The Dark Knight has risen. Late Thursday night, a calling went out for New Haven’s own vigilante superhero. Several Davenport students set up a Batman light outside their third-floor window, projecting the famous Batman silhouette against the Yale Repertory Theatre.

A sea of blue. The bulletin board on High St. outside Sterling Memorial Library was covered in blue paint as of Thursday afternoon. Each flier, except the few that were posted after the incident, was blocked by a symmetrical square of blue paint.

After 18 years and 278 days. Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. became the Elm City’s longest-serving mayor on Thursday, surpassing the record of Elizur Goodrich, who retired as New Haven’s mayor on June 4, 1822, 18 years and 277 days after he began his tenure.

It’s back. After a brief hiatus, the popular student-run website “YaleFML” has returned for another academic year… just in time for midterms. As of late Thursday night, the site had already garnered 13 new posts about academics, relationships and the fact that YaleFML was closed over the summer.

Celebrating the arts. Yale School of Art Professor Tod Papageorge has been selected to receive a Lucie Award for documentary photography. Papageorge, who has won two Guggenheim photography fellowships, is perhaps best known for his black-and-white street photography.

Dead heat. A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday indicated that Conn. Senate candidates Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon are closer than ever in the battle for the open Senate seat. According to the poll, Murphy is likely to receive 47 percent of the popular vote while McMahon is expected to receive 48 percent.

Going, going, gone. Members of Yale’s Class of 2012 were notified Thursday that their email accounts would be deactivated on Nov. 1, 2012. Though the accounts were initially scheduled to close Oct. 1, the University said it decided to give the recent graduates more time with their Yale email addresses.

Public service announcement. A anonymous Timothy Dwight “observer” sent an email to the college asking students to fill out a dining hall survey to improve the college’s food quality. While the survey said the dining hall had a great staff, it acknowledged that TD’s food “leaves a lot to be desired.”

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1903 The University announces a change in its ticket allotment policies for the Harvard and Princeton football games.