While dunderheaded university officials across the nation are considering turning their campuses into military-style high-security police zones in the wake of last week’s tragedy at Virginia Tech, they’re not the only ones going overboard in their responses to the killings. At Yale’s Drama Department, Dean of Student Affairs Betty Trachtenberg is doing her small but inane part, too. From Friday’s Yale Daily News:

In the wake of Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech in which a student killed 32 people, Dean of Student Affairs Betty Trachtenberg has limited the use of stage weapons in theatrical productions. Students involved in this weekend’s production of Red Noses said they first learned of the new rules on Thursday morning, the same day the show was slated to open. They were subsequently forced to alter many of the scenes by swapping more realistic-looking stage swords for wooden ones, a change that many students said was neither a necessary nor a useful response to the tragedy at Virginia Tech. According to students involved in the production, Trachtenberg has banned the use of some stage weapons in all of the University’s theatrical productions.

As if everyone involved in a play called Red Noses didn’t have enough to worry about already. –PS