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This Week in Princeton History for December 12-18

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, controversies over abortion coverage on the student health plan are ongoing, Princeton’s president urges vaccination, and more.

December 12, 1979—According to Students for Conscientious Choice, about 800 students have signed a petition asking for a refund of the portion of their student health fees that fund abortion services. In the 1978-1979 academic year, 36 undergraduates and 8 graduate students used abortion services at a cost of less than $1 per student’s health fee.

Concerned Alumni of Princeton pamphlet, 1981. Office of the Executive Vice President Records (AC271), Box 25.

December 13, 1968—Judith-Ann Corrente ’70, the first known female member of the Undergraduate Assembly, is interviewed in the Daily Princetonian about her views on student government. Corrente sees her male counterparts as too conservative. “It frightens me that they act like parents already.”

Judith-Ann Christine Corrente ’70. Photo from 1970 Nassau Herald.

December 16, 1911—The Class of 1913’s Bric-a-Brac is now available at the U-Store.

Inside cover of Class of 1913 Bric-a-Brac.

December 17, 1901—The Jersey Journal reports that Princeton’s president, Francis L. Patton, is recommending that all students be vaccinated against smallpox.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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