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August 26, 2016
Welcome, Class of 2020. Today, 1,370 of the newest members of Yale College will move into Old Campus, Timothy Dwight and Siliman. The members of the class of 2020 hail from all 50 states and nearly as many countries. The News welcomes them to campus. In the spring, the university accepted 6.27 percent of applicants to the class of 2020.
In the history books. Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 made history at this summer’s Democratic National Convention when she became the first woman to secure the presidential nomination for a major political party. Clinton will face her opponent, Republican Donald Trump, in the presidential debates on September 26, October 9 and October 19.
In the news. The Yale College Republicans captured national headlines this summer when members of the group resigned after they officially endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 election. The Harvard College Republicans did not endorse the controversial candidate.
Stirring the pot. In a welcome letter to its freshmen, the University of Chicago said that it does not condone the intellectual “safe spaces” or trigger warnings in the interest of preserving academic freedom. The action has been met with both support and controversy.
Well-deserved after the poopertrator. In an email to the Saybrook College community, head of college Thomas Near introduced several renovations to facilities. The former “Master’s Office” has been renamed to “College Office” and the former “Master’s House” to “Saybrook House.” Other improvements include a refurbished common room and a new 55” television in the college gym.
For free. It’s tax-free week from August 21st to August 27th in Connecticut. Enjoy no sales taxes on all clothing and footwear costing less than $100 at The Shops at Yale tomorrow and Saturday.
Not a member of the class of 2020. Internationally ranked tennis player and Olympian Genie Bouchard, who is in town for the Connecticut Open toured campus and was so impressed that she considered enrolling right away. Bouchard says, however, that she will stick with tennis for now.
Looking for employment? One option is to apply to be a guide at the Yale University Art Gallery. Applications due Sept. 12.
THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY. 1942 All students register for fall sports at lunch to complete the college’s exercise requirement.
August 14, 2016
Rest in peace. Handsome Dan XVII died last week in Rhode Island, most likely due to a heart attack. The English bulldog, whose name was Sherman, had spent nine years as Yale's mascot, and met prominent figures including former presidents George H. W. Bush '68 and Jimmy Carter. Chris Getman '64, Sherman's caretaker, said in a news release that the dog had experienced seizures earlier this summer but was taking medication and doing well. Plans to replace Sherman have not yet been announced.
August 10, 2016
Shooting reported near campus. The New Haven Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday near 393 Mansfield Street—a five-minute walk from the Divinity School. There, the NHPD located the victim, forty-seven year-old Christopher Motzer of Guilford, CT, who had been shot in his right ankle. Motzer told police that a black man around forty years old and armed with a silver revolver beat him and took his cell phone. The NHPD suspects that the perpetrator had an accomplice and that the two fled the scene in a white Chevrolet with New York plates. Motzer's injury was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
June 27, 2016
Fence to relocate. Fence Club, the coed fraternity currently situated on High Street, notified its members last week that the organization has until August 1 to relocate from its current house at 15 High St. Club leadership told members that despite “months of agreements otherwise,” the organization's new landlords have decided not to renew the lease.
May 21, 2016
Gender neutral bathrooms unveiled. Before Yale welcomed guests and families to campus for its 315th Commencement, the University published a campus map of all-gender restrooms on the commencement website. This move comes in the midst of national debate over bathroom rights. In the past year, over 100 universities in the nation have taken steps to install gender-neutral bathrooms to provide a more inclusive environment for transgender populations on campuses. Elsewhere, politicians and school leaders are working to divide public bathrooms by gender. For example, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill in March forcing transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex with which they were born. Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Tamar Gendler told the Associated Press that Yale aims to be a leader in the gender-neutral bathroom project. Putting the map at the top of the University's commencement site is an act of signaling Yale's commitment to the project, Gendler said.
Death in Newhallville. A young New Haven woman was found dead in her apartment by New Haven police on Thursday. At 5:33 p.m., New Haven police found the deceased woman in her apartment on 7 Daisy Street. She was identified by relatives as 22-year-old Kwasiada Robinson of New Haven, and the cause of death is unknown. Robinson was found in the Newhallville apartment by her relatives, who then notified the police. Detectives soon obtained a search warrant for the home. Robinson's body was removed by death investigators from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and was autopsied Friday morning. A second dead body, discovered four miles away at the St. Bernard Cemetery around noon the same day was identified as someone who had a relationship with Robinson, and police are investigating the deaths together, according to NBC Connecticut. The autopsy results of Robinson's body have not yet been made available, said New Haven Police Department spokesman David Hartman.
May 4, 2016
An invitation. This spring, the University's four cultural centers — which will see their budgets doubled next year — announced that part of that increased funding will go toward hiring a new assistant director for each center. As the semester concludes and the search process nears its end, AACC Director Saveena Dhall has invited the Asian-American community to meet the AACC's three final candidates in order to seek student input. Lunches with the candidates will take place on Friday, Monday and Tuesday.
April 29, 2016
A farewell. And with this issue, the News takes our leave for the summer. Thank you for a year of your letters, your comments and your readership. Our doors at 202 York St. will open once again in the fall.
Bad press. Donald Trump sparked controversy by accusing Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 of playing the “woman card.” Clinton’s campaign released a fake “Woman Card” to mock the comment.
Outbreak. Harvard’s campus has been plagued by more than 40 cases of the mumps. According to NBC, the high volume of cases could impact the university’s graduation, scheduled for May 26.
Holi-day. Students will gather at Swing Space at 4 p.m. for the Yale Hindu Students Council’s celebration of Holi. There will be 400 pounds of colored powder to commemorate the spring holiday.
Riff Raffle. The YCC invites students to post to the Spring Fling 2016 Facebook page until 4 p.m. today to enter a raffle to meet this year’s performers — Vince Staples, Janelle Monáe and A-Trak.