When I go to set my Drupal 7 site's front page (Administration » Configuration » System » Site information) to a basic page that I've created, and then load the front page, nothing is displayed in the content section on the front page except for the site's header (masthead, navigation, search, etc.), footer, and sidebar for that page. Basically, the content of the page won't display when it's set to be the front page. It displays fine when it's not the front page. What gives?
I can see that you are using YaleSites. That distribution has some very specific custom overrides for the front page. I don't think you can easily replace the content of the front page with a new node. Instead, follow the directions here: http://yalesites.yale.edu/book/adjust-pre-populated-content-your-new-yalesite
If that doesn't work, contact the people at YaleSites directly. They are very helpful.