April 16th, 2013 | University

Cross Campus: 4.16.13

Work hard, play hard. After a whirlwind weekend that ended in a national championship and campus stardom, the members of the all-star men’s hockey team have been enjoying their return to the Elm City. On Monday, the players were spotted in Berkeley College’s North Court lounging in the sun, red Solo cups in hand, shirts off and baseball caps turned backward. Life is good.

All we do is win. In keeping with Saturday’s theme of Bulldog dominance, the Yale quiz bowl team took first place in Division I at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Intercollegiate Championship Tournament in Chicago, upsetting the expected winner, the University of Virginia, on the final question. Another team of Yale freshmen competed in Division II and came in second, losing only to Stanford.

More winning. Yale College alum and current School of Music student Naomi Woo ’12 MUS ’13 has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar, joining the two other Yalies who were named winners of the prestigious award in February. Woo, an award-winning pianist who studied math/philosophy and music while an undergraduate, plans to pursue an M. Phil. in music studies at Cambridge.

We’re also good at debate. The Yale debate team saw its own share of winnings over the weekend, when team members Ben Kornfeld ’13 and Sam Ward-Packard ’14 were declared the winners of the 2013 United States Universities National Debating Championship. In addition to the glory of vanquishing over 150 other teams, the pair also won commemorative surfboards. Ah, the sweet taste of victory.

And at writing. Looks like Yale alums know how to win even after graduation. Charles Duhigg ’97, a reporter for The New York Times who told Yalies to “fail as many times” as possible at a Morse College Master’s Tea last January, failed to take his own advice on Monday, when he won a Pulitzer Prize for a series he co-authored on technology and the economy.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1968 The Yale Admissions Office announces a series of new records for the class of 1972. In addition to accepting a record-breaking number of African-American and public school students admitted, Yale also received 6,800 applications in this admissions cycle, the highest ever at the time. The University — which offered a record amount of financial aid — ultimately accepts 21 percent of applicants.

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