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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

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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

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Nuclear scientists and environmental activists . . . collaborating?

Noah Rhys '93 is paid by NASA to dream up new ideas and technologies for space flight.And though he spends plenty of time pondering nuclear-powered spacecraft, one of the more difficult projects he is working on is developing right here on Earth.A propulsion research scientist at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Rhys is trying to open a dialogue between two very different groups ? nuclear energy researchers and environmentalists."My involvement is trying to get research scientists to have conversations with the people who end up on the other side of the fence, literally, protesting space missions," Rhys said.NASA research is very vulnerable to negative public opinion, Rhys said.

NEWS | 04/20/2000

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False sympathy can be a crutch

Comrades, I have been plagued by a new and over-arching evil. I speak not of the unstoppable march of mindless capitalism, nor even of the deplorable state of my room's drink fund, from which I recently embezzled $20.Nay, the tragedy I speak of is at once personal and universal, historic and immediate ? I'm on crutches, and I hate them.

NEWS | 04/20/2000

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Fuchs to log off from CIT

When Ira Fuchs was appointed the University's vice president for computing and information technology 15 years ago, he stepped onto a campus where scarce technology resources were scattered across different departments.On July 1, Fuchs will accept the newly created position of Vice President for Research in Information Technology at the Andrew W.

NEWS | 04/19/2000

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$40 Million, Please?

Most students dread asking their parents to furnish eating club dues or finance a Spring Break trip.Now imagine asking them to buy you an F-16.This scenario is not unlike what the University has faced repeatedly during the five-year run of its $1-billion anniversary campaign, asking some alumni to go above and beyond the call of duty in support of Old Nassau.Vice President and Secretary Thomas Wright '62 illustrated what it is like to approach alumni and ask them, literally, for $40 million."One, it's not for me," he said with a laugh.

NEWS | 04/19/2000