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Rising tensions between the United States and Iran underscore the uncertain fate of Xiyue Wang GS, who has been detained in Iran since 2016 on charges of espionage. Wang was in the country learning Persian and researching 19th and early 20th century Eurasian history, and a United Nations committee concluded in 2018 that “there is no evidence that Mr. Wang was present in Iran for any reason other than to pursue his dissertation research.”
The University has named nine new members to the Board of Trustees, effective July 1, according to a statement on June 18.
Six University alumni, faculty members, and guest artists received awards at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards on June 9.
Jeopardy! champion and professional sports gambler James Holzhauer, a University of Illinois alumnus, once noted that “most people think [he] went to Princeton or something.” Yet, on an episode that aired on June 3, a University alumna broke his 32-game winning streak.
The weekend of Reunions witnessed renewed activism from students affiliated with Princeton IX Now, which has protested against the University’s enforcement of Title IX since last month.
At the 2019 Baccalaureate, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, author, and guest speaker George F. Will GS ’68 encouraged graduates to practice the virtue of praise. During his speech, Will faced protest from students in response to his past remarks on sexual assault on college campuses.
Actress and comedian Ellie Kemper ’02 encouraged the graduates of the Class of 2019 to “be nice to one another” and choose to be happy over being “sensational” during her Class Day speech on Monday, June 3.
Sarah Varghese ’19 will begin her four-year term as a Young Alumni Trustee (YAT) on June 1, according to an email from Deputy University spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss.
Ellie Kemper ’02 gave the 2019 Class Day speech on Monday, June 3. Kemper stars on the Emmy-nominated Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She appeared on the American version of The Office, as well as in movies such as Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street.
Guest artists Jessica Paz and Montana Levi Blanco received honors at the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards on June 2. Guest artists offer their professional talents to productions with the Lewis Center for the Arts.
One afternoon this past December, Naomi Hess ’22 received a text from her friend, Emily Weiss ’22, asking if Hess wanted to play Cards Against Humanity in Weiss’ six-person suite later that night.
By 2026, a significantly rebuilt Guyot Hall will house the Department of Computer Science, which is currently spread out over nine buildings, due to a gift from Eric Schmidt ’76 and his wife, Wendy Schmidt, according to a University announcement on Thursday.
Heavy rains on Wednesday, May 29, flooded multiple buildings on campus merely a day before the start of Reunions. Beginning in the afternoon and continuing into the evening, students found kitchens, laundry rooms, and lounges covered in up to two or three inches of water.
After months spent out of commission and multiple different dates announced for its restoration, the Dinky finally resumed service on Sunday, May 12.
After two hundred hours and several days of rain, on Wednesday, May 15, Princeton Students for Title IX Reform’s (PIXR) sit-in in front of Nassau Hall has come to a close.
The Engineering Quadrangle was evacuated briefly after a small fire broke out on the third floor, according to a statement from the Office of Communications.
The Faculty-Student Committee on Sexual Misconduct and the University Student Life Committee will be meeting with students over the summer and planning a town hall-style event before the end of spring 2019 as part of their timeline for further dialogue on Title IX reform.
On Monday, May 13, the University announced that 13 out of 1,003 applicants have been offered admission as transfer students for fall 2019 entry. This marks the second consecutive year since 1990 that the transfer program has been in place, as well as a decrease of 426 applicants — or 29.8 percent — from 2018.
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) recapped Projects Board work, student-athlete student relations, and problems with room draw during its last weekly meeting of the academic year on Sunday, May 12.
Katharine (Kate) Reed ’19 was recently named the valedictorian of the University’s Class of 2019. Hailing from Arnold, Md., Reed is concentrating in history with certificates in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Outside of class, she acts on her passions for language learning and immigrant rights by helping to run El Centro (a program offering ESL classes to immigrant communities in Princeton and Trenton), teaching ESL-adapted history classes at Princeton High School. After graduation, Reed will pursue an MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and will continue thinking about the relationship between social, economic, civil, and political rights in Latin America.