Last pool party of the year. Yalies on the West Coast waved goodbye to the summer of ’13 with the “last pool party of 2013” held on Saturday at the W Hotel in Westwood, Los Angeles. The event, sponsored in true Los Angeles style by Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water, catered to members of The Ivy Plus Society, which puts on networking and social events for alumni of select colleges.

Swing vote. In case Yale was not already enough of a vegan paradise, Blue State is holding a Facebook voting contest to determine which one of three vegan food items — vegan hoisin seitan wrap, vegan tempeh reuben wrap, or vegan mediterranean  sandwich — will end up on the coffee chain’s fall menu. One vegan student interviewed said that between this latest voting contest and Blue State’s existing charity-of-the-month voting campaign, the coffee shops seems to be “a little too obsessed” with promoting its democratic values. “But I guess it makes sense given that their thing is coffee served up with a dose of liberal guilt,” she said.

Staying hip ‘n relevant. The Yale press office has gone full Valencia. An Instragram photo contest has been organized for Inauguration weekend and includes ten creative and somewhat strange categories, each with unique prizes. The taker of the “most festive Fiesta Instagram” receives two tickets to the Yale Rep’s spring production while the “Best Brain Instagram” of the Cushing Center brains exhibit tour receives a  portrait by the University photographer. A University photographer photo shoot will also be awarded to the participant who produces the “most divine instagram” but this time the shoot will take place “on top of one of Yale’s towers during the academic year.” Here’s hoping Kline Biology Tower is not out of the question.

True town-gown spirit. The Yale Club of New Haven is actively recruiting both Yale and non-Yale members according to the New Haven Register. Unlike hundreds of other Yale Clubs around the world, the Yale Club of New Haven has opened its doors to Elm City natives, including those who work at Yale and local businesses. Typical Yale Club events, including financial literacy seminars and scotch tastings, will still be offered.

Nemerov’s ghost? Early 18th century art can be terrifying if accidentally seen in the wrong light. Capitalizing on that fact, the Yale Center for British Art has assembled a Flickr album of “creepy artworks” for Halloween. Pieces depict amorphous monsters spewing flames on Englishmen, a massive funeral procession, and various moonlit gardens. The series contains multiple pictures of scenes from Macbeth.

This day in Yale history, 1962. David Pauker, headwaiter at Mory’s, turns 65.

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