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Campus Fully Evacuated Following Bomb Threat to “Multiple Unspecified Buildings”

Source: The Daily Princetonian


A bomb threat alert was issued by the University on Tuesday at 10:26 a.m. The campus is now fully evacuated. Only essential employees from Public Safety and facilities are being asked to remain on campus.

Both the number of reported bombs and their location remain unspecified. University spokesperson Martin Mbugua confirmed that the initial threat was reported around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

“There has been a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings,” part of the message sent through the Princeton Telephone and Email Notification System read. “Please evacuate the campus and all University offices immediately and go home unless otherwise directed by your supervisor.”

There has not been any confirmation as to the presence of any bombs on campus.

The message added that Department of Public Safety officers and Princeton Police officers will direct drivers to evacuation sites. Those without cars will be “directed to evacuation sites” including Nassau Inn, Princeton Public Library and the Princeton Arts Council buildings. Faculty and staff were encouraged to remain at home.

Students who were on campus at the time of the threat reported confusion over where and how to evacuate. They noted that no alarms went off, and that they were entirely dependent on PTENS text messages, phone calls and emails for updates.

“After my roommate and I got the warning, we didn’t know where to go. Which direction should we go?” Jimin Hong ’15 said. “My roommate told me to call Public Safety and ask them. This guy answered — no help. He said, ‘I don’t know, ma’am’ and it kind of pissed me off.”

“The school should’ve had some kind of direction for the students,” Hong added. “That was very irresponsible of them.”

Jameil Brown ’16 was in Frist Campus Center at the time of the evacuation notice. No alarms went off inside of the student center, Brown said, and occupants were only made aware of the threat by PTENS notifications.

“Someone just came in and told us we had to evacuate and it was an emergency,” Brown said. “We were not given any specific instructions other than what the alert said about getting off campus and going into town.”

According to Mbugua, approximately 6900 individuals— including faculty, staff, students and participants in various summer programs— have been evacuated from campus.

There have been reports of heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic leading away from the University.

According to Princeton Police Sergeant Mike Cifelli, there is no inbound traffic from Route 1 to town or the University.

“The roads and traffic are very congested at this point with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The Princeton Police is handling traffic as best we can with the knowledge that the evacuation did occur,” Cifelli said.

Cifelli also clarified the Princeton Police’s role in the evacuation, calling it “a courtesy” at the Department of Public Safety’s request.

“We are being guided by their protocol at this time as to the degree of our assistance,” Cifelli said.

According to an updated alert, the University’s Department of Public Safety is investigating the threat with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Department of Public Safety director of operations Stefanie Karp has been out of office since last Friday. When reached on her cell phone, Karp said she was on vacation in Spain.

The campus is expected to be open during regular business hours on Wednesday, according to an email from Executive Director of Public Safety Paul Ominsky.

Two bomb threats were reported in the area during the 2010-2011 school year, one in several laboratories and academic buildings on campus and one in Palmer Square. Both prompted evacuation orders, and all-clears were later issued in both cases.


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Princeton Reunions 2013

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End-of-Year Lunch Party (Photos by Daiane Tamanaha)

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Anna Dombrowski


by Eunsil Lee

Anna Dombrowski was born near Pittsburgh in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Her grandparents immigrated to the US from Poland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  They came to the US to work in the steel mills near Pittsburgh. Her parents were born in the US, but spoke Polish. She grew up where she was born, in a small mill town near Pittsburgh. She is one of five children. They grew up learning some Polish words and phrases, but didn’t learn to speak, because her grandparents wanted them to only speak English.

She has lived in Princeton since 1986. That year, she finished law school and married her husband who started here as an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering in 1985. She met Mansour, her husband, at the first party she went to as a freshman in college. The college she attended was Wellesley, an all-women’s college. Mansour was a student at MIT. He had helped his sister move into the dorm and came to a party with her in the evening. He tried to show Anna how to dance to disco music, but he was a terrible dancer. Anna had told him that She played tennis, but she didn’t tell him that she was a terrible player. The next day, he came to visit her and brought tennis racquets and balls so they could play. He was very patient and nice, so she liked him. She figured they were even — he was bad at dancing and she was bad at tennis!

They have three children. Rameen is 23. He graduated from college and majored in religion. He also is a musician, who makes guitars and is currently learning to make violins in Pennsylvania. Leila is 20 and is studying neuroscience, applied math and German. Komron is the youngest child at 16. He’s in high school and likes science, too. He plays soccer and squash, so they watch a lot of soccer on TV, especially the German soccer league. They’re fans of the Bayern Munich soccer club. She’ll miss Komron a lot when he goes off to college.

She worked for several years as an attorney for the State of New Jersey. Mostly, her work involved writing draft decisions for the Appellate Division. She also worked for the Office of Attorney Ethics, which makes sure lawyers in New Jersey behave in the best interests of their clients.

She also has a MA in Art History. When she was a graduate student, she gave tours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and taught first year students Introductory Art History. When they first lived in Germany in 1993, they lived in a small village outside of Munich. She spoke very little German then and it was quite lonely. They next spent 7 months in Munich in 1997 and they really enjoyed living in the city. Her older children went to school there and she learned more of the language, so they made friends then that they still have today. Since those early years, they’ve returned to Munich every other summer, for as much time as they can spare.

 Her neighbor, Irene White, encouraged her many years ago to volunteer through the International Center, but she didn’t have time to dedicate to the program then. About 4 years ago, once her children were older, she started to volunteer. She primarily works as an individual tutor and finds it fascinating to learn about the research areas of her students. She enjoys the group sessions too, because it’s fun to have a conversation with many students from different countries and to learn about their opinions and experiences.

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Anna and Eunsil

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Princeton Launches Updated Mobile Website

Source:  Princeton University
Princeton Mobile group

by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

Princeton University’s Office of Information Technology has launched an updated mobile website where faculty, staff, students and visitors can access interactive information about Princeton via smartphone, tablet or computer. Princeton Mobile is available for free at m.princeton.edu and will replace the iPrinceton mobile app.

“The biggest improvement is that Princeton Mobile is designed to be accessible across all mobile devices and computers,” said Mary Albert, manager of the project office for OIT Academic Services. “We wanted to ensure that everyone using it — whether they are on an iPhone, Android or another device — would have a consistent experience and could access the same information.”

Princeton Mobile has 16 interactive menus, some of which include:

  • a faculty, staff and student directory
  • campus dining information
  • a detailed campus map and self-guided tours
  • University TigerTransit schedules
  • University news and video pages
  • a fully integrated library catalogue
  • Athletics news and information
  • links to Princeton’s social media pages.

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                                                      (Image courtesy of the Office of Information Technology)

It also has a more sophisticated search function, allowing users to search the entire website at once rather than having to search within individual menus.

“For example, if you search for someone’s name, it may pull up their phone number, email and office location in the directory, as well as University news stories and videos that mention them,” Albert said.

Princeton Mobile also makes it easier to find certain information, such as its new Dining section where users can see in real time which dining facilities are open, what they are serving, and dietary and allergen information for menu items.

An interactive map displays detailed building and directional information, as well as campus paths and walkways. The map has a new feature that allows users to search locations by categories, such as libraries, residential colleges or academic buildings. The map also is connected to event listings — tap on an event’s address and the location is shown on the map.

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News and videos from the University’s news websites, as well as from the Princeton Alumni Weekly and The Daily Princetonian, are available via Princeton Mobile.

“We hope anyone who studies, lives, works or visits here will explore the new Princeton Mobile site and find it easy to use,” Albert said. “It also can be a resource for alumni or others who want to stay connected to Princeton when not on campus.”

To access Princeton Mobile for the first time, visitm.princeton.edu and bookmark the site for future use. Princeton Mobile also may be downloaded as a free app for Apple phones and tablets at Apple’s app store and will be available for Android devices at the Google Play store.

Users who have the old iPrinceton app on their phones should update to the new Princeton Mobile app at the Apple or Google Play stores, depending on which device they have.

OIT worked with Modo Labs of Cambridge, Mass., to design Princeton Mobile. Various University offices, including Facilities Organization, the Office of CommunicationsPrinceton University Library and University Services, helped provide content for Princeton Mobile.

Users may send feedback about Princeton Mobile to OIT by emailing pumobile@princeton.edu. For technical support, contact the OIT Help Desk at helpdesk@princeton.edu or 609-258-4357.

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Linda Sipprelle

Linda Sipprelle

 by Michiko Yamashina

 Linda Sipprelle, who has an identical twin sister, was born in Bucharest, Romania, the daughter of a U.S. Diplomat.  As a child she lived in Chile, Brazil and India and graduated from high school at the Sanford School in Delaware.  She earned a B. A. Degree from the University of Redlands in California and a post-graduate Teaching Fellowship from UCLA’s Demonstration School.  While a college undergraduate, Linda married a fellow classmate, Dudley.

After Dudley became a diplomat, Linda lived in Colombia, Sweden, Turkey, Venezuela, Austria and Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.  She taught English at a girls high school in Izmir, Turkey and at the American School in Santo Domingo.

Linda is the mother of four boys.  Since she thinks that family is the most important thing in life, she didn’t have nannies when her boys were growing up even though she was very busy.  She also tried to help her sons adjust to their new schools in each country.

In 1987, Linda became a diplomat herself and was posted as a political officer to U.S. Embassies in Rome, Mexico City and Vienna as well as in Washington, D.C.  She worked on many bilateral issues representing U.S. Government interests.

Linda has not only made significant contributions in her professional life, she is an athlete as well.  She has held seventeen American track and road-running records and was the winner of gold, silver and bronze medals at world championships.  She received an award from the Olympic committee of the Dominican Republic for being the first woman to compete in a road race in that country and for being a role model for Dominican women and girls.

After moving to Princeton in 2005, Linda became an active volunteer.  She began tutoring English for the Friends of the Davis International Center (FDIC) and later became the FDIC president.  She was also a member of the Princeton Borough Affordable Housing Board and is currently a Governor appointed Commissioner on the Princeton Housing Authority.  She received a Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA Princeton in March, 2013.

One of Linda’s future dreams is competing in the Senior Olympics as she continues training several times a week.  Linda’s eyes are always shining as she looks forward to the future.

Linda and Michiko

Linda and Michiko


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