Doggy paddling. Photographer Seth Casteel is in town promoting his coffee table book “Underwater Puppies” at R.J. Julia Booksellers. Deb Wan, president of the Friends of New Haven Animal Shelter, will also be in attendance and is bringing along an actual puppy. Casteel previously published the bestseller “Underwater Dogs” in 2012.

Plan B. Gawker published a ranking list of safety schools this week. Cornell came in first place in the list of 21 schools. Dartmouth came in 18th place, but no other Ivy Leagues made the list. The list also included the option of staying home, which outranked Tufts University.

Big names. The five recipients of the Association of Yale Alumni’s 2014 Yale Medal are Sherry Agar ’82, Edward P. Bass ’67 ARC ’72, Marv Berenblum ’56, Michael Madison ’83 and John M.R. Thomas ’80. The Yale Medal is the highest award presented by the AYA and is given for individual service to the University. Since being inaugurated in 1952, the award has been given to 298 individuals.

Jealous. According to The Huffington Post, “[Do not] go to an Ivy League school if you want to make a lot of money or have a meaningful job right after graduation.” In an article titled “Ivy League Schools Don’t Guarantee A Great Job Right Out Of College” that summarizes data from PayScale, none of the Ivy League schools made the top 10 for early career pay or how meaningful graduates found their jobs. For mid-career pay, only Yale made it into the 10 best schools.

Not liberal enough? The Daily Caller published a piece this week listing the “Ivy League’s 13 Most Daffy, Outrageously Liberal Courses.” No courses from Yale made the list, which included four classes from Brown, three from Harvard and two each from UPenn, Dartmouth and Princeton.

Harvard gets high. The Harvard Crimson published a piece detailing observations from two reporters dispatched to Boston’s Hemp Fest this past weekend. Among the booths in attendance was a school called Northeastern Institute of Cannabis, which sounds way more fun than Harvard.

I Love It. Icona Pop and Grace Potter have been announced as headliners for Cornell’s homecoming concert.

Final four. Columbia University was named as a finalist, one of four, for the site of the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1968 George and Harry’s restaurant and dairy bar is sold to the University.

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