Star power. The Whiffenpoofs performed for Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” last Saturday as part of a benefit concert supporting autism programs. The group performed “Fight the Power” alongside Tom Morello, the guitarist for musical group Rage Against the Machine, and shared the stage with a series of other celebrities, including host Jon Stewart, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Rest in peace. Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter LAW ’56 died Sunday morning from lymphoma at his home in Philadelphia. During his nearly 30-year tenure in the Senate, the Law School alumnus led the Judiciary Committee through two Supreme Court confirmations and advocated biomedical and embryonic stem cell research. He was 82.
Gone with the wind. A plan to host a movie night in Davenport College last Friday went awry as the projector malfunctioned and gusty wind blew the inflatable movie screen over, taking with it students’ hopes of enjoying a quiet Friday night. Organizers ultimately decided to cancel the event.
Harvard in the hot seat. A Harvard “Incestfest” dance — which will only be open to Kirkland Hall residents and encourages attendees to “hook up” with as many people as possible —has drawn criticism for its controversial name and stated intention. The dance is scheduled to take place this December, though several Harvard students have already taken to the Internet to voice their disapproval.
Rethinking the Green. Elm City officials are considering making the New Haven Green more pedestrian-friendly by adding a playground, line of food trucks, skating rink and open-air market on Temple Street. Officials hope to create a draft plan of the proposal by the city’s 375th birthday in April 2013.
The hungry and the edible. The Yale College Council’s “Food Week” begins today and will feature a series of lectures, activities and events designed to promote discussions about cuisine, nutrition, public health and sustainability.
In other food news. Vegetarian restaurant The Red Lentil has closed its New Haven branch, just weeks after Atlas Restaurant closed and Panera Bread and Chipotle announced they would come to the Elm City. The restaurant’s original branch in Watertown, Mass. continues to operate today.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1980 A University cook is demoted four pay grades and temporarily suspended for giving away two sandwiches from the Commons dining hall to two physical plant workers.
Correction: Oct. 16
An earlier version of this post mistakenly stated that the inflatable movie screen that was to be used at Davenport College’s movie night blew away due to gusty wind. In fact, the movie screen did not blow away at all. It had previously been secured.