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USG proposes less stringent fire safety inspections, codes

It's an all-too-familiar scenario to some students. Seconds after returning to your room from the shower, you hear a knock: "Fire inspectors." Without further delay, the inspectors make their entrance and proceed to go through the room as you stand watching, clad in nothing but a towel.The avoidance of this and other embarrassing situations is one of the goals of measures to reform fire and safety policy reform introduced by USG senator Carlos Lazatin '99.

NEWS | 02/25/1998

Missing manuscripts prompt curator to search Firestone

A pictorial manuscript from central Mexico has been misplaced from the Garrett Collection of indigenous manuscripts at Firestone Library, according to the collection's curator, Alfred Bush.The item was supposed to be included in the exhibition, "The Search for Latin America: Sources at Princeton," that recently opened in the library's main gallery, but it could not be found during the preparation of the exhibit.Peter Johnson, the exhibition's curator and bibliographer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal, said although there were many items in the University's collections to choose from, "when you can't find something, it's a cause of concern." MisplacedBush stressed that the manuscript is not missing from the library.

NEWS | 02/25/1998

Bosstones to play P-Party; contract remains uncertain

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will be knocking on the wooden floors of Dillon Gym this April for the University's annual P-Party, the band's booking agency said yesterday.Although the USG would not confirm the contract with the Bosstones, a ska-core band that has gained fame recently for its single "The Impression That I Get," the booking agency, Monterey Peninsula Artists, said the band would play in Dillon April 17."In this business, nothing is ever final until a contract is signed," said USG social chair Jeff Leven '00, who has the responsibility of getting a band for the annual spring concert.

NEWS | 02/24/1998

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Malkiel meets with students to discuss grading practices

Bringing the issue of grade inflation back to campus after it received national attention, Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel met with student representatives for the first time since her grading report was issued.Sunday's USG meeting gave students the opportunity to discuss grade inflation, P/D/F reform and the possibility of more flexible finals with Malkiel.Because the Committee on Examinations and Standing does not include students, the grade inflation report was issued without the consultation of students.

NEWS | 02/23/1998

Knight to resign as LGBA liaison

After serving less than one year as the Student Life office's liaison with the campus lesbian, gay and bisexual community, Stephen Knight said yesterday he will be resigning at the end of this week.Knight, who is an intern in the office, said he is leaving the University to take a position in New York City's family court system.

NEWS | 02/23/1998

Campus cable coverage prevents live broadcast of basketball games

Although 1.2 million homes in the eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey area were privy to last week's home basketball game against the University of Pennsylvania, the few thousand students here on campus were awarded no such luck.Unlike last year, the University has divided this year's men's basketball television coverage between two competing cable companies, one that is much larger and caters to a regional audience and another that serves a very localized area.Comcast, which serves an expansive eastern cable area ? with the exception of University dorms ? has televised the men's home games against Monmouth, Manhattan, Yale and Penn, and they will also provide live coverage of next week's away-game versus the Philadelphia rival.RCN, the smaller provider that feeds all University cable, does not have as large a media exposure for the men's team as Comcast.According to Kurt Kehl, associate director of Athletics for Public Affairs, RCN was supposed to televise the Penn game, but did not due to technical errors."The Comcast broadcast was on satellite, but RCN failed to pull it off," he said.

NEWS | 02/23/1998

Engineers investigate Jadwin floor after hoops fans shake bleachers

During the last three home basketball games, enthusiastic students and sellout crowds have rocked Jadwin ? literally.Following last week's Penn-Princeton game ? during which students jumped up and down in unison causing the court and ceiling to shake visibly ? the University called in an outside consultant to observe the floor during Friday's contest against Harvard.Director of Engineering Tom Nyquist called Allen Roth, vice president of Joseph B.

NEWS | 02/23/1998

Professors, residents assemble to protest possible Iraq bombing

More than 250 people carrying signs saying "If your enemy is hungry, feed him" and shouting "No more war and hate, it's time to negotiate," assembled in Palmer Square last night to voice their opposition to the use of military force in Iraq.During the interfaith candlelight vigil, 11 speakers, including Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies John Marks, addressed the protesters.

NEWS | 02/22/1998

Racial, religious minorities serve respective ethnic communities

Every Saturday afternoon, Rai Wilson '98 ventures beyond FitzRandolph Gate to another world. At the Clay Street Learning Center, a short walk down Witherspoon Street, Wilson tutors Tomai Young, an African-American 11-year-old, in the basics of reading, writing and math.As an African-American himself, Wilson said he has made a conscious decision to "find a place with black kids" and serve his own.Wilson is not the only one.

NEWS | 02/22/1998

Student group criticizes fan behavior at basketball games

Jon Garfunkel '98 could take the obscenities. He could take the catcalls. He could even take the incessant exhortations to "Sit down, you suck!"But when the student section behind the basket at the Princeton-Harvard basketball game was slapped with a technical foul for their raucous behavior on Friday, Garfunkel decided that something had to be done.The result was an ad hoc group, unofficially titled "Smart Fans," that encouraged students to clean up their act for the team's final home game Saturday night against Dartmouth.By putting up posters around campus, creating a Web page and simply urging people to show a little restraint, the group said it hoped to keep the team from getting penalized again for the fans' exuberance."People need to think for themselves, and not get sucked into mob mentality," Garfunkel said.

NEWS | 02/22/1998