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The undergraduate admissions office viewed a record 46,905 applications for the Class of 2025—up 33 percent from the previous year—before offering admission to 2,169 students. Ivy League applications were up sharply this year, in part because the colleges did not require SAT or ACT scores (due to the pandemic). In addition, another 335 students who were admitted last year but deferred their enrollment will make the Class of 2025 a bumper crop.

The man accused of killing Yale environment school student Kevin Jiang in February (“Campus Mourns Murdered Student,” May/June) was arrested in May by US Marshals in Alabama after a three-month search. Qinxuan Pan was brought to New Haven and charged with felony murder; his bail was set at $20 million.

Courses in Yiddish that satisfy Yale’s undergraduate foreign-language requirement will be offered starting this fall. The two-semester sequence will be housed in the Germanic languages and literatures department. Demand for the courses grew after a group of students began meeting informally to practice the language.

The university’s musical instruments collection has been named for the man responsible for its founding. Morris Steinert, founder of the New Haven Symphony, gave the university a number of instruments in 1900. Steinert’s great-great-grandson Timothy Steinert ’82 and his wife, Lixia Zhang, recently made a major gift that will allow the collection to expand its programs.

Yale’s football stadium is no longer the only bowl in town. The Westville Music Bowl opened across the street from the Yale Bowl in April, offering live outdoor concerts in the former Connecticut Tennis Center. The 15,000-seat venue had been empty since the Connecticut Open tennis tournament left in 2018. Yale owns the land on which the facility stands.

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