Tony Blair, fresh into his first year of retirement from helming the United Kingdom, will take up a position as a fellow at Yale in the fall. A press release from the university announces:
Mr. Blair will lead a seminar at Yale and participate in a number of events around the campus. The course in which he will participate with Yale faculty will examine issues of faith and globalization. His efforts at Yale relate to the work of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation that he will be launching later this year.
Blair will be a "Howland Distinguished Fellow," a post once filled by Indira Ghandi. Blair's son Euan is currently studying for a master's degree in international relations at the school. In 2006, it was reported that Harvard, Princeton, and Yale all competed for Euan's affections when he was choosing schools, and in the end he selected Yale, which gave him a full scholarship. A prescient move, it would now seem.
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A significant portion of New York's wealthy and powerful will migrate north this weekend for the Yale-Harvard football game. The notoriously competitive teams are both undefeated, making this one of the most important games in history. And a good excuse for getting toasted! Among the revelers will be Governor Pataki, who graduated from Yale in 1967, and who plans to booze it up at his house in Garrison, New York, before taking his party up to New Haven to tailgate. Whoooo! "We've got everything ready — great food, good wine and beer," he told the Sun, adding that drinking the brewski is how he spent a large percentage of his undergraduate years. He'll mingle with Harvard friends before the game, he says, but when the game starts, it's all business. "None of us are particularly good losers," he said. Now that's a shocker.
Harvard-Yale Game Is Hottest Ticket in Years [NYS]
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Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn picked up her Birkin bag and went to New Haven yesterday to address Yale students about her writing and the business of clothes. “I have tremendous amounts of freedom,” Horyn told them of her position at the Gray Lady. “If Armani pulls his ads, no one blames me and I don’t have to worry about it — so I don’t." (And yet, she regularly orgasms over the Italian designer.) Horyn dug deeply into the intricacies of the business, even letting students in on a little secret: “The Internet is where the action is,” she said. “People are out there who love fashion who aren’t coming from the front row.” Oh! That's what she must have been doing by going to a college to address some lowly scholars. Bringing fashion to the masses! The Yale Daily News asked junior Michael Huang how she did. “I think that a lot of what people said might have gone over people’s heads," he said. Oh, dear. Maybe she started with the wrong masses.
Horyn Snubs Fawning Fashion Reviews [Yale Daily News]
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