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Self-defense classes teach women physical, psychological strength

Though Sexual Violence Awareness Month comes around only once a year, the University offers self-defense classes on a regular basis.For the past nine years, self-defense instructor Linda Ransom has been offering semester-long classes to teach women how to defend themselves from sexual assailants."I think every female on this campus should at least, if not here, take some form of basic self-defense," Ransom said.

NEWS | 04/05/1998

Questionnaires play key role in freshmen housing decisions

For those of you who have wondered where your initial room preference forms went, read on.Did anyone ever read your carefully planned answers, or were you instead tossed together with three incompatible people?While no one will call freshmanyear assignments an exact science, those involved do pride themselves on their work."Many people thank me for the lifelong friends they've made (from their freshman-year roommates)," said Linda Mahler, Butler College Administrator.However, there is also another side that is not so rosy.

NEWS | 04/02/1998

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Federal prosecutor details role in bombing trial

Although the Wilson School seniors' end-of-thesis celebration in the fountain may have been Robertson Hall's most visible event yesterday afternoon, some people focused their attention on a speech by Justice Department attorney Beth Wilkinson '84 in Dodds Auditorium.In her talk, entitled "The Oklahoma City Bombing Trial," Wilkinson, Special Attorney to the United States Attorney General, reflected on her experience as a prosecutor in the case United States v.

NEWS | 04/02/1998

Snowless winter frees resources, allows for building improvements

While many sophomores must resign themselves to the cold reality of an indefinitely postponed Nude Olympics, at least the Department of Grounds and Building Maintenance officials can enjoy a sizeable budget surplus thanks to this winter's warm weather.According to Grounds and Building Maintenance Grounds Manager James Consolloy, maintenance personnel typically spends much of the winter season plowing snow and repairing damage caused to University facilities by cold weather.Consolloy explained that a normal amount of snow during the course of a winter costs the University approximately $180,000.

NEWS | 04/01/1998

Students travel to Houston to conduct NASA experiment

When three engineering students decided to travel to Houston for a "micro-gravity" experiment, they thought their experience would be strictly scientific.However, when Isaac Boxx '99, Michael Sachinis '98 and Alan Mattamana '99 stepped onto NASA's KC-135A airplane, they discovered what it would feel like to be in outer space."I've sky dived and nothing can match near-zero gravity," Mattamana said.The students travelled to Houston March 23-24 after NASA accepted a proposal submitted by Boxx to solve the problem of mist buildup on space-bound telescopes.However, the students wound up with a lesson in biology, as well.The zero-gravity plane achieved 40 jumps ? or "parabolas" ? that tested the students' stomachs.

NEWS | 04/01/1998

Dinner promotes Asian heritage, kicks off cultural awareness month

Before participants in the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month discussed the more serious issues of the coming weeks, organizer Rebecca Choi '00 encouraged them to address culinary topics at the event's kickoff dinner last night in the Third World Center."Enjoy the richest part of Asian-American culture ? our food," Choi said.Last night's dinner marked the beginning of "APAHM," a national celebratory month to commemorate the achievements of Asian Americans.

NEWS | 04/01/1998

'Freewheels' to bring bikes to Borough for public riding

Princeton-area residents will soon be able to enjoy a convenient new method of wheeling about town.Beginning in late May, the Greater Mercer County Transportation Management Authority will station bicycles around the Borough for public use, according to TMA Executive Director Sandra Brillhart.The program, known as "freewheels," is intended "to reduce (traffic) congestion in and around the Borough of Princeton" and "to promote bicycling as an environmentally friendly means of local travel," Brillhart said.A total of approximately 50 bikes have been obtained through donations from the Borough Police and the University.According to Associate Director of Public Safety Chuck Nouvel, the University provided about 10 bicycles for the program.

NEWS | 03/31/1998