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Pride Alliance commends University for increased recognition

One year after launching a comprehensive "climate assessment survey" to evaluate the atmosphere for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at the University ? and the week after Pride Week ? members of the Princeton Pride Alliance say they are pleased with the progress Princeton has made in increasing gay awareness.Lesbian Gay Bisexual Concerns Coordinator Ryan Foley said two goals emerged from the survey ? goals that the Pride Alliance has focused on during the past academic year.The first goal, he said, was to secure continued support from the University for Pride Alliance activities.

NEWS | 04/25/2000

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At Your Convenience

Chumbawumba's "Tubthumping" blares from the television overhead. But the song's normal lyrics ? "He takes a whiskey drink, he takes a vodka drink, he takes a lager drink, he takes a cider drink" ? are noticeably different.Clean-cut Wawa employees with perfectly tuned voices perform carefully choreographed dance moves as a short, balding manager cabbage-patches in his office."He takes a fresh kiwi, she takes a large coffee, he takes a ham shorti, she takes a hot sizzli," they sing in a disturbingly cheerful tone.This instructional video for Wa trainees serves a crucial role in Wa employee training, teaching them Rule No.

NEWS | 04/25/2000

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Israeli martial arts fights its way into local police training regime

Typical small-town police forces are not trained in Israeli military martial arts. The police forces of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, however, are far from typical.In May, some of the area's police officers will supplement their law-enforcement skills with Krav Maga ? the martial art designed in the 1930s specifically for Israeli defense forces.David Kahn '94, who is coordinating the workshops, first suggested training Borough and Township police in the martial arts after returning to Princeton from a trip to Israel earlier this year.

NEWS | 04/25/2000

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More than womb-mates

To those who do not know them, sophomores Jonathan and Vanessa Wong appear to be dating. They walk together to class, they are both members of Charter Club and they even appear physically complementary.But the two are not sweethearts ? they are twins."We spend so much time together that the first assumption people make is that we're boyfriend and girlfriend," Jonathan said, adding that he sees his twin sister ? who lives two entryways away from him in Holder Hall ? many times each day.While the Wong twins view attending the same school as normal, twins at the University are far from ordinary.

NEWS | 04/25/2000

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Lewis Steers a 'New New' Course

Though writer Michael Lewis '82 worked at a high-profile investment bank after graduating from the University, he did not spend his college days preparing for 60-hour work weeks and dinners at the office.Instead, as an art history major, Lewis examined the works of famous artists and wrote his senior thesis on Donatello's use of antique and classical sources.And despite a prominent writing career that includes two books ? "Liar's Poker" and "The New New Thing" ? Lewis admits that he occasionally thinks about his thesis."I still have dreams about it," Lewis said.

NEWS | 04/24/2000

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From Rocky College to a dean of the college

Expanding her sphere of influence beyond Rockefeller College's freshmen and sophomores, Rockefeller College Director of Studies Carol Porter will be working with underclassmen from all residential colleges beginning next year as the new associate dean of the college.Porter, who will assume her new post July 1, will succeed Harold McCulloch.

NEWS | 04/24/2000

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Diversity Deficiency

When the three most recent USG presidents posed together for a picture at a party in Tower Club last semester, they contentedly joked about the scene being captured on film ? a multi-ethnic Mount Rushmore for 1990s Princeton.David Ascher '99 is Jewish and a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

NEWS | 04/24/2000

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Exemption of private clubs inflames debate over proposed smoking ban

After several eating clubs submitted written objections to an ordinance banning smoking in Princeton, the Regional Health Commission agreed during a meeting last week to consider an amendment that would exempt eating clubs and other private social clubs from the ban.But since that decision, some local business owners and opponents of the ban have raised questions about the validity of exempting private establishments while including public bars and restaurants.

NEWS | 04/24/2000

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Fire officials say cigarettes likely sparked Frist Campus Center fire

Borough Fire Official William Drake said yesterday that the investigation of the March 23 fire at the Frist Campus Center has led him to all but conclude that the blaze was sparked by rooftop cigarette smoking by one or more contractors."We did find a lot of cigarette butts up there," he said.Drake added that his department initially believed the fire ? which destroyed insulation and roofing materials valued between $25,000 and $30,000 ? had been caused by cigarettes, and further investigations have supported these preliminary theories.

NEWS | 04/24/2000

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University trustees offer permanent positions to eight professors

In addition to their highly publicized approval of the 500-student increase in the size of the student body, the University Board of Trustees recently offered eight professors the opportunity to call Princeton home ? permanently.At their April 15 meeting, the trustees bestowed the title of professor on Athanassoios Panagiotopoulos of the University of Maryland and Elizabeth Gould of the University psychology department.

NEWS | 04/24/2000

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In decidedly peaceful encore, Singer protestors meet with Wright

Pushing baby carriages and holding the hands of shy toddlers, about 30 members of United Parents Protesting Singer and Not Dead Yet gathered outside FitzRandolph Gate on Saturday to demand that the University rescind its appointment of bioethicist Peter Singer.If the University refuses, organizers threatened to instigate a nationwide boycott of companies with ties to University trustees, including The Gap and Avon.The protesters took pains to distinguish themselves from previous demonstrators who drew comparisons between Singer and Hitler and chained themselves to University buildings.The predominantly female organizers stood outside University grounds peacefully from 11 a.m.

NEWS | 04/23/2000

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Committee to begin review of honor code

Last night the honor committee kicked off a period of revision and public self-examination by proposing an amendment to the honor code constitution meant to clarify its procedures.The amendment ? which the USG will vote on at its meeting during reading period ? resolves "simply a wording issue" in the constitution, according to committee clerk Justin Browne '01.The existing constitution dictates that a student suspected of an honor code violation choose a "defense adviser." This position can be filled by either of the two committee members investigating the allegation after those members decide ? following consultation with the committee chair ? there is sufficient evidence to hold a hearing.

NEWS | 04/23/2000

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Not smiling yet: Graduate students demand University dental plan

After a semester spent responding to University-imposed restrictions on the Debasement Bar and speculation over the possible location for a sixth residential college, graduate students have taken a proactive stance on another issue ? securing dental benefits for University employees.The charge has been led by Graduate Students for Local Activism ? a group that earlier this month held a rally in Firestone plaza during which 149 students, faculty and staff pledged their support for the dental benefits campaign.According to Karthick Ramakrishnan GS, the group's president, no University employees are granted dental care under their health benefits plans.

NEWS | 04/23/2000

The Daily Princetonian

Last chance: Professor absences complicate course selection

In preparation for today's course card deadline, many juniors spent part of the weekend choosing some of the last classes they will take during their Princeton careers.That already difficult decision may have been made even harder, however, when the course guide revealed the array of popular professors who will not be teaching next year.Senior professors at Princeton are required to spend five consecutive semesters on campus before they are eligible for leave, according to history department chair Philip Nord.

NEWS | 04/23/2000