A Dinky Milestone

[caption id="attachment_14811" align="aligncenter" width="515"] This mile marker indicated the three mile mark of the Dinky when the line extended to Blair Hall.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14814" align="alignleft" width="250"] Image courtesy Historical Society of Princeton[/caption]

As construction for the Arts & Transit Neighborhood moves the Dinky southward and makes the trek to Forbes College even more inconvenient, it is hard to imagine a time when tracks reached the steps of Blair Hall. The building’s enormous arch served as a grand entrance to campus (pictured left) until 1918, when the station was moved south to make way for the dormitories now known as the junior slums.

There is little remaining physical evidence of the station except for an old mile marker that dutifully sits between Little and 1901-Laughlin Halls (above). The “0” on the south side indicated the train was zero miles from Princeton, and the “3” on the north side indicated it was three miles to Princeton Junction. According to University spokesman Martin Mbugua, no easement requires the University to keep the marker, so it appears to be kept for historical purposes.

Princeton Ranked #1 in Sexual Health

Not only did Old Nassau take the top spot in the academic rankings this year, but apparently we’re number one in sexual health and safety too!

According to Trojan Brand Condom’s annual Sexual Health Report Card, tigers and tiger admirers have access to the best sexual health resources of any campus. Harvard and Yale don’t even make the top 10.

[caption id="attachment_14821" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Get it together BYU.[/caption]

Columbia and University of Illinois have previously held the top spot in 2012 and 2011. McCosh might be fist-pumping to know that they bested all the other schools in several methodological categories:

  • Hours of operation
  • Allow drop-ins or require appointments for student scheduling
  • Quality of sexual health information and resources on website
  • Contraceptive or condom availability — free or at cost
  • HIV and STI testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  • Lecture/outreach programs and student peer groups for sexual health education
  • Sexual assault programs, resources or services
  • Overall website usability and quality

So while we may complain about the mythical “hookup culture”, we can at least rest assured that our genitalia are in good hands. Erm.