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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

Students attempt to boost substance-free options for housing

While the number and location of upperclass substance-free and smoke-free rooms for this year's room draw will remain unchanged, some students hope to expand the initiative in future years.USG senator Jo Chen '00 said he is leading a project to better adapt the recently implemented substance-free housing to students' needs.The limited pilot program, available to rising juniors and seniors, began on a small scale last spring with sections of Edwards Hall designated as substance-free housing and rooms in 1901 Hall reserved as smoke-free.This year there are only 39 students participating in the program, with 29 of them living in Edwards and 10 in 1901. ExpansionChen said he is primarily looking to make the program more well-known, to expand the number of rooms available and to improve the quality of the rooms that are offered."Ultimately, I would like to see an entire building for nonsmokers," Chen said in early December, before the housing committee decided to maintain the status quo.Chen said he plans to include a survey with this spring's room draw guide that would give administrators and students involved with the program a more comprehensive idea of how students feel about substance-free housing.Before winter break, a substance-free housing survey was distributed as part of one of USG president Spencer Merriweather '00's campus-wide emails.

NEWS | 01/09/2000

Students to spend Intersession on mission trip to Rwanda

Four students from the Crossroads Christian Fellowship ? Jason Harris '00, Dan Popkave '00, Cassie Gyuricza '00 and Ben Farmer '01 ? will pass up package trips to Vermont, the Bahamas and Cancun to travel to war-ravaged Rwanda during Intersession to teach English and participate in a Christian outreach project.Harris said he first devised the plan for the mission trip after speaking with members of his local church who have contacts in Rwanda with Worldvision, an international Christian relief organization.

NEWS | 01/09/2000

Dobkin to travel to Israel on Fulbright Scholarship

In a few weeks, computer science department chair David Dobkin will embark on his six-month Fulbright scholarship and sabbatical to pursue research in Haifa, Israel.Dobkin was awarded a Ful-bright last spring to research computer graphics and the mathematical algorithms used to create such graphics at the Technion Institute.Describing his work as the creation of "virtual worlds that parallel reality," Dobkin said he studies how to build a complex image using many simple polygons ? each with its own algorithm.

NEWS | 01/06/2000

New Year's accident claims life of McConville '00

Mary McConville '00 of Salinas, Calif., died in Paris on New Year's Day after a four-story fall from the apartment where she was staying with friends, according to Paris police.McConville woke up around 3 or 4 a.m., opened one of the apartment's floor-to-ceiling windows and inadvertently lost her footing, falling after attempting to open a second, outer window, according to both University Director of Communications Justin Harmon '78 and Judith Miller, McConville's mother.Miller said McConville had spent the night quietly, going out for sushi with friends and avoiding downtown Paris, which she considered dangerous.Police said McConville died on impact.

NEWS | 01/06/2000