Leyla McCalla’s Haitian folk music comes to Davenport !

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World renowned Haitian folk singer Leyla McCalla held an intimate concert in the Davenport Common Room this past Wednesday. With her smoky vocals and manifold instrumental talents, Ms. McCalla’s songs touched on everything from politics, to family and even to whiskey drinking. Over 80 people came out to the performance hosted by Dean Ryan Brasseux and Davenport fellow Jay Gitlin.

Senior Events and The Art of Watercolor

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Martini Making Event

On Monday night, Head of College John Witt and international man of mystery and Columbia Law School professor, Philip Bobbitt, hosted a Martini-Making Session for seniors. Seniors who attended described it as a “once in a lifetime experience.”


The Art of Watercolor: A Student Exhibition

Last night, Professor Adam van Doren hosted the gallery opening for his freshman seminar, The Art of Watercolor. This class will again be taught in the spring as a College Seminar. The exhibit will be up in the Davenport Gallery for the next couple of weeks. Stop by and see the awesome work his students have been doing all semester!



Barracuda Senior Happy Hour

Last night, 30 Davenport seniors got together at Barracuda for a happy hour event organized by DCC. It was a great study break for seniors who are finishing up their senior projects and theses for the semester. Everyone had a fun time catching up with friends and eating areas and yuca fries. Stay tuned for more senior events next semester!


Gnomies in the Pool

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Wednesday: Athletic Gnomies

The Yale Women and Men’s Swimming team competed at the Ohio State Invitational on November 18th-19th. Both the women and men’s teams came in 5th against some powerhouse teams! Congratulations 🙂

Wish these Gnomies Good Luck on Thursday in their meet against Southern Connecticut State University!

Gnomies on the Swim Team:

Paulina Kaminiski ’18 (Captain of the Women’s Team)

Tristan Furnary ’20

Dance Weekend

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Come out to see your fellow Davenport students dance in three shows this weekend! Sabrosura: El Ritmo de la Vida will be celebrating Latin culture and the rhythm of life through dance. Rhythmic Blue is Yale’s first and only hip hop and contemporary dance group. Shaka, Yale’s Polynesian Dance Group, will be sharing dances from the islands of Hawai’i and Tahiti.

Sabrosura: El Ritmo de la Vida

Featured Gnomes: Jesus Ayala ’19, Victoria Solomon ’19, David Villacis ’19, Pablo Pinedo ’20, Marianne Ayala ’20, Steven Barbee ’21

If you missed their first show on Wednesday, go to their shows tonight at 6pm and 9pm. Free tickets here.

Rhythmic Blue Presents: RB After Dark

Featured Gnomes: Kacey Jezewski ’18, Allie Bensinger ’20, and Kesi Wilson ’21

If you missed their first two shows on Thursday, check out their two shows on Saturday at 5pm & 8pm. Tickets here.

Shaka’s Winter Recital

Featured Gnomes: Hana Haitsuka ’20

Go see Shaka on Saturday at 4pm and 7pm. Free tickets here.

Other Gnome Performances This Weekend

Cami Arboles ’20 will be performing in the original work Obbligato tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm in the Saybrook Underbrook. Obbligato is an original song cycle for two vocalists. Reservations here.

Tarek Ziad ’20 and Tully Goldrick ’21 are on the crew for Macbeth, a Theater Studies senior project. Tarek is also playing Witch 1, Doctor, and Porter.  There are shows this weekend and next. Reservations here.

Empathy & Emotion in Performance + Soup Kitchen Volunteers

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Mellon Forum: Lilla Brody and Sam Gurwitt

Davenport seniors Sam Gurwitt and Lilla Brody presented their research at the fifth Mellon Forum of the year. They both discussed how they use their other academic interests to inform and inspire their performances.

Sam, a History major, is also a very talented clown, who had to decide between coming to Yale and joining a circus conservatory. He is very interested in the role of memory in history. Sam performed an original clown act that he wrote a couple summers ago, inspired by a tennis racket. He portrayed both players in a tennis match rivalry. Then, Sam presented on different clowning theories, the role of emotion in clowning, and his own clowning theory. He hopes to use clowning to inspire discussion of the social issues that he is passionate about.

Lilla, a Theater Studies and Cognitive Science double major, presented on her senior Theater Studies project, playing the lead in Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. Good People follows Margie, a South Boston resident, and centers on themes of class, choices, and who are the “good people.” To combine theater with her cognitive science interest of empathy, Lilla left questionnaires in the programs asking audience members to respond to a series of questions after the play about who the audience was rooting for, who the audience most identified with, and which character was a “good person.” Lilla was able to predict correctly the audience’s responses. In addition to discussing her experience of inhabiting her character, she discussed how playing Margie widened her perspective on who she considered a “good person.” Lilla hoped that performing this show at Yale would inspire difficult conversations about class.

STM Soup Kitchen

Our new HOC has started a new tradition in leading a group of students and faculty to volunteer at the St. Thomas More soup kitchen on the last Wednesday of every month. This week, Sonia Helen Pascale ’18, Pauli Xu ’18, Sophia Gatzionis (Mellon Fellow), Adam Van Doren (Davenport fellow), and Linc Caplan (Davenport writing tutor) joined him. St. Thomas More organizes a soup kitchen on every Wednesday, but the last Wednesday of the month is the busiest since that is when pay checks are running out. At the end of the month, they serve ~500 people in 2 hours. If you haven’t been able to participate yet, feel free to join us next semester or go on your own!  Volunteers are there on Wednesday 9:30am-1:30pm, and they welcome help for any amount of time.

Gnomies and Men’s Ice Hockey

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Wednesday: Athletic Gnomies

The Yale Men’s Ice Hockey team has had a few rough loses recently against Princeton, Quinnipiac, and New Hampshire over the Thanksgiving Break.

However, Yale is hoping to break into some wins during this weekend when they face Rensselaer and Union in New York.

Wish these Gnomies Good Luck in their coming games and go watch the home games when we come back in January from break!

Charlie Curti ’19

This Week’s Gnotable Gnome: A Fictional Gnomie !

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This week’s gnotable gnomie is the Gnome itself, the fictional protagonist of the Davenport holiday play!!

The Davenport holiday play is a hallowed tradition; it happens every year after the holiday dinner.  This year, we will be putting on the second annual production of How The Gnome Stole Christmas, written by Kyle Deakins ’18 and Isabel Mendia ’18, and directed by Olivia Roth ’20. So come through the common room on December 9th at 7:30pm to engage in tom foolery of the jolliest kind!

If you are interested in being involved with the production, sign up here!



Clark T. Randt Jr: One Diplomatic Gnome Alum

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Clark T. “Sandy” Randt Jr. is an an American lawyer and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from July 23, 2001 to January 20, 2009, making him the longest-serving U.S. Ambassador to China. Randt was formerly a partner with the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in Hong Kong, where he headed the firm’s China practice.  He now works as a special adviser to Hopu Investment Management, a Chinese private equity fund.

And he was a Davenporter! During his college career, he was in the DKE fraternity with fellow notable gnome (and his future federal employer) George W. Bush.