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On Friday night, Assistant Vice President for Communications Dan Day confirmed that professor Sergio Verdú was dismissed from the faculty as of Sept. 24 following a University investigation into his conduct in relation to University policies that prohibit consensual relations with students and require honesty and cooperation in University matters.
After a busy and exciting sorority recruitment week last week, 57 percent of students who began the rush process received a bid from one of the University’s three sororities, and 53 percent of students who began the rush process chose to accept a bid and join a sorority.
Controversy arose this month over the statements University Trustee Bob Hugin ’76 made against the inclusion of gay students and women in eating clubs in 1976 and 1992, while he was in leadership roles within Tiger Inn. The statements resurfaced in light of Hugin’s current campaign for U.S. Senate as a Republican against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
On Sept. 27, University of Pennsylvania professor David L. Eng spoke about internally repressed and psychologically damaging racial and sexual discrimination within Asian-American communities.
Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University Carl Hart said Thursday that U.S. society critically misunderstands drugs like opioids. The entire lecture hall was full, and overflow audience members sat in another room watching a live-stream.
On Sept. 13, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ’86 and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos ’92, announced the creation of a $2 billion fund to support homeless and low-income families. The fund, named the “Bezos One Day Fund,” will both support existing nonprofits and address immediate needs by providing shelter for homeless individuals and launching a network of full-scholarship, Montessori-inspired preschools in low-income communities.
On April 2, the University approved the Asian American Studies certificate program after over 40 years of campaigning, protesting, and lobbying; however, this semester’s enrollment rates in the department were concerningly low.
When political news breaks, the reactions it garners can elicit verbose and detailed responses from the nation’s elite academics. But, sometimes, in the limited space of Twitter, the only thing James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor Eddie S. Glaude GS ’97 needs to say is, “WTH?!”
U.S. and Iranian leaders had a war of words Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, while at the same time in Tehran, fourth-year history graduate student Xiyue Wang was presumably hoping for positive news from the annual meeting of world leaders.
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, over 30 students and members of the Office of Religious Life gathered in Murray-Dodge Hall to celebrate the life of Yasmin Abdillahi ’20, who died in Texas on June 8.
In a talk given to the University community on Monday, Lebanon Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil had stern words for the international community, repeatedly urging the return of Syrian refugees — 1.5 million of whom have taken residence in Lebanon.
Maxim Suchkov, a senior fellow at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, spoke at the University on Tuesday about Russia’s actions and future plans for Syria and its policy for the Middle East as a whole.
On Sept. 24, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 and the Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev Kulkarni sent a memorandum to faculty members that clarified the minimum penalty for all cases in which faculty members are found responsible of sexual harassment.
In an effort to install an automatic braking system throughout the state, New Jersey Transit is suspending all Dinky service from Sunday, Oct. 14 through January 2019. According to NJ Transit’s website, the Dinky service will be replaced by buses on weekdays and weekends to accommodate passengers from the University to Princeton Junction.
On Sept. 24, Associate Professor of Theater Brian Herrera lectured on the importance of actors staying true to their values despite problems with identity preferences in the the world of casting. The talk was held at 4:30 p.m. in the Wallace Theater in the Lewis Arts Complex.
During the first Council of the Princeton University Community meeting of the 2018–19 academic year, members discussed trustee Bob Hugin ’76’s controversial U.S. Senate campaign, the revised grading policies, and how to deal with controversial campus speakers. The meeting was held Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture.
In a letter Thursday to the Yale Law School community, Dean of Yale Law School Heather K. Gerken ’91 responded to reports that Amy Chua, a prominent Yale Law professor, advised students seeking clerkships with Brett Kavanaugh on their physical looks.
University vice president and secretary Bob Durkee ’69 announced his retirement for the end of the 2018–19 academic year. Hilary Parker ’01, current assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the President, has been appointed to replace him, effective July 1, 2019.
In its first meeting of the semester on Sunday, Sept. 23, the Undergraduate Student Government discussed task force proposals, the Vote100 initiative, and the commencement of the Central Task Management system. The USG also approved a budget request to account for an extra $15,000 spent funding fall Lawnparties.
Robert Venturi ’47 GS ’50, an acclaimed architect whose designs and writings transformed the field and sparked the postmodernist movement, died in his home on Tuesday, Sept. 18. He was 93.