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Health concerns at Princeton: Student group addresses eating disorders

Though it is impossible to gauge how many University students suffer from eating disorders, one campus group is striving to do what it can to educate and counsel peers about the dangers of the diseases.Courtney Weiner '01, an eating concerns peer educator, helped conduct a study during her freshman year and concluded that of the 500 students surveyed, 25 percent had a type of eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia.Weiner witnessed problems with eating disorders firsthand while attending an all-female high school.Now, as an eating concerns peer educator, she said she and other members of the group are working to "change the concept of women and body at the University."Weiner said she and the other peer educators attempt to better inform students about eating disorders by speaking to residential advising groups and by providing advice and counseling for friends of students who may suffer from the diseases."We're sort of the foot soldiers of the group, educating people in the most casual settings," she said.

NEWS | 02/15/2000

Stumble in the 'Jungle': Quakers outlast men's hoops

The heart was there, but it just wasn't enough.Despite a heroic second-half effort from hobbled senior forward Mason Rocca, the men's basketball team failed to contain a hot-shooting Penn team, losing 55-46 last night in front of 7,385 raucous fans at Jadwin Gym.As a result, the Tigers (13-9 overall) fall to 5-2 in the Ivy League, two games behind the first-place Quakers (14-7, 7-0 Ivy League) and must now rely on another Ivy League team to blemish Penn's record before gaining any hope of an NCAA Tournament berth."It puts us out of control and we have to hope Penn loses ? which is not likely," Rocca said.

NEWS | 02/15/2000

University ready to grow with student body

The University may have proved itself Y2K-compliant, but if the board of trustees' proposed 10-percent increase in undergraduate enrollment is approved, Wythes compliance may be the campus's next obstacle.Most administrators said, however, that while more students would necessitate additional resources and University facilities, existing plans for campus growth would accommodate the needs of a larger student body."The electricity will go up, the heating will go up, cooling needs will go up, the need for city water will go up, all of these things will increase [with 500 additional students]," Director of Engineering Thomas Nyquist said.As it stands now, Nyquist said the University will be prepared to handle the increased demand on its resources.

NEWS | 02/15/2000


Students attack plans for Chancellor Green rotunda

The administration's plans to convert the Chancellor Green rotunda into a library were derailed, at least temporarily, at the U-Council meeting yesterday afternoon, after students bombarded University officials with complaints that the administration neither informed students about the plans nor solicited their input.During a tense meeting that administrators struggled to control, students argued that the two-level Chancellor Green rotunda should continue to serve as a cafe and location for special events, like the annual Salsa Party or Chinese New Year celebration.Administrators ? who earlier in the meeting presented their detailed plans as already finalized and said the issue only appeared on the meeting agenda "by popular demand," according to Provost Jeremiah Ostriker ? conceded that additional discussion with students on the proposal would be necessary before renovations would proceed.Associate provost Allen Sinisgalli said afterward he was "distressed" and "frustrated" by the agitation over what he said should be a decision made by administrators, not students.Referring to the 744 signatures on a petition to maintain the Chancellor Green rotunda as a social space, Sinisgalli said, "I think most people would sign anything.

NEWS | 02/14/2000

Computer science departments struggle to handle rising popularity

The boom in the Internet economy has proved to be a double-edged sword for university computer science departments nationwide.While a mass rush to major in the lucrative field has spurred demand for faculty in the departments, the Internet's lure is siphoning off those candidates who were previously more likely to enter academia.At Princeton, where the number of majors doubled from 42 in 1994 to 85 in 1999, the computer science department has been "bursting at the seams," said the department's acting chair Ken Steiglitz in an e-mail.Part of the pressure on the department comes from an expanding interest by non-majors to learn computer basics they will need for the future, according to Dean of Engineering and Applied Science James Wei."We felt that all engineering students should take a computer science class, but increasingly all the liberal arts students feel they cannot enter today's working world unless they know something about computers," Wei said.

NEWS | 02/14/2000

University professors teach beyond classroom walls through Internet and audio-cassette lectures

While students value the opportunity to attend lectures given by prestigious University professors, they often fail to realize that these professors teach others who have never set foot on campus.As part of a growing trend in higher education, professors across the country are using technology and the Internet to reach audiences far from the classroom.English professor John Fleming said he is in the midst of organizing an online course for alumni.

NEWS | 02/14/2000

Efforts to attract minorities still getting off the ground

In response to President Shapiro's call for more diversity in the faculty and student body, Associate Provost Joann Mitchell announced last year that the University would develop initiatives to bring more minorities to campus.But in the past year ? while expanded recruitment processes, summer programs and increased funds have been implemented to bring prospective minority students and candidates for administrative positions to the University ? specific initiatives to bring minorities and women to the faculty have yet not been developed, according to Mitchell.She said the provost's office was still intent on developing programs to increase diversity in the faculty.

NEWS | 02/14/2000

Several candidates remain as committee narrows field

The search committee charged with the task of finding former Dean of Student Life Janina Montero's successor has narrowed the field of applicants to about six, Vice President and Secretary Thomas Wright '62 said in the U-Council meeting yesterday.Wright referred to the new position as "chief of student affairs," though he added the committee still is considering alternate titles for the post.He also said the committee is discussing the exact role and responsibilities that will be associated with the new administrative position.The search committee ? which consists of four undergraduate students, one graduate student, four faculty members and three administrators ? is "very strongly represented by members of different areas of student life," according to Wright."It's a group of people who care a lot about student life at Princeton, and who know a lot about student life at Princeton," Wright added.The committee originally received about 70 nominations and applications for the student life administrator's position.

NEWS | 02/14/2000