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New Jersey could become the first state to outlaw the sale of menthol cigarettes. Democratic Assemblyman Herb Conaway ’85, a physician and chairman of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, is sponsoring a bill that would add menthol-flavored cigarettes to New Jersey’s list of prohibited flavored cigarettes.
Starting on Jan. 10, the University’s Director of Global Health Programs, Gilbert Collins GS ’99, racked up five consecutive wins on the television game show “Jeopardy!” The winning streak puts Collins, who holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School, in the running for the Tournament of Champions, an annual competition featuring the longest-running champions and biggest winners from recent seasons.
On Friday, an email sent out to the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club listserv encouraged the New York TigerTrek team to artificially lower acceptance rates. The email appeared to have been sent from the address of Theodor Marcu ’20, the director of New York TigerTrek, a trip that allows 20 selected University undergraduates to meet entrepreneurial leaders at start-ups, venture capital firms, and other companies in New York City.
While the University has been embroiled in outrage and controversy over Title IX cases in the German department and pertaining to electrical engineering professor Sergio Verdú, it seems that the Orange Bubble has had further incidents of sexual harassment in other departments.
President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital. The move is divorced from decades of domestic and international policy, evoking responses from the University community.
Over the course of this month, the Iranian government has aired videos of two foreign prisoners—Xiyue Wang GS, sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage while conducting research, and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British charity worker sentenced to five years for endangering national security—in an effort to pressure the U.S. and Great Britain to withhold sanctions and pay back debt, respectively.
Dominick “Nick” Bucci carried out over 1,000 arrests and convictions over 22 years working as an undercover detective in narcotics. Looking back, the retired New Jersey State Trooper feels that he “was doing it all wrong,” calling the War on Drugs, the U.S. campaign to end illegal drug trade, an “abject failure.”
High school students from across the country came to the University for the inaugural Princeton University Film Festival (PUFF) held on Nov. 11. The all-day event featured talks by producers, including Jay Stern and Vicki Horwitz, TV executives such as Armando Polanco and Mark Kang, workshops, panels, and screenings of students' work.
Princeton, along with hundreds of other U.S. colleges and universities such as Columbia, Stanford, Duke, and the University of Pennsylvania, has investments in offshore accounts where its endowment can grow with little or no taxation.
The Center for Jewish Life announced the postponement of a talk with Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Sunday evening after drawing criticism from the Alliance of Jewish Progressives for “her racist, anti-Palestinian views.” On Monday, Rabbi Eitan Webb and Gitty Webb from the Scharf Family Chabad House at the University sent an email to the Jewish community announcing that it would host the speaker instead.
For Sandra Bermann, migration is a truly global phenomenon. Migration, she says, is the human face of globalization.
In a Sept. 28 announcement, the Trump administration waived the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, a century-old shipping law that regulates coastwise trade between U.S. ports, for a 10-day period. The move, which the administration has claimed will ease hurricane aid shipments to storm-battered Puerto Rico, has drawn criticism from the maritime industry, which will face greater competition from foreign ships if the act is permanently repealed. By contrast, many Puerto Rican politicians are calling for complete elimination of the act in order to lower costs during the recovery process.
A swastika was drawn on “The Hedgehog and the Fox” sculpture by Lewis Library on Sep. 8, two days before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, according to Paul Ominsky, the executive director of Public Safety. Following a response from the Department of Public Safety, the University Art Museum arranged for the drawing to be removed.
In 1998, Amy Barrett, then a law student at Notre Dame, co-wrote a paper for the Marquette Law Review about whether Catholic judges should recuse themselves from capital punishment cases if their religious convictions should render them unable to impartially uphold the law. Almost 20 years later, Barrett, now a law professor at Notre Dame and an appellate-court nominee, is under scrutiny for her religious views, largely due to this same paper.
The Twitter account of Senator Ted Cruz ’92 liked a porn video on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, Cruz clarified that a member of his staff accidentally liked the post from @SexuallPosts.
University President Christopher Eisgruber '83 sent a letter to congressional leaders on Sept. 5 urging them to place the highest priority on legislation that would provide both immediate and long-term protection for young people who have been enrolled in or are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the DACA program, an initiative which protects qualifying children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, will be phased out.
On August 29, a group of professors from Princeton, Harvard, and Yale released a statement encouraging students to “think for yourself.”
Every 22 minutes, someone in New Jersey is arrested for marijuana possession, according to a 2012 statistic cited in a new bill introduced by New Jersey lawmakers on May 15. Just this month, a University student was arrested for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, according to a local police report.
Over the course of two years, three serious incidents of racism have occurred in Princeton Public Schools. The school district has responded to each incident, but the responses have been criticized as insufficient by members of the community. One parent believes the administration's actions were “harming black kids and their psyches.”
Eight senators wrote a letter to the acting heads of the Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, calling for a federal investigation into Carl Icahn ’57’s investment in the oil refiner CVR Energy, Inc., the New York Times has reported.