After the Big Sibs community service project initiated by the Class of 2016 was cancelled last year, Big Sibs is back and now accepting applications from the current freshman, sophomore and junior classes. Now called Community House Big Sibs, the program is a revamped version of the Big Sibs project of the Class of 2016 and pairs University students with elementary school students one-on-one to engage in long-term mentorship relationships. Class of 2016 president Justin Ziegler ’16 said that the original project, which involved around 300 students, lasted a year and a half and was terminated last spring when the partner school was shut down by New Jersey’s Department of Education. The partner school, City Invincible Charter School, was an elementary school located in Camden, N.J. Ziegler said that as soon as he found out that City Invincible Charter School was closing, he and Big Sibs Board co-chair Sofia Gomez ’16 started looking for options to continue the project. “I saw first hand how well it worked last year and how people were really excited about it, and we had a positive impact,” Gomez said.
Undergraduate Student Government presidential hopeful William Gansa ’17 -- an outside candidate who has not been involved with USG in the past -- is running on an alternative platform of small issues and reforms that, he claims, have historically been less publicized and have not been addressed by other candidates. Some of these issues include adding waffle fries to dining hall menus and making sure their fruit is riper, ensuring the survival of the Integrated Course Engine and implementing 'bike reform,' a mysterious term that is included in his platform but is defined nowhere. “These are all little parts of a person’s day, but when they all add up, it really speaks to an effect that can be hugely detrimental or hugely beneficial to one’s mood,” Gansa said. Gansa's platform also says that he is running for Government Club, seemingly poking fun at the USG's name.
The University library has started offering alumni free electronic access to the Scholarly Journal Archive, ProQuest National Newspapers Premier, ProQuest Research Library and ebrary Academic Complete since September. Alumni were previously not allowed to access the University's electronic resources remotely.
The Middle East and North Africa Regional Fellowship Program, originally operating under the name Princeton in the Middle East, has sent its first fellow abroad since disputes arose with the University about its name. The program sent Rachel Webb ’14 to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates in August to intern for Endeavor, a nonprofit organization that helps new entrepreneurs launch their careers around the world. MENAR, founded by a steering committee of four University alumni in 2011, is a fellowship program modeled after similar programs such as Princeton in Africa and Princeton in Asia.
Nonviolence, open dialogue and compromise are the way to freedom for the Palestinian nation, Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian nonviolent peace activist in the West Bank, said in a lecture Sunday. The lecture was cosponsored by the Center for Jewish Life, the Muslim Student Association, Tigers for Israel, J Street U and the Princeton Committee on Palestine. Maya Rosen ’17 and Joshua Leifer ’17 helped bring Awwad to the University through personal connections.
Danqi Shen ’11 has published a collection of stories highlighting the lives of different alumni in her first book, "Zi You De Lao Hu," translated as “Free Tigers.” The book was released in China in April and is only available in Mandarin.
When David Pupa wanted to write a fictional book whose main character attends the University, he was told that he would have to gain official approval before it could be published. In order to get the approval, Pupa submitted a rough draft of his manuscript and was granted preliminary approval two weeks later.
Jin Liu was named the director of the new Princeton Center in Beijing and officially began her job working at the first administrative center abroad set up by the University in mid-July. The center was approved by the trustees of the University in April last year and is under the administrative oversight of Diana Davies, the University’s vice provost for international initiatives. Located on the campus of Tsinghua University, a top research university in China, the center offers assistance to faculty on their collaborations with different Chinese partner universities and helps students with logistical aspects of research and internships.
Colleen McCullough ’12 was contacted this March by University officials who told her that Princeton in the Middle East, the post-graduate fellowship program she had founded along with other University alumni, would have to remove the “Princeton in” construction from its name because it suggested that the independently established organization had an affiliation to the University and thus created confusion. PriME is one of many outside organizations that have fallen into the gray area as to whether or not they should be allowed to use the word Princeton in their name.
Students no longer have to line up early in the morning by New South Building to register for workshops in the Program in Creative Writing. Registration for fall 2014-15 will now take place electronically through SCORE, the University's student course online registration engine. The Program in Creative Writing offers small workshops that focus on poetry, fiction, literary translation and screenwriting.