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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.
Twenty-one members of the Class of 2018 are vying to serve as the 2018 Young Alumni Trustee on the University’s Board of Trustees. The Young Alumni Trustee position, established in 1969, was instituted to “ensure that the Board would always include four members with recent experience as undergraduates.” The Board reasoned that younger members will reflect “the needs, concerns, and interests of the current generation of Princeton undergraduates.” Young Alumni Trustees are given equal responsibilities and powers as all other Board members.
After anthropology professor Lawrence Rosen cancelled ANT 212: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography following a controversy over his use of the word n****r, some students were left in need of a new class only days before the add/drop deadline.
Brooks Powell ’17 will appear on ABC’s “Shark Tank” on Sunday, pitching several products by his company Thrive+.
The University received a record number of total applications for the first-year class with 35,386 applicants competing for a spot in the Class of 2022.
John “Newby” Parton ’18 and Maggie Pecsok ’18 have been named the recipients of the University’s 2018 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize.
The Undergraduate Student Government passed a resolution on Feb. 19 calling for an increase in the budget of the USG Student Group Projects Board by $10,000 for the spring semester.
Adam Berman ’18 and Kaamya Varagur ’18 were awarded Gates Cambridge scholarships to pursue postgraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge, the University announced on Feb. 19.
The Princeton Public School district will be making several changes to their safety practices and protocols in response to an incident in which a former student entered Princeton High School and walked around the building. The incident occurred on Feb. 15, one day after the shooting by a former student at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that resulted in the death of 17 people.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology was embroiled in controversy last week as a prospective student, Venezuelan Amanda Vanegas, was denied appropriate financial aid due to her country’s exchange rate system, according to MIT alumnus Jesús Bolivar. Venezuelan students at the University expressed concern about the issues faced by MIT’s prospective student.
“Your generation of scientists is more aware of the fact that you have to be aware.”
Princeton’s Civil Rights Commission has decided not to investigate a 2017 complaint that alleges a pattern of racial discrimination in Princeton’s public school system.
Robert Mueller ’66, special counsel overseeing the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, announced on Friday that 13 Russian individuals and three Russian entities have been criminally charged for illegally assisting President Trump in the election.