Blair ‘a bit nervous’ hours before Yale arrival

His class roster is finalized, his syllabus printed and ready to go. In mere hours, on the eve of his first class, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will arrive on campus for the start of his teaching career. And while Yale’s newest visiting professor does not break a sweat when staring down world leaders, […]

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Endowment rises, barely

The Yale endowment overcame the slumping financial markets to post a single-digit gain for the fiscal year that ended June 30, although it was outperformed by Harvard’s fund, the News has learned. The exact return is expected to be announced later this month. But in a letter sent to donors Friday and obtained by the […]

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Fourteen Colleges | Design allows for 850 Elis

This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Students assigned to Yale’s 13th and 14th residential colleges won’t be lonely in their perch at the base of Science Hill. For one thing, they will certainly not lack company. While administrators have not said so publicly, the two new colleges will have […]

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Senate scrutinizes university spending

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress on Monday ratcheted up pressure on American universities to make college more affordable, suggesting in the strongest terms yet that wealthy schools like Yale may be mandated by the federal government to spend a larger fraction of their endowments each year. At a meeting with leaders across American higher education, […]

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Colleges spending wisely? Discuss.

WASHINGTON — In the oak-paneled room on Monday, 25 of the best and brightest minds from all over the country assembled around a large square table and took turns giving their two cents on the topic of the day. They jostled for attention, hands shooting up in the air, when they wanted to make a […]

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Colleges feel crunch, too

WASHINGTON — Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman appeared to suggest Monday that her school’s endowment posted a small but positive return in fiscal year 2008, giving more hope that Yale may also have been able to avoid losing money despite the rough economic climate. Speaking at a roundtable discussion here on the subject of endowment […]

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Round table to focus on endowment spending

WASHINGTON — The question of whether Yale and its wealthy peers are spending enough of their endowment riches will be debated today as the Senate Finance Committee convenes here to hold a round table on the topic. The discussion comes as the latest round in the sparring match between Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the […]

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Briefly: Blair to address Yale next Friday

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is teaching a seminar at Yale this fall, will speak to the Yale community in a conversation with University President Richard Levin in Woolsey Hall on Friday, Sept. 19. The talk was announced Friday by Vice President and Secretary Linda Lorimer. “Mr. Blair will be asked to reflect […]

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Briefly: Dean-search committee to prepare short list of candidates

University President Richard Levin on Wednesday announced the formation of a search committee to recommend candidates to succeed Peter Salovey, who was named provost last week, as dean of Yale College. The nine-member committee planned to ask students and faculty in an e-mail message yesterday to submit nominations for the position. Levin said in an […]

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How to get a place at the convention

DENVER — In a hotel ballroom here last week, David Broockman ’11 found his name on the tally sheet placed before him. He picked up a pen, thumbed over the right column and notched a simple checkmark. Then he signed his name. With that swirl of the pen, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois came one […]

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Decision made by inner circle

The School of Architecture alumnus desperately wanted to get in on the project to build two new residential colleges. He reached out to the University through intermediaries. His firm sent a portfolio to the University Planner’s office, pulling favors to get it to the top of the pile. An aide even e-mailed a reporter to […]

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