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Life here at Princeton, during my first year, runs quickly. Like many people, I feel like I’m constantly looking ahead — to the next assignment, the next tutoring shift, the next club meeting. Times to reflect are few and far between. Some of my friends complain about this, and I understand their complaints. But I don’t really miss the free time. I’m grateful for how Princeton keeps my mind busy. When I have too much time on my hands, no matter how hard I try to avoid it, my thoughts tend to gravitate towards the one thing I don’t want to think about.
When I received a notification for a Facebook event a month ago, I found myself feeling something that I never thought I would feel prompted by a student event: frustration and despair. The event in question was a “vigil” to protest against “war in Venezuela” hosted by the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA). When I saw this, I couldn’t help but feel angry, misunderstood, and disregarded. I thought the world was finally listening to the voice of the people of Venezuela, but I saw in that event a grave misconception that risks robbing Venezuela of the support that we need to attain freedom. Such support has to come in the form of foreign intervention.
Around 9 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, April 20 during a Catholic Easter service, a man was arrested at the University Chapel after entering the building holding a 4-inch knife. The man was considered non-threatening, and he was charged with disorderly conduct and released on Sunday.
The Committee on the Course of Study is set to propose the first major changes to the University’s general education requirements in 25 years at the next faculty meeting on April 29.
The 2019 season brought Princeton’s men’s volleyball team (17–12, 13–1 EIVA) a total of 1202 kills, 170 service aces, 674 digs, 1122 assists, 209 blocks, and a total of 2286 points, and they aren’t done yet. The Tigers hosted the 2019 EIVA championship tournament this past weekend, with George Mason (17–9, 10–4), Penn State (15–15, 10–4), and Saint Francis (15–14, 9–5) in attendance.
After a lengthy investigation, Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller report on Thursday, April 18. Led by Special Counsel and ex-FBI director Robert Mueller ’66, the 448-page document detailed the conclusions of a two-year investigation into allegations of obstruction of justice and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
This past week, from Monday at noon to Wednesday at noon, I spent what felt like every waking moment texting, emailing, and reminding people in person to vote in the USG elections for Referendum Question No. 1, which I sponsored on behalf of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative. The week before voting opened, my group and I spent hours tabling in Frist Campus Center, posting flyers on lampposts, and folding table tents.
In a recent column, Hunter Campbell argues against the current model of Princeton’s liberal arts education. He suggests that the current system of distribution requirements fails to accomplish its own goals, because it encourages students to take courses so far out of their comfort zone that they end up learning nothing from them. Campbell correctly claims that many students end up taking easier courses which, in combination with the pass/D/fail (PDF) option, provide no intellectual challenge.
“Lemonade” Screening (April 22) at McCormick 101. As part of the University Center for Human Values’ Film Forum series Trans Citizen, there will be a screening of the movie “Lemonade” this Monday evening. Directed by Ioana Uricaru, “Lemonade” tells the story of a Romanian woman who moves to the United States after marrying an American man she recently met.
In an email sent to the student body around 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) announced the spring election results for U-Councilors and officers for the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. Additionally, all four referenda exceeded the minimum one-third turnout and were passed.
Speaking to a full house, “eco-pirate” Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and co-founder of Greenpeace, asserted that predictions made about the environments of fish and other marine life were correct and the world is on the brink of environmental collapse.
On April 12 and 13, over 200 people joined the Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) for their sixth annual conference, entitled “Tracing the Violence.”
Last year, Princeton women’s lacrosse (10–3, 4–1 Ivy) battled it out against Penn (9–4, 3–2) for the Ivy League crown and came away with a 13–10 victory. The two teams have been vying for the title and the automatic bid to the NCAAs for several decades, and Wednesday night was no different. The Tigers took a quick ride to Franklin Field in Philadelphia to take on the Quakers. By the end of the night, the Tigers made out with a close 13–11 win.
Men’s lacrosse (6–6, 1–3 Ivy) will face Harvard University (5–6, 1–3) on Saturday afternoon at Sherrerd Field in Princeton. The teams are tied for fifth in Ivy League play with two games remaining. This weekend’s match is high stakes — whichever team loses will be effectively eliminated from playoff contention.
Entering the weekend with a 2–1 Ivy League record and in contention for the Ivy League title, Princeton men’s tennis (18–9 overall, 2–3 Ivy League) faced the 16th-ranked Columbia Lions (14–3, 4–0) at home on Friday and then traveled to Ithaca to take on Cornell (13–8, 4–0) on Sunday.
Janina Kugel has been the Chief Human Resources Officer of Siemens AG, a German multinational tech company, since February 2015. In her position, she has global responsibility for human resources – which includes diversity and health management and safety, among other areas.
Hoboken announced on April 3 that the city would be the first in New Jersey to introduce an electric scooter sharing program. A six-month pilot program was introduced after an ordinance was passed, allowing Lime and P3GM — which operates JerseyBike — to provide rental scooters within city limits. Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla stated, “I am thrilled Hoboken is leading the way for the rest of the state to implement an additional mode of green transportation. Electric scooters will help residents easily travel around our city, reduce congestion on our roadways, and improve access to transit stations and business districts.”
France particularly, and the world generally, suffered a tragedy on Monday as the Cathedral of Notre Dame caught fire. Construction on the cathedral began in 1160 and has since become a defining symbol of both the Catholic Church and the French nation as a whole. While the damage seems to have been contained, the main spire of the Cathedral did collapse, and only in the coming days will we realize the total damage done by the conflagration.
Mid-April means it’s mid-season for all four Princeton rowing teams.