The Princeton University Investment Company and Chair of the University's Board of Trustees Kathryn Hall ’80 have both invested in Thrive Capital, aventure capital investment firm focused on media and Internet investments. Princo is the University department that manages $17.8 billion of the University's $18.2 billion endowment. In addition to her chairmanship, Hall is CEO of Hall Capital Partners, a hedge fund based in San Francisco that has over $29 billion in assets under management.
While approving members of the Honor Committee and Committee on Discipline, the Senate debated some of these groups’ practices in its final meeting of the year on Sunday night. Under current protocol, members of the Honor Committee contact students to meet with the committee but do not inform students of whether they are being called in because they are suspects or witnesses. U-Council chair Elan Kugelmass ’14 raised the idea that students should be informed of their position as soon as possible in order to ensure their rights are protected. “When we’re trying to build a system on trust … it doesn’t make sense that we would treat all students with some kind of impression that they’re not going to tell us the truth if we don’t give them the time to think of what to say,” he said. Honor Committee chair Luchi Mmegwa ’14 responded to Kugelmass’ claim saying when a student is called in, the student is able to call in a representative at any point during the meeting and, in some situations, the committee members themselves do not know if the student called forth is a suspect or a witness. U-Councilor Zhan Okuda-Lim '15 noted that when this is the case, it creates a gray area for students who neither fit the description of a witness or a suspect. Although some members of the senate described this “gray area” as troubling with regard to ensuring the student's right to representation, Mmegwa said, “With regards to gray area, what I was meaning to say was that we never have a situation where we are calling someone who may be a suspect, but not treating them with their rights.” He added that when students are called into the office, the student is able to decide which course of action to take before proceeding with the investigation and case. “Students who come before the Honor Committee, even in investigatory phase, should be informed of status and rights and should not be left wondering if there were charges brought against them,”Kugelmass said. According to Kugelmass, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students Victoria Jueds, who serves as secretary of the Committee on Discipline, said that she didn’t think it was necessary for students to have representation during the first meeting. Kugelmass asked the six nominees for the Honor Committee whether they “support all efforts to quickly inform all students whether they are suspects or witnesses.” He proceeded to ask the same question to the five nominees for the Committee on Discipline. All nominees agreed and were approved for their positions. The Senate also elected two new Council of the Princeton University Community executive committee representatives — U-Councilors Danny Johnson ’15 and Okuda-Lim.
The University delayed opening until 10 a.m. on Thursday due to many roads being closed and traffic being slowed by flooding, according to an email sent out by the University telephone and emergency notification system. Classes continued as scheduled. Only employees in critical roles needed to report for their shifts before 10 a.m. Dining halls, Frist Campus Center and all campus libraries except Mudd Library remained open as scheduled. The University also postponed the start of the working day several times earlier this year due to intense winter storms.
Katherine Pogrebniak ’14, a computer science major, was named valedictorian on Monday at a faculty meeting.Alexander Iriza ’14, a mathematics major, was named the Latin salutatorian. Both Pogrebniak and Iriza were nominated by the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing.Pogrebniak, who is from Jacksonville, Fla., and Iriza, who is fromAstoria, N.Y.,were informed that they had been nominated for their position on April 18. Both students said that they received an email asking to meet with Dean of the College Valerie Smith. “I would have never expected that that was why I was being called in,” Pogrebniak said.
Nine students were awarded the 2014 Spirit of Princeton Award, which recognizes students who have made positive contributions to the University community. Ray Chao ’15, Estela Diaz ’14, Sara Figel ’14, Jenesis Fonseca-Ledezma ’14, Adam Mastroianni ’14, Matthew Vengalil ’14, Benedict Wagstaff ’14, Tiana Woolridge ’15 and Trap Yates ’14 were selected from a group of students who were nominated by members of the University community. The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students uses the award to recognize students whose contributions to the arts, community service, student organizations, residential living, religious life and athletics go unrecognized by the University at large, according to the award's website. Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Students Thomas Dunne said that the students were chosen by a selection committee made up of undergraduate students, alumni and administrators from campus life.
Both the geosciences and the astrophysical sciences departments experienced a near doubling in the numbers of declared sophomore concentrators this year. Ten students in the Class of 2016 signed into astrophysics, compared to five students from the Class of 2015, while 19 students signed into the geosciences department, compared to 10 students from the previous year. Astrophysics department representative Neta Bahcall said the department has not done anything differently this year to attract more students.
Gene Katsevich ’14 is one of 15 students nationwide to be awarded a Hertz Fellowship this year.
The Peer Health Adviser programpartnered with Campus Recreation to start a new initiative called Princeton Fitness Buddies earlier this month.
With three rooms remaining in upperclass housing for the Class of 2016 one day before the official end of junior upperclass room draw, at least 103 students had yet to draw into a room.Most of these students will have to place into the housing draw wait list. However, these numbers are not uncommon. "Every year we typically have between 100-120 juniors on the wait list,"Manager of Undergraduate Housing Angela Hodgeman wrote in an email, obtained by The Daily Princetonian, to 309 juniors who had yet to draw into a room as of 9 a.m.
A group of seven students traveled to Urubamba, Peru over spring break as part of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s pilot international service trip. The team, which brought solar power to the rural 16-home village of Corpani Peñas, also teamed up with Bridge Year Program students in the area to build cleaner brick-burning stoves in homes in Huycho and cement patios for homes in Tambococha.