Cross Campus: 9.16.13
Hangin’ with the Crew. Roughly 100 Yalies showed up to the Whaling Crew’s first event of the year last Friday: a parking lot party for the first men’s soccer home game of the year. Members of the Whaling Crew, a student-led organization that aims to foster participation in Yale athletic events and promote school spirit, kept themselves busy grilling up food and playing cornhole in the parking lot by Reese Stadium.
Rest in peace. The founder of the University’s graphic design program, Alvin Eisenman, passed away at 92 in his home on Martha’s Vineyard. Eisenman spearheaded the establishment of Yale’s program in 1951 and served as its director for the next 40 years, recruiting design experts and counting “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau as one of his students. He is survived by his wife, three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Let the money flow. The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will receive two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, one of which will fund an educational program while the other will help support the Peabody’s mineralogy collection. Collectively totaling $30,000,000, the two awards are among a total of 244 that will be bequeathed to museums across the country through the Institute’s “Museums for America” program.
Can emotional intelligence be taught? That was the central question in a recent New York Times article about current efforts to teach children “social-emotional learning,” a strategy based on the idea that good emotional skills are linked to strong academic performance. The article cited research from a number of Yale professors and faculty, including University President Peter Salovey and Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Upward trend. MIT saw an 11.1 percent return on its endowment for the fiscal year that ended June 30, bringing the school’s total endowment up to $11 billion, including pledges. Though Yale and its peer schools in the Ivy League have yet to release their most recent endowment figures, Provost Benjamin Polak said the school’s target endowment return is above 7 percent.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1964 Students and faculty returning to campus after summer vacation are horrified to find that University dormitories had become the target of widespread vandalism and theft, one of the worst in recent history. Apparently, intruders had entered dormitory rooms and ripped open storage boxes and footlockers, strewing the contents across the floor.
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