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On Monday, April 29, Pamela Hughes Patenaude, former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), highlighted the challenges and nuances of federal housing policy throughout her time at the department during a public talk with sociology professor Matthew Desmond.
AJ Sibley ’19 just wanted to finish his final paper. Sibley had spent hours staring at small black text on his computer screen. On a word document, he changed “can’t” to “cannot” and back again. He added and removed commas.
On the afternoon of Monday, April 29, a group of demonstrators who self-identified as Christian staged a protest on campus, telling passers-by they “must obey Jesus or face hellfire.”
Women’s lacrosse (12–3, 6–1 Ivy League) defeated Cornell University (8–7, 4–3 Ivy) 18–15 on Saturday afternoon, finishing the regular season with a stunning victory. After beating Yale last Saturday by a whopping fifteen point lead, Cornell was the last team they had to beat to win the Ivy League Title. This year, the Tigers will share the title with Dartmouth but will earn the number one seed after defeating the Dartmouth Big Green earlier this month. This marks the Tiger’s 15th title in program history and their sixth straight title.
No. 13 Princeton men’s volleyball (18–12, 13–1 EIVA) faced Barton College (25–5, 14–2 conference) on Thursday, April 25 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Tigers took home a 3–1 win (25–23, 25–21, 18–25, 25–20) to mark their first NCAA tournament win in program history.
Emily Carter, who has been the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) for the past three years, will be leaving the University at the end of the year to become the executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her new appointment begins Sept. 1, 2019, and the search for a new SEAS dean is already underway.
Kate Reed ’19 and Rafail Zoulis ’19 have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2019, according to a University statement.
In its recently published Sustainability Action Plan, the University set ambitious goals for reducing its environmental footprint. Aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2046, as well as curtail its water usage and waste production, the plan represents the second of Princeton’s formal commitments to sustainability. This is especially timely in the context of the recently passed student referendum, which called for clearer guidelines and timelines for how the University will achieve carbon neutrality.
One of the earliest warnings students get during their first-year orientation is the prospect of receiving a fine for committing a fire safety violation. The risk of increased financial burden is meant to dissuade students from violating the fire safety policies at the University. Fines, however, not only disproportionately impact lower income students but also are not the best method for preventing continued violations of the fire safety code. Instead, we should use a community service based system to better discourage these violations as well as make the punishment more equal across the board.
Last week, students received an email from Dorian Johnson, Director of Housing and Real Estate Services, notifying them about issues with the randomization process through which students are assigned to select their dormitory rooms. The announcement prompted a bevy of questions and thoughts regarding the current, randomized system, as well as the University’s decision to offer financial compensation, in lieu of a new room draw, to students disadvantaged by the error.
On Sunday afternoon, a crowd of around 40,000 took to Nassau Street for the Arts Council of Princeton’s 49th annual Communiversity ArtsFest, which brought together members of the University and the town of Princeton, as well as surrounding communities. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., over 200 art vendors, musicians, and merchants displayed their wares and performed in the largest cultural event in Central New Jersey.
Men’s Volleyball @ Barton: W 3–1
Men’s lacrosse (7–7, 2–4 Ivy) was defeated 14–13 by Cornell University (10–4, 4–2) on Saturday, eliminating the team from Ivy League playoff contention and cutting its season short.
What is USG?
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed Projects Board funding requests and student meal plans during its weekly meeting on Sunday, April 28.
Eight undergraduates were named the 2019 recipients of the Spirit of Princeton Award, according to Leadership Program Coordinator Claire Pinciaro.
On April 18, the Justice Department released the long-awaited report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller ’66 to Congress and the American public.
Upperclass room draw processes were not completely randomized this year, according to an email sent to the dorm-undergrads listserv by Director of Housing Dorian Johnson. Johnson wrote that $1,000 would be deducted from the 2019–20 housing fees of rising seniors directly affected by the issue and in the lower half of their class’s draw.
Myles McGinley ’15 met Cameron Porter ’16 for the first time in September of 2010, when the two soccer recruits were on campus for their official visits. Porter sported a Justin Bieber-style bowl cut; he was as lanky as he was reserved.
When Maestro Gustavo Dudamel’s residency was announced in April 2018, most people thought it was an April Fool’s joke, according to Yang Song ’20, clarinetist and co-president of the Princeton University Orchestra (PUO).