Statistics founder Anscombe dies at 83

Francis John Anscombe, eminent professor and founder of Yale’s Statistics Department, died on Oct. 17. He was 83. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Department of Statistics. Anscombe graduated with honors in mathematics from Trinity College in Cambridge, England in 1939 and received a master’s degree in 1943. He began teaching at Cambridge […]

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New Yorker writer varies topics at Tea

Malcolm Gladwell has written only one article that has never been printed. The article, which attempted to answer why women have breasts, ended up on his desk the morning it should have run in the Washington Post. The editor had posted a note on the draft: “I don’t think the readers of the Washington Post […]

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Anthrax attacks cause Ivy concern

After political leaders and news organizations have received envelopes packed with anthrax, universities across the Ivy League are trying to ease students’ fears about bioterrorism as they remind students to be mindful of suspicious packages. Administrators have collaborated with local authorities and created plans to handle possible bioterrorist attacks. These measures, according to some school […]

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City mail slowed by false alarm

A bioterrorism scare slammed the brakes on New Haven’s mail delivery system Friday, foreshadowing a series of terrorism scares Monday. White powder, which later tested negative for anthrax, was found in mail bins by post office employees at the main New Haven post office, located at 50 Brewery St. The courier center halted all of […]

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Clinton speech addresses globalization, terrorism

Just a day before the United States launched its attack on Afghanistan, former President Bill Clinton LAW ’73 threw his support behind President George W. Bush ’68 in a speech capping Yale’s yearlong tercentennial celebration. “They’ve been making good decisions, and we have no reason to doubt them,” Clinton said of the Bush administration. Clinton […]

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Local kids are being held back in schools

Some New Haven children will wistfully wave their classmates goodbye as they repeat the school year and try to learn the reading skills they failed to master.Ê New Haven elementary and middle schools are forcing 309 students to stay back a grade in an attempt to catch and ameliorate reading difficulties early. This is in […]

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State Department official speaks at Master’s Tea

Some Yale students were given a rare opportunity yesterday to ask a State Department official probing questions — and receive authoritative answers — about the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Philip Reeker ’86, deputy spokesman of the State Department, sat down in the Morse College master’s house with more than 30 […]

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Selling Yale in 15 long, weepy, cinematic minutes

It will be a while before Yale’s admissions office snatches any Oscars away from Jodie Foster ’85. As part of a renewed effort to increase and diversify its applicant pool, Yale unveiled its new recruitment video this year. High school students who visit campus will nervously sit in the admissions office as Yale unfolds itself […]

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‘Teach-in’ demands U.S. restraint

Just before President Bush vowed retaliation against terrorism in front of a joint session of Congress last night, students from various Yale cultural organizations concerned with social justice gathered at Dwight Hall to oppose war in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. An ad hoc coalition of professors, graduate students and leaders of cultural […]

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Globalization center’s new home begins renovations

Renovation of Davies Mansion, the promised home of the Yale Center for Globalization, finally began just a month ago. The center is temporarily being housed at 55 Whitney Ave. until Davies’ projected Aug. 15 date of completion — nearly a year later than the date officials had optimistically predicted it would be done. Strobe Talbott […]

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