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Wilson School takes 80 after 166 apply

The wait was wrenching.After hammering out its pool of 166 applicants last week, the Wilson School surprised 80 sophomores with congratulatory letters yesterday afternoon, a week earlier than expected.Will Carry '00 received the good news while he was getting lunch at Wilcox dining hall."I went to lunch today, and someone in the lunch line had their envelope and I saw it and ran up to the mailbox and ripped open that letter," Carry said."I was so excited I left the key in the mailbox," he added.This year's application bore a different look than ever before.

NEWS | 03/30/1998

USG attempts to attract minorities for positions in spring elections

With concerns growing that the face of the USG does not reflect the diversity of the University population, the student government stepped up efforts this election season to recruit candidates from international, minority and women's groups.Despite the increased efforts, the number of candidates from "underrepresented" groups running for U-Council and class office this spring is not significantly different from the number who ran in last year's election, according to USG vice president and elections chair Spencer Merriweather '00.Of the 38 candidates in last spring's campaign, 15 were either minorities or international students and 21 were women, Merriweather said.

NEWS | 03/30/1998

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Patents benefit University; researchers earn royalties

While many students see the University as only a teaching institution, research from Princeton professors has many far-reaching and even profitable effects on developing technologies worldwide.According to a report by the Association of University Technology Managers that surveyed research institutions nationwide, Princeton researchers were issued 16 patents in fiscal 1997.

NEWS | 03/29/1998

University receives money for 'learn and serve' classes

A grant from the Bonner Foundation has motivated students and faculty to promote cooperation between the University and the community.According to Associate Dean of the College Howard Dobin, the Bonner Foundation, a Princeton-based service organization, has received a large "Learn and Serve" grant from the Corporation of National Service.This funding will be distributed to a number of colleges and universities nationwide "to serve as feed money to encourage them to implement community-based learning," Dobin said.The University has $11,000 that will be renewable annually for a period of three years, Dobin added.

NEWS | 03/26/1998

University creates dorm assistant post

Are you bemoaning your room-draw time? Want a large single in Scully with a private bathroom? You might consider applying for the newly created position of Dormitory Assistant.The Office of the Dean of Student Life and the Department of Housing are currently advertising for applicants to fill two Dormitory Assistant positions in Scully Hall next year.

NEWS | 03/26/1998

Spring Concert to showcase Bosstones, God Street Wine

Though the impression many people got was that the Mighty Mighty Bosstones would be the only major band performing at this year's Spring Concert, the USG announced yesterday that, in addition to the Bosstones, God Street Wine, another band from the Mercury Records Label, has also been booked to play the event.USG social chair Jeff Leven '00, who is in charge of booking the bands, said he was excited about the upcoming concert.

NEWS | 03/25/1998

Professors remain hesitant to deflate

When a faculty committee issued a report in February detailing rampant grade inflation, the findings received national attention and had more than a few undergraduates fearing that the time when As and Bs flowed like wine was about to end.Nearly two months and dozens of departmental meetings later, it is looking increasingly unlikely that an across-the-boards rollback in grades will be happening any time soon.Although some professors seized upon the report as an opportunity to toughen standards, there are others who have expressed reluctance to take strong action to combat the trend."People say, 'Why should we punish our students?' or 'Why should we be the first to move?' " Wilson School Dean Michael Rothschild said, explaining why departments are generally not advocating immediate action.Rothschild said the school has held several meetings in recent weeks involving both faculty and students, but the conversations have not resulted in any kind of consensus as to what, if anything, should be done.He added that the school did send a letter to Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel explaining that it would be extremely difficult for the Wilson School to adjust grading standards this year, or even next year.To deflate or not to deflate?The Classics Department has reached a decision to take action about grade inflation, said chair Josiah Ober.

NEWS | 03/24/1998