Benjamin Hernandez
Staff Reporter
Benjamin Hernandez covers Woodbridge Hall, the President's Office. He previously reported on international affairs at Yale. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, he is a sophomore in Trumbull College majoring in Global Affairs.
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Sterling’s Linonia and Brothers Reading Room to reopen in April after four years of renovation

After closing in 2020 due to poor ventilation concerns, the Linonia and Brothers reading room in Sterling Memorial Library will reopen to students on April 15, maintaining its historic appeal while adding modern heating, cooling and electrical systems.

Mental health ranks as top student concern in presidential search report

According to a report of over 1,800 student responses compiled by the Presidential Search Student Advisory Council, student mental health is Yale’s top challenge for its next leader.

Yale apologizes for ties to slavery in new report, pledges list of actions

Alongside the release of history professor David Blight’s book on “Yale and Slavery: A History” on Friday, the University formally apologized for the role slavery played in the institution and its early leaders’ lives. In response, Yale has announced a set of actions, some of which were first announced in the previous two years, to acknowledge the school’s ties to the institution of slavery.

Faculty group calls on Yale to make teaching ‘distinct from activism’

The new initiative urges the University to adopt six new measures, which include more thorough protections on free speech, a commitment to institutional neutrality and new guidelines regarding donor influence.

Yale trustees convene on campus for in-person meetings as presidential search continues

Before their third meeting of the year and five months since the University announced its ongoing presidential search, Yale Corporation members made their way to New Haven.

Federal investigation into antisemitism at Yale based on November ‘Gaza under siege’ panel

Since first reporting on the matter, the News has confirmed that the investigation was sparked by a Dec. 5 complaint about a Nov. 6 panel discussion related to Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.

Yale to begin construction on High Street pedestrianization

The University plans to start remaking the street in the spring, though some New Haven residents have expressed concerns over Yale’s role in the new project.

Student Advisory Council members reflect on presidential search committee report

The News spoke to the three ex-officio members and secretary of the Student Advisory Council, all of whom felt that the Search Committee’s email captured their report but noted its limitations in summarizing the 21-page report.

Woodbridge Hall: the President’s office?

The Offices of the President and of the Secretary and Vice President for University Life have been situated on the first floor of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall since construction at the Schwarzman Center prompted relocation over five years ago.

Internal presidential search report shows student opinions on free speech, diversity, mental health

The News obtained a copy of the complete Student Advisory Council report — finalized last week — the contents of which were summarized in an email sent to the Yale community by Senior Trustee of the Yale Corporation Joshua Bekenstein Monday morning.

Corporation remains silent on presidential search, vetting process

In light of toppled leadership at Harvard and Penn — and after months of silence — Yale’s Presidential Search Committee has refused to disclose where it stands in its process.