Yale Beinecke staffer Michael Morand captured these early-fall images on Yale's campus. This is the time of year when sunny, leafy afternoons, which within the next month will become hints of darkness, form the backdrop of many student activities.
This fall, the area around the Yale Bowl is bustling and busy. Intramurals are in full swing and the football team is faring better than expected. Near campus, returnees have discovered new New Haven eateries and shops. Midterms are on the horizon. The Black Student Alliance at Yale celebrated a 50th anniversary.
There is a bubble of excitement about the two new residential colleges (Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin), where residents have held formal openings, designed college seals and determined their respective colors and mascots.
There is a new Yale College dean (Marvin Chun) and even recurring debate among some about the virtue and value of the residential-college system--a debate some alumni say that occurs about, oh, every other year or so.
In the fall, Yale really feels like Yale.