Yale Makes Preparations for 300th Anniversary Celebration

The nation's second oldest University will begin to celebrate its tercentennial anniversary tomorrow with a campus-wide party and a 300-pound cake.

Yale, which claims a founding in October of 1701, will host a year's worth of events on its New Haven campus to mark the milestone.

Tomorrow's kick-off celebration will feature behind-the-scenes tours, art and musical performances, games, and even appearances by bulldogs.


The cake, perhaps the most highly anticipated part of the opening ceremony, will be shaped like a part of the campus where Yale's first-year students used to live.

Yale President Richard Levin will make the first cut.

Students contacted last night were excited but somewhat distanced from the festivities.

"It's a little pretentious to get too proud over it, because most of us haven't done much," said Yale senior Eric N. Ries. "But it's still pretty cool."

"There is excitement here," said senior Jeff A. Goldstein, "even though it's not that big of a deal."

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