Entering the thicket Ben Carson ’73 said that “the likelihood is strong” that he will pursue a run for the presidency in 2016 in a Monday interview with conservative talk show host and Harvard graduate Hugh Hewitt. In the interview, Carson highlighted his unconventional background as a potential strength as he attempts to secure the support of the Republican party. Formerly a pediatric neurosurgeon, Carson found love — if not political experience — at Yale, marrying Lacena Rustin ’75 soon after her graduation.
National Champs (for the week) The good times keep rolling for the football team, which received the Football Writers Association of America’s National Team of the Week award for its 49-43 overtime win over Army on Saturday. Additionally, commentators on ESPN’s Monday Night Football mentioned the victory, likely compensating for the network’s snubbing of Elis everywhere after electing not to host its College Gameday show in New Haven last weekend.
Squirrels go viral Another novel social media account entered the mix on Monday, when “Squirrels of New Haven” went live on Facebook. The page takes a “Humans of New York” approach to its posts, appending life stories and introspective insight to pictures of rodents roaming the streets of the Elm City. Within 24 hours, the page had accumulated almost 1,000 likes, reaffirming Yale’s affinity for its squirrel population a year after the University responded to concerns that it had exterminated the bushy-tailed animals.
Bragging rights An article published last week by The Exonian, Phillips Exeter Academy’s student newspaper, reported that two-thirds of the students accepted to both Exeter and rival Phillips Academy Andover last spring chose to attend Andover. Check back in four years to see how many of those students end up choosing to don blue once again by picking Yale over Harvard.
Nebulous The Yale Center for British Art’s “Art in Context” series continues today with a talk by University of Oxford PhD candidate Damian Taylor. He is set to give a talk entitled “Cloud Studies” this afternoon. Promotions for the event feature pieces including John Constable’s “Study of Clouds,” which is either a realist take on a patchy sky or an abstract view of something else.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1982 Calhoun’s Thursday night Happy Hour gets relocated to the Colony Inn Hotel at 1157 Chapel St. Students involved in the move expressed disdain for the college’s SAC and excitement for the opportunity to move the event off-campus. It will feature hor d’oeuvres, drinks and a dance floor.
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