Underway at Broadway. Construction crews were seen milling around inside 1 Broadway, days after a mysterious wooden structure went up outside the property’s doors. It would appear that work to build out Kiko Milano and EmporiumDNA has begun, much to the delight of Yale’s eager students.

Word. Today, Noah Webster turns 256. The iconic lexiconical legend graduated from Yale College in 1778 before going on to play pivotal roles in the founding the modern dictionary and American political philosophy.

Y SO popular? On Wednesday night, the Yale Symphony Orchestra officially kicked off promotional efforts for its annual Halloween Show by creating a Facebook event for the concert. Within five hours, roughly 800 people had RSVPd, likely with several more to follow and hundreds of others hoping to buy a ticket on time.

Money and movies. CNN Money editor Octavio Blanco is coming to campus this evening to screen “An Artful Revolution: The Life and Art of the Taller de Grafica,” a documentary that he helped produce, in the YUAG.

Climbing the ladder. President Barack Obama announced plans to appoint Vanita Gupta ’96 to the position of Department of Justice Civil Rights Chief on Wednesday. Gupta, most recently the deputy legal director for the ACLU and its Center for Justice, was destined for the job, having examined relevant issues as a Co-Moderator for the Asian-American Students Alliance during her time at Yale.

We’re all heroes. A Wednesday article by Vox.com explored a Yale study about the science driving our natural hero complex. Conducted by researchers David Rand and Ziv Epstein, the study found that humans are wired to save others from dangerous situations because of a neurological impulse to do so without overthinking things.

Little bear. 13-year-old pianist Emily Bear will be performing at the Shubert Theater tonight. Commanding ticket prices of up to $74, the virtuosa has all the makings of a future Yale applicant, what with her displays of talent at a young age.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 

1962 The University issues a report analyzing the effectiveness of a series of academic initiatives such as expanded international and non-Western studies and engineering programs and a reimagined curriculum for all freshmen.

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