Dean Gentry: Message about October Recess

Message from Dean Marichal Gentry
Re: October Recess

Dear students,

October recess begins Wednesday, October 24, and runs through Sunday, October 28, with classes resuming on Monday morning. I hope those five days will give you some time to catch up on reading and assignments, but I also hope they will give you time to enjoy the break for what it is: a break. Keeping in mind that we’re only halfway through the term, you will get the most out of the break if you can use some of it to set aside your work, catch up on sleep, and relax. However you plan to spend your time, here’s some information you will want to know.


All residential college dining halls will be open for brunch from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Commons and Durfee’s will be closed.

What’s happening:

The Yale College Dean’s Office and the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, in collaboration with YCC, WYBC, and the UOC, have scheduled events during October Recess, both on and off campus. You can find more information about these events, and others, by checking the YCC’s website, YaleStation’s website, and the YCDO’s website.


Block Party: Kick off the break at Tuesday night’s block party, on High Street between Chapel and Elm, from 8pm to midnight. You will find music, food, a photo booth, face painters, henna artists, and caricaturists. You will also be able to buy items from registered student organizations. If you would like to set up a booth, or if your band would like to perform, please contact Hannah Peck ( or Garrett Fiddler ( for more information.


NYC Bus Trip: For a reduced fee of $10, you can buy round-trip bus transportation to New York City. The bus leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Phelps Gate and then leaves from New York at 6:00 p.m. to return to campus. Bring your non-refundable $10 to the Yale College Dean’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012 to reserve your seat.

Listening and Note-taking Workshop: 11:00 a.m.-noon, LC 102.

Writing Center Workshop: 1-2 p.m., 35 Broadway.

Suzanne Young and Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl of the Center for Language Study will offer a language learning strategies workshop at the Writing Center, 35 Broadway. 2-3 p.m.

Writing Center Partners: 3-5 p.m., 35 Broadway. (Available to help with any papers).


Science and Quantitative Reasoning Center Open House: 4-5:30 p.m., SSS 410. Meet tutors and SQR staff members to talk about SQR courses, tutoring and research opportunities. (Residential college math and science tutors will be available during regular tutoring hours throughout the break.)

Late Night Bowling: Thursday is late-night bowling night. If you are interested in a fun evening of bowling with your friends, bring your $5 payment to the Yale College Dean’s Office by 5 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012. The bus leaves at 9:30 p.m. from Phelps Gate and then leaves from the bowling lane at midnight.


Westfarms Mall Bus Trip: If you need winter clothes before the cold weather sets in, or if you would just like to do some shopping, you can reserve a spot on a bus that will leave for Westfarms Mall, central Connecticut’s largest mall, at noon on Friday, October 26 from Phelps Gate, and then leave the mall at 6:00 p.m. to return to campus. To hold your seat, bring $5 to the Yale College Dean’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012.


Bus to the Yale/Columbia Game: If you would like to attend the Columbia football game, you can buy round-trip bus transportation for $10. The bus leaves from Phelp’s Gate on Saturday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. and then leaves New York at 5:00 p.m. to return to campus. Bring your non-refundable $10 to the Yale College Dean’s Office by Thursday, October 25, 2012 to buy your ticket.

Iseman Met Opera Broadcasts Verdi’s Otello: 12:55-4:55 pm, Sprague Hall. Click here for details.

All nights during the break

Discounted Movie Tickets: The Yale College Dean’s Office is subsidizing movie tickets at the Criterion Theater, on Temple Street. Bring $5 to the Yale College Dean’s Office during the October Recess to buy your reduced-price ticket.


Although classes will not meet during the October recess, all emergency services will be available. Please enter into your phones these important numbers:

Yale Police: (203) 432-4400
Yale Security: (203) 785-5555
Yale Health (Acute Care): (203) 432-0123
Walden Peer Counseling (203): 432-8255
2-WALK Escort (203) 432-9255
Security Safe Rides (203) 432-6330
SHARE Center (Sexual Assault Resources): (203) 432-2000

You can also find these numbers on the Bulldog Bytes key chains, available in your masters’ and deans’ offices, and in the Yale College Dean’s Office, in SSS.

Wherever you plan to spend the October Recess, I hope you’re able to enjoy the time off and use it to set yourself up for a strong second half of the fall term.


W. Marichal Gentry
Senior Associate Dean of Yale College
Dean of Student Affairs
Dean of Freshman Affairs