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U. to consider offering non-credit ASL course next semester

The University might offer a non-credit American Sign Language course as early as this coming spring, Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Students Thomas Dunne said. The course would not be recognized as an official University course. Dunne explained that plans for the course came about when he met with members of the Princeton University American Sign Language Club and brainstormed how the course could be offered. “We do believe there’s a student interest here that we could meet and give people the opportunity to learn more about ASL and the Deaf community,” Dunne said. He said the first step in the process will be finding a lecturer to instruct the class, but did not provide further details. Colin Lualdi ’17, president of PUASL, said that when he first arrived at the University, there was nothing related to ASL on campus.

Chase discusses innovation, calls for replacing outdated technology

Startups are attractive in the outward-facing parts but disgusting behind the scenes, Robin Chase, the co-founder and former CEO of ZipCar and Buzzcar said at a lecture on Wednesday. “If we think about startups, they kind of remind me of hotels [in] that the public areas are really beautiful, and then you open up that wrong door and you go into the back cement area that’s dirty and has mud,” she said. Chase discussed how the idea for ZipCar developed from a 1999 conversation with her child’s best friend’s mother. The German woman went on vacation to Berlin, where she sat in a café, looked across the street and saw a shared car.

Treuer '91 lectures on Native American experience in inaugural Speaker Series

The University's Native American inclusion and recruitment efforts have improved since 1991 but still fall short, Dr. Anton Treuer ’91 argued in the inaugural lecture for the Native Leaders Speaker Series on Friday.Treuer said that the Native American experience is usually one of marginalization and invisibility.

USG talks eating club cost, dietary options

The accessibility of the University’s eating clubs, both financial and social, was discussed Sunday night at a town hall discussion hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government. “Our project is centered around accessibility in eating clubs and assessing students’ opinions on accessibility both in and not in eating clubs,” said Nihar Madhavan ’15, one of the project leaders for this initiative. He said one way USG has addressed eating club accessibility has been to gather student feedback through the use of a survey that USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 sent to students in an email. According to Madhavan, the term “accessibility” is used to include eating options and dining accessibility, accessibility to social eventsfor eating club members and non-members of the clubs and information about bicker and financial aid. During the meeting, students in the audience expressed concerns with the eating clubs, including how difficult it can be for those with dietary restrictions to find satisfactory meal options in the clubs.

Delay of Lakeside Project creates tension between housing and graduate students

Tensions between the University administration and some members of the graduate student body arose after the University announced a delay in the opening of the Lakeside Graduate Housing, a housing development being built near Lake Carnegie. According to John Ziegler, the director of real estate development.


Eisgruber '83 welcomes the Class of 2018 during Opening Excercises

University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 welcomed the Class of 2018 at Opening Exercises on Sunday and used the frequently-drawn comparison between the University and Hogwarts to encourage incoming freshmen to find their adventures here just as Harry Potter found his adventures at Hogwarts. “You feel like you are at the outset not just of any story, but of an adventure, your adventure, your own version perhaps, of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Eisgruber said.

Despite new building, Neuroscience courses on the decline

While a new $180 million neuroscience building was completed in the fall of 2013, the program will only be offering three elective courses for the neuroscience certificate in the fall of 2014, compared with seven this semester and nine in the fall of 2013. In order to get the neuroscience certificate, students need to take two core courses and three electives. According to the Registrar’s website, the neuroscience electives offered next fall are NEU 408: Cellular and Systems Neuroscience, NEU 501A/501B: From Molecules to Systems and NEU 336: The Diversity of Brains.

News and Notes: No Truman scholarships awarded to Princeton this year

No Truman scholarships were awarded to the University this year, and no Princeton student made it to the final round of the application process for the second consecutive year, the Foundation announced. The scholarship was awarded this year to one student at Harvard and two students at Duke, but none of the scholars came from Yale.

 An early version of a Luminate bottle, submitted as part of the company's trademark application.

Luminate dietary supplement now on sale on Amazon

The dietary supplement Luminate Focus created by Hafiz Dhanani, originally a member of the Class of 2016 who is now taking time off from school, is now for sale on Amazon at a price of$46.95 per bottle of 60 capsules. Marketed as a“non-addictive, safe and effective cognitive enhancement supplement supported by clinical research,” the product is formally a dietary supplement rather than a drug.

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