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WE’RE BACK SO LONG SWEET SUMMER
Protesters call for a boycott of the popular late-night destination
GARTH HARRIES ’95 STEPS INTO HIS NEW ROLE
All-Ivy Chris Smith ’14 will rejoin the football team in his senior year
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Freshman pres. greets 2017
Egyptology program in hot water
Rise and shine. It’s the first day of classes, which means you should be up bright and early and ready to hit the books. Shop ’til you drop, guys. Saying farewell. Rabbi James
AFTER DARNELL’S SUSPENSION, REPERCUSSIONS ACROSS DEPT.
Ponet ’68, who has served as the University’s Jewish chaplain for over three decades, will take a yearlong sabbatical in January before retiring from his position. In an email to the Slifka Center community, Ponet emphasized his message of stopping and resting as the main reason for his decision.
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can dream is still “very much alive” at Yale, Salovey said the ability to succeed despite one’s background is threatened because many highachieving students from poor families do not even apply to top universities and those who do attend college have low completion rates. Even for the students on Yale’s campus, discussing socioeconomic status remains one of the “last taboos,” Salovey said.
Months after Egyptology professor John Darnell received his one-year suspension for several violations of University policy — including an alleged relationship with associate professor Colleen Manassa ’01 GRD ’05, formerly his student — the repercussions of administrative disciplinary action are still affecting faculty and students in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department. Darnell will not return to Yale until next fall due to sanctions imposed by Provost Benjamin Polak as a result of a University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct investigation into complaints against Darnell and Manassa, according to an email obtained by the News that NELC Chair Eckart Frahm sent faculty in his department on Aug. 3. The punishment extends by a semester what was initially a one-year suspension without pay that Darnell, who also resigned as chair of the department, announced in January. Following Darnell’s suspension, the Egyptology program will also not be able to accept new graduate students until fall 2016, and the number of students that NELC, Egyptolo-
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Celebration in Singapore.
Yale-NUS College held its inauguration ceremony on Tuesday morning, marking the official launch of Singapore’s first liberal arts college. The event drew more than 500 guests and was officiated by Tony Tan Keng Yam, president of Singapore and chancellor of the National University of Singapore. Football on the radio. When
the Bulldogs travel to New York to face Colgate on Sept. 21, they may find a loyal fan base listening closely to their progress all the way from Connecticut. The Yale Football Radio Network will debut that day. Former Yale coach Carmen Cozza and Ron Vaccaro ’04 will call the action.
Pitch perfect. For the multitalented, there may be an organization for you. A new a cappella group called “The Unorthojocks” aims to bring varsity athletes together to sing and perform during each sports season in a manner that can accommodate an athlete’s schedule. Fingers crossed The Unorthojocks team up with “Professors of Bluegrass” — a band that counts President Peter Salovey as a member — in the future. Spring Fling 2014, anyone?
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University President Peter Salovey tackled the issue of wealth inequality in his freshman address on Saturday. BY JULIA ZORTHIAN STAFF REPORTER It was the morning of Peter Salovey’s first address to students as University president. It was not a good time for him to get laryngitis. But the freshman president overcame his raspiness, taking to the podium in Woolsey Hall on Saturday morning to speak at last after months of listening during his “tour” as president-elect. The topic he chose was weighty enough for the occasion, and
for him, deeply personal: Salovey told the story of how his family’s achievement of the “American dream” got him to that stage. Now, he added, barriers for students from low-income backgrounds threaten that trajectory. “This morning I worry about whether the American dream is still possible and whether education is still the best ‘ticket’ to socioeconomic mobility,” Salovey said. Though he assured the class of 2017 and their families the Ameri-
Sterling Lab to undergo $130 million renovation BY SOPHIE GOULD AND YANAN WANG STAFF REPORTERS Three years from now, much of Sterling Chemistry Laboratory will be unrecognizable after the University completes a $130 million renovation of the building. In May, the University began a project to construct new teaching
laboratories for chemistry and biology that is slated to be completed in August 2016. Though the University had planned in the mid-2000s to build a $500 million Undergraduate Science Center, which would have involved adding two floors to SCL and demolishing Kline Chemistry Laboratory, Provost Benjamin
Polak said a project of that scale was no longer possible after the onset of the financial downturn in 2008. Amid increased emphasis on improving STEM teaching at Yale, administrators pushed for the renovation of Sterling Chemistry Lab during capital budget talks last spring, Polak said.
“We asked to move [the SCL renovation] up in the schedule because it was so urgent, and the reason was we thought it was embarrassing that our teaching labs weren’t good,” Polak said. “We can’t be improving STEM teaching without better teaching labs.” University President Peter
Salovey said that students interested in STEM subjects like chemistry should be able to work in safe, accessible and modern facilities. “The current state of the [SCL] teaching labs is far from this ideal. It’s a project that has been SEE STERLING PAGE 6
Are you in good hands?
According to an Allstate Report, New Haven drivers are the 12th worst in the nation, falling eight spots from last year. Drawn from Allstate claims data, the report ranks the country’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency.
New faces. The Jackson
Buckley Program acquires historic house
Institute has announced its senior fellows for the 2013’14 school year. New members include Eric Braverman, chief executive officer of the Clinton Foundation; Nathaniel Keohane, vice president at the Environmental Defense Fund; Noah Kroloff, former chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security; and Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the first prosector of the International Criminal Court.
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THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY
1943 Following the easing of restrictions for Yale servicemen, administrators confirm that the inaugural Yale Dance will be held tonight at Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Tickets are $2.50 for both couples and unaccompanied men. Submit tips to Cross Campus
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The Buckley Program hopes to grow in its new home in the Taft Mansion on Whitney Avenue.
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A cappella rush shortened
BY JANE DARBY MENTON AND AMY WANG STAFF REPORTERS The William H. Taft Mansion — a quiet, cream-colored three-story house that sits on Whitney Avenue in New Haven — has seen its fair share of history over the years.
In January 2014, it will have a renewed political presence by serving as the permanent home of Yale’s conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Program. Founded in 2010 by a group of underSEE BUCKLEY PAGE 4
This year, a long-standing and hectic Yale tradition — a cappella rush — will be the shortest in recent memory, with Tap Night falling between Sept. 9–13. Rush for groups affiliated with the Singing Group Council will span approximately two weeks this fall, marking a departure from the nearly monthlong rush process of recent years. The council will also seek to prevent rush violations more stringently than in the past, members of the SGC said. SG C m e m b e r M a rga ret Coons ’14 said the change reflects feedback the council has received from a cappella groups, as well as Yale’s decision to schedule Family Weekend in late September this year. The new rush schedule comes with a slew of other changes meant to simplify the process and ensure a better experience for freshmen, all four members of the Singing Group Council said. “We were already planning
to shorten rush,” SGC member Connor Buechler ’15 said. “[With Family Weekend earlier], it’s not only that we want to do this — it has to happen.”
[With Family Weekend earlier], it’s not only that we want to [shorten rush] — it has to happen. CONNOR BUECHLER ’15 Member, Singing Group Council Gabe Acheson ’16, a rush manager for the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus this year, said the group already found it challenging to prepare new taps for the Family Weekend concert in just three weeks last year, and this year they will only have two. With the new schedule, the group would have found it impossible to perform with the freshmen without shortening the rush process, he explained. SEE A CAPPELLA PAGE 4
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Boycott G-Heav W
hile Chung Cho, the owner of Gourmet Heaven, is a master of culinary strategy, he seems to have a hard time grasping basic business ethics. There is no doubt that G-Heav rakes in staggering profits. Its two strategically located deli markets have managed to virtually monopolize New Haven’s late night and pre-packaged food retail business. It has become a Yale tradition in the vein of Mory’s and Wall Street Pizza. But employees like Adin, a former G-Heav worker who filed the labor complaint making headlines this week, do not share in the store’s success. Yes, they see its popularity as crowds of people flock in and out. But their wages are four to five dollars an hour, and they are forced to work 12-hour days at least six days a week. I met Adin, who asked his full name be omitted for issues related to his immigration status, at the New Haven Peoples Center to discuss his experiences. “I was on my feet for 12 hours, so they often hurt,” he told me quietly. “The owners would watch us through the surveillance cameras, and if we were resting, even when no customers were in, they would come down and yell at us and force us to clean.” Every hour, workers like Adin prepare about 20 sandwiches, clean the floors and greet customers with a forced smile — all without sitting down to rest. In exchange, they get an hourly compensation that can barely buy a pack of Oreos. The damage is not limited to the workers. The community suffers, too: Wages paid in cash results in taxes not collected, and illegal wage cuts damage the equal playing field that make up the heart of any functioning capitalism. G-Heav, clearly, is a harmful business. I am generally sympathetic toward business owners who want to succeed and need to make their own living. In my head, I have attempted to rationalize the violations by attributing them to naiveté, an innocent mistake, even the sudden but fleeting pangs of greed to which we all fall victim. But the sheer magnitude of these violations means I cannot do so. It is clear that G-Heav’s exploitation must end. Luckily, we find ourselves in a surprisingly powerful bargaining position. We are a large part of G-Heav’s customer base, and their lot is owned by University Properties. But inherent in such power is culpability. If we do nothing, we are like witnesses who see a theft and help the robber get away. Last Friday, 25 members of the New Haven Workers’ Association staged a protest outside of G-Heav’s Broadway location. Following their example, we must begin our own boycott. The boycott need not last
G U E S T C O L U M N I S T TA H J B L O W
Reflecting on the dream
long. It can be a week. Our goal is not to shutter G-Heav for good. It is to send a strong message that as a GENG commuNGARMBOO- nity, we will not NANANT long tolerate such Geng's indecency All Here to workers who are trying to make a living in this world, like we are. We are not strangers to boycotts. Today, Fossil Free Yale is encouraging the school to divest from large energy companies, and in the past, students campaigned to disinvest from apartheid South Africa. In 1984, students and faculty boycotted classes, which ended up pressuring the school to negotiate an end to the labor strike with the Yale workforce. We also know that boycotts work. In 2011, Harvard students boycotted Upper Crust Pizzeria, which like G-Heav, mistreated their employees and paid less-than-minimum wages. The campaign was so successful that it bankrupted Upper Crust. Now, the pizzeria has been turned into a worker cooperative, aptly renamed “The Just Crust.” This boycott can work. Each of us holds within ourselves choices about what to do, where to spend our money. A little redirection of funds away from G-Heav is enough to let these workers know they are not alone. Toward the end of our conversation, I asked Adin about his background and his future. It turns out that he came to America from Mexico when he was 16, six months away from finishing high school. He crossed the border by walking through the Arizona Desert for seven days and seven nights. His group barely stopped to eat and sleep to avoid the border patrol. But the dream of America was bright, he said. Despite everything, “we made it,” Adin recalled. “We made it to America.” Now, after leaving G-Heav, he has also been kicked out of his home by Cho, who is also his landlord. “My dream,” he said, “is just to be a student and learn.” Every worker at G-Heav has a similar story. If you can stomach complicity in G-Heav’s exploitation, go on and continue to buy from them. But if you feel like I feel — upset, betrayed or unable to look squarely into a G-Heav worker’s eyes knowing the abuse — then help stop it.
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have a dream.” These words ring in our popular culture with the regularity of the Harkness Tower bells. During every Black History Month, and on the third Monday of January, the phrase rests neatly below Dr. King’s iconic bust and in essays written by schoolchildren across the country. These words, like all sayings that become cliché, have lost much of their awe. Recently, in memory of Dr. King’s legacy, I decided to read the text of his most famous speech. I mouthed the words as I read them, hoping to invoke some of the spirit they carried. “Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children,” King said. “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” This passage is perhaps not the most widely cited excerpt from King’s historic speech. Yet it offers a message as powerful and accessible today as it was many decades ago. Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washing-
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ton. This day affords us, as both a nation and a series of communities, a special opportunity: introspection. Today, we should be reminded of the tragedies our nation has weathered in the name of civil rights. We should be reminded of the race riots in Los Angeles. We should be reminded of the various incidents and injustices that affect African Americans today: hyper-sexualization, marginalization, discrimination. We should be reminded of the hatred that spread across the globe after an otherwise normal African American teenager was murdered two February’s ago. But we should also remember the ways that Dr. King’s message has reverberated throughout history, echoed by the men and women with whom I share a campus, from the unified efforts of our student body after the death of Trayvon Martin to the Black Student Alliance’s efforts to bridge between Yale and New Haven. On our campus, these are but a few examples of individuals and communities doing their part to move our country to the rock of brotherhood
As I reflected on these accomplishments, I began to realize how little time I spent achieving my own goals in the name of progress. As the Yale community reflects on this historic anniversary, we must reflect on the ways we can continue to hoist the banner of progress, equality and brotherhood for the entire country to rally behind.
HISTORY ILLUMINATES THE PATH TO JUSTICE In that spirit, we should reflect on Dr. King’s call for every individual to move, and give our city the tools to make that vision a reality. As a community, we should focus on continuing to improve and increase the resources available to New Haven citizens, not just enrolled Yale students. We must maintain a strong relationship between Yale students and the students that populate our
local schools. We should ensure that University resources are accessible to both students and locals, allowing us to better prepare the next generation for service. Through voter registration drives and transportation initiatives, we should work to improve the political and academic literacy of our community. Additionally, we should strive to redefine the Yale community. Yes, Yale is home to some of our country’s most intelligent students, most resourceful organizations and most dedicated minds. But, today, we should define ourselves less by our multiplicity of interests, and more by a common dedication to our city at large. We would be remiss not to give back. On this historic landmark in American history, we must stand together, united in our desires for a brighter future, and combine our individual brilliance into the shining pole-bearers of our national endeavor. TAHJ BLOW is a sophomore in Saybrook College. Contact him at tahj. firstname.lastname@example.org .
GUEST COLUMNIST EMMA GOLDBERG
Bottle up the heat T
here was one particular day this summer when all anyone talked about was the heat. It was a lazy heat. It was the type of heat that clings to your skin like Saran Wrap and pastes your hair to your forehead in sticky clumps. It was a plop-down-somewhere-sipa-glass-of-lemonade-evenif-you-hate-lemonade type of heat. It was mid-July and every conversation began with a groan — “God, that heat.” I remember making an effort to jog one of those evenings. Instead, I ended up kicking off my sneakers and sprawling inches from the building on a patch of grass wet with either the dew or the sprinkler system or maybe my own perspiration. I don’t remember how long I lay there, or what was on my mind. But I remember seeing the tips of shoes as they made their way home from work — loafers, sandals, clack-clacking heels and one pair of deep magenta crocs. I remember the ticklish brush of the dandelion seeds that drifted across my face, and the feeling of a pebble digging
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into my lower spine. It was five minutes or maybe 10 or even half an hour, and I didn’t think about anything but the shoes and the flowers and the pebble under my back. The doorman laughed when I finally stood up. “Lazy Monday, huh?”
LET'S SAVOR THE SLOWNESS OF SUMMER They say in chemistry that molecules speed up when they’re warm, but to me the summer always feels slower, like the season is on its own clock or enclosed in some other time zone. My brain is muffled by the dry air, and I can’t calculate my mental to-do lists as rapidly. I drag my feet and show up late. In the summer, I have time to notice the little things around me — the way the sun glints off windows and the drops of condensation that gather on iced
coffee cups. Maybe there’s a reason everything seems fresher in the summer: The whole world decides to go to yoga and breathe deep. Soon the heat will evaporate. We’ll be pulling on sweaters and eventually puffy jackets. And as the winds start to speed up, we’ll start rushing around, sprinting from one class to another to avoid spending too long outside in the cold. Minutes will get faster. I won’t take the time to lie outside mindlessly. Even if I wanted to, it would be hard — the cold wakes me up and keeps my brain on high alert, focused on destinations. And it’s not that I don’t like being busy, but sometimes I just want to lie somewhere and forget about everything except the heat. There are some things we do at Yale that, while fun, I wouldn’t define as true relaxation. We like to put away our work on Fridays and find friends to stumble with down Broadway or High Street toward nights of dancing or chatting while trying not to slur words. We like to spend a little bit too long in din-
ing halls when meals are finished, laughing or catching up with friends and postponing that inevitable trudge back to the library. These experiences are all good, but they don’t slow down time. We’re always keenly aware of the moments passing. There are anxieties tumbling around behind our words. We’re not really thinking about the weather. This year, I want to bottle up the summer heat and drink it deep when I want stillness. I want lazy Mondays — the type of relaxation where time slows down. Once in a while, I want to fling myself down somewhere spontaneously and forget everything but the feeling of the air on my face. It doesn’t matter whether it’s hot moist air plastered to my skin or a cold chill biting at my ears; I don’t want to lose the mindlessness that comes with summer heat. EMMA GOLDBERG is a sophomore in Saybrook College. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
GUEST COLUMNIST YIFU DONG
Translating the gift of education F
ew have heard of Rong Hong, the first Chinese person ever to graduate from college, and a member of the Yale Class of 1854. For Chinese students like me, however, Hong’s story is a perfect reminder of how my education should be used.
FRESHMAN VOICES Though Hong could have enjoyed the riches of America after his graduation, he instead worked to make education accessible to more people. He believed Chinese youth should have the opportunity to study in America. By bringing the skills they acquired back to China, they could help their home country. But Hong lived in a society that lacked openness. To accomplish his goal, he battled for nearly 20 years. Before the first group of Chinese youngsters could set out for the East Coast, Hong petitioned his government and searched for sponsors. Eventually, Hong was able to send many youth to study at prestigious universities, including Yale. These children provided relief to a Chinese society drowning in crises. I thought of Hong’s example
when I went to visit my grandmother earlier this year. Though I only am able to see her twice a year, each visit brings a surprise. This time, I brought with me a piece of paper that would become the newest edition to her collection of family heirlooms. Before she stored the one-page treasure, she was eager to know what the letter said. English was a language she never had the chance to learn. As I translated my acceptance letter for her, I battled changes in word order, searching for the precise words. For the first time, I was struck by the letter. The first time I had read it, I had seen it as a flattering recognition of my achievements — even though, as a senior in high school, what I was able to do was actually quite limited. The things I was expected to do at Yale — enlarge my horizons, develop my abilities and expand my opportunities — were high expectations, and I was unsure if I could meet them. Grandma listened, taking notes. She wrote down key words in her exquisite calligraphy, and then stopped for a moment. “I could never have had the wisdom to say those things,” she said, “But you are going to achieve all
of them.” My grandmother has been a dedicated educator all her life. All four of my grandparents were once school principals and teachers. They had humble upbringings amid perilous surroundings. Though they thrived in their schools and their workplaces, a lack of resources and social upheaval — especially the physical suffering and grave losses of faith that were the Cultural Revolution — hindered their dreams. They dreamed big dreams, hoping to educate themselves and their society. It’s no wonder, then, that my grandmother calls my Yale acceptance “enlightening the glory of ancestors,” as the Chinese saying she’s referencing goes. For us, it’s not just a cliché. The dreams of each generation in my family — dreams to pursue an education in spite of hard circumstances — culminated in my admission to Yale. Just as the legacy of Rong Hong had a ripple effect throughout Chinese society, so too have the efforts of my grandparents influenced my own life. American culture values individuality. Here, it’s easy to neglect the responsibility that
people with a good education should have to others. This is the responsibility that once motivated Rong Hong and my grandparents. Today, it’s a tradition worth following. When I traveled two hours from Beijing to teach Chinese children in the countryside, Yale became unexplainable. Though the children knew places called colleges existed, few would ever make it to high school. Many even drop out of middle school, even though that’s part of their compulsory education in China. How could I explain Yale to children with so much desire to advance their lives, but so little chance of getting there? I still cannot find ways to explain Yale to them; I can only try to send them a postcard. But even if I cannot find the exact words to translate the value of my education, I can still do much to help. It’s time to pay the gifts of Rong Hong, and the gifts of my grandparents, forward. It’s time to make a difference beyond the world of my own. YIFU DONG is a freshman in Branford College. Contact him at yifu. email@example.com .
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Protesters call for Gourmet Heaven boycott BY ISAAC STANLEY-BECKER STAFF REPORTER As campus swarmed on Friday for freshman move-in day, protestors gathered on Broadway Avenue outside Gourmet Heaven to ask students to boycott the popular late-night food destination under investigation for a slew of workplace violations. In a demonstration organized by the New Haven Workers Association, roughly 25 protesters marched in a circle outside the entrance of the combined restaurant and convenience store, brandishing signs condemning the establishment’s alleged wage theft and chanting for workplace justice. “Students are standing in solidarity with the workers,” Evelyn Nunez ’14, a leader of the Chicano student organization MEChA, said at Friday’s protest. “Yale students should say no to G-Heav.” Following a tip from a former employee, the Connecticut Department of Labor found that the business had misclassified at least 15 employees as independent contractors, thus withholding overtime compensation and failing to pay them the minimum wage, according to an Aug. 7 state Department of Labor press release. An investigation into the business’ adherence to the state’s wage and workforce regulations is underway and is expected to conclude within the next two weeks, said Nancy
Steffen, spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor. She declined to comment on initial findings. Addressing the crowd at Friday’s protest, Nunez alleged that Gourmet Heaven had forced employees to work 72-hour weeks while paying them less than $4 an hour. The minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.25. “This is a case where an employer is taking unfair advantage of his employees and also cheating the state by not paying the proper taxes or providing worker protections, such as unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation,” State Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer said in the initial state Department of Labor press release. Chung H. Cho, the owner of Gourmet Heaven and a resident of Woodbridge, did not return repeated requests for comment. Gary Pechie, director of the Wage and Workplace Standards Division of the Labor Department, said that Gourmet Heaven will get slapped with a $300 fine for every single week an employee was working while not on the proper payroll, which could amount to “tens of thousands of dollars.” In addition to potential fines, both Gourmet Heaven locations in New Haven — the site of Friday’s protest and its counterpart on Whitney Avenue — were temporarily shut down on Aug. 7 after the employer could not provide the requisite payroll
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Protestors gathered Friday afternoon on Broadway to call for fair treatment of allegedly exploited Gourmet Heaven workers. and time records on site. They were allowed to reopen the same day after the owner’s lawyer, John DeSimone, turned over the proper records. Megan Fountain, the protest’s organizer, said she fears Cho is attempting to obstruct the state’s investigation. “We want the owner to fully cooperate with the investigation and to stop intimidating his workers and telling them to fab-
ricate evidence for him,” Fountain said. Clerks working at the store Friday afternoon said they were asked not to speak about the investigation. Gerado Sedeno, an employee on the late shift at the Gourmet Heaven located at 44 Whitney Ave., said earlier in August that he thinks he has always been paid as a regular employee and not as an independent contractor.
Murphy endorses Toni Harp
Gourmet Heaven, like many of the commercial establishments on Broadway, occupies Yaleowned real estate managed by University Properties. Fountain said Yale, as the landlord, should pressure its tenant to commit to fair labor practices. University spokesman Tom Conroy said only “Gourmet Heaven management and the labor department” could speak to the ongoing dispute.
An endorsement from Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy has bolstered Connecticut State Sen. Toni Harp’s ARC ’78 bid for mayor. BY ISAAC STANLEY-BECKER STAFF REPORTER Two weeks out from the Democratic primary, mayoral hopeful and Connecticut State Sen. Toni Harp ARC ’78 pocketed another major endorsement Tuesday, winning the support of Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy in her quest for New Haven’s top seat. After a string of summer endorsements from all corners of the city’s Democratic establishment, Murphy’s was the second vote of confidence this month to broaden that backing beyond New Haven and the first to come from a figure on the national stage. Addressing a crowd of supporters at the Farnam Neighborhood House, a youth center in Fair Haven, Murphy praised Harp as a visionary with the courage and experience to lead the city on day one of her tenure. “I am so proud to be here today to offer my full, unconditional, enthusiastic endorsement to Toni Harp to be the next mayor of the city of New Haven,” Murphy said. “No one else can deliver that kind of package of vision, of courage and of experience as the next mayor of this city.” As a former colleague of Harp’s in the state senate, Murphy detailed her legislative accomplishments — including funding stem cell research and setting up the state’s Office of Child Protection — and described her effectiveness in co-chairing the body’s appropriations committee. Murphy’s vote of confidence came two weeks after Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy threw his weight behind Harp, which followed endorsements from the Democratic Town Committee, Yale’s Unite Here Locals 34 and 35 and a majority of city lawmakers on the New Haven Board of Aldermen. Those endorsements have positioned Harp as the perceived frontrunner in the race to replace retiring
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. In the most competitive race in decades, Harp will square off against three opponents in a Sept. 10 Democratic primary: Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina, Ward 10 Alderman Justin Elicker FES ’10 SOM ’10 and Henry Fernandez LAW ’94, a political consultant and former New Haven economic development administrator. As a 21-year incumbent state senator, Murphy said, Harp alone is positioned to “make sure New Haven gets what it needs from the state legislature” and to build consensus in a “perilous time for cities across Connecticut.” Introducing Murphy, Harp said she and her former colleague are “on the same page about this campaign’s priorities.” She called Murphy a “leading voice” in the U.S. Senate on many of the same issues she is targeting on the local level: public safety, jobs and education. “We have been in the trenches together,” Harp said. Prior to winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2012, Murphy represented Connecticut’s fifth district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before that, he served in both houses of the state legislature, representing districts that do not comprise New Haven. Saying his support would mean more than “just a paper endorsement,” Murphy pledged to “do whatever … however” to elect Harp. “I’m ready to sign team Murphy up with team Harp to knock on doors over the next two weeks,” he said, promising to mobilize his email list of “over 100,000 people” to drum up volunteers. Harp’s opponents fired back Tuesday afternoon at the Harp campaign for touting Murphy’s support, saying the endorsements of politicians and organized labor are a warped measure of the support of rank-and-file New
Haven residents. Fernandez called Murphy’s endorsement “literally irrelevant” and said the support of a national politician “won’t influence a single voter in the city of New Haven.” He added that the public show of support in a Democratic primary is “quite embarrassing” for Murphy, saying he has never before seen a sitting U.S. senator make an endorsement in a contested mayoral primary election. Both Fernandez and Elicker attributed Murphy’s endorsement to pressure from Locals 34 and 35, labor unions to which Elicker said Murphy “owes a lot of his success in the 2012 election.” Carolina called the endorsement “disappointing,” citing controversy surrounding claims of tax delinquency leveled against Harp’s late husband as evidence that his opponent “can’t hold those around her accountable.” Fernandez and Elicker challenged Murphy’s assertion that Harp’s time in Hartford readied her to lead New Haven out of its dire fiscal straits. Both alleged that Harp herself has admitted to being uninformed about the city budget. “She isn’t prepared on day one to address the city’s fiscal problems,” Elicker said. “She needs to learn about them first. I understand the operational details of how the city runs and the budget problems we face.” Murphy did not share that sentiment. He said Harp “knows how to get things done.” “She’s got the relationships that will make it happen,” he said. “She will show up with the ability to pass a budget.” Harp has represented New Haven in the state senate since 1993. Contact ISAAC STANLEY-BECKER at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Gendler tells freshmen to keep an open mind BY POOJA SALHOTRA CONTRIBUTING REPORTER
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“Yale has no involvement in this matter,” he said in an email to the News. Protesters said they will return every Friday at 4 p.m. until they are satisfied with how Gourmet Heaven is treating its workers.
Despite a fire alarm that went off Tuesday afternoon 20 minutes before this year’s freshman orientation keynote address was scheduled to begin, 1,359 members of the class of 2017 filed into Woolsey Hall to hear words of advice from philosophy and psychology professor Tamar Gendler ’87. In her speech, Gendler called upon a Jewish parable to encourage students to maintain equal amounts of humility and arrogance as well as commonality and diversity. Students who feel as though they do not deserve to attend Yale should balance those feelings with pride that they are the focus of the University. “There will be moments where you will feel convinced that you do not belong here, that you are a hopeless fraud, that the Admissions Office made a terrible mistake in not eliminating your application first round,” she said. “You need to create for yourself something that … reminds you that you do indeed belong here.” According to the parable, over 300 years ago, Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Pshischa told his disciples to keep two pieces of paper in their pockets — one that says, “For my sake the world was created,” and another that says, “I am but dust and ashes,” Gendler said. Another version of the same story says that one piece of paper reads, “All others experience the world as I do,” while the second slip says, “My perspective is mine alone,” Gendler said, adding that students should balance
between appreciating different perspectives and finding common ground with peers. She said humans have a natural tendency to assume that all people view the world in the same way, so they can make false judgments about another’s sexuality, religious beliefs or affiliations. When trying to listen or speak to classmates, or read historical texts, Gendler said, students should remind themselves that there are always novel perspectives to be learned. Gendler said in an interview after the event that she chose to reference the Jewish tale because of its application to a range of settings, including students’ “personal lives, friendships, academic learning and futures.” Four students interviewed said they enjoyed the address because it emphasized tolerance in an academic and social context. “As an international student, the theme of diverse perspectives resonated with me because here in America, I am going to come across so many more perspectives than I ever have before,” said Alfred Delle ’17, who is originally from Ghana. Elisabeth Bernabe ’17 said she thought the talk was “very current” because Gendler used language like “twerk” that appeals to a young audience. Astronomy and physics professor Charles Bailyn ’81 delivered the keynote address at last year’s freshman orientation. Contact POOJA SALHOTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Tamar Gendler ’87 emphasized balancing diverse perspectives in her freshman orientation keynote address Tuesday.
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“A library implies an act of faith.” VICTOR HUGO FRENCH NOVELIST
Singing Group Council Darnell sanction extended updates rush rules A CAPPELLA FROM PAGE 1 Coons said groups had been “surprisingly unanimous” in requesting a shorter, more streamlined rush process, as well as an end to the policy mandating that groups have at least one “rush meal” with every rushee. SGC member Harry VanDusen ’14 said a cappella groups have been “begging” to change the rush meal policy for years, and that eliminating the rule will simultaneously save groups’ time and spare freshmen from forming inaccurate expectations about groups not truly interested in them. Keren Abreu ’15, who served as one of Shades’ rush managers last year, said she is nervous that freshmen will not have enough time to get to know the different groups very well and might make their decisions based solely on first impressions. Still, she supports the changes. “[The changes] will be really, really good in terms of giving freshmen their lives back,” Abreu said. “When I rushed as a freshman, I felt that for the first month of school I wasn’t meeting other freshmen. I was very overwhelmed by the process as a whole, [and] I didn’t feel I was making friends with my class.” Abreu added that by taking a harder line on rush violations this year, the SGC is putting freshmen’s feelings above the a cappella groups’ perceived needs. “The new motto is, ‘Don’t be an a--hole,’” Abreu said. Coons said that in the past, the SGC has turned a blind eye to rush violations such as “sketch walks” — meetings with rushees not sanctioned by the rules of rush, which often take place late at night. “[Violations] are almost as traditional as any other a cappella tradition — but that doesn’t mean they’re right,” Buechler said. This year, the SGC has authorized a new type of meeting, which must take place during daylight hours and in a college courtyard or common room between pre-tap and Tap Night, in an effort to acknowledge and
avoid the need for such clandestine meetings. Buechler said he hopes these meetings will give groups a legal opportunity to communicate their enthusiasm to pre-taps in a more heartfelt way than an email. The SGC has also set up email hotlines where freshmen can anonymously report any form of harassment from the groups.
As [rush] drags on, the politics between the groups and rushees … amplifies. NIMAL EAMES-SCOTT ’15 Former rush manager, The Duke’s Men of Yale Nimal Eames-Scott ’15, a former rush manager for The Duke’s Men of Yale, said the appeal of the non-SGC-sanctioned “sketch walks,” as well as elaborate gifts and rituals to entice pre-taps, is partly in their illegality. “I got sketch walked as a freshman,” Eames-Scott said. “You know it’s illegal. … They say, ‘We’re not allowed to say this, but we want you in our group.’ The rush from that is … you know that they’re breaking the rules for you.” After having been on the other side of the table for three years, Eames-Scott said he hopes shortening rush will curtail the spread of gossip. “As it drags on, the politics between the groups and rushees and the general nastiness amplifies,” Eames-Scott said. “When rush goes on for that long, it becomes about other things. Rumors get spread, and the longer the process is, the more those kinds of seeds are planted in freshmen’s subconscious, and the process is suddenly warped.” Tap Night last year was Sept. 19. Contact ANYA GRENIER at email@example.com.
COMPARISON A CAPPELLA RUSH Old Rules
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Conservative group to move to Taft Mansion BUCKLEY FROM PAGE 1 graduates inspired by Buckley’s 1951 book “God and Man at Yale”, the Buckley Program aims to inject new opinions into campus dialogue by offering a conservative speaker series, funding summer internships for undergraduates and hosting debates and workshops. After receiving $500,000 from a single unnamed donor, the program will move into the 27th U.S. President’s house next January with a two-year lease and an option to buy. According to board members of the program, the building will serve as a space for speakers and events and will potentially house conservative thinkers and writers as fellows in the future. “This was our first choice, and our idea of having a permanent home for the program was pursued with this specific building in mind,” said Lauren Noble ’11, executive director of the program. “It’s a great building and a wonderful location — and the added Taft history is just a bonus.” Although the eventual purchase of the building will cost an additional $2 million, Noble said she is not worried about raising the money because of the support from alumni and old friends of William F. Buckley Jr. Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of classics and history and one of the key figures in the Buckley Program’s founding, said the program’s mission is to broaden intellectual understanding at Yale by addressing the shortage of politically conservative thought on campus. Nathaniel Zelinsky ’13, a member of the Buckley Program’s board of directors, said Kagan urged the group to seek a physical space on campus to ensure
the group’s staying power. By obtaining the building, Kagan said the group seeks to establish a stronger presence within Yale. “Of course the people in the program are very interested in politics, but they’re interested in something bigger and broader than politics,” Kagan said. “The main activities have been — and I think will continue to be — along the lines of education in the broader sense of the word.” Harry Graver ’14, president of the Buckley Program’s student program and a columnist for the News, said the mansion will enhance the program’s academic presence by providing a space for long-term residential scholars and fellows. Graver added that the venue will also provide a new social space for political discussion. Though conservative groups on Yale’s campus are smaller in number than their liberal counterparts, they still maintain a presence. Despite the common perception that Yale leans toward the politically liberal, Nicole Hobbs, president of the Yale College Democrats, said she has definitely seen political diversity on campus. “I think that the reality is, all of us — whether Dems or Buckley or YPU — we’re all out there, we’re all hosting different things and doing different things,” Hobbs said. The Taft Mansion is located at 111 Whitney Ave. After moving into the space in January, the Buckley Program will decorate and furnish the building, although it does not expect to conduct any major renovations. Contact JANE DARBY MENTON at firstname.lastname@example.org . Contact AMY WANG at email@example.com .
gy’s umbrella department, can accept annually has been reduced from four to three, according to Frahm’s email and two professors in the department. Students and professors said they do not know the reasoning behind the recent decisions, but that the changes hurt NELC and cast the future of Yale’s Egyptology program in doubt. Frahm confirmed with the News that Darnell will not return before the 2014–’15 academic year, but he declined to comment on any of the other changes. Upon his return, Darnell will not be able to hold an administrative role, including chair, director of undergraduate studies or director of graduate studies until 2023, according to Frahm’s email. Manassa will also not be allowed to hold an administrative position until 2018. Darnell could not be reached for comment and Manassa could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. For an undetermined amount of time, classics professor Joe Manning will serve as a supervisor for students enrolled in Egyptology as well as for Darnell and Manassa, according to the email. Manning, who studied Egyptology and Ancient History at the University of Chicago, declined to comment on what he called sensitive subject matter. “The rationale of this decision is that due to the intimate relationship between the only two faculty members in the program, students might otherwise find it hard to seek independent advice or bring complaints,” Frahm said in his email. Some students and faculty say the most recent changes threaten the future of the small Egyptology program — one of fewer than 10 that offer doctorates in the United States — at a time when Yale faces a projected $40 million budget deficit. The program is already small, with seven graduate students at the beginning of the 2012–’13 academic year. All but one of those students is slated to graduate before the fall of 2016,
when Egyptology can start admitting students once more. And without Darnell, Manassa is the only Egyptologist on the NELC faculty. Professors in the department criticized what they labeled as seemingly punitive measures by the administration in decreasing the number of students the whole department can accept after transgressions in only one program. Arabic professor Beatrice Gruendler said graduate students pass down knowledge from one year to the next. Admitting fewer students interrupts that process for Egyptology, she said, and will damage the NELC Department in the future.
I’m a senior professor in the department and I should know what is happening, but there is absolutely no information on this subject. DIMITRI GUTAS Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations “I regard it as quite unfair,” said Assyriology professor Benjamin Foster. “It doesn’t make sense to us. We regard it as, if anything, close to collective punishment.” In an email to the News, Foster said the future of Egyptology depends on two factors: when Darnell will return, and whether the University wants to restore the program’s reputation and quality. But Gruendler was more confident about the program’s restoration. “There’s no way that Egyptology at Yale will die from this,” she said, adding that programs regularly go through less active periods when prominent professors retire. Arabic professor Dimitri Gutas said he is frustrated with the way in
which administrators addressed the transgressions and failed to discipline what he called “breaches of academic integrity.” A liaison between a professor and student, he said, raises the question of who produced that student’s work, and Yale’s failure to address the issue of academic integrity makes it seem tolerant of such behavior. Gutas also said he has been upset by the lack of transparency in the investigation and by the decision to impose sanctions without providing reasons or consulting members of the department. “It’s very strange; it’s even worse than NSA. Everything is hush-hush,” he said. “I’m a senior professor in the department and I should know what is happening, but there is absolutely no information on this subject.” The Egyptology program has “passed through a difficult period,” said Graduate School Dean Thomas Pollard, who declined to comment before speaking with every faculty member in NELC. He said the University will ensure that “necessary resources are available” for graduate students in the department. University President Peter Salovey declined to comment. Frahm’s Aug. 3 email came two days after administrators released Yale’s fourth semiannual sexual misconduct report. University Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler and University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct Chair Michael Della Rocca would not confirm whether any items about Darnell or Manassa appeared in the most recent report. But a case involving Darnell did appear in the third semiannual report, Graduate School Associate Dean Pamela Schirmeister told the News in January, and an update to that complaint is included in the most recent report. Egyptology is one of three subfields within NELC, along with Assyriology and Arabic & Islamic Studies. Contact JULIA ZORTHIAN at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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peeches, suntans, Saturday night Toad’s— the sights and sounds of this past week mean one thing: We’re back, Bulldogs. As summer’s golden rays faded into sweaty nights of “Ohmigod, hi!” and “How was your summer?” — and for the nervous-eyed freshmen, “What college are you in?” — the familiar routine of Camp Yale settled over campus. NEWS PHOTOGRAPHERS were there to capture it all.
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FROM THE FRONT Salovey stresses threats to mobility SALOVEY FROM PAGE 1 With his hands clasped around a teacup of hot water before he delivered the speech a second time to a second batch of freshmen, Salovey told the News he does not know how best to counter the challenges associated with socioeconomic status and college admissions, but that he hoped his speech would push students to talk about issues that make them anxious. Pausing his conversation with the News, Salovey stepped aside to speak with Martha Highsmith, a senior adviser, and Joy McGrath, his chief of staff, about the faculty’s procession back into Woolsey Hall. Around them, deans, residential college masters and other University administrators chatted around the table in Woodbridge Hall while fastening their black ceremonial robes. Salovey had been preparing for that Saturday for weeks. One of his first decisions after he became president on July 1 was to carve out a few days to write a draft for the freshman address. After completing the first draft, Salovey said he tinkered with it on his Woodbridge Hall computer, turning out seven more iterations in between the meetings with deans and Yale Corporation members that took up much of his first few weeks after assuming the presidency. Salovey was not quite done with the 2,772 words he presented in Woolsey until, he said, “basically the last minute.” But he had known since last spring that he wanted to use the opportunity to publicly address America’s wealth disparity, he added. Once he finished the first draft of his speech, he said, the pros-
pect of facing the 1,360 new freshmen did not daunt him — though he did worry about forgetting his notes. In a style that mirrored his psychology lectures, Salovey peppered his speech with jokes, bouncing forward on the balls of his feet and gesturing widely for emphasis.
This morning I worry about whether the American dream is still possible. PETER SALOVEY President, Yale University “As the saying goes, behind every new Yalie is a stunned parent,” Salovey told the freshman class, garnering laughs from the upper levels of seating occupied by their families. Students and parents spoke with Salovey about his address while he stood in a receiving line in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library later that day. As hundreds of freshmen and their families filed by Salovey, his wife, Marta Moret SPH ’84, and other administrators in the dim lighting of the marble building, one mother told the president, “I am that stunned parent.” Countless others approached Salovey in the line and mentioned that they, like the new president’s own father and grandparents, had roots in the Bronx. Salovey will deliver his next major speech, his inaugural address, on Oct. 13. Contact JULIA ZORTHIAN at email@example.com .
“I can’t see myself singing the same song twice in a row. That’s terrible.” BOB DYLAN AMERICAN MUSICIAN
Renovations part of STEM push SCL FROM PAGE 1 needed for a long time,” he said. Steven Girvin, deputy provost for science and technology, said the current SCL renovation has been in the planning process since 2008, but had been stalled along with other projects because of the constrained capital budget. While some lecture halls and classrooms in SCL were completed as part of a separate $13 million initiative, much of this summer’s construction focused on the exterior of the building. The front doors were replaced, the parapets on the roof of the building were rebuilt because they were becoming unstable, and thousands of bricks were replaced, said Kurt Zilm, the director of undergraduate studies for chemistry who was involved in the design work for the renovations. Though construction has yet to begin on the teaching labs, the back half of SCL will become a three-floor “teaching lab center,” Zilm said. The first floor will house the new teaching labs for biology, while teaching labs for chemistry will be located on the second floor. The third floor will house the mechanical support systems for the building. The building will have wider hallways, glass walls and ramps to make it wheelchair accessible. “On the tours we give to prospective students of Science Hill, we hate taking students through decrepit-looking teaching spaces,” Girvin said. “The new SCL will be something that will really shine and be a big draw for recruiting students.” Zilm said the new, expanded lab space will also enable Yale to accommodate the increase in class size once the new residential colleges are built. The renovation will be challenging because construction will be underway while other parts of the building are still occupied by students, faculty and researchers, Polak said, adding that faculty have thus far been accommodating and enthusiastic about the renovations despite the inconveniences. “There are definitely concerns, and we’re working with faculty and the construction company to try to adjust working hours or concentrate the periods of bad vibration so people can plan ahead,” Girvin
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A $130 million renovation of Sterling Chemistry Lab, slated for completion in August 2016, will improve the building’s teaching labs. said. In order to allow the existing labs to be rebuilt, some labs will be relocated to temporary lab facilities that will be constructed inside SCL next summer. Once the new labs are complete, these temporary facilities may be turned into lecture halls or additional labs, Girvin said. Girvin said the design process for the SCL renovations took professors’ feedback about teaching preferences into account. Classrooms renovated this summer have new blackboards along multiple walls and rotating chairs to enable students to see all the blackboards, while the lecture halls have new audiovisual systems, chairs and blackboards, Zilm said. Four chemistry majors interviewed said many fixtures in SCL were worn out and in
need of renovation. Nolan Wilson ’15 approved of the renovations that took place this summer and said he noticed that new, larger chairs have been added to the front of lecture halls. “I guess it’s an incentive to sit closer to the professor,” he said. Students also said they are excited to have additional space in the facilities. Bechir August-Pierre ’15 noted that with larger class sizes, the rooms in SCL can feel crowded. The Sterling Chemistry Laboratory was built in 1923. Contact SOPHIE GOULD at firstname.lastname@example.org . Contact YANAN WANG at email@example.com .
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“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” LEONARDO DA VINCI ITALIAN RENAISSANCE POLYMATH
Yale grad to lead NHPS
Downtown redesign plans unveiled BY LORENZO LIGATO STAFF REPORTER
Garth Harries ’95 stepped into his new role as New Haven Public Schools superintendent on Wednesday. BY MONICA DISARE STAFF REPORTER New Haven Public Schools started classes today with a new leader who himself first became involved in New Haven education as a student at Yale over 20 years ago. Garth Harries ’95, who began his first year as the superintendent of the Elm City’s school district Wednesday morning, will continue to guide New Haven through a School Change Initiative that he designed when he came back to New Haven in 2009 as the assistant superintendent. Harries said he originally decided to attend Yale partly because it was located in New Haven. On an early visit to Yale, Harries said that he was walking on Lynwood Place and had a confrontation with a New Haven resident. Instead of discouraging him from attending the University, the incident cemented his views that Yale would be the right place to learn about work in the public interest, he added. “I came [to Yale] in part because of New Haven and because of the way that Yale was embedded in this very urban, very real community,” Harries said. He added that the Yale education offers a rigorous academic experience combined with “real world experiences of fellow Americans and fellow New Haveners.” While at Yale, Harries said he saw New Haven by biking through the city on his way to soccer practice and by tutoring in the New Haven Public
Schools. It was many years after his days as a Yale student that he found his way back to New Haven. Harries went to Stanford Law School and worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, among other jobs, before taking a position in the New York City public school system as a senior cabinet member to Chancellor Joel Klein in charge of special education and portfolio development.
I came [to Yale] in part because of New Haven and because of the way that Yale was embedded in this very urban, very real community. GARTH HARRIES ’95 Superintendent, New Haven Public Schools He was recruited four years ago to return to New Haven to design a School Change Initiative that he now plans to expand as superintendent. The initiative already includes a teacher evaluation system, a school tiering system and a college scholarship. Harries said he hopes to concentrate on four main areas as the superintendent: engaging students in more critical thinking, developing teachers and staff, increasing system transpar-
ency, and engaging parents. Harries’ appointment comes at a time when other Yale graduates are vying for top leadership positions in New Haven. Two current mayoral candidates, Justin Elicker FES ’10 SOM ’10 and Henry Fernandez LAW ’94 attended Yale graduate and professional schools. Several aldermen including Doug Hausladen ’04 and Sarah Eidelson ’12 are also Yale graduates. The influx of Yalies filling leadership positions in New Haven is representative of an upswing in town-gown relations over recent years, Harries said. He added that he feels that New Haven Public Schools and Yale have a mutually beneficial relationship, which he plans to continue as superintendent. As students and parents hustled around the New Haven Public Schools office on the eve of the first day of school, Harries said he was proud, excited and intimidated to begin the year. “I’m full of emotion and have been full of emotion since I’ve been appointed,” Harries said. “I’m using every bit of preparation and more that I’ve had in my education and my career to try to make sure we’re ready to serve these kids.” The previous superintendent, Reginald Mayo, served in the position for 21 years. Contact MONICA DISARE at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The former home of New Haven Nighthawks hockey games and Elm City rock concerts is on its way to becoming a vibrant downtown urban center, according to plans unveiled Tuesday night. Following three years of discussions with city officials, the site of the demolished New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum — a sports entertainment arena turned into a parking lot on South Orange Street — may soon be redeveloped as a dynamic mixed-use urban streetscape that would bring new housing and commercial opportunities to New Haven residents and visitors. Newman Architects, a New Havenbased architectural firm, and Canadian development firm LiveWorkLearnPlay, or LWLP, held an open forum Tuesday to share their tentative plans for the redesign of the 4.5-acre site in downtown New Haven and to gather community input on the project. The $370 million redevelopment plan, which will be entirely financed with LWLP funds, includes a high-rise office tower, a four-star hotel and more than 700 residential units rising over a vast array of commercial spaces, dining venues and pedestrian lanes. “We want to create an urban space where shopping and retail can thrive underneath the houses,” said architect Herbert S. Newman ARC ’59, emphasizing his commitment to mixed-use development that blends together residential, commercial and cultural spaces. “It’s really an exciting time for New Haven.” Max Reim, founder and principal at LWLP, said his firm committed to the redevelopment project after witnessing the “tremendous vitality and greater political functionality” that the Elm City has achieved in the past five years. Building on the momentum of groundbreaking projects such as the ongoing transformation of nearby Route 34 from a highway stub to a pedestrian, bikefriendly corridor, the redevelopment of the Coliseum will catalyze further economic development in the city’s downtown, Reim said. “Because of all the projects that were starting to emerge around this area, this site was becoming the epicenter of where the city could further grow,” Reim said, comparing the former sports arena to “the hole of a doughnut” that has been separating the Hill neighborhood from the rest of New Haven’s downtown for years. If completed, the redevelopment
project will bridge the gap in the city’s urban layout by bringing downtown residents the promise of new residential spaces, additional shopping and dining venues, 2,000 construction jobs and over 900 permanent jobs — a promise that Hill neighborhood Alderman Dolores Colon has been fervently advocating for years. “It’s truly the rebirth of an area,” Colon said, adding that residents of the Hill neighborhood have met the proposed redevelopment project with great enthusiasm. Tuesday’s open forum was also an opportunity for developers, architects and city officials to seek input from the community, encouraging the crowd of nearly 60 attendees to voice any “constructive criticism.” “The faster we get your input, the faster we get to see this [project completed],” Reim said. Board of Aldermen President Jorge Perez said that seeking community input this early in a project is not typical, though residents at the meeting were very supportive. Perez added that he is “very excited for the potential impact” that the new development will have on downtown’s socioeconomic scene and job opportunities. If the city signs the contract with LWLP, the project will be developed in two phases, Reim said. Construction for the hotel and the residential units along Orange Street is expected to begin in 2014 and will finish by the end of 2016, and the full project will be brought to completion between 2020 and 2023, when the office tower and a parking structure will be erected at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and State Street. Barbara Montalvo, a longtime New Haven resident who participated in Tuesday’s open forum, commended the city’s efforts to revitalize the former Coliseum site. “I lived in New Haven when the Coliseum was still here, then I saw it become a parking lot, but I can say that [this redevelopment project] is the most vibrant and worthwhile use of the space so far,” Montalvo said, adding that she is looking forward to having access to more dining and entertainment options within walking distance from her Hill neighborhood home. The New Haven Coliseum was demolished in January 2007. Contact LORENZO LIGATO at email@example.com .
West Campus growth continues with new hire BY DAN WEINER STAFF REPORTER Six years after Yale acquired West Campus to bolster the University’s biomedical research scope, permanent directorships at its six research institutes are almost filled. After a nearly two-year search, Yale has recruited a director for the West Campus Systems Biology Institute: Andre Levchenko, a former biomedical engineering professor at Johns Hopkins University. Levchenko is the fourth permanent director hired to date, as the Chemical Biology, Cancer Biology and Nanobiology institutes gained leaders before this academic year. West Campus administrators anticipate they will announce permanent directors for the final two research institues — the Microbial Diversity Institute and the Energy Sciences Institute — later this fall, completing a round of initial hires and appointments that will facilitate accelerated growth on the campus. “Once leadership is in place, then you can hand it over to them — to people who know the field best and are able to provide great perspective,” said Scott Strobel, the vice president for West Campus planning and program development. “I can let them use their best scientific judgment to make good hires.” In Levchenko, faculty at both Yale and John Hopkins said West Campus has scored a top-notch scientist. Andrew Ewald, a professor of cell biology at Johns Hopkins who has known Levchenko for 15 years, said he is a world leader in systems biology who deftly integrates cell biology, information theory and genetics in his research. Ewald said that Johns
Hopkins will “miss greatly” Levchenko’s ability to execute complex experiments and think critically and creatively about the results. He was one of the most sought after Ph.D. advisors in the entire biomedical engineering department, Ewald said. “I think he is really excited about moving to Yale and the opportunity to build on the strength of the medical school and engineering school,” he said. “This was a move because he was so excited about the opportunity. You guys got a terrific scientist.”
[West Campus] is going through a change that will likely result in it being a jewel for the University. ANDRE LEVCHENKO Director, West Campus Systems Biology Institute Levchenko will hold an appointment in the biomedical engineering department, and department chair Mark Saltzman said the addition of Levchenko brings Yale’s biomedical engineering department — which only became independent in 2003 — on par with any other program in the country. Levchenko brings a “rare” combination of mathematical and experimental talents to Yale, he added. West Campus offered a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research, Levchenko said, adding that he has been “incredibly impressed” with its growth rate. The Systems Biology Institute is roughly halfway to meeting its target of 10 to 12
research labs, and Levchenko said he anticipates two faculty hires per year going forward in the institute. “When I was there over a year ago, [West Campus] looked very different than it does today,” he said. “It is going through a change that will likely result in it being a jewel for the University.” External hires for directors of the two remaining West Campus institutes — Microbial Diversity and Energy Sciences — could be announced as early as September, Strobel said. In addition to receiving his West Campus leadership position, Levchenko said he is “very honored” to enter Yale as a Malone Professor of Biomedical Engineering. In 2011, John Malone ’63 endowed 10 engineering professorships with a $50 million gift — the largest such gift in University history. The first Malone professor, biomedical engineer Jay Humphrey, was named in February. Deputy Provost for Science and Technology Steve Girvin said the Malone professor searches are proceeding at a typical rate. Thanks to a bullish market since the gift, the Malone endowment has grown by 10 to 15 percent, which helps to cover some of the costs of setting up labs for the Malone professors, he said. “The Malone gift was a remarkable, very substantial gift that obviously is going to play an extremely important role in allowing the school of engineering to make some important senior hires,” Girvin said. Strobel said he hopes all six of the West Campus institutes gain permanent directorships within five years. Contact DAN WEINER at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Yale recruited Andre Levchenko, director of the West Campus Systems Biology Institute, from Johns Hopkins.
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ON CAMPUS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 All Day “Master or Monster: Richard Wagner at 200” 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, the composer who not only crafted masterworks such as “Tristan und Isolde” and the “Ring” tetralogy, but who also developed a new conception of opera, which he called “music drama.” Yet Wagner’s achievements are not the whole story. Adultery, betrayal and antiSemitism resounded throughout his life. Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at the Sterling Memorial Library (120 High St.).
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 All Day “Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs” The exhibition will take visitors on a journey through 2,000 years of fascination with ancient Egypt. Discover how a culture that flourished thousands of years ago has impacted our own world. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (170 Whitney Ave.).
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All Day “The Sexual Revolution and Movie Thrillers with Medical Themes” Birth control, made more widely available with the advent of “The Pill,” is the subject of these large posters from 1968–’69. Marketed to college students, the posters’ messages mocked politicians and traditional values in clever, often hilarious, visual statements. Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library (333 Cedar St.).
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 12:30 PM Furniture Study Tour Go behind the scenes of the American Decorative Arts Furniture Study, the gallery’s working library of American furniture and wooden objects, which features more than 1,000 works from the 17th to 21st centuries. Open to the general public. Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel St.).
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“People like controversy because that’s what sells.” MILEY CYRUS AMERICAN ACTRESS AND RECORDING ARTIST
Momentum grows for military action against Syria BY ALBERT AJI AND GREGORY KATZ ASSOCIATED PRESS DA M A S C US, Sy r i a — Momentum appeared to build Tuesday for Western military action against Syria, with the U.S. and France saying they are in position for a strike, while the government in Damascus vowed to use all possible measures to repel it. The prospect of a dramatic U.S.-led intervention into Syria’s civil war stemmed from the West’s assertion — still not endorsed by U.N. inspectors — that President Bashar Assad’s government was responsible for an alleged chemical attack on civilians outside Damascus on Aug. 21 that the group Doctors Without Borders says killed 355 people. Assad denies the claim.
Suggestions that there’s any doubt about who’s responsible for this are as preposterous as a suggestion that the attack did not occur. JAY CARNEY Press secretary, White House The Arab League also threw its weight behind calls for punitive action, blaming the Syrian government for the attack and calling for those responsible to be brought to justice. British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament to hold an emergency vote Thursday on his country’s response. It is unlikely that any international military action would begin before then. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said U.S. military forces stand ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, and French President Francois Hollande said France was “ready to pun-
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Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood east of Damascus, Syria. ish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents.” Obama is weighing a response focused narrowly on punishing Assad for violating international agreements that ban the use of chemical weapons. Officials said the goal was not to drive Assad from power or impact the broader trajectory of Syria’s bloody civil war, now in its third year. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday the West should be under no illusion
that bombing Syrian military targets would help end the violence in Syria, an ally of Moscow, and he pointed to the volatile situations in Iraq and Libya that he said resulted from foreign military intervention. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said his country would use “all means available” to defend itself. “We have the means to defend ourselves, and we will surprise everyone,” he said. At a news conference in
Damascus, al-Moallem challenged Washington to present proof to back up its accusations and he also likened the allegations to false American charges in 2003 that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction before the U.S.-led invasion of that country. “They have a history of lies — Iraq,” he said. Vice President Joe Biden said there was no question that Assad was responsible for the attack — the highest-ranking U.S. official
to say so — and the White House dismissed as “fanciful” the notion that anyone other than Assad could be to blame. “Suggestions that there’s any doubt about who’s responsible for this are as preposterous as a suggestion that the attack did not occur,” spokesman Jay Carney said. A U.S. official said some of the evidence includes signals intelligence — information gathered from intercepted communications. The U.S. assessment
is also based on the number of reported victims, the symptoms of those injured or killed, and witness accounts. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the internal deliberations. The United Nations said its team of chemical weapons experts in Syria had delayed a second trip to investigate the alleged attack by one day for security reasons. On Monday, the team came under sniper fire.
‘Twerking’ enters Oxford dictionary BY RAPHAEL SATTER ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — Twerking, the rump-busting up-and-down dance move long beloved on America’s hip-hop scene, has officially gone mainstream. It’s got the English dictionary entry to prove it. Britain’s Oxford Dictionaries said the rapid-fire gyrations employed by U.S. pop starlet Miley Cyrus to bounce her way to the top of the charts had become increasingly visible in the past 12 months and would be added to its publications under the entry: “Twerk, verb.” Although Cyrus’s eye-popping moves at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards may have been many viewers’ first introduction to the practice, Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin said “twerking” was some two decades old. “There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure,” Martin said. “We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.” “Twerk” will be added to the dictionary as part of its quarterly update, which includes words such as “selfie,” the word typically used to describe pouty smartphone self-portraits, “digital detox” for time spent away from Facebook and Twitter, and “Bitcoin,” for the nationless electronic currency whose gyrations have also caught the world’s eye.
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“Some say the world will end in fire/ Some say in ice.” ROBERT FROST FROM HIS POEM “FIRE AND ICE”
Fort Hood gunman won’t call witnesses, testify BY MICHAEL GRACZYK AND NOMAAN MERCHANT ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT HOOD, Texas — The Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood decided not to present any evidence during his trial’s penalty phase on Tuesday even though jurors are deciding whether to sentence him to death. Maj. Nidal Hasan rested his case without calling witnesses or testifying to counter the emotional testimony from victims’ relatives, who talked of eerily quiet homes, lost futures, alcoholism and the unmatched fear of hearing a knock on their front door. Prosecutors hope the testimony helps convince jurors to hand down a rare military death sentence against Hasan, who was convicted last week for the 2009 attack that also wounded more than 30 people at the Texas military base. The judge dismissed jurors after Hasan declined to put up a defense. But she then asked Hasan more than two dozen questions in rapid fire, affirming that he knew what he was doing. His answers were succinct and just as rapid. “It is my personal decision,” he said. “It is free and voluntary.” The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, then read aloud several court opinions to back up her decision not to introduce evidence in Hasan’s favor on her own. “In other words, Maj. Hasan, you are the captain of your own ship,” Osborn said. Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday, but whether jurors will hear from Hasan remains unclear. He has been acting as his own attorney, but has put up nearly no defense since his trial began three weeks ago. The trial’s penalty phase, how-
ever, is Hasan’s last chance to tell jurors what he’s spent the last four years telling the military, judges and journalists: that he believes the killing of unarmed American soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan was necessary to protect Muslim insurgents. He was barred ahead of trial from making such a defense.
We always wanted to see who he was going to become. Now that was taken away from us. SHERYLL PEARSON Mother of Pfc. Michael Pearson Hasan rested his case shortly after more than a dozen widows, mothers, fathers, children and other relatives of those killed, along with soldiers wounded during the shooting rampage, testified about their lives since Nov. 5, 2009. Sheryll Pearson sobbed when shown a photo of her son, Pfc. Michael Pearson, hugging her during his graduation. “We always wanted to see who he was going to become. Now that was taken away from us,” she said. Teena Nemelka lost the youngest of her four children, Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, whom she called, “my baby.” She talked about her frantic searches for information in the moments after learning about the shooting and about her fear of hearing a knock at the front door of her home. “You just freeze,” she said. “You don’t want to open that door.” But the knock came, with “the worst news you could ever hear.”
NY Times site inaccessible BY MARTHA MENDOZA ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE, Calif. — Readers who tried to click on the New York Times’ website got nothing but error messages Tuesday afternoon in its second major disruption this month. A hacker group calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army” claimed responsibility. Within minutes of the attack, the New York Times announced in a Twitter message that it would continue to publish news. The company quickly set up alternative websites, posting stories about chemical attacks in Syria. “Not Easy to Hide a Chemical Attack, Experts Say,” was the headline of one. The cyberattacks come at a time when the Obama administration is trying to bolster its case for possible military action against Syria, where the administration says President Bashar Assad’s government is responsible for a deadly chemical attack on civilians. Assad denies the claim. “Media is going down …” warned the Syrian Electronic Army in a Twitter message before the websites stopped working, adding that it also had taken over Twitter and the Huffington Post U.K.
I can’t say how, but yes we did hit Melbourne IT. ANONYMOUS MEMBER Syrian Electronic Army Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the disruption was caused by a “malicious external attack” that affected its website and email, while Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser said viewing of images and photos were sporadically affected. Huffington Post U.K. did not respond to requests for comment. Both Twitter and the Times said they were resolving the attack, which actually hit an Australian company that registered their domain names, Melbourne IT. Melbourne IT spokesman Tony Smith said a reseller’s username and password were used to access several domain names on that reseller’s account. Several of those domain names were changed,
including the Times’ domain. Once Melbourne IT was notified, the company restored the affected DNS records to their previous values and locked the affected records from any further changes, Smith said. It also changed the reseller’s credentials so no further changes could be made. “We are currently reviewing our logs to see if we can obtain information on the identity of the party that has used the reseller credentials, and we will share this information with the reseller and any relevant law enforcement bodies,” Smith said in an email. “We will also review additional layers of security that we can add to our reseller accounts,” he added. Tracking the hack even further, computer forensics from security firm Renesys Corp. traced the Internet protocol addresses back to the same ones as the Syrian Electronic Army’s website sea. sy, which the firm said has been hosted out of Russia since June. A Syrian Electronic Army activist confirmed to The Associated Press that the group hijacked the Times’ and Twitter’s domains by targeting Melbourne IT. “I can’t say how, but yes we did hit Melbourne IT,” the hacker said in an email. No further details were disclosed. The Syrian Electronic Army has, in recent months, taken credit for Web attacks on media targets that it sees as sympathetic to Syria’s rebels, including prior attacks at the New York Times, along with the Washington Post, Agence France-Press, 60 Minutes, CBS News, National Public Radio, The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera English and the BBC. FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer in Washington said the agency has no comment on Tuesday’s attack. Tuesday’s victims were hit by a technique known as “DNS hijacking,” according to Robert Masse, president of Montreal, Canadabased security startup Swift Identity. The technique works by tampering with domain name servers that translate easy-toremember names like “nytimes. com” into the numerical Internet Protocol addresses (such as “220.127.116.11”) that computers use to route data across the Internet.
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In this courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Hasan, right, appears at the Lawrence William Judicial Center during the sentencing phase of his trial. Joleen Cahill told jurors that she misses hearing her husband’s footsteps in their Texas home, which she said now feels empty. Witnesses have said her husband, Michael Cahill, was armed only with a chair when he tried to charge Hasan as Hasan opened fire on unarmed soldiers inside a crowded medical building at Fort Hood. The 62-year-old physician’s assistant was the only civilian killed in the attack.
“One of the hardest things was being alone for first time in 60 years of my life. No one to come home to at night. No conversation. We loved to talk politics,” she said. Philip Warman said the slaying of his wife, Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, “was like I had something ripped out of me.” “I pretty much drank until the following June,” he said. He said he checked into a substance abuse center for 28 days, and he had friends remove his
weapons from his home because he didn’t trust himself. Warman now takes the coins distributed during his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to Arlington National Cemetery, where his wife is buried next to another Fort Hood victim, Maj. Eduardo Caraveo. “I push them into the ground at my wife’s grave,” he said. One of the soldiers who survived the shooting walked into the courtroom Tuesday with the help of a cane. Lt. Col. Randy Royer,
who underwent multiple surgeries after being shot in the arm and leg, told jurors that he also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. “Usually when I’m in a large group of people, I have a lot of issues,” he said. “One of the worst times is when I have to go to pharmacy. They have all the chairs lined up [like the scene of the attack],” he said. “When I walk in there, I don’t do well.”
Fires ravage Sierra Nevada BY TRACIE CONE AND BRIAN SKOLOFF ASSOCIATED PRESS GROVELAND, Calif. — Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say. The fire had ravaged 282 square miles by Tuesday, the biggest in the Sierra’s recorded history and one of the largest on record in California. Containment increased to 20 percent but the number of destroyed structures rose to 101 and some 4,500 structures remained threatened. The types of lost buildings were not specified. Firefighters were making stands at Tuolumne City and other mountain communities. The blaze was just 40 acres when it was discovered near a road in Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17, but firefighters had no chance of stopping it in the early days. Fueled by thick forest floor vegetation in steep river canyons, it exploded to 10,000 acres 36 hours later, then to 54,000 acres and 105,620 acres within the next two days. On its 11th day it had surpassed 179,400 acres, becoming the seventh-largest California wildfire in records dating to 1932. Federal forest ecologists say that historic policies of fire suppression to protect Sierra timber interests left a century’s worth of fuel in the fire’s path. “That’s called making the woodpile bigger,” said Hugh Safford, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service in California. Two years of drought and a constant slow warming across the Sierra Nevada also worked to turn the Rim Fire into an inferno. For years forest ecologists have warned that Western wildfires will only get worse. “Every year the summer temperatures are a little warmer, hence the conditions for burning are a little more auspicious,” said Safford. “People can deny it all they want but it’s happening. Every year the fuels are a little bit drier.” The Rim Fire’s exponential growth slowed only after hitting areas that had burned in the past two decades, and Safford says that shows the utility of prescribed and natural burns that clear brush and allow wildfires to move rapidly without killing trees. “If you look at the Sierra Nevada as a whole, by far the largest portion hasn’t seen a fire since the 1910s and 1920s, which is very unnatural,” said Safford, who has authored several papers on the increasing wildlife severity across California’s mountain ranges. “This one isn’t stopping for a while.” Since a 1988 fire impacted nearly one-third of Yellowstone National Park,
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Television reporter Joe Fryer walks away from the Rim Fire burning through trees near Yosemite National Park. forestry officials have begun rethinking suppression policies. Yosemite has adopted an aggressive plan of prescribed burns while allowing backcountry fires caused by lightning strikes to burn unimpeded as long as they don’t threaten park facilities. “Yosemite is one of the biggest experimental landscapes for prescribed fire, and it’s going to pay off,” Safford said. “The Rim Fire is starting to hit all those old fire scars.” The 350-mile-long Sierra Nevada is a unique mountain system in the U.S. with its Mediterranean climate, which means four-to-six months of drought every summer. California’s mountain flora is designed to burn and even flourish and regenerate healthier after a fast-moving fire. Instead, the Rim Fire is killing every-
thing in its path. The understory ignites trees, and wind is sweeping the fire from treetop to treetop in 300-foot walls of flame. Scientists also expect the impact on wildlife to be severe. The fire has encompassed nearly the entire migratory range of deer in the region, and the burning treetops likely displaced many of the remaining 300 members of a subset of Great Gray Owl along the Yosemite border, said Daniel Applebee of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Because their population is so small, any loss is significant,” Applebee said. The fire also cut through habitat of the Pacific fisher, a weasel-like animal that is listed for state and federal protections. The fire has fragmented its range, likely leaving it nowhere to expand, Applebee said.
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FOOTBALL YALE FOOTBALL RADIO DEBUTS This year’s season opener at Colgate on Sept. 21 will mark the debut of the Yale Football Radio Network. Yale and Buckley Radio announced a three-year deal that will feature Hall-of-Fame former Yale head coach Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro ’04 calling games.
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IME ARCHIBONG ’03 ELI NAMED IN BUSINESS INSIDER The former Yale men’s basketball player was listed at No. 8 in Business Insider’s 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology. Archibong, who joined Facebook from IBM in 2010, currently serves as manager of strategic partnerships for the social networking giant.
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Underdog rolls to Open crown
Reopening the conversation Today, we usher in a new academic year after a summer best defined by public conversations about the social issues facing the U.S. today — from Trayvon Martin to the fall of DOMA and Wendy Davis’ filibuster, America seemingly talked more openly than ever about persistent issues bubbling to the surface. As always, sports news is a good barometer for the cultural issues drawing the most public interest, and the sports world was not immune from its own racial problems. In late July, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper received a hefty fine from his team and an order to seek sensitivity counseling after amateur video surfaced of Cooper using a racial slur to refer to African-American bouncers at a Kenny Chesney concert. Just a few days later, Deadspin reported on an incident between two ESPN commentators during a journalism convention. Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith, best known for their work on ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie program, exchanged words when Smith prevented an inebriated Douglas from climbing on stage during the event. Douglas, who is black, reportedly called Smith an “Uncle Tom” and used a number of other racial slurs. He was dismissed from the company a week after the report emerged. But I was most disturbed by reports from Columbia in early May, just as we were finishing exams and scattering across the world to begin our summers. A Columbia football player was charged with a hate crime — aggravated harassment — when he allegedly heckled an Asian student with racial slurs and then shoved the victim against a wall. After the incident, Columbia’s student radio station, WKCR, explored the football player’s Twitter account and found a shocking pattern of offensive tweets posted by other teammates. The tweets were outwardly homophobic, antiSemitic and disparaging toward minorities including blacks and Asians. Those identifying as LGBTQ were called “disgusting.” One player lamented that he was almost escorted out of his SAT testing room for “calling a kid a homo when he was wearing capri jeans.” He asks, “[W] hat is wrong with our society[?]” Blacks were called unclean; the Jewish were typecast as stingy. (Honestly, most of the offensive tweets were predictably uncreative, and I’m always fascinated by how those that use racial or antigay slurs can’t seem to spell them correctly.) Apologies were hastily posted, athletes wrote op-eds defending the tolerant nature of the majority of their teammates, and Columbia Spectator comment sections raged with debates and calls for the end of athletic programs at Columbia. It was your standard fallout and textbook PR response. The incident made some national outlets, but within Ivy League circles, the debate was apparently buried under final papers and library books.
It is deeply distressing to see this behavior continue within athletic circles, especially at socalled “elite” universities. Even if only a small fraction of Columbia athletes were involved, the events have done serious damage to the connection the general student body felt toward its athletes. (The alleged attacker in the Columbia hate crime wrote an op-ed just two months earlier asking for more respect toward student-athletes. Nice job with that.) I admit I thought a lot about afterward about the state of athletic admissions to Ivy League schools. Some of the offensive tweets had been posted before the athletes entered Columbia and I could not help wondering how they had been admitted to the university. As I have made clear in previous columns, I am all for placing highlevel athletic achievements on a similar plane as prestigious academic honors when it comes to the admissions process. But this issue does little to dispel the commonly held belief that character is scrutinized less strongly for athletic recruits than it is for a mostly academic admit. Even as an athletics supporter, it is tough to see how an Intel research competition finalist would still gain admission if these tweets were uncovered. The most likely answer is that coaches and admissions officers didn’t check these accounts beforehand — but in the aftermath, the response from officials and administrators has been lackluster at best. While the alleged hate crime is shrouded under an ongoing investigation, the authors of the captured tweets cannot easily rescind what has already been said. But enough about the topic of athletic admissions. The real point here is that even deeply open and accepting Ivy League campuses still struggle with the issues that affect the sports world and America at large. One genuinely apologetic Columbia player pleaded with the campus community to understand that the actions of a few football players should not color the character of all Columbia athletes. He was right — an Ivy League football roster has nearly 100 members on its own, and only about 10 players were represented in WKCR’s sampling of tweets. And football players are by nature under more media scrutiny — if I searched the Twitter and Facebook accounts of every Yale and Columbia student, I’m sure I’d find some unsavory comments from non-athletes. In fact, I’ve already seen them. So take this as a friendly reminder that while Yale prides itself on its community of mutual acceptance and respect, that commitment doesn’t mean we’ve eradicated these problems from campus. Athletes, non-athletes, freshmen and seniors alike should use the beginning of the year to ensure that our actions reflect our stated beliefs and desires for a strong campus community. Contact EVAN FRONDORF at email@example.com .
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BY CHARLES CONDRO STAFF REPORTER Caroline Wozniacki dominated the New Haven Open for four years straight starting in 2008, but for the second year in a row, a new champion was crowned on Saturday in the Center Stadium at Yale. Nineteenth-ranked Simona Halep of Romania defeated defending champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets 6–2, 6–2 in the final WTA event before the U.S. Open this week. “I played beautiful tennis here,” Halep said in an interview after her victory. “I beat great players, top players. I really enjoy this moment. It’s very special to me.” Halep knocked off Kvitova, the 10thranked player in the world, for her fourth career WTA tournament victory. All four wins came this past year, though this was her first victory on a hard surface. Halep reached the final by knocking off fourth-seeded former champion Wozniacki in straight sets 6–2, 7–5 in the
semifinals, while Kvitova defeated Klára Zakopalová in her semifinal match. The third-seeded Kvitova only surrendered a single game in that match and was heavily favored going into the final. After falling behind 1–2 in the first set, Halep began to take over the match. She rattled off nine wins in a row to take the first set and went up 4–0 in the second before Kvitova broke onto the scoreboard. “I tried my best,” Kvitova said. “But it wasn’t working.” Although Kvitova’s serve was clocked as high as 107 miles per hour in the stadium, she was unable to overpower Halep. The Romanian’s victory propelled her from No. 23 to No. 19 in the world, the highest ranking of her career. Halep’s Open win is her first at the WTA-premier level, the highest of the four levels of WTA competition. The New Haven tournament, formerly known as the Pilot Pen International, is part of the Emirates Airlines U.S. Open Series. “I’m more happy than the other tour-
naments I’ve won,” Halep said in her postgame press conference. “This feels bigger for sure.” Halep secured the victory in style, blowing her match point serve past a lunging Kvitova for an ace. Halep dropped just one set in her march to the title, when she fell 3–6 in the first set of her second round match against world No. 20 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. The Romanian started her tournament run with a straight sets victory over the Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 6–2, 6–1. Her closest set of the tournament came in her quarterfinal contest against Ekaterina Makarova, when Halep won in the tiebreaker 7–6 (6). Makarova had been No. 25 in the WTA rankings, but fell to No. 26 in the most recent poll. Yale President Peter Salovey presented the trophy to Halep at center court. Contact CHARLES CONDRO at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Standout returns after year away
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Chris Smith ’14 set an Ivy League record with two kick-off returns for touchdowns at Brown in 2010. BY ALEX EPPLER STAFF REPORTER On Nov. 6, 2010, the Yale football team eked out a 27–24 victory over Brown in Providence. The real story of that game, however, was the Bulldogs’ special team performance, particularly that of a sophomore kick returner. Toward the end of the second half, Chris Smith ’14 returned a kick-off 79 yards for a touchdown to put Yale ahead by 10. Two minutes later, Smith received a kick-off on the 17-yard line and ran that back too, scoring backto-back touchdowns in a span of 4:23.
FOOTBALL Smith’s two returns — the first time in the history of the Ivy League that any player returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game — typified the dynamic playmaking ability that earned Smith All-Ivy second team honors on both offense and special teams in 2010 and 2011. Smith was unable to repeat those honors again in 2012, as he left the team before the season, with head coach Tony Reno citing personal reasons at the time. Smith returns for his senior season this year looking to help bolster an Eli offense that ranked seventh in both scoring offense and total offense and last in pass offense in the Ivy League in 2012. “I definitely feel like the year off gave
me a new perspective,” Smith said. “It made me even hungrier to get back on the field and made me even hungrier to win a championship.”
I definitely feel like the year off gave me a new perspective. CHRIS SMITH ’14 During his year off, Smith worked as an intern at an investment bank in New Haven. He said that watching his team play without him to contribute led him to train more intensely during the offseason. He rejoined the team for its workouts this summer, training and participating in seven-on-seven scrimmages against schools like Southern Connecticut. Yale will need Smith to recapture the skills that brought him to Ivy League prominence during his sophomore and junior seasons to provide a boost on offense. “Chris is a dynamic player all around to begin with,” wide receiver Cameron Sandquist ’13 said. “He can kind of do it all as a receiver … he’s a threat on special teams.” Sandquist added that in addition to his route-running capabilities, Smith has the strength and speed to provide a
deep target for the Eli quarterbacks this season. Smith noted that he hopes to provide a vertical threat. “The thing about our offense this year is it’s going to be so dynamic because we have so many different weapons,” Smith said. “It’s going to make it so the defense can’t really key on any one player.” Not only does Smith offer promise of on-field benefits, he also contributes to the Bulldog squad on a more personal side. Older players welcomed the senior back as a good friend, and Smith said that he would like to be a leader for the team. “Guys look up to him,” Sandquist said. “He helps out with younger guys, he’s a great leader on the field and in the meeting room.” Smith said that his perspective has changed since becoming a veteran on the team. Returning to the Bulldogs after a year away, what does he hope for out of his senior campaign? “My number one goal above all else is to get an Ivy League Championship,” he said. The Bulldogs will start their quest for their first Ivy League championship since 2006 when they kick off their season at Colgate on Saturday, Sept. 21. Contact ALEX EPPLER at email@example.com
THE NUMBER OF FRESHMEN JOINING THE MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS. Six of the freshmen will compete in cross country events during the fall season.