Notes and News - Week of March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020
Dear Red Lions,

Greetings from the TD courtyard, where spring has arrived!  This week’s “photo of the week” is from TD senior Sarah Jho.  Last night, some of the TDers who are staying in the college worked with me via Zoom to select these two great photos by Sarah and are excited to share them here.  

As beautiful as our courtyard is right now, it’s not the same without all of you here playing soccer, hanging out in the hammocks, or studying.  But TD sophomore Isa Zhou had the great idea of celebrating the new season by asking folks to send in pictures of spring where you are.  Even if it’s a picture from your living room window, please feel free to share!  You can send the photos directly to me at

Speaking of sharing,click here to see the recommendations of books, podcasts, tv shows, and films some TDers have shared with the TD Community.  If you want to add to this list, please go to this form.  Your responses will automatically appear on the list.  

Our big community project this semester will be trying to do a Virtual TD Community Night over Zoom on Friday 4/17 from 8-10pm EDT.  We’ll put up the recording of the event on our TD Vimeo page so anyone who can’t tune in at that time will still be able to view and enjoy the performances.  We’re hoping TDers will be able to send in recordings of their acts.  But we also hope there will be some brave souls who will want to perform live!!!  We also can use some energetic emcees – especially from first-years and sophomores.    So if you would like to perform, please go to this Google Form and submit your response by next Wed 4/8 at 11:59pm EDT 

Our Mott Woolley Council is working on ways to celebrate TD Day.  For starters, they are looking to design and order our TD Day t-shirts and plan to send shirts to the seniors no matter where they are.  So if you’re a TD senior and like to get your TD Day shirt, please go to this link.Non-seniors can pick up their shirts in the fall when you return to campus.

Here are some important dates and virtual events for the next couple of weeks:

Friday 4/3 6pm (TD Courtyard Time) SAC Virtual Trivia Night 

Thanks to our wonderful SAC, we are doing Trivia Night over Zoom by using Kahoot! If you don’t have the app you can get it here for free.  There will be multiple categories, including one about TD!  

Monday 4/6 12pm Deadline for Richter Summer Research Fellowship Application

All Richter applications for students in all fourteen residential colleges are due at noon through the Yale fellowships portal unless you have already asked in advance to email your submission because of technical difficulties.  As stated in my earlier email, I am urging everyone to consider taking on a local/domestic project given the uncertainties of international travel this summer.  So if you would like to apply for 2 possible projects, you may do so using the same online application.  Just submit two project proposals with separate itemized budgets in the same pdf document.  

Monday 4/6 11:59pm Deadline for TD Summer Fellowship Applications

Please note that the TD summer fellowships – Bergin and Chubb – are due at 11:59pm through the Yale fellowships portal, so just before midnight.  If you must submit your application via email, you must notify me in advance.  Similar to the Richter, if you would like to submit 2 projects for consideration, you may enter your two project proposals with separate itemized budgets in the same pdf document.  

Friday 4/10 8pm (TD Courtyard Time) SAC Virtual Game Night

Using Zoom’s “room” function, our fearless SAC leaders plan to create breakout game rooms.  Possible games include: Risk, Mafia, Codenames, Pictionary, Psych, Jackbox, Cards Against Humanity, Dungeons and Dragons, etc.  The number of breakout rooms and which games we’ll play will depend on how many folks join in.  We’ll announce the Zoom link next week.  Log on and have fun!

Here is Dean’s poem for the week:

Sonnet XXX
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain; 
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink 
And rise and sink and rise and sink again; 
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath, 
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone; 
Yet many a man is making friends with death 
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone. 
It well may be that in a difficult hour, 
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release, 
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power, 
I might be driven to sell your love for peace, 
Or trade the memory of this night for food. 
It well may be. I do not think I would.

I am starting to have office hours via Zoom.  So if anyone would like to check in this week, please sign up through this Doodle.

Hope you and your families are all well and staying healthy!  Miss you all!!!