Tag Archive: Jeffrey Brenzel

  1. With ‘The Brenzel,’ TD reinvents the Wenzel

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    In celebration of Timothy Dwight Master Jeffrey Brenzel’s 60th birthday on Tuesday, several TD students and the TD writing tutor Diane Charney gave the storied master a gift that has secured his legacy at Yale: “The Brenzel,” a sandwich that will become the modern-day counterpart to the iconic Wenzel.

    The sandwich — which will be served at Town Pizza on Whitney Avenue — was revealed on Tuesday under the guise of a Mellon Forum presentation on “Grand Strategy” by Alex Werrell ’13. At the event, attendees taste-tested four different sandwiches to determine the perfect one that would be receive the Brenzel distinction, though Charney declined to name which ones were preferred to keep a “certain air of mystery.” Participants were asked to place a red poker chip in the cup next to their chosen sandwich.

    “Love the sandwich — had my first one last night, in fact,” Brenzel told the News. “Frankly, it’s good to be celebrated for anything, and I’ll gladly take a sandwich.”

    Charney, who helped orchestrate the plot, had a grand vision for the newly christened “Brenzel,” saying she hoped it would be a “‘TD family kind of thing that would be regularly ordered for study breaks.” She added that there may need to be a runoff vote for the lucky winner, since not all participants are convinced about the outcome of the preliminary vote.

    But that’s not all.

    “Wenzel? Shmenzel! Try a Brenzel!” is the semi-defiant, super-catchy slogan being thrown around in support of the new sandwich on the block. Can this up-and-comer really dethrone the heavyweight prizewinner that is the ever-holy Wenzel? Maybe this weekend, when you’re stumbling back to your dorm, give Town Pizza a call and see if we’re on the verge of a turf war.

  2. Application numbers rise 3 percent

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    Yale received an all-time high of 29,790 applications total for the class of 2017, marking a 3 percent increase over last year’s total of 28,977 applications.

    Yale expects to admit roughly 2,000 students from the applicant pool — about the same total as last year, according to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel. Due to the increased number of applications, Yale’s acceptance rate for the class of 2017 is expected to drop “a bit below” last year’s 7.1 percent acceptance rate, Brenzel said in a release this afternoon.

    Brenzel added that he believes the year-to-year fluctuations in total application numbers “have little meaning in themselves,” because increases or decreases in the numbers can reflect anything from changes in a school’s promotional strategy to the varied interests of applicants within a particular year.

    “The scores and grades of our applicants, our admitted students and the students who accept our offers all reflect our consistent practice over time – they have averaged the highest of any college’s in the nation,” he said.

    From the early round alone this fall, Yale received 4,520 applications and accepted 649, a 14.4 percent acceptance rate.

    Columbia announced last week that it received 33,460 applications, while Dartmouth said it received 22,400 applications.