In Yale’s Most Popular Class, Rogue T.A. Accused University of Satanic Symbolism, Freemasonry, Mafia-Esque Conspiracy

The day before Yale’s Edward Barnaby fired Margherita Viggianothe graduate student and art-history T.A. who criticized her classmate for discussing the Virgin Mary’s “boobs”—a number of undergraduates who were enrolled in the famous art history lecture discovered that she had uploaded to the course’s server a long, bizarre PDF file about Yale’s art collection.

One of those students provided IvyGate with a copy of the PDF file. He tells us:

[The PDF] was visible to all the students. From what I’ve heard, [Viggiano] also sent out threatening emails to many of the other TAs, mostly relating to her Catholic faith and how she felt oppressed by Yale College. The “handout” contains lots of strange things about mysticism, Satanism, Freemasons, and just general insults to the University, including calling on students to sue for being taught secular lies. She also asserts that Yale has some kind of mafia connections.

He’s not joking. In a series of bracketed comments sprinkled throughout five pages of a book excerpt (taken from a history of Yale’s Art Gallery), Viggiano accuses her employer of, among other things, colluding with a clandestine network of Freemasons; arranging art with “satanic symbolism” in order to corrupt undergraduate students; organizing slander against various individuals; and being, in Viggiano’s wording, “a new Leviathan, the New-England sea-monster.”

A fifth-year graduate student in comparative literature, Viggiano openly doubts Yale’s integrity, frequently intimating that sinister forces steer decisions supposedly made by its administration. A sampling:

“Pact with the Devil”

Jarves had expected to sell the pictures individually in order to raise the necessary funds, but the day before the auction [typical Yale style] he learned that the College would only permit the sale of the collection en bloc [they had no right to do so, but they wanted to buy the collection for nothing]. Jarves was devastated [see what happens when you enter a pact with the devil].

“Freemason secret-societies”

The College bid $22, 000, and no further bids being offered, the collection was sold to Yale [that’s how they do it.] There appear to have been several reasons why no one bid against Yale for the collection [Freemasonic secret-societies have an internal system to relay information].

We’ve reached out to Viggiano for comment, re: the handout, but haven’t yet received a response. So much more (plus a copy of the original PDF file) after the jump:

“New-England sea-monster”

Most obvious was the requirement to buy the whole collection, and the general perception that it would sell for between $60,000 and $75,000. There was also the perception that with the College’s lien on the pictures it would be impossible to obtain clear title to them, either singly or as a group [Yale as a new Leviathan, the New-England sea-monster].

“The Pearls and the Swine”

For Jarves, the resolution was not happy, and he complained about it publicly in the press and in letters to President Porter and other at Yale [parable of the pearls and the swine]. He suffered further from personal attacks in the press [more Yale style], and he believed that his integrity had been questioned in the transaction.


Jarves’s response to these attacks was to accuse Yale of less than honorable dealings [the concept of “honorable dealings” associated with Yale creates a figure of speech known as litotes]. Although some details of the events leading up to the sale remain unexplained [a moment of political correctness before the final swelling act of sycophantism], there is no evidence, nor did anyone seriously believe that Yale acted improperly.

Well, then!

But it goes on: The following two passages, from the PDF’s “critical comment” subhead, appear to give a first-person account of Viggiano’s conspiracy-mongering.


Believe me that when I went to the Art Library in search for catalogues of the gallery, I thought I would find some serious scholarship. I did not happen. Nevertheless, I included this hilarious presentation: not only because it is one of the few official ones, but also because it is essential to become aware of the potentially destructive mafia-connection between patronage and truthful representation – which is a serious problem in every field: from politics to art and scholarship. Who disburses the money very often gets to decide what to present as the truth. Technically, this is called propaganda.

“Transatlanic Freemason”; “Satanic Symbolism”; “The Tomb”; “Dinosaurs”

As the Italian proverb reminds us: “Chi di spada ferisce, di spada perisce” – literally, those who wound by the sword, are also killed by the sword. Jarves was probably a “transatlantic” Freemason like the dealers at the College – and we can say so with insider knowledge: not only due to the social and professional environment in which he was active; but also because the first three artworks of the collection all display the Satanic symbolism of the devil horns. He must have hand-picked them with a project in mind. And indeed the curator showed great “perception and intrepidity” to place them one next to the other, right at the entrance: welcome to the Tomb. As a last consideration, let us ponder what it means for our students to look at these images from their honest and innocent perspective. Do you think that knowing about the recurrent dynamics of human corruption can help them preserve their honesty? Or do you prefer to keep them in the dark, so that they may fall victims of the same corrupted individuals, mutatis mutandis, who spawn their evil offspring like critters, generation after generation? Some say that dinosaurs were extinguished by meteorite interacting with the surface of the earth…

She never finishes her thought, but you get the idea. It’s The Viggiano Code!  You can download the original PDF file here.

Our tipster also gave IvyGate a sampling of the class’s mood. Describing the rumors of Viggiano’s behavior as “really weird”, he adds:

I really just can’t believe that they would let this girl teach students! Hell, I can’t believe that she was accepted as a student herself!

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9 Responses to “In Yale’s Most Popular Class, Rogue T.A. Accused University of Satanic Symbolism, Freemasonry, Mafia-Esque Conspiracy”

  1. Spiridinova Says:

    The “mafia-connection” thing appears to be no more than a figure of speech. You have misrepresented it.

  2. jonh Says:

    Must be part of the same Italian subculture as the prosecutor who painted Amanda Knox as a satanist.

  3. Ddd444 Says:

    Has anyone introduced her to Sara Ackerman?

  4. AFriend Says:

    For the record, she has it wrong on litotes, which is ironic understatement. Maybe she meant to say that the phrase “less than honorable dealings,” if you believe the dealings to be very dishonorable indeed, is litotes. But “the concept of ‘honorable dealings'” is not a litotes of very dishonorable dealings; it is merely antithetical.

  5. michael liuzzi Says:

    While I will admit she’s strange, I have to agree with Spiridinova here.  Ivygate is engaging in the exact same kind of misrepresentation and bombast that Viggiano so ardently exhibits.

  6. John Langdon Says:

     Hey! Those are my ambigrams! I designed them for Dan Brown’s huge thriller, Angels & Demons. Credit where credit is due please. You can see them and many more at my website:
    (Also, I have no opinion regarding the conspiracy.)

  7. Guest Says:

    It’s time to leave her alone, IvyGate.  She’s obviously ill at this point in her life, and your constant need to embarrass her in light of this is ridiculous.  Leave her alone now.  This is IvyGate, not TMZ.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, The Human Condition is the sanitized version your Factory-Farm managers say it is and this person is wrong. Move along the line sheeple.

  9. Guest Says:

    Stop exploiting Margherita Viggiano.  She is clearly having a rough time right now.  Though responding to the professor was not wise for her career, it’s clear that he was biased against her and wasn’t going to give her half a chance to explain herself.  The “viggiano code” taunts are just cheap distractions from your main concern:  Deep down, you can’t understand why someone can’t just swallow the bullshit and schlurp her way to the top like a good ivy leaguer.  What’s next in your miniseries of articles to mock human suffering? 

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