TD Notes and News – Week of 10/31/22

November 1, 2022

WEEK OF 10/31/22


Happy Halloween, Red Lions!

I hope you all saw my note that our TD SAC Formal will be this Friday 11/4 from 11pm to 1am at Barcelona.  We’ll be offering a pop-up Photo Studio in our TD Common Room right beforehand from 9:30-10:30pm so please come get your portraits taken before heading out for the evening.  For more information, please see below.  

Last weekend could not have been more gorgeous with autumn colors on full display throughout New Haven and surrounding areas.  Our “photo of the week” from TD First-Year Martine Dosa captured our First-Year Lions enjoying the beautiful foliage at Lyman Orchards.  Many thanks to Mott Woolley Council president, Emily Zhang ‘25 for her hard work pulling this trip together!

And of course we had great pumpkin carving in the TD courtyard on Friday…  

Don’t forget that tonight is the pop up dinner in the TD Dining Hall!   Our wonderful staff will be doing a spooky and exciting evening of tricks and treats along with their usual meal service so Halloween fun isn’t quite over yet.  Come dressed up or not… a night of squealing and laughing awaits!

Here are some important dates and events for the next two weeks:

Wednesday 11/2 4:30pm Tea with Vera Kwakolfi, Senior News Editor for BBC Africa (TD House)

Meet Vera Kwakolfi, and learn about her work as Senior News Editor for BBC Africaand is responsible for the BBC’s International TV Operations in Africa.  She leads teams of journalists based across Africa and in the UK who produce the multi-award-winning Africa Eye Investigations, Business, Health, Sprot, Women, News Analysis and Factual and Youth content for Africa in English, French, and Swahili.  We’ll get to see clips of her and work and hear about her experiences becoming an award-winning journalist for the largest news organization in the globe.  This tea will feature delicious treats from Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant in New Haven.  

Thursday 11/3 8pm TD Sustainability Movie Night (TD Common Room)

The votes are in… the TD Sustainability Liaisons will be showing the Bee movie in the TD Common Room Thursday 11/3 at 8 pm. Visit @sustainabili_td on Instagram for more information or just come by the Common Room for a great study break. We’ll have popcorn and tea.  Please bring your own mug!

Friday 11/4 9:30-10:30am TD Pop-Up Photo Studio (TD Common Room)

We are excited to have photographer Isabel Chenoweth back doing a pop up Photo Studio to take your portraits before the big fall formal.  Isabel will be available to do solo or group shots.  No sign-up needed, first-come, first-served!  Your portraits will be free to download on her site as well as available to order as larger professional prints.  

Friday 11/4 11pm-1am TD SAC Fall Formal (Barcelona Wine Bar)

SAC will be holding its first off-campus formal in years at Barcelona Wine Bar located at 155 Temple Street.  Please sign up at this link for your tickets.  Each TDer is allowed to bring one non-TD guest.  For TDers who are 21 and over and wish to have an alcoholic beverage, please bring your IDs to be checked at the door.  You will then be given two drink tickets to be used at the bar.  We’ll also have an assortment of Barcelona’s signature appetizers along with non-alcoholic beverages. If you would like to contribute to the music playlist, please go here.

Thursday 11/10 4:30pm Tea with Aaron Reiss ‘10 (TD House)

Meet Aaron Reiss ‘10, a multimedia journalist for The New York Times, The New Yorker, This American Life and more.  Learn how Aaron is working with new digital media technologies to develop new interactive ways of storytelling that include the use of maps, audio, video, illustration and more.  An environmental studies major, Aaron will walk us through some of his projects including a fascinating interactive map of Manhattan’s Chinatown.  This tea is co-sponsored with Yale-China.

Saturday 11/12 TD Football Tailgate Brunch (TD Dining Hall)

In preparation for the big game against Princeton that day and Harvard the following weekend, we are bringing back the much loved TD Football Tailgate brunch!  Expect great egg sandwiches to go, footlong hotdogs, bagels and lox, hot apple cider, and more!  This will occur during our usual TD Brunch service time and is for TD students only.  Family dinner protocol will be in effect so all off-campus TDers are welcome to dine for free!

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



From “Autumn” (Grace Paley)

What is sometimes called a   
   tongue of flame
or an arm extended burning   
   is only the long
red and orange branch of   
   a green maple
in early September   reaching
   into the greenest field
out of the green woods   at the
   edge of which the birch trees   
appear a little tattered   tired
   of sustaining delicacy
all through the hot summer   re-
   minding everyone (in   
our family) of a Russian
   song   a story
by Chekhov   or my father




Nov. 10
Last day to withdraw from a fall second half-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.
Nov. 14
Registration for spring 2023 opens for Class of 2023, 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 15
Registration for spring 2023 opens for Class of 2024, visiting students, and Eli Whitney students (without a class year), 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 16
Registration for spring 2023 opens for Class of 2025, 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 17
Registration for spring 2023 opens for Class of 2026, 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 18
November recess begins after last class.


Information Session: Hopkins- Nanjing Center Program  
Wednesday, November 2 | 2:00pm-3:00pm   
55 Whitney, 3rd Floor, Rm. 305
You are invited to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), a graduate educational collaboration between Nanjing University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Students take multidisciplinary coursework in Chinese, live in a bilingual community, and build professional skills for their future careers. The session will take place on Wednesday, November 2 from 2:00-3:00pm in room 305 of the Center for International and Professional Experience. We hope to see you there!

College Year in Athens Info Session
Wednesday, November 2 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
55 Whitney, 3rd Floor, Rm. 369
Attend this in-person session with the College Year in Athens program to learn more about summer and semester study abroad options in Greece.

Information Session: Exeter College Summer Programmes at Exeter College, Oxford
Wednesday, November 9 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
55 Whitney, 3rd floor, room 369 
Meet Greg Lewis, Program Director and learn about the summer program at Exeter College in Oxford. The six-week Summer Programme at ExeterCollege, Oxford is a unique opportunity to experience undergraduate life at the oldest university in the English-speaking world.


Koru Mindfulness for Yale Undergrads 4-Part Class  
Tuesdays at 1PM From Nov 8th - Dec 6th: 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6
This is an evidence based 4-week course that teaches students how to incorporate mindfulness into their life. Class will be held in Silliman College, in the Silliman Good Life lounge.
Sign up here: 
Coffee and Connections 
Wednesday November 9th: 1-2pm at the Acorn in Silliman College 
Come grab some coffee in the Silliman College Acorn Cafe space (4th floor of Byers Hall) and meet some new friends! This is a speed friending event hosted by YC3 and the Good Life Center for Yale College students. 
Please only register if you can attend for the entire duration of the event, and please arrive on time. After the event, we’ll share participants’ email addresses with each other so you can stay connected. 

Sign up here: 
Astrology and Wellness 
Thursday November 10th: 1-2pm in the Good Life Center in Schwarzman. 
Interested in learning more about astrology and how it can build connections? This workshop helps students understand the importance of wellness in their life, by using a fun concept to introduce the wellness wheel; a tool that will help you not only organize your life but prioritize areas of wellness by your astrology sign. 
Sign up here: 
Take it Easy Tuesday with the Chaplain’s Office 
Tuesday November 15th from 2 - 5pm in the Good Life Center in Schwarzman in collaboration this month with the Chaplain’s Office. 
Take It Easy Tuesdays is a monthly series of artistic drop-in activities for all students throughout Yale College. While focusing on the importance of rest, our vision for this program is to create a culture of wellness in an environment where all students can feel as open, expressive, and creative, as they would like to be. 
No registration required. 
Wellness Wednesday  
Wednesday November 16th from 2-4pm located in the Good Life Center in Schwarzman 
Join YC3 in partnership with the Good Life Center to explore this months’ wellness topic: journaling and gratitude. Come learn more about the importance of gratitude and reflection! 
No registration required. 
Cookies and Connections 
Tuesday, November 22nd from 1pm - 2pm 
Come grab a free cookie in the Silliman College Good Life Center Lounge space (4th floor of Byers Hall) and meet some new friends near Thanksgiving break! This is a speed friending event hosted by YC3 and the Good Life Center for Yale College students. 
Please only register if you can attend for the entire duration of the event, and please arrive on time. After the event, we’ll share participants’ email addresses with each other so you can stay connected. 

Sign up here: 


The American Red Cross at Yale will be hosting its first blood drive of the year at ES Harkness (367 Cedar Street) on the following dates:

Tuesday, November 8th (10:00 AM - 03:45 PM)
Wednesday, November 9th (11:00 AM - 04:45 PM)
Friday, November 11th (11:00 AM - 04:45 PM)

If you would like to donate, you can schedule an appointment here. If prompted, use the code “Yale” to register for a time slot. The decision to donate can save a life, and we really appreciate your consideration! If you have any questions, please email Elisa Howard (, the Donor Outreach Coordinator.


The Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program will hold convenient, pop-up COVID-19 booster clinics offering the Pfizer bivalent booster:

  • November 3 and 10
  • 11 am to 3 pm
  • Cross Campus in front of Sterling Memorial Library 
  • No appointment needed

Dr. Spangler announced last week that the university will require all students—other than those with an approved medical or religious exemption—to receive an updated, bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster by the start of the spring semester, even if they have previously received a monovalent booster.