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Princeton to Pull President's Name From Policy School

Woodrow Wilson barred black students and spoke approvingly of the KKK

(Newser) - Princeton University has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name. University president Christopher Eisgruber said in a letter to the school... More »

Princeton Gets First Black Valedictorian in 274-Year History

Canadian student Nicholas Johnson will speak at virtual ceremony

(Newser) - A historic first at Princeton: The Ivy League university has named the first black valedictorian in its 274-year history. Nicholas Johnson, a Canadian student who majored in operations research and financial engineering, will speak at a virtual commencement ceremony on May 31, which will be followed by an in-person event... More »

The Love Affair Fueled His Poetry—Until the Bitter End

TS Eliot disses muse Emily Hale in note from beyond the grave

(Newser) - "Footfalls echo in the memory/Down the passage which we did not take/Towards the door we never opened," reads TS Eliot's poem Burnt Norton. The words have found new meaning with the release of Eliot's 1,131 letters to muse Emily Hale, who donated them to Princeton... More »

After 3 Years in Iran, 'Another American Is Coming Home'

Princeton grad student Xiyue Wang, 38, released as part of prisoner exchange

(Newser) - "Another American is coming home." That was the early Saturday tweet from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with good news for the family of Xiyue Wang, the Chinese American graduate student who's been held prisoner in Iran for more than three years. CNN and NBC News report... More »

2020 College Rankings Are Out

Princeton and Williams rule their respective categories at 'US News,' again

(Newser) - US News & World Report is out with its annual, and controversial, rankings of American colleges. The magazine has various categories, but the two big ones are national universities and liberal arts colleges. Princeton takes top honors in the first category for the ninth straight year and Williams College... More »

Student Performance of Disney Song Called a 'Violating Ritual'

Princeton's Tigertones regret causing offense

(Newser) - An all-male a cappella group at Princeton University has temporarily pulled The Little Mermaid's "Kiss the Girl" from its set list after its performance of the song was declared an "offensive and violating ritual." Sophomore Noa Wollstein argued in an op-ed in the Daily Princetonian that... More »

10 Best Colleges for the Money

MIT tops the list

(Newser) - If you're going to fork over close to $50,000 a year to go to college—the top-end average for tuition, room, and board at a four-year school—you want the best ROI on your money. WalletHub looked at close to 1,000 of America's higher-education venues, examining... More »

'America's Best College' Is Named

Harvard tops list in 'Wall Street Journal' rankings

(Newser) - "Hidden gems" emerge in an annual ranking of US colleges, a collaboration between the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, though the school taking the top spot for a second year in a row is far from hidden—it's called Harvard. Factoring in resources, engagement, environment, and... More »

10 Years for American Student Charged With Spying in Iran

Princeton student Xiyue Wang was in the country for his doctoral dissertation

(Newser) - Iran's judiciary said Sunday that the brother of President Hassan Rouhani has been detained, and a Chinese-American citizen sentenced to 10 years behind bars for "infiltrating" the country, reports the AP . The Chinese-American national was identified as Xiyue Wang, 37, who entered Iran as a student, according to... More »

Every Single School in the Ivy League Wants This Girl

Ifeoma White-Thorpe wants to study biology, but says her poetry got her in

(Newser) - Ifeoma White-Thorpe is going places. Two years ago, the New Jersey teen won the grand prize in the National Liberty Museum Selma Speech and Essay Contest (watch her recite it on YouTube ), she's aced all of her AP classes, she's president of her high school's student... More »

The World's 10 Best Universities

Oxford overtakes Cal Tech

(Newser) - The world has a new top university. Oxford has pushed the California Institute of Technology—which held the top spot for the past five years—to second place in the 2016 World University Rankings , based on research impact, reputation, and global scholarship. This marks the first time in the list'... More »

New College Rankings Are Out

Princeton is at the top again

(Newser) - US News and World Report is out with its annual rankings of the nation's colleges, and Princeton reigns supreme for the sixth straight year. For that matter, Williams College is tops in the liberal arts category for the 14th straight year, and Berkeley among public universities for the... More »

Princeton May Dump Woodrow Wilson's Name

School will review his legacy after students call him racist

(Newser) - Princeton University has agreed to look into the legacy of alumnus and former US President Woodrow Wilson after a group of students staged a sit-in to protest his views on race and segregation. That resolution comes after university President Christopher Eisgruber and two other school officials signed an agreement late... More »

3-Sentence Letter of Reference Goes Viral

A mathematician wrote it for 'genius' John Forbes Nash

(Newser) - Like a strong, simple letter of recommendation? Well it helps if the subject is a genius. Mathematician Richard Duffin wrote a letter to Princeton University for John Forbes Nash, Jr., who became an esteemed mathematician and the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, Mashable reports. Dated Feb. 11, 1948,... More »

Princeton Students Peeved About Big Sean Concert

They say rapper's lyrics promote rape culture

(Newser) - Princeton University just can't win when it comes to its Lawnparties festival. Last year, Mayer Hawthorne was the main act, and the student government was criticized for choosing a less-than-huge name. So this year, the student government went with rapper Big Sean ... and now it's being criticized for... More »

Princeton, Worker Square Off Over His Medical Pot

Navy vet, activist Don DeZarn on paid leave while 2 sides duke it out

(Newser) - Don DeZarn is a Navy veteran who suffers PTSD, a candidate for New Jersey state office, a member of the Legalize Marijuana Party, and a user of medical marijuana. He's also the senior operations manager of campus dining at Princeton University, which is taking exception to that last part... More »

Princeton Students to Get Vaccine FDA Hasn't OKed

Bexsero hasn't been approved by FDA, but FDA gave CDC OK to import it

(Newser) - Princeton University has seen seven people hospitalized in the last eight months with bacterial meningitis—specifically, a strain of the disease that the vaccine commonly administered in the US doesn't fight. And now the school is taking the unusual step of offering its students a European- and Australian-approved vaccine,... More »

Princeton Evacuates Over Bomb Threat

But most students aren't on campus anyway

(Newser) - Princeton University has evacuated, citing "a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings." In a 10:26am post on the school website , the Office of Communications told staffers and students not to "return to campus for any reason until advised otherwise." In follow-up Twitter posts, the... More »

The Schools Most Likely to Produce Rich People

US dominates the list

(Newser) - Most of the world's richest people have something in common: They went to school in the US. Wealth-X has compiled a report on which universities worldwide boast the most "ultra high net worth" alumni—defined here as those with $30 million or more—and US universities dominate the... More »

Princeton: We'll Suspend Freshmen Who Rush Frats

About 15% of school's student body is in a frat or sorority

(Newser) - So much for those wild and crazy first few weeks of college. In keeping with a belief that fraternities and sororities promote social exclusiveness, Princeton University says any freshman who joins, rushes, or pledges to a Greek organization starting this fall will face suspension. The Ivy League school has a... More »

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