Watching the Ivies: 4/18

by Isha Flores

18 Apr 2012

via The Daily Princetonian

At Princeton University last week, an outside gas leak prompted the evacuation of over 200 people from university buildings. The leak occurred when a construction worker struck a two-inch gas main, severing the line. The leak was later noticed by a nearby police officer.

Yale University’s College Council elections took place last Thursday and Friday, and students interviewed by the Yale Daily News said they were largely indifferent to the candidates and the election. The campaigns were less intense this year, and the candidates’ platforms either too ambitious or not ambitious enough, the Daily News reported. Many students interviewed before the polls opened had not yet decided which candidates to endorse, the Daily News reported.

Harvard University’s upperclassman houses are engaged in a prank “war” after one house’s prank on another’s mascot escalated, with alliances now forming between the houses. The conflict has been dubbed the “Great House War of 2012” by the Harvard Crimson.

Librarians at Brown University are in the process of digitizing the John Carter Brown Library’s rare book collection. Due to the change in the way the current generation of students study and the restrictions that the library places on old books, many of the library’s books are not used. This major change will make thousands of books available and accesible for many more people. Last year, the University of Pennsylvania ‘s Rare Book and Manuscript Library embarked a similar venture when it digitized handwritten manuscripts.

Following the University of Pennsylvania’s recently updated sexual misconduct policy, the Daily Pennsylvanian has posted an interactive graphic detailing different policies around the Ivy League.

Cornell’s Panhellenic Council recently passed a new medical amnesty protocol, which will ensure that sorority chapters that call for medical assistance in the event of an emergency are not penalized. However, the policy allows the Council to reserve the right to take action if there appears to be a string of medical emergencies from a particular sorority.

Students and faculty at Columbia University are divided over a proposal that would make student course evaluations public. Most of the faculty opposed the move, as did a number of students at the debate because the anonymity would preclude accountability. Those who endorsed the proposal argued that students would benefit from the publication of course evaluations – which are currently only viewed by certain faculty members and department chairs.




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