This week’s news ranged from the frivolous — society tap — to the serious — reforms to Yale Health and the provision of mental health care. The latter comes amid campus-wide conversation about mental health, and calls on the administration to make it easier for students to get care. The former, well, one can only hope it returns peace of mind to some juniors.

 

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Students skeptical of mental health changes | “Overall, there was a lack of specifics,” said Geoffrey Smith ’15. “The email … mostly hinted at reforms in other contexts that sound promising but may or may not be substantive.”

Students, alumni call for Af-Am House dean’s ouster | Students who spoke during Tuesday’s external review meeting shared complaints about Assistant Dean of Yale College and Director of the Afro-American Cultural House Rodney Cohen’s lack of accessibility, his character and financial management of the cultural center.

SAE sanctions: Drastic or insignificant? | “I think the point of [Holloway’s] announcement is that Yale is taking a strong institutional stand,” Grace Hirshorn ’15 said. “Yale very rarely takes a strong institutional stance. I’m not sure that it will necessarily change student behavior, but it does send a strong message.”

Juniors allowed to opt out of society tap | For the first time in recent history, the class of 2016 has been offered the chance to “tap out” of senior societies.

Malloy unveils two-year budget | In his presentation to lawmakers in Hartford, Gov. Dannel Malloy presented a $40 billion two-year budget, which includes approximately $900 million in revenue increases and is designed to close the billion-dollar budget deficits projected for each of the next two years.

 

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From the Opinion pages: NEWS’ VIEW: The beginnings of change | “The most important implication of Genecin’s note is the possibility that more members of the Yale community may get the help they need. But it’s also a ringing endorsement of the power of students to demand more from their University.”

From the News: Key to assault arbitration, barring contact is difficult in practice | The female student said that while she expects the University to exercise its administrative power to urge students to comply with no-contact orders, at the end of the day, “they are not the police.” While no-contact orders are a tool Yale can use to promote a safe environment for its students, she said, the onus is ultimately on the parties involved to enforce the orders.

From around the Web: The Narcissism of Small Differences: Yale’s Proud Second Banana Status, via Grantland | “Harvard might have the fancier party, but Yale’s got the sketchier and more secluded back porch. Be honest with yourself: Where would you rather hang?”

From Twitter, via @NFLCanada |