Welcome to the bigs. The newest Studies in Grand Strategy class was named yesterday, concluding the months-long process that forced some of Yale’s brightest minds to… strategize their way into the selective program. Congrats! Enjoy!

Contingency plan. Meanwhile, applications for the Institution for Social and Policy Studies Fellowship were due last night, reaffirming both the quality and abundance of Yale’s policymaking programs.     

Stealing back Christmas. Last night, the YCC sent a poll to the student body to quantify the dissatisfaction that many expressed after learning the provisional academic calendar for 2015-16 ends the fall term on Dec. 23, one week later than it does this year.

You shall pass. And with the end of the term in sight, residential college deans have taken action to ensure the success of their students during finals season. Morse College Dean Joel Silverman, for example, warned students against surprises — especially those of the not-passing-your-classes variety. “Take a ‘W’ now instead of an ‘F’ later,” Silverman recommended.

Showing love (and hate). On Monday, SBNation ran an in-depth piece on The Game, listing 25 reasons why “Harvard-Yale was a hell of a game.” But despite the writer’s clear appreciation for the tradition-rich rivalry,  she was even more transparent about her disdain for the YPMB, which was apparently enough for her to root for the Cantabs.

’Tis the season. Though Black Friday and Cyber Monday have ended, savings season continues on campus — the Bookstore, Campus Customs and gift shops at the Peabody Museum and Center for British Art are all offering special discounts for the holidays.

Nice try. When a store clerk at the Sam’s Mart on Kimberly Avenue was confronted with a potential robbery, he took matters into his own hands… by grabbing the suspect’s hand and threatening to break it unless he got out of the store, New Haven Police Department spokesman David Hartman reported yesterday.

Costly in Connecticut. An analysis conducted by the Institute for College Access and Success named Quinnipiac and the University of Hartford among the nation’s worst on grads for student loan debt.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1967 Then-Governor of California Ronald Reagan arrives in New Haven to visit campus as a Chubb Fellow, despite some resistance from various members of the University community objecting to Reagan’s policies and views on the Vietnam War.

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