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Black Yale Worker Shatters 'Racist' Panel, Loses Job

Stained-glass panel in Calhoun dining hall showed slaves carrying bales of cotton

(Newser) - "It's 2016, I shouldn't have to come to work and see things like that." That's the explanation offered by Corey Menafee, a black dishwasher at a Yale dining hall who lost his job for destroying a stained-glass panel he tells the New Haven Independent was... More »

Colleagues: Yale Ethics Prof Is Anything but Ethical

Thomas Pogge condemned in open letter

(Newser) - More than 200 professors across North America and Europe have condemned Yale ethics and philosophy professor Thomas Pogge in an open letter following a BuzzFeed investigation accusing him of sexual harassment. Pogge appears to have "engaged in a long-term pattern of discriminatory conduct," including "unwanted sexual advances,... More »

Brain Scan 'Fingerprints' Can Show How Smart We Are

Scientists say 'connectivity profiles' may predict how well we do on cognitive tasks

(Newser) - Each person's brain activity, or "connectivity profile," may be as unique as a set of fingerprints, YaleNews reports—and could prove useful in IDing individuals, assessing intelligence, and predicting future success on certain tasks. In a study published Monday in Nature Neuroscience , scientists reviewed fMRI scans for... More »

Let's Consider Taxing Elite Colleges' Huge Endowments

Harvard, Yale, et al. are getting richer while state schools scramble: Slate writer

(Newser) - As the student-loan struggle continues and presidential candidates try to come up with ways to help middle-class and disadvantaged students attend college, there are stockpiles of money that are benefiting the most affluent, unfettered by government taxation: the endowments of elite colleges, Jordan Weissmann writes for Slate . And that's... More »

Cops: Yale Student Stabs Fellow Student, Kills Self

Suspect is in this year's graduating class

(Newser) - Police are investigating what appears to be an attempted murder followed by a suicide at Yale, reports the New Haven Register . Authorities say that Tyler Carlisle, a member of this year's graduating class, stabbed acquaintance Alexander Michaud in a ninth-floor apartment off campus, then jumped out the window to... More »

Yale Relents, Won't Expel Thin Student

Frances Chan goes public with her dispute

(Newser) - Yale student Frances Chan is naturally thin at 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds, just like her parents and grandparents before her. But when she visited the school's health center on an unrelated matter, officials there deemed her too thin and demanded that she gain weight or face expulsion, reports the... More »

ESPN Website Commenter Arrested After Threat

Eric Yee allegedly said he would kill kids in post about sneakers

(Newser) - This time, an Internet commenter accused of taking things too far is in legal trouble. Police in California say 21-year-old Yale dropout Eric Yee wrote that he wouldn't mind killing kids who buy LeBron's pricey new sneakers . He allegedly made the comment on ESPN.com, which had posted... More »

After 40 Years, ROTC Back at Harvard

Ivy League universities reinstating military program

(Newser) - Yesterday morning, Army ROTC cadets reported for duty at Harvard University—for the first time in 40 years. The ROTC left Harvard, along with three other Ivy League schools, after campus protests during the Vietnam War; in the decades following, relations between the military and Harvard remained tense due to... More »

Legal Experts: Sodomy Is a Civil Right

Virginia's Bob Marshall's view is disputed

(Newser) - Actually, Virginia GOP legislator Bob Marshall, sodomy is a civil right. That's the word from a number of legal experts responding to Marshall's headline-grabbing snort that "sodomy is not a civil right"—made in an effort to block the appointment of a gay prosecutor to a... More »

Yale Daily News Sat on QB Sex Assault Story

And considered calling for a private jet to be hired for Patrick Witt

(Newser) - The Patrick Witt sex assault story gets messier: The Yale Daily News, which was just last year named the one of the gutsiest campus newspapers , knew for months that the Yale quarterback and onetime Rhodes candidate had been accused of sexual assault, but sat on the story. On Jim Romenesko'... More »

Yale Coach Quits After Rhodes Lie Exposed

Tom Williams was never a Rhodes candidate

(Newser) - Yale quarterback Patrick Witt made headlines last month when he ditched his Rhodes Scholarship interview to lead his team against Harvard . But his decision was influenced by a fib from coach Tom Williams, the New York Times reports. The coach told Witt that he had been in almost identical circumstances... More »

Annie Le's Family Sues Yale

Lawsuit: University should have done more to protect murder victim

(Newser) - Yale University could have, and should have, done more to protect Annie Le and other women on campus, Le’s family claims in a lawsuit filed yesterday. The family is suing for wrongful death over the murder of Le, who was killed by a co-worker at a campus lab in... More »

Ivy League Offers False Hope to Kids It Won't Accept

Elite universities profit from acting interested in unqualified students

(Newser) - Ivy League schools cram high school students' mailboxes full with glossy recruitment packages, only to greet them weeks later with far less appealing rejection letters. Critics say elite universities like Harvard and Columbia set up potential applicants for disappointment by wooing them with pamphlets, posters, and promise, pocketing hefty application... More »

Tiger Mom's Kid Gets Into Harvard

...and Yale

(Newser) - Take that, haters: You may not like Amy Chua's parenting style, but it has apparently returned a child that is Harvard material. And Yale material. Sophia, 18, is currently deciding between those institutions, reports the Boston Herald . And Chua isn't taking credit for the acceptances. "I don’t think... More »

Annual Yale Nude Bash Ends in Sex Assault Probe

Naked party may have been part of hazing by Pundits prank society

(Newser) - Police are investigating an annual nude bash by a private Yale student club that ended with several students in a local hospital following a suspected sexual assault. Yale police officials alerted the student body in an email that a “possible sexual assault involving Yale undergraduates occurred at an off... More »

Fiancee of Yale Murder Suspect Visits Jail Regularly

'She supports him,' attorney says

(Newser) - Though her fiancee is in jail awaiting trial for the brutal murder of a Yale grad student , Jennifer Hromadka still visits Raymond Clark every few days, the AP reports. Hromadka visited Clark four times in the first half of January and nine times each in November and December, a Freedom... More »

Recruiters: Columbia, MIT Are So 'Second-Tier'

If you didn't graduate from Harvard, good luck getting a top job

(Newser) - If you’re determined to get a great job, you might want to quit your course of study at Cornell or Dartmouth and transfer to one of the "top 5" schools: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Wharton. A new study shows that recruiters for the best law firms, investment... More »

More Fallout for Yale Frat's Rape Chant

National board suspends pledge activities, outcry continues

(Newser) - A Yale fraternity is coming under further scrutiny after pledges were heard chanting "No means yes! Yes means anal!" among other gems last week. The executive director of Delta Kappa Epsilon has told the chapter to suspend all pledging activities, and is due to drop by campus for... More »

Key Depression Gene Identified

May pave way for new drugs, scientists say

(Newser) - American scientists have identified a gene that appears to play a key role in the onset of depression , a finding which may help researchers develop new treatments. A team from Yale University found that a gene called MPK-1 is twice as active in those who suffer from depression. The gene... More »

Yale Frat's Rape Chant Caught on Tape

'No means yes, yes means anal!' boys yelled as they marched

(Newser) - A major Yale fraternity was forced to apologize yesterday, after its members marched past the college’s Old Campus—where most first-year women are housed—chanting “No means yes, yes means anal,” and “F---ing sluts,” among other sexist comments. Several were blindfolded. The incident, part of... More »

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