TD Notes and News – Week of 10-16-2023

October 17, 2023

WEEK OF 10/16/2023


Dear Red Lions,

I hope you are all doing well despite midterms exhaustion and the difficult and tragic news of war in Gaza and Israel. I want to simply say that Dean and I are here if you need our support.  Especially if you are here over Fall Break, please know that you can reach out to either one of us if you need our assistance.

Our “photo of the week” is of our First Year Lions – Maggie Chang, Melissa Chang, and Janina Gbenoba – who participated in their first TD Community Night!!!  As always I am deeply appreciative of all our Red Lions who participated as emcees, performers, and stage crew.  I do not take our community for granted so am always grateful for everyone who shared their gifts and spirit with us.


With Fall Break just about 24 hours away, I am happy to share our “TD-New Haven Fall Break Guide 2023” put together by our TD Outreach Aides, Emily Xu ’24 and Julian Barrera ’25.  They’ve scoured the New Haven listings and identified cool events from the New Haven Documentary Film Festival to the annual New Haven Chalk Art Festival.  So check it out here!

If you have always wanted to visit a 2.5 acre corn maze, we found one at Townline Farms in nearby Woodbridge!  Our TD Grad Affiliates are interested in coordinating a quick outing to the maze for any TDer staying over break. They are only open on Friday and Saturday so if you are here and would like to attend, please sign up here.

Speaking of farms… Mott ran a lovely Apple Picking trip to Bishop’s Farms last week and shared these great photos!

The TD staff will also be taking a well deserved break along with all of you.  You should have all received an email from Samantha Gambardella, TD Assistant Director of Operations about the staff’s availability,  remote and in-person, this week.  When we return, you can look forward to our annual TD Pumpkin Carving event on Friday 10/27. 

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



Louise Glück (1943-2023)

Leo Cruz makes the most beautiful white bowls;
I think I must get some to you
but how is the question
in these times

He is teaching me
the names of the desert grasses;
I have a book
since to see the grasses is impossible

Leo thinks the things man makes
are more beautiful
than what exists in nature

and I say no.
And Leo says
wait and see.

We make plans
to walk the trails together.
When, I ask him,
when? Never again:
that is what we do not say.

He is teaching me
to live in imagination:

a cold wind
blows as I cross the desert;
I can see his house in the distance;
smoke is coming from the chimney

That is the kiln, I think;
only Leo makes porcelain in the desert

Ah, he says, you are dreaming again
And I say then I’m glad I dream
the fire is still alive


Oct. 17
October recess begins after last academic obligation.
Oct. 23
Classes resume, 8:20 a.m.
Oct. 27
Oct. 27
Last day to withdraw from a fall full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.
Oct. 27
Deadline to apply for double credit in a single-credit course.
Oct. 27
Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles a student to a rebate of one-quarter of the term’s tuition.