Former Yale President Moves to the Greener Pastures of MOOCs


Happy trails to you.

After 20 years as the President of Yale, Richard Levin has finally made the move to a more real school: Coursera, Inc., one of the many platforms for the massively expanding market of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Levin will come on as the CEO of Coursera in April, becoming something of a mascot for online education as one of the first respected educators to enter the field.

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Yalies Up In Arms Over Bagels

In classic form, Yale students have found a petty non-issue to latch onto and raise hell over. Recently, all Yale dining halls stopped offering normal-sized bagels without warning, replacing them with mini-sized bagels (while continuing to offer the same selection of bagel varieties). And Yalies lost their shit.

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YALE: Sexual Assaults at Secret Society S&M Party

Last week, Yale students received two university-wide Clery Act emails informing them that two Yale students were victims of “sexual assault by an acquaintance, who is also a Yale student” at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house on February 8th. February 8th was the night of the annual “Dom” party thrown by the Women in Power Society (WIPS), a secret society, which was held in the SigEp house.

The “Dom” party is an infamous, no-cellphones-allowed event. From what we hear, people dress up in BDSM gear and porn is projected on the walls as hot freshmen guys pass around drinks. Interestingly, it’s also generalized as one of the safer party SigEp hosts: there is a closed guest list with doors closing at 11 pm and everyone (besides those hot freshmen boys) is over 21-years-old.

For two assaults to happen on a night that typically gets by without major public notice is surprising–but only considering its history of safety. Dom is a party full of porn, S&M, and lots of alcohol, after all. In a statement, SigEp said that the assault allegations are not against brothers of the fraternity, consistent with rumors we have been hearing.

What if a fake Twitter account tried to out JFK’s grandson and no one cared?

A fake tweet linking to a not-existing article

Brief item, here: John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s only grandson, is the editor of the Bullblog. Today a fake Twitter account—@JJSchlossberg—tweeted the above phony link. Queerty fell for it, as did some some people on Twitter. Sources tell us that the Kennedy in question is “100% not gay.”

We’ve contacted Schlossberg to see if he’ll set the record straight in time for Valentine’s Day.

Update, 7:32 PM: JBKS sent IvyGate the following:

Conor –

The twitter account belongs to someone who impersonates me online. There was never any article posted, and instead was a link to a non existent piece. And for the record I am not gay. Thanks.

Sent from my iPhone

Yalies Need To Work On Their Humor, Common Human Decency

Hate to burst your bubble...

Hate to burst your (prizewinning economic) bubbles…

Generally when a Nobel Prize-winning economist—like, say, Robert Schiller—agrees to teach a 400 person course to a bunch of 18-year-olds—like, say, the Yale Introductory Macroeconomics class—the 18-year-olds in question sit back, shut up, and bask in the knowledge.

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Classism: It’s at Yale, and Not Hard to Find

“I believe that talking about socioeconomic status is one of the last taboos among Yale students,” Yale President Peter Salovey said in his Freshman Address this fall. As if in response to this call, Yale Alumni Magazine showcased class in their January/February issue, declaring on the cover:

“Yale College seeks smart students from poor families. They’re out there—but hard to find.”

Nope, this isn’t a parody of Yale stereotypes—it’s really a thing they thought was OK to put in big letters.

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86 Yale SigEp Brothers Sued For 2011 Accident

All 86 former and current Yale students who were members of Sigma Phi Epsilon in 2011 have been sued by the victims of a fatal driving accident at the tailgate for the Yale-Harvard game in November of that year. Brendan Ross, Y’13, was driving a U-Haul filled with kegs to the tailgate when he struck three women, injuring two—Sarah Short, SOM’13, and Elizabeth Dernbach—and killing one, Nancy Barry.

Since then, Barry’s estate and Short have worked toward toward a large settlement (specifically, upwards of a million dollars) on the tragic collision. The cases against the students, filed individually by both parties, are the latest in their series of suits filed over the last two years, which have also charged Yale, New Haven, U-Haul, and Ross himself.

After some nice legal footwork from the national SigEp association, these 86 members—including those who were at the tailgate and those who weren’t—have been individually sued. Per the YDN:

National Sigma Phi Epsilon Director of Risk Management Kathy Johnston said in a deposition that, legally, the local chapter and national association have nothing to do with each other. Furthermore, the national fraternity’s insurance — Liberty Mutual of Boston — does not cover actions by the local chapter.

The boys are left on their own to sort this out, though 84 of them are being repped by the same Westchester attorney. More on this as we hear it.

Way to Express Yourself, Yale!

“Yale is Brave” isn’t the next “Why I Chose Yale“—it’s not as smug.That said, it’s pretty fucking smug.

The basic conceit, as we understand it, is a bunch of Elis prancing around, lip-syncing Sara Bareilles’s “Brave” (which is Top 40 bullshit). So there’s that, plus a few cut-together scenes. One where a shy guy approaches a girl sitting on a bench using a MacBook Pro (he’s being brave). In another, a different guy starts dancing at a lame party, and all the other people dance too, after they take the sticks out of their asses (just kidding, they don’t). And one more where a girl dances on a library shelf in a room full of working students (obnoxious, not brave).

This is an assignment for CPSC 183 Law, Technology, & Culture, a current-eventsy class about computers ‘n’ stuff. The video is a class-wide project (normally they do individual blog posts, but this year the class opted for this).

Instructor Brad Rosen tells us, “As an academic exercise, I think it was a success.  I hope they had fun in the process. (I suspect they did.)”

Addendum: The Bullblog made a video, too.

Yale Student Poops, Shit Flies


I’ve been saying for a while now that Ivy League students are really just 5 year-old children trapped in 20-year-old bodies. To most of us, the flurry of passive-aggressive listserv bitchfests and the occasional grade-induced emotional breakdown have become little more than commonplace. But recently, a rogue Yalie has taken that immaturity to a new level, urinating and defecating in multiple loads of laundry on campus. Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Yale: Do Not Wash Your Genitals In The Sink, And Please, No Chamber Pots

It seems there have been some confusion among the Yale graduate student community as to what exactly a bathroom should be used for. A tipster recently forwarded us an email detailing the debauchery rampant in Helen Hadley Hall, a grad student dorm that houses mainly international students. According to the email, sent from Yale’s Graduate Housing Office to the residents of HHH, the dorm has experienced feces smeared across walls, non-Western hygienic habits, and even, gasp, chamber pots.

It’s all a big misunderstanding though, because most of the students are foreign and, you know, different. As the email states:

“Because we have some many students and so many cultures represented in HHH, it is often necessary to clarify what is acceptable use for the bathroom facilities … Regardless of the many cultures represented in HHH, I need all students to follow the standard US/western culture for restroom use.”

Thankfully, the good ol’ GHO is here to lay out some basic ground rules for proper Yale bathroom etiquette. We’ve adapted some of them here for easy reading:

  • Rather than digging a hole outside or using the tub, poop and pee should only go in the toilet.
  • If you absolutely need to use a chamber pot due to your non-Western cultural upbringing, it must be emptied into a toilet, not the kitchen sink.
  • Do not wash your feet or your genitals in the bathroom sinks. In America there are showers for that.
  • There will be no bidets. Stop asking.

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