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The new Butler College


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A slideshow explores the Butler College construction project and the impact of the new dorms, expected to open in fall 2009. Read story. View all Giving to Princeton videos.


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Sanjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering, Butler College master:
All of the new changes that are planned for Butler really are exciting

Sanjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering, Butler College master:
to all of us at Butler, students and staff, as well as fellows.

Sanjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering, Butler College master:
Butler's a great place to be, the students absolutely love it here.

Mindy Andino, director of student life, Butler College:
According to the University architect, the new rooms in Butler will be some

Mindy Andino, director of student life, Butler College:
of the biggest and most spacious among the residential colleges.

Mindy Andino, director of student life, Butler College:
Basically they'll be the hot commodity on campus.

Eric Plummer '10, residential college adviser, Butler College:
Rooms won't just be isolated rooms like they were before,

Eric Plummer '10, residential college adviser, Butler College:
but they'll have lounge areas and places to hang out and to relax,

Eric Plummer '10, residential college adviser, Butler College:
as opposed to just having hallways with rooms in them.

David Stirk, dean, Butler College:
There's a cafe being built there.

David Stirk, dean, Butler College:
Butler will now be a kind of center down-campus that will attract not just Butler students,

David Stirk, dean, Butler College:
but probably students from a lot of colleges.

Mark Burstein, executive vice president:
One of the objectives for the project has been trying

Mark Burstein, executive vice president:
to connect the southern end of the campus more into the undergraduate heart

Mark Burstein, executive vice president:
of Princeton, and Butler really does do that.

Mark Burstein, executive vice president:
It's an area where a number of students live,

Mark Burstein, executive vice president:
it's where student athletes spend a significant amount of their time, it's close to the sciences

Mark Burstein, executive vice president:
and the lab buildings. So, we wanted to find a way of creating an undergraduate student hub.

Matthew Lazen, director of studies, Butler College:
The new Butler will include some great outdoor space,

Matthew Lazen:
including a park-like space where students will read and relax and meet up with each other,

Matthew Lazen:
and you'll have a shared space of community.

David Stirk:
We're actually looking forward to being the

David Stirk:
"greenest" college among the residential colleges,

David Stirk:
and also a place where this is being looked at from an academic standpoint,

David Stirk:
so we're very excited about the possibility that this may be something which carries

David Stirk:
through to other buildings as well and help kind of change the consciousness

David Stirk:
about sustainability and architecture on campus.

Mark Burstein:
One of the unique parts of this project is the architecture.

Mark Burstein:
Harry Cobb, the architect, tried to find a way of creating buildings that are really

Mark Burstein:
in a modern vocabulary, but use many of the same features

Mark Burstein:
that a Collegiate Gothic dorm would have.

Kexing (Christina) Ren '11, Butler College Council member:
Almost everyone I've spoken to in Butler is really excited

Kexing (Christina) Ren:
about new Butler, and so I think the majority of the people I know are going to try to draw back

Kexing (Christina) Ren:
in to the four-year college system.

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
One thing that makes Princeton's residential college system stand

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
out is it really fosters a community within a community,

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
and in a very broad sense -- on the academic side, on the social side, on the cultural side,

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
civic engagement, all across the board.

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
Any student that has gone through Princeton recognizes what a wonderful place it is

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
and how much it has to offer, and I think to continue

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
that is the greatest gift one could give back.

Mark Burstein:
I think Butler will have an extraordinary impact both physically

Mark Burstein:
as well as on community building.

Mark Burstein:
It completes a part of the campus.

Mark Burstein:
It not only marks the opening of our third four-year residential college,

Mark Burstein:
but it also creates another major gathering place for student undergraduate life

Mark Burstein:
that we felt the campus really needed.

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