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This is your chance, your chance to dance. The La Casa Latino Cultural Center has put out an ad calling for “23 couples to dance!” On Sunday, La Casa has arranged for the Guild of Carillonneurs to play Celia Cruz’s hit salsa number “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” — “a staple in all Latino playlists” — at noon. The dancing, to be held at the base of Harkness Tower at the Branford Memorial Gate, is taking place in honor of the Puerto Rican roots of Salovey’s wife, Marta Moret SPH ’84. “This festive salsa song recognizes the challenges that come with life, but its core message is to remind us that life is beautiful and must be celebrated,” the announcement pronounced insightfully. Yellow fever? It is a heavily debated issue whether or not strains of “Asian fetish” exist in the romantic lives of Yale students, but the Asian American Cultural Center is putting the issue under the academic microscope. Leslie Bow, a professor from the University of Wisconson, will be on campus today for a talk that will cover “Asian Fetish: Race and the Politics of Fantasy.” Whether the discussion of racial constructs will solve or further complicate questions for attendees remains to be seen. A Geneva conference, of sorts. All eight members of
the Ivy League sent their particular brand of highachieving students to the Ivy Leadership Summit at Brown this weekend. Over 100 of the nation’s greatest collegiate minds — along with some students from select Chinese universities also participating — assembled to tackle issues of the “digital future.” Bloody battlefield. On
Saturday afternoon on Old Campus, Robert Hess ’15 checkmated his opponent and won a chess game. Then he won another. Then another. Then another. This continued until he had brutally beaten more than 55 players, losing only two and drawing one. By the end of the day, the grandmaster had left only a trail of bruised Yale egos and knocked-over pawns in his wake.
What money could buy you.
Students with $145 of spare change and a penchant for the finer things in life can treat themselves to a four-course meal and champagne pairings later this month. In a newly announced event, Ibiza is offering a night of Champagne Tasting to those willing to offer over one hundred dollars in return. One can dream.
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1980 “Gay Straight Rap” organized by the Gay Student Center and Yalesbians brings students of different sexual orientations together through hip-hop performance. The event continues despite most of the promotional posters having been torn down and mutilated. Submit tips to Cross Campus
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“Obviously, this is a terrible and unique situation that arose last year, and it became pretty clear to everyone that Newtown would need help in order to rebuild and to go on after that tragedy,” Looney said. “I think the building of the new school is part of the response to try to assist that community.” The vote comes more than three months after the state first approached Newtown leaders with
New Haven’s unaffiliated voters number over 18,000, making them the city’s second-largest voting constituency — and a force that could well swing the upcoming November mayoral election. New Haven is a predominantly Democratic city with over 50,000 of its 70,000 voters registered as Democrats, according to a Sept. 5 press release from the City Registrar of Voters. However, the city’s formidable block of unaffiliated voters could change the race depending on which candidate wins them over. “They form a large percentage of people, people who have yet to get involved — they’re significant,” said Yale for Elicker campaign manager Drew Morrison ’14. “They will be very influential in November because for the first time in New Haven history they’ll really get a chance to have a say in the general election.” Voters who do not register with a specific party are generally those who feel disenfranchised by the primary process or frustrated by the state of local and national politics, said Elicker campaign manager, Kyle Buda. He added that many students living in the city may not have registered with a certain party because they come from states in which party registration is not required, and many young people may not have fully formed their political ideological beliefs. Large clusters of unaffiliated voters reside in wards in which student populations are high:
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Reconstruction of Sandy Hook Elementary School will be funded by state government funds totaling $50 million. BY MAREK RAMILO CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Residents of Newtown, Conn., voted to accept $50 million in state government funds for the demolition and eventual reconstruction of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where one of the deadliest massshootings in American history took place last December. Over 4,500 out of 5,000 Newtown residents voted in a referendum on Saturday to accept the
state’s grant, which will be paid in the form of reimbursements toward construction costs of the new school. Demolition is set to begin in December, and efforts to build a new facility on the same site are expected to begin in the spring of 2014, and last through the spring of 2016. State Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said that the deal is part of the state’s continuing effort to support the community which is still recovering from last December’s tragedy.
YCC launches campus calendar BY ZUNAIRA ARSHAD CONTRIBUTING REPORTER In an effort to create a centralized list of campus events for the student body, the Yale College Council launched a new “campus calendar” last month — but many students, unaware of its existence, have yet to explore it. Launched on Sept. 23, the YCC’s new calendar includes some features that bear resemblance to YaleStation, an older site that has listed events across campus, but the calendar ultimately aims to set itself apart by compiling a comprehensive and user-friendly schedule of events from University and student organizations. YCC members said they expect students to use the calendar much more than they have historically used YaleStation. “YaleStation wasn’t utilized,” YCC President Danny Avraham ’15 said. “It’s not such an appealing website from feedback that we got from students, whether it’s the interface or even just the fact of it never being successful in the past.” For most of the past year, the YCC’s new calendar had been in the works with Yale’s Information Technology services without progress, prompting the YCC to outsource the development of the calendar to a third-party organization over the summer. Before launching the calendar this fall, the YCC invited numerous student organizations on campus to attend informational sessions. The YCC also encouraged these organizations to regularly update the calendar throughout the year with listings of relevant events, group meetings and campuswide activities. Avraham added that he hopes the calendar will address some students’ concerns about the difficulty of keeping up with campus events and activities. “There’s dozens of events each day on campus, and there was no way to figure out what was going on,” Avraham said. “You go outside and have these flyers hanging around everywhere, which is a complete mess — I am actually skeptical as to how much those posters that people invest in are actually informaSEE YCC PAGE 4
Student elected to health committee BY HAILEY WINSTON CONTRIBUTING REPORTER This year, a student will lead the committee that advises Yale Health for the first time. In September, the Yale Health Member Advisory Committee elected Ernest Baskin GRD ’16 as its chair for the 2013-’14 academic year. Composed of representatives from several sectors of the Yale community including students, faculty and staff, the committee helps Yale Health administrators make decisions about health plan coverage and services. Students interviewed said Baskin’s appointment as chair of the committee marks a turning point for student involvement in administrative affairs. “I think that having a student be the chair is really important,” Baskin said. “It shows that [the committee members] recognize the importance of the student population and … allows the students’ needs to come a little more to the forefront of the topics of discussion.” As chair of the committee, Baskin said he will work with Yale Health administrators to set the agenda and preside over meetings, as well as to ensure that each committee member’s voice is heard. Baskin’s selection as committee chair reflects a recent shift toward consulting students in University decision-making, said Steven Reilly GRD ’15, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. “The administration clearly expects a lot and thinks highly of students to let them get involved at such high levels,” he said. “I think it is really important for students to set the priorities of the University.” Baskin said students have increasingly gained access to various campus committees during his time at Yale. He added that the recent selection of University President Peter Salovey, who attended Yale as a graduate student and served as president of the GPSS, bodes well for students hoping to influence University affairs. Baskin said he has served for the
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Ernest Baskin GRD’16 will be the first student to lead the Yale Health advisory committee. past two years as the GPSS representative to the advisory committee and has regularly brought information about the needs of Yale students to the committee’s attention. Based on conversations with members of the Yale community, discussions at student leadership forums and the results of a GPSS survey of over 20 percent of Yale graduate students, Baskin said he has set two central goals for his
time as committee head: improving access to mental health treatment by bringing down wait times at Yale Health, and advocating for increased access and hours of operation for other wellness resources such as gyms and libraries. Lauren Tilton GRD ’16, advocacy chair for the GPSS, said Baskin has demonstrated a strong commitSEE YALE HEALTH PAGE 4
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ayoral candidate Toni Harp ARC ’78 has long touted the diversity and sweeping reach of her campaign. Her rhetoric, and that used by her supporters such as Yale’s powerful unions, focuses on bringing new voters into the fold of city politics. It seems that her message is reaching diverse demographics. She has built up a broad base of supporters, from longentrenched Democratic Party stalwarts like Board of Aldermen President Jorge Perez to Yale’s very own Mike Morand ’87 DIV ’93 (not in his capacity as a University administrator, of course). Given Harp’s wide-ranging coalition and her emphasis on engaging New Haven residents who have long been shunned by traditional Elm City politics, students I’ve spoken with are now asking: Why has Toni Harp largely ignored Yale? In the days leading up to September’s primary election, each of Harp’s three opponents, including remaining rival Ward 10 Alderman Justin Elicker SOM ’10 FES ’10, made numerous appearances on campus. Elicker even attended Yale's annual extracurricular bazaar to chat with students from different campus clubs, making a total of six stops on campus since the start of the academic year. Harp, meanwhile, only dropped by once for a lunch with students in Timothy Dwight. “The fact that I show up as many times as I do on campus is an indication of how I think a mayor needs to interact with all the constituents as much as possible,” Elicker told me, adding that he has knocked on doors in other parts of the city just as often. During the primary campaigns, each of Harp’s three opponents maintained Yale campaign wings: both Elicker, with his “no sleep” team of dedicated volunteers, and former candidate Henry Fernandez LAW ’94 have drawn relatively high-profile student supporters. Yale for Harp, for all practical purposes, does not exist. This phenomenon is certainly reflected at the ballot box. Elicker took Ward 1 by a significant margin, tallying 108 votes to the 61 scored by Fernandez, the second place finisher. With 47 votes, Harp came in third, which only happened in two other wards including Elicker’s home district. Since the primary election, Harp’s presence on campus hasn’t increased significantly beyond a low-visibility campaign internship program, imitating a similar idea by the Elicker campaign two weeks prior. All the available evidence seems to suggest that Harp has largely conceded Yale to Elicker. Harp’s campaign manager Patrick Scully doesn’t quite
agree. Harp, he tells me, has focused on including every neighborhood in her campaign and Yale is no different. The election has forced the candidate to be judicious with her time, Scully explains, which Harp spent well, earning about 50 percent of the vote in a fourway race. Scully emphasizes that Harp by no means intends to be neglectful of the University. Defending Harp’s campaign tactics, Scully points out that while Elicker won the Yale vote, the East Rock alderman lost over two-thirds of the rest of the city’s wards. Perhaps Elicker’s time, he says, would have been better spent in another part of the Elm City. Still, this characterization is a little unfair. Elicker hasn’t just allocated time to Yale’s campus; he’s given students substantive reasons to support his candidacy. His platform — which emphasizes innovative policies proven to work in other cities — is also more likely to appeal to younger voters than Harp’s relatively standard fare. Most importantly, a candidate’s decision to invest time in canvassing Yale students isn’t just a campaign tactic: It signals his or her perception of the YaleNew Haven relationship. Whether or not it was entirely intentional, Harp’s noticeable absence on campus may lead some to believe she has embraced the negative perception of Yale that has persisted throughout the city for decades. As recently as the night of the primary election, when the vote tallies for Ward 1 were announced at Harp’s victory party, one woman shouted out “We don’t need Yale! They’re not even a part of New Haven!” While Harp's rhetoric has emphasized Yale as a partner in the city — continuing the LevinDeStefano legacy of a strong town-gown bond — Harp has much work remaining in narrowing the gap between her espoused values and her campaign’s practices. If the political calculus has shown that we’re not worth visiting more than once or establishing a campus wing, how can we trust that Harp will pay us any heed after the election? There’s still almost four weeks remaining before Yalies head to the ballot box, more than enough time for Harp’s campaign to catch up to Elicker’s campus involvement. Should Harp win, her mayorship will be all the more collaborative if she has demonstrated her willingness to include Yale students in her vision for New Haven’s future. NICK DEFIESTA is a senior in Berkeley College and a former city editor for the News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Addressing mental illness L
iving with an anxiety disorder complicates things. Normal activities can take on unimaginable difficulty: traveling by airplane, taking road trips, going to class, getting in elevators and sleeping over at friends' houses have all presented enormous challenges at different times in my life. Anxiety complicated my excitement about coming to Yale. I had spent the past two years of high school grappling with, and just finally overcoming, some of the manifestations of my anxiety disorder. I had trouble sitting through fifty-minute classes and needed the seat closest to the door. I had a medical pass to take the breaks I found necessary to make it through my six-period day. I had just barely established a trusting relationship with my third therapist (I had seen two others in my middle and elementary school days — anxiety and I go way back). Entering college, I was looking at four years of navigating mental healthcare virtually on my own, with all of the triggers that college presents: stress, lack of sleep, exhausting social interaction and intense self-analysis. I’m not alone in this struggle. Today, 25 percent of Americans 18 and over are diagnosed with some type of mental illness. The rate is rising among college students, but that is not necessarily a bad thing
— rather than indicating that more young adults are suffering from emotional issues, it might mean that more of those individuals are able to attend college due to advancements in psychiatric medication and university mental healthcare. As Stony Brook University’s Director of Counseling Jenny Hwang told The New York Times, this generation of students is entering college with complex personal histories. “Now they’re bringing in life stories involving extensive trauma, a history of serious mental illness, eating disorders, selfinjury, alcohol and other drug use,” Hwang told The Times. In educating and housing young adults for a chunk of their lives, college staff and administrators take on a pretty heavy responsibility in terms of looking out for student mental health. Yale certainly offers plenty of resources, with the University’s Mental Health & Counseling Department supplemented by student organizations like Walden Peer Counseling and Queer Peers. Yet it feels like there is a disconnect between the student population and the resources that seek to provide for our wellbeing. Yale does have the mental health resources it needs — but students don’t seem willing enough to use them. There are a number of factors that discourage students from
caring for their mental wellbeing: the stigma of mental illness, insufficient education on the symptoms of common emotional issues, fear of the implications of a positive diagnosis, pressure to feel as happy as our classmates claim they are. For all of our willingness to discuss sensitive issues, mental health is still a vastly under-discussed and misunderstood topic among Yalies. Upon learning that the topic of my op-ed was student mental health, a friend replied, “So Yale might be making me crazy?” Such dismissive generalizations may have no malicious intent, but they still contribute to an environment that marginalizes those who deal with mental illness. Yale has come incredibly far in opening up student dialogue on issues such as sexual pressure, sexual orientation and substance abuse. It’s about time that the school initiate a new type of campus discourse: Yale needs to address depression, anxiety, compulsion, self-harm and disordered eating — mental issues endemic to today’s young adults. Of the many Camp Yale meetings I attended, none really prepared my classmates or me for dealing with emotional and mental issues. I have a more thorough background than most in recognizing symptoms of emotional distress, but who is passing this sort of knowledge on to my peers? Simply pointing
out the presence of mental health resources isn’t enough. I want to see Yale students addressing freshmen on issues of mental health next August. If we offered incoming students education on emotional issues half as comprehensive as our discussion of sexual health and consent, we’d be in a far better place. But students and educators need to share the responsibility in enacting this sort of cultural shift. The social stigma of mental illness is still tangible to anyone who has tried to speak publicly about the issue. As gratifying as publishing this article may be, it’s still immensely scary to announce my anxiety to an audience. We Yalies put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be happy, thinking emotional wellbeing correlates with our success as students and human beings. Students need to hear their peers openly discussing mental health to know that Yale is a safe space for not being “okay.” Communicating the frequency and normalcy of mental health problems, as well as acknowledging the symptoms that students may face, is the first step in bringing students closer to the University’s many resources for mental health. Let’s get talking. CAROLINE POSNER is a freshman in Berkeley College. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Compressed bonds W
e are a vigorous breed, college students. We share meals, suites and beds, inhabiting an idyllic world in which we are all youthful, and at Yale, mostly ambitious. In just a few months of school, we might have more inside jokes and crazy party stories in common with our college social circle than we ever shared with our childhood friends. Parents, curfews, school schedules, faraway houses and separate apartments kept us from that experience at home. But do drunken nights make friendships? Do joint study sessions bring us closer? I went home last weekend. My best friend’s dad was dead. A great man, my neighbor, who had let me into his home for 18 years, was gone. I returned to pay tribute, but mostly for my friend. I was not alone. A bus from Penn State, an old Jeep from Messiah College, cars from Rutgers and UDel and Maryland — all of them making pilgrimages back home to a little suburban town in New Jersey. A transfer to Penn Station, thirty minutes of NJ Transit, and I stepped out of the old station to the streets I knew, the movie theater’s lights blinking in the
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brisk night. Mom dropped me at his house, the windows dark. But I knew my friends would be there, chilling in the basement, like they always had been. My best friend opened the door. We hugged. No words, no words, were worthy. A few weeks later, as I called to check up on my friend from my dorm room, I wondered if we could ever find what we found at home, at college. True bonds are more organic than any institution’s safety net. Surely, there is a great support system here at Yale: deans and advisors, dozens of people ready to offer sympathy in your darkest times. But who will you find in the next week, the next month, the next year, to pull you from grief, or just shoot the breeze? Who is your first call after tragedy? Which face do you want to see? Which voice do you need to hear? Blood runs deep; many of us are lucky to call upon a mother, a father, a brother, a sister. Who’s next? Is it our college friends? Perhaps such a question is unfair, too morbid to contemplate, but I suspect that many of us realize that our lifeline would not be found on campus, not yet. Maybe 18 years of memories
Being Grateful Monday’s article (“Rethinking Johnson’s Gift,” Oct. 7) suggested that Charles Johnson’s ’54 extraordinary gift could have been better spent. Offering the example of a Filipino businessman who gave millions to USC instead of his own country’s cash-strapped schools, the author implied Johnson’s gift could have gone to better use at institutions with “fewer and less noteworthy donations.” However, in suggesting other possible outcomes of the donation, the author conveniently ignores one — the gift not being made at all. Indeed, instead of donating $250 million towards Californian universities, inner city schools or Malaria nets, Johnson could have kept the money for himself; he was under no strict obligation to do otherwise. In fact, when wandering around Yale’s campus, it’s almost miraculous to think that all these beautiful courtyards and gothic cathedrals were given by individuals who could have just as well built themselves a great estate, increased their children’s inheritance or bought an NBA team. It’s hard to believe how Yale alumni, far from their college days, have been willing to give so much in the name of recipients they don’t personally know — including those who might challenge them for doing so — and facilities they won’t ever get to use. Somehow, the Yale cause is so dear and compelling for these alumni that it supersedes all else. While the author reserves the right to question Johnson’s gift, he seems to take it for granted. Giving to Yale is not utilitarian calculus, or about where it would do the most good.
cannot be compressed into four years. Maybe our closest bonds will always be with the boy and girls with whom we became men and women. We Yale students love to move. Oft swamped with work, we take advantage of the freedom afforded to us. There is dynamism on campus, the late night section traffic of students hurrying between streetlights, the brimming libraries and coffee shops, the chants and the running crowds in courtyards on weeknights. Some of us frat-hop, pregame at suites upon suites, and finish the night at a greasy spittoon, maybe a usual haunt, maybe with a usual friend. Some of us give ourselves to an organization: a newspaper, a team, a society, an a cappella group or a political party. We organize into interests, into pastimes we wish to pursue. Back home, we have to do more with less. Personally, I like pretty slow Friday nights; I like to talk over bad movies, sit around a fire pit and play Mario Kart with a projector and a bed sheet. At Yale, we seem to lose an essential ingredient to great bonds: comfort in silence. Our experience lacks empty space.
Where are the nights where we laze around with a single beer, milkshake or Arnold Palmer in hand, content in the natural pauses in conversation? I hope some of us have found that intimacy, when a night in is the best use of our time, when a few friends on the couch is enough. I believe we have it, the base of friendship to be satisfied with only each other’s presences. We must only accept that a quiet weekend is not a lost one. There will be nothing to Instagram, no neon-clad people falling over one another, no song lyrics to scream in unison, no photogenic smiles, no videos of a cool band or a poetry reading, no hookup stories, no drunks suspended between friend’s shoulders. There will be no “Remember that one time!” or “Best night ever!” There will only be people. We could all use a few more nights procrastinating, sitting around with suitemates and teammates and friends. And we may already have lifelong bonds here; we just don’t realize it yet.
It is about recognizing what Yale has given to each Yalie, and trying to give back in whatever way one can. We and future Yale students are the beneficiaries of Johnson’s generosity. While we may not agree with his political views or pecuniary choices, we should express our gratitude in the only way we can — by saying thanks.
work. There was very little attempt to relate the relentlessly technical material to the larger concepts that usually appeal to students — I could recite two ways of synthesizing epoxide, but I did not know what epoxide was. Now, months after I took my last Orgo exam, the grade is all I remember from the class. For many, Orgo is a means to an end. That I arrived at Yale with a love of chemistry, and finished fall semester resenting it, made the class nothing more than a notch on my academic bedpost. I am sure some premeds loved Orgo, but for others who dislike the class, it will be years before they can go to med school, become doctors, and eventually do what they love. That, in itself, deserves complaint. A great class should be an ends in itself. We should redefine success to focus on learning rather than grades. I don’t know what success is, but I have a feeling that it looks like the food writing class that I love, or that hieroglyphs course that is a fascinating end in itself.
ZACH YOUNG Oct. 7 The author is a freshman in Silliman College .
Unsatisfied with Orgo Last Friday’s article (“Keep calm and Orgo on,” Oct. 4) argued that students who are required to take Organic Chemistry should not gripe about the difficulty of the class. I was in the same Organic Chemistry class as the author, but it was a failed experiment for me. Most of the students who take the class do so to fulfill the prerequisite for their major — as I did — and so have minimal interest in the material itself. Because the course is required and the material does not immediately make itself relevant to students, grades become the major driving force behind the
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SPENCER BOKAT-LINDELL Oct. 7 The author is a sophomore in Morse College .
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“The people in power have created an obesity epidemic.” ROBERT ATKINS PHYSICIAN, CREATOR OF THE ATKINS DIET
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In the article “CT exchange sees smooth rollout,” the name of AccessHealthCT CEO Kevin Counihan was misspelled as Coulihan. MONDAY, OCT. 7
The “Abramowitz advocates solar power” incorrectly stated that C02 caused global warming by depleting the ozone layer. In fact, C02 causes global warming by augmenting the greenhouse effect.
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With the upcoming aldermanic election, Paul Chandler ’14 is focusing on connecting with students and addressing their concerns. BY J.R. REED STAFF REPORTER
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Journalist Joanne Lipman ’83 spoke to students about her newest book about a strict childhood teacher. BY AKASH SALAM CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Modern society should be stricter with children, according to Joanne Lipman ’83. Lipman, the founding Editorin-Chief of Condé Nast Portfolio magazine and Portfolio.com and member of the Yale Daily News board of directors, spoke to around 20 students Tuesday in the Davenport Master’s House. In her talk, Lipman discussed her latest book, “Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations,” and critiqued parents, teachers and mentors for being overly “cuddling” and supportive toward children.
Her messages contradicted everything about encouraging students — but I agreed with her. JOE ENGLISH ’17 Lipman said her book, which was published Oct. 1, is based on her childhood experiences and interactions with Jerry Kupchynsky, a public school music teacher she called “Mr. K.” “His teaching methods would get him fired in about a second here today,” she said. “He made our lives miserable.” Unlike teachers in today’s schools, Mr. K used strict guidelines and unforgiving policies to dictate classroom activities, Lipman said. Instead of compliments and encouragements, he forced the students to work harder to achieve more and would never settle for mediocre work. But Lipman said her novel ultimately presents a favorable view of Mr. K’s teaching methods. Today, parents and teachers are too fond of giving away compliments, she said, adding that this actually discourages children from taking risks and facing resilience. People who are encouraged to work harder and are only partially rewarded for their efforts will learn to take charge and find greater success, she said. Lipman said she was inspired to write the novel after attending Mr. K’s memorial service, 40 years after she left his classroom. At the service, she encountered numerous students who had also complained constantly about their former teacher. Bonding over memories of shared adver-
sity, the group decided to form an orchestra in honor of Mr. K. After the service, Lipman said she reconnected with Melanie Kupchynsky, Mr. K’s daughter. With outside encouragement, the two women decided to write a book based on Mr. K. “He is a cartoon caricature, a cartoon villain, an evil guy,” Lipman said, referring to the version of Mr. K that appears in the book. “His methods contradict everything we know about teaching today.” Lipman said she and Melanie Kupchynsky expected the book to cause outrage and braced themselves for verbal attacks. But to their astonishment, the response was “overwhelmingly positive.” Almost everyone who commented on the book online mentioned a teacher by name who had similarly affected them, she said, adding that it was “special and amazing” to hear how people of all ages could relate to her story. “[Mr. K] was absolutely certain that we could, not that we couldn’t. He taught us resilience,” Lipman said. “He taught us how to fail and how to pick ourselves back up again. The bottom line, the reason [the novel] related to folks is because of that optimism.” Lipman said her story captivated people because it drew attention to evolving societal values regarding education and development. “It tapped into a moment of cultural change,” she said. Students interviewed said they generally agreed with Lipman’s conclusions that contemporary parents and teachers are overly lenient. If students do not learn from their errors, they will continue making the same mistakes, they said. Halsey Robertson ’17 said she appreciated how Lipman’s and Kupchynsky’s stories came together to make a cohesive work with a strong message. Lipman made a persuasive argument that society should not be afraid of holding children to higher standards, Isabel Cruz ’17 said. “Her messages contradicted everything about encouraging students — but I agreed with her,” Joe English ’17 said. “Because in this society, even if you are doing a bad job, you will be told you are doing a good job. But you need that negative reinforcement to succeed and get better.” Lipman was the first female Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal. Contact AKASH SALAM at email@example.com.
Last night, 20 students crowded together in the common room of a Davenport College suite to hear Paul Chandler ’14’s visions for New Haven as the candidate for Ward 1 alderman. Chandler and his campaign team have now held three of these open, informal meetings, hoping to receive student input on Chandler’s platform and refine his policies to reflect the constituents. Fielding questions from attendees, Chandler stressed the three major policies he would tackle as a member of Board of Aldermen: balancing the city budget, investing in the community and reforming education. A Westport, Conn. native and varsity track and field team member, Chandler stressed that he, unlike his competitor Sarah Eidelson ’12, represents the student voice in the election. “Although Sarah used to be a student here, she is no longer in touch with the constituency base,” Chandler told attendees. “I’m a member of the Yale community, and I think that is one of the biggest assets that I have. Every year you’re out, you lose more and more touch with the students.” Yale students make up 95 percent of the Ward 1 population, and Chandler has met with the heads of campus advocacy groups, including the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and the Yale Student Environmental Coalition, to hear their perspectives, he said. Chan-
dler said he intends to use these conversations, such as the YSEC’s pushes to promote ethical investing and consolidate transportation options, to round out his platform. Chandler also stressed reducing the boundary between the University and New Haven, adding that people should feel no different walking on any part of the campus as they do in other sections of the city. Yale, he said, serves as the largest employer of New Haven residents, and thus the University represents an integral part of the city’s economy. The other aspects of his platform include public safety projects like completing bike lanes and creating brighter streetlights. He said he is also invested in improving education through expanding vocational programs.
We could have held this in a lecture hall in WLH, but we are trying to make Paul as accessible as possible to students. BEN MALLET ’16 Campaign manager, Paul Chandler campaign Asked about his decision to run under his Republican political ideology and how that would impact the election, Chandler said he feels it is very “authentic.” During his time canvassing and speaking to fellow Yalies on campus, he said he has
found a lot of common ground with many of his peers. “My goal is to try to knock on every Yale student’s door,” Chandler said. “As the canvasses go on, I will have a chance to take more and more ideas from students and incorporate them into my platform.” Chandler’s campaign manager Ben Mallet ’16 said he was very pleased by the turnout at the meeting, adding that the goal was to provide students with the opportunity to talk to Chandler about any concerns they have. “Paul really wanted to do this in an informal, friendly way,” Mallet said. “We could have held this in a lecture hall in WLH, but we are trying to make Paul as accessible as possible to students.” Mallet added that the campaign plans to delve more heavily into policy starting next week as the ideas from meetings with numerous campus organizations accumulate. Maria Seravalli ’16, a member of the YUPP who attended the meeting, said she felt that Chandler presented his policies clearly and responded well to tough questions about his Republican leaning. She added that Chandler spoke to her student organization and that she was impressed by his outreach and commitment to improving the prison system in New Haven. The general election takes place on Nov. 5. Contact J.R. REED at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Obesity and diabetes weigh heavily on city BY ELEANOR RUNDE CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Obesity and diabetes are far more prevalent in low-income New Haven neighborhoods than in their high-income counterparts, according to a newly released report by DataHaven, a local non-profit run by a Yale alumnus. The report concluded that diabetes is three times more prevalent in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and that New Haven’s obesity problem is worse than the national average. While about one-third of children in the U.S. between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese, nearly one-half of middle school students in New Haven’s public schools did not meet guidelines for healthy weight, according to the DataHaven report.
There is a clear gradient in the prevalence of both obesity and diabetes by socioeconomic class in [Connecticut]. WILLIAM GARRISH Communications director, Dept. of public health In addition to obesity, the study found that economically disadvantaged New Haven residents are almost twice as likely to die from diabetes as the city’s highincome residents. DataHaven’s report highlights a statewide trend of increasing obesity. A study conducted in April by the Connecticut Department of Public Health shows that from 2010 to 2011, the incidence of diagnosed diabetes in Connecticut rose by 2 percent and obesity prevalence increased by one and a half percent. “There is a clear gradient in the prevalence of both obesity and diabetes by socioeconomic class in CT,” William Garrish, director of the Office of Commu-
nications in the Connecticut Department of Public Health, said in an email. He added that the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s data shows that adults with household income less than $25,000 have almost twice the rate of diabetes as the general population, and that low-income adults are much more likely to be obese compared to the general population. A 2010 study by the Connecticut Department of Public Health found that 30.4 percent of people earning less than $25,000 were obese, while 16.8 percent of people earning more than $75,000 were obese. In New Haven’s low-income neighborhoods, 40 percent of people surveyed were unsure that they would always be able to buy vegetables, according to the DataHaven report. New Haven is dangerously close to being what is known as a “food desert,” said Marlene Schwartz, the director of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Garrish defined a food desert as an area with limited access to healthy food. Individuals in urban areas are particularly at risk to live in an area with low food access, Garrish said in an email. There have been recent initiatives at the federal, state and local levels to improve citizens’ diets, Schwartz said. One of the most effective initiatives,
Schwartz noted, was a federal tax break for grocery stores selling high-quality, healthful foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole-grain breads and low-fat dairy products. Although there are no government food programs implemented at the local level, Schwartz said, there is a substantial amount of advocacy for proper nutrition in New Haven. Food pantries and soup kitchens are common in New Haven, and End Hunger Connecticut has a strong presence here, she said. Challenges for low-income individuals include lack of information about how to manage diabetes and maintain a healthy weight, absence of exercise facilities and healthy food establishments and poor access to health care, Garrish said. The Connecticut Department of Public Health was recently awarded nearly $8 million in federal funds to address obesity and diabetes. The DPH’s methods will include the promotion of physical activity and the establishment of diabetes prevention programs, Garrish said. A Community Health Forum, a gathering aiming to engage New Haven residents in discussions of public health, will be held at the Hill Regional Career High School on Thursday night. Contact ELEANOR RUNDE at email@example.com .
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“Big doors swing on little hinges.” W. CLEMENT STONE AMERICAN BUSINESSMAN AND PHILANTHROPIST
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the committee. Newly-elected representative Marija Kamceva ’15 said she applied for the position in the hopes of improving Yale’s mental health and counseling services. Students’ experiences with Yale Health vary from success stories to tales of long wait-times and a lack of available counselors, she said. “I think it is very important
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Some voters may not identify with a specific party because they prefer to vote by issue rather than party, said Harp campaign spokesman Patrick Scully. Still, Buda emphasized that registered voters across the city who may have forgotten to select a party or are confused about the process of registering with a party represent only a small minority of unaffiliated voters. In September’s Democratic primary election, Democratic candidate Toni
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there are 1,180 in Ward 1 and 834 in Ward 7, according to the Registrar. Some students also feel disconnected from New Haven politics. Andrew Chanos ’15 said that he registered as an unaffiliated voter because he did not know enough about New Haven’s politics, or politics in general, to make an official party decision. Moreover, during voter registration efforts on Yale’s campus, Morrison said that more than half of newly registered students did not select a party when filling out their applications.
Harp captured 7,327 votes — 50 percent of the total votes cast — and Elicker took home 3,417. The Elicker campaign is expecting at least 4,000 unaffiliated voters to vote in November, Buda said. He added that they hope to capture these votes, as well as the votes previously cast for candidates who have withdrawn from the race, Kermit Carolina and Henry Fernandez LAW ’94, to make up the difference and catapult Elicker to victory. Elicker’s campaign expects to win unaffiliated voters through Elicker’s status as an Independent candidate, and his commitment to reaching out to Yale students, according to Buda. However, many unaffiliated voters currently live in neighborhoods in which Elicker already has a strong presence, such as Wards 1, 7, 9, 10, 18 and 25, Buda said. “[Elicker is] not part of the entrenched political machine, he’s not beholden to other office holders or political lawyers or donors in town,” said Buda. “He’s a free, independent thinker, and I think they’ll value that since they may feel disenfranchised.” Scully said the Harp campaign has been focusing on a philosophy that resonates with all New Haven voters, regardless of their political affiliation, or lack thereof. He said the campaign believes unaffiliated voters, and voters in general, will be attracted to Harp’s record of experience and success, as well as her commitment to developing good public schools, jobs and safe streets. The general election is on Nov. 5.
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On the computer, it is way too much work. I would not surf the net to find a calendar. STEPHANIE ROGERS ’17 Among the students who have yet to explore the website was Harrison Miller ’16. Though he had not yet thoroughly browsed the events, Miller said the website seems “easily accessible and looks really cool.” Ishrat Mannan ’17 said she finds the calendar helpful
because it compiles events from all across campus. But other students bemoaned the lack of a more versatile platform for the website. “I would definitely use [the site], but only as an app for an iPhone,” Stephanie Rogers ’17 said. “On the computer, it is way too much work. I would not surf the net to find a calendar.” Although the development of a mobile format for the calendar has yet to come, YCC Communications Director Andrew Grass said the YCC plans to introduce new formats for the calendar, including daily, weekly and monthly views of the events. Grass added that the goal of the calendar is to make the experience easier for the viewer. “Obviously it’s in its first semester,” Grass said. “We’ve been really pleased by how it’s been working so far.” The YCC’s new calendar presents events in both listed and monthly formats, so that clicking on each date will bring up a drop-down list of all registered activities, including their times and locations. Contact ZUNAIRA ARSHAD at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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“You provide the pictures, and I’ll provide the war.” WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST OWNER, THE NEW YORK JOURNAL
Food author highlights role of science BY DAVID KURKOVSKIY CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Melon caviar, the exact temperature to cook a firm egg, molten chocolate cake and hot-cold tea gel — these were all topics discussed by food columnist and author Harold McGee GRD ’73 as part of his Tuesday talk on the intersection of food and science. In a lecture hall of roughly 100 people, Harold McGee spoke about the relationship between science and food. The talk was part of the Yale Sustainable Food Project’s “Chewing the Fat” speaker series, and it focused on the impact that scientific discoveries have had on cooking practices and the fine-tuning of recipes. After initially struggling to find work in academia, McGee — who received his doctorate in English literature — accidentally stumbled on the discipline he refers to as “kitchen science.” This field, which is less technical than food science, takes a close look at the precise, scientific nature of cooking. Branching off from the food-science literature of the last few centuries, McGee’s research focuses more on how practices in the kitchen have evolved from scientific discoveries. “All I did was take the existing food science literature and translate it into English,” McGee said. McGee pointed out that the exchange between chefs and scientists goes back hundreds of years. He discussed how scientists over the last 400 years have conducted experiments on pressure and temperature, leading to innovations in the realm of cooking. For instance, McGee referenced Count Rumford, a physicist who created a lowtemperature cooking machine that eventually gave rise to the modern oven. McGee also described the importance of science in food hygiene and health, mentioning food scientist Samuel Prescott, who worked together with the William Underwood canned food company in the late 19th century to discover that heat-resistant bacteria can survive the processing of food. He also touched on the evolution of cooking styles from the popular precision of French “haute cuisine” to the more experimental “nouvelle cuisine” of the late 1900s, the latter of which uses science to create inventive
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methods of cooking. Ferran Adrià is one example McGee cited of a modern chef who physically manipulates his dishes in order to surprise restaurant-goers with unexpected flavors. For instance, Adrià experimented with a transparent shelling for ravioli, made with agar and gelatin. And now, McGee said, scientists have contributed even more discoveries that allow cooks to prepare food precisely — such as manipulating the exact temperature of a dish to obtain a specific, desired texture. “Barriers have been broken down, and lots of disciplines are contributing to what food can be in 10 years,” McGee said. “The artificial barrier between [what food scientists] study as a discipline and what we like to eat has been permeated.” McGee ended his talk by linking science to the popularization of organic foods, describing how science provides cooks with an important element of control over their food. He spoke about the interdisciplinary nature of food science, as it combines elements of science, sustainability and tradition.
Mark Bomford, director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, told the News that he agrees with McGee’s views about the merging of food and science disciplines. Bomford described McGee —who is part of the advisory board of the Yale Sustainable Food Project — as “an inspiring and groundbreaking figure” in his field. Bomford added that McGee’s talk fits nicely with the mission of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, which “has always been interested in all the inquiry between food and agriculture.” The use of science in thinking about food is important because it forces people to think about what goes into making their food. “To take critical inquiry [about the scientific method as it applies to food] is the kind of mindset we need,” Bomford said. The next event on the Yale Sustainable Food Project’s “Chewing the Fat” calendar is a Yale food systems symposium, which will take place on Oct. 18 and 19. Contact DAVID KURKOVSKIY at email@example.com .
Talk explores tie between genes and environment BY WESLEY YIIN CONTRIBUTING REPORTER In a talk Monday afternoon in the Whitney Humanities Center, science writer David Dobbs explained how behavioral genetics is uncovering the balance between genes and environment in shaping behavior. Over 50 audience members listened to Dobbs discuss his new book, “The Orchid and the Dandelion,” which explores how the behavior of children born with certain genes may be swayed more readily by life experiences. Dobbs, who has written on scientific topics for publications including The New York Times, Wired and National Geographic, then spoke on how science writers often present a field as having come to all the answers when in reality many questions remain. “These are puzzles. These are mysteries,” Dobbs said. “Science is not that neat.” Dobbs said the title of his book fits into the “slippery, new field” of behavioral genetics: Recent studies have discovered plasticity genes, which determine how sensitive individuals are to environmental influences on their behavior. Those who are “orchids” are highly sensitive to the environments just as the flower can only grow in certain conditions, while
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those labeled “dandelions” develop with genes that more strongly shape behavior regardless of environmental factors. One of the key breakthroughs in the history of behavioral genetics was from UC Davis professor Jay Belsky, who found that orchid children with behavioral issues saw most improvement from successful interventions, Dobbs said. The orchid-dandelion hypothesis has become “widely influential” because it explains that there is a wide range of neurobiological sensitivities based on how many “plasticity genes” a child possesses. Science writing often oversimplifies the issues and presents them as if they were the definitive solution to the issue at hand, Dobbs said. Instead, science writing should be more like a “detective story.” Audience reaction to the talk was largely positive. Lisa Adams, a blogger and Dobbs’ friend, said the field of behavioral genetics “opens up so many questions about [the relationship] between genetics and the environment.” Clara Kim YSM ’17 said she enjoyed the talk, adding that Dobbs made technical scientific concepts “relatable” to attendees from a variety of backgrounds. During the question and answer session, Kim told Dobbs she worried research in behavioral genetics will result in the “erosion of free will,” a concern Dobbs said he did not
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Sceince writer David Dobbs explains how behavioral genetics is uncovering the balance between genes and the environment. share. The event was supported by the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities and the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. Contact WESLEY YIIN at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The New Haven Register, a daily metro paper that covers New Haven and its suburbs, has formalized plans to move from its current Sargent Drive office to a still undetermined location in downtown New Haven before the summer of 2014. In both a physical and ideological shift, the Register has sold its former building to Jordan’s Furniture and will establish a downtown headquarters to facilitate increased community engagement, Matt DeRienzo, Conn. group editor said. Part of the reason for the move is that the New Haven Register no longer prints its own paper in-house and therefore does not require the same amount of space. Register staffers are aiming for a smaller location that is closer to the New Haven Green, DeRienzo said. The 200 year-old paper has been stationed at its current location off of Interstate 95 since 1981. Before being converted into a newsroom and warehouse, the building was a Gant shirt factory. “We were originally on Orange Street, so in one sentence, this is a homecoming to the downtown,” DeRienzo said. In the past, the Register and other papers moved to locations adjacent to the highway in order to facilitate paper distribution, Mark Oppenheimer, director of Yale Journalism Initiative, said. However, this return into the heart of the city reflects a larger trend in journalism to create more pluralistic community involvement. “For a long time, The New Haven Register was the poster child of the traditional, somewhat arrogant, print newspaper business — they ignored the web and were not as visible and connected to the community as they should be,” DeRienzo said. “It really is about trust and relationships, and to have relationships we need to be near people, and to have trust, we need to have transparency,” he continued. In addition, the relocation will place the Register in closer proximity to the stories that it covers. The office’s remote location may incentivize reporters to stay in the newsroom, Oppenheimer said. DeRienzo noted that five to 10 years ago the Register decided to make community engagement its top priority. New Haven residents will be welcomed for community meetings and public forums in the future, DeRienzo added. In addition, this downsizing comes in light of the changing
economic needs for daily print paper. Since The New Haven Register stopped printing its own paper in-house on March 4, 2012 (it is now sourced to the Hartford Courant location), 200,000 square feet no longer serves the utility it once did. “They don’t need all the real estate they have out there… They are a smaller organization than they used to be. If they can offload that building and move to smaller digs, they can save a lot of money,” Oppenheimer said. The Register failed to supply exact numbers of square footage it is aiming to buy since its plans hinge on finding the right building. While it does not have a final location, DeRienzo said that the Register plans to move to the heart of the city, which will allow the reporters to have greater accountability to the residents who will soon be their neighbors. “When people can walk into your office, when you can run a few blocks over to the center of the city, when you can get there with one bus ride rather than two — it makes a big difference,” Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent said.
I think it is great fun for the reporters, it’s going to be good for the news organization and it will be good for downtown. PAUL BASS Editor, New Haven Independent Still the solution for the Register may be more complicated than simple relocation. Oppenheimer bemoaned the Register’s website and said that improving their online presence should be the Register’s first priority. “The principal problem is that it has a terrible web property, you would never use their website if you could help it — it is one of the worst in the business,” Oppenheimer said. This relocation may also be the start of an entirely new relationship between the New Haven Independent and The New Haven Register since they will be in closer proximity than before. “I applaud what the Register is doing, I think it is great fun for the reporters, it’s going to be good for the news organization and it will be good for downtown,” said Bass. The New Haven Register was founded in 1812. Contact LARRY MILSTEIN at email@example.com .
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“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ENGLISH POET AND PLAYWRIGHT
Sandy Hook to be rebuilt with CT funds
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The site of last year’s fatal shooting will be resurrected thanks to $50 million residents of Newtown voted to accept. NEWTOWN FROM PAGE 1 the proposed $50 million. In the time since, the topic became a prominent point of conversation in Newtown, as evidenced by the large numbers that participated in Saturday’s referendum. The approximate 30 percent voter turnout was a significant increase over the average 19 percent turnout for Newtown referenda, said Patricia Llodra, Newtown’s First Selectwoman. Although a group of 28 elected officials unanimously approved the resolution in May, a citywide referendum became necessary because a condition in the Newtown charter states that the city can only accept an amount greater than $10 million from the state after a majority vote by its residents. Now that the vote
has been settled, reconstruction of the school will proceed as planned. Llodra also said that, in addition to emotional closure, resurrecting the school space should bring economic benefits to the community. The space has been empty since last December, when Sandy Hook moved its students to a vacated middle school facility in nearby Monroe. “Sandy Hook is a large neighborhood, and when that school was decommissioned it was like that community losing a major employer,” Llodra said. “There was an economic impact that was significant for that commercial area. So business owners, and the people that live in that area particularly, are very hopeful that the ship will be righted.”
Initially, city and state officials also considered either renovating the existing school or moving Sandy Hook to a new location. But the taskforce of elected officials ultimately decided that the best course of action would be to demolish and rebuild it altogether, according to Newtown Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton. She added that revamping the school as it currently stands would have been as expensive as building a new school, altogether. Though the overwhelming majority of residents did vote in favor of the school’s reconstruction, critics pointed to tax and budget implications as reasons not to go through with the deal. Recent trends of decreasing enrollment in the Newtown
public school system also discouraged some voters. However, Lora said that officials would consider repurposing the school space for municipal purposes if enrollment dropped to a certain level. Despite the logistical concerns involved, Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman voiced their support for the school’s reconstruction in a September press release. “The people of Newtown greatly decided that building a new Sandy Hook Elementary School is an important step onward for their children and their community,” Wyman said in the release. “This funding is another way the state is continuing the unwavering support our citizens and our government have shown for them since that
dark day that still affects us all.” Frampton said that the state’s decision to fund this project made sense, given its willingness to provide monetary relief to victims of other recent disasters in Connecticut, citing funds to rebuild homes and schools in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Winter Storm Nemo in 2013. “Personally, I like that the state is funding the project. There are state funds for hurricanes and all that kind of stuff,” Frampton said. “This was a disaster, and, the thing is, no community is prepared to fund [recovery from] a disaster. There’s just not that much money. So I think it’s fair — this is actually helping the town, the community.” Both Frampton and Llo-
dra said that they’d like to see a memorial to the victims of the shooting raised somewhere in the new school, but specific plans for its design have not been finalized. Now that the state’s financial backing has officially been approved, city officials will begin to consult architects as they develop ideas for the reconstructed building. “Students and their families have been dislocated from their school because of the tragedy, and we have an obligation to bring them home,” Llodra said. The Newtown public school District consists of seven schools: four elementary schools and intermediate, middle and high schools. Contact MAREK RAMILO at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Obama, Boehner trade barbs and hints BY DAVID ESPO ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered hints of possible compromise but also traded heated rhetoric Tuesday, a frustratingly inconclusive combination that left the eight-day partial government shutdown firmly in place and the threat of an unprecedented national default drawing closer. “There’s a crack there,” Republican Boehner said of the impasse in a brief interview near the end of a day of maneuvering at the White House and the Capitol. But he added that it was not enough to warrant optimism. Stocks fell significantly — the Dow Jones average by 159 points — as political gridlock endured. And, in the latest in a string of dire warnings, the International Monetary Fund said failure to raise America’s debt limit could lead to default and disrupt worldwide financial markets, raise interest rates and push the U.S economy back into recession. Republicans “don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their jobs,” Obama said at the White House. “They don’t also get to say, you know, unless you give me what the voters rejected in the last election, I’m going to cause a recession.” Even the deaths of U.S. servicemen over the weekend in Afghanistan were grist for the politicians. The Pentagon said that because of the partial shutdown it was unable to pay the customary death benefits to the survivors. Boehner said Congress had passed and Obama signed legislation last week permitting the payments, adding it was “disgraceful” for the administration to interpret the measure otherwise. He said the House would clarify the issue with a new bill on Wednesday. In Congress, a plan by Senate Democrats to raise the debt limit by $1 trillion to stave off a possible default drew little evidence of support from Republicans. And a proposal by the House Republicans to create a working group of 20 lawmakers to tackle deficit issues drew a veto threat from the White House, the latest in a string of them as the administration insists the GOP reopen the government
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Health and safety efforts slowed or halted BY MARY CLARE JALONICK ASSOCIATED PRESS
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President Barack Obama speaks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. and avert default before any negotiations on deficit reduction or the three-year-old health care law can take place. On a day in which both Obama and Boehner appeared on live television, both men appeared to be giving ground yet yielding little if anything of substance. At midmorning, Boehner and other Republicans seemed to soften their demands.
“I suspect we can work out a mechanism to raise the debt ceiling while a negotiation is underway.” TOM COLE U.S. Representative, Oklahoma “I suspect we can work out a mechanism to raise the debt ceiling while a negotiation is underway,” said Rep. Tom
Cole, an Oklahoma Republican who is close to Boehner. The speaker, who had previously insisted on specific changes in the health care law as the price for preventing the shutdown, told reporters, “I want to have a conversation with Obama and other Democrats. I’m not drawing any lines in the sand. It’s time for us to just sit down and resolve our differences.” Asked if he was willing to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for a short period, the Ohio Republican sidestepped. “I’m not going to get into a whole lot of speculation,” he said. A few hours later, Obama told a news conference he was willing to negotiate with Republicans on budget and other issues if Congress passed even shortterm legislation to end the crisis. “I’ll even spring for dinner again,” he said, referring to his courtship of Republican senators last winter, and attempting to inject humor into a political impasse where invective has been the norm. Ninety minutes later, Boehner was unsmiling.
WASHINGTON — The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans’ health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking foodborne illness. The latest example: an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened people in 18 states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that it was recalling some of its furloughed staff to deal with the outbreak, which has sickened more than 270 people. Before then, the CDC had only a handful of scientists working on outbreak detection, severely hampering its ability to track potentially deadly illnesses
There’s a backlog, and the team is going to have to work diligently and long hours. CHRISTOPHER BRADEN, MD. Director, Division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases
With federal workers on leave, the states have had to pick up much of the slack. In the case of food safety, state labs are investigating foodborne illnesses and com-
municating with each other — without the help of federal authorities, in many cases — to figure out whether outbreaks have spread. Dr. Christopher Braden, head of the CDC division that investigates foodborne illness, said the agency will be able to better monitor the salmonella outbreak with the recalled federal staff. But the agency is monitoring more than 30 outbreaks, and gaps still exist as the federal bureaucracy limps through a shutdown beginning its second week. “There’s a backlog, and the team is going to have to work diligently and long hours to try and overcome that,” Braden said. “It’s possible we may find something we’ve missed, and when that’s the case it’s harder to start investigations later than earlier.” With staff furloughed last week, the CDC stopped monitoring for some foodborne pathogens, including shigella and campylobacter. The agency is now watching for those again, but Braden said some investigations are still on the back burner, including an ongoing outbreak of salmonella from handling live poultry that has sickened more than 300. CDC isn’t the only agency protecting health and safety that’s strained. The shutdown has forced the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to halt its regular mine safety inspections, which it normally conducts at each of the nation’s underground mines every three months.
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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” BUDDHA SAGE
‘Middletown’ seeks everyday miracles
Local festival impacts Elm City’s economy BY ERIC XIAO STAFF REPORTER This summer, New Haven’s cultural scene peaked during the annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas — and so did the Elm City’s economy. Last Monday, the festival’s board of directors announced that this year’s celebration funneled an unprecedented $34 million into New Haven — the highest amount in the festival’s 18-year history. The event, which took place in the city’s theaters and various public spaces last June, saw over 800 performers and nearly 140,000 attendees. Mary Lou Aleskie, the festival’s executive director, attributed the economic impact primarily to the increase in the number of ticket sales this year. “We were able to expand our ticketed offerings so that we had an explosion in terms of ticket buyers,” Aleskie said. “That growth came because we were able to secure artists to come for longer runs, so people came and stayed for longer periods of time.” Although roughly 85 percent of the festival’s events are free, the rest require visitors to purchase tickets. Aleskie explained that the number of ticket buyers rose from 9,000 last year to 16,000 this year, adding that visitors who choose to attend ticketed events tend to spend more money than those who only attend free events at the festival. She noted that the festival has also seen increased attendance by members of lowerincome households, which has further contributed to its ability to support the local economy. “Art doesn’t fulfill its potential if it’s only available to one sector of our community,” Aleskie said. Mark Gius, an economics professor at Quinnipiac University who has been calculating the festival’s economic impact using the same methods for the past 18 years, explained that the economic impact statistic measures the amount of money
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‘Middletown,’ the Yale Dramat’s second show of the season, premiers on Thursday at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Will Eno’s play will run through Saturday. BY VIVIAN WANG CONTRIBUTING REPORTER On the surface, Will Eno’s “Middletown” is the story of an average small town — but the Yale Dramat’s second show this season will show just how miraculous the average can be. Directed by Kyle Yoder ’15 and produced by Henry Tisch ’16, the play opens at the Yale Repertory Theatre on Thursday. It is a story of the everyday that is “all too often forgotten,” Yoder said. Although its protagonists are a husband and wife who have just moved to Middletown, the play evolves to become the story of everyone in the town — the story of the residents’ quirks and what makes them human. Yoder said he chose the show because he thought it would appeal
to a Yale audience in many ways — in a community where people are often looking for the extraordinary, he said, everyone could use a reminder to appreciate the ordinary. “Too often we fall prey to that mentality of getting through the week, to that lucrative internship, that great party this weekend,” Yoder said. “We jump from one fleeting moment to another, rarely — if ever — stopping to really appreciate the things in between those moments, the stuff that life is really made up of.” Yoder added that the style of the performance is also fitting for a Yale audience. Rather than telling people what to think, Eno’s writing asks questions without providing concrete answers, a technique that fosters a thoughtful dialogue Yoder believes Yale students will find exciting and entertaining.
The Dramat Exes are typically some of the biggest shows on campus, Tisch said, adding that there are over 75 students working on the production of “Middletown.” The venue, in addition to the sizable cast and crew, has afforded the team the opportunity to experiment with a variety of performance techniques. “The Rep offers incredible opportunities for both designers and technicians, and I feel that our team has been able to thrive in that environment,” Tisch said. But the crew also faced some challenges as a result of the Rep’s unique set-up. Because the venue does not have a traditional set-up with curtains and wings, designers had to use the space creatively, said Steffina Yuli ’16, assistant producer for sets. But Yuli added that the crew was able to use the venue’s flexible
Artist emphasizes collaboration BY PIERRE ORTLIEB CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Sculptor, painter and writer David Humphrey spoke about exploring himself through his art at a Tuesday lecture at the School of Art. In front of roughly 20 members of the school’s community, Humphrey outlined a narrative tracing his evolution as an artist. The art critic, who also dabbles in music, described the changing nature of his work relating to the concepts of inter-subjectivity, collaboration and voice. During the lecture, Humphrey shared slides of his work and explained the creative process behind each piece — which his colleagues at the Art School said he did with honesty and openness uncharacteristic of many in the profession. “All artmaking is acting in a way — you are articulating, you are making gestures, you are performing in a discourse,” Humphrey said. “I am just the gesture-making expressionist.” Humphrey explained that he tries to include a variety of ideas and materials in his art, which culminates in “a sense of collaboration.” One of his pieces, titled “Sierra Love Team,” conflates
two nude figures taken from separate pornographic magazines, mashing them together in an ensemble of physical proximity and emotional distance. Associate professor at the School of Art Anoka Faroquee, who attended the lecture, said that the palette of emotions visible in Humphrey’s work and his willingness to study himself through his art are highlighted by the fact that the image’s release coincided with a period of turbulence in Humphrey’s first marriage. Stuart Horodner, Humphrey’s friend and colleague, said that the bringing together of disparate and often conflicting elements is a fundamental aspect of Humphrey’s work. One of his projects involved taking slides from George Romero’s film “The Dark Half” — shot in Humphrey’s childhood home — and incorporating elements from his past, such as his mother, by painting them onto the slides. Through this process, Humphrey said he was able to collaborate with Romero as well as with his own past. The “Dark Half” project proved a crucial step in his attempt to emphasize the collaborative process in his art, Humphrey said, as he realized the significance of work-
ing not only with others, but also with himself. Another one of Humphrey’s creations is an amalgam of an ashtray, a piggy bank and a weeping Chinese porcelain doll. By creating unique pieces out of mass-produced objects, Humphrey extended the collaborative process to include commercial products. “[Humphrey] often tries to make things bump against each other, to possess a series of things that are in contention [in his work],” Horodner said, adding that the “playful and honest relationship” Humphrey has with his own work is both distinguishing and compelling. Faroquee noted that the sincerity and the element of selfquestioning evident in Humphrey’s art are some of its most refreshing and exciting aspects. She added that while some artists may be guarded when speaking about their work, Humphrey is not afraid to make himself “vulnerable.” An anthology of David Humphrey’s work, entitled “Blind Handshake,” was published in 2010 by Periscope Publishing. Contact PIERRE ORTLIEB at email@example.com .
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Art critic David Humphrey spoke about the way in which he uses art to collaborate with others and with himself.
nature to its advantage, as the story’s “everytown” nature requires a variety of sets — ranging from a library to individual homes. Both Tisch and Yoder said that there are surprises in store for the audience, both in the physical setup and the content of the play. “We all question things in the every day, but we shove those thoughts aside because we think they’re not interesting enough, or because we believe no one else thinks that way,” Yoder said. “‘Middletown’ doesn’t pretend to give us the answers to those questions, but it does tell us that it’s okay to ask them. And it asks that we do.” “Middletown” will run through Saturday. Contact VIVIAN WANG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poet discusses memories, time
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Poet John Koethe read selections from his poetry on Wednesday afternoon at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He emphasized his tendency to experiement with time in his poetry. BY SARAH BRULEY CONTRIBUTING REPORTER American poet John Koethe likes to experiment with the concept of time. Koethe read selections from his poetry in front of a crowd of roughly 30 members of the Yale community at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Tuesday afternoon. An essayist and a former professor of philosophy, Koethe read a series of memory poems: poems that focus on a particular moment from a writer’s life. Most of Koethe’s memory poems explored fleeting memories, such as a brief interaction Koethe had with a woman he met at a train station, as well as the concept of time — which he called his “great obsession.” Koethe said he finds writing about time appealing because of the mystery surrounding it. “The incidents aren’t important — it’s about time,” Koethe said, explaining that the particular moments that he lingers on in his poems are not as important as the notion of time. In addition to several memory poems, Koethe also read a poem titled “The Great Gatsby,” which was commissioned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the 400th anniversary of English explorer Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York’s harbor. For this work, he said he drew inspiration from the Dutch sailors in Fitzgerald’s novel. Other poems that Koethe read included “Chester,” “On Happiness,” “The Arrogance of Physics” and “Alfred Hitchcock.”
Koethe claimed that he first developed an interest in poetry during his time as an undergraduate at Princeton University, adding that he used to be more interested in math and the sciences in high school. Ever since the shift in his interests, he said, he has drawn inspiration from writers such as William Wordsworth, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop and Mark Strand. Despite his career as a philosophy professor, many of Koethe’s works are not philosophical in nature. Instead, he explained, the field of philosophy is reflected in his “discursive” and “abstract” style, which makes his poems sound like philosophical prose. “I never tried to write poems that were philosophical,” he said. Several audience members interviewed said they enjoyed Koethe’s reading. Audience member Sarah Hayden, who works at the Beinecke, said that she was most impressed by the “human warmth” evident in his works, adding that she enjoyed “the sense of nostalgia” in his poem “Sally’s Hair.” Nancy Kuhl, a curator at the Beinecke, said that she enjoyed hearing the poems “The Great Gatsby” and “Melancholy of the Autumn Garden” because they highlight Koethe’s role as a participant in a broader poetic community. Koethe’s most recent book of poetry is called “ROTC Kills.” Contact SARAH BRULEY at email@example.com .
spent during the festival that would not have been spent had the event not taken place. Other factors that contributed to this year’s festival’s success include the favorable weather and lower gas prices that made travel more convenient for out-of-state visitors, Gius said. He noted that out-ofstate visitors tend to spend more during the festival than local residents. Aleskie attributed some of the event’s wide-ranging appeal to its educational role in the New Haven community. From January to June each year, the festival sponsors an after-school program that teaches local high school students a variety of organizational and leadership skills, she explained. The students then participate in the festival itself, taking on roles such as curators and project leaders. Aleskie noted that the average amount of time attendees spent at this year’s festival was 3.7 days — a substantial increase from the first event 18 years ago, when visitors stayed for an average of one event. Gius said that the amount of money spent by the average attendee has substantially increased throughout the festival’s history, adding that per capita spending during the event has increased from roughly $50 in its first year to $120 this June. The festival’s budget came largely from individual donations, corporate sponsorships and ticket sales, Aleskie said. Karen Crane, the vice president of corporate communications for First Niagara Bank — one of the companies sponsoring the event — said the festival is the largest arts-related event that the company sponsors in New Haven. Crane added that the company views its sponsorship as an investment in “the economic vitality of [the New Haven] community.” The International Festival of Arts and Ideas will announce the event schedule for its 2014 installment next April. Contact ERIC XIAO at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Exhibit explores love, loss, remembrance BY SARAH HOLDER CONTRIBUTUNG REPORTER In a dimly lit room at the Institute of Sacred Music lie the works of three West Coast artists. “All That Remains: Material Remembrances in Love and Loss,” an exhibit that opened last week, is curated by Anya Montiel, a second-year doctoral student in American Studies with 10 years of museum experience. The exhibit is the result of a conversation between Montiel and ISM Deputy Director Sally Promey in which they shared an admiration for California-based aritst Lewis deSoto’s installation entitled “Paranirvana,” which is modeled after a reclining Buddha statue from Sri Lanka and is now featured in the exhibit. After his father’s passing, deSoto found solace in Buddhism’s tradition of contemplating death and the possibility of enlightenment. Montiel drew inspiration from his story, choosing to curate the exhibit around the themes of love, loss and remembrance.
When I was writing the brochure text I was bawling — a lot of these stories are so powerful. ANYA MONTIEL Doctoral student, American Studies All the works featured in the exhibit explore the difficulty of dealing with the death of “loved ones who have been lost too soon,” Montiel explained. “When I was writing the brochure text I was bawling — a lot of these stories are so powerful,” she said. “It was an emotional process [for the artists] to create these works.” Montiel chose pieces that deal with different types of loss: the death of a parent, a child, a spouse and a friend. Oregon-based artist Rick Bartow has three pieces on display, all of which revolve around the
issues of death, disease and posttraumatic stress disorder. In a painting titled “Give Me Back My Father,” he depicts a young Inuit child who loses his father to tuberculosis. “He was left on his own, and it sort of ruined his whole life,” Bartow said of the boy. “In the end he succumbed to alcoholism and died.” In “Traumbild,” another one of Bartow’s paintings, a horrified man is surrounded by the night terrors that haunt war survivors. In “Personal Myth,” Bartow painted a skull in the chest of a woman’s figure, symbolizing the cancer that took the life of his wife in 1999. These pieces show the “real elements of emotions,” he said. California-based artist Judith Lowry contributes two pieces, one full-length portrait of a man who died of brain cancer and one painting of a relative of Lowry’s who was killed in a hospital accident. The most visible piece is deSoto’s “Paranirvana,” an enormous Buddha that is the centerpiece of the exhibit. The figure is made of painted nylon and has deSoto’s face superimposed on its head. The piece is unique in that it has a life cycle: During exhibit hours an electric fan keeps it inflated, while at night the fan is unplugged and the piece “slowly sinks to the ground,” Montiel explained, adding that the installation mirrors the inevitable sequence of life and death. On Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., visitors can watch the Buddha deflate. “I think that all of us had some questions about what the exhibit would be like,” said Melissa Maier, who is in charge of publications and communications at the ISM. “We couldn’t wrap our heads around it.” Now, Mailer said, she hails Montiel’s work as “one of the best exhibitions [the ISM has] had.” “All That Remains” will be on display at the ISM Gallery of Sacred Arts until Oct. 24. Contact SARAH HOLDER at email@example.com .
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“All That Remains: Material Remembrances in Love and Loss,” a new exhibit at the Institute of Sacred Music, explores death through art.
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“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” THOMAS EDISON AMERICAN INVENTOR
Egypt capital scarred by 2 1/2 years of turmoil BY HAMZA HENDAWI ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO — Egypt’s capital has long been proud of its nickname, “Mother of the World” — a metropolis of 18 million throbbing with the vitality and fun of other great cities, even if at times it seemed unmanageable and chaotic. But Cairo’s spirit has been deeply scarred by 32 months of turmoil and bloodshed from two “revolutions,” constant protests and crackdowns, and a military coup. Residents talk of an unfamiliar edginess. People are more suspicious of each other, whether because of increased crime or constant media warnings of conspiracies and terrorism.
It is good that life goes on after every episode of bloodshed, but it is terrible from a human perspective. BELAL FADL Satirical columnist and scriptwriter Families are split by bitter ideological differences. Fights are sparked by a word or a gesture seen as supporting either the military or the Islamists who were ousted from power by the armed forces. The mood goes beyond ideology. With police battered by the upheaval and rarely enforcing regulations, many people flout laws with no thought of the consequences — whether it’s the cafes that take over sidewalks or thugs who seize plots of land. A curfew in place for nearly two months has put a damper on Cairo’s nightlife. It has been
eased to start at midnight, but that was usually the hour when streets and parties were just getting lively. Political violence has killed more than 2,000 people in the city and wounded many others, starting with the Jan. 25, 2011, revolution that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. That was followed by demonstrations against the military rulers who replaced Mubarak, the protests during President Mohammed Morsi’s year in office, and the June 30 “revolution” that prompted the July 3 coup against the president. “Political differences have made some people lose their humanity,” said Shaiymaa Awad, a 32-year-old Morsi supporter. Awad said she was in a bus recently that drove past Rabaah el-Adawiya, the mosque where hundreds of Islamists were killed in August when police cracked down on a sit-in demanding Morsi’s reinstatement. When she broke down crying, ���other passengers looked surprised, but none of them understood why,” Awad said. The Rabaah mosque is not the only city landmark now more famous for one of the violent incidents of the past 2 1/2 years. Others include: - A historic bridge over the Nile, once a favored romantic spot for couples, that was the site of a battle between police and anti-Mubarak protesters. - The towering Nile-side state TV headquarters nicknamed “Maspero,” now known for the army’s killing of more than 25 Christian protesters. - Moqattam, once simply the rocky plateau overlooking the city where couples went to steal kisses, now remembered for a bloody street fight between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and opponents. New neighborhoods joined
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Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles to guard an entrance of Tahrir square, in Cairo, on Aug. 16, 2013. the list Sunday, when Morsi supporters and police clashed, killing at least 40 people. With more streets strewn with debris and blackened by fires, Cairenes fear the city is turning into a Baghdad or a Beirut at their most violent. “Blood is everywhere,” said Belal Fadl, a popular satirical columnist and scriptwriter. “It is good that life goes on after every episode of bloodshed, but it is terrible from a human perspective,” he said, adding that people now react to violence “as
if they are watching it on a silver screen.” Cairo has long been an unruly, tough place — densely populated, heavily polluted and choked with traffic. With few parks or green spaces, and almost no street entertainment, residents have few public outlets for escape. Yet it also was the place where all Egyptians — rich, poor, intellectuals, laborers and migrants from the countryside — were jammed together, forced to get along by smoothing over their
differences with a sense of humor. There was no contradiction seen between deep religious piety — another Cairo nickname is the “City of a Thousand Minarets” — and raucous street weddings with beer and belly dancers. The city has gone through rapid lurches. The anti-Mubarak uprising saw an idealistic, “revolutionary” optimism. Under Morsi, conservative Islamists were emboldened, scolding the public to adhere to “God’s law”
and vilifying Christians and secular Egyptians. Now the mood is defined by a media blitz demonizing the Islamists, idolizing military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and intimidating critics. One recent morning, a police officer shouted at a man whose car had broken down on a busy overpass. The man had a beard — a hallmark of an Islamist — and the policeman angrily accused him of intentionally trying to snarl traffic.
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YALE DAILY NEWS · WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013 · yaledailynews.com
“I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.” SATCHEL PAIGE HALL OF FAME PITCHER
Elis ‘Get a Grip’
Receivers thrive FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 14
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The field hockey team produced mixed results this past weekend, winning Saturday’s game but dropping Sunday’s. FIELD HOCKEY FROM PAGE 14 ond half, the Elis limited Cornell to only two shots and one penalty corner in the first half–and did not allow a goal the whole game. “We capitalized on our speed and used quick passes to move up the field,” Gogel said. “[Midfielder Emily Schuckert ’14] scored an important goal early in the game to give us the momentum and after that we just kept going. The goalies and defense did a great job keeping Cornell from scoring.” The Bulldogs dominated throughout the game, holding the advantage in shots on goal 23–13. The two goalkeepers, Emily Cain ’14 and Heather Schlesier ’15, combined to notch eight saves to preserve the shutout. Unfortunately, the team was unable to replicate their home performance on the
road Sunday at Quinnipiac University (6–5, 0–0 MAAC), falling 3-2. The Elis could not overcome a threegoal deficit after the Bobcats scored early and often in the first half, although they rallied with two goals in the second half. Forward Jess Rusin of Quinnipiac had a big day, assisting a teammate on the first goal and scoring the third goal of the day with 44 seconds left in the first half. She moved into sole possession of second place on the Quinnipiac career points list and into a tie for second on the career goals list. Yale mounted a comeback in the second half as forward Rhoni Gericke ’17 tipped in her first career goal at 35:12 to bring the Bulldogs within two. Garcia then scored with almost 20 minutes left in the game; unfortunately, the Elis were denied the rest of the way as Bobcats goalkeeper Megan Conaboy made five
Sullivan leads Elis SULLIVAN FROM PAGE 14 outside looking in. After last year’s elimination, Sullivan said that she is dead-set on driving the Bulldogs to the top. She added that her goals for the upcoming season were not personal, but team-oriented. “I want to leave a legacy,” she said. “But I want that legacy to be about the team. I’d like to be remembered as one of the girls who gave her all for Yale tennis.” Sullivan also said that she believed that her individual actions, both as a player and as a leader, impact the entire squad.
I want us to make a splash in the NCAA tournament and make it to the Sweet 16. This is the most talented team I’ve ever been on. ANNIE SULLIVAN ’14 Captain, Women’s tennis “I don’t consider captaining this team as pressure,” Sullivan said. “It’s an honor and I get to lead by example on every day of practice and in every match.” Head coach Danielle McNamara raved about her senior captain, characterizing Sullivan as a tough, gritty player who leads the team by example and pushes everyone around her to be better. “Annie is the strongest leader I’ve ever worked with,” McNamara said. “She raises the energy of the entire team and demands the best from everyone.” To McNamara, Sullivan is the quintessential Yale captain, holding the team accountable and forcing the entire squad to rise to each new challenge it encounters. McNamara stated that Sullivan has matured into a brilliant player and person. She added that she thought Sullivan’s strongest attribute was her
competitive drive. Despite her present unselfish style and team-geared approach, Sullivan shared that her freshman year had been a struggle as she was forced to learn to play for an entire team of girls rather than just herself. “When I came in, I was a different person,” Sullivan said. “I was more invested in personal goals than I am now. I learned that the best teams are groups of people working together not just self-interested individuals. My father always told me, ‘Annie, you’re a leader’, and now I’m finally beginning to step into that role.” The Bulldogs have certainly taken her team-oriented philosophy to heart, achieving enormous success during Sullivan’s tenure with the team and now aiming even higher. Sullivan stated that she wants to win now more than ever and that the entire team understands her urgency and feeds off of it. According to Sullivan, the women of Yale tennis are right on the same page as her as she pushes her teammates to strive for success in each and every match. “My mindset is to [have Yale] work harder than every other team,” Sullivan said. “Great players work five times more than everyone around them and great teams aren’t content to work as hard as their competition. We want to go the extra mile.” To Sullivan, the Bulldogs are exactly what their mascot implies: a resolute, plucky group of players willing themselves to greatness. She added that she is aware that she is entering the final chapter of her career at Yale and that her drive to win has never been stronger. “I fight for this team,” Sullivan said. “ I believe we can compete with anyone and do anything. When I leave Yale, I want to have no regrets.” The next step in Sullivan’s senior journey comes on Oct. 18 when the Bulldogs compete in the ITA Northeast Regionals in Cambridge, Mass. Contact MARC CUGNON at firstname.lastname@example.org .
saves in the second half. The Bulldogs still played a solid game, outshooting Quinnipiac 13-5 and earning more penalty corners, 9–6. “Our performance and play was not what it needed to be the first half,” head coach Pam Stuper said. “Quinnipiac capitalized on their opportunities more than we did. They were very opportunistic scoring three goals on four shots in the first half. Those are incredible statistics. You usually look to score 30 percent of your goals, and they scored 75 percent. It was quite unfortunate for us, and although we made a strong comeback, in the end we just ran out of time. Yale travels across the country next week to the West Coast where they will face California and No. 13 Stanford. Contact ASHLEY WU at email@example.com .
“When teams want to go manon-man, the receivers have the capability to win their matchup individually. [This] is nice because a lot of teams want to pack the box to stop [Tyler] Varga ’15, so our perimeter receivers get a lot of chances to make plays one-on-one.” The spread also utilizes the hurry-up offense, which keeps opposing defenders from substituting when they get tired. This offensive style suits the skill sets of Smith and Randall, the team’s top two receivers, because it accommodates the receivers’ speed. “[The spread offense] helps us to be able to spread the field,” Smith said. “For example, Deon Randall runs a lot of underneath routes and I run a lot of vertical routes, so the defense can either cover me deep or cover him short, but they can’t cover both.” The dynamic duo of Smith and Randall has combined for 480 receiving yards and 41 receptions, including four for touchdowns, this season. The other two receiving touchdowns have come from defensive end Dylan Drake ’14, who scored on a fake field goal pass, and tight end Keith Coty ’14. Smith and Randall both attributed their successes to a productive use of their off year, during which they trained together while learning the team’s new offense by watching each game. During the year, they trained with Marc Davis, the sprinting coach for Yale’s track and field teams, to work on speed and change of direction. Their work appears to have paid off, as both receivers have caught long passes this year. Furman has connected with Randall twice for over 40 yards and once with Smith for 33. “[One factor] that stands out, that one might not pick up on, is just how hungry being off a year can make you, because Deon and I both had to sit on the sidelines,” Smith said. “At one point,
I had to watch the Cornell game on TV. Certain experiences like that make you so hungry to get back out there and that’s something you don’t get if you had the opportunity to play last year.” Randall, Smith and Furman all pointed to the blocking contributed by the receiving corps as a major factor in the Bulldogs’ success in the air. Yale worked extensively on blocking over the preseason and has utilized numerous bubble screens to pick up yardage along the sidelines. Sandquist, especially, has transitioned into a vital role of blocking for screens, according to Smith. “I’d say that [blocking is] our best strength right now,” Furman said. “The blocking’s been a huge deal, so perimeter passes have been a huge part of our offense this season. As we go along, we know defenses are going to adjust to that, so when they adjust we will as well.” Furman added that strong team chemistry creates more blocking. “Instead of just blocking for another player, they’re blocking for a teammate or their fellow receiver,” he said. The wide receivers’ significant experience playing together has created a special chemistry among them. Randall, Smith, Sandquist and Wallace have all played two or more full seasons of Eli football. Smith is in his fifth year on the team, having retained a year of eligibility because of his injury last season. “Team camaraderie has really helped us,” Smith said. “We’re all on the same page as far as the entire offensive unit goes. That helps us when we’re changing plays at the line of scrimmage. It’s a lot easier to do when you’re on the same page as the other guys on the team.” The Elis will next test their passing game on Saturday at Dartmouth (1–2, 0–1 Ivy). Contact GREG CAMERON at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Road woes continue
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The men’s soccer team dropped a 2–1 contest at Albany on Tuesday night. MEN’S SOCCER FROM PAGE 14 clearance, the Louisville, Ky. native met the ball on the half-volley from about 30 yards out and unleashed a rocket that flew into the side netting to tie the game at 1-1. The goal represented only the second the midfielder has scored so far in his Yale career. “It was the best goal I’ve seen any Yale player score since I’ve been here,” Alers said. After McKiernan’s fantastic effort, the Bulldogs kept up the pressure, but Allen was up to the test. The Great Dane keeper, who is second in the American East Conference in saves, played a critical role in keeping the game at 1–1 during the first half. One of the Elis’ best chances to score came right at the end of the first period when leading scorer Peter
Jacobson ’14 hit a powerful shot from distance at Allen. But the Albany keeper did well to parry the shot and save the rebound attempt right before the whistle blew for the half. While the Bulldogs had all the momentum going into the second half, the Great Danes jumped out to a great start at the beginning of the period and pinned Yale in its half for most of the period. Other than Allen’s save on Jacobson in the 55th minute, the Elis did not generate any real scoring chances and often gave the ball away in the final third despite a nice build-up play that featured exquisite one-touch passing. The game changed again after a give away in Yale’s defensive half in the 82nd minute. An Albany forward stole possession and played a quick one-two with a teammate
who put him in on goal. The forward chipped the ball past Yale goalkeeper Ryan Simpson ’17 for the go-ahead score. The late goal seemed to flatten the Bulldogs, who could not muster a shot in the last 9 minutes of the game. “We need to be more consistent,” McKiernan said. “Maybe we had a little bit of a hangover from the Harvard win. However, that’s not a good enough excuse for losing tonight. Set pieces have definitely been a thorn in our side. We’ll have to continue working on that this week in practice before Dartmouth.” The Bulldogs take on the Big Green at Reese Stadium this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Contact FREDERICK FRANK at email@example.com .
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“They were very opportunistic scoring three goals on four shots in the first half. Those are incredible statistics.” HEAD COACH PAM STUPER YALE DAILY NEWS · WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013 · yaledailynews.com
Wideouts key to Yale offense FOOTBALL
Great Danes tame Elis BY FREDERICK FRANK CONTRIBUTING REPORTER After an emotional comeback victory against Harvard last Saturday, Yale could not muster a similar second half performance last night, falling at Albany.
with injuries last season. As opposed to the pro-style offense that the team had run before Reno’s arrival, the spread offense allows receivers to take advantage of speed and quickness by using the perimeter of the field. “We get our athletes out in space more, so there’s a lot of one-on-one battles set up for us,” Randall said.
The Elis (2–7–0, 1–0 Ivy) squeaked one goal past Great Danes goalkeeper Tim Allen, who made six saves off of 13 first half shots. But Albany (2–7–2, 0–1–0 American East) regrouped in the second half and scored late into the period to defeat the Bulldogs. “The toughest game to play is always the one immediately after a big win,” defender Nick Alers ’14 said. “We had some good moments but we looked a little flat at times. The good thing is that we got this out of our system and hopefully we’ll be ready to go for the big Ivy game on Saturday.” The Elis’ trip up north did not start off well, with the Great Danes scoring early in the first half. The allowed goal was the result of a set-piece play, a common theme for the Bulldogs this season. However, the Yale players quickly recovered and were soon peppering Allen and the Albany goal. Defender Henry Flugstad-Clarke ’17 had his effort off a corner kick smartly cleared by an opposing defender just over a minute after the goal. The Bulldogs were beginning to dominate the match with Allen having to make four saves in a fifteen minute period, denying Cameron Kirdzik ’17 twice and Henry Albrecht ’17 and Clarke once each. The game would turn on a spectacular game-tying effort from captain Max McKiernan ’14. In the 34th minute, after a defensive
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No. 2 Deon Randall ’15 leads the Elis in receptions this season with 25, including two for over 40 yards. BY GREG CAMERON CONTRIBUTING REPORTER The Yale football team has dominated on all sides of the ball so far this year en route to a 3–0 start. One element of the team’s game, however, has been especially noteworthy: its fleet of wide receivers. The team’s receivers, led by Deon Randall ’15 and Chris Smith ’14, have already racked up six receiv-
ing touchdowns while averaging 254 receiving yards a game. Last season, Yale (3–0, 1–0 Ivy) caught just 11 touchdown passes in its 10 games and averaged 170.2 passing yards. “All of our receivers complement each other really well,” quarterback Hank Furman ’14, who has passed for 681 yards so far this season, said. “Chris has very elite speed in our division and can really stretch defenses … Deon does a great job in
space. He’s extremely quick, and so are Cam Sandquist ’14, Myles Gaines ’17 and Grant Wallace ’15.” The Bulldogs have reaped the benefits of their new spread offense, which head coach Tony Reno implemented upon his arrival to the team last season. The 2012 season allowed Yale to transition into the offense and finally see positive results this year, especially with the return of Smith and Randall, who were out
Sullivan is king of the court
Yale earns first Ivy win BY ASHLEY WU CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Riding the momentum from last weekend after a solid performance in a loss to Princeton, the Bulldogs shut out Cornell 3–0 during their annual “Get a Grip” game on Saturday before losing to Quinnipiac on Sunday.
than ever this year. “I want to bring energy to this team and win another title,” Sullivan said. “I want us to make a splash in the NCAA tournament and make it to the Sweet 16. This is the most talented team I’ve ever been on and there is absolutely no limit to what we can do.” Yale was ranked 34th in the nation at the end of last season, but fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament. No. 23 Georgia Tech just barely slipped past the Bulldogs 4–3, leaving Sullivan and her teammates on the
The Saturday game against Cornell at home was the team’s fourth fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of former Eli goalkeeper Ona McConnell ’13. “It was really awesome to be able to win on Saturday not only because it was an Ivy game, but also because we were able have a successful day on top of raising awareness for one our teammates who was also able to come out to the game,” forward/midfielder Erica Borgo ’14 said. “Winning for her was special.” Forward Brooke Gogel ’14 said McConnell’s perseverance continues to inspire both players and coaches. The Elis (3–6, 1–2 Ivy) certainly had a dominant performance against the Big Red (4–5, 1–2 Ivy), scoring two goals within the first 15 minutes of the game and a third goal in the second half. The Yale defense performed as strongly as the offense. Although they allowed 11 shots in the sec-
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Annie Sullivan ’14 is the 88th-ranked NCAA Division I women’s tennis player in the country. BY MARC CUGNON CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Annie Sullivan ’14 is one of the main reasons that Yale has won three straight Ivy League women’s tennis titles. Entering her final season on the squad, Sullivan, who is now the team’s captain, stands in a unique position as the Elis’ only senior — and the team’s most vocal leader both on and off the courts.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Sullivan said that she is more committed
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No. 18 Jessie Accurso ’15 scored a goal and recorded an assist during Saturday’s game against Quinnipiac.
FORMER IVY LEAGUE HOCKEY PLAYERS ON NHL ROSTERS TO START THE 2013-2014 SEASON. Two former Yale players are skating for NHL teams: right wing Mark Arcobello ’10 for the Edmonton Oilers and left wing Chris Higgins ’05 for the Vancouver Canucks.