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Field hockey team scores points off the field

Decked out in work clothes and gloves, with sweatshirts to combat the early morning chill, University women's field hockey players have on the past two Saturdays assumed their positions on a barren lot in Trenton with a somewhat different-than-usual goal in mind: to help build a house.The ongoing project to construct four townhouses from scratch is sponsored by the Trenton-area chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that provides low-income families with affordable, new housing.For the field hockey team, now in its off-season, the day-long community construction effort served not only as a chance to build homes for hardworking, needy families, but also as a time to build team spirit and strengthen team dynamics, according to team co-captain Bridget Marchesi '01.Jill Venema '01, Habitat for Humanity coordinator for the Student Volunteers Council, explained that group community projects do not always fall easily into place.

NEWS | 03/07/2000

Eyeing the grad school as site for a sixth college

If the University approves the Wythes committee's proposal to create a sixth residential college, future undergraduates may be calling the current location of the Graduate College home.The Graduate College is one of several possibilities the University has named as feasible locations for a sixth residential college to accommodate the Wythes committee's proposed 10-percent increase in the size of the undergraduate student body.Other possible locations for the sixth residential college include the "shallow ellipse" near Scully Hall, the space south of Dillon Gym and the area north of Forbes College, according to Amy Floresta, project manager at KieranTimberlake Associates, the architecture firm charged with planning for the new residential college.According to University physical planning director Jon Hlafter '61, the Graduate College is "a ready-made [residential] college," and would be relatively easy and efficient to convert into undergraduate housing.President Shapiro called the option of converting the facility into a residential college "a wild possibility," but also said the administration will "look at all possibilities, including the grad college."Vice President for Finance and Administration Richard Spies '72 agreed that University officials were considering the Graduate College as a potential site for the residential college."The fact that it is already built in the form of a residential college makes it very appealing," he said.

NEWS | 03/07/2000

Borough may face lawsuit over proposed ban on public smoking

Princeton Borough could face a lawsuit if a proposed ban on smoking in public places is passed by the Princeton Regional Health Commission later this month, according to Borough attorney Michael Herbert.Herbert said if the health commission decides to accept the ordinance ? which would ban smoking not only in restaurants, bars and areas within 15 feet of public buildings but also in many private buildings ? the Borough could be sued for injunctive relief.Injunctive relief would exempt those filing suit from following the smoking ordinance."The firm [filing the suit] is arguing that the health commission is not an authority as a municipal governing body," Herbert said.Herbert ? whose firm has represented the Borough since 1987 ? declined to disclose the name of the law firm or the names of the parties that may file the suit.According to Herbert, this is not the first time the health commission has been confronted with legal charges.

NEWS | 03/07/2000

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Candidacy on the line, Bradley faces Super Tuesday

Voters across the nation will render their verdicts on Bill Bradley '65 and the rest of the presidential hopefuls today, as 16 states hold Democratic showdowns and 12 host Republican contests in the judgement day of the presidential nomination race.The former New Jersey senator's candidacy is on the line in today's primaries and caucuses, and there is wide consensus that he must win several states ? including at least one of the major contests ? to remain viable as a candidate.California and New York are Super Tuesday's biggest prizes, offering each state's Democratic primary winner 367 and 243 delegates respectively.

NEWS | 03/06/2000

Russian robber-baron potentially powerless in country he shaped

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky ? who amassed what some experts believe to be a multi-billion-dollar fortune through murky business dealings and connections to Russian prime ministers and presidents ? is unsure of what the future under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds for him, he said yesterday.Putin, who remains largely a mysterious figure in the West, is widely expected to win the upcoming Russian presidential election March 26.Berezovsky, speaking through a translator during an address in Dodds Auditorium, said people have asked him, "Could it not happen that the next day [Putin] will not put you in jail?""I have no guarantee that will not take place," Berezovsky admitted."What I know about [Putin] is positive," Berezovsky said in an interview after the speech.

NEWS | 03/06/2000

After unparalleled success in college, three Princetonians try their hands at pro lacrosse

For four years, Jon Hess '98, Jesse Hubbard '98 and Chris Massey '98 were Princeton lacrosse. The program took them in as freshmen, and they, in turn, took the program to new heights, in the process changing the face of the game.Two years after passing through Fitz Randolph Gate, the three have not lost their love for the game ? or the competitive drive that took them to the top of Princeton's record books.The inseparable trio did have to separate after winning its third straight national title as seniors.

NEWS | 03/06/2000

Dining services presents new meal plan, hours of operation for Frist Center

Director of Dining Services Stu Orefice gave a Microsoft PowerPoint demonstration at last night's USG meeting, detailing the new dining options and point plan that will be available with the opening of Frist Campus Center.Orefice said DDS will add more meal plans combining varying meal and point numbers, in which one point equals one dollar.

NEWS | 03/05/2000

Small, close-knit Baha'i community provides social support

Amanda Henck '02 spent 10 years learning about the Christian gospels at her Lutheran school in Hong Kong.Henck ? who, other than her siblings, was the only Baha'i at the predominantly Christian school ? said the school's environment was tolerant but not free from religious hostility."It was a very international school, but the most vocal people were the group of Pentecostal Christian youth," she explained.

NEWS | 03/05/2000

Future of sophomore workshops uncertain as student interest wanes

Sophomore workshops may be in their last year at Princeton, according to Associate Dean of the College Hank Dobin, who initiated the program.When the first five workshops ? "designed especially for and available exclusively to" sophomores ? were offered in the residential colleges three years ago, they were enthusiastically received, Dobin said.But not only has interest in the program since dipped, students also now have a tendency to neglect or drop out of the not-for-credit workshops, he said."I know that in some colleges they've had problems all down the line, from finding faculty to . . . students not showing up when they say they will," said Germanic languages department chair Michael Jennings, who added that his own experience with the program has been entirely positive.Dobin said he believes time constraints hampered student interest in the workshops.

NEWS | 03/05/2000

Different paths to Princeton . . . leave some feeling a step behind

When the members of the Class of 2004 first set foot inside a Nassau classroom next September, in many ways they will all be on the same academic footing ? the same graduation requirements, the same standards of excellence, the same number of hours in each day.In another sense, however, these students will face staggered starting lines for their University education, based in part on the educational paths they took to get here.Alberto Puentes '00 said he felt completely under-prepared by his urban public high school for the rigors of the University.

NEWS | 03/05/2000

Department chairs question faculty redistribution plan

The chairs of the University's smaller departments are promising to cling to their faculty a little more tightly these days after a suggestion by Paul Wythes '55 that the University redistribute its faculty to accommodate his committee's proposed addition of 500 undergraduate students.Wythes said in an interview this week that as a faculty member of a smaller department retired or left the University, he would not necessarily be replaced.

NEWS | 03/02/2000