

Jodie Foster ’85 for YCC President?
Jodie Foster ’85 for YCC President? Photo by Tom Sorensen/Creative Commons.

Madam President. Yalies excited for the upcoming Yale College Council elections have nominated their own dark horse candidate for YCC president: Jodie Foster ’85. Yes, the Academy Award-winning actress. According to Foster’s alleged Facebook campaign platform, she vows to “make Contact with every Inside Man and Taxi Driver on campus.” As of press time, the Facebook page had 12 “likes.”

New Haven to Philadelphia. Peter Ammon GRD ’05 SOM ’05 has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s new chief investment officer, replacing Kristin Gilbertson, who announced last October that she would step down from her position. Ammon has worked at the Yale Investments Office since 2005 and will begin overseeing Penn’s endowment — which was valued at $6.8 billion as of June 30 last year — on July 1.

Okay. An astute Business Inside article published Tuesday aimed to compare Yale and Harvard across six categories: cost, academics, job prospects, campus, student body and student life. Though the article found that Yale edged out Harvard on student life, and that the two schools were roughly equal on academics, it concluded that Harvard had the advantage in cost, job prospects, campus and student body. We call BS. Have you seen Harvard’s student body?

Speaking of Harvard, the school’s College Events Board and the Harvard College Concert Commission announced that they will retain Tyga — best known for his song “Rack City — as the school’s spring concert headliner despite criticism that the rapper’s lyrics are misogynistic and “wholly inappropriate.” Instead, organizers said they would push back the start time of his performance to accommodate dissatisfied students.

Being quirky. Three Yale alumni have teamed up on Kickstarter to raise funds for a webseries called “Me & Zooey D.” that would launch on YouTube on May 30. The online television show, which features a girl who moves to Los Angeles to become best friends with indie favorite Zooey Deschanel, was put together by Ari Berkowitz ’12, Hunter Wolk ’12 and Carina Sposato’12, and promises “lots of cupcakes and polkadots” for backers. As of press time, the project had 15 backers pledging $510 in total.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1968 University President Kingman Brewster Jr. affirms Yale’s commitment to “do more” about the problems facing the Elm City’s minority community. Brewster issued a memorandum the previous night announcing plans to establish a New Yale Council on Community Affairs and provide the group with $40,000.

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