Ben Raab
Staff Reporter
Ben Raab covers faculty and academics at Yale and writes about the Yale men's basketball team. Originally from New York City, Ben is a sophomore in Pierson college pursuing a double major in history and political science.
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Yale President-elect McInnis praised for past leadership, leaves Stony Brook divided over handling of campus protests

Incoming Yale President Maurie McInnis’ tenure as president of Stony Brook University has been marked by successful outward-facing initiatives, but ended in campus division and discontent, according to faculty and administrators.

Salovey calls for dialogue in final Baccalaureate Address, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks at Class Day

Salovey preached the importance of dialogue as a tool for building compassion, while Murthy discussed the value of building meaningful relationships. Salovey encountered a mild disruption from pro-Palestine demonstrators, while brief chants of “free Palestine” interrupted Class Day later in the afternoon.

Bulldogs pull off historic March Madness upset over Auburn

Yale stunned Brown with a buzzer-beating floater to win Ivy Madness, and then followed it up with an upset win over the No. 4 Auburn Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jonathan Holloway could be Yale’s next president. Some Rutgers faculty would be glad to see him go.

Three Rutgers faculty interviewed by the News criticized Holloway GRD ’95 for his handling of a faculty union strike, controversial decisions and lack of communication with the university community. Last September, the Rutgers Senate passed a vote of no confidence on the sitting president.

Yale Trustee Maurie McInnis has mixed legacy at UT Austin, Stony Brook

Though McInnis — who could possibly be under consideration to be Yale’s next president — has been widely praised for her fundraising ability, the News spoke to faculty members at UT Austin who criticized her leadership style. At Stony Brook, faculty members criticized her record on campus free speech and unwillingness to engage with community concerns.

Students hold vigil for Palestine on Beinecke Plaza, forced to disperse under threat of police citation

A group of around 50 protesters was forced to disperse a Monday night pro-Palestinian demonstration on Beinecke Plaza under threat of police citation by Yale administrators, who declined to provide a reason or cite a policy for the intervention.

Administrators fail to clearly explain policy behind forced removal of protester-installed bookshelves

Pro-Palestine protesters erected a wooden bookshelf structure on Monday afternoon on Beinecke Plaza as part of a “Books not bombs” protest. Just over an hour in, University staff began dismantling the fixture based on administrator guidance — but after back and forth with the News, administrators have yet to clarify the University regulation that forbids the structure’s placement.

Global affairs majors bemoan changes to course registration, limited course offerings

Students expressed frustration over a lack of preregistration, unclear information about the department registrar and a limited number of course offerings listed on Yale Course Search.

Yale faculty members weigh in on hunger strike as administration stays silent

Professors expressed concern for hunger strikers’ health while affirming their right to peaceful protest.

Students petition for Schettini’s contract renewal

Following a post-class discussion in which students learned that Schettini’s contract would not be renewed, current and past students began collecting testimonials and signatories in a document submitted to the FAS last week in support of renewing his contract.

Gendler speaks on Yale antisemitism, Israel-Palestine discourse at New York City event

Gendler — who is one of eight people on the News’ shortlist to be the next Yale president — was one of three keynote speakers at an antisemitism forum held by the Slifka Center and spent much of the night lauding the Yale administration’s approach to campus antisemitism in the wake of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.