Yale University

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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 »

Even Babies Will Make a 'Deal With the Devil'

Though they much prefer not to, even babies have a price, Yale study finds

(Newser) - Give a baby as young as a few months old the option to play with a nice puppet or a mean one and odds are she'll choose the nice one. But if the mean one has something to offer that the nice one doesn't—say, lots of baby... More »

How Many Trees Cover the Earth? Scientists Now Know

3.04T—seven times higher than the previous estimate

(Newser) - How many trees are there on earth? A lot … or, more precisely, 3.04 trillion (about 422 per person on the planet, CNN notes). That's what some scientists discovered this year after conducting a global tree census, NPR reports. To put that number in context, it would take... More »

Most Notable Quotes of 2015

It's littered with presidential candidates

(Newser) - Pope Francis' comments that human activity is mostly to blame for global warming top a list of the most notable quotes of 2015, as compiled by a Yale Law School librarian who also included several sound bites from the US presidential campaign. Fred Shapiro, an associate librarian at the law... More »

Halloween Costume Uproar Causes Yale Resignation

Lecturer suggested students wear what they want

(Newser) - Christmas is around the corner but at Yale, they're still dealing with the fallout from a Halloween controversy. Lecturer Erika Christakis has resigned from her teaching position after causing an uproar in October with her response to an email from the campus Intercultural Affairs Committee urging students to avoid... More »

Worker Plummets 40 Feet Into Smokestack

Tragedy strikes at Yale University

(Newser) - A man doing repair work at Yale University has died after plummeting 40 feet into a smokestack, the Hartford Courant reports. The man in his 50s, whose name hasn't been released, fell into the chimney from a ladder yesterday at the Yale Central Power Plant in New Haven, Conn.... More »

EPA Hugely Underestimated How Much Trash We Dump

Scientists say this also means we're obviously not recycling as much as we thought

(Newser) - Americans are sending more than twice as much trash to landfills as the federal government has estimated, according to a new study. It turns out that, on average, America tosses 5 pounds of trash per person per day into its landfills, according to an analysis of figures in a study... More »

Black NYT Columnist: Yale Cops Held My Kid at Gunpoint

Student mistaken for a burglary suspect

(Newser) - Charles Blow, a New York Times columnist and book author , says that his son—a biology student at Yale— was held at gunpoint Saturday afternoon as he left the campus library because police thought he matched the description of a burglary suspect, the New Haven Independent reports. Blow, who is... More »

Why Colds Are More Common in the Cold

Immune system is weaker in cold noses, giving rhinoviruses room to replicate

(Newser) - That old wives' tale about catching a cold in the cold may have some truth to it, according to new research out of Yale. While the common cold is still caused by viruses and not actual cold temperatures, it turns out that our immune systems become weaker when our noses... More »

2014's Most Notable Quote: 'I Can't Breathe!'

Many on Yale's annual list have to do with race

(Newser) - "I can't breathe!"—the exclamation made by Eric Garner while in a police chokehold—was chosen as the most notable quote of the year in an annual list released by a Yale University librarian. It was one of several quotes chosen for the list that reflect... More »

Teen Who Got Into Every Ivy Makes His Pick

He says Yale is best for his passions of music, medicine

(Newser) - Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania are out of luck: The Long Island teenager who scored the amazing feat of being accepted by all eight Ivy League schools has picked Yale, saying a campus visit where he "met geniuses from all over the world... 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 »

1858 Memoir by Black Inmate Found at Estate Sale

Yale acquires it, says it's the earliest such book on record

(Newser) - Someone poking around an estate sale in Rochester, NY, stumbled across an 1858 manuscript that has turned out to own a small niche in history—it's the earliest known prison memoir written by an African-American, reports the AP . Yale has acquired the 304-page memoir, titled The Life and Adventures ... More »

Dead Yale Prof Linked to Escort Services

Sam See had a presence on at least 4 escort sites

(Newser) - A Yale professor who was arrested last weekend and died in his jail cell apparently led a secret life on at least four male escort websites, the New Haven Register reports. Samuel See, 34—who was considered a gifted English prof at Yale—had his phone number listed on all... More »

Yale Professor Found Dead in Jail Cell

He was arrested after domestic dispute

(Newser) - Cops in New Haven, Connecticut, are probing the mysterious death of a Yale professor after his arrest in a domestic dispute. Samuel See, 34, was found dead around 6am Sunday after spending the night in a jail cell, and police say they do not believe he committed suicide, reports NBC... More »

Yale Gunman Story Likely a Hoax: Cops

Caller said roommate intended to shoot people

(Newser) - Yale University has lifted its lockdown after police said an anonymous call about a gunman headed to campus was probably a hoax, reports the AP . "New Haven is safe. The Yale campus is safe," said New Haven's police chief. "Though it is starting to tilt in... More »

As Universities Go Global, Free Thought Goes Missing

Jackson Diehl: Campuses in 'unfree' countries hurt student, faculty rights

(Newser) - With Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng accusing NYU of yielding to Beijing , intellectual freedom at US universities is in the spotlight, and Jackson Diehl is concerned. Schools like Yale and NYU are focused on expanding their reach, opening campuses across the globe—including in "unfree countries," he writes in... More »

Feds Fine Yale $165K, Citing Unreported Sex Crimes

University violated Clery Act: officials

(Newser) - Yale owes the federal government $165,000 after multiple violations of the Clery Act, which calls on colleges to report crimes and release safety warnings. Among the "serious and numerous" violations, per a letter from a Department of Education official, are four unreported forcible sex offenses; the category includes... More »

Rob Portman's Son: Why Dad Backs Gay Marriage

Will Portman describes coming out

(Newser) - When Sen. Rob Portman announced his shift in support of gay marriage , he cited his son's coming out as a factor. Now, Will Portman, a junior at Yale, is offering his own side of the story in the university's Daily News . His mother and father were immediately "... More »

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