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Princeton first-year passes away overnight

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Content Warning: The following article includes mention of student death. University Counseling services are available at 609-258-3141, and the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 988 or +1 (800) 273-TALK (8255). A Crisis Text Line is also available in the United States; text HOME to 741741. Students can contact residential college staff and the Office of Religious Life for other support and resources.

First-year undergraduate Sophia Jones ‘27 passed away last night, Nov. 29. 


A campus message from Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun sent this morning shared the tragic news, describing it as “unexpected.”

“Our entire community is impacted by this tragedy and our hearts are heavy. We share our deepest condolences with Sophia’s family and friends,” the message said. 

The email shared information for a university gathering to “gather, reflect, and support one another” which will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the residence of Yeh College Head, Yair Mintzker, located on the first floor of Mannion Hall. It adds that Deans from the Office of Religious Life, counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services, and residential college staff will be available at the gathering. 

An email sent to members of Yeh College from the Head of the College, Yair Mintzker, and Dean of the College, Alexis Andres, described Jones as “intelligent, kind, thoughtful, and funny.” Mintzker and Andres noted that in addition to being a “serious student” interested in the natural sciences and history, Jones was a highly trained dancer and an “accomplished outdoorswoman." Jones was involved with Princeton University Ballet.

“Losing a member of our college community is really hard. Know that you are not alone,” the message read, adding that they encourage students to stop by the Yeh College Office today to talk. The message also shared that Members of the Yeh College Staff will be available in Grousbeck Common Room in Yeh College from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today for those wishing to gather and remember Jones. 

Bridget O’Neill is an assistant News editor for the ‘Prince.’


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