Notes and News - Week of September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

Notes and News – Week of 9/11

HL’s Pieces

Dear Red Lions,

With the news of the recent Hurricanes – Harvey and Irma – and the devastating earthquake in Mexico, I know many of you have family and friends who have been affected.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or Dean Mahurin if you need any support or assistance.  We are here to help!

As shopping period winds down, I hope many of you are seeing your schedules settle into a calmer pace.  In the college, I am excited to see how hard our aides are working to bring our underground spaces back online.  Last night, the TD Buttery team had a reopening featuring an assortment of crepes!  The Buttery will now be open Sundaythrough Thursday nights from 10pm to 1am.  Anyone looking to get involved in the Buttery as a volunteer should contact the Buttery Managers Jack Atwater ( or Tongil Ko (  I am sure they can use your energy and assistance!

Many of you have been waiting for the Selin Lounge to come back.  We are rolling out a new online sign up procedure for TD students to sign up for use of the space that will be operational come this Monday 9/18.  Students must sign up at least 48 hours in advance by going to the Selin Lounge page on the TD website.  All requests must be approved by TD Operations Manager, KC Mills.

Thanks to everyone for great photo submissions this past weekend!  It was tough to choose so I am featuring two entries.  First comes from Trina White ’20.  She writes, “Kimberly, Nikita, and I took our little sibs and a couple other TD first-years (Malak, Nishanth, Kenneth, Laura, Zi, Anusha, and Karina) hiking to East Rock this afternoon!”  They could not have picked a more gorgeous day!


And here is one from Gabe Malek ’20 and is titled “Model Group Reunion at Ashley’s.”  Nick Kelly ’17 is pictured here with his froco group.  We miss you Nick!  


Here are some great events for this week:

Tuesday 9/12 8:30pm TD Community Night (TD Dining Hall)

Get ready for another wonderful night of performances with many first years signed up to perform.  Expect lots of music, magic, and comedy!  Come early to grab your seat to get the best view in the house.  As usual we will do a pizza intermission so there will be good food and entertainment!

Saturday 9/16 1-5pm TD Community Chamber Orchestra Auditions (Thompson Room)

Kay Nakazawa TD ’17 is back working our new conductor, Paul Strike. They will be holding auditions for all returning players and newcomers.  For anyone interested in participating please email to sign up for an audition time slot.  If anyone is interested in serving in the role of “narrator” or “storyteller” for a piece, please also contact Paul.  The first rehearsal is set for Sunday 9/24 from 4-5:30pm

And next week…

Monday 9/18 10:23pm Student Activities Committee Meeting (SAC)

If you want to help plan out great activities for the college, please attend weekly meetings in the TD common room.  Right now, SAC is working on the Fall Formal and can use your help in deciding on dates.  Go to this link to put in your vote.  

Saturday 9/23 11-1:30pm Football Brunch (TD Dining Hall)

Enjoy a special brunch to celebrate the Yale football season and cheer on the team as we take on Cornell!  Family night protocol in effect so all off-campus TDers are welcome to dine.  We will not be allowing any transfers for this brunch.

Saturday 9/23 12-4pm Fall Free for All 2017 (Whitney/Audubon Retail District)

Our neighbors in the Whitney/Audubon area are offering free arts classes and food samples in this neighborhood street fair.  Participants include Neighborhood Music School, Creative Arts Workshop, Katalina’s bakery, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale-China Association, and many more.  You can also get great deals to area retailers from now until 9/22 by going to this link. 

Without further ado, here is a word from Dean Mahurin…




September 12, 2001
(X.J. Kennedy)

Two caught on film who hurtle
from the eighty-second floor, 
choosing between a fireball
and to jump holding hands, 

aren’t us. I wake beside you, 
stretch, scratch, taste the air, 
the incredible joy of coffee
and the morning light. 

Alive, we open eyelids
on our pitiful share of time, 
we bubbles rising and bursting
in a boiling pot.

Course Schedule Deadlines (all at 5:00 p.m.):
Classes of 2021 – Monday, September 11
Classes of 2019 and 2020 – Tuesday, September 12
Class of 2017 – Wednesday, September 13
Schedules are handed in to Trish Cawley in the TD Dean’s Office.  The 5:00 p.m. deadline is strictly enforced.  A late schedule incurs a fine of fifty dollars (there it is again!) and a late schedule may not elect any courses CR/D/Fail. 
A schedule of 3.0 or 3.5 course credits OR a schedule of 6.0 or 6.5 course credits needs my permission before the schedule is handed in.  Email Trish at
 to schedule an appointment to see me.

September 13 is the deadline to apply for a fall-term Leave of Absence (and receive a full rebate of this semester’s tuition).  Please reach out to me right away if you are still considering petitioning for an LOA!

Volunteers Around the World

Are you interested in medicine? Public Health? Traveling abroad? Volunteers Around the World is a national organization that operates mobile medical clinics in various developing countries, from Thailand to Peru. VAW Yale team members gain memorable and hands-on experience from the clinics, from educational activities, and from being immersed in another country’s culture. If that sounds like your cup of tea (or you are curious to learn more), come out to our informational meeting on Thursday, September 15th, 7pm in LC101! We hope to see you there!

Disability Peer Mentors

Are you looking for guidance on living with a disability at Yale?  This could include physical impairments, chronic illness, mental illness, “invisible illness”, or anything similar.  Would you like to meet older peers at Yale who you can talk to about the unique issues you may be facing?

If so, sign up to be matched with a Disability Peer Mentor!  This is a new initiative run by the undergraduate organization Disability Empowerment for Yale (DEFY).  There’s no need to put any personal information on your signup form, and all information that we receive will remain confidential. 

Mentor request forms are due on September 17th, but will be accepted on a rolling basis afterwards.  The sooner you can submit the request, the better for you and for the matching process! 
Please email with any questions.


The STARS I Program at Yale supports underrepresented first-years in STEM fields. Through STARS, a small group of freshmen are matched to an upperclassman mentor with similar interests. The mentor provides guidance and support throughout the school year. STARS also organized academic, social, and career-oriented events for STARS first-years. If you have questions about STARS, please contact or The deadline to apply for STARS I is 15 September 2017 at 3pm. The application for can be found here:




Office of Career Strategy

General Drop-in Advising 
Available when classes are in session Monday-Friday10:00am-4:00pm at 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor.

On-campus Recruiting Drop-In Hours
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Fellowship Programs

Visit Yale Fellowship Programs’ Calendar to keep up-to-date on events and information sessions, important deadlines, and many additional opportunities, including national and international fellowships.


Yale Fellowships Drop-In Hours

Every Friday, when class is in session, from 2:00pm-4:00pm at CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor.


Upcoming Deadlines

September 20 - Richard U. Light Fellowship Early Fall Preliminary Deadline

September 22 - Luce Scholars Program Campus Deadline

September 27 - Knight-Hennessy Scholars National Deadline