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The poor economy is one likely reason, administrators say, for a record 9,540 applications to the Graduate School this year—9 percent more than last year. At the School of Art, applications were up by 11 percent; at the Divinity School, 13 percent. Yale College applications also reached a record high this year: 25,925, a 13.6 percent increase over last year. About 2,000 of those applicants, or 7.7 percent, will be admitted to the Class of 2013 in April.

Expansion of child care for university employees will not come at the expense of graduate-student housing. The university has scrapped plans to convert 12 units of its Whitehall apartment complex into expanded quarters for the Edith B. Jackson Child Care Center. Objections to the plan from residents and graduate students were among the reasons the university decided to look for another way to double the center's capacity.

The School of Nursing now resides in a Yale-owned building. After leasing part of the former Richard C. Lee High School on Church Street South for more than 12 years, the university bought the entire 10-acre property in November for $33 million. Besides ensuring that the school has a long-term home, the purchase will provide Yale with development opportunities in the future, says Vice President Bruce Alexander ’65.

Christopher Buckley
’75, the author-humorist and son of the late William F. Buckley Jr. ’50, will be the featured speaker at Class Day, the Yale College gathering on the eve of commencement. Buckley made headlines last fall when he broke with his conservative roots to endorse Barack Obama for president.  

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