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Last week, Wilson College dining hall opened for breakfast – early. It was not brunch, and it was early enough for students with morning commitments to fill their bellies beforehand. At 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Wilson College is now open for breakfast.
Divestment from private prisons and upcoming programming by campus resource centers were the two main topics discussed at the first Council of the Princeton University Community meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year this Monday.
Dean of the Faculty Deborah Prentice sent an email to University faculty members Saturday morning advising against travel outside the United States in the coming days. The email comes in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order that may affect visa holders or permanent residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order prohibits all individuals from these named countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.“I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump said at the signing of the order.In the email, Prentice recommended that individuals who might be affected take precautions as the complete implications of the executive order were not immediately clear.
The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey reached an agreement with the University with regards to the University’s protocol and procedural practices relating to students with mental health disabilities, according to a University press release.
University offered admission to 770 students from a pool of 5,003
applicants through the single-choice early action program for the Class
of 2021, according to Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye. This represents a
15.4 percent admission rate, compared with an 18.6 percent admission
rate from 2015.
The University completed an extensive renovation of the 20 Washington Road, which will provide a new home to ten academic departments and five international programs.
Jessica Lee, who has served senior admission positions at the University and Barnard College, has been named the new director of admission.
In an email sent to the undergraduate student body on Monday
afternoon, University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 said that though the
University is committed to protecting undocumented students, the concept of a
Sanctuary Campus is legally unfounded.
University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 is one of over 100 college and university presidents who signed a statement calling for the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in light of the recent presidential election.
The "Faculty statement released in support for diversity at Princeton University" has signatures from 289 assistant, associate, and full Professors, and 40 Lecturers.
Nearly three hundred members of the University's faculty released a statement “in support of diversity and against racism and discrimination” on Thursday. The statement was signed by 267 assistant, associate, or full professors and by 32 lecturers.
The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and the Office of Religious Life offered post-election processing spaces for students in response to the victory of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. Presidential election on Wednesday.
In an email to the University community, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter reported the results of the second annual “We Speak” survey that was administered in 2015.
History professor Angela Creager, Chair of the Committee on Naming, opened Monday’s Council of the Princeton University Community meeting with an update on the committee’s work.
After the election, various organizations announced spaces and times for hosting post-election discussions. Residential colleges, among other institutions, announced times for this discussion.
In a report issued Thursday morning, the Task Force on General Education made six recommendations pertaining to undergraduate teaching that span from mandating foreign language studies regardless of prior proficiency to changes in the academic calendar.
In a report issued Thursday morning, the Task Force on General Education made six recommendations pertaining to undergraduate teaching that span from mandating foreign language studies regardless of prior proficiency to changes in the academic calendar.According to the report, the task force is recommending that the fall term start earlier and conclude in December. Under this new calendar, students would complete their final exams before winter break and have the opportunity to participate in a three week “January-term.” During this term, the University will offer both credit-bearing courses and not-for-credit co-curricular experiences for students, such as Princeternships and independent work opportunities. This January term would be optional for all students.Another recommendation of the task force is to encourage departments to create for-credit writing-intensive seminars for third-year students. These discipline-specific courses would require graded work, but would not replace the graded Junior Paper assignments. Additionally, the task force encouraged departments that currently require two JPs to consider consolidating the two assignments into a single, spring JP that counts for two units of credit. Though the task force recommended against permitting dual concentrations, it encouraged departments to consider offering “formalized joint or mixed concentrations.”The recommendations further support requiring both A.B. and B.S.E students to take at least one course that explores the “intersections of culture, identity, and power” and at least another course with international content. The report noted that courses in the former category would not just “probe diversity,” but explore aspects of race, gender, indigeneity, and other aspects of cultural identity. The courses with international content may explore topics such as trade, globalization, and cross-border conflicts.Moreover, the task force recommended requiring foreign language instruction for all A.B. students, regardless of existing proficiency. The report states that those who have sufficient Advanced Placement credit or native fluency would be required to take at least one 200-level or above course in the acquired language or an introductory course in a new language.Along with this new requirement, the report also recommended that undergraduates have flexibility in choosing the area of emphasis in their distribution courses. Though the distribution areas have not changed, the report recommends that students take one course in each area and pick three areas to take a second course in.The report also recommended the creation of “sophomore signature” courses that explore topics in public health, environmental conservation, global migration, and other social issues.The task force is chaired by Dean of College Jill Dolan. Students may submit comments and reactions to the report by November 25.
In response to a press release issued by the University in late May, professor and former dean of architecture Alejandro Zaera-Polo has filedan amended civil action complaint against University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83, Dean of Faculty Deborah Prentice, and twenty other anonymous individuals affiliated with the University.