Happy Tom Williams Day Eve! The Bulldogs’ new coach now has his own state holiday. On Thursday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell released a five-point proclamation declaring tomorrow as Tom Williams Day.

In other Rell news, the governor visited a taping of NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” on Thursday, and there met the host, Howie Mandel. But what pleased her the most about the visit is what the show provides to the state of Connecticut: “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” Rell said.

And in other Williams news, Yale’s new coach bought a full page advertisement in today’s paper — see page 11 — to invite the Yale community to tomorrow’s game. “Give us an opportunity to earn your support and respect,” he wrote.

For the 42nd year, the School of Architecture has finished its annual affordable housing project. At its dedication Thursday, city officials praised the two-floor house, which first-year architecture students constructed over the summer.

Travel the world and the seven seas. The ninth annual International Opportunities Fair, which will be held in Payne Whitney Gymnasium today from 1 to 3 p.m., will offer students a glimpse into the panoply of opportunities abroad. The fair will host representatives from 50 study abroad programs and foreign universities, as well as from 20 international work and volunteer organizations.

Commons goes gourmet. Award-winning chef and restaurateur Joyce Goldstein, of the San Francisco restaurant Square One, brought her epicurean touch to last night’s dinner in Commons, which included crostini with tuna and Jewish-style tilapia.

Pillow fight! Tonight, the Yale Black Women’s Coalition kicks off the annual Black Women’s Weekend at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, complete with popcorn, nail polish, movies and board games. Don’t forget a sleeping bag and pillow.

Bust out your dancin’ shoes. Today, the International Students’ Organization and the Latin American Student Organization at Yale will team up in the Ezra Stiles College dining hall to host one of the hottest parties of the year: Carnaval.

This day in Yale history
1968 An ad in the News taken out by New York Magazine offered Yalies a bargain: “$3.00 For The School Year,” citing that in the magazine, “Tom Wolfe will give you and your English professors his version of sentence structure … and Eugenia Sheppard will let the girls know whether see-through sweat-shirts are the latest groove. Or the latest disaster.”