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|Ezra Stiles College|
|Residential college at Yale University|
Coat of arms of Ezra Stiles College
|Location||19 Tower Parkway|
|Named for||Ezra Stiles|
|Sister college||Currier House, Harvard|
Queens' College, Cambridge
|Mascot||A. Bartlett Giamatti Memorial Moose|
Ezra Stiles College is a residential college at Yale University, built in 1961 by Eero Saarinen. It is often simply called "Stiles," despite an early-1990s crusade by then-master Traugott Lawler to preserve the use of the full name in everyday speech. It was named for Ezra Stiles, seventh president of Yale. Architecturally, it is known for its lack of right angles between walls in the living areas. It sits next to Morse College.
In his report on the 1955-56 academic year, Yale President A. Whitney Griswold announced his intention to add at least one residential college to Yale's two-decade-old system. "We have the colleges so full that community life, discipline, education, even sanitation are suffering," he said. After several years of speculation about the possibility of four or five new colleges, the university confirmed the construction of two new colleges in spring 1959, choosing Eero Saarinen '34 as the project architect and the Old York Square behind the Graduate School as the site. The Old Dominion Foundation, established by Paul Mellon '29, provided funding for the construction of Stiles and Morse, calling for the building of two "radically different" Yale colleges in order to reduce over-crowding. 
The cornerstone of the college was laid on Alumni Day 1961. Students took up residence in September 1962, and the college was dedicated on December 7. The purchase of the land, previously occupied by Hillhouse High School and Commercial High School, from the City of New Haven was made possible by a grant from John Hay Whitney '26.
The college is built of rubble masonry with buildings and a tower in the style of pre-Gothic Tuscan towers such as still exist in the medieval Italian hill town of San Gimignano, and is regarded as one of the "ugly ducklings" of Yale. The college consists of many single rooms and suites, and in a modern attempt to capture the spirit of Gothic architecture, Saarinen eliminated all right angles from the living areas.
Stiles' adjacent "twin" residential college Morse is architecturally similar, was built at the same time, has an adjoining dining room, and shares a common kitchen. Architecturally, Morse and Stiles differ from older colleges by having more private space per student and the lowest ratio of natural light aperture to wall surface.
Because none of the interior walls make right angles, many of Stiles' dorm rooms are furnished with built-in desks and bookshelves. The college was once heated by a system that warmed the stone floors, but maintenance troubles led Yale to abandon it and install radiators.
Contrary to popular belief, the college's concrete walls were never meant to be covered with ivy.
In fall 2010, the refurbishment of adjoining Morse College gave Stiles students access to a new gym, dance studio, and the Underground Crescent Theater. Work on Stiles itself began in summer 2010, and was complete by August 2011. Among other things, it added suites to the college and refurbished several massive lighting fixtures designed by UCLA sculptor Oliver Andrews and meant to be abstract and contemporary versions of "the sort of thing you'd find in an ancient castle".
Stiles has had success in Yale's intramural sports program, winning the Tyng Cup — presented to the residential college with the best intramural sports performance — in 1964, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2004, and 2005. This 10-cup total places Stiles just one behind leaders Pierson College and Timothy Dwight College. More recently, the college has taken second place behind Silliman College, which won the Cup in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Ezra Stiles and Morse used to co-host an annual Casino Night. A formal affair, the event featured casino-style games and live music.
The mascot is the A. Bartlett Giamatti Memorial Moose. The stuffed moose head that graces the college dining hall was named in honor of former college Master Bart 'Shades' Giamatti, who in 1977 became Yale's youngest president, and in 1989 was named Commissioner of Baseball. Giamatti's son, actor Paul Giamatti, lived in the Head of College's House on the Ezra Stiles College grounds from birth through age five.
Residents of the tower had access through a window to the roof of the Yale Co-op, which would sometimes be covered with a sheet of ice, permitting brave students to ice skate on the open roof (without railings of course).
In recent years, Stilesians have adopted the new tradition of hosting an annual "Medieval (K)night." For one night in April, the dining hall is transformed into a medieval banquet hall, and students enjoy medieval fare and dramatic re-enactments of "Beowulf" and dragon battles before besieging and pillaging a rival college.
Heads and deans
In 2016, the title of "Master" was changed to "Head of College".
- Akhil Amar, constitutional law professor (ES '80)
- Anne Barnard, journalist, The New York Times (ES '92)
- Ellen Barry, Chief International Correspondent, The New York Times (ES '92)
- Frances Beinecke, environmentalist (ES '71)
- Paul Bremer, director and proconsul of post-war Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority (ES '63)
- Jack Dalrymple, former Governor of North Dakota (ES '70)
- Dan Froomkin, political columnist and blogger, The Washington Post (ES '85)
- David Gergen, presidential advisor and political commentator (ES '63)
- Sara Gilbert, actress (ES '97)
- Paul Goldberger, architecture critic (ES '72)
- Mitch Kapor, founder, Lotus Development Corp. (ES '71)
- Robert G. Kaiser, associate editor, The Washington Post (ES '64)
- Lloyd Kaufman, director, producer, and owner of Troma Entertainment. (ES '69)
- Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (ES '87)
- Zoe Kazan, actress and writer (ES '05)
- Phil LaMarr, actor and comedian (ES '89)
- Mark Linn-Baker, actor (ES '79)
- Rebecca Miller, filmmaker and writer (ES '84)
- Edward Norton, actor (ES '91)
- Barrington Daniels Parker Jr., federal appellate judge (ES ‘65)
- Nathaniel Persily, law professor (ES '92)
- Alexandra Robbins, journalist and author (ES '98)
- Lamar Smith, U.S. congressman from Texas (ES '69)
- Tom Steyer, hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and environmentalist (ES '79)
- Alex Timbers, writer/director and founder of Les Freres Corbusier (ES '01)
- Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island (ES '78)
- Bob Woodward, asst. managing editor and political reporter, The Washington Post (ES '65)
- John Yarmuth, U.S. Congressman from Kentucky (ES '69)
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2010-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Yale Ezra Stiles College lighting restoration in progress; AE1 fixtures complete
- "Archives". Archived from the original on 2009-04-19.
- Correct date, though three years before the opening of the college. See "Richard Sewall dies, was first master of Ezra Stiles College". Yale Bulletin and Calendar (Vol. 31, No. 27). Yale University. April 25, 2003. Archived from the original on June 25, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
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- ""Master" to become "head of college" | Yale Daily News". yaledailynews.com. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
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