Students walking past Kendall Hall last Tuesday afternoon heard a man from Louisiana yelling a question to a crowd that had gathered to listen to him.
"Why should God not throw you into the lake of fire?" the open air preacher asked.
The preacher, Jeremy Sonnier, held a tall, narrow banner over his head that said God would judge Roman Catholics, Mormons, unsubmissive wives, unloving husbands, adulterers, baby killing women and homosexuals.
Since the disappearance of freshman John Fiocco Jr. one year ago, the College has implemented 24-hour swipe access for all residence halls. In October, at least 1,000 students signed a petition protesting "excessive vigilance" by Campus Police officers, including aggressive searches by campus security officers.
An open hatch caused a section of piping to freeze and break on Feb. 6, flooding the low side of New Residence Hall. Since then, residents in affected areas have had to deal with dry air, uncomfortable heat and the constant humming of dehumidifiers and fans.
The College's yearbook is not projected to meet its production costs this year by thousands of dollars, and staff members have recently considered calling off the 2007 yearbook as one way of dealing with the shortfall.
Audrey Levine, the Seal's editor-in-chief, called that "a horrid, horrid thought.
On the night of Nov. 30, unbeknownst to College authorities, more than 60 students gathered in the Travers Hall fourth-floor lounge for recreational boxing. Ten of the students had agreed to box and the rest were there to watch.
Only three of the five scheduled matches were held, though, before three Campus Police officers, three senior security officers and two Community Advisors (CAs) broke up the gathering.
Over winter break, College employees moved the food cart from the downstairs lobby of Holman Hall to the lobby of Armstrong Hall. The relocation of the cart - now called KinetiCart - was prompted by a decrease in customers, which some suspect was due to the opening of the New Library and the Library Caf?.
Senior Week, a three-day program traditionally held at the end of the Spring semester as a last hurrah for seniors, might be called off this year because of a new administrative policy that bans alcohol from Travers and Wolfe halls during the program, and an increase in ticket price due to budget cuts.
Three sophomore students gathered outside New Residence Hall with a collapsible drying rack and a full-length mirror around 8:25 p.m. last Tuesday. They laid the mirror face down across the rack and arranged six red Solo cups in triangular formation on each end.
The "Eye on SGA" column in The Signal last week upset some Sodexho employees and Student Government Association (SGA) members, leaving them wondering why the article ran before ambiguous statements in it were clarified.
The column, in a statement attributed to executive vice president James Gant, left some readers under the impression that Sodexho has a program to hire newly released convicts to work at the College.
On Sept. 4, the residents of the College-owned Country Club Apartments woke to find a detailed description of Dexter Moses posted on their apartment doors.
Moses, a patient from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, had been reported missing. The fliers were posted before 8 a.
The College spent $2,260,570 more on energy in fiscal year 2006 than budgeted because of a spike in energy prices after hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Gulf Coast in August and September 2005.
The hurricanes damaged natural gas processing facilities and oil refineries, more than doubling the price of natural gas, Lori Winyard, director of Energy and Central Utilities, said.
The College lost more than $8 million in state support for this fiscal year. The budget cuts have caused the College to increase tuition and enrollment and to hold off on filling 13 full-time faculty positions, resulting in more adjunct professors, larger class sizes and less faculty time for student mentoring.
According to a recent analysis of the state budget that Gov. Jon S. Corzine proposed for next year, the College would have to pay $3 million in increases for employee fringe benefits from its base budget, instead of receiving the state's aid.
This cost to the College, combined with a proposed $4 million cut from the College's base appropriation and the governor's proposal to not fund $4 million in salary program increases for state-negotiated contracts, would leave the College with an $11 million financial hole to fill.
Annelise Catanzaro, Student Government Association (SGA) executive president, met on Thursday with Gov. Jon S. Corzine and members of his staff to share student concerns about Corzine's proposed $169 million cuts to higher education.
Catanzaro said that Corzine seemed responsive to student concerns and that he told the representatives in attendance that if legislators find savings in other areas of the budget, he wants to put the money toward higher education first, a statement he has expressed on several occasions.