September 8th, 2013 | University

Monday’s Buzz: 9.9.13

University President Peter Salovey tackled the issue of wealth inequality in his freshman address this year.
University President Peter Salovey tackled the issue of wealth inequality in his freshman address this year. Photo by Maria Zepeda.

THE NEWS

  • Nearly 20 years ago, Richard Levin GRD ’74 was inaugurated as president of Yale University, when he acknowledged the struggling post-industrial city surrounding Yale’s campus in his inaugural address. Now, the city is on the verge of another change in leadership in both the Elm City and university, paving the way for a new era of town-gown relations for the first time in 20 years. Monica Disare explores the future of town-gown relations in her UpClose for tomorrow’s News.
  • With days to go before the Democratic primary election for mayor of New Haven, the four candidates transitioned over the weekend into the final, frenetic phase of the campaign: actually getting voters to the polls. After a long summer spent devising platforms and canvassing neighborhoods to identify support, the four mayoral hopefuls are all bearing down on Tuesday’s primary, intent on transferring campaign energy into a ground game that could decide, if not the race itself, the margins of support that will shape November’s general election. All three candidates, except for Connecticut State Sen. Toni Harp ARC ’78, said they will run again as Independents in November should they lose the primary on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
  • Last month, addressing hundreds of eager freshmen and their families, University President Peter Salovey gave a speech in which he criticized the troubling lack of access to higher education in the U.S. In the last two incoming classes, roughly 40 percent of American students have identified as students of color, and nearly 50 percent of undergraduates have qualified for University financial aid. Additionally, more than half of the Class of 2017 hails from public high schools. But despite these major achievements, a noticeable gap remains between Yale’s student body and the general American public: the income gap. In the last five years, Yale’s Admissions Office has redoubled its efforts to seek and recruit high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds, weaving together a strategic plan of coordinated outreach efforts and special recruitment programs. But while enthusiasm for low-income outreach is high, the actual effects of these efforts are yet to be seen. Amy Wang explores Yale’s admissions policies in tomorrow’s News.

THE WEATHER

High of 73 degrees, low of 60 degrees, sunny.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Hard Cooked Eggs, Vegan Waffles, Waffle, Blueberry Sour Cream Ring, Fresh Fruit, Steel Cut Oatmeal, Waffle Bar

Lunch: Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast, Braised Lentils with Kale, Creamy Corn Casserole, French Onion Soup with Crouton, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Red Coleslaw with Apples, Chickpea and Bulgar Salad, Ham and Swiss Wraps, Sun Dried Tomato Hummus, Sweet Potato Fries, Peanut Butter Cookies, Homemade Brownies, Fresh Fruit, Chicago Style Beef Hot Dog

Dinner: Pork Loin with Peppers, Baked Stuffed Portobello Mushroom, Zucchini and Tomatoes with Wheat Berries, Creamy Polenta with Parmesan, Raspberry Gold Sheet Cake, Fresh Fruit, Chicken Pesto Sandwich

In Commons

Breakfast: Hard Cooked Eggs, Vegan Waffles, Waffle, Blueberry Sour Cream Ring, Fresh Fruit, Steel Cut Oatmeal, Waffle Bar

Lunch: Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast, Braised Lentils with Kale, Creamy Corn Casserole, French Onion Soup with Crouton, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Red Coleslaw with Apples, Chickpea and Bulgar Salad, Ham and Swiss Wraps, Sun Dried Tomato Hummus, Eggplant Pizza, Peanut Butter Cookies, Homemade Brownies, Chicago Style Beef Dog