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On Feb. 27, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order, creating a Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council tasked with providing recommendations for developing the state’s workforce. The Council will analyze economic data and identify funding, both federal and philanthropic, for infrastructure development and worker training programs.
“Eighty-one,” said Andrew R. Lewis. “That’s the percentage of white evangelicals who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. The argument is that Donald Trump doesn’t align with the values of white evangelicals, so how could this be?” Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati, and he began his Feb. 27 lecture at Princeton with a single number projected onto a slide.
On Tuesday, the Interclub Council released a “welcome letter” reminding new and old eating club members of their responsibilities. Signed by all the eating club presidents and ICC Chair and Colonial Club president emeritus Matthew Lucas ‘18, the letter focused on issues of safety, community, and tolerance, both in and out of the clubs. According to Lucas, this is the first time in at least six years that the ICC has released such a letter.
Princeton town council members met at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, for their biweekly town hall meeting to discuss sustainability, the Civil Rights Commission, and future collaboration with the University.
Michelle Obama ’85, former First Lady of the United States, revealed Sunday that she will be releasing her first personal memoir, “Becoming.” The book will be published by Penguin Random House and is expected to be released on Nov. 13, 2018.
In light of global conflicts ranging from the refugee crisis to North Korean nuclear threats, the University invited William J. Burns, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and current president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to speak about U.S. foreign policy. He focused on three key areas: Asia, Europe, and Iran.
The University has become the latest institution of higher education to reassure applicants that their participation in peaceful protests won’t affect their admission status.
Daniel Mendelsohn ’94 and Charles Gibson ’65 talked politics and referenced college-day memories onstage as they received awards during the University’s Alumni Day on Feb. 24.
Most technological breakthroughs come from the powerhouses that populate Silicon Valley, but the next life-altering app may be only a few lines of code and a mouse click away for students in the University’s Computer Science building.
Following their weekend transition retreat, the Undergraduate Student Government discussed official endorsement of the We Call BS: Princeton Rally for Gun Reform, possible revision of the first-year advising system and Princeton Preview, and review of the USG budget during its weekly meeting.
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, a broken sprinkler forced 26 students living in two Holder Hall entryways to temporarily relocate to residential buildings and faculty housing for over a month.
An early morning fire on Feb. 24, 2018, has temporarily closed Frist Campus Center and the adjoining Jones Hall. No one was injured, according to a University statement.
After months of speculation among Westminster Choir College students, faculty, and alumni about the school’s future, Rider University President Gregory Dell’Omo sent out an email on Feb. 21 announcing that Rider University has signed a non-binding term sheet to transfer ownership of Westminster to Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology Co., Ltd., this spring.
In the wake of rising political tensions in Iran, the Wilson School co-sponsored a panel with the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies and the Department and Program in Near Eastern Studies to discuss future implications of the recent protests in Iran that took place this past December and January.
Saturday, Feb. 24 is the University’s annual Alumni Day, where alumni gather to reconnect, go to lectures, and receive awards. Among the awards given is the James Madison Medal, given to an alumnus who achieved a distinguished career in public service or advanced graduate education. Last year's recipient was Pedro Pablo Kuczynski ’61, current president of Peru. Since receiving the award, however, Kuczynski has experienced a fall from grace.
During the last few Olympic games, alumna participation in hockey and rowing have thrust the University into the international spotlight.
The Whig-Clio society held a debate on whether or not anthropology professor Lawrence Rosen was wrong to use the N-word during class. Whig argued for the resolution “[This House believes that] Professor Rosen should not have been able to use the N-word,” while Clio argued against it. Whig won the debate, with 34 votes to Clio’s 11.
John (Jack) Finlay ’18 was one of sixteen students across the country to receive a Churchill Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.
On Feb. 12, President Trump unveiled his budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The proposed budget includes a host of changes to federal student loan programming, including the elimination of subsidized government loans, a reduction in income-based repayment plans, cuts to Pell Grant subsidies for universities, and an extended period before graduate students can be eligible for loan forgiveness.
Electrical engineering professor Sergio Verdú has been placed on administrative leave from the University, pending a review into his conduct regarding University policy on consensual relationships with students.