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D-Bar managers quit over policy dispute

Both student managers of the graduate school's Debasement Bar ? also known as the D-Bar ? resigned yesterday, in response to a University policy that will prohibit non-residents of the Graduate College from entering unless accompanied by a resident."I'm pretty much fed up," said Amlan Majumdar GS, who was one of the D-Bar managers ? known as "bar czars" ? who resigned.

NEWS | 02/23/2000


Trainer Greenblatt exercises his talents as an actor and model

Students who have been flocking to the Stephens Fitness Center seeking a high-quality exercise regimen worthy of a celebrity now can work out with the help of one.Michael Greenblatt, a new Dillon Gym fitness supervisor, is a model and actor who has worked with soap opera star Susan Lucci and knows heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier.Previously a trainer at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., where he attended college, Greenblatt said his interest in acting began 10 years ago when he was a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune.""I didn't touch the wheel too much," he said.

NEWS | 02/23/2000

Inherited learning deficiencies may be overcome, Tsien shows in study

University molecular biology professor Joe Tsien and a team of researchers recently discovered evidence that may disprove the theory that genetically-induced memory and learning deficits are irreversible.The researchers' findings ? which came from a series of experiments using mice ? show that enriched environments may help the brain to learn and perform more efficiently, even when a person has a gene defect that impairs learning, Tsien said.Tsien and colleagues used mice with memory gene mutations to determine if the animals' ability to learn could be improved.

NEWS | 02/23/2000

Djerassi speaks on the struggle for recognition among scientists

Though famed for his synthesis of the birth control pill and his lifetime of scientific accomplishment, Stanford University chemistry professor Carl Djerassi spoke in McCosh 50 last night not of his research but of his new work as a novelist."Now I'm a novelist and a playwright who still is a professor of chemistry at Stanford," Djerassi said of his wide-ranging career .During the lecture ? titled "Noble Science and Nobel Lust: Disclosing Tribal Secrets" ? Djerassi discussed themes in several of his novels, and in particular explored his portrayal of the passionate drive of research scientists for peer approval and name recognition.Djerassi said the "Nobel lust" of the "egocentric scientist" was not merely a desire for the Nobel Prize, but more generally for acknowledgment from peers.

NEWS | 02/22/2000

Borough police arrest professor on charges of trespassing, harassment

Physics professor Herman Verlinde was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal mischief, harassment and criminal trespassing after allegedly repeatedly knocking on the door of the apartment of a woman who refused to let him inside, police said yesterday."We received a call from a female who reported that someone was possibly trying to break into her apartment," said Borough Police Lt.

NEWS | 02/22/2000

Class of '95 establishes fund to foster student volunteerism

Beginning this year, the Class of 1995 will grant stipends of as much as $500 each to two undergraduate students to pursue public and community service opportunities during the summer.The Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund is intended to foster a life-long commitment to volunteerism in undergraduates, according to John Smith '95, the chief organizer of the effort."The purpose of this fund is to encourage students to dedicate a block of their lives to service and make that selflessness part of their professional aspirations," Smith said.

NEWS | 02/22/2000

USG voices concern over Wythes, wins concessions on Chancellor Green

In addition to chicken salad and turkey sandwiches, President Shapiro and the USG Senate chewed over the Wythes committee proposal to expand the student body size last night.After last week's raucous U-Council meeting over the fate of the Chancellor Green rotunda, USG senators were respectful and cautious in questioning how the expansion might negatively affect academics and student life, repeatedly commending the Wythes Committee Report and thanking President Shapiro for his presence.The meeting with Shapiro was part of an already busy day for the USG.During a meeting with USG officers yesterday morning, Provost Jeremiah Ostriker, Associate Provost Allen Sinisgalli and classics professor Josiah Ober took steps to fulfill the promise made after the U-Council meeting to consider student input on the Chancellor Green issue.Ostriker offered to add at least one student to a faculty committee discussing the planned renovations and agreed to hold a public forum to solicit student input on the issue, USG vice president Spence Miller '02 said."There was a substantial difference," Miller said of administrators' attitudes in yesterday morning's meeting.

NEWS | 02/22/2000

The Future of Finding Work

For many college upperclassmen, searching for a postgraduate job or summer internship while still trying to keep up with classes and other activities can be an exhausting and time-consuming process.This year, however, Princeton students have been saving time and effort by applying for jobs via the Web with the help of, an online recruiting management program.The software, which allows students to manage resumes and other documents and schedule on-campus interviews with employers, was installed for campus use last summer, according to director of career services Beverly Hamilton-Chandler."Princeton didn't have a Web-based system that allows students access to the job descriptions," she said.

NEWS | 02/22/2000