Notes and News - Week of December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018

Notes and News – Week of 12/3
HL’s Pieces
Dear Red Lions,
We are in the last week of classes for the Fall 2018 semester! 
Our “photo of the week” is titled “Buttery Home Cooking” and features our amazing Buttery Manager, Michael Ai ‘20, cooking up some of his family favorites.  TD seniors Jack Brownrigg and Jack Atwater (former Buttery Manager), who are on the right, gave valuable support to the special event.  The three will be forming a team in this year’s “Final Cut” competition! 

Speaking of “Final Cut,” the deadline for registering was 12/1 but it is not too late to register if you would still like to compete.  Just go to this link to get more information and sign up  or email me directly.  As an added bonus, the teams get an opportunity to work with our great Dining Hall managers, Sammy Feliciano and Matthew Beard, who will be coaching the winning TD team onto the college-wide finals!
And for more food news… our TD SAC will host food study breaks at 10pm from Monday 12/10 to Wednesday 12/12.  After that, we’ll let the SAC team get back to studying for exams and the TD Head of College office will provide pizza every night for the rest of the exam period.  As with TD tradition, we’ll be serving hot breakfast on the morning of Thursday 12/13 to mark the official start of exams.   A more full and complete schedule of study breaks – including the favorite “10 minute courtyard dance party” will be forthcoming later this week!
We seem to be having an number of interesting wildlife sightings this semester!  KC Mills captured an opossum hanging outside of Entryway J and Jack Atwater’s keen eyes spotted this owl hanging out in the courtyard!

Here are our events for the rest of this week!

Friday 12/7 5-7pm TD Holiday Dinner (TD Dining Hall) & Holiday Singalong (TD Common Room)
We are all looking forward to our winter holiday dinner in the TD DIning Hall!  All TD First-years will go to the Yale on York space for the first-year dinner, but you are all welcome to come back to the TDdining hall if you want to hang out with us for desserts and the holiday singalong in the TD Common Room.  At 7pm, we will move out to the Common Room for the singalong.  We’ll sing traditional carols to more contemporary classics.  All music will be provided!  I’ve had two folks volunteer to play piano for the singalong, but we can always use more!  Please email me directly at

Saturday 12/8 New York City Winter Arts Trip (10am departure from Temple Street Gate)
We are looking forward to our NYC trip to see Alvin Ailey and “Kinky Boots” on Broadway!   We have had a big response to the lottery and will notify everyone later today.  Please note that we will have a waitlist for tickets for anyone who didn’t get a ticket but still hopes to attend.  More information will be forthcoming via email.
Sunday 12/9 3-5pm TD Art Studio Fall Gallery Opening (Art Studio)
Our TD fall art gallery – just below the entrance to our Town Hall – will open this Sunday!  We’ll have light refreshments to celebrate the incredible artwork created by members of our very own TD Community.  All are welcome and please feel free to invite your non-TD friends!  To get a general sense of who is attending, we’d love for you to RSVP through our Facebook event page. 
Sunday 12/9 8:30pm TD Orchestra Holiday Concert (TD Dining Hall)
Please join the TD Community Chamber Orchestra for our first concert of the 2018-2019 academic year.  We’ll be playing a short winter holiday concert featuring Beethoven’s First Symphony, first movement; and selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” a perennial favorite!  A reception will follow in the Thompson Room.  The Dining Hall will then stay open for 24 hour study for the rest of reading week/exam period.
Without further ado, here is a word from Dean Mahurin…

“Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”
(Jane Austen, Emma)



December 7, Friday: Classes end, 5:30pm; reading period begins.  Last day to withdraw from a fall full-term course or a course offered in the second half of the fall term.

December 13, Tuesday: Reading period ends, 5:00pm; final examinations begin, 7:00pm.  Deadline for all course assignments, other than term papers and term projects.  This deadline can be extended only by a Temporary Incomplete issued by your residential college dean (i.e. me!).



CLASS OF 2020!  Interested in being a froco next year?

Join me and members of this year’s froco team for an informal information session in the Selin Lounge tonight, 12/3, at 9:30pm.  We’ll try to answer all your most pressing questions!  


HUMS411: Life Worth Living

“What does it mean for a life to go well? What would it look like for a live to be lived well? In short, what shape would a life worth living take? We will explore these questions through engagement with the lives and visions of founding figures from six diverse traditions of imagining a good life: the Buddha, the Torah and the Hebrew prophetic and wisdom writers, Jesus of Nazareth, Muhammad, John Stuart Mill, and Friedrich Nietzsche. The course will also feature visits from contemporary individuals who understand their lives to be shaped by the traditions in question.”



Yale x Flatiron

Become a web developer this summer. Seriously.


Yale Summer Session is partnering with the Flatiron School to launch a Web Development Bootcamp this summer. The Yale x Flatiron School Web Development Bootcamp is offering CPSCS115 “Introduction to Full-Stack Web Development,” which will give you a deep dive into the intellectual enterprises of computer science and teach you to think, and build, like a software engineer. Best of all:  You don’t need any prior computer science experience to take the course. All you need is the passion to learn!


Why attend Yale x Flatiron School?

  • Learn Ruby and JavaScript–and apply your knowledge to other software languages
  • Gain experience in front-end and back-end programming
  • Discover how your unique perspective can contribute to a web development team
  • Apply your knowledge in other courses, a job, or in graduate school
  • Earn 2 Yale College credits and QR (pending faculty approval)




Summer Fellowships & Funding Information Session

Monday, December 3, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305 


International Summer Award Information Session

Monday, December 3, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305 


Knight Hennessey Information Session

Tuesday, December 4, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street
Seating is limited. Register at:


Summer STEM Fellowships – Domestic and Abroad: How to Find a Mentor

Wednesday, December 5, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Ezra Stiles Dining Hall – Backstage table


Summer Fellowships & Funding Information Session

Thursday, December 6, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305 


Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Information Session

Thursday, December 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305 


Postgraduate Fellowship Opportunities Panel & Fair

Friday, December 7, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

LC 102


Summer STEM Fellowships – How to Write a Proposal

Monday, December 10, 11:30pm – 12:30pm

SSS, 1 Prospect Street, Room 22