TD Notes and News – Week of 3-25-24

March 25, 2024

WEEK OF 3/25/2024


Dear Red Lions,

I hope you all had a wonderful break and are rested and ready to be back for part 2 of our spring semester.

Our “photo of the week” comes from TD Fellow and Yale Athletics Director, Vicky Chun, who took this wonderful selfie with her first year advisee, Trevor Mullins TD ’27, right after their spectacular, heart-stopping win over Brown to clinch the Ivy Championship title.  Congratulations to Trevor, Devin Arlington TD ‘26, Coach Justin Simon, and the Yale Men’s basketball team on their championship title and their big first round win against Auburn!!!!  While last night’s round 2 game against SDSU did not go their way, there is no taking away these amazing accomplishments to cap off a great season!  Go Bulldogs!

Tickets for the Chubb event with Ta-Nehisi Coates at Battell Chapel are now sold out.  But if you are interested in attending the Ta-Nehisi Coates post-lecture dinner, please sign up here to enter the lottery.  The Google Form will close on Thursday at 11:59pm and we will announce the recipients by Friday 3/29.

For everyone living on campus, you might have noticed new stickers in your rooms to remind you NOT to hang anything on the sprinklers.  If you missed it, here is a close up of one! 

Here are some important dates and events for this week and next:

Tuesday 3/26 5:15pm TD Senior Mellon Forum (TD House)

Our series resumes with this week’s presenters: Nicholas Cerny, Jack Miller, and Ishaan Thakker!

Wednesday 3/27 6-7:30pm TD Sophomore Dinner (Chef Jiang)

Calling all sophomore lions… your wonderful TD sophomore dinner committee has worked hard to put together this wonderful event!  Please come dressed up and be ready for photographs!  You will also get a chance to write a letter to your future senior selves which you will get back at TD Senior Dinner in May 2026!!!  Dinner is at the recently-opened Chef Jiang restaurant at 67 Whitney Avenue.  

Wednesday 3/27 7-8pm #ForBrightCollegeYears (TD Common Room)

#ForBrightCollegeYears is coming back to TD!  Learn more about  the world of Development and Alumni Affairs at Yale.  They’ll have Insomnia Cookies as well as special Yale swag giveaways for the first 40 students to drop by!  

Monday 4/1 6-7pm Barbie and American Girl Dinner (TD Thompson Room)

Ever thought about working for the toy industry?  Join our wonderful TD Graduate Affiliate, Louise Oelofse, who is an MBA student in Yale School of Management, discuss her work with Mattel on the Barbie promotional campaign this past summer.  She’ll be joined by Niagara Pal, also an MBA student at SOM, who worked on American Girl!  The two will discuss their postgraduate path into the world of toys and marketing.  To join them, please register for dinner at this Google Form. If demand exceeds space we’ll do a lottery.

Friday 4/5 Chubb Events with Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Our Chubb talk will take place at Battell Chapel at 5pm.  The post-talk student dinner will take place at the TD Dining Hall at 6:30pm.  To enter the dinner lottery, please register at this sign up form by this Thursday at 11:59pm. Results will be announced on Friday!

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



Return of the Native
Sun Yung Shin

Because of time being an arrow, I had to imagine everything.
I had to fold the song with my mind because of the time being. Wash the rice here, in the present.
Because of the arrow I pent up the fourth wall as though I were diapering my own newborn.
I put time to the breast, though I feared it was not an arrow but an asp.
Being time I kept that fear under my tongue like a thermometer. I felt its mercury rolling under my teeth, boiling like language.
A deaf man, an old man, I am his hand, rough and gentle, an arrow here and then.
Time, I can see what I feel.
In the future even your future becomes my past. Arrow, I have died. There is peace. I pull it from me like a blanket.
As in a dream, because of time being an arrow, I put on the dress of a young, lovely mother. Because of her, because of the time, here I am, always watching over you.