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Teaching assistants in nine Yale departments were to vote February 23 on whether to establish a union under the banner of Local 33, which shares a parent organization with Yale’s other unions. In January, over Yale’s objections, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board approved the union’s plan to have separate bargaining units for each department rather than one for all graduate teaching assistants. Go to for an update on the election results.

Yale College will admit an additional 300 to 400 students this year as the new residential colleges are completed, and there’s no shortage of candidates. A record 32,891 people applied to the Class of 2021, a 5 percent increase over last year.

A new deanship has been created in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), which comprises the academic departments of Yale College and the Graduate School. FAS dean Tamar Gendler ’87 will appoint the inaugural Dean of Science, who will oversee the nine non-engineering science departments in FAS. The new dean is expected to start work in 2018.

Heather Fearnbach

Heather Fearnbach

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A new residential college is not the only physical monument to Pauli Murray ’65JSD, the civil rights attorney, activist, and Episcopal priest whose namesake college will open this fall. Murray’s childhood home in Durham, North Carolina, was declared a National Historic Landmark in January by outgoing interior secretary Sally Jewell. The house is being restored and is scheduled to open as the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice in 2020.

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