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Members of the USG discussed University mental health policy in light of recent wider public discussion of the subjectat their weekly senate meeting on Sunday.U-Councilor Zhan Okuda-Lim ’15 noted that the Mental Health Initiative board was hoping to write an editorial to publish in The Daily Princetonian within the next week to express the USG’s position on mental health policy.
Jonathan Ma ’15, Justin Ziegler ’16 and CJ Harris ’17 have been elected presidents of their respective class councils, and Benedict Wagstaff ’14 was elected president of the Class of 2014 Alumni Council officers, USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 announced in an email to students Friday evening.
“It was a good election, and we had good voter turnout overall, I believe,” chief elections manager Amara Nnaeto ’17 said.
Additionally, the referendum to separate the class governments from the senate passed with 1661 votes in favor and 277 opposed.
"I'm pleased that [the referendum] passed," Jackson said.
Guests from the Graduate Student Government and Counseling and Psychological Services spoke at Sunday night’s USG Senate meeting.
Dr. Calvin Chin, the director of CPS, addressed ways that CPS and USG can collaborate to spread the message that it's important to “not be afraid to acknowledge vulnerability, and to not be afraid to reach out and get resources.”
Chin said that on their end, CPS is expanding counseling services' availability hours in the fall, developing their new initiative which places a CPS wellness outpost in the EQuad for drop-ins, working on a bystander intervention program in partnership with SHARE, putting together training so that students, faculty and staff can be trained to act as allies and working on destigmatizing mental illness.
Chin said he wants students to know that “it’s okay to have stress, it’s okay to feel displaced, it’s okay sometimes to feel not okay, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed.” Chin said he hopes to communicate that message through a variety of video projects, including a Princeton Speaks Up initiative of short student, faculty and staff testimonial videos.
Students will vote on a referendum to separate the Senate and Class Governments in addition to voting for Class Council and U-Council positions.
The creators of a class art project that seeks responses to the question, "What can you not say at Princeton?” have reported two incidents against their project.
Known as The Surface, the creators reported one incident of "aggressive intervention” and a second incident where the University removed part of their project due to "graphic content." Both incidents allegedly happened on April 15.
The University has denied any involvement in the first incident and said the second incident was in response to a complaint it had received.
The Surface is a literal white surface where people can write and express their answers to the overarching question.
Bed bugs continue to be a problem in Holder Hall and Forbes College. Following two reports of bed bugs last September, at least four reports were confirmed this March.
The students have been temporarily moved to graduate housing, a move different from last year, when four students were moved to single rooms in 1915 hall, in Butler College.
Only the infestation in Holder Hall was disclosed to students.
The USG is in discussions with the Interclub Council and Dining Services to develop an electronic meal exchange system for upperclassmen in eating clubs and dining halls.
By digitizing the system, the USG is aiming to streamline the meal exchange process, University Student Life Committee chair Ella Cheng ’16 said.
Thirty-four students are running for class council or U-Council positions this year, USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 announced in an email to the undergraduate student body on Monday.
Of the 15 class council positions, nine are uncontested.
The charity that will be featured at Lawnparties this year, TEAM Charter Schools, was selected because several people on the USG social committee liked the organization and had worked with it before, social committee chairLogan Roth ’15 said.
He also said the social committee’s decision to contribute to a charity through Lawnparties had been floating around for several years, and he really wanted to move forward with it this year.
TEAM Charter Schools, a region of schools in Newark and Camden, N.J., will benefit with proceeds from the sales of raffle tickets and merchandise, while no money originally budgeted for Lawnparties will be handed to the charity.
The University has reduced the number of guests that graduating seniors are allowed to bring to the 2014 Reunions in an attempt to slow down the growing Reunions attendance numbers.
Graduating seniors were allowed to purchase tickets for up to five guests for Reunions in previous years.
Seven hundred and twentyadmitted students attended the first session of Princeton Preview on Thursday, compared to 700 admitted students in attendance at the first session of Princeton Preview last year.
However, both students at the University and prospective studentshave expressed disappointment at the University’s decision to change Princeton Preview from a weekend visit to a one-day event.
Cynthia Cherrey, vice president of campus life, announced in an email to the student body last week that the Princeton Preview program would be shortened in order to minimize the chances that prospective students not vaccinated for meningitis would contract the disease.
Crystal Wang, 17, a prospective student and native of East Brunswick, N.J., said she was disappointed that the program had been cut short.
A room in Forbes College was burglarized last Friday, according to the Department of Public Safety's daily crime logs. Mike Caddell, University media specialist, said that the incident took place between 2:15 p.m.
The University will allow student-organized plans for informal overnight hosting to continue in orderto supplement the shortened Princeton Preview for the Class of 2018,but it will not endorse these plans.
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students Michael Olin said that while the University recognizes that the informal hosting program is well-intentioned, the formal hosting program was nevertheless cancelled for well-considered reasons.
Mark Benjamin ’14 will bike from Portsmouth, N.H. to Vancouver, British Columbiaover the course of 10 weeks this summer as a Bike & Build rider.
Bike & Build is a nonprofit organization based inPhiladelphia, Pa.
Electronic music artist GRiZ and soul musician Mayer Hawthorne will perform at spring Lawnparties, the USG announced with a video presentation in Frist Campus Center’s gallery Monday night.
GRiZ is a Detroit-area musician and producer of electronic music.
The USG heard a presentation from Career Services Director Pulin Sanghvi at the Sunday night Senate meeting, during which the Senate moved into a brief executive committee session to speak privately with Sanghvi.
During the public session, Sanghvi spoke about his vision for change within Career Services.
“There is a strong alignment to drive change quickly within our organization,” he said.
By deemphasizing career fairs in favor of smaller, more targeted and meaningful programming, Sanghvi said he hopes Career Services can evolve to be more responsive to students.
The winners of this weekend's HackPrinceton were Derrick Dominic '15 in the software category and Chen Ye, a student at Brown University, in the hardware category.
Hansen Qian '16, who helped organize the event, said that EchoCast, the culmination of Dominic's work, is an application which allows individuals to send information wirelessly over high-frequency sound waves.
Ye's hardware, AirBike, involves a wireless electronic lock and an iPhone application to allow individuals to rent and borrow bikes from each other.
In response tothe University’s decision to shorten the Princeton Preview program, a group of students is trying to organize an informal hosting system for admitted students.
The students created a Facebook groupcalled Informal Hosting for Prospective Princeton Studentson Thursdayevening, shortly after the University announced that the program for prospective students would be shortened to one day.
As of2:30 p.m.
Brittany Hardy ’14, a religion concentrator, has been awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.
The fellowship, which is funded by the U.S.
The Princeton University Mentoring Program, a program aimed at supporting ethnic minorities, is in the process of transitioning from three branches of mentorship programs to one inclusive program for students who identify as students of color.
PUMP was originally split into the Latinos Unidos for Networking and Advising, the Black Student Union’s Leadership and Mentoring Program and the Asian American Mentoring Program.
While the mentors and mentees were paired within ethnic groups under the previous construction, director of the Fields Center Tennille Haynessaid that under the new system freshmen can be paired with mentors of a different race if they wish.