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Voting machines are down on Election Day in Mercer County “due to a printing and scanning issue with the ballots,” according to county officials. Mercer County residents can vote by completing their ballots and placing them at the top of the scanning machine in the slot where the emergency ballots are placed, Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello said in a statement to NJ.com.
On Oct. 31, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases that could determine the future of race-based affirmative action in college admissions across the country. After the proceedings, The New York Times reported that “the court’s conservative majority seems ready to throw out affirmative action programs.”
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, a large banner was placed across from the Princeton Shopping Center targeting the three incumbents of the Princeton Board of Education up for re-election: Susan Kanter, Debbie Bronfeld, and Dafna Kendal. Kendal currently serves as president of the Board of Education.
During its Oct. 13 meeting, the Princeton Planning Board heard concept plans for the new computer science complex south of Frist Campus Center and approved plans for a new apartment building at 195 Nassau St. — which will include a mix of market-rate and affordable housing units.
Construction on gas lines throughout Princeton town will begin in January, including on Nassau Street and in Palmer Square.
On Oct. 6, President Joe Biden pardoned individuals convicted of possession of marijuana on federal criminal records. According to Professor Udi Ofer, a visiting professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and former director of the Justice Division of the ACLU, this marked a major symbolic move in addressing the decades-long war on drugs as states and localities could follow in this step forward.
Construction in town did not take a summer break.
In an unanimous vote, the Princeton Town Council approved the designation of Prospect Avenue as a historic district at its July 11 meeting.
At its meeting on Tuesday, April 26, the Princeton Town Council reviewed plans for the Graduate Hotel construction, heard from organizers of a May Day march, and recognized the Climate Action Plan Emissions Reduction Strategies (CAPERS) team from Sustainable Princeton.
According to an email to Visual Arts students at 7:23 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, there was a fire at 185 Nassau Street, which houses the Visual Arts (VIS) Program. Jeff Whetstone, the Director of the VIS Program, said in the email that no one was hurt and the “events scheduled in the building today should be able to proceed.”
This coming fall, over half the courses offered at Princeton will have 15 students or fewer. Computer science remains the most in-demand department, with eight percent of all course seats on campus falling in its domain. And two of the most historically popular certificate programs — visual arts and creative writing — dropped the number of course seats they’ll offer, as compared to this spring.
At its Monday, April 11 meeting, the Princeton Town Council considered a proposal for the creation of a “historic district” along Prospect Avenue, continued to discuss the Witherspoon Phase Two renovation project, and approved the 2022 municipal budget.
With the Senate Judiciary Committee set to vote on her confirmation on Monday, April 4, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination process is nearing its completion. If endorsed by the Judiciary Committee, the full Senate will vote before its April 8 recess. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first African-American woman on the Court.
At a special meeting of the Princeton Town Council on Tuesday, March 29, Council members discussed the prospect of approving a marijuana dispensary in town, and many residents logged on to voice their strongly-held views on the proposal.
At its Monday, March 28 meeting, the Princeton Town Council discussed Phase 2 of the Witherspoon Street renovation project and honored former University professor and Assistant Dean of the College Dr. Cecelia Hodges Drewry.
On Monday, March 14, University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 joined the Princeton Town Council meeting to give an update and field questions regarding University-town relations. The Council also introduced its 2022 budget and discussed updates to Graduate Hotel construction.
The Dinky is getting a makeover — maybe.
At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Princeton Town Council approved an ordinance creating a Special Improvement District (SID), meant to help revitalize businesses in town. The Council also gave construction updates and reviewed the budget for the upcoming year.
After an academic year defined by decreased enrollment and the COVID-19 pandemic, course registration increased this year. Heightened academic selectivity brought challenges for many students, especially those concentrating in or pursuing certificates in popular departments and programs.
The Princeton Town Council held its bi-weekly meeting on Valentine’s Day, during which it continued to discuss its plans for renovating Witherspoon Street. The Council also announced the Palmer Square Management Event Calendar for the rest of the year.