The University of New Haven is really pushing to become a player in the non-Ivy League, with lots of new programs, new buildings, expanded study abroad program, million-dollar "smart classrooms", new sports fields and general recreation facilities, etc. I also like their sense of style. They hired Catherine Conant to give the keynote address because this time they thought, hey, wouldn't it be cool to have a professional storyteller instead of yet another academician. And there was a "pinning ceremony" with each student getting a "class of 2012" pin... "which you need to have with you at graduation, or we won't give you the diploma."
Tonight my husband and son and I went to a movie theatre near the hotel to see "Tropic Thunder." It rocks. It's awesomely funny. The soundtrack is going to be the most bizarre disc around and I want it NOW.
Tomorrow I go home by way of Tissa's Market in Old Saybrook, where I will get a real tangine.