President Eisgruber joins university leaders nationwide to found Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
On Dec. 13, the Office of Communications announced that President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 had joined over two dozen university presidents from campuses across the nation to found the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. According to their mission statement, this alliance is “dedicated to increasing public understanding” about the impact immigration policies have on students, their campuses, and their communities.
The Graduate Student Government hosted a call-a-thon in Green Hall on Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for students to contact key senators and ask them to vote against the proposed Republican tax plan.
The audience was tense, and seemed frustrated with the Title IX office’s numerous privacy constraints, including their inability to discuss specific cases or precedence. Many, like first year Electrical Engineering graduate student Michael Soskind, appreciated the value of holding meetings but also hoped that the town hall would generate “more tangible recommendations that can be implemented by the University.”
Dozens of graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty members gathered on Monday, Nov. 20 in Maeder Hall to discuss a petition demanding that the University elevate its disciplinary action against Sergio Verdú, a Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering, who was found guilty of sexual harassment in a Title IX investigation earlier this summer. Over 650 undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni have signed the petition.
“At its heart and at its best, [domestic work] is about upholding the dignity and quality of life of others,” said Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance in a lecture on Wednesday. “It’s the work that allows all other work to be done.”
The protesters, who included members of the Alliance of Jewish Progressives and the Princeton Committee on Palestine, stood outside the lecture hall, holding handmade signs with slogans including “I believe in Palestinian history — “why don’t you, MK?,” and “Israeli domination is not peace.” Many handed out slips of papers printed with a quote from a speech Hotovely made to Palestinian Members of Knesset earlier this year: “You are thieves of history. Your history books are empty, and you are trying to co-opt Jewish history and Islamicize it.” The protesters remained calm and largely silent, but there were four Public Safety officers in attendance, and protesters were frequently asked to move farther away from the entrance to the lecture hall to avoid blocking the hallway.
The University has launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The U. filed the joint complaint on Nov. 3 in federal court in Washington, D.C., alongside Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez '18 and Microsoft.
Refugee agencies across the nation are bracing themselves for President Trump’s presidential deliberation on the refugee cap for the coming fiscal year. An official decision is due on Oct. 1, but the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the cap will be lowered to 45,000. This would be a drastic cut from the 110,000 permitted under the 2016 fiscal year budget, and the lowest ever since the Refugee Act was signed into law in 1980.
Many graduate students with children disagreed with a University press release that claimed that the new on-campus facility for the University-National Organization for Women Day Nursery will make affordable childcare more accessible to all members of the University community.
“Knowing your children are safe, loved, and well-cared for is a tremendous benefit for any parent,” she said.” Bertrand explained that UNOW focuses on play-based learning, consistency, and -- as listed in their mission statement -- “nurturing all aspects of each child’s development.”