In advance of Saturday football game, USG allocates $3,000 to ship 550 students to New Haven
The event will receive $1,200 in funding from the athletics department, which did not contribute in 2006, and $1,200 from the each of the class governments. The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students are each funding $2,000 of the trip’s cost, which is expected to total $18,500.
The USG said it expects to send 550 students to New Haven in 10 buses that will depart at 7 a.m. from Baker Rink in time for the game at noon. Students will have the option to either purchase a package that includes transportation, the game ticket and a T-shirt for $10 or buy one of 450 extra available game tickets for $5 and arrange their own transportation.
“What we’ve been doing is trying to make this accessible and easy for students who want to go to get out there to New Haven,” said USG social chair Benedict Wagstaff ’14. The USG negotiated a mass purchase with Yale for discounts on game tickets and is receiving funding from other sources to subsidize the actual package cost of $35.
To promote class camaraderie, USG president Bruce Easop ’13 said that each class government should arrange a place and time for students of that class to assemble and board the same buses, because it would be difficult to arrange specific departure times for each class. For efficient departures, the buses would have to function on a rolling basis, he said.
Sophomore senator Deana Davoudiasl ’15 said that ‘quiet buses’ will be provided, as they were for the 2006 Princeton-Yale game. Due to an upcoming organic chemistry exam, the USG will also work on arranging a quiet bus for the course’s students and teaching staff.
Davoudiasl is also a writer for The Prox.
The Campus and Community Affairs Committee also introduced Princeton’s first Restaurant Week, which it organized in collaboration with the Graduate Student Government. Next Sunday through Thursday, Princeton’s most popular restaurants will offer a 3-course set menu for $25 to Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, emulating New York’s Restaurant Week.
The University’s Restaurant Week is separate from the Restaurant Week that the town is planning, according to junior senator Charissa Shen ’14. The town’s version will be charging restaurants who participate, while the University’s has no charge and is limited to students.
Ten restaurants will participate: The Ferry House, Blue Point Grill, Witherspoon Grill, Elements, Nassau Inn, Teresa Caffe, Mediterra, Masala Grill, Mehek and La Mezzaluna. Students must visit the Restaurant Week website and follow its instructions about the reservation method for each restaurant to participate.
The CCA is planning to launch the website on Monday, a week later than expected.
“For a lot of restaurants, it was hard to coordinate because of Sandy,” CCA head Carmina Mancenon ’14 said.
For now, the success of Restaurant Week can only be tracked by the reservations recorded on the website, which the restaurants can access. Shen said that the website may ask for class year demographics in the future to collect more data.
The meeting also covered the Sexual Culture Awareness Initiative, which is still in the brainstorming phase. So far, the USG said it intends for SCAI to take place in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day and facilitate discussions on campus about Princeton’s sexual culture.
Rather than focusing on having speakers, which U-Councilor Gavin Cook ’15 said is expensive, the initiative will be a series of awareness campaigns that organically weave into campus life, such as posters with thought-provoking messages, video series or an anonymous portal.
“We want to get as high impact and low budget as possible,” Cook said.
Senate members working on the initiative also mentioned potentially reviving the discussion on a Social Honor Code and encouraging a code of respect.
Senior senator Andrew Blumenfeld ’13 also presented possible changes to the 2017 admitted students website, including video logs from current freshmen.