Around the Ivies
Brown University: The Number, a new delivery startup recently developed by three undergraduates, is already gaining popularity on campus, The Brown Daily Herald reported. The business, which went live on Monday after weeks of research and promotion, allows students to text a specified number and have anything within a certain radius delivered to them. Students must pay full price for the goods, plus an additional fee of $3.50, subject to increases during times of high demand.
Columbia University: The search for student Austin Taylor, who went missing on Nov. 2, has been called off, according to The Columbia Daily Spectator. The detective working on the case informed Taylor’s parents that his passport was scanned in Paris, and Taylor’s mother subsequently announced that they are ending the search.
Cornell University: Black Students United, a student-run advocacy group, entered University President Elizabeth Garrett’s office this week to submit a letter demanding that the University divest its endowment from interests based in mass incarceration and prisons. The organization was inspired by a similar protest at Columbia University, The Cornell Daily Sun reported.
Harvard University: Harvard has begun a formal review of the construction blueprint for its new School of Engineering and Sciences complex, the Harvard Crimson reported. The plan involves two-thirds of the SEAS faculty moving to a new location in Allston, Massachusetts. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2016.
Princeton University: Two of the campus’s tiger statues, the University’s mascot, have recently been vandalized, along with the cannon on Cannon Green, The Daily Princetonian reported. The perpetrators used red paint to cover the statues with expletives and graffiti aimed at the University and Pennsylvania State University. The perpetrators have not yet been identified.
University of Pennsylvania: The University was recently ranked number 57 on a Vice list of the most militarized universities in the United States, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. The ranking considered the number of graduating students that go into the U.S. Intelligence Community and various other factors like funding amounts and participation in federal domestic security task forces.
Yale University: More than 1,000 students gathered in solidarity in the midst of recent discussions and controversy about race relations at the University, the Yale Daily News reported. The event, called the March of Resilience, was centered around discussions of unity and student power, and also included musical and cultural performances.