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This Week in Princeton History for May 22-28

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a decision made by the Bric-a-Brac is controversial, an anonymous donor gives $5 million, and more.

May 23, 1901— The Trenton Evening Times asserts, “It is a fair question who are the greater social pests—the lunch-devouring Trenton girls on the Princeton campus, or the drunken Princeton students in Trenton restaurants?”

May 26, 1976—In the midst of ongoing controversy over a decision to omit Black student groups from the Bric-a-Brac this year, Joseph Strickland ’77 writes that he believes the editors are hypocritical.

The idea of any number of black people being together is obviously repugnant to the picture of Princeton that the Bric is trying to portray. Mr. [Bill] Allen said that he didn’t think that ‘a yearbook should be a showcase for ethnically separated activities.’ However, much of the space in the Bric is taken up by photographs of all-white organizations. … The picture of Tiger Inn was not considered ‘ethnically separated’ even though it was all male and all white.

The members of Tiger Inn, ca. 1976. Image from 1976 Bric-a-Brac.

May 27, 1845—Local resident David Hullfish is offering a reward to anyone who has information leading to the return of his stray cow. The cow has been missing since May 16.

May 28, 1987—Officials announce that an anonymous alum has donated $5 million (about $13 million in 2023 dollars) for the construction of a building to house the Department of Computer Science.

Computer Science Building, 1993. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box AD02, Image No. 7723.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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