Welcome to the first edition of Big News on Campus, a daily roundup of the public events and important happenings from all the colleges in the area.
We’ll bring you the best events at Yale University, the most interesting speakers at Quinnipiac University and everything else that’s happening at Southern Connecticut State University, Albertus Magnus College, University of New Haven and elsewhere.
The guys in Quinnipiac University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity raised $9,000 for AIDS Project New Haven by pitting students against each other.
Their annual Hall Wars is an Olympic-style competition for freshmen living on campus. Participants compete in a series of physical activities, such as playing kickball and taking part in a tug-of-war designed to raise money for the charity. Since 2005, the local chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon raised more than $63,000 to charities working against AIDS.
“The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity is modeled after the credo, ‘Building Balanced Leaders for the World’s communities,’” said Mark Turczak, a fraternity member and the event chair, in a press release. “Our chapter is devoted to making an impact on the local, national and global communities as well. We work toward this goal every year.”
If you missed Yale University’s Oct. 13 panel discussion on how to improve the nation’s economy, you can catch the 90-minute talk on YouTube. Five Yale economics professors “debated whether short-term jobs-creation programs would put the United States on a course of sustainable economic growth.”
The University of New Haven will have a special screening of the documentary “Out of the Ashes: 9/11-Searching for Justice” followed by a discussion with co-director Marilyn Berger. The event is on Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Dodds Hall auditorium
The talk and film screening commemorate national Mediation Week, Oct. 16-22, designated by the American Bar Association to inform the public about the benefits of mediation, said Donna Morris, associate professor and director of the university’s legal studies program and director of the Center for Dispute Resolution.
Yale’s Peabody Museum at 170 Whitney Ave. is welcoming back one of its most popular guests ever this Saturday. Atka, however, is not human. The 90-pound arctic wolf typically resides at the Wolf Conversation Center in South Salem, N.Y., but travels as an “ambassador wolf whose job it is to travel to different places as a representative of his species to help clear up the misunderstandings," according to event organizers.
Two presentations are scheduled, for 1 and 2 p.m. Early arrival is suggested as space is limited. Parking is free in the Peabody lot and adjacent Yale lots, the entrance of which is on Whitney Avenue at Humphrey Street, one block north of the museum. Admission ranges between $5-$9, with kids under three for free.