A long-awaited open forum between University administrators and the student body continued the running discussion about mental health policy at Yale, the effects of which reached as far as the Senior Class Gift. Elsewhere, however, the community celebrated the appointment of new masters in Silliman and Saybrook though similar announcements for other colleges (and for Spring Fling performers and Class Day speakers) still loom large.


Tensions flare at mental health forum | The town hall, which Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway said was intended to clear up misperceptions about mental health services at Yale Health, quickly became heated, with numerous students directly confronting administrators about their own negative experiences with MH&C.

Christakis named Silliman master | “Professor Christakis is passionate about public health, bad action movies and good chocolate. And when discipline needs to be doled out, he has a black belt in Shotokan Karate — just to warn you in advance.”

Thomas Near named Saybrook master | “I, like you, started at Yale as a Saybrugian,” Near said. “There will be time for us to get to know each other. There will be time for us to share our stories with one another.”

Stark ’17 considers run for alder | Stark filed papers at the New Haven Hall of Records on Monday that formed an exploratory committee to investigate running for the seat on the city’s legislative body that represents the bulk of Yale College students.



From the Opinion pages: POSNER: In Yale parentis | “I doubt that we’ll reach a consensus on the scope of Yale’s obligation in the immediate future. Besides a conflicting set of national ideologies about the role and necessity of colleges and universities, the vision of an ideal college mental health care program is foggy, especially when no outstanding model exists in the world thus far.”

From the News: MEN’S BASKETBALL: Late comeback sets up Ivy title clash | “Coach was telling us in the locker [room], it was always going to come down to us two, and for the most part of the season we’ve been trying to focus on the next game and not necessarily on Harvard. But now next game is Harvard. We’re going to digest this weekend, feel good about it and get back to work on Monday.”

From around the Web: Boston’s Ridiculous February Snowfall In One Chart, via FiveThirtyEight | In January and February so far, a total of 92.8 inches of snow have hit Boston. That’s 22.9 inches more than the previous two-month record (January and February 1994), and it’s greater than the total seasonal snowfall of all but two (98 percent) of the last 124 winters.

From Twitter, via @cobycycles |