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Bridge Year has expanded steadily since its inception in 2009, and administrators are looking to continue to expand the program.
The program began with 20 students equally distributed among four countries in the 2009-10 academic year.As student interest grew, the program expanded to accommodate 28 students in 2012, and then 35 students in 2013 with the creation of a new location in Brazil, program director John Luria said.
Although there are no concrete details yet, the program is also considering a domestic expansion that would establish Bridge Year-style opportunities within the U.S., he added.
The number of applicants nearly doubled from 52 students in 2009 to90 students in 2012.
“Initially, the working group that established the program envisioned a program that could accommodate up to 100 students per year,” Luria said.
The University has offered admission to 1,908 students, or 6.99 percent, of the 27,290 applicants for the Class of 2019.
This makes it the most selective admission year the University has seen to date.
The number of applicants for this year was also the largest, breaking the record number of 27,189 set by the Class of 2015.
The increase in selectivity is partly because of the larger applicant pool, and partly because the University offered admission to more applicants from early action round than last year, Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said.
The Office of Admission's effort to reach out to prospective applicants might have influenced in the increase in applicant pool, Rapelye added.
The University’s generous financial aid and the Office of Admission reaching out to more first-generation students earlier in their high school careers might have influenced more qualified first-generation college students to apply to the University, she explained, noting that her office is working with more than 300 programs and community-based organizations such as Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and QuestBridge.
Of the 1,908 admitted students, 767 were admitted through the early action applications in December.
Mayor Liz Lempert said she would recuse herself from a vote on a proposed 7-Eleven because of a conflict of interest,the Princeton Packetreported.
The Planning Board has a hearing on March 19 to discuss 7-Eleven’s proposal to move into the former West Coast Video property at 259 Nassau St.
Lempert explained that she had received legal advice to recuse herself from the voting since the University, her husband’s employer, owns a driveway that goes through the site.
Lempert is married to psychology professor Kenneth Norman.
In addition to Lempert, three other board members are recusing themselves from the vote.
The online primary voting process for a Young Alumni Trustee for the class of 2015 will start on Tuesday, according to University spokesperson Martin Mbugua.
Twenty-eight seniors are running in the primary election this year.
The seniors are Tumi Akinlawon, Jimmy Baase, Elise Backman, Samisha Bansal, Ray Chao, Christina Chica, Albert Choi, Katherine Clifton, Gavin Cook, Catherine Dennig, Laura Harder, Zach Horton, Rana Ibrahem, Shawon Jackson, Adam Klosowiak, Joe Margolies, Zack McCourt, Sydney Montgomery, Phil Mooney, Zhan Okuda-Lim, Cordelia Orillac, Stephanie Rigizadeh, Paul Riley, Hannah Rosenthal, Misha Semenov, Jillian Wilkowski, Tiana Woolridge and Carolyn Yang.
Backman is a former opinion columnist forThe Daily Princetonian.
While the Lakeside Graduate Housing project is scheduled to open on June 1 after a year-long delay, some graduate students say that lack of communication, financial burden and less-than-optimal living conditions in temporary housing for the affected students have been problematic.The Lakeside complex was originallyslated to open in July 2014, but was delayed to September, then to December and finally to June 2015.Students who originally planned to live at Lakeside in the 2014-15 academic year were instead offered temporary housing at Butler Apartments, which were slated to be demolished during summer 2014, and at Stanworth Apartments.The delays were rooted in the complexity of the contractual relationships among the parties working to build the project, according to an October 2014 article in The Daily Princetonian.Christine Philippe-Blumauer GS, chair of the Butler Committee and a Butler Apartments resident, said that although the complex has many advantages, such as cheap rent, good location for some purposes and a family-friendly atmosphere, the insulation and furniture are in suboptimal conditions.“[The] Butler [Apartments complex] was always supposed to be temporary housing,” Philippe-Blumauer said.
Politicians need to stop damaging women’s lives in their political games and instead design policies to support women’s rights and true gender equality, formerTexas state senator and former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said at a lecture on Wednesday.
Davis gained nationwide attention for her 11-hour filibuster in June 2013 to block a bill restricting abortion rights that was ultimately signed into law by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Gender equality, despite some remarkable advances during the past century, is currently losing ground in the U.S., Davis said.
Crunchbutton, a start-up that offers delivery service from restaurants that typically do not deliver, will launch its operations on campus on Feb.
The town of Princeton is considering charging customers a fee of between 10 and 25 cents for disposable plastic or paper bags, The Times of Trenton reported.
A local environmental group suggested the fee, and the town is investigating whether it can impose the charge,Mayor Liz Lempert told the Times.
Two Harvard students were expelled for sexual misconduct on Dec. 10, according to a Feb. 4 article inThe Harvard Crimson.
Harvard’s Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith announced the dismissal in a monthly faculty meeting on Tuesday.According to Smith, one student had been the subject of three sexual harassment complaints, and the other was the subject of one.
Complaints for both students were reviewed under Harvard’s former sexual harassment policy and procedures, and the school’s Faculty Council voted to dismiss both students in December.
The identities of the students remain anonymous.
Harvard revised its sexual misconduct policy on Monday.
The Office of Information Technology will be gradually implementing changes in Blackboard Learn, the learning management system used by the University, in order to make it simpler to use, Associate Chief Information Officer and Director of Academic Technology Services Serge Goldstein said.
These changes will be implemented over the next two years.
Goldstein explained that the changes will be implemented in two phases — the first phase includes uploading the Blackboard system, which has been running at the University server, to the cloud, and the second phase includes implementing new features of the Blackboard system, including a new user interface.
Some of the new features of Blackboard include reduced menus, streamlined presentation of the interfaceand Gradebook, a new grading tool.
Director of the McGraw Center and Associate Dean of the College LisaHerschbach explained that the new system will also allow for easy upload of student-created content and can be used to create open online courses and blend them with on-campus courses.
One key change is that the new interface will make the functions previously hidden under complicated menus visible by creating icons.
“The number of clicks is enormously reduced,” Goldstein explained.
A team of researchers from the University and Dartmouth has discovered that Pseudomonas aeruginosa, one of the world’s most prolific bacteria, afflicts humans through the sense of touch.
According to associate professor of molecular biology Zemer Gitai and postdoctoral research fellow Albert Siryaporn, who co-authored the research with two Dartmouth researchers, Pseudomonas is the first pathogen discovered to infect people and animals merely by attaching to the surface of its host, instead of relying on chemical signals.
Pseudomona is known to cause potentially fatal organ infections, as well as many hospital-acquired illnesses like sepsis.
Congressman and former Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Rush Holt will serve as CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science after his retirement from the House of Representatives, according to the AAAS’s press release on Tuesday. Holt will assume his new post in February.
The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
The Center for Jewish Life maintains ties to the University, including a lucrative fundraising partnership, despite its official status as a separate nonprofit organization, a review of financial disclosure forms by The Daily Princetonian has found.
Meanwhile, the CJL's operator, a nonprofit calledHillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, has only contributed a few thousand dollars to the CJL in the past few years.
The pedestrian and bike path between the University campus and the temporary Princeton Station will close for work related to the completion of the new station starting next Monday, Administrative Captain of the Department of Public Safety Donald Reichling announced in an email to studentson Wednesday.
The construction of the new station building is expected to be completed later this week.
Although the old path to the temporary station will not re-open, new paths connecting the campus to the new station will open after the new station is completed.
The Tiger PaWW will continue to operate between Princeton Junction, Princeton Station and College Road.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are advised to use sidewalks and crosswalks around the construction site to travel between the campus and the station in the interim, said Reichling.
Construction work will continue at the Princeton Station parking lot.
Several hundred people affiliated with Harvard were emailed a death threat on Oct. 3, according to TheHarvard Crimson.
One of the email addresses that sent the threatening emails had been emailing many Harvard affiliates with donation requests and made attempts to contact the students through Facebook and LinkedIn.
According to an anonymous source, the account had been sending emails to students since July, asking for money or telling people to follow the account holder’s Facebook profile.
When it comes to preparing course packets for their courses, professors generally have two options: ask the University library to upload electronic course reserves or prepare a hard-copy packet printed by Pequod Communications.
But it is the Pequod, which is expensed to the student, which carries controversy.
William Deresiewicz, author of the controversial column “Don’t Send Your Kids to the Ivy League,” argues in his latest book, “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life,” that the current higher education system is facing a crisis.
William Deresiewicz, author of “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and The Way to a Meaningful Life” discussed the crisis of higher education at a lecture on Thursday.
A former Yale professor, Deresiewicz gained national recognition after his column “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” went viral online in 2008.
Plans for the construction of a campus pub are on hiatus due to difficulties in finding an appropriate location, University Vice President and Secretary Robert Durkee ’69 said.
The campus pub had been located in the Chancellor Green Cafe until 1982, and the Working Group on Campus Social and Residential Life recommended the reinstatement of the campus pub in May 2011.
The service hours for Counseling and Psychological Services have been extended for Mondays and Wednesdays as of Sept.