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Students travel to Houston to conduct NASA experiment

When three engineering students decided to travel to Houston for a "micro-gravity" experiment, they thought their experience would be strictly scientific.However, when Isaac Boxx '99, Michael Sachinis '98 and Alan Mattamana '99 stepped onto NASA's KC-135A airplane, they discovered what it would feel like to be in outer space."I've sky dived and nothing can match near-zero gravity," Mattamana said.The students travelled to Houston March 23-24 after NASA accepted a proposal submitted by Boxx to solve the problem of mist buildup on space-bound telescopes.However, the students wound up with a lesson in biology, as well.The zero-gravity plane achieved 40 jumps ? or "parabolas" ? that tested the students' stomachs.

NEWS | 04/01/1998

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Dinner promotes Asian heritage, kicks off cultural awareness month

Before participants in the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month discussed the more serious issues of the coming weeks, organizer Rebecca Choi '00 encouraged them to address culinary topics at the event's kickoff dinner last night in the Third World Center."Enjoy the richest part of Asian-American culture ? our food," Choi said.Last night's dinner marked the beginning of "APAHM," a national celebratory month to commemorate the achievements of Asian Americans.

NEWS | 04/01/1998

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'Freewheels' to bring bikes to Borough for public riding

Princeton-area residents will soon be able to enjoy a convenient new method of wheeling about town.Beginning in late May, the Greater Mercer County Transportation Management Authority will station bicycles around the Borough for public use, according to TMA Executive Director Sandra Brillhart.The program, known as "freewheels," is intended "to reduce (traffic) congestion in and around the Borough of Princeton" and "to promote bicycling as an environmentally friendly means of local travel," Brillhart said.A total of approximately 50 bikes have been obtained through donations from the Borough Police and the University.According to Associate Director of Public Safety Chuck Nouvel, the University provided about 10 bicycles for the program.

NEWS | 03/31/1998

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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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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

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Prosecutors discuss plea bargain in Sovereign Bank robbery case

Five months after Sandy Casiano and Harold Davila allegedly robbed a Nassau Street bank of more than $140,000, federal prosecutors are trying to negotiate a plea bargain with the pair."We're preparing as if this were going to trial, but we're hoping there's going to be a plea," said FBI Special Agent James Dougherty.Dougherty explained that it is customary for prosecutors to try to reach a plea bargain agreement before taking a case to trial.

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

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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