On April 12 and 13, over 200 people joined the Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) for their sixth annual conference, entitled “Tracing the Violence.” According to the program, the conference was centered around understanding the origins of violence and recognizing “that policies and prisons are themselves sources of violence.”
AJ Sibley ’19 proposed a referendum calling for the University administration to begin an annual awareness initiative on health threats of computer screens and to install campus computers with blue light protection software. The referendum will be voted on this week.
Sustainability will be on the ballot in the University Student Government (USG) Spring Elections next week. The Princeton Student Climate Initiative (PSCI) has placed a referendum on the USG ballot calling for the University to reduce carbon emissions. The University has already set a goal for carbon neutrality by 2046, but the PSCI sees the current goal as unclear and incomprehensive.
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) announced on April 12 that A Boogie wit da Hoodie will be headlining Lawnparties this spring. A Boogie is best known for his hit single titled “Drowning” and his latest album entitled “Hoodie SZN,” which retained the top spot on Billboard’s Top 200 for three weeks.
On Tuesday, April 9, the first day of Princeton Preview 2019, graffiti was found in Prospect Gardens. Three statements — “Title IX protects rapists” in two places and “Fuck Title IX” in one — were written in dark red ink on the ground of the Class of 1975 Walk. As of Wednesday night, the University was aware of the incident and working to remove the marks.
Diana Chao ’21 founded a global nonprofit called Letters to Strangers when she was just a sophomore in high school. Now there are over 20 chapters of the organization in over 10 countries, with one chapter here at the University.
The Center for Jewish Life’s Israel Shabbat generated controversy because leaders of the Alliance of Jewish Progressives felt it failed to acknowledge Israel’s occupation of the West Bank or mention Palestinians.
In response to Tigers for Israel (TFI) hosting Shabbat dinner at the Center for Jewish Life (CJL) this week, the Alliance of Jewish Progressives (AJP) will be hosting an alternative event entitled “#NotOurShabbat” from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Campus Club.
The Association of Black Seminarians of Princeton Theological Seminary has released a petition for the institution to annually set aside 15 percent of the portion of the endowment used on operating expenses to fund tuition grants for black students. This would amount to $5.3 million a year, based on an estimate derived from the seminary’s expenses in the 2017–2018 school year. The petition also asks for the establishment of a Black Church Studies program.
In an effort to encourage students to take part in the voting process, associate director for housing facilities and planning Michael Stillwagon wrote, “we also paid a great deal of attention to the process used in selecting this final list of vendors … [and] sought out opportunities to include minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.”
Many University students are more than willing to hike uphill to Small World Coffee or Starbucks and cough up as much as four or five dollars for a cup of joe. Starting April 14, however, an alternative option will be celebrating its grand opening. A coffee shop named The Coffee Club, run and staffed entirely by University students, will be taking over the taproom in Campus Club.
The president of the University chapter of Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a youth right-wing non-profit organization, has alleged assault at a meeting of the Central New Jersey chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in Frist Campus Center.
Ron Miasnik ’22 and Daniella Cohen ’22 planned the first international TigerTrek. Over Intersession 2020, 15 students will travel to Israel, the nation with the most venture capitalist funding per capita of any country in the world. Participants will spend a week exploring both the entrepreneurial and cultural aspects of Israeli life. Program participants will be selected at the beginning of next school year.
Standout men’s basketball player Devin Cannady ’19 entered a plea agreement on Mar. 11 for the four charges brought against him after he allegedly threw a punch at a Department of Public Safety Officer in Wawa on Jan. 18. Three of his four charges were dismissed. For the fourth charge, Cannady received a conditional discharge, and he will serve 20 hours of community service as part of the agreement. According to his attorney, Cannady has plans to return to the University in the fall and will be preparing for the NBA draft while on leave.
Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun stated that the initiative toward building a new UHS building is an “exciting moment … [and] really makes us think about where health care is headed.”
At the forefront of calls for a name change to the Wilson School was the Black Justice League (BJL), a student activist organization that coordinated one of the biggest protests in Princeton history — a demonstration on the steps of Nassau Hall in 2015 followed by a 33-hour sit-in.