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Princeton names new residential colleges, but with 50 year expiration date in case they regret it later

<p>Residential College 7’s name will be re-assessed every five decades, just in case they mess it up pretty badly the first time.&nbsp;</p>
<h6>Photo Credit: Zachary Shevin / The Daily PrincetOnion</h6>

Residential College 7’s name will be re-assessed every five decades, just in case they mess it up pretty badly the first time. 

Photo Credit: Zachary Shevin / The Daily PrincetOnion

The following content is purely satirical and entirely fictional.

On Sept. 29, in a lengthy and vague email to the campus community somewhere in your inbox, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 announced that Residential Colleges 7 and 8 had finally gone to the highest bidders, but with the understanding that our potentially unenlightened time may have tainted the decision.


“Times are changing pretty fast and stuff, so the board thought it best to give the next generation of Princetonians, 50 years from now, some opportunity to revisit and clean up the University’s legacy a little bit. Just in case,” Eisgruber wrote.

“Perhaps nothing, even names upon stone, should last forever, and certainly not bidding wars that determine how we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he continued. “We think that this is the best decision for our community and will make our lives much easier.”

Jill Dolan, dean of the college, praised Eisgruber’s approach as “innovative” and “forward-thinking.” 

“I think this has finally given our University the chance to lead on an issue,” she said.

“Students should recognize that naming buildings morally is hard, and we are all just trying to do our best in the context of our ignorant culture,” Dolan said.

With the new residential colleges opening next school year, the naming committee was under time pressure to come up with something quick.


“Living with a ‘Seventh’ and ‘Eighth’ College is the last thing we want,” Dolan said. “How are you supposed to chant that at Clash of the Colleges?”

The Bezos and Cruz residential colleges will open to students in the fall of 2023.

Andrew Johnson is a sophomore contributing writer for Satire and The Prospect from Ridgewood, New Jersey currently studying “Undecided.” He can be reached at 

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