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Week in Brief

Alumni choose former athlete as trustee Eli athletes have sent one of their own to the highest ranks of the Yale Administration. This summer the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) elected Roland Betts, JE '68, a former member of the Yale hockey team, to serve a six-year term as an alumni trustee in the Yale Corporation. Betts is the developer of Chelsea Piers, a $1.7-million sports complex in Manhattan; he was also involved with over 75 films for the Walt Disney company and served a nine-year stint as the New York Rangers lead owner.

Betts has been a jack-of-all-trades, putting in time as a schoolteacher, a non-profit organization volunteer, and a board member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Board of Governors of Columbia Law School, among others. AYA representative Jenny Edwards added that Betts was nominated by a panel of alumni. "Ballots were mailed out to all alumni in the spring," Edwards said.

--Julia Paolitto

Grad student stopped for harboring chemicals On Sun., Aug 23, a Yale research student's backpack was confiscated at Tweed Airport. He hadn't exceeded the weight limit, nor was he suspected of smuggling drugs or carrying a bomb. No, this enterprising Yalie's contraband consisted of bodily fluids and "suspicious chemicals." After the student boarded his flight to Wisconsin, airport authorities seized his belongings, then proceeded to call the Fire Department and the F.B.I. The alarm subsided, however, when the suspicious
package was found to contain chemicals and a sample of semen from a 91-year old Yale professor.

The student was apparently on his way to the University of Wisconsin to conduct scientific experiments with his specimens. After his explanation, the student was cleared and allowed to continue his delivery. Authorities would not release the name of the professor or the student.

--Ayon Nandi

Maple Cottage razed, Divinity School next?
JOHN YI/YH
Once part ofthe 'prettiest street in America,' Maple Cottage has been reduced to asphalt
The uphill battle for New Haven's preservationists grew steeper this summer. Maple Cottage, a property in the Hillhouse Avenue Historical District, was demolished by the University on July 7. Attempts to block destruction of parts of the Divinity School failed in the courts less than a month later.

The Friends of Hillhouse Avenue, a historical preservation society in New Haven, filed the first ever historic preservation suit brought against Yale to fight the demolition of Maple Cottage. However, on Sun., Jan. 10, a local court ruled in favor of Yale, leaving the University free to pursue what Friends President Bruce Knox calls Yale's "bulldozer-expansion movement." Six months later, the site was finally cleared.

Preservationists suffered yet another loss when, on Wed., Aug. 18, the State Supreme Court upheld a superior court's decision granting Yale permission to demolish parts of the Divinity School. History of Art professor Vincent Scully,
JE '40, ARC '49, who has previously called Yale's plan "senseless butchery," announced last year that such a plan might cause him to rethink his relationship with the University. "If it were to change preservation law in Connecticut, Yale should have a lot on its conscience," Scully said.

One year ago, Friends of Hillhouse Avenue member Jack Gold predicted, "If we lose [Maple Cottage], it's like a domino effect." In light of this summer's developments, the fulfillment of Gold's prophecy may not be long in coming.

--Janey Lewis

In Memoriam: Julia Rusinek, JE '00
COURTESY ANDREW KRAUSE
Yale was touched by tragedy when Julia Rusinek, JE '00, died Thurs., July 15 of a previously undetected congenital heart condition in Washington, D.C., her summer residence. She was on her way home from the gym when she collapsed. Her funeral was held Sun., July 18, in her home town of Great Neck, N.Y., and was attended by friends from all over the country, including many Yale students.

Julia, a 21-year-old sociology major, had many passions, including counseling and running. She was characteristically modest about the medals she won as a track star in high school, though many of her records still stand today. After walking on to the varsity track team her freshman year, Julia left the squad because she wanted to devote more time to other pursuits. She was heavily involved with Walden, the peer counseling group, as well as with the Peace Games program. This summer, Julia had been working for The Children's Law Center, a small not-for-profit law organization. Last summer she had worked for The Children's Defense Fund. According to friends, Julia was always busy, and would always try to pack more into every minute than was humanly possible.

Yet for Julia, activities were never as important as the people in her life. She wanted to connect with everyone. Even when she wrote letters home from camp as a child, she would add a greeting on the envelope to say "hi" to the mailman. It worked; he wrote back. Friends describe her as warm, caring, and completely natural; they say it was impossible to ever be angry with her. Even at her busiest, Julia still always managed to make time for all of her friends. If that meant pulling frequent all-nighters, it didn't matter--she'd simply write a very moving essay about how it felt to be awake at 3 a.m.

Indeed, Julia's natural understanding of people was reflected in her deep love of literature; she had strongly considered becoming an English major when she came to Yale. Her eloquent essays for English 120 sometimes moved her friends to tears. She was also a passionate reader, and often gave people copies of her favorite book, All the King's Men.

Julia is survived by her parents, Henry and Roza, and her sister, Vivian, JE '95. Her friends and family have planned a ceremony to celebrate Julia's life. Individuals will read from Julia's letters and essays, as well as passages from her favorite books. The service will be held on Sat., Sept. 4 at 8:00 p.m., in the Jonathan Edwards Great Hall. Julia's family and friends are also planning to establish an annual road race in New Haven in her honor. The proceeds will likely be donated to organizations that work with children.

-- By Zoe Konovalov

Yale prof challenges students to a race

New York and Boston aren't the only cities where amateurs and professionals can compete together in a marathon. Fresh from the high profile Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament, New Haven will host its 22nd annual New Haven Road Race (NHRR) on Mon., Sept. 6 at 8:30 a.m. The NHRR features top international talent from Kenya and other countries. Since international runners usually dominate the race, there is a separate prize for the top American finisher. There is a $20 registration fee for the race.

Some of Yale's own professors and students are aiming for the American prize. Chemistry professor Gary Brudwig announced to his physical chemistry class that he would be running the race. "Are any of you going to run?" he asked his class, and after seeing two hands go up, he added, "I'll see you there, then." Economics professor Ray Fair took it one step further, offering 40 free points in his intermediate economics class to any student that beats his time in the race. Andrew Quigg, JE '01, a member of the track team, may take Fair up on the offer. "The race interferes with my training schedule, but I'm still considering entering because I know I can beat him," Quigg said.

Quigg still has time to make good on his claim. The last chance to sign up for the race is at 6:45 a.m. on the day of the race, on the New Haven Green--just a few short hours before Professor Fair takes off.

--Ayon Nandi

Science powerhouses beat Ivies in rankings Harvard may suck, and Princeton still doesn't matter, but Yale has other schools to worry about, at least according to the U.S. News and World Report 2000 College Rankings. After sharing the top spot with Harvard and Princeton last year, Yale has dropped to a tie with Princeton for fourth place in this year's ranking, behind No. 1 California Institute of Technology, No. 2 Harvard, and No. 3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Yale College Dean Richard Brodhead, BR '68, GRD '72, was nonplussed by the results. "I don't doubt that Cal Tech is the number one choice for certain things and for certain people," he said. "However, people who are seriously interested in a school will do more research about that school beyond reading the rankings."

In fact, the shift at the top resulted from a new adjustment in U.S. News' ranking methodology, not from a drastic change in the vital statistics of the top-ranked schools. Yale placed first among the ranked colleges with a 98 percent freshman retention rate and with 77 percent of its classes containing fewer than 20 students. However, it still managed to slip in the overall rankings simply because it spends far less per student than Cal Tech and MIT do--a category that was weighted more in this year's rankings.

Yale's professional schools, however, continued to place just as well in the U.S. News rankings. Yale Law School remained number one in the country, Yale Medical School was fifth, and Yale School of Management placed 15th among business schools. In this round of rankings, all of Yale's professional schools placed ahead of those at Cal Tech.

--Carl Bialik

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