Luggage Belts, Falls, and a Smoke-Free Campus

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Around the ivies

The quick and dirty about what's been going on around the Ancient Eight (and some other schools too).

Edward Hall III, a behavioral economics researcher at Columbia University, jumped onto a moving luggage belt after a Transportation Security Administration agent refused to screen him because he didn’t have any photo ID. Hall was promptly arrested and explained that he really just wanted to make his flight to San Francisco.

A 20-year-old man unaffiliated with the University of Pennsylvania died at the university's hospital from injuries sustained after falling 30 feet at a New Year's Eve party thrown by members of Phi Kappa Sigma, often referred to as "Skulls," at a privately owned building. The university is now investigating the incident, and the fraternity has announced it will not participate in this year's open rush.

Yale is considering going smoke-free. A committee formed by the administration in 2009 to examine the benefits of a smoking ban announced it plans to begin a survey of the Yale community in the near future.

Stanford University announced that Mexican President Felipe Calderón, will be the commencement speaker this year. Calderón was nominated by the senior class presidents in order "to send a powerful message" about the importance of leadership and social justice.

The Edgewood Yacht Club, where the Brown's sailing team practiced and stored their boats, burned down on the night of Jan. 12.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction and clarification.


An earlier version of the Jan. 23 Flyby post "Luggage Belts, Falls, and a Smoke-Free Campus" misstated the year that the Yale committee charged with determining whether to make Yale a smoke-free campus was formed. The committee formed in 2009.


An earlier version of the Jan. 23 Flyby post "Luggage Belts, Falls, and a Smoke-Free Campus" implied that a party at the Phi Kappa Sigma house was sanctioned by the fraternity chapter when it was, in fact, held by members of the fraternity without authorization from the chapter.