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The Council on Teaching and Learning is currently working to redesign its course evaluation system, according to Dean of the College Jill Dolan.
The Council was first charged with the task in late 2015 and has designated it as a committee priority for the 2015-2016 academic year, according to its website.
With regard to his recent comment that the University will not penalize students for possibly holding an event commemorating Osama bin Laden, University President Christopher Eisgruber '83explained that the University is committed to the principles of free speech and will not discipline any members of the University for their political opinions.
“We allow students, faculty and others the freedom to express their political opinions vigorously, even if those opinions are controversial or offensive to some,” he said
In an interview withThe Indian Express last week, Eisgruber noted that in accordance with principles of free speech, the University will not discipline students even for potentially holding an event to commemorate Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden claimed responsibility for carrying out the terrorist attack of Sept.
The Princeton Councilintroduced an ordinance to designate a historic district in the Witherspoon-Jackson community this past Thursday during a Council meeting.
Many former and current employees of the University have lived in this neighborhood, University Media Relations Specialist Min Pullan said.
The proposed historic district encompasses neighborhoods on both sides of Witherspoon Street, stretching from its intersection with Wiggins Street to a little past Birch Avenue.
Save Princeton, a coalition of nine national advocacy groups, sent a letter to Charles Simonyi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Institute for Advanced Studyimploring for a meeting with IAS to explore alternatives to construction on Maxwell’s Fieldlast Wednesday.
“Our organizations respectfully and formally request that the Institute for Advanced Study cease its development plans and pursue alternate building locations for the faculty housing project slated for Maxwell’s Field,” the letter reads.
According to Jim Campi, communications director for the Civil War Trust, a signatory organization on the letter, the coalition formed this past Friday.
In a recent report published by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the University wasgiven a red light rating— the lowest in the evaluation scheme — for protecting free speech.
Samantha Harris ’99, the director of policy research at FIRE, said the ratings are based solely on the explicitly written policies of the institution.
A red light rating denotes that the institution has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech, Harris said.
Princeton Open Campus Coalition co-founder Joshua Zuckerman ’16 and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Robert George testified at a House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.The hearing centered on whether tax-exempt colleges and universities are using the tax code to avoid upholding their commitment to create an open marketplace of ideas on campuses.According to the committee website, the hearing was announced by Oversight Subcommittee Chair Peter Roskam (R-IL), following an incident at Georgetown University Law Center when a student was barred from distributing campaign material for a presidential candidate.In his testimony, Zuckerman said that his coalition believes that the protection of free speech is vital to the flourishing of the university.Zuckerman noted the BJL sit-ins last November when protesters called for increased faculty cultural competency training, affinity housing for students interested in black culture and mandatory courses that present the ‘struggles of minorities.’He noted that his coalition opposes these demands due to their destructive effects on the free flow of speech and thought.
Harvard University has replaced the traditional staff title of “house master,” faculty in charge of residential colleges, with “faculty deans” this past Wednesday, according to the Harvard Crimson.
Initial conversations about the change surfaced in an email sent by Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana to Harvard students dated Dec.
Over a hundred students and administrators participated in the first Whig-Clio Senate debate of the spring semester centered on the controversial legacy of Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879.
The resolution that the Wilson School should be renamed failed by a vote of 33-37.
According to Whig-Clio president Allison Berger ’18, speaker and audience invitations were extended both to the Black Justice League and Princeton Open Campus Coalition.
Maya Aronoff ’19, the first pro-resolution speaker, said that it is damaging to celebrate Wilson because of the broader institution and nation-wide implications of his racist ideals.
Wilson was racist against minorities, made racist jokes in meetings and re-segregated the federal bureaucracy, Aronoff noted.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz ’92 asked his communications director Rick Tyler to resign Monday after Tyler allegedly distributed a video on Facebook which falsely depicted Florida Senator Marco Rubio being dismissive of the Bible, according to an article from CNN.The controversy surfaced after The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, uploaded a video of Rubio in which he said, “Got a good book there,” speaking to a staff member on Cruz’s campaign who was reading a book outside a hotel in South Carolina.At this point, the audio in the video becomes hard to understand, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Over 70 veterans, historians and preservationists gathered at The Nassau Inn Monday morning to announce the creation of Veterans for Princeton, an organization dedicated to opposing the construction proposed by the Institute for Advanced Study.
The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office released its findings from a preliminary investigation intoallegationsof police mistreatment made by Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studiesat the University, revealing no wrongdoing on the part of the officer, according toFirst Assistant Prosecutor Doris Galuchie.
Perry declined to comment.
Perry wasstoppedfor speeding on Feb.
A coalition of 17 rail unions plan to go on a strike during the weekend of March 12th if a contract settlement cannot be reached with New Jersey Transit, according to Dean Devita, chapter secretary-treasurer at the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers.
The potential strike dates overlap with the first weekend of the University's spring break for this year’s academic calendar.
In response to African American Studies Professor Imani Perry’s arrest on Saturday, some University students are collecting stories from students, alumni, staff and faculty who have had experiences plagued by racism with the Princeton police department, according to Asanni York ’17.
York said that this effort has the aim of urging the University to issue a statement supporting Perry, he said.
He explained that the University, which he noted prides itself on diversity and inclusion, needs to look at the fact that though Perry is a black woman with a distinguished background, she still experiences the troubles that face other black women at the hands of police brutality and at the hand of a police state.
"The police department is already threatening Professor Perry and the University needs to stand in solidarity with her," York said.
York added that the students are issuing statements on Facebook, sending emails to campus listservs and tweeting to raise awareness.
Perry was arrested on Saturday, Feb.
After traditional, in-class lectures were replaced by ones held online, lecture ratings for COS 126: General Computer Science improved from 3.3 to 3.8, according to Professor of Computer Science and COS 126 course head Robert Sedgewick.COS 126 is the largest course in the University by annual enrollment, with 318 students having completed it in the fall semester and 405 students currently enrolled for the spring semester, according to the Office of the Registrar.COS 126 lectures, coined as 'flipped lectures,' have been offered exclusively online since this past fall semester, according to Sedgewick.He also noted that COS 126 achieved an overall course rating of 4.3 on a 5.0 scale, the highest recorded rating in the history of the course.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz ’92 took victory for the Republican party at the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 1, claiming 27.7 percent of the electoral votes in a heated competition, CNNreported.
According to the New York Times, Cruz walked away with eight out of the 30 possible delegates.
Donald Trump, the Republican forerunner who sat atop the polls since he announced candidacy, fell short with 24.4 percent of the votes, claiming second in the race.
The next president must be someone who rejects Washingtonian politicking like themselves, both Texas Senator Ted Cruz ’92 and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expressed in Thursday night’s Republican debate three days before the Iowa caucus.
Christie argued that voters must send someone from “outside of Washington to Washington.”
“I need a Washington-English dictionary converter,” he said, describing the political jargon that surfaced during crossfires in the debate.
A federal court judge has determined that a University student who filed a lawsuit against the University for mishandling his suicide attempt in 2012 may remain anonymous during the discovery phase of the trial.
This decision reverses a decision issued by a magistrate judge last summer that dictated that the student, currently identified by the initials W.P., should disclose his name in full.
The Princeton Joint Unified School District adopted a uniform code outlining the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students after a unanimous vote by the Board of Education last week, Vice President of the Board of Education Patrick Sullivan said.
The code has taken immediate effect after the board’s vote, and will affect approximately 3,500 students from four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
Sullivan noted that the new policy establishes a unified protocol for staff members and students that allows choice in pronoun preference and use of bathroom, locker room and other public facilities.
The relationship between the issue of free speech and the issue of combating discrimination is a complicated one, panelists said in a discussion hosted by The Daily Princetonian on Wednesday.The panel featured Joanna Anyanwu ’15 GS from the Black Justice League, Samantha Harris ’99 of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Joshua Leifer ’17 from The Princeton Progressive and Peter Singer, professor in the Center for Human Values.Harris initiated the conversation by noting that increasing calls of censorship from students are detrimental to unlearning prejudice.“In many ways, the highly visible student protests around the country are a sign of the robustness of free speech around the country,” she said, adding that she is disappointed to see student protestors issue demands that undermined the same rights that made free speech possible.Singer said he agreed with Harris, and that if we prohibit alternative viewpoints, the truth will simply become a matter of dogma instead of a living truth that we constantly have to think about.“The danger that we face today is that we are all going to agree on something or won’t have contrary opinions expressed because they seem too politically incorrect to be expressed,” Singer said.Leifer, however, noted that controversies over the limits of “free speech” are not at the core of ongoing debates.
The University admitted 785 students from a pool of 4,229 candidates for the class of 2020 through the single-choice early action program, representing the largest number of early-admits in the University’s recent history, according to University Dean of Admissions Janet Rapelye.
This figure represents an 18.6 percent acceptance rate.