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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

Grad Student Suit

Former graduate student Jim Connell is suing the University for 60 counts ranging from personal injury to criminal negligence, citing several years of ignored complaints regarding his residential housing and laboratory conditions while studying neuropsychology, he said yesterday.Among other grievances, Connell accused the University of providing "living quarters which were dangerous, flooded and moldy," causing him to develop a dangerous lung condition called aspergillosis, according to the complaint he filed last year.

NEWS | 03/23/1998

Neil Rolnick kicks off new media lecture series with talk on music

To most casual listeners, computer-generated music may not measure up to PST.To Neil Rolnick, however, using technology to compose music is just like "using any other kind of instrument."Rolnick, who is chair of the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, spoke to an audience of about 30 yesterday on how he uses computers and other technology to compose music.His speech was the first in the "Series in New Media," a lecture series that will explore areas in which technology and arts interact, said professor of electrical engineering Wayne Wolf, who is sponsoring the talks.Rolnick spoke about several pieces that he composed using either computers or other technology.

NEWS | 03/23/1998