Notes and News - Week of October 19, 2020

October 20, 2020
Dear Red Lions,

What comes to mind when you hear the following?

Water, Earth, Fire, Air…Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked…

If the above lines hold special meaning for you, then you will be excited to hear that Bryan Konietzko, the co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: Legend of Korra, will be our virtual tea guest on Wednesday 11/11 at 4:30pm (TD Courtyard time)!  This will be our last tea of the fall 2020 semester and we plan to have a lot of fun with this one!  I will be sending out a Zoom link and password closer to the date.  As usual, we are working on a tasty treat to go with the tea.  Please stay tuned and save the date!

Our “photo of the week” comes from TD Resident Fellow, Amy Bei, and shows Aby and Dior’s excitement over their special caramel apples from last Thursday’s event.  

As you saw in my announcement, we are taking a quick break this week from college-wide food events until the COVID-19 cluster across campus is under full control.  Hopefully we’ll get some good news at the end of the week.  We do have tentative plans to reschedule TD Dumpling Night for the first week of November if all goes well.

IMs are also on hold for now, but here is a shot of our new IM shirts available to all who came/come out for IMs this year!

As the election draws near, I hope you’ve all worked out a plan to vote.  If you are hoping to register locally in Connecticut to vote in the Presidential election, please know that the deadline is 10/27 or in person on election day.  You may go here for more information.

Lastly, I hope you all noticed that we are doing a bread roll drive for our neighbor, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) on Temple and Wall Streets.  They work with the city’s homeless and low-income populations and aim provide food assistance and a range of services.  

Here are our great TD events for this week:

Wednesday 10/21 8pm TD Knitting Circle (over Zoom)

The TD Knitting Circle is up and running again under the direction of TD Graduate Affiliate, Sumita Ghosh.  She designed this very warm TD cowl (neck warmer) pattern featuring “Àshe” that will knit up very quickly.  TD will subsidize all yarn and needles.  You just need to register at this linkand attend the first organizational meeting this Wednesday 10/21 at 8pm EST.  You’ll see the Zoom link for the meeting on the registration page.  Please email if you have questions.

Thursday 10/22 2:30-4:30 “Tours and Fleurs” (Yale Farm)

The Yale Farm is extending this lovely invitation to TD to tour the farm at peak Dahlia bloom and participate in a flower arranging workshop to create vases of flowers to support LoveFed New Haven’s free CSA and their local food justice initiatives.  To register, please email the Yale Farm Manager at

And here are the great events for the week leading up to Halloween:

Thursday 10/29 to Saturday 10/31 TD Night at Escape New Haven 

Spooky and brainteasing excitement awaits you at our neighbor, Escape New Haven.  We still have a number of Before Moonrise games available.  Please note that you only need 4 players to play Before Moonrise but can have up to 7 if you are living in a big house off-campus with 6 other housemates.  So even though the sign up says up to 7, there is no need to fill to capacity.  Please go here to sign up.

Friday 10/30 3:30-5:30pm Pumpkin Carving (TD Courtyard)

We plan to do pumpkin carving and pumpkin painting to celebrate the fall season.  We’ll have tables spaced at least 9’ apart for folk to work on their pumpkins.  No need to sign up, just show up.  

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



“The poem had done no ‘good’ to anyone, but it was a passing reminder, a breath from the divine lips of beauty, a nightingale between two worlds of dust.”  (EM Forster, A Passage to India)


Oct. 23
Oct. 23
Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles a student to a rebate of one-quarter of the fall term’s tuition.
Oct. 23
Last day to withdraw from a fall full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript. See Withdrawal from Courses and Grades.
Oct. 23
Deadline to apply for double credit in a single-credit course. See Special Arrangements.


The Graduate Affiliates invite you to our Graduate and Professional School Panels! There will be four panels targeted for different disciplines, and we invite you all to join us! Feel free to submit questions ahead of time here!  Join us on Zoom here on the following dates: 1) Medicine - Monday 10/19 7-8 PM EDT2) Law - Tuesday 10/20 7-8 PM EDT, 3) STEM - Wednesday 10/21 7-8 PM EDT, and 4) Humanities, Social Science, & Arts - Thursday 10/22 7-8 PM EDT.  We look forward to seeing you there!”



First Steps with Stata
Tuesday, October 20 @ 10 AM EST | Register: 

This online workshop is a first introduction to using Stata and covers common tasks in data analysis. Participants do not any experience with Stata, statistics, other programs for statistical analysis, or any experience scripting. The focus in this session is building familiarity with how one interacts with Stata by working through common tasks.
Ask Me Anything: Librarian Office Hours
Thursday, October 22 @ 1 PM EST | Register:
Do you need to find a book or e-book, a scholarly article, or dataset? Do you need help formulating a research question for a paper, or finding sources for an annotated bibliography? Drop-in any time between 1 PM and 2 PM EST to meet with a librarian online for a short research consultation.

30 Minutes to a Better Bibliography
Friday, October 23 @ 2 PM EST |
Join librarians to learn how to cite resources in your research papers more accurately and efficiently.


Imagining Your Summer (with CIPE)
Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 7 pm ET
Interested in summer study abroad, fellowships, or internships, but don’t know how to get started? Hear from students who have done these things to help you identify some possible summer opportunities. You will leave with a clearer idea of what is possible and the resources you can access to make your vision happen. Now is the perfect time to start planning!

Time Management        
Monday, Oct. 26 @ 9 pm ET
Time management is key for lowering stress at Yale. Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.               

Fresh Start: Midterm Edition
Tuesday, Oct. 20 @ 4 pm ET
Monday, Oct. 26 @ 7 pm ET
Want to refresh your approaches to your academic work? Our mentors will lead you through a series of activities to help you identify your current strengths and develop new strategies for meeting the new challenges presented by your current semester’s courses.

Motivate Your Online Learning
Tuesday, Oct. 20 @ 7 pm ET
In these times of pandemic and other crises, it’s hard to stay focused and on task with your academics. Learn how to get motivated and keep engaged with your online academic work while giving yourself the time you need to be healthy and grounded.

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Wednesday, Oct. 21 @ 4 pm ET
This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Get the Most Out of Your Reading
Wednesday, Oct. 21 @ 7 pm ET
Learn general strategies for effectively reading texts for any Yale class. Learn how to preview a text, effectively interact with the text while reading, and review your reading for class, essays, and exams.

Writing Emails, Presentations, and Reports: Academic & Professional Communication for Undergrads
Wednesday, Oct. 21 @ 9 pm ET
Need to write to faculty or employers about recommendations and summer opportunities? Need to present your ideas effectively to different kinds of audiences? This workshop helps you identify how to tailor your writing to your audience and communicate with confidence.

Exam Study Strategies
Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 7 pm ET
Reduce exam stress by learning new strategies for preparing and studying for midterms and finals. This workshop offers suggestions for preparing for and taking problem-based, short answer, and essay exams


Working on a midterm paper? These resources can help!
Residential College Writing Tutors: Professional writers, editors and teachers connected to the colleges. 
Peer Writing Partners: Single sessions with undergraduate and graduate students trained to offer feedback and positive support for your writing.
10-Session Writing Tutoring: Meet up to ten times with the same Writing Partner over the course of the semester. Sign up here or email with questions.
And check out our online library of writing handouts, model papers, and senior project resources!