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  1. Register to cease printing operations, lay off 105

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    The New Haven Register’s printing operations — that is, its actual printing press and distribution center — will close down in March, the New Haven Independent reported on Tuesday.

    In a Monday letter to Andrea Slusarz of the Connecticut Department of Labor, New Haven Register Publisher Tom Wiley said around 105 people will lose their jobs as a result of the paper’s decision to stop the presses. The Register will instead rely on the Hartford Courant to print the paper. Two other newspapers owned by the Journal East Register Company will also now be printed in Hartford — the Middletown Press and the Torrington Register.

    The change is not a surprise, given the Register’s recent shift to focus on online offerings, emphasizing writing and editing over production, according to the Independent. Wiley said in his letter that the New Haven facility will not be entirely shutdown. Employees who operate the press and work in the mail room will likely be more affected by the cuts than those in the trucking division, the company’s Connecticut Group Editor Matt DeRienzo said.

    The New Haven Register was founded in 1812 and is the only print paper in the Elm City, other than the News.

  2. Cross Campus: 1.10.12

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    A forsythia grows in Branford. Eric Larson, manager of the Marsh Botanic Gardens on Science Hill, confirmed that yellow flowers blooming in Branford are forsythia. The flowers caught the eye of English prof. Leslie Brisman. “Is this a horticultural reminder to all students that what is about to start is the ‘spring’ semester?” Brisman asked. “Or is it Yale’s own answer to Republican deniers of global warming?”

    Silliman College has revamped its laundry system to include baskets in which students can place laundry from washing machines whose cycles have finished, Master Judith Krauss told students in an email. The program, conceived by the Yale College Council, includes numbered baskets and a white board on which students can write notes specifying which basket holds clothes from which dryer.

    No leasing. New Haven has the lowest apartment vacancy rate in the nation, according to a ranking released last week by Reis Inc., an organization that conducts studies on real estate markets. New Haven’s 2.1 percent vacancy in the fourth quarter of 2011 beat even New York City, which posted a 2.4 percent vacancy.

    A panel tasked with assessing Connecticut’s response to Hurricane Irene and the snowstorm of October 2011 filed its report on Monday, recommending 82 changes, including an increase on utilities taxes to finance stronger infrastructure, and higher standards for utilities companies.

    Not so free. Occupy New Haven has cost the city over $60,000 in police overtime pay since its tents first went up on the New Haven Green last fall, NBC Connecticut reported. Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said while he thinks taxpayers are concerned about costs, they are also concerned about preservation of free expression.

    Low expectations. In PLSC 271: Gateway to American Public Policy, Prof. Jacob Hacker opened with a joke about keeping his first lecture short, quoting an evaluation he once received from a student: “Professor Hacker, if I had 15 minutes to live, I’d want to spend it in your class. That way it would feel like an hour.” A student then walked out.

    Fun, fun, fun, fun. English 120 Prof. Ryan Wepler started the seminar with a 30 minute analysis of what makes Rebecca Black’s “Friday” bad art. He introduced her as America’s “new prophet of art” and provided students with a copy of the lyrics.


    1963 Students and professors from the first intensive Directed Studies program reunite for dinner and sherry.

  3. Cross Campus: 08.28.09

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    Yale comes in third. U.S. News ranked Yale behind Princeton and Harvard yet again. But we all know Harvard sucks and Princeton doesn’t matter. Or maybe Princeton sucks and Harvard doesn’t matter. Either way, college rankings suck and really don’t matter. (No bitterness here.)

    Emma Watson, Brown 2013. After much speculation, it has been revealed that Emma Watson will attend Brown. Despite visiting twice, the “Harry Potter” star never applied to Yale, according to the Admissions Office.

    Fun is now $25 more expensive. Students received a surprise on their account statements this summer: The student activities fee has been increased to $75 from $50. The University neglected to send an e-mail to students (as it has done in past years) explaining how to opt out of payment.

    Slifka Center hit by Madoff. A nonprofit organization that invested money with the disgraced financier could no longer support Slifka’s orthodox rabbinic educators. A fundraising campaign was launched to save their positions.

    Let the Safety Dance preparations begin. The new American Apparel store on Broadway opened May 23.

    Maybe they know gossip about Jen and Gerard. Fifty members of the Yale Band were extras in the new Jennifer Aniston movie “The Bounty,” also starring Gerard Butler. In June, the Yalies played their instruments and marched through Brooklyn for the film’s opening scene.

    Beware, Elm City pizza joints: There’s new competition in town. Donna Curran, owner of Zinc, opened an “artisan” pizzeria, Kitchen Zinc, in June. The eatery features locally grown ingredients, a brick oven and beer from small-batch breweries.

    This day in Yale history

    1942 Elis volunteered to pick pears at the Henry Farm in Wallingford. The effort was part of a plan to aid nearby farmers during the harvest. The Undergraduate War Council praised the efforts of the “emergency squadron.”

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  4. Have a favorite Vincent Scully memory?

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    Sterling professor emeritus Vincent Scully, who began teaching at Yale, his alma mater, in 1947,  is stepping away from the lectern and turning his attention to writing and research. Divya Subhramanyam tells us:

    His lectures are legendary; stories of Scully’s electric presence abound in the lore of Yale and the architecture community.

    He is known for his passion and the intense, performance-like quality of his delivery. He is rarely still, his voice rising and falling to fill the room. He uses a pointer the size of a broomstick, and once ripped a hole in the screen—though he simply blazed past the mishap and even worked it into the lecture.

    Another tale recounts the time that Scully became so carried away by his lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright that he fell off the stage. (Later, Scully told the Yale Alumni Magazine that it was merely an ill-timed jump.) The inimitable Scully clambered back up, bleeding slightly, to cheers from his students.

    What do you remember best about Scully’s lectures?  Share a story or, simply, your reaction to the news in the comments section.

    (Vincent Scully and his wife, Catherine Lynn. Photo: Yale Bulletin)

  5. Cross Campus: 04.30.09

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    Victory, at last. Timothy Dwight College brought home the Tyng Cup on Wednesday, overcoming a strong challenge from Jonathan Edwards College.

    Blue State Coffee will remain open all night tonight. It will also be open for extended hours throughout the weekend — until midnight on Friday and Saturday and for 24 hours Sunday.

    Not to be outdone, the Yale University Library announced Wednesday that Bass Library will remain open from 10 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Tuesday, meaning that Yalies who prefer the underground to their college libraries will once again have the opportunity to hole up in Bass for a solid 65 hours.

    Changing parties. Sen. Arlen Specter LAW ’56, Republican of Pennsylvania, announced Tuesday that he would become a Democrat. Depending on the outcome of the still-contested Minnesota Senate race, Specter’s decision may give Senate Democrats a filibuster-proof majority.

    Despite surprise in Washington, Specter’s decision did not come as a surprise to many of his Yale Law School classmates. In 2005, the News reported that Specter affiliated with the Democratic Party throughout his time at Yale.

    Creative Cuisine will take over college dining halls tonight. Meals prepared will feature the recipes of award-winning chef, restaurateur and author Joyce Goldstein.

    But in Pierson, following a Master’s Tea at 4 p.m., Goldstein herself will be in the kitchen, supervising the meal’s preparation.

    Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the honorary chairwoman of the Annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. today at the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford, Conn. At the event, 80 New Haven–area nurses will be recognized for their contributions to the profession of nursing.

    The third annual Yale Show will open tonight at 8 p.m. at the Whitney Humanities Center.

    In case you missed it, yesterday marked the symbolic 100th day of the Obama presidency.

    This day in Yale history

    1981 Donald C. Riedel, a Yale professor of epidemiology and public health until 1977, was charged with embezzling tens of thousands of dollars of federal funds in the form of research grants he received while at Yale. His wife was indicted for conspiracy; both pleaded not guilty.

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  6. Cross Campus: 04.27.09

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    Police maced a man who had stolen the wallet of a Yale sophomore outside Au Bon Pain on Sunday. After realizing his wallet had been stolen, the student chased the man and then alerted a YPD police officer who was in the vicinity.

    The chase ended at Bank of America, where the man was arrested and maced. He then told the police he had stolen the wallet because he had lost his job at Cosi.

    Yale bhangra heated up Sunday. As the team performed at AIDS Walk, dancers blistered and burned while barefoot on a dark green stage that had spent the afternoon baking in the sun. A short time later at Yale University Health Services, the singed team members received diagnoses of first- and second-degree burns. As several dancers are now on crutches, the team has been forced to cancel its Thursday show.

    Bouncy houses and boom boxes took over the Morse courtyard yesterday afternoon as Morsels enjoying morsels lounged in the sun. The occasion, Morse Funday, was topped off with s’mores and a nighttime showing of “Slumdog Millionaire.”

    Great Debaters: Two Elis, Andrew Rohrbach ’09 and Grant May ’10, won this weekend’s American Parliamentary Debate Association National Debating Championships. At the competition, held at Mount Holyoke College, Rohrback was named top speaker.

    Brains trump brawn, at least in the race to cut costs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Facing a budget crunch, the university has dropped eight varsity teams, including alpine skiing, golf and competitive pistol. The MIT athletics department reportedly needs to slash $1.5 million from its budget.

    But the brainiacs did not go down without a fight. MIT students held fundraisers and staged protests in the weeks before the cuts were finalized. They even illustrated their enthusiasm for athletics by kidnapping Tim the Beaver, the university’s mascot. Some of the teams cut may become club sports, the Pistol team coach told The New York Times.

    Yes. No. Maybe So — celebrity gossip bloggers continue to assert that Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame will attend Yale in the fall. The latest news from English tabloid The List is that the self-described “proper, proper nerd” will be heading to Hogwarts, err … Yale, in the fall.

    This day in Yale history

    1989 Yale physicist Mosche Gai revealed that experiments conducted at the Wright Nuclear Structure Lab have produced results refuting claims that nuclear fusion can be produced at room temperature. Many research labs worldwide had been racing to prove or dispute this claim.

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  7. Cross Campus: 04.24.09

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    Spring is here. The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures this weekend will rise as high as 85 degrees on Sunday. The previous record high for the day was 78 degrees on April 26, 1960.

    But things are even hotter in Myrtle Beach. Residents of the South Carolina enclave have been urged to evacuate because of raging wildfires; Mark Sanford, the state’s governor, has declared a state of emergency.

    The fires are burning just 10 miles away from the Avista Resort, which will be the site of a week-long bacchanalia for seniors next month.

    Some lucky seniors had their last Yale College classes yesterday; all seniors received an invitation to President Levin’s Commencement reception in their YaleStation boxes yesterday.

    A new portrait was added to the Saybrook College Dining Hall last night, featuring Saybrook College Master Edward Kamens and master-turned-Dean Mary Miller along with their cat, Rainbow.

    On hand for the ceremony was Edward Bass ’67, a fellow of the Yale Corporation, who is in town for this weekend’s gathering of the University’s highest governing body.

    A different kind of celebration will take place at the Yale Farm today. Instead of toasting the end of classes, students there will roast a 125-pound pig. The festivities begin at 5 p.m., but the pig will have been cooking for 20 hours by then.

    Caught. Police in Princeton, N.J., have charged a man with criminal sexual conduct and criminal restraint in connection with three sex crimes that took place on Princeton’s campus last week.

    The inaugural Youth Forum on China-Africa Relations will be held on campus this weekend. If China-Africa relations sounds a little too foreign, just remember that North America is old news.

    Harold Bloom, one of the University’s most lauded intellectuals, came to Jonathan Edwards College on Thursday. He thought he had been “invited for tea,” but ended up taking questions as well. (See story, page 9.)

    This day in Yale history

    1969 In a facultywide meeting, Yale College professors approved the creation of an Urban Studies major. The program was to be based on the popular “Study of the City” course taught by Alexander Garvin ’62 ARC ’67; while Garvin’s course remains to this day, the major does not.

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  8. Cross Campus: 04.23.09

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    How to save a life. A bone marrow drive in honor of Mandi Schwartz ’10, a member of the women’s hockey team, will be held today from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Commons. The drive involves a simple cheek swab — plus the chance to beat Harvard, which is also having a drive, and maybe to save a life.

    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who will speak today in Battell Chapel at 4 p.m., was featured Tuesday night on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show.” On the show, Johnson Sirleaf presented Stewart with a chief’s robe and hat. No word on whether President Levin or any other Yalies will get the same gifts today.

    Last night, the Whiffenpoofs tapped their 2009-’10 group. Current members ran across the campus to juniors’ suites with a tap cup. But unlike the recent tap nights for senior societies, the bad weather rained on the Whiffs’ parade.

    The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal weigh in on Ricci v. DeStefano. The Times sided with the city, saying, “Because New Haven had a reasonable belief that the test discriminated against minority applicants, it had a legitimate basis for discarding the results.”

    The Journal, on the other hand, took the firefighters’ side, noting that “there’s got to be a better way to accomplish this goal [diversity] than by denying promotions to workers who earned them.”

    Harvard is two for three in terms of U.S. News & World Report graduate school first-place rankings. Harvard’s medical and business schools took first place, but its law school fell to Yale.

    In an effort to increase sustainability, this week the dining halls began using cage-free eggs.

    This day in Yale history

    1942 The Elm City experienced its first daytime air raid test. As part of the simulation, Elis were informed that then-President Charles Seymour’s house was hit by a bomb. Students had to leave class and take cover, while fire engines rushed to the president’s house to extinguish the mock fire.

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  9. Cross Campus: 04.22.09

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    Handsome Dan was spotted at yesterday’s Bulldog Days Bazaar in Payne Whitney Gym, where eager prefrosh had the opportunity to gaze upon Dan while perusing Yale’s numerous clubs and organizations. The giant inflatable bulldog, which usually graces Old Campus during Bulldog Days, was only displayed indoors this year due to the inclement weather.

    No, I don’t sing! Prefrosh had a new weapon to protect against the usual barrage of “Do you sing?” inquiries. Preprinted stickers, available at the entrance to the bazaar, informed would-be a cappella assailants that “Yes, I sing!” or “No, I don’t sing!”

    Vandals! The Pierson common room was found vandalized yesterday morning. An e-mail message sent to Pierson students described “significant damage to several pieces of expensive furniture.” As a consequence of the vandalism, the Pierson common room will be closed until further notice, according to the e-mail message.

    A man was shot just after 5 p.m. last night. The victim allegedly was approached by two people who tried to rob him near the corner of George and Day streets. The victim was brought from 108 Auburn St. to Yale-New Haven Hospital via ambulance. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, according to the New Haven Police Department.

    Unfortunately for Piersonites, the college’s annual Pierson Day will lack Jell-O wrestling this year. The company that made and stored Pierson’s Jell-O wrestling pit has gone out of business. Pierson Day will be held this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pierson courtyard.

    But not gone forever. “We hope to be able to acquire another pit during the upcoming school year, so that this illustrious tradition can once again be restored as part of Pierson Day,” explained Pierson Student Activities Committee Co-chair Kelsey Pitcairn ’11.

    Dick Morris, President Bill Clinton’s LAW ’73 political strategist, debated in a packed house in SSS last night “Resolved: Save Capitalism from President Obama.” The motion nearly passed, failing by only 9 votes.

    This day in Yale history

    1980 Around 150 students and professors gathered on Cross Campus sporting rainbow-colored arm bands to protest draft registration. “They told us that another war would never come again,” sang Cliff Cunningham ’82 and Paul Bass ’82, playing the guitar. Bass is currently a Political Science lecturer at Yale.

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  10. Cross Campus: 04.21.09

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    Send in the prefrosh! Over 1,100 prospective students are on campus for Bulldog Days. Future Elis will attend meet-and-greets with a cappella groups and pizza party debates with the YPU.

    Several residential college deans sent out a friendly reminder yesterday: “Now is not the time to fully immerse pre-frosh [sic] in the college party scene. Some will be looking for it, but many (if not most) are not ready for it,” the e-mail sent by several college deans read.

    Best of the Bands. Yale’s Battle of the Bands, hosted last night by WYBC and YaleMusicScene.org in the Stiles dining hall, attracted a crowd of over 500 Elis and prefrosh. The band Affirmative captured first place, followed by Suitcase of Keys in second and Great Caesar in third.

    These top three groups will all perform at Spring Fling on April 28. “It’s just been a lot of fun. We got to do what we love in the company of a lot of talented musicians, sing about stuff we felt was real, and now we get the chance to do it again for Spring Fling,” said Tina Colón ’09, the lead singer and songwriter for Affirmative.

    Who says Princeton is safer than New Haven? A public exhibitionist reportedly assaulted a female student at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, The Daily Princetonian reported. The campus experienced two earlier instances of “lewdness” last weekend, which was Princeton’s first admitted students’ weekend of the year.

    A fire alarm in Trumbull College at 9 a.m. yesterday drew New Haven firefighters to the scene. The alarm was triggered by smoking insulation in the basement, according to the New Haven Independent. Students were allowed to re-enter the college at 9:45 a.m.

    Cheap coffee helps soldiers and makes students happy. Dunkin’ Donuts, in celebration of Iced Coffee Day, will offer the beverage for $0.50 today. Ten percent of total sales will go toward the nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops.

    Because they got high. At 3:30 p.m. yesterday, a group of about 15 students was seen marching on Old Campus with signs, one of which read “Conservatives for Legalization.” Nearby, speakers blasted Afroman’s song “Because I Got High.” Meanwhile, prefrosh began arriving at Dwight Hall.

    This day in Yale history

    1958 An epidemic of German measles was declared on campus when 70 cases of the disease were discovered among the student body. Fourteen students were placed in isolation in the Yale infirmary.

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  11. Cross Campus: 04.20.09

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    WYBC and Yale Music Scene, in association with YCC and YSAC, present Battle of the Bands tonight. The event will run 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Stiles dining hall and will feature Yale’s best R & B and rock groups. Winners will be chosen by text-message voting.

    Yale’s 2009 Relay for Life, which ran from 4 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, included poker, inflatable jousting and Twister, as well as a performance by YouTube sensation Nick Pitera.

    The Cupcake Truck made a stop at Payne Whitney Gym to supply sugar to the participants, who so far have raised approximately $80,000 for the American Cancer Society.

    Taking advantage of the warm weather, close to 200 people turned out Friday and Saturday nights for opera in the Davenport courtyard. Audience members, reclining in lawn chairs and on picnic blankets, were treated to the Yale Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of “Princess Ida.”

    It’s New Haven Restaurant Week, and 25 eateries are offering discounted prix-fixe menus. Lunches are $16.38 (a nod to the year New Haven was founded), and dinners are $29.

    The Duke’s Men won fourth place in Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella finals at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York. First place went to Fermata Nowhere, a group from Mt. San Antonio College, a community college in Walnut, Calif.

    If global warming or environmental stewardship don’t convince you to observe Earth Day on Wednesday, consider this: According to a recent New York Times Magazine article by psychology professor Paul Bloom, humans derive pleasure from exposure to real natural habitats.

    The late Yale law professor Stan Wheeler was honored Sunday in a second annual memorial concert at the Law School. A pioneer in law and sociology, Wheeler once played with the Yale Jazz Ensemble and the Reunion Jazz Ensemble, both of which performed Sunday.

    The Yale Debate Association hosted the Osterweis Debate Tournament for high school students Sunday. The tournament gave participants experience in the collegiate style of parliamentary debate with discussions based on “New Challenges for America.”

    This day in Yale history

    1917 Due to the war, senior societies tapped earlier than usual. Skull and Bones, Scroll and Key, and Wolf’s Head sent representatives to Palm Beach to tap students serving with the Aerial Coast Patrol Unit No. 1.

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