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How well do you know your residential colleges?

You’ve seen our introduction to Yale’s newest residential colleges, but how much do you know about the existing ones?

  1. 1. A memorable bladderball incident involving this college resulted in widespread chanting that the college “sucks,” a chant its residents took up as a rallying cry.
  2. 2. When Claes Oldenburg’s pop sculpture “Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks” needed a permanent home in 1974, this college’s art-historian master offered its courtyard.
  3. 3. Besides its main courtyard, this college has three smaller ones, each named for nineteenth-century literary societies at Yale.
  4. 4. In 1965, President Kingman Brewster Jr. ’41 appointed a Pulitzer Prize–winning author to be this college’s master, even though he was not a professor.
  5. 5. Residents of this college carry on a decades-old tradition when they take off their clothes after the third quarter of Yale football games—regardless of the weather.
  6. 6. The noisy trolley cars that passed this college’s busy corner location were the source of much annoyance in the college, so much so that residents celebrated the trolleys’ demise with a party that became an annual celebraton.
  7. 7. One of this college’s masters—the longest-serving master of any Yale residential college—brought the term “Àshe!” from his scholarly field to become an unofficial motto for the college.
  8. 8. Elaborate legends have been concocted to explain why this college’s entrance façade is in a different architectural style from the rest of the college.
  9. 9. This college, Yale’s largest, incorporated existing buildings from the Sheffield Scientific School in its design.
  10. 10. This college has three courtyards, one of which is named for a surprising sculpture of a Puritan in the act of defecation.
  11. 11. This college’s Swiss Room, a sixteenth-century wood-paneled dining room, was imported from Switzerland shortly after the college's completion.
  12. 12. After students in this college installed a stuffed moose head in the dining hall as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to its outgoing master, the college’s intramural teams became known as the Moose.