September 4th, 2013 | University

Thursday’s Buzz: 9.5.13

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Photo by Harry Simperingham.

THE NEWS

  • For the first two weeks of every semester at Yale, lecture halls spill over into hallways and students compete for the few spots around seminar tables, all while balancing the many uncertain slots in their schedules. But next fall, shopping period may become a tamer process. In February 2013, the Yale College faculty approved a set of rules designed to minimize the ambiguity that plagues the first two weeks of classes. Under these new guidelines, which will go into effect in fall 2014, all professors will post preliminary syllabi online at least a week before the term starts, students will submit an online nonbinding preliminary schedule before classes meet, all course schedules will be due on the same day, and a five-day schedule amendment period — in which students can add or drop one course as well as elect to enroll in a course Credit/D/Fail — will be added to the schedule. Though students and faculty agreed that shopping period uncertainty is undesirable, some questioned whether these new rules will make a significant difference
  • Large posters, colorful flyers, bustling gymnasiums — the traditional career fair, with students and employers rushing back and forth across cluttered booths and crowded aisles, is a familiar scene at universities nationwide. But after 12 years, the annual career fair will no longer be a fixture of the fall semester at Yale. After considering feedback and requests from both students and employers, Undergraduate Career Services has decided to replace the annual fair with a series of smaller, industry-focused events throughout the year that will each concentrate on specific career fields, such as healthcare, education and finance. These events are aimed at tailoring career opportunities for students and providing chances to interact one-on-one with industry professionals and potential employers.
  • Students are still dissatisfied with the Yale Station post office service during the busy opening weeks of school, despite efforts for improvement. As classes have begun, a flood of students have received packages with course materials, causing delays in sorting parcels and long waiting lines at the post office. After student outcry last fall, post office officials implemented new measures to lessen the delays, such as adding two new employees and a new window for distribution. Still, students said the post office has not achieved a more efficient system to deal with the rush of activity.

THE WEATHER

High of 76 degrees, low of 46 degrees, slight chance of showers.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Hard Cooked Eggs, Lemon Meltaway Ring, Fresh Fruit, Steel Cut Oatmeal

Lunch: Daily Catch with Fennel Ragout, Caramelized Onion & Gouda Flatbread, Pasta with Mushrooms and Arugula, Vegetable Pistou Soup, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Combination Salad, Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Herbed Ricotta and Onion Salad Wrap, Roasted Garlic Hummus, Triple Fudge Cookies, Magic Bars, Fresh Fruit, Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders, Barbecue Sauce, Duck Sauce, Honey Mustard Dip

Dinner: Crunchy Baked Pork Chop, Cajun Frittata, Haitian Rice and Red Beans, Vegetable Pistou Soup, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Combination Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Cream Cheese Brownie Pie, Fresh Fruit, Cajun Chicken Sandwich with Onion Jam and Remoulade

In Commons

Breakfast: Hard Cooked Eggs, Cage Free Scrambled Eggs, Cage Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Vegan Waffles, Waffle, O Brien Potatoes, Lemon Meltaway Ring, Fresh Fruit, Buttermilk Pancakes, Steel Cut Oatmeal, Waffle Bar, Sliced Bacon

Lunch: Daily Catch with Fennel Ragout, Caramelized Onion & Gouda Flatbread, Spaghetti, Organic Tomato Sauce, Chef’s Choice Vegan Pasta Sauce, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Combination Salad, Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Herbed Ricotta and Onion Salad Wrap, Roasted Garlic Hummus, Triple Fridge Cookies, Magic Bars, Fresh Fruit, Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders, Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Eggplant Pizza, Jasmine Rice, Vegetable Fried Rice, Chicken Stirfry with Teriyaki, Vegetable Stir Fry with Broccoli and Tofu, Barbecue Sauce, Duck Sauce, Honey Mustard Dip