• Provost Peter Salovey is working to encourage high-quality teaching among professors at Yale. The Provost’s Teaching Initiative, which Salovey announced in an email to faculty in November, will have three components: the Provost’s Teaching Award, the expansion of the Graduate Teaching Center into the Yale Teaching Center and a faculty steering committee to oversee the teaching initiative. Salovey said he has been considering starting a similar effort since he became provost in 2008.
  • College and universities across the country are increasingly removing the standardized testing requirement from their applications. More than 800 schools nationwide no longer require high school applicants to report their SAT or ACT scores, according to a list compiled by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest). Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest, said he would like to see Yale join the movement toward test-optional applications, because the University has been moving away from strictly numbers-based admissions.
  • After a Wednesday morning hearing, 10 New Haven cops claiming that they were unlawfully passed over for promotions will persist in suing the city but are no longer seeking an injunction on the city’s plans for current police promotions. Dropping their request for an injunction, they will seek retroactive promotion and monetary rewards in New Haven Superior Court in fall 2013. The injunction would have prevented the city from promoting officers based on the results of a 2011 Civil Service Board (CSB) examination. The 10 officers claim those positions are rightfully theirs because they would have been promoted to sergeant based on the results of a 2009 test.

High of 42 degrees, low of 36 degrees, sunny and partly cloudy.


In the colleges

Breakfast: Waffle Bar, Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Ring

Lunch: Crimini Mushroom & Potato Soup, Corn & Bacon Chowder, Gnocchi with Sundried Tomatoes & Parmesan, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Cajun Chicken Sandwich with Onion Jam, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Onion & Ricotta Warp, Pasta Salad with Roasted Eggplant & Peppers, Combination Salad, Honey Walnut Cookie, Cream Cheese Brownie

Dinner: Chermoula Stuffed Chicken Breast, Baked Orzo Ratatouille, Moroccan Bean Stew, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, All-Natural Grilled Cheeseburger, Pork Burgers, Lemon Herbed Israeli Couscous, Pasta Salad with Roasted Eggplant & Peppers, Combination Salad, Oreo Cheesecake Kiss

In Commons

Breakfast: Grits, Waffle Bar, Omelets To Order, Cage-Free Scrambled Egg Whites, Breakfast Ham Slice, Potato Pancakes, Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Ring

Lunch: Pumpkin Pear & Coriander Soup, Tortellini & Spinach Soup, Cashew Chili, Southern Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, Cajun Chicken Sandwich with Onion Jam, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Broccoli Bianca Pizza, Tofu Pad Thai, Green Bean & Tofu, General Tso’s Chicken, BLAT Sandwich, Oven Roast Potatoes, Peas, Combination Salad, Pasta Salad With Pesto Sauce, Honey Walnut Cookie, Cream Cheese Brownie