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CROSS CAMPUS One wiki to rule them all. A

new wiki called “Everything Useful” is attempting to compile mass amounts of information relevant to Yalies under one URL. According to its home page, the wiki was created by Casey Watts ’12 and includes sections on textbooks, computers, transportation in New Haven, the Connecticut Post Mall and alcohol.

Building a legacy. The Yale

Physics Department has established the Michele Dufault Summer Research Fellowship and Conference Fund in honor of Michele Dufault ’11, an astronomy and physics major who died last April in an accident in Sterling Chemistry Laboratory. The initiative will fund opportunities for young women to pursue science, such as a summer fellowship for a female Yale student and conferences that promote female representation in the physical sciences.

Getting prepared. Gov.

Dannel Malloy announced a number of new initiatives on Wednesday to ensure the state is prepared for the next Hurricane Irene or early autumn snowstorm. Proposals include allotting $1 million for tree maintenance, developing new performance standards for power companies and holding disaster drills before September.

Speaking out. Yale Law School

Prof. Bruce Ackerman LAW ’67 published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday claiming that President Barack Obama owes the American people an explanation of the legality behind his decision to fill positions on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate is in recess.

Also speaking out. In

an article published in Bloomberg, economics Prof. Robert Shiller said a surge in the U.S. bond market that has pushed debt yields to record lows may just be a bubble. He also predicted the collapse of the U.S. housing market.





Insomnia Cookies opens on Chapel Street, sating late-night sweet teeth


Taft Apartments building celebrates centennial, look to future of renewal






duce Reno, who is currently a defensive backs and special teams coach at Harvard, as the 34th head coach of its football program today at 4 p.m. The announcement came 22 days after former head coach Tom

Williams formally announced his resignation amid controversy over his history as a Rhodes Scholarship candidate. Two sources with knowledge of the search process confirmed Wednesday evening that Reno has been tapped to fill the vacant spot. Earlier this week, reports emerged in the press that UConn defensive

coordinator Don Brown was offered the Yale job. However, Brown withdrew his name from consideration within hours of the reports surfacing. Four Yale players said they have not heard an official announcement yet. Three Harvard players reached Wednesday night said they have not been informed of any changes

Seniors in the architecture major will have to abandon T-squares and straight edges for their latest project: designing water slides for the Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai. On Monday, architecture professor Steven Harris announced that students in the “Senior Project Design Studio” will travel to Dubai from Jan. 26 to 30 to study the city’s architecture and gather information for their final assignment in the major’s design track. The students will enter their designs into a global architecture contest sponsored by the Jumeirah hotel chain, which owns the water park. Since 2005, a fund at the School of Architecture has sponsored seniors to journey beyond New Haven as part of preparation for a competition of this nature. This year’s project will focus on the Middle East for the first time, Harris said. He explained that Dubai’s complex history and recent development will give students plenty of material to work with in considering how their designs will interact with the environment. For instance, Harris said, students will have to consider the tension between the gender segregation prevalent in Islamic society and the water park’s mixed-gender atmosphere. “Working in the Middle East raises many overlapping and intriguing issues,” Harris said. He added that he is fascinated by the culture of Dubai, comparing the city to Las Vegas.


Keil to step down


in the Crimson coaching staff. Reno served under former Yale head coach Jack Siedlecki from 2002-’08, spending the first five seasons as the defensive backs coach. Yale’s passing defense ranked third in the nation in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Since the 1980s, Dubai’s architectural landscape has been on a rapid upward swing: the city now boasts the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which was completed in 2010. Kevin Adkisson ’12, who will participate in the project, said it will be interesting to work in a city that has grown up so quickly, adding that working in a radically new landscape is an exciting opportunity for a young architect. Before traveling to the Gulf, students will research the city’s nuanced culture and architecture in groups. After the on-site research in Dubai, students’ individual plans will begin to take shape, and after returning, each student will work on plans to submit to the international

BY MADELINE MCMAHON AND DANIEL SISGOREO STAFF REPORTERS After serving as Morse College master for over a decade, Frank Keil announced Wednesday that he and his wife, Associate Master Kristi Lockhart, will step down at the end of the semester to focus on their academic careers. Keil and Lockhart, who were appointed in 2001, saw the college through its renovation during the 2009-’10 academic year. Keil said the two had decided to leave once Morse students settled into their new college, calling the time “a natural closure point.” Though the email announcing Keil’s departure came as a shock to students, Keil and his wife said




Frank Keil has served as Morse College master since 2001. SEE KEIL PAGE 8

Architecture majors in the “Senior Project Design Studio” will travel to Dubai from Jan. 26 to 30.

That’s a killer tote. The Arts

Council of Greater New Haven and Elm City Market are co-sponsoring the “Tag-aBag” competition in which artists in the Greater New Haven area compete to design the best reusable tote bag. The winners will receive $100 from the Arts Council and see their totes at Elm City Market. Submissions are due Feb. 7.

How to save a species. Yale

scientists have discovered evidence that a species of giant Galapagos Tortoise long thought extinct may still live on in hybrid forms.


1981 New Haven continues an investigation into whether Yale’s dining halls are allowed to operate without city licenses. Submit tips to Cross Campus


City shoulders costs of Occupy BY BEN PRAWDZIK STAFF REPORTER Occupy New Haven organizers continue to protest what they perceive as corporate America’s costs to society, but over the past several months, the demonstration’s presence on the Green has handed a hefty tab to city taxpayers. Since the protest movement began last October, city officials said they have spent over $60,000 in overtime compensation for police officers ensuring that the protest remains safe. The city also pays $1,900 per month to to supply portable toilets and garbage removal services for organizers. Additional costs as a result of the protest have not yet been calculated, including the cost of

rehabilitating the Green whenthe occupiers eventually leave. Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s office defended these taxpayer expenses, citing individuals’ rights to peaceful protest and the importance of accommodating free speech.

Cities can barely afford to pay teachers and firefighters. PETER O’HARE New Haven resident “The Green has a 374-year tradition for being a place SEE OCCUPY PAGE 8



New York City invests in Yalie

s New York City continues to overhaul its pension funds, city officials have looked to the investment strategies of institutions like Yale for direction. But SOM alum and Yale Investment Committee member Ranji Nagaswami is even closer on hand to help. GAVAN GIDEON reports.

At an Oct. 27 press conference, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Comptroller John Liu announced plans for an overhaul of the city’s pension funds. The proposal — centered on depoliticizing and professionalizing management of the funds — would be a historic one, they said, benefiting all New York City taxpayers by driving down pension costs. High on Bloomberg’s list of individuals central to devising the proposed over-

haul was Ranji Nagaswami SOM ’86, who Bloomberg said his office had been “lucky” to attract from the private sector. Nagaswami, serving in the city’s newly created position of chief investment adviser, had helped determine how the city might earn higher returns on its more than $100 billion in pension fund investments. Bloomberg, Liu and labor leaders at the SEE NAGASWAMI PAGE 4




“The interview is decided to provide a program or a department a mecha.COMMENT nism to remove uninterested students or psychopaths.” ‘YALENGINEER’ ON ‘GRAD SCHOOL DIVIDED OVER INTERVIEWS’

Lucretius at Yale


Laughing with, not at, our politicians A

mericans have become accustomed, maybe even resigned, to a government run by politicians who are sometimes smart, somber, serious, indignant, angry or even idiotic. Rarely, however, do we have politicians who we find funny, but I would like to challenge our complacency. Are the unfunny better fit for politics? Or perhaps better put, are funny politicians really better served by hiding their humor? Politicians are wary of humor because bad jokes are often offensive and offensive comments lead to political catastrophe. President Obama’s remark comparing his bowling to the Special Olympics is the type of gaffe we have come to expect when politicians are not reading from carefully planned notes. So maybe politicians should play it safe and leave jokes to the professionals. After all, if there is one sector in which politicians have excelled at job creation, it’s the comedy industry. As long as there are politicians, there will be comedians to mock them. Despite the upsetting levels of voter apathy in the U.S., Americans love a comedy routine roasting the government. When we are fed up with the government, we often find that humor is the most effective instrument for putting our frustration into words. Jokes have the ability to cut through layers of political rhetoric and to reveal a simple, underlying absurdity, and a good humorist makes that absurdity painfully clear. Humor revealing a stark and simple reality can have serious ramifications. Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live” brilliantly cut straight through the details of the debate over whether Palin was a qualified candidate and left millions with a lasting impression that Palin was an idiot. Case closed. She singlehandedly defined our memory of Palin with the line “I can see Russia from my house.” Politicians are not unaware of the power of humor, and over the years, a few have managed to use it to their advantage with remarkable success. John F. Kennedy’s funny response to criticisms that he was winning primaries with his father’s money (winning primaries with money, unthinkable!) totally illegitimized the critique as mere squabbling, and Kennedy went on to serve as perhaps the wittiest president of all time. Ronald Reagan is also famous for a collection of hilarious remarks, including his response to a reporter’s question of what type of governor he would be (“I don’t know. I’ve never played a governor”) and his line, “The nine most terrifying words in the English lan-

guage are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” That simple joke so perfectly encapsulated the philosophy and purpose of the Republican Party that it has since been used relentlessly by the GOP. Even if you do not agree with their politics, it is undeniable that these were among our most effective politicians. They were men who permanently changed the political landscape of our country. Now that every politician claims that he or she will bring change, maybe we ought to look for candidates with a sense of humor to find out which one of them is telling the truth. A politician who is witty might posses that same skill we attributed to comedians, the ability to cast aside political entanglement and examine the essence of a problem. “It’s complicated” should not serve as an excuse for inaction. Politics has always been complicated, and maybe a leader with a sense of humor will be able to see the simplicity at the center of the complications and then conquer them. I do, however, encourage humor cautiously. There are different types of humor. Kennedy and Reagan used smart, short, wry remarks to capture political realities. Reagan’s one line about the government trying to help implicitly carried the intellectual weight of the argument for small government, but was worth more because it was universally accessible and appealing. This sort of humor is smart and inoffensive, and that is what makes it so difficult and so rare. It is no coincidence that Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann were the first candidates gone from the Republican field. Americans are smart enough to dismiss xenophobic and base humor meant to stir ignorant passions — see Cain’s not-so-funny remark about the unimportance of the president of “Ubeki-beki-bekibeki-stan-stan” or Bachmann’s on how God punished bad governance with hurricanes and earthquakes. Americans are also smart enough to be skeptical of candidates with seemingly no humor at all, which is perhaps why Romney, whose rare jokes often elicit only a forced laugh from himself (just see his post-Iowa victory speech) is having such a hard time winning the candidacy. Yes, we learn a lot about a candidate from his or her sense of humor, and the GOP candidates have so far proven with theirs that they should never be let near the White House.


n its website, the Yale Admissions Department promises “education and enlightenment” along with a commitment “to the idea of a liberal arts education.” When a Yale student can receive a degree with a humanities experience consisting only of “Vikings” and “The Beatles, Dylan and the 60s,” what Yale claims to offer is actually a choice instead of a guarantee. To be clear, I have nothing against the two courses. I have heard fantastic things and very well may attempt to take both. However, I doubt that “enlightenment” can come from such a scant (if any) introduction to Western foundational ideas and thinkers. One may point out that this is simply the fault of the student. If a student does not choose to take full account of Yale’s resources, it is his own fault. Furthermore, who cares? A student’s education is his or her own choice. Yale lets students make that choice without much guidance. Distributional requirements are broad and largely undefined so students can “expand on individual interests, explore new curiosities, and take academic risks.” The proliferation of choice and the restraint of mandates are both well in accordance with Yale’s goal of academic freedom. However, this near-unrestrained freedom is an onerous and stunting burden on the student body. More important than the immense power given to the individual student is the idea that students deserve such power. The very nature of this absolute com-

mitment to choice is not simply a rejection of institutional authority; it is a surrender on the part of the institution. It HARRY is impossible GRAVER to respect or revere the wisGravely doms, values and traits of Mistaken an institution — especially one as grounded in our national history as Yale — when it presents itself as a mutable entity to be uniquely designed in each iteration. Further down on its website, the Admissions Department pledges that a Yale education “instills in its students the values” that will (along with other traits) lead to “successful and meaningful lives.” But with such structural latitude bestowed upon students, this process lacks any definitive formula or objective trait. Truly, at what point does instillation of values occur? Certainly, Yale does not explicitly inculcate its students with expounded morals. We have heard countless times about Yale’s individuality, acceptance, multiculturalism and the like. Tolerance is considered the highest virtue because of the very fact that it does not define virtue. These potentially instilled values are not instruments of any moral discernment. They simply mean a strong belief or opinion held by the student. However,

there is a troublesome and cyclical nature to this pedagogy. If the purpose of an education is to instill a student with values, but a student is free to choose his course of study based on whatever values, beliefs, understandings he has beforehand, education becomes at best insular self-empowerment and at worst self-indulgence. Yale defines a liberal arts education as one “literally liberating and freeing the mind to its fullest potential.” With this understanding, education is not a guide, but an infinite number of arenas with no two exactly alike and with none better or worse than any other. But from what really are we liberating them? Over 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Lucretius composed a rather lengthy letter to his friend Memmius entitled De Rerum Natura. Lucretius said the purpose of education is to unbind students from “delusions” — social norms or religious precepts that weigh upon individuals. These delusions are lofty, abstract social constructions ultimately conjured up and meaningless. With his highest goal being self-defined personal pleasure, Lucretius, although largely forgotten from our curricula, matches our school’s educational philosophy. Fundamentally, Yale subtly leads us to be satisfied and concerned only with the mortal world. Inextricably linked to the cult of individuality is an embrace of a quasi-academic agnosticism. When one is given the tools

almost exclusively to deconstruct, he is without the ability to develop and maintain values. More importantly, having never encountered intellectual institutional authority, one lacks the disposition to accept and defer to societal precepts. The social sciences cultivate a moral metric defined by statistics (median income, social mobility, etc.) rather than any transcendent metric. In matters of political philosophy, moral foundations are solely grounded in the reason of man, and invocations of God are treated as intellectual foils rather than potential truths. This is not to say Yale must propagandize. But, in the spirit of a true liberal arts education, it must take a more active and good faith effort to expose students to crucial tenets of humanistic thought. Yale would benefit greatly from true requisites, mainly ancient and modern political philosophy along with a theological, nonsecular history of Western religious tradition. It is the duty of an institutional authority to represent a moral compass, even if students ignore or disagreed with it. Instead of asking, “What would you like to learn?” a university should turn to its students and say, “You’re not even old enough to buy a beer — what do you really know?” HARRY GRAVER is a sophomore in Davenport College. His column runs on alternate Thursdays. Contact him at .


MATT ANTOSZYK is a sophomore in Calhoun College. Contact him at .


Occupy Toad’s

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ccording to a recent article in The Atlantic, 20 percent of college students are having 80 percent of the sex on campus. This astonishing figure confirms the sexual inequality that exists in today’s society. How is it fair that the top 20 percent have, on average, 16 times more sex than the bottom 80 percent? In a country that prides itself on equality, it appears we’ve lost our way. I’m here to give the 80 percent a voice. As the 80 percent, we should stand up for ourselves and demand sexual equality. It doesn’t make sense that, even in today’s progressive world, only a few people are having the lion’s share of sex. Despite this uneven distribution, the current administration has made no attempt to step in and create change. To date, there have been no laws established to regulate our sex lives. This is likely because government officials have been known to benefit from the promiscuous sexual practices of the 20 percent. We need to take

the sex out of corrupt, oversexed politicians and put it back in the hands of the people. In addition, if you’re not already outraged by the amount of sex that the 20 percent have, you should be upset by recent reports that irresponsible sexual practices on campus have been allegedly forgiven and covered up. Those who engage in sexual harassment are bailed out — or not even prosecuted — by those in power, whereas the rest of us who struggle on our own aren’t receiving any handouts. Of course, I recognize that this is a complex issue. There are no easy solutions, and I wouldn’t dream of suggesting one. However, I am sure that if we all get together and protest in the streets, the problem will get fixed. We just have to shout loudly enough and create some noise — maybe with some drums. Eventually, the administration will be compelled to put sexual regulations in place, and everyone will have a roughly equal amount of sex.

One day, we might even see private sex abolished. Because the private nature of sex is the reason why the few can benefit while the rest languish, abolishing private sex will be a huge step in creating sexual equality. Indeed, communal sex allows everyone to share the wealth, and can be beneficial to the disadvantaged. Communal sex is already popular with many of our European counterparts, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work in the United States. We should also ask the government to implement policies to help the sexually deprived. Currently, it is illegal to find sex through nontraditional means. Brothels have been outlawed, despite their proven ability to benefit those who lack sex, and this form of sexual welfare should be legalized. In any case, Toad’s has become a symbol of the promiscuous and irresponsible sexual practices plaguing our campus; many of the privileged few earn their sex

at Toad’s. The sexual transactions taking place here show a remarkable lack of risk management, and it is here that sexual disparity is at its greatest. Like a modernday Dickensian London, the area surrounding Toad’s is the part of campus where people are having the least amount of sex: the Hall of Graduate Studies. Join me in protest. Let us stand in front of Toad’s, hold signs and proudly proclaim that we are part of the 80 percent. I can only hope that a significant portion of us is willing to wear this badge of pride. I know participating means you’ll be spending less time having sex or procuring sex. And I know having your name associated with this movement means that you’ll be less attractive to future providers of sex. Yet we must be heard. Our cause must be known. Occupy Toad’s. PHILIP HU is a senior in Saybrook College. Contact him at .





Yale Bluebook draws shoppers

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 12:00 PM “Improving Communication with Your Teen.” Clinical psychologist Mary Newall will talk about how you can improve your communication with your teen. Open to the general public. Free, but register in advance. Contact Sterling Memorial Library (128 Wall St.), lecture hall. 7:00 PM “Richard III” and “Henry V.” These film adaptations of Shakespeare’s histories will be screened for the public at no charge. Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St.). 8:00 PM Piano recital by Wen-Yin Chan. The Yale School of Music presents Chan, who has performed around the world, in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital. Free admission. Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College St.), Morse Recital Hall.


Due to an editing error, a Cross Campus item incorrectly claimed that trays had returned to the Silliman College dining hall. Silliman is still trayless, and Master Judith Krauss is asking students to send in additional feedback before making a final decision.

Sciences to revise teaching strategies BY DANIEL BETHENCOURT STAFF REPORTER As science departments work to enhance teaching quality and improve course offerings for non-science majors, several department heads said limited resources hinder progress. A curricular review released by the Yale College Dean’s Office in November found an “urgent need for widespread pedagogical innovation” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. While several department heads said faculty constraints limit the number of small lectures and seminars they can provide, molecular, cellular and developmental biology professor Jo Handelsman, co-director of Yale’s Center for Scientific Teaching, said she is trying to spread effective teaching techniques that apply to courses of all sizes. “The Yale faculty are extraordinarily talented and there is no reason we can’t value both aspects of being a professor,” Handelsman said. “We need to invest in our teaching in ways that reinforce the research mission.” In the coming weeks, the curricular review’s Steering Committee and the Provost’s Office will form working groups to assess concerns of the report and develop solutions, said Timothy O’Connor, associate provost for science and technology. Handelsman, who coauthored a book called “Scientific Teaching” published in 2006, said many studies have shown that the traditional lecture is much less effective than teaching methods that actively engage students. Across the country, she said, many students decide against pursuing science majors because they become frustrated with the way the

P R I M A RY SOURCE YALE COLLEGE CURRICULAR REVIEW ON SCIENCE TEACHING The Center for Scientific Teaching at Yale, directed by Biology Professor Jo Handelsman, should lead efforts to improve pedagogy. Faculty in all courses should be encouraged to develop active learning practices, whether in small classes or large lectures. Clickers, study halls, collaborative study, application-based problems and other approaches are being tried in a number of departments. Time and support are needed for faculty to learn about and build on such practices. Departments should make it a high priority to ensure that comprehensive introductory courses are consistently and well taught year after year, so that all students are guaranteed equally strong teaching.

introductory courses are taught. Handelsman said the Center for Scientific Teaching is currently developing a program to train small groups of faculty in proven teaching methods, such as presenting concepts in practical scenarios. Kurt Zilm, director of undergraduate studies for the Chemistry Department, said introductory chemistry courses would ideally include more demonstrations, and he hopes to eventually offer lectures in interactive laboratory settings. But the department is pressed for faculty to teach those more intimate courses, Zilm said, since the department must meet the needs of pre-med students as well as chemistry majors and graduate students. Zilm added that the administration has supported his efforts, but progress will take time.

BY MICHELLE HACKMAN STAFF REPORTER Yale Bluebook, a studentdesigned course selection tool, has attracted an increased number of students away from Yale’s Online Course Information system this shopping period.

We are hopeful that Bluebook will become the official Yale … system in the near future. JARED SHENSON ’12 Co-creator, Over 3,500 shoppers have logged into the site at least once since Jan. 2, a 40 percent increase over a comparable time period during the fall shopping period, said Jared Shenson ’12, who co-founded the site with Charlie Croom ’12. Croom and Shenson expressed optimism that Yale Bluebook would eventually be incorporated into Yale’s existing course selection system, but University Registar Gabriel Olszewski declined to elaborate on details of negotiations. “We are hopeful that Bluebook

will become the official Yale course shopping and registration system in the near future,” Shenson, a former Production and Design Editor for the News, said. Croom is a former Photography Editor for the News. The Class of 2015, for whom the Yale Bluebook website has always been an option, showed particular enthusiasm for the tool, with 85 percent of the class using the site at least once since Jan. 2, Shenson said. In preparation for the spring semester, Croom and Shenson have included social media tools and provided additional information about each course on the website. They said they evaluated user feedback last semester to redesign and expand their website’s capabilities. They first rewrote the underlying code of the site, they said, making it easier to overlay features more quickly. New additions include lists of course materials and associated costs, as well as course enrollment statistics and a drop-down box featuring course evaluations. The site’s founders also created features that allow shoppers to share their schedules with their friends. Each worksheet, which provides a schedule of selected courses, generates a link that students can send to others, and users can also compare classes with their

Facebook friends. “One of the first pieces of feedback we got when we first entered the YCC App Challenge was that Bluebook would be an incredible collaboration tool,” Shenson said. “We felt the same way and wanted to have a way for people to share their course schedule with parents, advisers, FroCos and friends.” Seven of nine students interviewed said they prefer Yale Bluebook for its logical layout, aesthetic appeal and useful features, often saying they use the site until they are ready to create worksheets on the Online Course Selection system (OCS), in which are required to submit final course schedules. “It was really frustrating my

first semester of freshman year to try to navigate OCS,” Alisha Jarwala ’15 said. “Now that I use it to add classes only after I’ve done all the preliminary work on Yale Bluebook, it’s made shopping period a lot less stressful.” Still, Olszewski said Yale Bluebook has not inhibited professors from gauging student interest via the ClassesV2 system since most students using Yale Bluebook seem to add courses to the OCS workshop as well. According to the founders, students spend an average of 75 minutes on the site per visit. Contact MICHELLE HACKMAN at .


Percent of undergraduates who have used the website since Jan. 2. Percent of the Class of 2015 who have used the website since Jan. 2. Number of searches performed since Jan. 2. Minutes students spend per visit to the website on average.

Cookies come to Chapel Street

We are stretched so thin that just to cover the things we need to complete is a challenge. KURT ZILM Director of undergraduate studies, Department of Chemistry

“We are stretched so thin that just to cover the things we need to complete is a challenge,” Zilm says. Stanley Eisenstat, director of undergraduate studies for the Computer Science Department, said in an email that it is “difficult to allocate additional resources to offering welltaught introductory courses” because its faculty count has remained roughly the same over the past 25 years, while other STEM departments have grown “dramatically.” The curricular review found dissatisfaction among nonscience majors taking STEM courses even though more than 80 courses have been developed and enhanced for non-science majors since 2005, according to the report. Michael Koelle, a former director of undergraduate studies for Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, said in an email that faculty have increased efforts to cater to nonmajors, but courses required for the MB&B major demand many of the department’s resources. “I think all the science departments are in an ongoing struggle to mount courses for non-science majors in a way that really gives the students a serious exposure to science and also really engages the students,” Koelle said. Yale College currently offers about 50 STEM courses for nonmajors per year, according to the report. Contact DANIEL BETHENCOURT at .


Insomnia Cookies, a dessert shop with late hours and a delivery service, opened on Chapel Street this week.

BY CHRISTOPHER PEAK CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Freshmen, beware: cookies add to the freshman 15, and with the addition of Insomnia Cookies to New Haven’s late-night food scene, this may be a real concern. On Tuesday, more than 650 people showed up to receive a free cookie at 1143 Chapel St. as part of a giveaway for the grand opening of Insomnia Cookies, a Manhattan-based chain that offers late-night cookies and milk. The store delivers desserts until 2:30 a.m. every night for orders over $6. The store comes in the wake of a number of new dessert options opening up in the Elm City, including frozen yogurt store Flavors, cupcake store Katalina’s Bakery and chocolate boutique Chocopologie. “Delivery will put us ahead of the game,” said Renee Sarnecky, Insomnia’s marketing manager. Insomnia Cookies was founded in 2003 by Seth Berkowitz while he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Berkowitz baked cookies and other sweets out of his dorm room. When he realized there were too few places open around campus late at night, the idea for Insomnia Cookies was born. The chain now boasts

17 stores at colleges across the East Coast. “And we’re growing,” Sarnecky said. She said she expects business to flourish at the New Haven location, near the corner of York and Chapel streets, because of the store’s close proximity to campus and downtown nightlife. The store’s opening, however, has not been welcome news for all Yalies. Aaron Seriff-Cullick ’13, who runs his own baking operation Call Me Cookie out of his off-campus housing on Lynwood, said he fears that the new store will detract from his business of latenight delivered baked goods. Seriff-Cullick said that his oneman cookie operation cannot hope to compete with a corporation like Insomnia Cookies, adding that he makes all his goods from scratch each night and has to deliver the product himself. He said he will continue baking, but is looking into alternative business models to stay competitive. Plans are in the works for a cookie party: an event where customers will pay one fee to sample as many different varieties of cookies as they can eat, Seriff-Cullick said. Hala Siraj ’13, who was picking up a white chocolate macadamia

cookie Wednesday night, speculated that Insomnia’s delivery service will help their business during the winter months, when students are not inclined to travel outside or eat cold desserts like frozen yogurt. While Insomnia is not employing any Yale students, some workers are students at University of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University. Six out of eight Yale students interviewed said they were excited about the store’s opening. “Yale definitely needed a place for night-time munchies,” said Shannon Farrell ’15, who picked out a peanut butter cookie. “These are the most delicious cookies I’ve ever had,” Victoria Webb GRD ’17 said. Insomnia offers ice cream, brownies and 10 kinds of cookies, including chocolate chunk, double chocolate chunk, and the deluxe triple chocolate chunk. The previous tenant at Insomnia’s new location, James Camera Shop, a family business opened in 1949, was forced to close its New Haven location due to declining profits. Contact CHRISTOPHER PEAK at .




The Women’s Table Maya Lin ’81 ARC ’86 created The Women’s Table in 1989 and it was installed in 1993 outside Sterling Memorial Library. A string of figures on the installation marks the number of female students at Yale each year since its founding in 1701.

Nagaswami SOM ’86 takes ‘Yale model’ to NYC NAGASWAMI FROM PAGE 1 press conference unveiling the proposal said New York City can look to the techniques of other institutional investment systems, such as Yale’s endowment, in planning the overhaul. “There is a better way to invest money and generate better returns for the city of New York.” Stephen Cassidy, president of the city’s main firefighters union, said, citing Yale and Harvard’s endowments. “The model out there is simple.” Cassidy added that reforming the city’s pension plans to achieve high investment returns similar to those seen with Yale’s endowment would require time and an incredible amount of effort. Fortunately for the city — as officials continue to work out final details of the overhaul — Nagaswami has been on hand, equipped with her experiences from Yale both as a student at the Yale School of Management and a member of the Yale Investment Committee. With years of financial experience behind her, Nagaswami said in a December interview with the News that different approaches are required in overseeing pension funds as opposed to a university endowment. Still, she has been able to apply much from her time in New Haven to her job in New York — evidence for which is found not only in her investment policy work, but also in her devotion to public service cultivated during her years at SOM and praised by her peers today.


Nagaswami was appointed to the Yale Investment Committee — a group that meets four times a year to review the University’s investment strategy — in the last quarter of 2008. Nagaswami and nine other committee mem-

bers help oversee the University’s $19.4 billion endowment by approving strategy proposed by Chief Investment Officer David Swensen and the Investments Office. University President Richard Levin said working with Swensen has definitely been a “good education” for Nagaswami — one that has likely contributed to her work in New York. The “Yale Model,” pioneered by Swensen and emulated by other universities, relies heavily on equities and a broad diversification of assets, favoring illiquid assets such as private equity and real estate instead of more traditional securities like U.S. stocks and bonds. Swensen declined to comment for this article.

There is a better way to invest money and generate better returns for the city of New York. STEVEN CASSIDY President, Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York While the Yale endowment and New York’s pension fund must be approached in different ways and are thereby not always apt for comparison, Nagaswami said, there are overlaps in strategy. “Managing a large pension fund is very similar to managing the Yale endowment,” University President Richard Levin said in December. “You want to provide strong average returns over time; you want to have very diversified set of investments to spread the risks of the portfolio.” Pension costs have risen from less than 1 percent of the city’s budget in the mid-1990s

to nearly 13 percent this year, Nagaswami said. Aiming to improve returns on the city’s pension investments and thereby reduce those costs, Nagaswami said she has addressed two main issues during her first year and a half as an adviser to Bloomberg: the makeup and governance of the city’s investment portfolio. “Ranji has led the development of more sophisticated risk management and diversity strategies,” Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Finance David Frankel said in an email. “As important, she has championed changes to the governance structures of the Boards.” In making suggestions about asset allocation policy to the city’s pension boards, Nagaswami said she has sought out advice from experts in her field, including her colleagues at Yale such as Senior Director of the Investments Office Dean Takahashi ’80 SOM ’83, Investment Committee member Peter Ammon GRD ’05 SOM ’05 and former member of the Yale Corporation Charles Ellis ’59. Beyond the makeup of the portfolio, Nagaswami said she has been influenced by the way Swensen manages his team in the investments office and his relationship with the Investment Committee. Because issues of governance directly affect investment performance, Nagaswami has said the city would do well to emulate how the Yale endowment is run in three main ways: employing management staff of the “highest caliber,” making their compensation more competitive and delegating routine investment decisions to them. These ideas about governance are indirectly incorporated into the city’s proposed overhaul. The five different pension funds in New York currently each have

Designs to enter contest ARCH TRAVEL FROM PAGE 1 competition following a midterm review, Harris said. Though they frequently compete against established architects, winning is not beyond hope, Harris said, adding that students often win large prizes. Maya Lin ’81 ARC ’86 created her winning design for the 1982 Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. for a similar assignment, Adkisson said. The students’ focus on the academic elements of architecture may give them an architectural edge, Harris and Adkisson said. Harris said the guidelines for the competition are “vague,” stipulating only that entrants design some sort of “attraction.” But, he added, the medium of water will pose an unfamiliar challenge to students because it is less versatile than other materials they have worked with. “Water has very specific technical aspects,” Harris said. “It’s not infinitely [able to be manipulated], and this restriction often leads to rather extraordinary solutions.” Adkisson said that pre-departure research will include studying the history of water from the classical world through the 21st century, the history of water parks and rides, water park design and the Wild Wadi Water

Park itself. Though this trip is more expensive than similar ventures in past years, the source of funding will remain the same, Harris said.

Working in the Middle East raises many overlapping and intriguing issues. STEVEN HARRIS Architecture professor Assistant Dean John Jacobson said that since 2005, the trip has been funded by the school’s Alexander Purvis Fund, which allows undergraduate architecture students to travel for free. Most students will also apply for Mellon grants from their residential colleges, Adkisson said. In past years, senior architecture majors have traveled to Atlantic City, N.J., Mexico and Spain. Contact NATASHA THONDAVADI at .

their own board with a total of 58 trustees. Under the reforms, the five boards would be combined into one with a chief investment officer separate from the political process responsible for managing the funds. “Performance is not a given,” Nagaswami said. “All you can do as a trustee, which I am for Yale and which I am for New York City, is to create the conditions of success.”


Yale’s impact on Nagaswami began earlier than her work with the Investment Committee. Born and raised in India, Nagaswami attended Bombay University and with prodding from her father decided to attend business school at the Yale School of Management. Though closer in age to Yale College students than her peers at SOM, Nagaswami was a lively, engaged student whose analytical abilities anticipated her future career in finance, said Sharon Oster, one of Nagaswami’s professors at the time and dean of SOM from 2008 to 2011. Nagaswami also met her future husband, Bo Hopkins SOM ’86, while a student at SOM. While Nagaswami acknowledges the business skills she learned at SOM, where she now serves on the Advisory Board, Nagaswami said lessons on teamwork she gained during her time at the school have become more important as she made her way into senior leadership positions. “I do remember Ranji well not only as an enormously capable management student but also as a person with an acute social conscience,” said Burt Malkiel, currently a professor at Princeton University and dean of SOM while Nagaswami was a student, in an email. “I always thought of her as the embodiment of what

we were trying to accomplish at SOM — training people not only to serve the organizations they worked for but also to make a broader contribution to society at large.” Though she had an opportunity to head a major asset management firm after working 23 years in the private sector, Nagaswami said a desire to serve society that had been cultivated during her time at SOM and work with the Aspen Institute, an international non-profit organization devoted to encouraging “values-based leadership,” caused her instead to reach out to Obama’s treasury team to see if she could be of any help. Around the same time, Mayor Bloomberg’s office contacted her about the position of chief investment adviser. She began work in August 2010. Roger Ibbotson, a professor at SOM who has reviewed some of the work his former student is doing in New York, said that although her knowledge of how Yale’s investment strategy has likely shaped her work in New York, she cannot approach New York City’s pension funds in the exact same way one would a university endowment. For example, the amount of the city’s pension funds, which exceeds Yale’s endowment by roughly $100 billion, complicates implementation of policy while also allowing the use of more specialized investment teams, Nagaswami said. Possibly most important to consider, though, is the time and effort required to come even close to paralleling the performance of the Yale endowment, she added. “Creating a culture like what David [Swensen] has built at Yale takes decades, and we are just now starting an effort to begin the professionalization and depoliticization process,” Nagaswami said.

RANJI NAGASWAMI Nagaswami obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from Bombay University in India. Though closer in age to Yale College graduates than her peers at the School of Management, Nagaswami earned her MBA in 1986. Nagaswami met all four godparents of her two children while at SOM. During her 23 years in the private sector, Nagaswami worked at AllianceBernstein and UBS Asset Management. Nagaswami is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

But small steps do matter. As Bloomberg said when he announced the planned reforms at the October press conference, increasing asset values of the pension funds by only 1 percent will increase their worth by more than $1 billion, thereby reducing pressure on the city’s annual budget caused by pension costs. The proposed overhaul would require details to be finalized, a process that could take a few months, and approval from New York’s state government, Bloomberg said in October. Contact GAVAN GIDEON at .




The Taft Apartments The Taft Apartments are considered a New Haven landmark. The Taft Hotel opened its doors Jan. 1, 1912. William Howard Taft lived in the hotel for eight years after his presidency while he taught at Yale Law School. Katharine Hepburn, Alec Guiness and Gloria Swanson are among other famous guests to visit The Taft.

Great Big Ideas loses steam


“Great Big Ideas,” which uses technology to present students with overviews of different fields, saw fewer shoppers on Wednesday than last semester. BY CLINTON WANG STAFF REPORTER The University’s most popular residential college seminar last semester is back this spring, but demand for the course has declined. Roughly 120 students gathered in Timothy Dwight’s dining hall Wednesday afternoon to shop “Great Big Ideas,” the Yale College seminar that surveys 12 major fields through a combination of hour-long video lectures by experts, readings and class discussions. When the class launched at Yale, Harvard and Bard College and to subscribers online in the fall as the first course offering of the Floating University — a for-profit educational enterprise — it was heralded as a new educational model by Floating University co-founder, philanthropist and businessman Adam Glick ’82. Though the course returned to Yale this semester, it is not being taught at Harvard and Bard, nor has it caught on at other institutions. Glick told the News in September that he was in talks to license the “Great Big Ideas” curriculum to several other schools. While the course has not expanded beyond Yale, Harvard and Bard, Glick said Sunday that the Floating University and “Great Big Ideas” are still in their early phases. Glick said he expects the course will be taught

in 30 to 50 schools within the next two to three years, and that he is continuing discussions with a number of other colleges. “It takes a very long time,” Glick said. “The wheels of academia grind exceedingly slowly.” The 18-person seminar is still popular among students this spring, but it has not drawn the same crowds as last fall, when it was led by both Glick and Provost Peter Salovey. The inaugural meeting of “Great Big Ideas” drew nearly 300 students in September, and limited enrollment to freshmen and sophomores. This semester, Glick said the course has been opened to juniors and seniors to see whether it would benefit from including students with “more perspective.” Though only 79 students were registered as shopping the course on Yale’s online course selection as of Wednesday night and this semester’s first-meeting attendance was lower than September’s, Glick said he attributes the decreased turnout to a technological glitch that caused Yale Bluebook, a new studentdesigned course shopping website, not to list college seminars until Jan. 2. Salovey also will not co-teach the seminar this spring, which Glick said had also likely lowered student interest. Salovey wrote in a Wednesday night email that while he enjoyed instructing the

course in the fall, he could only fit one semester of teaching into his schedule.

[Expanding “Great Big Ideas”] takes a very long time. The wheels of academia grind exceedingly slowly. ADAM GLICK ’82 Co-founder, Floating University The class received rave reviews from students in the fall, and 11 of 17 shoppers interviewed said they had decided to apply for the course because of recommendations they received from friends. Grace Hirshorn ’15 called “Great Big Ideas” the “most lifechanging and worthwhile class” she had ever taken, praising its conversational format and stimulating content. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel, who gives a video lecture for the course on the classics, said the class creates “new possibilities for undergraduate course design.” “It challenged the way we think about different subjects and ideas that we’re exposed to in a way that no other course can,” said Vinay

Nayak ’14, who took the course in the fall. “Basically everyone found the class to be unbelievably rewarding.” But reviews have not been positive at all schools. The Bard Free Press, a Bard student newspaper, reported mixed student opinions of the class, which is not being offered this fall. Bard College President Leon Botstein told the News that he expects Glick will adjust the readings and lectures for when the college offers the class the following fall. At least for this spring at Yale, the course will retain the same format. Glick said he plans to improvise and be flexible, spending more time on topics that interest students. While “Great Big Ideas” has changed little in its format at Yale, the online lectures have undergone a significant reduction in price — now selling at $199 for a six-month subscription, rather than their initial price of $495. Glick said he decided to reduce the price after finding that Christmas discounts and specials attracted far more customers. He declined to say how many people have purchased subscriptions. “Great Big Ideas” meets in William L. Harkness Hall on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Contact CLINTON WANG at .

Taft building marks centennial BY LINDSEY UNIAT STAFF REPORTER The Taft Apartments on College Street may no longer be home to the rich and famous celebrity clientele who used to traipse under its Tiffany-stained glass dome, raised 70 feet above the lobby floor. But the building, which turned 100 years old on Jan. 1, is by no means a symbol of faded glory — it continues to develop as a New Haven icon while keeping an eye to preserving its century-long history. In celebration of the building’s centennial, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. issued an official proclamation New Year’s Day in which he declared the day to be “The Taft Apartments Day” within the city. But the building is not dwelling solely in the past. The Taft’s 100th year will see the opening of a new restaurant and the re-establishment of a classic New Haven tavern, both on the building’s main floor. Taft property manager Scott Ferguson said that the management team is excited about the centennial.

There is a strong feeling that there is no apartment community as rich in history as The Taft. SCOTT FERGUSON Property manager, The Taft “There is a strong feeling that there is no apartment community as rich in history as The Taft — we seek to honor and appreciate that,” he said. “However, we have a company philosophy of not sitting on yesterday’s laurels … Our centennial is not a pat on the back, but a reminder to accept constant change in order to stay successful and relevant.” Originally built as the Taft Hotel, the 12-story, 450-room building was a popular destination during the first half of the 20th century — up to one million visitors,

according to the complex’s website, passed through its doors every year, including Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth and Albert Einstein. As railway travel declined and more hotels were established in the area, the Taft began to struggle and eventually closed its doors in 1973. The building was converted to an apartment building in 1981, and it has remained one ever since. On Tuesday afternoon, the management team hosted a party in the lobby for residents, but Ferguson said he would announce more public events in celebration of the anniversary later this year. In addition to these festivities, the Taft will also be welcoming a new restaurant and a rejuvenated bar to the building. The last restaurant in the Taft was Downtown at the Taft (later renamed Baccus Enoteca), but it closed early last year, leaving the space vacant. The owner of the restaurant that will be occupying the space declined to comment, as development is still in the preliminary stages, but lease and service coordinator Jason Tavalozzi said that the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be located on the main floor with a street entrance as well as an entrance through the Taft lobby. Richter’s, a pub opened in 1983 by Richter Elser ’81 in the Taft building, will reopen this year under the direction of John Ginetti, who co-owns the bar 116 Crown. The tavern’s storefront, at 990 Chapel St., was first the bar for the Taft Hotel, and functioned as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Elser owned Richter’s until 2002, when he sold it to his manager, Dieter von Rabenstein, who closed the bar in June 2011. Elser said in an email to the News that he is pleased with the reopening of Richter’s, but that he is not involved in the project beyond transferring the rights to reuse the name and redisplay the artwork and memorabilia. The Taft’s Ferguson said that there is no official time frame for the restaurant’s opening, but he expects it to open this summer. Ginetti announced his plans to reopen the pub in August 2011 and told the


The Taft Apartments celebrated the building’s centennial on Jan. 1. New Haven Independent that he hopes to open in the first few months of this year. “The economy hasn’t really slowed us down much,” he said. “New Haven is a niche market due to Yale.” According to Ferguson, approximately 70 percent of the apartment residents are affiliated with Yale, with even portions of students and professionals. The Taft’s relationship with the University has existed since the complex’s inception — for eight years following his presidency, William Howard Taft lived in the hotel while teaching law at the University, according to the Taft website. Contact LINDSEY UNIAT at .









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2:00 PM “Shakespeare Wallah.” This 1965 film, directed by James Ivory, is the story of British actors performing Shakespeare’s plays in India. Yale Center for British Art (1080 Chapel St.), lecture hall. 7:30 PM KASAMA presents: Operation Tulong. This benefit show, hosted by KASAMA, the Filipino club at Yale, will benefit victims of Typhoon Sendong, which hit the Philippine islands a few weeks ago. Performers will include the Yale Alley Cats, A Different Drum, The Purple Crayon, Yale Bhangra, and more. There will be food and a raffle. Tickets $5 pre-sale, $7 at the door. William L Harkness Hall (100 Wall St.), Sudler Hall.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 12:00 PM “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice.” Event will feature music and dance performances, educational activities and an invitational poetry slam drawing poets from around the country. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (170 Whitney Ave.).


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FROM THE FRONT Occupiers take toll on New Haven budget


Occupiers on the New Haven Green are costing the city over $60,000 in taxpayer expenses.


Dollars the city has paid police officers in overtime compensation to ensure the safety of the campsite. Dollars per month the city has paid to supply portable toilets and garbage removal services to the campsite.

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS FRANK KEIL Morse Master Frank Keil and his wife Kristi Lockhart have been at Yale since 1998. Keil replaced outgoing Morse Master Stanton Wheeler in 2001.

Morsels laud Keil era KEIL FROM PAGE 1 they had anticipated their departure since before the renovation. University President Richard Levin said administrators have not begun a search for his replacement. “Whoever comes in will have a leg up just because of the foundation he’s laid for the next master,” master’s aid and former Morse College Council Co-President David Langdon ’13 said. “The college is lively as ever, and there’s quite a sense of community that can mostly be attributed to Master Keil.” While Keil said he and his wife initially planned to serve two five-year terms in their positions, they requested another year from Levin in order to ensure a smooth transition into the newly renovated facilities. “It’s hard to stop because you’re addicted to the kids,” said Keil. “But at some point it’s such a wonderful opportunity, you need to share it around some.” Presently, Keil is also serving as the interim chair of the Council of Masters this academic year while Calhoun Master Jonathan Holloway GRD ’95 is on sabbatical. Levin said that Holloway will return in the fall to resume his post. Kevin Adkisson ’12, an architecture major, master’s aide and two-year member of the MCC, said Keil’s dedication to the college’s character was evident throughout its renovation. “He respects the history of both the college and the architecture,” Adkisson said. “Master Keil fought to keep the original Saarinen stairways and library; he wanted to keep his buildings.” Marlena Vasquez ’13, a co-chair of the Morse Student Activities Committee, said Keil and Lockhart would often attend MCC and SAC meetings, and would help plan student activities and events. When Morse prepared for its traditional Valentine’s Day chocolate-tasting event last year, Lockhart drove several MCC members to buy expensive candy and chocolates for the event, Vasquez said.

But Master Keil’s constant involvement in the college’s activities did not force him to sacrifice his academic pursuits, his wife said. Keil continued to run the Cognition and Development lab, work with graduate students and teach throughout his tenure as master, she said. “He’s super approachable and super visible,” said Cathy Huang ’14, another MCC member. “It’s easy to forget that he’s also teaching classes and doing his own research.”

There’s quite a sense of community that can mostly be attributed to Master Keil. DAVID LANGDON ’13 President, Morse College Council Morsel Natalie Langburd ’14 said she has not had much regular contact with Keil, but wishes she had developed a closer relationship with him during his tenure. Lockhart said changing masters is necessary for bringing fresh ideas into the college and shaping it with new activities. After finishing their time in Morse, the two will return to their house in Guilford, Conn., she added. Levin said administrators will appoint a search committee for Keil’s successor in the near future. The only current masters who arrived before Keil are Silliman Master Judith Krauss NUR ’70 and Pierson Master Harvey Goldblatt GRD ’77. Contact MADELINE MCMAHON at and DANIEL SISGOREO at .

Estimated dollars the city will have to pay to restore the New Haven Green.

OCCUPY FROM PAGE 1 where people assemble and exercise free speech,” said Elizabeth Benton ’04, spokeswoman for DeStefano. “We are proud to see that continue.” New Haven is not alone in shouldering unforeseen expenses as a result of the Occupy movement. New York City alone has spent nearly $6 million on costs related to Occupy Wall Street, Philadelphia has spent $500,000 on police overtime alone, and Portland, Ore. officials estimated $750,000 in expenditures on repairing park damage and police overtime. The city has not yet begun to investigate what the cost of repairs to the Green will be when Occupy New Haven comes to an end, said Christy Hass, deputy director for New Haven’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. Paul Perrotti, president of Perco Landscaping, said that he is familiar with the size of the Occupy New Haven camp on the Green and estimates that the total repair costs will be under $10,000. He added that the soil will likely need mechanical aeration, renewed grass seeding and fertilization, and root fertilization near any trees due to the site’s tents and protesters’ foot traffic. Beyond the police overtime and sanitation expenses, city officials said that the Occupy movement has led to other ongoing expenses that are more difficult to calculate. For instance, Benton said, the New Haven Fire Department regularly inspects the Occupy campsite, as fire department officials have the final say as to whether the protest is safe to continue. There is no explicit figure for how much money these inspections cost, she said. Benton added that fire department officials have recently been concerned about

the safety of gas-fueled heating devices used in Occupy camps around the country. Such heaters caused the death of one Occupy protester in Salt Lake City through lethal carbon monoxide poisoning, she said.

The Green has a 374-year tradition for being a place where people assemble and exercise free speech. We are proud to see that continue. ELIZABETH BENTON ’04 Spokeswoman for Mayor John DeStefano Jr. New Haven’s costs are small compared to those in larger cities, but with municipal budgets tight across the nation, the figures have sparked mixed reactions among New Haven residents. Some find the costs unjustified while others said all peaceful protests should be encouraged. “Cities can barely afford to pay teachers and firefighters,” said Peter O’Hare, a city resident. “Taxpayers should not be asked to pick up the tab for a protest that will go on indefinitely.” Mike Stern, another resident, said city officials need to consider whether the money spent on protest-related costs could be put to better use. The Occupy New Haven protest began on Oct. 15. Contact BEN PRAWDZIK at .

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Former assistant to return RENO FROM PAGE 1 In 2006, Reno helped to guide the Bulldogs to a share of the Ivy League Championship, their first since 1999, as well as Yale’s last win over Harvard in The Game of 2006. The next year, he was promoted to assistant head coach. After Siedlecki retired following a disappointing 6–4 season in 2008, Reno left Yale for archrival Harvard. For the last three seasons, Reno coached the Crimson’s defensive backs as well as its special teams. The Crimson have won all three Games that he had coached. While Reno has never been a head coach or coordinator at the Division I level, his popularity among former players may have helped to strengthen his candidacy. His hiring comes at a crucial time for the Bulldogs’ recruiting process. According to Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett, the University is supposed to host recruits for its next class of Bulldogs this weekend and next weekend. Reno graduated from Worcester State College in 1997 and was a three-year starter at free safety for the Division III program. He gained his first coaching experience as the defensive

ends coach for King’s College in Pennsylvania from 1997-’98. He then returned to his alma mater, where he worked as a secondary coach and defensive coordinator until he joined the Bulldogs for the 2003 season. Georgetown head coach Kevin Kelly and Lehigh offensive coordinator Dave Cecchini were also interviewed for the job. Kelly withdrew his name from consideration early Wednesday evening. Reno will inherit a 5–5 team that this season fell short of its aspiration of an Ancient Eight title and suffered its worst defeat, 45–7, against Harvard in 29 years. The Bulldogs will graduate eight players on defense in May, including linebacker and former captain Jordan Haynes ’12, who led the Ivy League in tackles this past season. Linebacker and captain Will McHale ’13, along with defensive backs Kurt Stottlemyer ’13 and Nick Okano ’14, the remaining three starters, will form the core of the new defense. On the other side of the ball, the Elis will lose two dynamic playmakers in quarterback Patrick Witt ’12 and Alex Thomas ’12. But the team will also feature the deepest receiver corps in the league, led by Chris Smith


Tony Reno will return to Yale as the football team’s new head coach. ’13. The Bulldogs will also return five starting offensive linemen and tailback Mordecai Cargill ’13, who had a career-high 530 rushing yards last season. Reno has two sons, Dante and Vince, and a daughter, Angelina, with his wife Toni. He will be Yale football’s third head coach in five years. Contact CHARLES CONDRO at and JIMIN HE at .







PEOPLE IN THE NEWS SIDNEY CROSBY The captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, will start skating again. After the Penguins’ game Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, head coach Dan Blysma announced that Crosby would skate on the team’s road trip. Crosby has not skated since Dec. 5 due to concussion symptoms.

Cashen ’12 seeks Ivy title W. BASKETBALL FROM PAGE 12


Michelle Cashen ’12 has earned All-Ivy Honors in all three of the seasons she has completed at Yale.

Playing hockey where the ice melts

minutes, Cashen’s veteran presence is all the more important, Gobrecht said, especially as the team heads into conference play. “Michelle has been such a steadying force for us on the court this season,” Gobrecht said. “She is really helping the younger players learn and fit into our system.” When she arrived at Yale as a freshman, Cashen had an immediate impact. She played in every game that season and started in five of them. She averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and was selected to the All-Ivy Rookie Team. Cashen earned a regular starting role her second season and followed up her rookie season honors by making the AllIvy Second Team, an honor which placed her among the top 10 players in the Ivy League. During her junior year, Cashen

This year, the hockey team welcomed forward Trent Ruffolo ’15 and goalie Connor Wilson ’15, who both grew up below the Mason-Dixon line. HOCKEY FROM PAGE 12 he wanted to play hockey after watching the Florida Panthers play for the first time in Sunrise, Fla. Ruffolo and Wilson both reached college hockey despite a lack of competition and resrouces in their home states. Wilson claims that he was one of only a few well-known goalies in the Carolinas and Ruffolo agreed that the competition in Florida was subpar. “There’s not a lack of hockey players in Florida,” Ruffolo said. “Just the caliber of players is not very competitive, at least when you get older.” Like most college hockey prospects, Ruffolo and Wilson were forced to move to Northern states in order to gain the attention of college programs. For his first three years of high school, Wilson moved to Sheffield, Mass. to play at Berkshire, a boarding school, followed by a move to Chicago to play in the United States Hockey League for two years. Ruffolo played in Florida until his senior year of high school and then moved to New Hampshire for two years to play in the Eastern Junior Hockey League. “I think at first I was a lit-

tle overwhelmed by moving,” Ruffolo said. “It was a culture shock and everything was completely different from what I was used to. I think the hockey itself was a little bit of a shock at first, but it’s like everything — you just get used to it.”

There’s not a lack of hockey players in Florida. Just the caliber of players is not very competitive. TRENT RUFFOLO ’15 Forward, men’s hockey team Ruffolo has played in five games for the Bulldogs and has contributed two goals and an assist since New Year’s Day. His recent emergence includes a go-ahead goal against Princeton last Saturday that broke a 1–1 tie. Wilson has only seen action in the team’s two scrimmages this season but promises to be an integral part of Yale hockey in the future. “Connor is a great kid to have in the locker room,” goalie Jeff Malcolm ’13 said. Everyone likes him, he has a great

personality and he works hard in practice. He’s fun to watch, he’s very athletic and a great all around kid to have.” Cornell’s Brian Ferlin is a former opponent of Ruffolo’s in Florida and another testament to the growth of hockey in Southern states. The freshman forward is currently tied for third in the nation in points per game among rookies and tallied a goal and two assists against Yale earlier this season. Both Ruffolo and Wilson expect hockey to continue to grow at a rapid pace in Florida and North Carolina. As recently as 2007 there were only five college hockey players from Florida and two from North Carolina. Ruffolo and Wilson are part of a trend that has certainly seen those numbers rise in the past four years, and Ruffolo thinks that the best is yet to come. “Right now, there are a lot of really good kids in Florida that I know of, just in the area I’m from,” Ruffolo said. “The youth levels are getting a lot better than what they are stereotyped as.”

According to my mom, I didn’t want anything to do with [basketball] when she first tried introducing me to the game. MICHELLE CASHEN ’12 Captain, women’s basketball Cashen recorded a doubledouble with 11 points and 13 rebounds in that game, and she added five assists to help the Bulldogs achieve what Gobrecht said

was the greatest win in Yale women’s basketball history. “Unbelievable,” Cashen said of the experience. “It was the best offensive game I think we’ve ever played. Nothing, besides maybe winning an Ivy League championship, can compete with that moment.” After finishing second last year in the conference, the team kicks off its Ivy League schedule Friday with its eyes set on the title and Cashen at its helm. The senior has 14 games left in her regular season career and one final shot with her team at that ultimate prize. “We’re fired up,” she said. “We gained a lot of experience and learned a lot about ourselves [this season]. Now it’s time to use that experience against other talented teams in the league.” Contact JOHN SULLIVAN at .



played on one of the most successful Yale teams in recent memory, a team that won a shocking 91–85 victory over No. 14 Florida State.

WACO, Texas — When Robert Griffin III arrived at Baylor four years ago with new coach Art Briles, the Bears had never even had a winning season in the Big 12. Standing in the confetti celebration last month after the Bears won their first bowl game in nearly two decades for a 10-win season, the exciting dual-threat quarterback knew in his gut it was time to move on to the next level. Griffin made it official Wednesday, announcing he would skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft after a college career in which he set or tied 54 school records in 41 games. It was a month and a day after RG3 became the first Baylor player to win college football’s highest individual honor. “Obviously you want to leave something better than you found it,” Griffin said. “I can say we’ve done that.” It was nearly 2 1/2 minutes after Griffin started talking during his campus news conference that he finally said he was going to the NFL. But, like he said, he has never been good at good-byes. “It’s see you later,” he said. His public announcement came right after meeting with teammates to inform them of the decision, and Griffin said he broke down in tears after telling them. Griffin had told Briles of his decision when they spoke Tuesday, following up on a conversation from the previous day. “Neither of us broke down, surprisingly,” said Griffin, though Briles quickly added with a smile, “Not on the outside.” Despite losing the best quarterback in Baylor history, Briles called it a day of celebration for all that Griffin has meant and stood for at Baylor, both on and off the field. “He’s ready, it’s time,” Briles said. “I’m excited, and I’m happy for Robert, for the way he’s conducted himself for four years and

the journey he has in front of him.” Stanford’s Andrew Luck, the Heisman runner-up, and Griffin are likely to be the first two quarterbacks drafted in April. “It’s just a tough decision, I love the people at this university,” Griffin said. “I love my coach for giving me the chance of being a quarterback and doing the things that we’ve done.” The Bears tied a school record this season with 10 wins — the other 10-win season was in 1980 during Mike Singletary’s senior year. They won their last six games in 2011, and the recordsetting 67–56 victory over Washington in the Alamo Bowl was their first bowl victory since 1992. Baylor finished ranked No. 13, the first time since 1986 that the Bears were in the final AP poll of the year.

Obviously you want to leave something better than you found it. I can say we’ve done that. ROBERT GRIFFIN III Heisman Trophy winner When Griffin walked out of the room after his news conference, he was greeted in the hallway by an embrace from school president Ken Starr, who expressed how proud he was of the quarterback. “He is priceless. He’s just matchless in terms of the combination of goodness of character, greatness of skill and his commitment to his university and his teammates,” Starr said. “The nation has found Robert to be this very endearing and, as someone said, he’s the most interesting person in perhaps all of athletics, but interesting in a positive sense. It’s all good, and there’s a goodness of character that makes Baylor proud.” There are also the goofy socks.

RG3 created a frenzy that led to people paying several hundreds of dollars to get a pair of Superman socks like the ones he wore at the Heisman ceremony Dec. 10. Griffin opted Wednesday for the purple Barney character socks. “It’s an emotional day, but I love everybody, so today I decided to wear Barney socks,” he said, drawing laughter and a couple of quips from Briles. “Get on E-bay, Barney socks just went up,” Briles said. “Get them now.” Griffin arrived at Baylor as a 17-year-old freshman in January 2008 after graduating from high school a semester early. He completed an undergraduate degree in political science in December 2010 and has been working on his master’s degree in communications, which he said he will complete with a thesis either this spring or summer. Baylor’s career passing leader completed 800 of 1,192 passes (67 percent) for 10,366 yards with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His 2,254 yards and 33 TDs rushing are records for a Bears quarterback. He had another season of eligibility remaining because he got a medical redshirt after he tore the ACL in his right knee in the third game of the 2009 season. He said any fear of getting hurt again had no impact on his decision to leave. Griffin completed 291 of 402 passes (72 percent) for 4,293 yards and 37 TDs with only six interceptions this season, when he also ran for 699 yards and 10 more touchdowns. He was the nation’s second-most efficient passer with a 189.48 rating, just behind Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, whose 191.78 rating came with 93 fewer pass attempts. “We definitely brought a lot of excitement here to Baylor that’s been warranted for a long time,” he said. “We’ve gotten to new heights at Baylor that haven’t been seen in a long time, but the climb isn’t over … I will always be a Baylor Bear, no matter what.”


Networks show character NETWORKS FROM PAGE 12 points. You’d like to sit down with these guys, crack open a root beer, munch on some buffalo wings and argue for hours and hours about whether or not Tebow time stands a fighting chance against Brady and the Pats. Look to these guys if you want to follow sports with your heart rather than your brain. ESPN: It’s hard not to love the ESPN “Sunday Countdown” squad. This is the mot-

ley crew of pre-game football — a team that may not seem to mesh on paper but establishes an air of jovialness once the camera goes hot. Led by Chris Berman (despite his girth, not a former NFL star), the countdown crew touts such largerthan-life personalities as Super Bowl-winning former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, former Panthers wide out Keyshawn Johnson and Super Bowl-winning former Giants coach Bill Parcells. This is the group

that makes pre-game coverage fun. From gimmicky intros to absurd catchphrases, this is the channel to watch for the most complete pre-game experience. There you have it. Whatever your pleasure, the networks have got you covered. Here’s to another action-packed week of playoff football. Contact JOEL SIRCUS at .


Robert Griffin III, left, laughs as he responds to questions during a news conference Wednesday in Waco, TX.


SOCCER Liverpool 1 Manchester 0

M. BBALL Michigan 66 Northwestern 64


RECRUITING EARLY ACTION HELPS ATHLETICS According to an article yesterday in the Daily Princetonian, Princeton’s introduction of single-choice early action has been helpful to both coaches and recruits, helping coaches confirm their rosters earlier and helping athletes commit earlier in the process.

M. BBALL Marquette 83 St. John’s 64


W. BBALL Morgan St. 70 Columbia 66

W. BBALL Bost. U. 75 Maine 34


PENN STATE NEW COACH WENT TO BROWN Bill O’Brien, Joe Paterno’s successor as the head football coach at Penn State, is a Brown graduate. According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, O’Brien was both defensive end and linkebacker from 1990-’92 for the Beras. Paterno was also a Brown graduate.

“The youth levels [in Florida] are getting a lot better than what they are stereotyped as.” TRENT RUFFOLO ’15 FORWARD, MEN’S HOCKEY YALE DAILY NEWS · THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 ·



Michelle Cashen ’12 has played in 96 of Yale’s 99 games over the past four sesaons.

Michelle has been such a steadying force for us on the court this season. She is really helping the younger players learn to fit into our system. CHRIS GOBRECHT Head coach, women’s basketball Her love of sports was something first learned at home. Born into an athletic family, her drive and talents, she said, were developed as part of her upbringing. “My parents especially have had a major influence on my basketball career,” Cashen said. “My mom played tennis in college, and

my dad played football and basketball in high school. Their competitiveness and passion for athletics has definitely been instilled in me.” Cashen was a standout at Midwood High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was named most valuable player of her team both her junior and senior years. Her talents for leadership were apparent, and she was named captain of that team in her final season as well. In a NY1 News scholar-athlete report published during Cashen’s senior year of high school, her former coach Artie LaGreca praised her ability to motivate the team. “On the court she’s a leader,” LaGreca said of Cashen. “She can lead by example and, for the most part, she’s very encouraging with her teammates, knows when to get on them.” Equally high praise could be heard from Cashen’s current coach, Chris Gobrecht. With only two seniors on this year’s team and five freshmen or sophomores playing more than 10 SEE W. BASKETBALL PAGE 11



Elis find talent in surprising places

Sports networks show personality I know why you’re happy, Yale. Sure, the weather is unusually nice, but it’s not global warming that’s got you smiling wide. And yeah, shopping period can be a hoot and a half, but that’s not why you’re whistlin’ “Dixie” down Prospect Street. Here’s what it really comes down to — Yalies are running rampant with joy because the NFL playoffs are here! Yes, that magical time of the year when Tony Romo chokes (see week 17) and Drew Brees turns superhuman (see Detroit’s secondary) is upon us, and they have yet to disappoint. Now, if you’re like me, shopping period gives you your Sundays back, which in turn, gives you the chance to sprawl out on your common room couch and spend the day watching coverage upon coverage upon coverage. And, just like watching the end of Brett Favre’s career, you can follow so many network teams in so little time. With countless former players, iconic TV personalities and Chris Berman crowding your cable box, it can be daunting to choose which pre-game crew will best suit your coverage needs. That’s where I come in. What follows is a profile of the four major network pre-game teams (NBC, ESPN, CBS and FOX) and the personalities with which they most closely align. Note that I’m leaving the actual announcing crews out of the mix (sorry, Chris Collinsworth). NBC: Let’s start with the team that gets the fewest games per season, the NBC squad. Though they have the rights to the Olympics, high ratings for one month out of every four years cannot alone make up for the weakest network television station in sports. After losing the NBA on NBC in 2002, the National Broadcasting Company had to pull together a solid cadre to pull in viewers for “America’s Game of the Week” (also the channel’s only game of the week). Out of their efforts came what I like to refer to as the gentlemen’s club — a classy yet knowledgeable team of Super Bowl-winning former Colts head coach

When the women’s basketball team takes the floor Friday night, it will turn for leadership to Michelle Cashen ’12, its one constant presence from the last four years. The captain is the only Bulldog to have played in each of the past four seasons and has only missed three of the 99 games that the team has played since she arrived three years ago. This type of commitment was not always there, though, Cashen said. Her dedication to the sport has grown tremendously over the decade and a half since she first picked up a basketball, but this passion was certainly not love at first sight. “According to my mom, I didn’t want anything to do with the sport when she first tried introducing me to the game,” Cashen said. “Apparently when she took me to the kiddie clinics, I was too scared to play because I thought we were using the standardized sized hoops. Little did I know they had miniature versions for us. But she took me back the following year and I guess I’ve

been playing ever since.” Cashen has earned All-Ivy Honors for all three of her completed seasons and is in the top five on the team in five statistical categories — points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.


Tony Dungy, former Pro-Bowl safety for the Patriots Rodney Harrison, Dan Patrick and Bob Costas. This is the old boys’ club of NFL studio teams. Patrick, Dungy and Harrison are the most amicable and convivial group on television. Though Dungy and Harrison have every reason to loathe one another, even their disagreements are G-rated. This is the squad you would want to take home to your mother — a group of well-groomed, experienced and nice guys simply chatting about football with one another.

EACH SPORTS NETWORK HAS A UNIQUE PERSONALITY. CBS: “The NFL Today” on CBS rounds out the “nice guy” troops. Led by James Brown, this team splits the load with FOX in covering the highest number of NFL games. Former players such as former Broncos and Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason (sorry Chris Berman, he had the name first) bring the panache necessary to attract viewers, but the squad lacks the energy necessary to excite me for an entire day of football. Really, whenever I’m watching, I find myself unable to stare at anything other than Bill Cowher’s mustache. FOX: “FOX NFL Sunday” is the bread and butter of the entire network. The program sacrifices bigger names for bigger personalities. A crew made up of Super Bowlwinning former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, former Raiders defensive end Howie Long and former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan almost never disapSEE NETWORKS PAGE 11


Trent Ruffolo ’15 and Connor Wilson ’15 are two of the hockey team’s most promising young players. But unlike most of their competition in the ECAC, Ruffolo and Wilson learned to play hockey beneath palm trees and sunshine. The two freshmen both hail from below the Mason-Dixon line and represent geographical oddities on the hockey team. Ruffolo was born in Coral Springs, Fla. and Wilson in Cary, N.C. Each player is the first from his respective state to play

hockey at Yale. While both come from warmweather states, the two players’ experiences with hockey have been quite different. Ruffolo started playing when he was six and stuck to the sport, eschewing baseball among other sports for his love of the ice. Wilson, on the other hand, waited until he was eight to play hockey and continued to play other sports more traditionally associated with warm weather. “I tried to quit hockey for golf one time, but I wasn’t a good enough golfer,” Wilson jokingly said. But one thing the two players

had in common was their source of inspiration. Both claim that the NHL teams in their respective states influenced them to play hockey, offering an interesting perspective on the debate concerning the merits of the NHL’s expansion efforts. “When the Hurricanes moved to Raleigh, N.C. was when youth hockey programs started popping up and more ice rinks began opening,” Wilson said. “I started playing right after they moved to Raleigh.” Ruffolo told a similar story, saying that he told his parents SEE HOCKEY PAGE 11


Trent Ruffolo ’15 and Connor Wilson ’15 are the first hockey players from their respective states to play at Yale.

THE NUMBER OF POINTS MEN’S HOCKEY FORWARD TRENT RUFFOLO ’15 HAS SCORED IN THE BULLDOGS’ LAST THREE GAMES. Ruffolo, who grew up in Florida, scored two points in Yale’s 9-3 victory over Bentley and one point in the team’s 6-2 win over Princeton last Saturday.

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