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Citing international obligations, Mandela cancels appearance

Nelson Mandela has canceled his visit to the University scheduled for February 25, officials announced Thursday.The former South African president had been slated to deliver an address in Jadwin Gym and receive an honorary degree from the University recognizing his many contributions to humanity.Mandela was forced to call off his entire tour of the United States that included a visit to the University because of continuing international obligations, according to a statement from President Shapiro.Mandela will be traveling to the Middle East and west Africa during the time he was scheduled to visit Princeton, according to University spokesman Justin Harmon '78.African studies program director Jeffrey Herbst said Mandela holds a critical position as the official mediator for negotiations in Burundi, a nation in central Africa.

NEWS | 01/30/2000

45 sophomores sign-in to Colonial Club; officers remain positive despite low turnout

The sophomore takeover of Colonial Club that has been in the works for months failed to materialize last night when only 45 sophomores joined the eating club.Several of the sophomores who organized the potential takeover once claimed to have contacted more than 100 sophomores who planned to sign-in to Colonial.

NEWS | 01/30/2000

. . . as Bradley steps up his fight

PLYMOUTH, N.H. ? With elbows flying, Democratic candidate Bill Bradley '65 chased his opponent Vice President Al Gore around New Hampshire this weekend, battling for the support of as-yet-undecided voters in the last days before tomorrow's presidential primary.Coming off a sound defeat in the Iowa caucuses last week, Bradley has been campaigning hard for a strong showing in New Hampshire.

NEWS | 01/30/2000

Forbes finds new optimism . . .

LACONIA, N.H. ? After a strong second place showing in the Iowa caucuses last week, Steve Forbes '70 was working hard in New Hampshire this weekend, looking to continue his recent success in this coming Tuesday's presidential primary.Approximately 100 Forbes supporters gathered Saturday at the Laconia Country Club to cheer on the famous magazine publisher and conservative candidate.Forbes gave his standard stump speech to the crowd, noting especially his success in the Iowa caucus and his optimism about the upcoming New Hampshire primary.

NEWS | 01/30/2000

Catholic University student arrested at Princeton men's basketball game

A Catholic University student was arrested at a Princeton-Catholic men's basketball game in Jadwin Gym last Monday night, according to Princeton Township Police.The student, Connor Chamberlain, faces a defiant trespassing charge and a disorderly conduct charge, Captain Peter Savalli said Friday."He was apparently using profanity and throwing objects," Savalli said.

NEWS | 01/30/2000

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PriCom recommends granting half of proposed Dillon Gym budget

The Priorities Committee has proposed granting half of the $100,000 requested for the operation of the newly renovated Dillon Gym fitness center, prompting questions about whether an increase in the gym's operating hours and staffing will be possible.At Wednesday afternoon's U-Council meeting the Priorities Committee also recommended large increases in spending on financial aid, faculty and staff salaries, University libraries and career services.The proposed $470,000 financial aid spending would increase aid to students from middle-class families beginning with the class of 2004.

NEWS | 01/16/2000

Prosecutor dismisses charges in Brodherson '00 drug case

The Princeton municipal prosecutor has dismissed all charges against Marc Brodherson '00, the student arrested after police searched his room to find the cause of his roommate's collapse.After almost three months of investigation, the charges against Brodherson were dismissed late last month at the direction of the Mercer County prosecutor's office, according to municipal court official Susan Shapiro.Brodherson was arrested last September and charged with several counts of drug possession following a search of his room after his roommate, Andrew Frisbie '00, collapsed outside Brown Hall.

NEWS | 01/16/2000

University negotiates final details for installation of Serra sculpture

Installation of a massive Richard Serra sculpture, planned for the area between Peyton and Fine halls, has been delayed after the astrophysics department expressed concerns that lighting for the sculpture would interfere with the operation of telescopes on Peyton Hall's roof.Consultants are completing lighting studies of the 94-foot-long, 162-ton sculpture, which is in storage in a University facility.Vice President and Secretary Tom Wright '62 said the University is considering the astrophysics department's concerns, but added he is reasonably certain the sculpture will be erected in the planned location."I think the department is more comfortable than they were," Wright said, adding that the completed studies indicate that the lighting around the sculpture will not interfere with the telescopes significantly.Wright said the remaining issues are the choice of lighting and engineering changes to the large utility lines under the sculpture's proposed site. LeeryAstrophysics professor Bruce Draine said he is satisfied with the University's response to his department's concerns, but added he is leery of the sculpture's possible lighting schemes."I saw a report by a lighting consultant shown to us in December that suggested that very low amounts of lighting might be sufficient," Draine said.

NEWS | 01/16/2000

Sophomores pay Colonial $500 to secure position in early sign-ins

Adding another twist to the saga over what is to become of Colonial Club, some sophomores are committing financially to the club this month to secure early membership prior to sign-in week.Nearly 50 students have paid or made arrangements to pay the $500 spring fees in exchange for guaranteed membership, according to one sophomore who will join the club but asked not to be named.Despite the large number of sophomores committing to the club before sign-in week, newly elected Colonial president Melissa Waage '01 said the club still will have regular sign-ins.Even though the early commitment process effectively bypasses the usual sign-in procedures, ICC president Will Staples '00 noted that Colonial does not need to consult the council to change its own sign-in process. 'Act cohesively'"Colonial wouldn't have to get approval," Staples said.

NEWS | 01/16/2000

Independently run PAW to transfer supervisory responsibility to council

Long a publication run independent of the University, the Princeton Alumni Weekly will transfer administrative responsibility for its publication to the University's Alumni Council this summer, raising concerns about the editorial freedom of the magazine.The decision stemmed from concerns that as a separate organization, the magazine was unable to take full advantage of the University's financial and administrative resources, Vice President for Public Affairs Robert Durkee '69 said.A PAW review committee recommended the new structure for the magazine.

NEWS | 01/16/2000

Bradley reverses decision, electing to keep Mudd Library papers private

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley '65 has decided not to make public some personal papers that are located in the Seeley Mudd Library, despite a promise to the contrary earlier this week, University officials said yesterday.Bradley said Sunday he would make public the personal papers from his 18-year tenure in the Senate to prove that he had never used his office to plead financial contributors' cases.Monday, however, Bradley campaign officials said, rather than making the papers open to the public, they would instead file a request through the Freedom of Information Act to have federal agencies release any correspondence they have had with Bradley.Bradley deposited the papers in Mudd Library two years ago so archivists could prepare them for future public access.

NEWS | 01/11/2000

Dartmouth plans to revise Greek system, residential life

As the Princeton community struggles to grow into this year's new alcohol initiative, Dartmouth College took a crucial step Monday toward its goals of controlling alcohol abuse on campus and improving student life.Dartmouth's Committee on the Student Life Initiative released a comprehensive list of recommendations, which included reconstructing the Greek System and creating a dormitory system similar to Princeton's residential colleges.Last year, Dartmouth's campus was in an uproar after its board of trustees announced its intention to eliminate the Greek system.

NEWS | 01/11/2000

In annual address, Whitman pledges grants for education, praises Shapiro

Gov. Christie Whitman unveiled new plans for higher education during her State of the State address yesterday, pledging $25 million in grants for public university math and science programs as well as funding for technology research.In her speech, Whitman also recognized President Shapiro for his contributions as co-chair of The Edison Partnership, an organization she founded two years ago."The Edison Partnership is a group of people from labor, academia and government," Shapiro said.

NEWS | 01/11/2000

First at Frist: Paul Breitman

Though he occupies a temporary office and began his work at the University only a few days ago, Paul Breitman seems to be making a smooth transition to his new position as director of the Frist Campus Center and said he hopes the new facility will play an important role in students' lives."I want to get out and meet people and be visible as a contributing member of the community," Breitman said yesterday.

NEWS | 01/11/2000