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Communications around parking policy change started in February, according to administration

Since hitting multiple listserv threads last Tuesday, a petition against the decision to limit undergraduate parking by the Department of Transportation and Public Services has gathered more than 1,200 signatures, spurred upwards of fifty concerned emails addressed to the Undergraduate Student Government, and fueled social media uproar about the lack of transparency.Under the new parking policy scheduled to go in effect next academic year, undergraduates will not be permitted to park on campus unless they receive an exemption for “compelling need.”According to University Assistant Vice President for Communications Daniel Day, discussions around limiting undergraduate parking emerged in the last two years during the course of campus and strategic planning conversations.

New parking policy to ban U. students from having vehicles during school year

Undergraduate students will not be permitted to have a vehicle on campus during the academic year, including on holidays and weekends, according to a new Undergraduate Student Parking Policy announced by Transportation & Parking Services.This new policy will be effective starting September 2016.Kim Jackson, director of Transportation & Parking Services, deferred comment to Daniel Day, assistant vice president of the Office of Communications.“The decision on student parking was made in the larger context of the University’s campus planning initiative to study and plan how best to use University space over the next decade.

Undercover Officer continues to arrest U. students for underage drinking

Undercover Princeton police detective Adam Basatemur continues to make arrests of underage alcohol buyers outside Varsity Liquors this year, according to police reports. In early March of last year,the Daily Princeton reportedthat Basatemur operated outside of Varsity Liquors and has made over 100 related arrests over the past two years.Basatemur has arrested at least 20 students and has been repeatedly reported to observe students walking into the store and follow them as they leave, according topolice and court records. The Princeton Police Department declined requests for comment. Varsity Liquors owner Arun Goel did not respond to a request for comment. The Daily Princetonian spoke anonymously to a student who was recently arrested near the Varsity Liquor store. According to the student, a few weeks ago, hehad gone to Varsity Liquors with a friend who was 21 years old, the legal drinking age. While his friend was inside purchasing alcohol, he had opted to wait outside and, on the way back, his friend asked him to carry two six-packs of beer that he had bought, the student said.He added that he didn't notice the detective, who had beenfollowing the student and his friend across the street as they were walking. As soon as the friend put the alcohol in the student's hands, the detective crossed the streets and asked to see their identification cards. The student and his friend were then charged with underage possession of alcohol and serving alcohol to minors, respectively.

U. faculty couples discuss intersection of work and family relationships

Two couples, all professors at the University, reminded students of the importance of and challenges in balancing careers with family at a panel discussion on Monday.The panel centered on a conversation between Nannerl Keohane, president emeritus of Duke University and Wellesley College and visiting professor at the Wilson School; Robert Keohane, professor of international affairs; Andrew Moravcsik, professor of politics and international affairs; and Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America.Slaughter, a professor emeritus at the Wilson School, emphasized the importance of work in the household.

Council candidate confronts Mayor Liz Lempert over potential conflict of interest

Princeton council candidate Anne Neumann publicly confronted PrincetonMayor Liz Lempert on her conflict of interest with the University during Monday night’s council meeting.Neumann noted that Lempert’s husband, Kenneth Norman, is employed by the University andworks in the Department of Psychology as well as in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.This connection would impact any mayoral decisions that involves the University, Neumann said.Neumann said a conversation with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs on April 11 brought up the Local Government Ethics Law.“No local government officer… shall act in his official capacity in any matter where he [or] a member of his immediate family… has a direct or indirect financial or personal involvement that might reasonably be expected to impair his objectivity or independence of judgment,” she said, citing the law.Lempert said she did not find legitimacy in Neumann’s suggestion of the conflict of interest.Sheadded that she is unaware of why Neumann is levying these allegations against her.“My husband is a tenured professor at the University.

Updated: U. to keep Woodrow Wilson's name on buildings, change informal motto

The University Board of Trustees announced Monday morning that it had approvedrecommendationsfrom the Wilson Legacy Committee’s report.Included among the decisions was that the Wilson School and Wilson College will continue to be named after Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879, and that the University will change its informal motto.Other approved recommendations include establishing a pipeline program to encourage more underrepresented students to pursue doctoral degrees and diversifying campus art.

U. to potentially provide upholstered furniture in residential colleges

All six Residential College Offices announced this week that the University has been investigating the possibility of providing upholstered furniture in student rooms in the future. Emails were sent out to the residential college listservs informing students of the furniture samples currently available for viewing at the Housing and Real Estate Services Office.

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