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The U.S. Senate passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill that would be among the largest changes to the tax code in recent memory. Under the House bill, graduate students’ yearly tax burden would go from about $3,000 a year to over $11,000, more than a third of their actual, take-home pay. This worries many graduate students, who rely on these tuition waivers to finance their education.
The University found itself taking after the typical James Bond martini order - shaken, not stirred – on Thursday at 4:47, when minor tremors were felt on campus.
“I understand that it's tricky when it comes to institutions like museums where the person [a gallery] is named after gave the money to build that wing of the museum,” said Beth Wang ’18. “ Ideally it should be changed, but the acknowledgement that the only reason the room is there is because of this really problematic person makes it less easy to take the name away.”
On June 9, a Title IX investigation found electrical engineering professor Sergio Verdú responsible for sexually harassing his advisee, graduate student Yeohee Im, over the course of two months. In a Nov. 9 article in HuffPost, Im said that Verdú was required to attend an eight-hour training session after accusations of the assault emerged, but that he was not disciplined in any other way.
This year’s survey found a significant increase in students’ awareness of resources, and the proportion of undergraduate women who reported experiencing sexual misconduct in the past academic year decreased from one in four women to one in five.
For graduate women, 1 in 11 respondents said that they had experienced sexual harassment in the past year. According to a University infographic made from survey results, 23 percent of those harassed said that the incident involved an employee or staff member, faculty member, or postdoc.
The University will award its top alumni honors, the Woodrow Wilson Award and the James Madison Medal, to Charles Gibson ’65 and Daniel Mendelsohn GS ’94, respectively. The official award ceremony will take place on campus during Alumni Day on Feb. 24, where Gibson and Mendelsohn will also deliver speeches.
“The history of Princeton and slavery is the history of America writ small,” professor Martha Sandweiss said. “We are a place where liberty and slavery have been intertwined from the very start.”
“We had 25 years of quite frozen politics — it polarized, became more intense, but did not change in shape,” Frum said.
On Sunday night, a panel of student group leaders met to discuss race and identity in the United States before a public live-streaming watch party of Trevor Noah’s New York Times interview on the same topic.
Roughly 5,000 University community members have received free influenza vaccinations as part of FluFest, University Health Services’ seasonal flu shot program. The necessity of immunization may be particularly high this year, since the unusually severe flu season in Australia indicates similar problems might occur in the United States.
“Let’s to go the Moon in a new way,” said Dr. Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), in a lecture on Oct. 6 about the advancement of space exploration and ESA’s goals to venture farther into the universe.
Due to a processing issue on Aug. 21, 2017, duplicate electronic tuition payment requests were sent to the banks of 136 University tuition payers. These payers were temporarily charged double the cost of their tuition bill before the Office of Finance and Treasury was notified of the problem and authorized reversal transactions.
“It’s something I’ve been gearing up towards my whole life,” Olson said. “I feel like this is a necessary part of my college education. I learn so much every single day.”
Laura Chinchilla is the former president of Costa Rica, and is visiting the University as a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and the 50th anniversary of Latin American studies at the University. The Daily Princetonian sat down to interview her before her talk, Latin America: A Pending Assignment.
Following only Scandinavia, Latin America is the global region with the second-highest rate of female participation in national parliaments and legislatures. The high rate of women leadership is not due to cultural norms, Chinchilla explained, but instead to efforts to pass laws with quotas and to promote affirmative action policies.
The renowned designer and artist Maya Lin has been commissioned to create an installation on the grounds adjacent to the new Lewis Center for the Arts.
A rare albino groundhog has been spotted on Poe Field near the softball diamond. The animal was sighted eating grass on the field before running beneath a shed. Whether or not the albino groundhog seen on campus can predict the weather is yet to be seen.
Members of the Princeton Citizen Scientists attended the second and final round of negotiations at the U.N. General Assembly over an international treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. The negotiations concluded with a vote and final text on July 7.