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Anxiety of Influence Author Dies at 89

Eminent critic Harold Bloom was still teaching days ago

(Newser) - Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal The Anxiety of Influence and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he had been in... More »

Women Sue to Change 'Toxic' Frat Culture at Yale

Class-action suit seeks gender integration

(Newser) - Three women who say they were groped at frat parties during their first semesters at Yale are suing for major changes to the Greek system—including integration. Anna McNeil, 20, Eliana Singer, 19, and Ry Walker, 20, have filed a class-action suit against Yale and nine all-male fraternities, saying Yale... More »

Player's Gesture Costs Harvard a TD

Running back appeared to flip off defender, though that may not have been what he actually did

(Newser) - It looked like Harvard had scored a touchdown to take a 34-27 lead early in the fourth quarter of its game against Yale Saturday ... and that would indeed have been the case, had running back Devin Darrington not wagged a finger at the Yale defender who was chasing him as... More »

10 Best Colleges for the Money

MIT tops the list

(Newser) - If you're going to fork over close to $50,000 a year to go to college—the top-end average for tuition, room, and board at a four-year school—you want the best ROI on your money. WalletHub looked at close to 1,000 of America's higher-education venues, examining... More »

Cops Questioned Kavanaugh After 1985 Bar Brawl

Yale classmate says he threw beer at somebody after UB40 concert

(Newser) - Another weird twist in the Brett Kavanaugh saga: The New York Times has obtained a police report confirming that the Supreme Court nominee was questioned after a bar fight in 1985. The report states that a 21-year-old man injured in the altercation accused Kavanaugh of throwing ice at him. Kavanaugh... More »

Classmate Says Kavanaugh 'Mischaracterized' Drinking

He says nominee wasn't being honest in Senate testimony

(Newser) - One of Brett Kavanaugh's former drinking buddies at Yale says the Supreme Court nominee was not telling the truth when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. In a statement Sunday, classmate Chad Ludington said he is "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization... More »

Happiness: You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Yale's most popular course is all about learning to practice it

(Newser) - It's called "PSYC 157: Psychology and the Good Life," and the course taught by Laurie Santos just happens to be the most popular one ever offered at Yale, writes Adam Sternbergh at the Cut . Its aim is to teach students to be happier. Sternbergh took the course... More »

White Yale Student Calls Cops on Black Student for Napping

Police arrived after Lolade Siyonbola was discovered snoozing in a common area

(Newser) - A white graduate student at Yale called police on a black graduate student who'd fallen asleep in a common area of their campus residence—an episode that a dean said shows the need for efforts to make the Ivy League university a more inclusive place, Per the AP , Lolade... More »

Yale's Skull and Bones Issues Rare Public Statement

Warns students of impostor carrying out pranks

(Newser) - Skull and Bones, the secret society at Yale University, is warning of an impostor who has called some students purporting to recruit them and then asked them to complete a humiliating challenge, the AP reports. The campus society has figured prominently in books, films, and conspiracy theories. Its secrecy has... More »

This Is Most-Popular Class in Yale's 316-Year History

With nearly a quarter of all undergrads enrolled

(Newser) - It turns out a whole lot of Yale students want to learn to be happier. The New York Times reports the recently offered Psyc 147—or "Psychology and the Good Life"—is the most popular course in Yale's 316 years of existence. "Students want to change... More »

Teen Gets Into Yale With Essay on ... Papa John's

Carolina Williams described her delight upon receiving a pizza from the chain

(Newser) - "When the delivery person rings my doorbell, I instantly morph into one of Pavlov's dogs, salivating to the sound that signals the arrival of the cheesy, circular glory." That's how Tennessee's Carolina Williams describes her delight upon receiving a pizza from Papa John's, which... More »

Graduate Students at Yale Have Been on Hunger Strike for Weeks

It has to do with their right to unionize

(Newser) - The hunger strike underway by graduate students at Yale hit the two-week mark earlier this week, WFSB reports. Graduate students (who also act as instructors) from eight academic departments that voted to unionize have been protesting in front of Yale President Peter Salovey's office because he won't negotiate... More »

Top Universities Accept All 4 Ohio Quadruplets

Harvard, Yale both want the 'Fantastic Four'

(Newser) - Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nation's top universities, including both Yale and Harvard. The Wade brothers of the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township say they have been notified in recent days of acceptances from a number of notable schools. Lakota East... More »

Yale to Rename College Honoring White Supremacist

Calhoun College will now honor computer 'visionary' Grace Hopper

(Newser) - Yale University announced Saturday it will be renaming a residential college named for a former US vice president and virulent white supremacist, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to CBS News , John C. Calhoun graduated from Yale in 1804 and went on to become a South Carolina senator. Calhoun College... More »

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 »

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