Approved. New Haven’s City Plan Commission gave a unanimous stamp of approval to the site plan for two new residential colleges at its Wednesday night meeting, giving Yale the go-ahead for the $600 million construction project to begin as planned this summer.

Vuvuzelas, redux. A group of Harvard students are selling inflatable noisemakers known as “thundersticks” in the week leading up to the Game in the hopes of drowning out the Eli faithful on Saturday. The thundersticks, the Cantab salesmen say, are easy to smuggle into the stadium and inflate once inside. When smashed together violently, the sticks emit a huge noise.

Sold out. All 5,000 parking passes for Saturday’s Game have been sold, Yale Athletics announced Wednesday. Parking lots open at 8:30 a.m., and officials are expecting a turnout of over 50,000.

Long live the QPac bus. Earlier reports that Dattco, the transportation company that provides Quinnipiac University’s shuttles into downtown New Haven, was considering cutting shuttle service to downtown due to rampant urination, were the result of a miscommunication, the Quinnipiac Chronicle reported Tuesday. Dattco has no immediate plans to cut shuttle service.

Palestine visits campus. Students for Justice in Palestine set up a mock checkpoint Wednesday on Cross Campus to simulate the experience of many Palestinian students trying to walk to class amid violence.

Come back soon! Despite reports that the Cheese Truck was supposed to return Wednesday after a transmission problem knocked it out of service two weeks ago, artisan grilled cheeses were still conspicuously absent from campus.

The Elmseed Enterprise Fund, a student-run microfinance nonprofit, garnered over 1000 “likes” for a Chase Giving competition on Facebook. Chase will award $25,000 to the top 100 most-liked charities on its donations page.

Things we’re thankful for. Yale Dining will provide six additional meals next week for students remaining on campus over Thanksgiving break. Brunch and dinner will be served in Pierson’s dining hall Monday and Tuesday, with brunch in Pierson and a sack dinner on Wednesday. Dining halls will reopen for brunch on Sunday, Nov. 27.


2004 Famed history of art professor Vincent Scully ’40 GRD ’49 receives the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush ’68.