Alexandra Day ’02
Alexandra Day ’02
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Alexandra Day ’02, Princeton’s deputy vice president for alumni engagement since 2019, will leave the University to become associate director for strategic initiatives, programming, and partnerships at the Institute for Advanced Study, according to a January announcement from the institute. Day’s new role is scheduled to begin Feb. 15.

An Undergraduate Student Government (USG) referendum to expand gender-neutral restrooms passed in December, with 58% of the 2,493 undergraduate voters supporting the measure; 27% voted no and 15% abstained. The referendum asked whether students should call on the provost to “investigate and provide recommendations on how the University may convert the majority of residential campus restrooms to be gender-neutral.”

University spokesman Michael Hotchkiss told PAW that Princeton “is committed to pursuing inclusive restroom strategies and implementation within the design and implementation of capital projects,” including the recently opened Yeh College and New College West. New Jersey’s Plumbing Code “does not fully support inclusive restroom strategies,” Hotchkiss said. “However, the University has sought and received dozens of variances from the state to allow for the development of single-user inclusive restrooms and continues to be an active advocate for flexibility within the Plumbing Code to allow for the development of shared inclusive facilities.”

The Novogratz Bridge Year Program, which sends small groups of Princeton first-year students on nine-month community service projects abroad, will expand to six countries in the next academic year, the University announced in December. New sites in Cambodia and Costa Rica will join current projects in Bolivia, India, Indonesia, and Senegal. The program, launched in 2009, restarted in the fall semester after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Core costs are covered by the University, and all incoming undergraduates can apply. The program expects to enroll 42 students in 2023-24.

Tom Dunne, Princeton’s deputy dean of undergraduate students, will leave the University to become dean of students at Harvard College. His new appointment begins June 1. Dunne’s current role includes advising student organizations and overseeing the senior class’s Commencement activities.

Princeton’s Office of Undergraduate Admission extended its test optional policy for three years, through the fall of 2025, according to an announcement on the admission website. The policy, enacted in 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, allows students to apply for first-year or transfer admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.