April 23rd, 2014 | Cross Campus

Wednesday’s XC | 4.23

Star-studded Service Day. Four of Yale’s most distinguished alumni from two of America’s most prominent political families will be honorary chairs for the upcoming Yale Day of Service, scheduled this year for May 10: former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush ’48, George W. Bush ’68 and Bill Clinton LAW ’73 as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton LAW ’73. Yale Day of Service hosted 232 service sites last year where over 3,500 Yale alumni and their families and friends participated across 16 countries.

Bad apples. On Monday, during the Apple-Samsung patent-infringement trial that has been taking place in San José, Calif., Yale professor Judith Chevalier testified for Samsung as an expert witness. Chevalier said the Apple patents in dispute are worth $38 million in contrast to the billions in damages sought by Apple for 37 million infringed devices.

All work, no play. Yale Law Women, a group at Yale Law School, has released its ninth annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms list, which surveys YLS alumni working at Vault 100 firms about factors relevant to a law firm’s family friendliness. The two most important categories this year were part-time or flexible time options and the billable hours requirement. Other indicators were parental leave policies and childcare availability.

The worst of times. Yahoo News recently spoke with Economics Professor Robert Shiller about a measurement called CAPE — the cyclically-adjusted price/earnings ratio — which has been used to argue that stocks are too expensive. Shiller told Yahoo News that even though CAPE is currently high, stocks should be part of the portfolio: “We’re just not living in the best of times … There’s no easy way to win in this market, so I’m thinking you have diversify and probably keep something in stocks.”

Last hurrah! A preliminary Senior Week schedule has been released by the Senior Class Council and it includes seven full days of drinking. Highlights include Erotica at Toad’s Place, a Senior Darty in Swing Space, a Boola Bash at Payne Whitney Gymnasium and more partying at Toad’s. Senior Week runs from May 11 to May 18.

Playing hooky. The Brown Daily Herald recently ran an article headlined “Busy schedules, boring lectures drive students to skip classes: Free curriculum, academic ambitions ensure half of students cut less than once a month.” The conclusions were based on a poll conducted by The Daily Herald in March.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1965 Yale’s first poetry competition is held.