Bright-eyed prefrosh descended on campus for Bulldog Days on Monday. But a handful of admitted students from Europe had to cancel their travel plans because of ash from the Iceland volcano.

For those who did make it to New Haven and tried to attend a screening of “That’s Why I Chose Yale” in the JE theater, the improv comedy troupe Red Hot Poker (whose members include YCC President Jon Wu ’11) refused to yield the space. Instead, Kurt Schneider ’10, who produced the music for the admissions video, and Michael Gresko, a high school student who is blogging about the college admissions process for The New York Times, performed magic tricks for the crowd.

Two Facebook groups formed to protest “Meatless Mondays” in the dining halls. As of press time, the groups had more than 400 members combined.

Despite the ban, many of the college dining halls continued serving hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken from their grills. The environmental theme continues today with “Trayless Tuesday.”

Melissa Johnson ’12 is auditioning for “Glee” through MySpace. Johnson uploaded a video of herself singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl.” Fans can vote by giving prospective cast members “gold stars”; Johnson has received more than 170.

Harvey Goldblatt has agreed to serve another three years as the master of Pierson College, University President Richard Levin announced in an e-mail Monday. But once the class of 2013 graduates, the 16-year veteran will return to full-time scholarship to teach in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.


1989 In a reception in the President’s Room, the Red Cross thanks Yale volunteers involved with the fire that broke out at the YMCA in February. Dwight Hall was used as a temporary shelter and aid in the evacuation of the homeless.