Welcome back! Now that Thanksgiving break is over, you have officially three weeks left to catch up on readings and learn everything you need to know before final exams. Cram hard, Yale.

A new man in charge. The Yale football team selected defensive end Beau Palin ’14 to serve as the team’s captain in 2013. The decision brings to an end the team’s first season without a captain in its 140-year history. Congratulations! Just don’t punch anyone.

A company of scholars. Harold McNamara ’11 has been named one of 12 Mitchell Scholars for the program’s class of 2014. McNamara, who is currently studying in the United Kingdom on a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, will study neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin next September under the program.

Speaking of awards. Paul Goldberger ’72 has been awarded the National Building Museum’s 14th annual Vincent Scully Prize, an honor named after history of art professor Vincent Scully ’40 GRD ’49. Goldberger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, credited his interest in the discipline to Scully, who had been his mentor at Yale.

Go Bulldogs! The Yale football team’s running back Tyler Varga ’15 has been awarded first-team all-Ivy League recognition, the only Yalie this season to receive the honor. Varga ended the season with 935 yards total, averaging 116.9 rushing yards per game this season.

Showdown of the year. New Haven police officers beat the city’s firefighters 14–0 during the departments’ annual “Touchdown for Charity” flag football match. The game raised $1,075 for the early childhood center of the Life Haven shelter.

Hipsters, rejoice! Yale student band Plume Giant has released a new music video for their song “We Got It Made.” The cheery video features the band members singing and playing musical instruments as they stroll around the Elm City.

Ivy-bound? Princeton and Columbia have reported increases in their early application counts for the class of 2017. Princeton received 3,791 applications, marking a 10 percent increase from last year, while Columbia received 3,126 applications, a 1.3 percent increase.

In the red. New Haven could run a $8.5 million deficit by the end of the fiscal year, with only $1.86 million in its “rainy day” fund.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 2001 Four Yalies are awarded Marshall Scholarships, ending a two-year drought.