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Published: 04/13/11

Yale Student Killed When Lab Machine Snags Hair

By  not in system - AOL News
Yale Student Killed When Lab Machine Snags Hair

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A Yale University student nearing graduation was killed inside a school chemistry lab when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment, school officials said Wednesday. Michele Dufault, a senior majoring in physics and astronomy, died Tuesday night after her hair became caught in a fast-spinning lathe, university President Richard Levin said. Her body was found by other students who had been working in the building, he said. Facebook Michele Dufault was killed inside a school lab when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment. "...

Published: 04/5/11

New Push in Fight Against Sexual Violence on Campus

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
New Push in Fight Against Sexual Violence on Campus

Months after she was raped in her dorm room during her freshman year at Kansas State University, Madeleine Lietz heard a rumor. The man who raped her, also a Kansas State University student, had finally been expelled -- not for sexual assault, but because he had simply failed his classes and flunked out. In an account some fear is common among survivors of sexual assault at the nation's colleges and universities, Lietz said her school's reaction -- or non-reaction -- to her rape was akin to a second trauma in itself. "I was given little to no help after the assault. The issue -- the ...

Published: 04/5/11

Tiger Mother's Daughter Accepted at Harvard

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Tiger Mother's Daughter Accepted at Harvard

It looks like the iron-fisted tiger mother's hard work paid off: Her 18-year-old daughter has been accepted at Harvard. Amy Chua, a Chinese-American mother and Yale professor, sparked controversy earlier this year with her memoir, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," in which she recounts her philosophy of ultra-strict parenting. Her two daughters were never allowed to attend sleepovers, watch TV, choose their own extracurricular activities or get any grade less than an A. "Children on their own never want to work, which is why it is crucial to override their preferences," Chua wrote in a Wall...

Published: 03/4/11

Yale University Police Investigate Report of Forced Drinking and Nudity

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Yale University Police Investigate Report of Forced Drinking and Nudity

Police at Yale University are investigating a report of a "naked party" held off-campus by a senior society that may have involved forced, heavy drinking and possibly even a sexual assault, according to a school publication. The party was held Feb. 19 by the Pundits, Yale's senior prank society, the Yale Daily News reported. About 50 people attended the party during which they allegedly were told to disrobe. The party was part of the Pundits' "tap" process which involves "tapping" someone whom they want to invite to become a member. "The biggest problem, and what was dis-inhibiting people, ...

Published: 11/19/10

Vuvuzelas Banned From Annual Harvard-Yale Game

By  Paul Wachter - AOL News
Vuvuzelas Banned From Annual Harvard-Yale Game

(Nov. 19) -- Except for an annoying horn and a prognosticating octopus, the World Cup is by now a fading memory. When Paul the Octopus passed on in October, months after the sea oracle accurately predicted the outcome of eight World Cup contests, it was an occasion for global mourning. Meanwhile, the world has tried, in vain, to kill off the vuvuzela, the signature horn that provided the discordant background buzz to every game in South Africa. The latest attempt comes from the stodgy powers at Harvard ahead of their annual tradition-laden football contest with Yale. Harvard students had init...

Published: 10/28/10

Sure You Want to Go to Law School?

By  Paul Wachter - AOL News
Sure You Want to Go to Law School?

(Oct. 28) -- From 2007 to 2009, as the economy plummeted, the number of people who took the law school entrance exam increased by 20.5 percent. In the past decade, the number of American Bar Association-approved law schools went up 9 percent. Last year, law schools handed out more than 43,000 J.D.s -- 11.5 percent more than in 2000. Interest in the law is booming, but there is just one problem -- not enough jobs. It's a terrible time to be a lawyer, writes Slate's Annie Lowrey. "The job market for lawyers is terrible, full stop -- and that hits young lawyers, without professional track recor...

Published: 10/19/10

Sexually Explicit Chants Land Yale Frat in Hot Water

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Sexually Explicit Chants Land Yale Frat in Hot Water

(Oct. 19) -- It's enough to give "Animal House" a bad name. Members of Yale University's Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity find themselves facing possible disciplinary action after a group of pledges took part in an initiation activity in which they marched through campus chanting obscenities against women. On the night of Oct. 13, the pledges shouted phrases such as "no means yes, yes means anal" as they marched through the heart of campus in a single-file line. Video of the incident was posted on YouTube. Likening the fraternity's chants to "hate speech," The Yale Women's Center complai...

Published: 09/3/10

McChrystal to Teach Yalies About 'Coping With Failure'

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
McChrystal to Teach Yalies About 'Coping With Failure'

(Sept. 3) -- Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal isn't heading up military operations in Afghanistan anymore, but he appears ready to take the classroom by storm. The syllabus is out for his fall leadership course at Yale, where the former four-star general will school graduate students on the intricacies of "coping with failure," "navigating politics" and "the effect of modern media." McChrystal gathered plenty of first-hand course material for the seminar earlier this year, when he was forced to resign after publicly criticizing top White House officials in a much talked-about Rolling Stone ...

Published: 08/31/10

Opinion: The Unbearable Meaninglessness of College Rankings

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Opinion: The Unbearable Meaninglessness of College Rankings

(Aug. 31) -- Each year the splash it makes gets smaller, as more students, parents and even college administrators realize the truth about the U.S. News and World Report college rankings: It's largely a beauty contest -- one that bears little relation to the quality of the education kids will actually receive. Indeed, the president of Williams College, which was named the No. 1 liberal arts college in the country this year by U.S. News, told Bloomberg News that the rankings were "meaningless." That's pretty tough talk, coming from a winner. The second- and third-ranking liberal arts colleges,...

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