Pranking the president. When University President Richard Levin visited the Yale Club of New York last Saturday for a reception honoring his 20-year presidency, he proved to be receptive to practical jokes. All attendees who went to shake Levin’s hand were told to give the departing president a small blue plastic bead, a practice they had been told was a Yale tradition. But after receiving a substantial collection of beads, Levin explained to the crowd that the bead tradition was, in fact, a prank that had been pulled on him during his first year as president. Well played, Mr. President.

#Hillary2016? Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 has launched a new website,, that contains nothing but a large photo of the former secretary of state and a “contact” button. The mysterious website has already furthered speculation that Clinton may be considering a 2016 presidential run. Hmm…

Think textbooks are expensive? Well, prices may soon go up. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Monday morning that Amazon will open a distribution center in the state in the next two years, a move that is projected to employ over 300 workers and allow the state to levy a sales tax on all Amazon purchases. Starting this November, the state will charge a 6.35 percent sales tax on all Amazon products.

And the YCC said, let there be light. Roughly two months after the YCC released its Campus Safety Report, Yale Facilities has reported fixing lights in a number of places, including Temple Street, Chapel Street, Wall Street and around Swing Space. But if you still walk in darkness, don’t worry: The YCC announced that they will “continue investigating the status of campus lighting.” Phew.

Rising star. Though Sarah Solovay ’16 did not win the Hitlab Emerging Artist Competition, which would have given her the chance to perform at a Grammys Weekend event in Los Angeles, Calif., she was still named one of 10 finalists in the national competition. In a Q&A with the News, Solovay said she loves being a musician at Yale because of the University’s diverse community.

Attention. Submissions for the Wallace Prize are currently being accepted. All fiction and creative nonfiction pieces are due to 202 York St. on Feb. 28 by 5 p.m. Winners will receive cash prizes and their submissions will be printed in the Yale Daily News Magazine.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 2008 Students reflect on Hillary Clinton’s LAW ’73 round-table discussion, which she held with the Yale Child Study Center the day before.