Congratulations to the winners of this year's Harvey M. Applebaum award, which is conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research in the Yale Library's government documents collections. The first prize ($500) was awarded to Anirudh Sivaram (Calhoun) for an essay on The President's Wartime Detention Authority: What History Teaches Us. The second prize ($300) went to Anna "Nina" Russell (Timothy Dwight) for Moving the Needle: How Prize and Quality Transparency Could Lower Costs and Improve Quality in United States Hospitals.http://guides.library.yale.edu/Applebaum
UNIVERSITY | DEVELOPING: University announces three new cultural center directors “These appointments come at a time of increased support for the centers, as recommendations made earlier this year by an invited consultation group go into effect. With all four centers now headed by full-time directors, they are well positioned for the work ahead.”
In a University-wide email Friday morning, Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway, Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley and University Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews announced the appointment of the directors, who will also serve as assistant deans of Yale College. Risë Nelson Burrow will assume the leadership of the Afro-American Cultural Center, Eileen Galvez will head La Casa Cultural, and Kelly Fayard will direct the Native American Cultural Center. All three will begin their directorships at the end of July. Saveena Dhall will continue in her position as director of the Asian American Cultural Center.
“These appointments come at a time of increased support for the centers, as recommendations made earlier this year by an invited consultation group go into effect,” the email said. “With all four centers now headed by full-time directors, they are well positioned for the work ahead.”
The cultural centers have received significant attention in the past year. In December, a committee of external consultants found that the cultural centers were underfunded and in poor physical condition. The centers’ leadership, the committee said, was also overextended and did not have adequate direction or oversight.
In March, Rodney Cohen announced that he would step down from from his post as director of the Af-Am House. His resignation came after weeks of protest from the center’s constituent students, including a petition signed by 147 students calling for his removal.
The new directors will operate under the supervision of Associate Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Student Engagement Burgwell Howard, who will also begin his tenure at Yale in the fall in a newly created position.
All three new directors have prior experience in diversity initiatives.
Burrow is currently director of Student Success Programs at Cornell University’s Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives. Galvez is assistant director of Illinois Wesleyan University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Fayard is a faculty representative for the Native American Student Association at Bowdoin College as well as an assistant professor of anthropology.
Howard said in an email that he hopes the new directors will draw upon their professional experience and work together as a team. Despite representing different cultures, the houses share many interests, he said.
“Given the many common issues and needs that underrepresented students share, it will be helpful to work collectively to support the community,” he said. “It is also true that students come to Yale with varying intersections of identities […] so it will behoove us to work together.”
Applications for the positions were reviewed by three separate search committees, each chaired by a faculty member and composed of graduate and undergraduate students, according to the email. American Studies professor Alicia Schmidt Camacho, who headed the search for the La Casa director, said in an email that her committee selected three candidates to bring to campus for interviews. Holloway made the final selection.
Camacho said her committee received approximately 80 applications. The committee gave precedence to candidates who could be effective advisers to students and extend La Casa’s reach beyond its usual constituency, she said.
“We were mindful that the student body is growing and is very diverse, and that the Center is a resource not just for Latina/o students but the University and New Haven,” she said. “The Center Director should also connect with students on matters related to gender equity, LGBTQ concerns, first generation college enrollment and immigration experience — all critical aspects of the student experience.”
All the new directors said in emails that they are excited to arrive on campus at a time when Yale has reaffirmed its commitment to the cultural centers.
Burrow said she researched the campus environment and recent developments with the centers before choosing to accept the position. She added that she is excited to build on the “strong legacy” of the Afro-American Cultural Center.
Fayard also cited the history of the Native American Cultural Center, adding that she has discussed both its past and future with students. Listening will be critical to her plans for the center, she said.
Galvez said she is excited by the prospect of working with a University that has committed to change.
“Change is something that I am invigorated by,” she said. “I am excited to be walking into a place that is open and willing to change as the students themselves evolve.”
阿樂兩天前收到 Williams College 的通知，說錄取了他。他的第一個反應是欣喜，因為 Williams 是頂尖的大學，很難考入，他本來也只是在候補名單；他的第二個反應是躊躇，因為他已準備入讀 UC Berkeley，現在要重新考慮，在 Berkeley 和 Williams 兩者擇其一。
Berkeley 是國際知名的研究型大學，Williams 是一間文理學院(liberal arts college) ，不但在美國以外少為人知，就是在國內，東北部以外的地方也沒有多少人聽過這所大學，甚至會誤會是一間社區學院。華人之中如果知道 Williams 大名的，恐怕大多是由於留意到這是歌手王力宏讀的大學，而且除此以外的都不知道。
然而，在所謂精英的圈子（例如政界、法律界、和學術界），Williams 的聲望十分高，校友網絡亦相當強大。像 Williams College, Amherst College, Swarthmore College, 和 Wellesley College 這些最高質素的文理學院，可以說是另類名校 — 不廣為人知，但應該知道的人，都會同意這些都是一流學府。
文理學院一般只有二千左右的學生，絕大部份是本科生（有些文理學院有碩士課程），師生比例很低，例如 Williams 就低至七比一，小班教學（少於二十人），學生較容易得到教授的親自指導。文理學院中的名校大多非常富有，Williams 的捐贈基金(endowment) 就有二十多億美元，因此，設施和各種資源都充足完備。
至於學費，看來非常昂貴，例如 Williams 的每年學費接近五萬美元，加上住宿及其他費用，要六萬多美元；不過，如果學生的家庭每年收入少於某數目（例如十五萬美元），都會得到資助，減免學費及其他費用，減一半是很平常的事，有些甚至完全免費。如果是四年都免費，那就等於贈送你二十多萬美元，不可謂不慷慨矣！當然，最重要的還不是金錢，而是所受到的高質教育。
Berkeley 和 Williams 的選擇，我讓阿樂自己決定，完全沒有左右他或給他壓力，因為我知道他很清楚這兩間大學的優點和缺點，也清楚自己的好惡和長短。他跟兩位有見識、而且對 Berkeley 和 Williams 都沒有偏愛的長輩談過，也有和朋友討論，然後「閉關」思考了一段長時間。他最後決定入讀 Williams，放棄 Berkeley。我很替他高興，但也不得不承認，兒子當不了我的校友，我是感到有點可惜的。