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With quarantining and all, I suddenly have a lot of time to spend inside my own head. No doubt, in another world, I’d rather spend that time picnicking on Poe Field, studying in the Trustee Reading Room, and drinking Friday night wine in my friend’s dorm. At the end of the day, though, my own head isn’t such a bad place to be. It’s chock-full of the one source of entertainment and comfort no self-isolation can ever take away: memories.
In a virtual meeting on Monday, administrators expanded on the University’s reasoning behind the recently-announced grading policy and reiterated the University’s commitment not to lay off workers during the coronavirus crisis.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association will allow schools to extend an extra year of eligibility to spring sport athletes whose seasons were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Division I Council Coordination Committee also announced Monday night that for the 2021 spring season, it would increase the baseball roster limit and allow all teams to carry more members on scholarship.
What began as a group discussion on WeChat with concerned members of the Princeton Chinese Community turned into an overnight operation — one that raised $10,000 on GoFundMe in just one day for the fight against COVID-19. Since its inception on Friday, March 20, the organization has raised over $20,925.
Each morning when I go downstairs, I am met with the sounds of chattering from my television. It has become routine now: faces of news commentators and politicians joining in on our day. There hasn’t been a day in the past few weeks where my family has not watched the news. That’s never happened before.
In times of crisis, we see who we really are. In the past few weeks, we have seen the best of our country on display as millions sacrifice to keep each other safe. College students have returned home to the extent they are able. Much of the workforce has similarly shifted online. Healthcare and emergency workers have risked their lives to care for those in need and to ensure our ability to stay safely at home.
Three weeks and a pandemic ago, Bojan Lazarevic ’20 kept a regimented daily checklist. Do my fruit flies have enough food in their vials? Is their food too dry? Too wet? Are the flies healthy? Are they laying eggs?
A recent study on the stability of the virus that causes COVID-19, coauthored by Dylan Morris GS, in the Ecological and Evolutionary Biology department, reveals that the virus can be stable for hours to days on surfaces and in aerosols.
During their second virtual meeting on March 28, members of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed the logistics of the upcoming U-Councilor and Class Officer elections and brainstormed ideas for virtual community building.
On Saturday, March 28, the Princeton Health Department (PHD) informed residents that a Princeton police officer has tested positive for COVID-19. A second announcement followed on Sunday, revealing that a second police officer also tested positive for the virus. Currently, one more officer is awaiting test results.
The first week of quarantine was blissful. After discovering unheard-of quantities of free time — a commodity for any Princetonian — I decided to make myself busy. Amidst a flurry of online courses and new projects, I decided to get back into the daily yoga routine I’d abandoned freshman year, pick up three new languages (two of which I, admittedly, already had a background in), read a book a day, and relax in the evening with the Metropolitan Opera’s nightly livestream. For the eternal overachiever like myself, quarantine was heaven: I finally had the time for all of the interests I had neglected for most of my Princeton career.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reckon with deep structural problems in our society, such as global climate change and economic injustice. To rectify those problems, we need to recognize that all of us hold responsibility for both these problems and their solutions.
The number of students testing positive for COVID-19 that University Health Services (UHS) is aware of has quintupled over the last six days.
According to a report released by the USG Committee on Student Housing and independent statistical analysis conducted by Yang Song ’20, this year’s undergraduate room draw order was randomized properly.
The University will add the pass/D/fail (PDF) option to all undergraduate courses, according to an announcement from Dean of the College Jill Dolan. Decisions to move individual classes to PDF-only will be made on a course-by-course basis.
In the past week, students have been gradually finding out which classes they can take for a grade and which classes they cannot — whether by Blackboard post, email, or casual mention over Zoom. Some are still waiting on concrete answers.
At 7 p.m. EST on March 26, the University announced that it has offered admission to 1,823 students for the class of 2024, from a pool of 32,836 applicants — representing a 5.55 percent acceptance rate. The 1,032 regular decision acceptances supplement the 791 Single-Choice Early Action (SECA) acceptances that the University released on Dec. 12, 2019.
As COVID-19 continues to accelerate and hospitals face shortages of critical equipment and supplies, symptomatic students — many of whom have left campus — are finding it difficult to access tests.
Funnily enough, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought some unexpected, if short-lived, news. Global carbon emissions have fallen (China’s by as much as 25 percent), toxic air pollution has declined in cities around the world, and places like the Venice Canal, which typically suffer from overcrowding and water pollution, are running clear and teeming with aquatic life. As governments move to shut down industrial and commercial activity, the environment appears to be benefitting.
The coronavirus has escalated to the point where it affects every single aspect of life. That’s not news, by now. For Princeton students, virus prevention measures have booted most of us from campus and forced all of us to attend class virtually. Consequently, the grading system for many classes has changed.