• With less than a year left before the next election, two politicians have already announced that they are considering a run against 10-term Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. Ward 10 Alderman Justin Elicker FES ’10 SOM ’10 and Connecticut Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield said they may contest what will be DeStefano’s 12th mayoral election. Elicker — an environmental consultant and two-term East Rock alderman — and Holder-Winfield, a former Newhallville ward co-chair, are both familiar names to New Haven residents, and could potentially bring to a close the 20 years DeStefano has spent in office.
  • The Yale College Council’s Executive Board has made an effort this year to change its relationship with the President’s Office with the help of Kimberly Goff-Crews, the newly appointed secretary and vice president for student affairs. Last week, Goff-Crews met with members of the YCC’s Executive Board as part of a larger initiative to familiarize herself with Yale College student groups and organizations. The meetings will be regularly scheduled and marks an increase in the YCC’s level of contact with the President’s Office compared to years past.
  • For the first time in two decades, the University is undergoing a comprehensive review of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Following the recommendation of a faculty resources report last spring, the University is evaluating a number of administrative issues pertaining to the faculty, including the ratio of tenured and non-tenured professors and the size of individual departments. The 14-person academic review committee, chaired by economics professor Steven Berry, has met almost weekly since September and hopes to release recommendations to the University by the end of the 2012-’13 academic year, Berry said.

High of 48 degrees, low of 31 degrees, sunny.


In the colleges

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

Lunch: Yankee Bean Soup, Smoky Turkey Rice Soup, Fresh Catch with Papaya Pineapple Salsa, Black-Eyed Peas with Tofu, Roasted Cherry Tomato Rotini, Grilled Garden Burger, North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, Turkey & Smoked Gouda on Ciabatta, French Fries, Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Southwestern Slaw, Kitchen Sink Cookie, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bar

Dinner: Yankee Bean Soup, Smoky Turkey Rice Soup, Wild Mushroom Chili, Mesquite Turkey Meatloaf, Berkeley Mac & Cheese, Grilled Garden Burger, Chicken Quesadilla, Roasted Potatoes With Garlic & Thyme, Quina with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Southwestern Slaw, Marble Pound Cake

In Commons

Breakfast: Cream Of Wheat, Texas French Toaste, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Omelets To Order, 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, Chicken Curry, Greens & Tofu, Stir Fried Green Beans With Garlic, Tofu & Roasted Vegetables Wrap, Refried Black Beans, Spiced Roasted Local Carrots, Carrot & Raisin Salad, Kitchen Sink Cookie, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bar