Students are already lobbying for their top picks for Spring Fling after the Yale College Council’s Spring Fling Committee sent out a survey Wednesday to gauge student opinion. As of 1 a.m. this morning, 61 students are attending the Facebook event “LCD SOUNDSYSTEM FOR SPRING FLING.”

Rock the vote. Spring Fling is not until next semester, but the survey is open until Sunday at noon.

Pre-October Oktoberfest. Master Marvin Chun hosted Berkeley seniors in his garden Wednesday for bratwurst and German beer. “It was the highlight of my senior year so far,” Berkeley senior John Ela ’11 said. Ela also reported that Chun wore lederhosen for the occasion.

We did start the fire. According to the annual campus security report released Wednesday, eight fire incidents were reported on campus in 2009. The causes include a student burning newspaper in Pierson College, an unintentional trash can fire in Silliman College and two smoking-related fires within three days of each other in Welch Hall.

Republican Linda McMahon is inching up in the polls in the race for the Connecticut U.S. Senate seat.The former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO now only trails Richard Blumenthal LAW ’73 by 3 percentage points, 46 to 49, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday.

Cornell University’s endowment rose 12.6 percent in fiscal year 2010, beating the 11 and 8.9 percent returns at Harvard and Yale, respectively. Princeton and Brown have yet to report endowment results.

Joe on the go. In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the student organization PorColombia will be serving Colombian coffee on Beinecke Plaza today from 12 to 3 p.m.

“Yale values”? The Tea Party-backed Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Delaware, Christine O’Donnell, tweeted Wednesday that her opponent “wants to bring Yale values to U.S. Senate. I want to bring liberty, limited government, fiscal sanity.” Her opponent is Chris Coon LAW ’92 DIV ’92. O’Donnell, for her part, recently came under fire for listing an Oxford education on her LinkedIn social networking profile.


1969 After four months leave for cleaning and refurbishing, the Nathan Hale statue is reinstalled on its pedestal outside Connecticut Hall on Old Campus. Nearly 200 students, administrators and reporters watched as University President Kingman Brewster conducted a brief midday ceremony.

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