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Committee considers footbridge

Pedestrians may no longer have to risk their lives while crossing Washington Road.The University's pedestrian safety task force met for the yesterday for the second time to discuss "ways of providing safer means" for crossing the particularly dangerous street, said Associate Director of Public Safety Chuck Nouvel, who chairs the committee.The task force is trying to "make real movement" toward improving pedestrian safety, said USG vice president Spencer Merriweather '00.With the help of the USG, the task force also hopes to educate students about pedestrian and bicyclist crossing regulations, Nouvel said.

NEWS | 03/05/1998

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Jadwin to sell NCAA hoops tickets 'first come, first served'

As the men's basketball team heads off to the NCAA tournament students are wondering how ? and if ? they can get tickets to the games.This year as in the past, tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, with students camping outside of Jadwin Gymnasium to ensure a place at the front of the line.According to USG president David Ascher '99, the USG and Jadwin's ticket office considered implementing a lottery system to distribute the tickets after hearing students voice complaints that they would have to camp out during midterms week to get tickets.To gage student attitude on the issue, the USG performed a voice-mail survey and called 200 students Tuesday night, asking them which system they would prefer.According to Ascher, the voice-mail survey indicated "an overwhelming majority in favor of a first-come, first-served basis.""When we found out that most students have problems with the lottery system, we decided to scrap it," Ascher said."With the first-come, first-serve basis, students who really want the tickets and who are willing to make sacrifices for them are going to get them," Ascher said.The NCAA pairings will be announced at 6 p.m.

NEWS | 03/04/1998

FBI probes causes of computer crash

Investigations are still underway to explain the computer crash that affected thousands of civilian and military computers all over the nation, including those at the University.During a 36-hour period that began early Monday evening, several schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Minnesota, and the University of California at Berkeley, were affected, according to the Associated Press. Nationwide investigationsSeveral unclassified Navy computers were also affected, according to Commander O'Leary from the U.S.

NEWS | 03/04/1998

Website images confuse students; CIT admits to posting odd photos

Aliens landed on campus.Or so students might have thought Monday night.The University home page usually displays picturesque images of campus, but late Monday those photos were replaced with images that Manager of Web Instructional and Media Services Serge Goldstein described as "puzzling and strange."The new photos included a man shouting in a vacant room, a large, unidentifiable face and a blurry, spherical object that closely resembled a flying saucer.Now you see 'em . . ."We were just using a new set of rotating pictures for the home page," Goldstein explained.

NEWS | 03/03/1998

Bypass project remains contested as residents voice traffic concerns

The saga of the Millstone Bypass continues.Supporters of the bypass have been trying to rush the project toward approval in recent months, trying to work through the web of laws and regulations.The Millstone Bypass, which would close the tree-lined section of Washington Road entering campus, has been planned for 20 years, said John Dourdarian, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.The bypass would also replace three traffic lights along Route 1.

NEWS | 03/03/1998

Growth rate of endowment ranks tenth among wealthiest colleges

While the University's endowment increased by more than 10 percent in the last fiscal year, that growth rate placed last among the 10 largest college endowments in the United States.Growth rates of the top 10 endowments spanned from Emory University's 41.8-percent increase to Princeton's 10.6 percent, according to The New York Times, which based its data on a survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.The average growth rate for the 25 colleges and universities with endowments of $1 billion or more was 21.9 percent, about double Princeton's growth rate, the Times reported.Despite its low ranking, the University maintained the fourth largest endowment in the nation, totaling almost $5 billion.Conditions were ripe for investments last fiscal year.

NEWS | 03/02/1998

University to add arch to Patton for easier cross-campus travel

The University will close Patton Hall for renovation next year to place an arch through the center of the building and refurbish dorm rooms.The arch will create a path that runs straight through campus, connecting Forbes to the soon-to-be-built Campus Center and McCosh Health Center.Undergraduate Life Committee chair Dana Berneman '99 said she supports construction of the arch.

NEWS | 03/02/1998

DEC contemplates new eating options

Members of Dial, Elm, Cannon Club may be making their own meals next year if the DEC Graduate Board accepts one of several new meal plan alternatives currently being discussed.According to DEC president Gretchen Hultman '99, DEC members are evaluating several eating programs for next year, including one possibility that would entail making DEC a coop in which members would make their own meals, thus eliminating the need for a full kitchen staff.These fiscal considerations come after DEC's low turnout during Snicker and sign-in period last month, yielding only 20 new members."We are trying to look into (eating) options that take into account our low club membership," Hultman said.According to Hultman, DEC members met Sunday evening to discuss a new club policy enacted Feb.

NEWS | 03/02/1998