Last night, in a call to arms for his new administration, USG President David Ascher '99 challenged those involved in student government to exhibit "passion" in their public service this year.At the new administration's first senate meeting, Ascher said USG members should risk being called "tools" or "nerds" to be dedicated to the issues that affect students."Passion and levelheadedness can go hand in hand," Ascher said, adding, "What concerns me is that you don't hear a lot about passion.
Vanity wasn't fair. Or so Brown University students and officials think.Vanity Fair's February issue suggests that Brown University's apparent haute couture, replete with fashionable alumni and "children of A-List New Yorkers," has helped the university leapfrog Princeton ? as well as Harvard and Yale universities ? as the elite Ivy League school to attend.The magazine takes a stab at Old Nassau and its Big 3 brethren, Harvard and Yale, with a graph called the "Fab Four: A freshman guide to Ivy League semiotics." Evgenia Peretz, the graph's creator, pokes fun at stereotypes attached to the four schools.
The number of students who bickered this year was slightly down relative to last year while the sign-in clubs proved somewhat more popular with the Class of 2000 than they had been with the Class of 1999.The changes came in a year when the sign-in clubs experimented with a new system that established a unified system for sophomores to join clubs earlier in the week than usual and four out of five selective clubs abruptly went off-tap for their final two Bicker sessions.Among the Bicker clubs, Cap and Gown Club had 98 students bicker with 56 receiving bids, 112 bickered Cottage Club and 81 were accepted, 120 bickered Ivy Club and the club took 65, and 92 were accepted out of the 120 who bickered Tower Club.
Shirley Wang '99 has been chosen as one of eight recipients of The National Collegiate Athletic Association/Freedom Foundation Sports Journalism Scholarship.The scholarship is a $3,000 award annually given to college juniors through a grant from The Freedom Foundation and the NCAA.According to its charter, the purpose of the scholarship is "to foster freedoms of speech and press while providing quality sports journalism education at the collegiate level." Only collegiate sports writers are eligible for the award."It was a surprise, obviously," said Wang, a sports editor for The Daily Princetonian.
Building a campus center seems simple enough. Just throw together some dining facilities, study areas and socializing space.
In order to fulfill the vision of Woodrow Wilson 1879, a large number of Princeton students are now taking the opportunity to truly serve their nation ? while studying overseas.Following a pattern of growing interest in international programs, the number of students studying abroad continues to increase.
Students who have spent a summer at the White House say the internship is a great experience, even if you only get to shake hands with the president.As the drama of the alleged Monica Lewinsky sex scandal continues to unfold, many are concerned that the media blitz will have a negative impact on summer internship programs in Washington."I am worried that students won't come to Washington," said Nan Wells, director of the University's Capitol Hill-based Office of Governmental Affairs.
The Department of Public Safety broke up four different room parties Saturday night. With many of the clubs admitting "members-only" during their initiations, most freshmen chose campus room parties as an alternative to the 'Street.'Lieutenant Lloyd Best of Public Safety explained that the number of parties investigated was higher than usual for a typical weekend night, attributing the increased activity in the rooms to the Bicker and sign-in activities this weekend.
In response to a public outcry by students and faculty, USG president David Ascher '99 will officially submit a resolution today to the U-Council urging the University "to remove all of the banisters on the Blair Arch steps as soon as possible."In addition to the resolution, Ascher will present a video showing skateboarders and rollerbladers attempting to slide down the stairs using the railings for support, potentially making the steps more dangerous than before the safety railings were added, he said.The U-Council will discuss the resolution, decide whether to support it and suggest to President Shapiro that the handrails be removed. LiabilityLaurel Harvey, director of the University's Office of Risk Management, has been a key proponent of the railings.
Since the civil rights movement swept the nation, February has increasingly gained a reputation as a time to celebrate black history.The Third World Center has scheduled an event for every day of February in order to pay tribute to black heritage.
Rep. Mike Pappas (R-Rocky Hill) and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Morristown) pledged to support funding for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory during a speech to PPPL staffers on Jan.
Finally, University students can have gourmet pancakes again. PJ's Pancake House officially reopens today after a fire forced the Nassau Street landmark to close last May.After more than eight months of renovation, the restaurant combines its traditional atmosphere and classic fare with a revamped interior and plans for an enhanced menu."It's been a long eight months," said general manager Ian Lloyd.
While most students spent intersession skiing, working on theses, or visiting friends at other colleges, several underclassmen ventured to more exotic locales to do humanitarian work.The Student Volunteers Council sponsored trips to Honduras and Georgia, while several other students visited Haiti with the Catholic-based organization Hands Together.One SVC group spent the week in Siguatepeque, a large town south of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where they joined volunteers from Habitat for Humanity in building a house for a young family.According to Jaynie Randall '99, she and Shlomit Levav '99 first became interested in leading a trip to Honduras last summer, and began researching the project when they returned here this fall.In a country that is not as accustomed to service projects and volunteer work as the United States, Randall said, the size of the Honduras-based program impressed her. Dedication"What struck me most was the dedication of the Habitat for Humanity people from Honduras," said Randall.
Students spend a lot of time contemplating their futures. University officials spend a lot time contemplating the future of the University.
While the beginning of the semester often brings student complaints over packet pricing, few realize they're paying for more than just copying.Students walking out of Pequod this week complained that paying for packets added too much an already high U-Store bill for books."Considering the amount of money we spend at the U-Store it's absurd how much we have to spend at Pequod," said Melissa Harrison '00.Jamie Odell '01 complained that packets were unreasonably priced.
Dean of Admission Fred Hargadon announced yesterday that the University offered admission to 555 of 1,637 early decision applicants for the Class of 2002."They all looked good to me," Hargadon said of the quality of the 33.9 percent of applicants who were accepted.Some of the 1,082 candidates not offered admission in the early decision process may still be accepted in the spring.
In an increased effort to ensure the safety and comfort of new and prospective eating club members at the 'Street' during Bicker and sign-ins week, the University's Standing Committee on the Status of Women endorsed a "commitment" to a "safe, healthy atmosphere in the eating clubs."Colleen Shanahan '98 led a subcommittee composed of female representatives from all the eating clubs that drafted the new commitment after the standing committee decided to "address women and eating clubs.""I know that the Dean of Student Life has handled several sexual harassment charges during bicker week," Shanahan said.
Choosing a club ? or choosing not to choose one ? is a decision that all University students face.
Avoiding discussion of the potential for any disciplinary proceedings, Assistant Dean of Student Life Marianne Waterbury confirmed yesterday there have been "conversations" between her office and officers of eating clubs due to concerns raised over this week's Bicker.The conversations were sparked primarily by deans' worries over "excessive consumption of alcohol" among minors at the eating clubs, Waterbury said."If there are violations that come to our attention, we would follow up on them," she said.