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Some Princeton athletes to resume competition this spring


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Voting begins for five contested class government races By Andrew Somerville, Bhoomika Chowdhary, and Hadley Kim staff writers

Spring Elections for several Undergraduate Student Government (USG) positions include only five contested races, four of which are races for 2024 class government positions. Voting began at noon on Monday, April 19, and will end at noon on Thursday, April 22. The only contested races on the ballot are for Secretary of the Class of 2023 and President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair of the Class of 2024. All other class government races for the classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 are uncontested. Aisha Chebbi ’24, Alison Lee ’24, and Sydney Johnson ’24 are all candidates for President of the Class of 2024.

The Class of 2024 has yet to be able to host any in-person social events, and Johnson said that she hopes “we’ll be able to safely and gradually interact with one another in larger groups [in the fall].” Chebbi shared this sentiment, saying that she is “looking forward to developing creative ways for our class to connect socially.” “It’s been more than a year since we first got into Princeton, and (at least for me and others I’ve talked to) the spark of getting into Princeton has worn off,” Lee wrote in an email to The Daily Princetonian. “I want to rekindle that spark with amazing events that make the class of 2024 excited to say they go to Princeton every single day.” While Chebbi and Johnson currently serve on the 2024

class council, Lee has not yet served on class government. “I am the underdog,” she said. “I believe all three candidates are qualified and have amazing ideas. I know I have the passion and love for the class of 2024 to make their Princeton experience inspiring.” Ive Jones ’24 and Mariana Bravo ’24, who currently serve on class government, are both running for Vice President of the Class of 2024. When asked about the current first-year experience, Jones said she hopes to “create and implement innovative solutions that revitalize class traditions and usher in a new mode of taking on college life.” Bravo did not respond to a request for comment. Jones and Johnson are unofficial running mates, as they See NEWS for more


By Wilson Conn Contributor

Some Princeton athletes will compete this spring, after all. Princeton Athletics has entered Phase IV, the final stage of the Ivy League’s four-phase plan which allows for “local non-conference competition,” a spokesperson for Princeton Athletics confirmed to The Daily Princetonian this evening. Additional details were not provided by the time of publication. The Ivy League said previously that it would not be holding any official conference competition during the 2021 spring season. Princeton athletes began the semester in Phase 0, which allowed for virtual meetings only. After the end of the quar-

antine period, teams moved to Phase I, which allowed for 12 hours of in-person, sociallydistant practice per week. As the teams progressed through Phase II and Phase III during the semester, they were allowed to increase practice sizes, and social distancing protocols were relaxed. In a February announcement, the Ivy League said that if the state of the pandemic “substantially improve[s],” competition may resume for each institution in accordance with state and local guidelines. As of April 19, nearly half of New Jersey adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the seven-day rolling average of daily cases in Mercer County has dropped below 100 mulSee SPORTS for more


Proposal for ASL sequence approved by Committee on the Course of Study By Paige Cromley

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A proposal presented by the Linguistics department to establish a sequence in American Sign Language (ASL) that fulfills Princeton’s language requirement was approved unanimously by the Faculty Committee on the Course of Study (COCS) last Tuesday, according to Deputy University Spokesperson Mi-

chael Hotchkiss. Though COCS decisions typically go to the full faculty for a vote, this decision “was in fact final,” per Linguistics professor Laura Kalin in an email to The Daily Princetonian. Kalin gave an overview of the upcoming ASL expansion, which includes the addition of “four new ASL courses, ASL 101, 102, 105, and 107, which can be used to sat-

isfy the University’s language requirement” as well as a new course on Deaf culture, all of which will be added over the next two years. According to Kalin, ASL 101 will be offered next semester, while ASL 102 and the course on Deaf culture will be available for students to take next spring. “In addition, we will be maintaining LIN 205 as a course that is fully inde-

pendent of the language sequence, designed to make an introduction to ASL accessible to more students,” she noted. LIN 205, Beginning American Sign Language, is a popular application-based class on introductory ASL and Deaf culture. Currently, the University offers four credit-bearing ASL courses, the first of which was offered in the


A student signing ASL, the abbreviation for American Sign Language.

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The Editorial Board calls on students to “ask for the damn extension,” writing that students should not feel they are burdening faculty members and administrators by saying they need help.

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spring of 2018, but completion of these courses has not fulfilled the University language requirement. In addition to support from the Linguistics department, which Kalin said has wanted to establish an ASL sequence since 2017, there has been significant student support for expanding the program. Elaine Wright ’21, who authored a column in the ‘Prince’ last November calling on the University to give language credit for ASL classes, sponsored a USG referendum that was approved by the Senate in late March. After gaining Senate approval, Wright needed 468 student signatures for the referendum to appear on the spring ballot. She got the necessary signatures in less than 24 hours. However, in light of the recent decision by COCS, the referendum will not be included on the USG ballot. A statement by the student campaign noted that they “are thrilled that the University and the Program in Linguistics seem committed to support ASL and ensure its permanent presence at Princeton.” Wright hopes that the UniSee NEWS for more

Over the weekend, the tragic recent string of gun violence continued, and on Monday morning, NASA made history. Also, we’ve got a lot of news from within the Orange Bubble today.

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