Princeton’s paper creates controversy with its joke issue

This week, outside the "Western Bubble" on campuses around the world...

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Princeton " An article published in Princeton University’s student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, is sparking controversy.

The Associated Press reports a racist article appeared in the paper’s annual joke issue. It was written by “Lian Ji,” a play on the name of Jian Li, an 18-year-old Asian man currently attending Yale University who brought a civil suit against Princeton for denying him admittance.

The article featured broken English and racial stereotypes. The piece drew criticism from Princeton’s campus and from Li, who said the article was distasteful.

A note published in the paper by its managing board said, “Using hyperbole and an unbelievable string of stereotypes, we hoped to lampoon racism by showing it at its most outrageous.

“At its worst, the column was a bad joke; at its best, it provoked serious thought about issues of race, fairness and diversity.”

Moscow " Moscow University hopes to become the world’s biggest university in the next few years.

According to ITAR-TASS, the university’s rector wants to double its enrolment of 40,000 and hopefully reach 100,000 students in the near future.

The university’s current facilities have doubled in the past 15 years, and it hopes to double them again.

Iraq " The city of Sulaimania, north-east of Baghdad, could be the home of the first American university in Iraq.

The Herald-Tribune revealed a group of intellectuals are behind the plan and intend to establish the university at a cost of $250 million over the next 15 years.

The Iraqi deputy prime minister founded the project and aims to attract the thousands of Iraqis who leave to study abroad every year.

Construction begins this spring and the university will begin handing out bachelor’s degrees in autumn 2008.

India " The Sanskrit College at the University of Gujarat has given a Master’s of Spirituality to the first non-priest and first American.

According to PR Newswire, Michael Mamas, a spiritual teacher, will receive the title for expression of deep knowledge and wisdom. Mamas studied around the world with saints and spiritual teachers before attending Gujarat, a fully accredited 80-year old university in India.

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