Watching the Ivies: 9/28

By Marie Plecha | 9/28/12 8:30am

PENN: The University of Pennsylvania has been holding freshman elections this week, resulting in an explosion of viral campaign videos on YouTube. Candidates have adapted popular songs like “Call Me Maybe” and “Gangham Style” to their campaigns in order to win over voters.

BROWN: Brown University has been working on housing renovations in various residential halls, installing elevators and refurbishing dorms to “create more welcoming living spaces,” according to the Brown Daily Herald. Damage has already occurred in some of the newly renovated dorms, as 56 exit signs were broken in one residential hall last weekend.

YALE: Yale University's newest fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi, has been ordered to change its membership eligibility requirements in order to adhere to the University’s anti-discrimination policy. The University’s chapter of BYX, America’s largest Christian fraternity, currently admits only identifying Christian students as members, violating Yale’s equal opportunity statement.

HARVARD: Administrators at Harvard University announced Thursday that the University’s endowment dropped 0.05% to $30.7 billion, the first decline in value since 2009. Many of the University’s peer institutions such as Princeton have not yet released 2012 endowment information.

CORNELL: A New York Times article about college bars quoted several students at Cornell University using false names and class years, as none of the reported names were recorded in the University directory. The students allegedly gave false information to The Times, which failed to verify the students’ identities prior to the article’s publication.

COLUMBIA: Columbia University has postponed mandatory academic honesty workshops, originally scheduled to begin this fall, to this year’s spring semester. The program, targeted at first-year students, will encourage students “to do their best academic work while maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity,” the Columbia Spectator reported.

Marie Plecha