Entry. Morse, located behind the Graduate School, has entrances off Tower Parkway and York Street. Upon entering the gates from Tower Parkway, turn right as soon as you get to the courtyard. Follow the path down a flight of stairs to a set of double glass doors. Pass through the doors and turn left into the dining room.
History and Traditions. Morse College is named after Samuel Morse, the Yale alumnus who contributed to the development of the telegraph and Morse code. One of Morse’s defining features is “Lipstick,” a Claes Oldenburg pop-art sculpture brought to the college by Head of College Vincent Scully in the 1970s.
Morse first opened in 1962 as Ezra Stiles’ non-identical twin and both colleges share a recently-renovated kitchen and servery. Morse’s tastefully-appointed dining room features large, graceful windows that flood the room with light. (The room also sports a walrus, the Morse mascot). Its open kitchen at one end features a large brick hearth oven and round, rotating grill used for creating flatbreads, Mongolian grill entrees and other specialty items. Morse residents are nicknamed “Morsels” and have fostered a tradition of offering free pizza at Morse College Council meetings.
“We ate here.” Morse boasts many notable alumni, including Douglas Warner, former chairman of J.P. Morgan; Louise Story, noted investigative reporter for The New York Times; and Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest.