In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, undergraduates protest the presence of African Americans in chapel, a computer virus is spreading all over campus, and more.
November 28, 1868—Students at the College of New Jersey (Princeton) begin circulating a petition to ban African Americans from chapel exercises after James McCosh allows a black student from Princeton Theological Seminary to attend his lectures on the life of Jesus, but few faculty are willing to sign it and McCosh remains unmoved.
November 29, 1806—The faculty meet to consider the case of six students who tried to strike a resident of Princeton with a chair and threatened him with a knife. Francis Henry of the Class of 1807 confesses to threatening the townsperson with a knife and is suspended. Five other students are admonished before the faculty “for abetting Mr. Henry in the crimes…”
November 30, 2000—The “Navidad” computer virus is spreading throughout the campus in the guise of an emailed Christmas card. Administrators encourage students to download anti-virus software to protect their computers.
December 2, 1896—Members of Cap and Gown Club move into their newly built clubhouse.
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