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On Tuesday night, students distributed an online petition calling for the University to reevaluate this semester’s midterm exams, given that they coincide with drastic and ongoing efforts to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. We support this petition and enjoin the University to act on its demands.
Last night, two online petitions began circulating among community members. At around 7 p.m., students began spreading a petition requesting that the University alter its midterm examination policy. By 10 p.m., other students began to spread a petition requesting that the University refrain from “forced evictions” — reflecting anxiety caused by certain peer-institutions’ actions.
On Tuesday, March 10, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver released a joint statement, announcing a man in his 60s from Bergen County as New Jersey’s first COVID-19 fatality. That man has since been identified as John Brennan, a 69-year-old from Little Ferry who worked as a horse trainer in Yonkers, NY.
The Daily Princetonian caught up with senior women’s basketball captain Bella Alarie minutes after the Ivy League announced that it had cancelled its tournament for both the women’s and men’s teams. Alarie, a leader on and off the court, discussed her time playing with USA Basketball, her favorite Princeton memories, and life on a deserted island.
In response to the University’s suggested “social distancing techniques,” a number of community spaces across campus have closed. Nonetheless, students still expressed concerns about the feasibility of such measures, especially in tightly-packed classrooms and lecture halls.
Last Thursday, Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race, leaving two candidates in the Democratic field: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. Since many had seen her as the last “diverse” candidate on the ballot, this was an expected, but still disappointing, moment.
Currently showing at the Princeton Garden Theatre, Céline Sciamma’s latest film “Portrait de la jeune fille en feu” (translated as “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) explores the dialectics of artist/subject, love/beloved, and viewer/viewed, presenting them as fluid and reciprocal. In the act of viewing, the film posits, oneself is viewed.
Update from March 11
The Ivy League announced on March 9 that the Ivy League Presidents have made the decision to cancel the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The tournament was originally set to take place on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.
Welcome to The Daily Princetonian’s central coronavirus page, which features everything you need to know about COVID-19’s effects on the University. Every piece we’ve published on COVID-19 is available below. This page will be regularly updated with new and breaking coverage. To receive updates directly, subscribe to the ‘Prince’ newsletter.
At 9:02 a.m. Monday morning, University President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 updated the University about next steps regarding COVID-19 preparations. Among other changes, the letter announced plans for virtual instruction starting the week of March 23, and encouraged students to remain at home during that time.
Late Sunday night into Monday morning, a University web page addressing the COVID-19 outbreak sparked confusion across campus. A University spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Princetonian that the information on this page was revealed inadvertently.
As of March 8, four Democrats have declared their candidacies for Princeton’s municipal primary election, which will be held on June 2.
Women’s Basketball at Columbia, Cornell: W 77–52, W 69–50
A potential case of COVID-19 in Mercer County has tested negative, according to state health officials. Of the four cases that underwent testing this weekend, two patients tested positive, bringing the total number of cases in New Jersey to six, as of March 8.
In its March 8 meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) confirmed five members to its Movies Committee and further discussed its Ideas Incubator. The Senate also heard budget updates from Treasurer Rachel Hazan ’21.
Five students from the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2022 have been announced as the newest recipients of the Arthur Liman Fellowships. The University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) announced its list of 2020 Arthur Liman Fellows on Feb. 25; this year’s cohort includes Daniela Alvarez ’21, Jackson Vail ’21, Daisy Torres ’22, Eric Periman ’22, and Sarah Lee ’22.
After 10 days of voting, the Class of 2020 elected three finalists for the position of Young Alumni Trustee (YAT). Chelsie Alexandre ’20, Jackson Artis ’20, and Nathan Poland ’20 will appear on the ballot in April.