• Arlen Specter LAW ’56, a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania who stood out in Congress for his independent politics and famously switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party in 2009, died Sunday in Philadelphia of complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 82 years old.
  • Every time Matthew Chrislip ART ’13 enters his apartment living room, he is reminded of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Chrislip has allocated a wall of his flat for sonic and visual experiments as part of a design residency he has held with the orchestra since September. But Chrislip is not “in residence” in the traditional sense — he’s a second-year MFA candidate rather than an established artist visiting the university. And he receives no pay for his experiments.
  • An unassuming, golf ball-sized concretion unearthed from volcanic ash in the United Kingdom has flipped the scientific community upside down. A paper released in the scientific journal Nature on Oct. 3 detailed the newly discovered evolutionary implications of the fossil Kulindroplax perissokomos. The Kulindroplax fossil, which was unearthed from the Herefordshire fossil deposit in the Welsh borderlands, could resolve the long-lasting dispute of the evolutionary relationships of shelled chitons and shell-less Aplacophorans, two classes of mollusk.


High of 60 degrees, low of 38 degrees, sunny.


In the colleges

Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Waffle Bar, Pumpkin Bread

Lunch: Yankee Bean Soup, Smoky Turkey Rice Soup, Black-Eyed Peas with Tofu, Roasted Cherry Tomato Rotini, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, Turkey & Smoked Gouda On Ciabatta, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Southwestern Slaw, Kitchen Sink Cookie, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bar

Dinner: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Wild Mushroom Chili, Mesquite Turkey Meatloaf, Berkeley Mac & Cheese, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, Roasted Yams & Bliss Potatoes, Southern Style Collard Greens, Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Southwestern Slaw, Apple Crisp

In Commons

Breakfast: Cream of Wheat, Texas French Toast, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Waffle Bar, Zucchini Frittata, Scrambled Egg Whites, Shredded Potatoes, Pumpkin Bread

Lunch: Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup, Smoky Turkey Rice Soup, Quinoa Black Bean & Corn Pilaf, Spaghetti, Mexican Grilled Vegetable Flatbread, Southwest Turkey Burger, Pepperoni Pizza, Fresh Tomato & Basil Pizza (Vegan), Cheese Pizza, Chicken Curry, Greens & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Stir Fried Green Beans With Garlic, Tofu & Roasted Vegetables Wrap, Refried Black Beans, Spiced Roasted Local Carrots, Carrot & Raisin Salad, Black Bean & Rice Salad, Kitchen Sink Cookie, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bar