STUDENTS VOTED in April on a pair of referenda: to create a task force to consider changes to disciplinary action for Honor Code violations, and to call on the University to divest from companies “that draw profit from incarceration, drug control, and immigrant-deportation policies.” Both referenda failed to meet a requirement, under procedures adopted this year by the Undergraduate Student Government, that at least one-third of the student body cast votes for the results to be considered.
The University is temporarily housing the Jewish Theological Seminary of America’s GENIZA COLLECTION while the seminary, based in New York City, rebuilds its library. The collection contains more than 40,000 documents and fragments of religious texts that scholars have used to study the lives and culture of Jews in Egypt from the eighth to the 19th century. It will be accessible for research purposes until fall 2019, when it will be returned to the seminary.
BAINBRIDGE HOUSE, located on Nassau Street next to the Garden Theatre, is being renovated and restored by the University. Constructed in 1766 and home to the Princeton Historical Society from 1967 until last year, the building will become an information center for the University Art Museum and the Lewis Center for the Arts.
Former Daily Princetonian editor-in-chief MARCELO ROCHABRUN ’15 will receive the award for best investigative journalism at a small student newspaper from the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization. His winning story, published May 4, 2015, detailed how some eating clubs have set up foundations that provide tax breaks for contributions that pay for social facilities. Rochabrun is now a reporter for ProPublica.
According to Rochabrun’s article, the Princeton Prospect Foundation provided more than $4 million in a two-year period to pay for a tap room, dining hall, and terrace at Cap and Gown. The foundation said that while it does not agree with Rochabrun’s conclusions, it is “in the process of undergoing a thorough review with counsel of its mission statement and internal guidelines to determine how best to protect those who donate to PPF in order to sustain the enormous positive impact that Princeton’s eating clubs have had on so many students for well over a century.”
BENJAMIN JEALOUS, former president and CEO of the NAACP, will join the Woodrow Wilson School as a visiting professor and lecturer. During the 2016-17 academic year, Jealous will teach courses focused on crime and policing and on social entrepreneurship.