Oh, the places Yalies go! Parker Liautaud ‘16 is trying to set a record for the fastest trek to the South Pole. He is already in Antarctica and preparing to begin the nearly 400-mile journey on Sunday. Liautaud has hiked to the North Pole three times in the past.

Hello darkness my old friend. Astronomy professor Priyamvada Natarajan has received a $1.5 million grant to study black holes. Hopefully the researchers understand the irony of literally throwing over a million dollars into a black hole.

May the odds be ever in their favor. Grand Strategy acceptance emails went out on Monday. Accepted students are advised to scope out their competition like Katniss preparing to enter the Hunger Games. In this scenario, John Gaddis is President Snow. Charles Hill is Plutarch.

As one application closes, another opens. The Adopt-A-Prefrosh program is now accepting applicants, offering the perfect opportunity for messing with high school students during Bulldog Days later this year. One point for getting prefrosh to do your laundry, two points for losing your prefrosh at a frat, a hundred points for showing them the time of their lives and inducting them into the cult of Yale.

Top Chef: New Haven. The fifth annual Chili Throwdown was hosted by Yale Dining over the break. Over 300 attended the event, which raised $3,060 for United Way. Stephen Ackley-Ortiz, director of alumni affairs at the Law School, took first place. William Ojeda, a cook at Davenport College, won the People’s Choice Award.

Meanwhile at the Vatican. Erica James, professor in the History of Art and Af Am Studies Departments, was granted an audience with the Pope, more or less. Actually, Pope Francis was recently given a copy of James’s book “Love & Responsibility: The Collection of Dawn Davies.” The book documents over 1,700 Bahamian artworks collected over four decades.

Ask not what your student council can do for you, but what you can do for your student council. Harvard junior Gus Mayopoulos was recently the vice-presidential candidate on a joke ticket that ended up winning the Harvard Undergraduate Council elections. He has announced plans to take the position of the UC presidency, as his original running mate Sam Clark is set on resigning. Here’s hoping Clark goes out Nixon-style.

This day in Yale history 1941 Pierson College Master Arnold Wolfers speaks before a crowded common room on what he sees as a stalemate in WWII between Hitler’s forces on land and British naval power.

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