Man Falls Off Historic Swing at Yale. Yale Removes It for 'Evaluation.'

Talk about a safe space

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Yale
John Phelan

A man visiting Yale University on a college tour fell off a "historic swing" in the courtyard of one of its dorms, Branford, and suffered a concussion. The college swiftly reminded people that you should swing safely.

Just kidding; that's not what the college did. As The Yale Daily News reported in a piece titled, "Historic Swing, Unconscious Man Removed from Courtyard," the offending recreational seat was whisked away for study. Meantime, Yale Visitor Center Director Nancy Franco sent a note to all the student tour guides:

"This week there was an unfortunate accident when a visitor fell off the swing in Branford," Franco wrote. "I realize that the swing has never been part of your tours, but it can happen in an instant and we ask that you steer people away from trying to climb on that or anything else."

I guess it should have been painfully obvious to the visitor that one should never swing on a swing. Duh! Now the tour guides will point that out. But not immediately, since the swing is currently missing in action:

In a college-wide email on Sunday, [Branford Head Enrique] De La Cruz sought to assuage students' fears, writing that the swing is undergoing a safety evaluation and will likely return to the courtyard soon.

"Many have asked about the swing — it is being evaluated for safety, and we expect it back soon," De La Cruz wrote.

Considering the other calamitous news that has come out of Yale courtyards in recent years—including the angry mob surrounding and cursing at Nicholas Christakis—a swing safety evaluation is not that bad. But maybe administrators don't need to baby proof absolutely every inch of campus? Talk about a safe space.

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34 responses to “Man Falls Off Historic Swing at Yale. Yale Removes It for 'Evaluation.'

  1. All of Yale should be a mandatory bicycle helmet zone.

    1. I think more of a SPED helmet zone…

  2. We need to focus on making humans invulnerable and impervious to disease, so we can all stop being such pussies.

  3. In a college-wide email on Sunday, [Branford Head Enrique] De La Cruz sought to assuage students’ fears

    Were students afraid the swing was going to mug them as they walked by?

  4. I once visited Yale, picked up a small branch I found on the ground and jabbed myself repeatedly in the eye with it. I then set it on fire and stuck it down my pants. Hey, nobody told me that wasn’t safe so I just assumed it must be okay – if it were dangerous there’d be signs warning you not to do that, right?

    1. You must have gone to Harvard.

  5. What kind of spastic goon falls off a swing in the first place, much less get a concussion from it?

    1. Poor bastard had probably never been on a swing before, times being what they are.

    2. When my younger brother was 5 a swing flew up and hit him in the head. No concussion, but it needed 6 stitches. They probably should’ve evaluated that swing for safety.

      We’re sure the spastic goon in question wasn’t in some way chemically motivated, right? At least, despite the tour, when I think ‘man visiting college campus in October’ I don’t think ‘incoming freshman’ or ‘HS student tour’.

    3. If it’s the swing I’m thinking of, it’s 4-5 feet off the ground and kind of rickety. So, I can understand how someone would fall from it.

      1. Based on the photo at the Yale Daily link, it looks like it’s about 4-4.5 feet off the ground. That’s not exactly your everyday playground kind of swing, but unless someone is trying to go as high as they can it seems like it would take some real effort to fall off. It also leads me to wonder how many people have actually fallen off this thing before without the resultant fanfare.

        1. it looks like it’s about 4-4.5 feet off the ground.

          It’s slightly below the guy’s waist. If it’s 4-4.5 ft. off the ground, the guy standing a couple feet behind it is 8.5 ft. tall.

          It looks closer to 3-3.5 ft. which is still high for a swing as most swings aren’t intended for adults.

      2. OK, now explain the month-long safety evaluation of a block of wood and a rope.

        I can only imagine that they’re strangling and bludgeoning rabbits, gluing on foam padding, giving the rabbits concussions, adding more padding…

        1. Why? All I said was I understand how one could fall from it, and how it could hurt. I’m not saying anything else about it. Life has tisks, and people should be able to choose to take them

  6. Do you swing safely, Lenore?

  7. The only solace I have is that a quick and easy internet search shows me there are still many young men who still have a “hold my beer and watch this” atitude. Those delicate little yalies would be completely agog at such antics….

  8. “… we ask that you steer people away from trying to climb on that or anything else.”…I assume that means the social or corporate ladder

    1. I assumed they meant the fine New Haven Hunnies.

      1. Ain’t no such a thing

  9. Reinforcing my impression that Yale is basically Kindergarten for Liberals.

  10. I used to do backflips off of swings until once I started a bit early and skinned the top of my head.

    Being 13 with a bald spot isn’t cool.

    Never did it again. Which is kind of a shame. I’d like to teach my daughter to do it because it was fun, but I just can’t get back on the horse. I did teach her to jump off the swing though. By example. She’s gotten herself into a lot of trouble with the busybodies using that move. Good for her. No concussions.

    1. Weird.

      At 13 I did an inward double off the 1M board and caught the board with my face. No injury other than abrasions. I’ve been able to teach instruct my boys how to do flips off the board without having to demonstrate myself. Jumping and flipping out/off of swings they improvised on their own (a bit to my wife and I’s chagrin).

      1. No injury other than abrasions.

        Based upon some of your comments I would beg to differ.

        1. ZING!!!!

        2. Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!

  11. Used to get the swing so high I could go all the way around. Then one day the swing came loose….

    1. Did you go forward in time?

  12. Seems to me they should leave the swing in place, along with the sign: “If you can’t figure out how to use this, don’t apply here.”

  13. All swings are now being removed from Connecticut as a safety hazard.

  14. Gravity is not a safe space.

  15. Yale don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.

  16. The modified swing will be returned, and accessible providing appropriate safety gear is also worn. A picture of the new, improved, more safetier swing is linked below:
    https://tinyurl.com/y8oaxvdp

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