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Eddie R. Cole discusses history of institutional racism at U.S. colleges

By Andrew Somerville staff writer

Eddie R. Cole, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at UCLA, discussed the history of affirmative action and institutional racism at a virtual event hosted by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The focus of the event was his most recent book, “The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom.” The book focuses on the role that university and college presidents had during the civil rights movement and how that role has affected aspects of policy making within and outside of the educational realm. During the discussion, which was led by Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter, Cole brought up the history of institutional racism at institutions like University of Chicago, University of Alabama, and, primarily, Princeton.


Cole presenting on a Zoom call with Minter and University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83.

The Campus Color Line at Princeton “The Campus Color Line” focuses on Princeton under the leadership of President Robert F. Goheen, who held the position from 1957–72. In 1963, the University hosted Ross Barnett, then the Governor of Mississippi, to speak at a debate event. Barnett was popular at the time for promoting segregationist sentiment and ideals at many universities throughout the United States. “Think about what that says about your campus climate,” Cole said. “There was something particularly attractive about Princeton that made Barnett want to give a speech to advocate for maintaining segregation.” Cole also pointed out that Barnett was invited to other universities, such as Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, where he did not speak on the topic of segregation. “The campus climate at

Jackson State did not welcome such a speech, but it was welcomed at Princeton,” he said. “The Campus Color Line” focuses on the aftermath of Barnett’s time at Princeton, especially regarding Goheen’s reaction to the speech. Goheen immediately condemned the speech that Barnett gave, but took it a step further, which Cole made clear. “It’s one thing to condemn racist speech on campus, but it is another thing for Goheen to start implementing policies and practices where such speech doesn’t have a place on campus,” he said. According to Cole, the Goheen administration acted within weeks of Barnett’s appearance to change university policies and hire more Black faculty and staff. “There is then an increase in the number of Black students on campus after 1963,” Cole pointed out. The overall issue was See NEWS


Muldoon to edit McCartney book U. professor and friend of Sir Paul McCartney served as an editor for the musician’s upcoming autobiography

By Miguel Gracia-Zhang staff writer

University professor Paul Muldoon will edit Sir Paul McCartney’s memoir to be released in November, according to a Feb. 24 announcement from McCartney’s publishers. The news came the week after McCartney was a surprise guest in Muldoon’s songwriting class. According to Muldoon, he agreed to be McCartney’s editor in 2015, during a three-hour production of “Tosca” in the Metropolitan Opera. He went to the show with Robert Weil, the Editor-in-Chief of W.W. Norton/Liveright U.S. publishing companies. They began discussing the idea of a Paul McCartney memoir. “The idea of a McCartney book focused on the song lyrics came up in the first interval,” Muldoon wrote in a statement to The Daily Princetonian. “By the time the opera was over the deal was pretty much done,” he added. “Paul McCartney and I first got together shortly after that and met twenty-four times, mostly in New York, over the next five years.”

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Out of these conversations emerged “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present,” an autobiographical work spanning twovolumes of 480 pages each. It “celebrates the creative life and the musical genius of Paul McCartney through 154 of his most meaningful songs,” according to a statement from the publishers. “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right,” McCartney said in a statement on his website. “The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs.


“I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.” These songs range from his first at age 14 through his partnership with John Lennon and his solo work over the last half century. According to the statement, the two volumes include commentaries on “the circumstances in which [the songs] were written, the people


Local CVS begins administration of COVID-19 vaccines By Anika Buch

assistant news editor

Princeton’s CVS on State Highway 206 has begun administering free COVID-19 vaccines. This effort began shortly after a University Health Services (UHS) email to the University community encouraged students and their families to seek vaccination elsewhere. According to the CVS website, “CVS Health is partnering with several local state and federal programs to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible populations. Appointments will be available as we receive vaccines from these programs.” According to New Jersey regulations, current vulnerable populations include healthcare workers; residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities; first responders, including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals; individuals over 65 years of age; and individuals between

the ages of 16 and 64 “who have certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.” UHS communicated to students that the University will serve as a center for vaccine distribution, though the details and timeline of administration remain unclear. The University currently does not have any doses of the vaccine. In addition to this new service, CVS has been providing flu shots upon presentation of insurance information, free COVID-19 testing, and continues to serve as a pharmacy for those in the community. As of Friday, Feb. 26, 1.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in New Jersey, and slightly fewer than 637,000 people in the state have received both doses. New Jersey has received about 200,000 to 300,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines per week. After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the Johnson & Johnson vaccine See NEWS


Egeland, Pelopidas discuss case against a nuclear Europe

By Kris Hristov senior writer

Giving Europe a nuclear force is an idea dating back seven decades. A lack of public support and limited interest, beyond France’s government and defense industry, means it will likely remain just an idea. At a Wednesday lecture, Kjølv Egeland and Benoît Pelopidas discussed the idea of a consolidation of European nuclear weapons, an idea commonly referred to as the “Euronuke.” Egeland and Pelopidas published a research article in August 2020, arguing against the “Euro-nuke.” Euro-nukes date back to the 1950s, before France even had its own nuclear weapon. (France would detonate its first bomb, Gerboise Bleue, in 1960.) The idea centers around a consolidation of European nuclear weapons, controlled by an entity within Europe for the purpose of European security. Egeland and Pelopidas

termed the Euro-nuke as a “zombie idea,” unlikely to ever be adopted, but resurrected every few years in the media. During the 1950s, France went as far as to consider offering Italy and Germany access to prospective French nuclear weapons. This idea was scrapped by Charles de Gaulle, but later resurrected by him during the 1960s as a counter to a similar American proposal. In the 1990s, the topic of Euro-nukes re-emerged as Europe consolidated further by the Maastricht Treaty (which formed the EU) and a common currency was adopted. In 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy considered nuclear weapons as a key element of French national security, which his successor François Hollande affirmed in 2012. With the recent exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, France remains the only Nuclear Weapons State (NWS) within the EU. See NEWS

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