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29 December 2005

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Next Düsseldorf get-together on Jan. 13

Yalies in Düsseldorf

Participating in Dusseldorf's first-ever Yale Club get-together last month were (left to right) Wenzel Bulst, Cathrin Bauer, Amy Ng, Michael Minzlaff, Bob Bonds, and Jan-Friedrich Brünings.

The Yale Club’s next Stammtisch in Düsseldorf will be held on Friday evening, January 13, in the historic old restaurant and beer hall Zum Schiffchen (Hafenstraße 5, tel. 0211-132421) at 8 p.m. — same place as last time. The first-ever Yale get-together in Düsseldorf, which was held on November 11, drew a congenial group of six, and organizer Wenzel Bulst (Yale Law School ’03) is hoping that future evenings may attract additional Yalies from the surrounding areas of Köln and Dortmund for good food, cold beer and warm fellowship.

So if you’re in the Düsseldorf/Köln/Dortmund area, or if you think you’ll be passing through on the evening of Friday 13 January, do mark your calendar now and join us. No RSVP necessary — just come and meet Yale friends new and old. If you have any questions, give Wenzel a call (tel. 0179 5106081) or send him an e-mail.




Next Frankfurt get-together on Jan. 27

FrankfurtThe Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27 — the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth — so it’s perfect that we will be gathering again in the Fidelio Weinkeller, a classical music wine pub. Fidelio (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758) is a short walk from the U-Bahn’s Taunusanlage station (one stop from Frankfurt Hauptbanhof) or the Alte Oper.

No RSVP necessary. Just come for a drink — and perhaps supper — with Yale friends new and old. Questions? Send an e-mail to Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88) or call Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71) at 0170 9720168.





A warm welcome to a new member of the Yale Club of Germany that we’ve learned about since the last newsletter: Sebastian Schmidt (Yale Graduate School ’09), from Dresden, who is currently a PhD student in physics.




US-resident alum seeks Hamburg contacts

Peter Maternowski (Yale College ’79, Timothy Dwight) has written us: “I am writing to seek your assistance in identifying Yale grads in Hamburg that I might contact. I’m currently residing in Madison, Wisconsin. My wife, a German citizen, and our two children are living in Hamburg this year. Their stay began as an opportunity for the children to improve their German and to become more familiar with my wife’s homeland. She and I are now discussing the possibility of relocating to Hamburg for an extended period.

“I would appreciate any Yale contacts you could provide in or near Hamburg. I will be visiting my family over the Christmas holidays (through January 3rd) and am seeking to arrange interviews during my stay.” Peter has forwarded his resume, which shows that he is seeking a position in Hamburg that will allow him to use his ample managerial, planning and analytical skills.

Laura Sudhaus has already forwarded Peter’s note and resume to at least one of our faithful Yale team in Hamburg, but if you live/work in that area and have any ideas or leads for Peter, or would like to request a copy of his resume, please e-mail him directly. Thanks.




Drama student seeks Berlin-area contacts

Mike Donahue (Yale School of Drama ’08) has written: “I’m currently a first-year student at the Drama School working on my MFA in directing, and just graduated from Harvard with a BA in ‘Performance Studies: Directing’ this past spring. After spending a few weeks seeing theater in Berlin last January, I’ve really gotten excited about the work happening there.

“At this point, I know I want to study and work in Berlin after I get my MFA, perhaps on the Fulbright, the Humboldt or the Berlin Prize. To that end, I’m planning on spending this summer in Berlin learning the language (unfortunately, I have no prior knowledge of German) through the Goethe Instititute’s eight-week summer intensive course. I’d also love to volunteer or intern for a theater like the schaubuhne or the volksbuhne this summer (if I may be of any use, given that I do not yet speak the language).

“I’m writing to you in the hopes that you or someone else at the Yale Club in the Berlin area might have advice re: funding for my work this summer, or any thoughts on internships and/or housing options. Any help/advice you can offer would of course be most appreciated.”

If you have any ideas or leads for Mike, please e-mail him directly. He’ll appreciate hearing from you.




David IltenA note from our fearless leader

The president of the Yale Club of Germany, David Ilten (Yale College '60), writes to all of us:

"Many thanks to all of you who have so generously contributed to the Yale Club e.V. in lieu of annual dues. For those of you who have not yet contributed, we urge you to do so (€20 suggested, or €10 for students) if you can. This would be greatly appreciated and would help us with our projects such as the Yale Book Award and the internship programs. The data for bank transfers (Überweisung) are shown below, just as they are at the end of every newsletter. Thank you!"




Yale ballcaps find good home in Germany

BallcapsLong-time Frankfurt-area Yale Clubber Rebecca Haltzel-Haas (Yale College ’90, Timothy Dwight) writes: “Thought you might be amused by this photo. My parents were in New Haven for a football game during the fall and my Dad’s Christmas gifts to the boys were, therefore, predictable!” The Dad she’s referring to is Michael Haltzel (Yale College ’63, Timothy Dwight).

Based on the satisfied smiles of
4-year-old Jacob and 7-year-old Nathaniel in this picture, we’ve decided to tentatively reclassify Rebecca in the Yale Club database as “Class of 2020 Parent,” and perhaps “Class of 2023 Parent” as well. Stay tuned.




Major renovation of Cross Campus
Library scheduled to begin this spring

Cross CampusFinal plans are being prepared for a major renovation and upgrade of Yale’s underground Cross Campus Library (CCL), the two-story space that extends east of the main entrance to Sterling Memorial Library (SML) under the grassy area between the two courts of Berkeley College. It will be the first renovation of CCL since it was originally built in 1969-70.

Construction is scheduled to begin immediately after Commencement in May 2006 and to require 15 months. CCL will be closed during the entire period, with all of its books and services temporarily relocated elsewhere, since the entire underground roof of the library will undergo replacement. The Cross Campus will be restored to its former beauty by the time the project is finished at the beginning of the fall 2007 semester.

The interior of the new CCL will have vaulted ceilings, redesigned shelving areas, refurbished individual study rooms (“weenie bins”), and group study rooms on both floors. Two wide stairwells connecting the upper and lower levels will replace the current narrow ones. The renovation will incorporate major mechanical, electrical, environmental, and telecommunications upgrades. In general, the overall quality of CCL will be enhanced so that it feels like an extension of Sterling.

Sketch 1
  Sketch 2

Artist's renderings of the Collegiate Gothic pavilion adjacent to the North Court of Berkeley College that will provide the new entrance into the Cross Campus Library. Top: the view from the pavilion's sunken courtyard looking up, with Berkeley to the left. Bottom: the view from the Cross Campus looking down into the courtyard, which leads into a café lounge separated from the library itself by a glazed wall with security entrances.


Perhaps more intriguing than the upgrades within CCL itself will be the improvements to the way CCL fits into its surroundings. Currently, people enter the underground library either through a descending staircase in the center of the SML nave, which was carved out in 1970 to feed into the SML-CCL tunnel that runs under Rose Walk (High Street), or via two large sunken access courtyards on the Cross Campus. In the new plan, the staircase will be eliminated so that the Sterling nave can be restored to its original glory, and a new circular staircase and elevator connecting to the SML-CCL tunnel will be added in what used to be the cloakroom area off the nave (to the left as you enter Sterling), between SML’s main entrance and the Arts of the Book room.

The two sunken access courtyards, meanwhile, will be refurbished as light wells that can entered only from within CCL, not from the grassy lawn above. Instead, the main CCL entrance from the Cross Campus will be from a new Collegiate Gothic pavilion located near the walkway between William L. Harkness Hall and Berkeley College, styled to blend into the architecture of the surrounding buildings. (The first new Gothic structure at Yale since 1934!) The pavilion will integrate a sunken courtyard with a street-level superstructure containing an elevator, a book drop, and entry to an open stairwell leading down into an underground study lounge/cafe area. A glazed wall with security entrances will separate the underground study lounge from the library.

The addition of this inviting new café (which students are hoping will be open well into the wee hours of the morning) will mean that SML’s impersonal “Machine City” basement of vending machines, at the west end of the SML-CCL tunnel, can be transformed into an informal reading room and open study area with improved restroom facilities.

Even sweeter for architecture buffs, the height of the two ventilation towers located above the existing CCL access courtyards will be lowered; the somewhat cheap-looking exterior CCL elevator located near the Rose Walk will be eliminated; and the beautiful old gardener’s house that used to be part of the Berkeley College Master’s House compound, which was crudely converted into a ventilation shaft in the 1970s, can now be restored and returned to Berkeley.

We’ll have to wait until September 2007 to be sure, but it sounds like the renovations will not only give the University a much nicer and more functional CCL, but will also restore much of the architectural simplicity and beauty the Cross Campus area had before CCL was built.

For additional information from the Yale University Library website, click here; for a 13.4-MB PowerPoint file prepared by the project architects showing floor plans and artists' sketches, click here.




Yale team identifies new tortoise species

Tortoise & friends

A giant tortoise from the Peabody Museum collection at Yale is joined by (left to right) Caccone, Powell, and Russello.

More than 170 years after Charles Darwin returned home from his last voyage to the Galapagos Islands, and long after hundreds of subsequent naturalists and biologists thought they had seen everything there was to see there, a group of Yale scientists has identified a new, unrecognized species of tortoise on the archipelago.

Jeffrey R. Powell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale, who shared in the discovery, said that finding a new species among one of the most closely studied populations suggests that the world has a far greater diversity of plants and animals than is generally assumed.

“We need to recognize all species to ensure conservation. So this finding is important,” Powell said. “There are probably a lot more species than are supposed.” About 6,000 to 7,000 tortoises survive on the Galapagos Islands.

Powell first visited the Galapagos in 1991 as a lecturer on a trip arranged for Yale alumni. His research was assisted by Adalgisa Caccone, a senior research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health, and Michael A. Russello, a postdoctoral associate in the Yale department of ecology and evolutionary biology.

For the complete New Haven Register article on this subject, click here (may require free one-time registration at publisher’s website).




Global magazine revisits infamous prank

Harvard: "We Suck"And to end on a lighter note: In a two-page story about famous pranks in history, the year-end double issue of The Economist currently on sale devotes nearly half a page to a photo of a now-legendary coup pulled off at last year’s Yale-Harvard football game in Harvard Stadium. As The Economist puts it:

“The best colleges strive to out-prank one another. Students at Yale scored a big victory during last year’s football match against Harvard when they passed out pieces of paper to thousands of fans on the Harvard side of the stadium. The fans were told that, when held up, the bits would spell GO HARVARD. In fact they spelled something else (see photo).”

The full article is on pages 54–55 of The Economist dated 24 December–6 January. Additional details on the original mischief may be found at www.harvardsucks.org, which offers a free downloadable video of the prank in progress. (And if that’s not enough to inspire you, you can also listen to “Harvard Sucks,” an original rap song performed by The Sky Beneath, a Yale hip-hop group.)



Yale Club of Germany

David Ilten (Yale College ’60)
Tel. 069 622680 (Frankfurt)

Treasurer/Alumni Schools Committee
David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625 (Berlin

Laura Sprague Sudhaus
(Yale College ’88)
Tel. 06198 501700 (Eppstein)

Newsletter/Mailing List
Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (Wiesbaden)

Membership: If you are an alumnus of any Yale school or a friend of Yale, you are automatically considered a member of the Yale Club of Germany. Welcome!

Mailing list: To add your name to the Yale Club’s mailing list, to change your address, or to notify the Club that you’re leaving Germany and should be removed from the list, please click here to let Laura and Bob know. You can also ask them who else is in your area, since they try to keep track of Yalies throughout Germany.

Interviews: The Yale Club is always looking for alumni to interview local high-school students who are applying to Yale College. If you would like to help out or learn more, please click here to e-mail our ASC director, David MacBryde.

Yale Book Award: If you interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, click here to let David Ilten know.

Contributions: The Club does not assess dues, but asks its members to make an modest annual contribution (€20 suggested, but any amount is welcome) to help fund Club activities such as the Yale Book Award. To contribute, please arrange a bank transfer (Überweisung) to the Yale Club’s account. (For those of you new to Germany, this is the standard method for making payments here — as common in Germany as writing a check in the U.S.) Account details:


Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten):

Degussa Bank, Frankfurt


Bank Number (Bankleitzahl, or BLZ):



Payee (Begünstigten):

Yale Club e.V.


Payee’s Account Number
(Konto-Nr. des Begünstigten):

22 1278

If you have questions or need a receipt for the Finanzamt, please contact our Treasurer, David MacBryde (contact details above).