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Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, an initiative that forges collaborations between industry and University experts, and ExxonMobil entered into a five-year agreement to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and environment, the University’s Office of Engineering Communications announced this summer.
A terrorist attack spurred the University to relocate Tyler Lawrence ’16 and Tori Rinker ’16 from their internships in Cairo, Egypt, in mid-July.
New undergraduatecertificates in Cognitive Science,Ethnographic Studies, and History and the Practice of Diplomacy will be available beginningJuly 1, 2015, according to University spokesperson Martin Mbugua.
Undergraduates’ exposure to turbulent and difficult times are important as preparation for their promising futures as agents of change in the world, former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson GS '86 said in her Baccalaureate addresson Sunday.
Arjun Landes ’11 GS created the app “HeyTiger” to allow alumni and students to connect with other alumni on campus.
While University students today use Tinder and similar alternatives in their half-serious attempts to meet a future partner, Reunions features a decidedly low-tech version of this dating scene for alumni.
The auditorium was packed with more people than there were seats at an alumni-faculty forum about journalism in the digital age today. The forum’s moderator was Pam Belluck ’85, a health and science writer for The New York Times. The panelists included Paul Haaga ’70, the acting President & CEO of NPR, Marc Fisher ’80, a senior editor at The Washington Post, Jennie Thompson ’90, supervising producer of NBC News, Jane Greenway Carr ’00, ACLS Public Fellow and contributing editor at New America; Koda Mike Wang ’10, Chief Operating Officer of The Huffington Post. “Obviously the digital age has completely transformed what we do as journalists,” Belluck said in her introduction of the panel and panelists. New technology has changed the way journalists gather information and present information, how newspapers structure their business models and the way media outlets interact with readers, viewers and listeners, Belluck said. Belluck noted that, over the course of her career, she has gone from using pay phones to transmit information to receiving text messages from her editors. Panelists began discussing and questioning the future of the journalism industry in the digital age. “In this world where you can get more information than ever before in a targeted fashion, will there be a way for news organizations to sustain themselves without having a billionaire sugar daddy?” Fisher asked. “I’m coming into an industry in which digital is the norm, where smartphones are the norm,” Wang said, who spoke about the rapid and dramatic changes that occur in the digital age, specifically in the shift to mobile devices. In less than four years, he explained, the Huffington Post’s readership has shifted from a small segment being mobile, to a large contingency of its readership being mobile. “It’s affecting us internally in every single way we do our business,” Wang said. “Every facet of every single decision we have is affected by mobile.” Carr spoke from a more academic perspective, that of a trained literary historian. She, too, noted that she has experienced journalism in a purely digital age. “One of the things that I think about, perhaps in part because I run one, is the role of digital literary magazines in this age,” Carr said. Storytelling has a profound role to play in the digital age. Culture and free expression are still demanded and needed in the modern age, according to Carr. Carr said that if people want to find out where journalism is going, they should look to literary intellectuals’ opinions. Digital journalism, she said, is a social justice issue as well. If a given locality has few resources, it may struggle with structural information inequality, Carr said. “As we think about business models, we need to look at how to diversify and innovate the non-profit model,” Carr said. The forum was then opened to questions from the audience. Audience members asked about how long the panelists think print forms of news will exist. Haaga answered that the prices of print news are being raised, in order to milk loyal print subscribers as long as possible. Fisher noted that, while the rate of decline of subscribers has leveled out, the rate of collapse among print advertisers is starting to pick up steam. Ad rates online are about a tenth those in print. Much of high-quality reporting is still being done by traditional, print journalism organizations. The audience then asked about video’s role in the new media age. “Video is huge,” Wang said. Fifty-five percent of all video in the U.S. is being watched on mobile phones. Video quality and watching rate is continuously improving. People are spending more and more time on online video watching than on traditional TV, explained Wang. A new generation has never paid for a cable subscription, but pays for online video sources like Netflix. Video allows for “editors on the street” and addresses the inequality of information needs on the ground, explained Carr. In response to a question about how to more effectively curate news posted on the web on diverse platforms, Fisher pointed to editorial standards, to old and new brands establishing themselves by cultivating a loyal audience that knows their content is reliable.
David Petraeus GS '85 GS '87, decorated war general and former head of the CIA, has led a prominent career in public service and government. A graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at the University with a Ph.D. in international relations, Petraeus took time from his busy schedule to chat with The Daily Princetonian during his 30th Reunion.
Lisa Jackson GS ’86, a University trustee and the 2015 Baccalaureate speaker, has been the vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple Inc. since 2013, and served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2009 to 2013. The Daily Princetonian spoke with Jackson about her academic trajectory and her views on the University.
There have been 21 Club Nom events over the course of the past two years, founder and organizer Hannah Rosenthal ’15 said.
Fifty-two percent of undergraduate students and 53 percent of graduate students responded to the University’s sexual misconduct climate survey, according to Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Equity Michele Minter.
Misha Semenov ’15 was named the valedictorian of the Class of 2015 on Monday, and Neil Hannan ’15 was named the Latin salutatorian.
The Undergraduate Student Government sponsored an open forum about freedom of expression on campus in Frist Campus Center on Sunday.
The University has been unsuccessful in hiring an Asian American Studies professor, though the search is continuing, professor of English and African American Studies Anne Cheng '85 said.
Members of the Class of 1977 have been discussing whether Susan Patton ’77 should be removed as alumni class president due to some concerns regarding her alleged abuse of the office.
Both students and local business owners approved of the return of the Princeton University Farmers’ Market, which took place for the first time since 2013 on Wednesday outside of Firestone Library.
The University’s tax-exempt status generated more than $100,000 per full-time equivalent student in taxpayer subsidies in 2013, according to an estimate from a study from the Nexus Research and Policy Center.
There are ways to confront the problem of sexual assault, clinical psychologist Dr. David Lisak said in a lecture on Tuesday.
The Princeton Divests Coalition's petition to run a referendum to divest from companies that are "complicit in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and blockade of the Gaza Strip"gained enough signatures to run the referendum before the undergraduate student body.
Some students took to social media this weekend to express concern over the choice of Big Sean as the main act for Lawnpartiesafter Duncan Hosie ’16 and Rebecca Basaldua ’15 started a petition urging the Undergraduate Student Government to rescind its offer to the rapper.