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This Week in Princeton History for April 2-8

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Judicial Committee makes its first disciplinary decisions, the campus debates housing policies for same sex couples, and more.

April 2, 1917—Senator Henry Cabot Lodge attacks Alexander Bannwart, Class of 1906, in the only known case of a U.S. Senator physically attacking a constituent. Bannwart and two others visited the Massachusetts senator to protest President Woodrow Wilson’s request for a Congressional declaration of war against Germany.

Alexander Bannwart, ca. 1906. Historical Photograph Collection, Student Photograph Albums Series (AC061), Box 116.

April 3, 1970—The Judicial Committee disciplines twelve students for involvement in an incident known as the “Hickel Heckle,” in which members of Students for a Democratic Society disrupted a talk by Walter Hickel. It is the first time the Judicial Committee (part of the newly formed Council on the Princeton University Community) has been responsible for disciplining students.

Princeton Alumni Weekly, April 28, 1970.

April 5, 1990—The Daily Princetonian reports that although the University will assign a gay graduate student and his partner alternate accommodations, it is not reversing its decision to deny the couple an apartment in married student housing. Many students consider the policy barring unmarried couples from married housing discriminatory, since same sex couples cannot legally marry. The situation will spark debate and protest on campus.

Memo from Paul Benacerraf to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Princeton (GALAP), March 13, 1991. After pressure over the previous year from GALAP and allies, the housing policy changed in the spring of 1991. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance Records (AC037), Box 1, Folder 31.

April 8, 1946—The Daily Princetonian reports that the University is recommending that at least five undergraduates move into each of the eating clubs to help ease the housing shortage caused by students returning from war.

Housing shortages forced Princeton University to open Baker Memorial Rink as temporary lodging in 1946 (the “Baker Hotel”). Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP164, Image No. 6041. To learn more about the impact of war on Princeton University, please stop by our current exhibition, on display through Reunions 2018.

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