September 24th, 2013 | University

Wednesday’s Buzz: 9.25.13

THE NEWS

  • As some of Yale’s most popular majors including History and English experience declining enrollments, majors that transcend disciplinary boundaries are on the rise. Over the past decade, Yale College Dean Mary Miller said interdisciplinary majors which draw from departments across the University to focus on a particular topic, like American studies and environmental studies, have become increasingly popular. Students and faculty involved in the majors said they think interdisciplinary programs allow students to explore the Yale curriculum with more flexibility, but other professors said they believe students benefit from a more traditional disciplinary approach to education.
  • Yale earned a 12.5 percent return on its investments during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the University announced on Tuesday. 

    The size of the Yale endowment rose from $19.3 billion to $20.8 billion over the course of the 2013 fiscal year, as investment returns and donations more than fully offset the University’s expenses. The increase brings the endowment closer to the high-water mark of roughly $23 billion it reached before losing nearly a quarter of its value following the onset of the economic recession in 2008. Read more in tomorrow’s News.

  • In 1947, “A Streetcar Named Desire” premiered for the first time at the Shubert Theater, just blocks away from the University Theatre where the show is opening this Thursday after five days of preview performances. This will be the Yale Repertory Theatre’s first ever production of Tennessee William’s most famous play. “Streetcar” portrays the growing tension between fading beauty Blanche DuBois, played by René Augesen DRA ’96, and her sister Stella’s working class husband, Stanley Kowalski, played by Joe Manganiello. Manganiello, best known for his role on HBO’s “True Blood,” said he loves the show’s direct approach to confronting the “enmeshed” brutality and sexuality of his character. 

THE WEATHER

High of 72 degrees, low of 51 degrees, sunny.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Hard Cooked Eggs, Vegan Waffles, Waffle, Pear Danish, Fresh Fruit, Steel Cut Oatmeal, Waffle Bar

Lunch: Nacho Bar with Chili Toppings, Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Pilaf, Amish Corn & Chicken Soup, Tortilla Mezclado Soup, Cucumber and Jicama Salad, Southwestern Potato Salad, BLAT Sandwich, Lemon Hummus, Steamed White Rice, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cashew Scotchies Blondies, Fresh Fruit, Chicken Quesadilla, Green Chile and Cheddar Quesadilla, Salsa Verde, Salsa Fresca, Sour Cream

Dinner: Nantucket Baked Cod, Turkey Stew, Vegan Shepherds Pies, Amish Corn & Chicken Soup, Tortilla Mezclado Soup, Cucumber and Jicama Salad, Southwestern Potato Salad, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cheesecake Bars, Fresh Fruit, Grilled Reuben Sandwich

In Commons

Breakfast: Hard Cooked Eggs, Cage Free Scrambled Eggs, Cage Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Vegan Waffles, Waffle, Chefs Choice Omelet, Red Bliss Fries, Pear Danish, Fresh Fruit, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Steel Cut Oatmeal, Waffle Bar

Lunch: Nacho Bar with Chili Toppings, Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Pilaf, Amish Corn & Chicken Soup, Tortilla Mezclado Soup, Deconstructed Salad Bar 1, Red Bliss Potato Salad, BLAT Sandwich, Lemon Hummus, Steamed White Rice, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cashew Scotchies Blondies, Fresh Fruit, Cheese Pizza, Mushroom Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Jasmine Rice, Vegetable Fried Rice, Chicken Thigh Stir Fry with Broccoli, Vegan Curry Tofu