School’s out! Sort of. Professor Brad Rosen took the more than 70 students in his CPSC 183 “Law, Technology, & Culture” class to Cross Campus on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the intersection of law and technology while basking in the sunshine. Though students still participated and raised their hands during the session, many wandering eyes turned away from Rosen’s lecture and toward the bicyclists and passersby strolling through the grassy field instead. Sigh.

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Nobel in the future? Every year, Thomson Reuters releases its annual predictions of Nobel prizewinners in chemistry, physics, physiology/medicine and economics —and this year, one Yale economics professor is on the list: Peter C.B. Phillips. A Sterling professor of economics and professor of statistics, Phillips is known for his work on time series forecasting and econometric model determination. Reuters has correctly predicted 27 Nobel Prize winners since the list’s inception in 2002, and, in 2011, went four for four in its picks.

Extreme weight loss. A new initiative by “Get Healthy Connecticut” is trying to encourage all of New Haven to lose a collective 375,000 pounds in the next two years in honor of the Elm City’s 375th anniversary. The program aims to build a healthier community by encouraging better eating, physical activity and support systems.  A 2012 survey by the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) — run by the Yale School of Public Health — found that New Haven residents do not meet national recommendations for diet and exercise.

Technical difficulties. Metro-North’s New Haven line is expected to experience delayed service for the next few days after a power cable failure affecting a 138,000-volt feeder line caused major cancellations on Wednesday morning. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said the power failure would create a “substantial disruption for a substantial period of time,” and that travelers should look for alternative methods of transportation if possible.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1968 University administrators increase tuition by $300, bringing the total tuition for the 1969-’70 academic year up to $3,600. For some, the decision is “obscene” and prompts discussion about how the financial aid office will respond to the tuition hike.

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