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While the start of college is a milestone for most, Cason Crane ’17 had already passed seven others before arriving at Princeton. Crane, who graduated from high school in Connecticut in 2011, deferred his admission for two years in order to climb the Seven Summits — the highest peak on each of the seven continents — as part of TheRainbow Summits Project, an initiative he designed to contribute to efforts against teenage suicide among LGBTQ youth.
When FiscalNote, a company founded by Tim Hwang ’14, recently raised $1.4 million in funding, the company's list of backers included Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the venture capital firm New Enterprises Associates. But among the list of high-powered investors was a more unexpected source of support, coming from Hwang's own Princeton classmates, Taylor Francis ’14 and Raymond Zhong ’14 by way of theDorm Room Fund, a venture fund run by student entrepreneurs at various universities across the United States.
Members of the Class of 2015 can now apply to be a USG class senator, USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 announcedMondaynight in an email to the junior class.
Butler College will partner with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement in a new initiative to provide Butlerites with opportunities to become engaged with their local communities. The program, called Building Communities, aims to bring the Pace Center to the residential colleges.
University students who go by a first name other than their legal one will now have the option to change their name in the student directory, University Registrar Polly Griffin announced in an email sent to the student body last week.
The Student Health Advisory Board has started a new initiative to combat bacterial meningitis by distributing reusable drinking cups to the student body in order to help avoid the spread of germs.
Hip hop artists T-Pain and Chiddy Bang will perform at this fall's Lawnparties onSept. 15, USG president Shawon Jackson '15 and social committee chair Carla Javier '15 announced in an emailFridaynightto the student body.
The USG has approved a $65,000 funding request from the Social Committee for the fall Lawnparties, according to USG president Shawon Jackson ’15.
Tower Club president Doug Stuart confirmed in an email to The Daily Princetonian Friday night that pop musician Aaron Carter will be performing as the club's act for fall Lawnparties.
During the first week of July, five University students were studying abroad inCairo, where this past week the Egyptian government of President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by popular and military action. All five students, which included four graduate students and one undergraduate, have now left Egypt. A few recent graduates of the University have chosen to remain in the country despitewarnings from the State Departmentadvising Americans to evacuate.
A male University student was hospitalized after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on June 30 during an academic program abroad, the University announced in an email sent to undergraduate students Tuesday afternoon. Fourteen other students who were on the trip received prophylactic treatment, according to University spokesperson Martin Mbugua.
The student was treated for bacterial meningitis and is in stable condition, Mbugua said. He declined to provide additional details about the student or the nature of the trip, citing privacy concerns.
At this time, there is no link between the most recently reported case of bacterial meningitis and the four other cases associated with the University in recent months, according to New Jersey State Department of Health Communications Manager Daniel Emmer. He added that NJDOH is currently working with other public health agencies to investigate the case, though he did not specify which agencies.
To the University’s knowledge, the male student was not in contact with any of the students who contracted meningitis in the past few months, Mbugua said.
This is the fifth reported case of bacterial meningitis linked to the University since March. The first and second cases, reported on March 25 and April 12, involved a female student and a male visitor to campus, respectively. The third and fourth cases, reported May 7 and May 20, both involved male students.
Each of the four previous cases were caused by a type of bacterial meningitis known as meningococcal bacteria type B, which has no vaccine but is treated with antibiotics, according to the University email announcement.
State law requires University students to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis before enrolling at Princeton, but Mbugua said in May that four current students have not received the vaccine, citing a religious exemption.
Bacterial meningitis is contagious and can be spread through close contact such as coughing, sneezing, and sharing utensils. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and altered mental status, according to Centers for Disease Control’s website.
Reunions attendees young and old at the 50th Reunions tentSaturdaynight were entranced by the classic songs of Neil Diamond. As rumors of Diamond’s presence spread through word of mouth and social media, the crowd at the 50th grew progressively louder and more raucous as the night wore on.
In her introduction, University President Shirley Tilghman described Bernanke as open and fair-minded, traits that not only “won him the deep respect of colleagues” with diverse political views but also enabled him to “rise above the partisan fray in the service of both a Republican and Democratic president.”
Current and former female editors of The Daily Princetonian discussed the status of women at Princeton 40 years after the University's first female students graduated at a panel discussionon Friday.
Steven Liss '10, the creator of theReunions Advent Calendar website, has launched a new mobile site,MyTigerPack, to help attendees coordinate and mass-communicate with friends during the three days of Reunions.
“I realized that one of the problems with Reunions is that it is hard to find all of your friends in a crowd,” Liss said. “Reunions is no time to get separated from your friends, so I created a mobile site to help us find each other at a glance.”
The idea of creating a Reunions-related website started with the Reunions Advent Calendar last year, because Liss said he realized he found Reunions even more exciting than Christmas. That site received 5,000 views on the first day, and because of the positive reaction to the site, Liss decided that he would create another website for this year.
As ofThursdaynight, about 1,000 people have signed up on the MyTigerPack site and as Liss mentioned, the more people that sign up, the more useful the site could become.Wednesdaynight, according to Liss, the site temporarily crashed because too many people were trying to access the website at once. However, he now believes that the website should be able to handle many times the previous data limit in time for Reunions events.
Liss first publicized the website by posting it on his Facebook. “The Princeton network is really passionate about Reunions. I knew it would take off,” Liss stated. The site has been more popular among the younger classes so far. The oldest member to sign up is from the Class of 1978 and the youngest is from the Class of 2016.
Julia Blount ’12, Liss’ friend, points to his enthusiasm for Princeton as a reason for creating Reunions websites. Blount, who has tried the MyTigerPack website, noted that Liss is a very sociable person. “He loves Princeton and his experience there,” Blount said. “It all comes together to create his Reunions enthusiasm."
Indeed, Liss has plans to keep the MyTigerPack website going for more Reunions to come. According to him, the current version of MyTigerPack is “the first iteration.”
“I had the idea a month ago, and I started building it three days ago,” Liss noted. He hopes to add updates and features to the website for next year’s Reunions. Some of his plans include better graphics, finding people by specific location and being able to look at one’s path on a map throughout Reunions.
For Liss, the excitement in creating these Reunions websites comes from the thought of bringing the Princeton community together.“I really like when I can share ideas through a lot of people,” Liss said. “If I can create something that brings people together, then I’m enjoying it.”
Kanwal Matharu ’13 has been elected to serve a four-year term on the University’s Board of Trustees as Young Alumni Trustee, representing the graduating senior class. He will officially begin his term starting on July 1.
A 20-year-old male student was hospitalizedon Mondayfor symptoms of bacterial meningitis, the New Jersey Department of Health confirmed.
More than 15 percent of female undergraduates reported experiencing non-consensual vaginal penetration during their time at the University, according to an unpublished survey conducted in 2008 by several University offices.
After his one-year term in office, outgoing USG president Bruce Easop ’13 said that he is most proud of his efforts to start conversations about mental health around campus. The Mental Health Initiative, launched last March, was the first major project in a term that also included the launch of TigerDeals, the first ever Princeton Restaurant Week, the release of the COMBO III survey and the expansion of gender-neutral housing.
In its first meeting under the new leadership of president Shawon Jackson ’15 and vice president Carmina Mancenon ’14, the USG Senate voted to approve its new spring budget, the new Project Board chairs and a proposal for funding a USG Mental Health Week.