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Community commemorates life of 'native son' Robeson

Exactly 100 years ago, a boy was born at 72 Witherspoon St. whose birth certificate bears only one word ? "Robeson" ? on the line provided for his full name.Tuesday night, University faculty and administrators came together with supporters of the Princeton Arts Council to celebrate the centennial birthday of "Princeton's native son," entertainer Paul Robeson.Provost Jeremiah Ostriker, the evening's first speaker, called Robeson "Princeton's most famous son," but said it was unfortunate that the multi-talented entertainer was a "casualty of the Cold War," betrayed by the country's racist and anticommunist sentiments. A colorful historyRobeson's father was an ex-slave, who escaped from Virginia at the age of 16 and eventually became the pastor of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church.Robeson graduated from Somerville High School and attended Rutgers University, where he was valedictorian of the Class of 1919.

NEWS | 04/08/1998

Academic Departments Discuss Different Penalties for Late Theses

Perhaps the surest sign of spring in Princeton came last Friday as seniors in the Wilson School and the Politics department jumped into the Wilson School fountain to celebrate turning in their theses.For those who didn't finish in time to frolick in the fountain, each department has an individual policy on turning in late theses. Missing the trainThe politics department enforces a penalty of one-third of a letter grade for every two days the thesis is turned in late.

NEWS | 04/08/1998

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Incumbents retain class offices; election draws uneven turnout

In an election dominated by incumbents, the Classes of 1999, 2000 and 2001 chose their class officers and U-Counselors amidst inconsistent voter turnout.Grace Maa '99 won 65 percent of the vote to serve a second term as president of the class of '99, defeating Brian Jo '99.Jamie Flynn '99, who ran unopposed, will also serve another term as class vice president next year.

NEWS | 04/07/1998

McCarter expands facilities to host growing theater, dance programs

Students hoping to produce theatrical performances will soon have a venue in addition to 185 Nassau.McCarter Theatre has announced plans to build a second auditorium to serve as, among other things, a stage for the University's theater and dance program.The new theater, which will seat about 350, will be located behind McCarter, on the grassy hill that slopes toward the Wawa Market.Jeffrey Woodward, McCarter's managing director, said the auditorium would take three years to build and would cost about $8 million.

NEWS | 04/06/1998

Angell addresses ethics of clinical trials in Third World

For those who think physicians always place a higher priority on research, Dr. Marcia Angell, Executive Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, has another opinion."People are not guinea pigs," argued Angell in her speech in Dodds Auditorium last night, explaining that humans cannot be used as the means to an end, even if the end is a worthwhile one."Research must hold human welfare above the interest of society and science," she said.

NEWS | 04/06/1998

Science departments draft proposal for cancer center

Hoping to launch a cutting-edge interdisciplinary program, three science departments have proposed building a cancer center at the University.The departments of chemistry, molecular biology and physics have joined forces to propose the center, which is "not a done deal yet," said Thomas Shenk, chair of the molecular biology department.Shenk said he expects a decision in the next few months as to whether the project will go forward.

NEWS | 04/06/1998

USG debates 24-hour lockdown by weighing civil rights, security

In a USG Senate meeting Sunday evening, members discussed the possible relationship between the 24-hour dormitory lockdown and the civil liberties of students and faculty.According to Public Safety Systems Administrator Barry Weiser, a computer in Stanhope Hall keeps track of the time and location of each prox use, providing a real-time record of the buildings people enter on campus.USG president David Ascher '99 said the civil liberty issue would have to be addressed before the USG Senate could make a final evaluation of the 24-hour lockdown."It's too easy to access (prox entry) data," Ascher said.

NEWS | 04/06/1998

International Festival features food, dancing

Dillon Gymnasium held the world yesterday.The University's 24th annual International Festival featured a flag ceremony and an address by President Shapiro as well as an array of ethnic merchandise from student groups and local shops."Our goal was to make Dillon Gym a place where anybody can express themselves by selling food, sharing information or performing," said Eleni Constantinou '00, the co-chair of the event and president of the International Students Association of Princeton."The aim is to have a Sunday where people can hear the music from outside and just come in and enjoy it," she said.Performing groups and artists graced the stage at the back of the gym, sharing part of their cultures with the audience. Cultural mix"We were really happy with the performances ? we had a really good mix," said Eckhart Richter '98, International Festival co-chair and president of the International Consortium.

NEWS | 04/05/1998

Pilfers to complete four-band schedule for Spring Concert

They may not end up stealing the show, but the Pilfers have been tapped to round out the four-band set for this year's Spring Concert.God Street Wine, Clowns for Progress and now the Pilfers will open a show headlined by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.The four improbably named bands will together make for a three-and-a-half hour concert."We thought that a package show was a great way to reach a broad spectrum of students," said USG president David Ascher '99.

NEWS | 04/05/1998