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The crumbling ivory tower

Ah, Italy enslaved, hostel of misery, ship without pilot in great tempest, no princess among the provinces, but a brothel!" I begin this column with Dante's great apostrophe to Italy in order to express what must be the sentiment of anyone who truly cares for this beautiful but seriously diseased and overrun university.While all of its publications have remained strangely silent or unceasingly self-congratulatory, Princeton has become enslaved to the disease of corporate greed, home to myriad forms of boredom, misery, loneliness and discontent ? a leaderless, purposeless place, and a sink of human cruelty and indifference.

OPINION | 03/02/1998

University to add arch to Patton for easier cross-campus travel

The University will close Patton Hall for renovation next year to place an arch through the center of the building and refurbish dorm rooms.The arch will create a path that runs straight through campus, connecting Forbes to the soon-to-be-built Campus Center and McCosh Health Center.Undergraduate Life Committee chair Dana Berneman '99 said she supports construction of the arch.

NEWS | 03/02/1998

Patriotic state resident promotes tune as official New Jersey song

If New Jersey native Red Mascara has his way, University students and Garden State residents alike will soon be proudly singing the tune "I'm From New Jersey" along with the more established patriotic odes "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Old Nassau."Mascara, a 75-year-old resident of Phillipsburg, N.J., has been staging a 38-year effort to get his song "I'm From New Jersey" adopted as the official state song.Mascara said he penned the "bright" ditty to express his state pride, perhaps counteracting Jersey detractors who term the state the "armpit of the nation."Mascara said not only is his tune written for New Jersey, but it can be adapted to any twoor three-syllable municipality like Princeton, Newark or Trenton.

NEWS | 03/02/1998

W. hoops takes two in last Ivy weekend

Although a victory by first-place Harvard Friday evening led to women's basketball's inevitable elimination from Ivy League title contention, Princeton continued to make a spirited push towards second place.Led by senior guard Zakiya Pres-sley, the Tigers cruised past Columbia (4-22 overall, 0-14 Ivy League) and Cornell (5-21, 2-12) over the weekend at Jad-win Gym, keeping alive their hopes of winning 10 games in conference play for the first time since 1991.While the Tigers were certainly not at their best this weekend, they were never in any serious danger of losing to either Ivy League doormat.

SPORTS | 03/02/1998

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DEC contemplates new eating options

Members of Dial, Elm, Cannon Club may be making their own meals next year if the DEC Graduate Board accepts one of several new meal plan alternatives currently being discussed.According to DEC president Gretchen Hultman '99, DEC members are evaluating several eating programs for next year, including one possibility that would entail making DEC a coop in which members would make their own meals, thus eliminating the need for a full kitchen staff.These fiscal considerations come after DEC's low turnout during Snicker and sign-in period last month, yielding only 20 new members."We are trying to look into (eating) options that take into account our low club membership," Hultman said.According to Hultman, DEC members met Sunday evening to discuss a new club policy enacted Feb.

NEWS | 03/02/1998

Growth rate of endowment ranks tenth among wealthiest colleges

While the University's endowment increased by more than 10 percent in the last fiscal year, that growth rate placed last among the 10 largest college endowments in the United States.Growth rates of the top 10 endowments spanned from Emory University's 41.8-percent increase to Princeton's 10.6 percent, according to The New York Times, which based its data on a survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.The average growth rate for the 25 colleges and universities with endowments of $1 billion or more was 21.9 percent, about double Princeton's growth rate, the Times reported.Despite its low ranking, the University maintained the fourth largest endowment in the nation, totaling almost $5 billion.Conditions were ripe for investments last fiscal year.

NEWS | 03/02/1998

Big brother

Public Safety Crime Prevention Specialist Barry Weiser was pleased last Sunday with the performance of the "Axis 200 Web Camera" ? currently filming the progress of the new football stadium's construction ? when the camera caught trespassers on the construction site.

OPINION | 03/02/1998

Season-ending game with rival Quakers still key for men's hoops

Although the men's basketball team has already clinched the Ivy League title and another trip to the NCAA tournament, tonight's regular-season finale against Penn at the Palestra is not without meaning.Tonight's game not only offers the Tigers the opportunity to beat Penn, it also gives the team another chance to add to its legitimate claim as one the best teams in school and Ivy League history.For one thing, the No.

SPORTS | 03/02/1998