• Administrators are determined to name the two proposed residential colleges after famous Yale affiliates, not donors, but University President Richard Levin said this has slowed fundraising for the project. Since the Yale Corporation endorsed plans for the new colleges in 2008, the University has raised only $145 million of the $500 million required for their construction, Vice President for Development Inge Reichenbach said. Both Reichenbach and Levin said reserving the naming rights has made it harder to attract lead donors for the colleges, but follows the precedent set by the other 12 colleges.
  • The voice of City Hall is about to speak with a different pitch. Today marks the end of Jessica Mayorga’s nearly four-year stint as Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s communications chief. The second-longest serving spokesperson for New Haven’s longest serving mayor, she is heading home to her native Washington, D.C. to become marketing director for the Latino rights organization the National Council of La Raza. Adam Joseph, the city’s lobbyist at the state legislature in Hartford who is replacing Mayorga, starts work on Monday. While she will not miss “all those 4 a.m. phone calls,” Mayorga said she is leaving more than just a job, but a way of life — And a very demanding way of life, at that.
  • Within months, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciencescould see changes to the way it admits and funds its students. Graduate School Dean Thomas Pollard said he is currently analyzing how admissions, funding and mentoring work within the school’s separate graduate programs. He has already collected reports from directors of graduate studies comparing their departments to their national counterparts. Department leaders, who will meet with Pollard this month to discuss their findings, said they are keen to hear the dean’s ideas for the future of the Graduate School.


High of 32 degrees, low of 22 degrees, sunny


In the colleges

Breakfast: Waffle Bar, Cranberry-Orange Tea Bread (no nuts)

Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Roasted Chicken Thighs, Marinated Oven Roasted Tofu, Fresh Tomato Quiche, Fried Fresh Clam Strips, Chicken Club Wrap, Sweet Potato Fries, Herbed Green Beans, Chickpea & Spinach Salad, Caesar Salad With Chicken, Lemoncello Cupcakes, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Dinner: Penne Tuscan Style, Swedish Beef Stew, Fried Fresh Clam Strips, Green Chile Quesadilla, Egg Noodles, Roasted Zucchini & Yellow Squash, Chickpea & Spinach Salad, Caesar Salad With Chicken, Iced Gold Cake

In Commons

Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Waffle Bar, Scrambled Eggs, Omelets To-Order, Scrambled Egg Whites, Tater Tots, Cranberry-Orange Tea Bread (no nuts)

Lunch: Italian Sausage & Pasta Soup, New England Clam Chowder, Creamy Macaroni & Cheese, Stir Fried Tofu & Vegetables With Hoisin, Fillet Of Fish Sandwich With Cheese, Shoestring French Fries, Ital Sausage Patty Sandwich, Stir-Fried Peppers & Onions, Pepperoni Pizza, Chef’s Choice Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Organic Tomato Sauce, Pork Dumpling, Jasmine Rice, Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Roast Beef Sand with Caramelized Onions, Broccoli With Lemon, Olive Oil & Garlic, Broccoli With Lemon, Olive Oil & Garlic, Chickpea & Spinach Salad, Pasta Salad With Pesto Sauce, Lemoncello Cupcakes, Chocolate Chip Cookie