Notes and News - Week of April 27, 2020

April 30, 2020
Dear Red Lions,

Hope your week is off to a good start.  If not, our “photo of the week” titled “Anna Has TD Pride” should put a smile on your face.  Thanks to proud parents, Amy and Sidiya, for sharing!

Congratulations to Katrina starbird ‘22 and Ryan Tsedevsuren ‘21for the “squeaky cleanest” award from the Yale Sustainability Office.  They had the wonderful idea to provide TDers with “access to healthy and sustainable supples through the Sustainability Cleaning Closet”.  Last fall they hosted a great clothing swap in the TD underground!
Here are our important dates for this week:

Tuesday 4/28 6pm Virtual TD Senior Dinner (TD Courtyard Time)

Generate your cocktails and mocktails and order or prepare your meal – dinner, breakfast, 2ndbreakfast, midnight snack, etc.  We are excited to see everyone and have some wonderful surprises planned.  I’ll send out the Zoom link to the senior class tomorrow afternoon.  Please plan to be on by 6pm!

And here are the SAC Study Breaks…

Tuesday 4/28 10pm EST Board Game Night (#2)

This will be the same as the previous game night. People can tune in and then split into breakout groups to play various online games: Jackbox, Risk, Psych, etc. 

              Zoom Link: or Meeting ID: 955 8631 4528

Wednesday 4/29 10pm EST Ten Minute Courtyard Dance Party

This will be a zoom call in which we will coordinate a synced playlist somehow. 

             Zoom Link: or Meeting ID: 942 1039 4119

Thursday 4/30 10pm EST Show & Tell

This will be a zoom show and tell. Bring your pet or your favorite object to share with your TD friends. 

               Zoom Link: or  Meeting ID: 992 8026 8379

Friday 5/1 10pm EST Tea Time Chat

This will just be a social zoom call. People are encouraged to join for as long or short as they like, and chat with thier TD friends. 

              Zoom Link: or  Meeting ID: 918 4251 4140

Thank you again SAC for these wonderful events!  Without further ado, here is a noe from Dean Mahurin.



Salutations to a Mouse
Marsden Hartley

If a mouse makes a nest
Of one’s written words,
Is there else to do but accept
The flattery?
I have deemed it wise to do so.
I have thanked him
As he scurried in and out
Of the room.
He has faced wither
With a nest of my words.
I did not suspect them
Of such worth against the cold. 

This term, Yale College has set the final possible date for all coursework as Wednesday, May 6.  Of course, individual instructors may set deadlines for earlier than this date, even as they have full discretion to set deadlines as late as this date.  See here.  Beyond Wednesday, May 6, coursework may be submitted only with a Temporary Incomplete from me; your instructor cannot set deadlines or issue extensions for beyond Wednesday, May 6, even in graduate or professional school courses.  Yale College considers such deadlines and extensions invalid, and the work will not be counted.  Please note that, as with Dean’s Excuses, the Academic Regulations authorize TIs in only a limited range of circumstances; contact me if you have any concerns.  

Scheduled final examinations may be rarer this term, but if you do have a scheduled examination and your circumstances do not allow you to take it as scheduled, please let me know ASAP so that we can discuss your situation.

Yale’s Domestic Summer Award is still happening for Summer 2020! In light of COVID-19, students can use their DSA for remote work. Guidelines found here.  For 2020 only, the Domestic Summer Award may be used for Yale Summer Session.
An award of $4,000 for Yale undergraduate students on financial aid who complete the equivalent of at least two 1-credit courses in Yale Summer Session. Students taking a 1.5-credit language courses must also take a second 1-credit (or 1.5-credit) course to be eligible. Courses can be taken together in a single session or may be taken in both Session A and Session B. Students may enroll in the Flatiron program, which meets the DSA requirements because it carries 2 credits. Please note that courses may not be selected Credit/D/Fail unless a student is enrolled in 2 courses in one session, one credit of which is for a letter grade. See YSS Student Handbook for C/D/F regulations. In addition to Yale Summer Online, Yale Summer Session will be converting many of the courses offered in New Haven and abroad to a remote online format.

Yale College students on financial aid during the academic year are eligible to receive both 50% off full YSS tuition (up to two course credits) and the DSA (if they have not yet used their DSA).  Apply your DSA to Yale Summer Session here.

“Drawful” Game Night
Monday, April 27 | 5 - 6 PM EST
Join librarians for “Drawful,” a game similar to Pictionary and is a great way to relieve stress and connect with your classmates. Take a break from studying and recharge! Register at:

Connect, Color, and De-Stress with the Arts Library
Tuesday, April 28 | 2 - 3 PM EST
Drop-in and take some time to recharge through conversation and coloring. Register at: (It’s a BYOCS (bring your own coloring supplies) event.)

Level Up Your Research Papers
Tuesday, April 28 | 2:30 PM EEST
Meet with a librarian online for 30-minutes to learn how to discover, organize, & cite research for your papers more efficiently. This workshop is for students at any phase in the research process, and precise topics of each session will be driven by student need. Register at:

Virtual Therapy Dogs (and other pets)
Wednesday, April 29 | 3 PM EST
Research shows that exposure to therapy dogs decreases stress and promotes resiliency. Join us for a virtual therapy “dog” (or cat, fish, or even a goat) session via Zoom featuring YOUR pets. Register at:

30 Minutes to a Better Bibliography
Thursday, April 30 | 1 PM EST
Join us to learn how to locate and cite resources in your research papers more accurately and efficiently. This online workshop is for students at any phase in the research process. Register at:

The Yale Undergraduate Research Journal (YURJ) is issuing a call for submissions! YURJ is the only journal at Yale that spans the breadth of original undergraduate research. Submissions are encouraged from all fields of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM. If you would like to receive feedback on your work from Yale grad students and professors and have your piece featured online and in print, click here for more details on how to submit. Submissions will be accepted until June 1st. Don’t hesitate to reach out to with any questions–stay safe everyone!