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U. announces new energy-based research projects

The University has announced five new environmental and energy based research projects in joint release with the Princeton E-ffiliates Program and ExxonMobil.The Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, founded in 2011, is an opportunity for corporate members to explore research possibilities engaging students and faculty to tackle energy and environmental issues through “technological advances and policy measures that can achieve these objectives cost-effectively.” The University and ExxonMobil announced the partnership last year and it is administered by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment in collaboration with the Princeton Environmental Institute, the School of Architecture, and the Wilson School.Lynn Loo, director of the Andlinger Center, said that it is important to collaborate with practitioners outside academia to have an impact on energy and environmental challenges.“These challenges are complex and touch a variety of scientific, technological, economic, and social issues.

Opening Exercises highlight undergraduate achievements

Seven of the University undergraduate students were recognized for their academic accomplishments in the annual Opening Exercises in the University Chapel on Sunday."We are proud of this year's prize winners and pleased to celebrate their commitment to their academics and to the Princeton community," Dean of the College Jill Dolan said in an address during the ceremony."Along with achieving high grade point averages, these distinguished students dedicate themselves to activities that reach all corners of the campus and beyond," she added.

Anti-Semitic graffiti appears on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a restroom in the Friend Center on Wednesday, the first evening of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.According to Elan Sykes ’18, who authored a Facebook post about the incident, the graffiti was found in a bathroom by another student.Sykes said that the graffiti was written in a toilet paper dispenser inside a bathroom stall.

SPEAR leads referendum on divesting from private prisons

Princeton Students for Prison Education and Reform has submitted a referendum calling for the Council of the Princeton University Community and the Princeton University Investment Company to divest from private prisons. The referendum readsthat the University should “dissociate and divest from corporations that draw profit from incarceration, drug control and immigrant deportation policies.” These corporations include Corrections Corporation of America, The GEO Group, G4S and financial entities that exclusively contract correctional facilities like Global Tel Link, JPay, Securus and Corizon, according to the referendum. Julie Chen ’17, co-president of SPEAR, noted via an emailed statement that when prisons are privatized, correction companies often lobby the government for higher mandatory minimums and bed quotas to keep more people in prison. “While we can't change the system right now, we can decide that it is against our university's values to invest in a corrupt system of incentivized incarceration," she added. According to data reported by the Department of Homeland Security, there have been rapid increases in the number of inmates held by private prisons.

Husband of religious mentor charged with accepting bribes

Trevón Gross,husband ofQwynn Gross, a ministry fellow of Christian Union at Princetonand mentor to many students, wasrecentlychargedwith accepting bribes from an illegal Bitcoin exchange platform. Christian Union oversees the Princeton Faith and Action program at Princeton. Qwynn Gross currently leads a Christian fellowship program and a bible study group on campus.

Lowery, Knowles discuss hierarchical system of privilege

When addressing social inequality, it is in the interest of people on the bottom to destabilize and those at the top to stabilize the system, Brian Lowery, the Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University, said.Lowery initiated the discussion with a focused analysis of the concept of hierarchy in modern society, particularly as it relates to racial issues and the concept of white privilege.According to Lowery, problems commonly addressed in psychology involve the existence of established hierarchies and why individuals at the bottom keep the status quo, rather than rise up against the establishment.Most psychological studies, however, focus on the costs to the people at the bottom tiers of society, instead of addressing the downward pressure placed upon this class.Lowery used this lens to analyze the actions that the upper classes would take, such as granting concessions and bringing others into the system to increase the costs of rejecting the system.To explain this concept, Lowery utilized the example of when members of a lower status group are admitted into the University.“Are you less likely to protest and riot against inequality?” he asked.

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