The April Fools edition of The Signal is notorious for its outlandish stories. Forget pushing the envelope, there are simply no boundaries when it comes to what can and can’t be printed this time of year, and the 2002 edition of the paper did not disappoint. The front page featured an absurd story about students being forced to bathe in Lake Sylva, as Centennial Hall was to be torn down due to budget cuts. The story, of course, ended with multiple student deaths.
What happens on spring break stays on spring break, unless you are an official of the College, that is. In 2004, The Signal reported that former College official and Ewing Mayor Al Bridges was charged with possessing crack cocaine. Bridges worked at the College until 2002, but the drug charges at hand date back to February 2000.
With midterm exams approaching, the library will soon be overcrowded with students working hard to obtain high grades. However, it seems students of the College may not have always been so studious. In 2004, the College was criticized for offering light classes with small workloads. “The Princeton Review” named the College on its national ranking of top colleges where students “(almost) never study.”
In April 1998, a party hosted at a house in Trenton, N.J., where College students and members of Theta Chi fraternity lived, ended in armed robbery and the fatal shooting of one man. While investigating the murder, police said they may charge the fraternity with throwing an illegal party. Administrators of the College debated the role of the College in intervening in the off-campus incident.
Last week, water accumulation in the Chemistry Building resulted in cancelled classes. Campus Police were called to address the broken sprinkler system and flooded classrooms. This is not the first time that chaos has struck the Science Complex. In Nov. 2001, the College’s biology labs were closed for a thorough search by the FBI as part of an investigation into a local anthrax outbreak.
Students of the College submitted their housing applications last week and will soon be hearing back with their time slots. The College currently has a policy ensuring that freshmen and returning sophomore students are guaranteed on-campus housing, according to its website. This policy was cleared up in the spring of 1995 after some campus-wide confusion.
Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. These names and stories have become all too familiar. So has the narrative of police brutality and unwavering racism that plagues our nation from Ferguson, Mo., to Chicago, Ill. But the black experience is a varied one that differs from person to person and place to place.
It is almost impossible to walk to class without passing at least one construction site. As soon as one building is finished, it seems another is torn down or slated for renovations. Currently, the new STEM building is under construction and renovations for the Brower Student Center are well under way, although both projects will not be finished until at least 2017. These improvements are just the latest part of the College’s construction plans. In fact, a 10-year plan was revealed back in 2001 for multiple renovations throughout the campus, including repair work to the library and residence halls.
The beloved Fat Shack returned to the College last week. The sandwich shop strives to satisfy those late-night food cravings with indulgent sandwiches unlike any other. Possible sandwich toppings include cheese steak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bacon and even french fries. Fat Shack is a must-try for all students of the College, especially because it was started by one our very own alumni back in 2009.
As students return to campus this week, they will be pleasantly surprised to find that Campus Town is finally starting to live up to its name. The Italian restaurant, Piccolo Pronto, opened its doors for business on Friday, Jan. 22 and Panera is slated to open next month. It has taken almost six years for the Campus Town Project to come together. The project plans were first unveiled to the college community back in March 2010.
What happens when you can’t get into the college courses necessary to prepare you for graduate school and a subsequent career?
Students with plans to attend medical school after completing their undergraduate degree in a discipline outside of the hard sciences have asked themselves this question far too many times, as many of their required courses are reserved strictly for those within the science department. After years, these students will tell you they’ve learned the hard way that there’s nothing you can really do but wait — that is, join a waiting list as soon as possible and hope that a seat will open up once the hold for non-science majors has been lifted.
Junior psychology major Nishawn Rahaman is all too familiar with the arduous process of registering for pre-med classes at the College.