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This Week in Princeton History for February 11-17

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, African American women express their views of campus, police are on the lookout for stolen silverware, and more.

February 11, 1994—A group of students responds to an editorial cartoon with pleas for greater thoughtfulness about the use of imagery and language on campus, saying the cartoon’s portrayal of Cornel West *80 played to a variety of offensive stereotypes. Discussions continue throughout the week.

A follow up set of editorial cartoons from the Daily Princetonian.

February 14, 1969—At the conclusion of Princeton University’s first (and ultimately only) “Coed Week,” an article appears focusing on African American women’s experiences visiting the campus. They praise black male students as “together” and “more natural” than at other Ivy League schools. Sandra Jones of Smith College is quoted: “Black guys here aren’t fronting.”

February 15, 1957—Police have put out a 14-state alarm from Maine to North Carolina in search of $400 in silverware stolen from the Princeton University Commons.

Silver spoon with Princeton University seal on the handle. Memorabilia Collection (MC053), Box A-27.

February 16, 1758—Jonathan Edwards becomes president of the College of New Jersey.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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