The value of “Night Café,” the Vincent Van Gogh painting Yale is fighting in court to keep in its collection, has been estimated between $120 million to $150 million, lawyer Allan Gerson told the Associated Press Friday. Gerson represents Pierre Konowaloff, who claims the painting rightfully belongs to him.

“Poppin’ for Haiti,” a benefit dance party hosted by the Dominican Student Association and a the social justice group One on Friday, raised over $650. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross for the disaster relief efforts in Haiti.

Dodgeball may become an intramural sport, head IM secretary Peter Jasinski ’12 said in an e-mail to IM secretaries Friday. It would replace kickball, which was a sport last year but was poorly attended.

Buck Angel, a prominent transsexual porn star scheduled to speak at a Master’s Tea next month, received a threat via Facebook warning him to stay away from Yale. Angel notified authorities at Yale about the threat, and he will have 24-hour security during his stay in New Haven.

Another theft has been reported in Branford. Master Steven Smith advised students to remove tape from their doors. “This is a danger to everyone as it is an open invitation to trouble,” he said in an e-mail.

Mory’s has raised over $2.5 million in donations from about 2,900 alumni, Board of Governors President Christopher Getman ’64 said Friday in an e-mail to members. Major construction at the shuttered Temple Bar resumed last week.

English professor Louise Glück has been named a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for her book of poetry “A Village Life.”

Obamacare passes constitutional muster, Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar ’80 LAW ’84 wrote in the Allentown, Pa. Morning Call Sunday. “The health care bill clearly addresses activities that cross state lines,” he said.

He may have been Time magazine’s Person of the Year, but Ben Bernanke would not get Senate hopeful and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s LAW ’73 vote for another four years as chairman of the Federal

Reserve, Blumenthal said Friday.


1967 In a stand against having a grading and ranking system at Yale, professor Robert Cook refused to give papers, exams and grades to the 20 students in his sociology class. George May, dean of Yale College at the time, said teachers were not contractually required to assign grades.

Correction: Jan. 26, 2010

An earlier version of this Cross Campus neglected to name the co-sponsor of a Haiti benefit party held Friday. In addition to the Dominican Student Association, the party was co-hosted by One, a new social justice group on campus.