A part of Yale Law School was evacuated Monday afternoon when a faulty relay in an electrical box caused a fire, New Haven Fire Department Captain Tom Quinn said. The fire was contained in the elevator machine room within 15 minutes, Quinn added, and according to Yale Law School Director of Public Affairs Jan Conroy, the fire caused no significant damage.

Meanwhile, Akhil Amar ’80 LAW ’84 was holding the first meeting of his popular class “Constitutional Law” in the packed Sterling Law Building auditorium. At the start of the lecture, he told the class they might be forced to evacuate. When the firetrucks departed, he noted that his office “must not have been engulfed by flames,” after all.

Getting back to their roots. Nearly 300 students showed up for Geology and Geophysics Professor David Bercovici’s Monday seminar “Origin of Everything,” which is capped at 20 students. Bercovici sent an e-mail to all shoppers in case they couldn’t fit in the classroom. “If you’re looking for a ‘friendly’ science class this is only friendly in that it’s not loaded with problem sets and exams,” he wrote.

Director of Athletics Tom Beckett said in a press release Monday afternoon that Yale and Ivy League compliance staffs are satisfied that Chris Cahill ’11 has met every necessary standard for NCAA eligibility. The winger is expected to play in his customary spot on Yale’s line this weekend.

Presenting “James Franco Presents.” Auditions for the student-written show that will feature “sex, blood, and surrealism,” and has James Franco GRD ’16 as the executive producer, will be held Sunday and Monday, according to the show’s Yale Drama Coalition web page. The show is about “a girl dealing with the realities of love and life once she realizes she can’t hide behind the wonderful fantasies of fiction.”

Looking for froshlove? The Freshman Class Council is hosting frosh speed dating Friday. In a Monday e-mail to freshmen, instructions on “how to find love” included “look hot. That should be cake.”

Let it snow…again. A storm will hit the Northeast tonight, according to AccuWeather.com. Six to 12 inches could come to the area between New York City and Hartford.


1942 In the first of a series of radio talks called “Yale Interprets the News,” A. Whitney Griswold, assistant professor of government and international relations, explains the relationship between the war in the Far East and its relation to the conflicts in Europe.