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Vote100 — a student-run initiative at the University founded with the aim of increasing campus civic engagement — is collaborating with organizations from the seven other Ivy League schools to compete in a variety of student voter engagement challenges leading up to the U.S. presidential election in November. These challenges, which are run through the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, are centered around two main goals: building the most innovative voting program and raising voter turnout by the highest possible margin.
As August slipped away and the first day of classes approached, I spent a good deal of time searching for that start-of-the-semester energy that typically imbues everything, even the most mundane activities, with excitement, if also a small apprehension at the academic tasks ahead. A week beforehand, it was quite underwhelming to think that the only thing different about Aug. 31 would be waking up just slightly earlier to log on to Canvas and click on a Zoom link instead of aimlessly switching between my phone’s apps.
As a member of the Class of 2024, I remember spending a great deal of time last year looking at all of the advertised benefits of being a Princeton student. I considered statistics about achievements of the student body and the focus on student life. But as someone who cared a lot about undergraduate focus, one of the main reasons I decided to come here was because of the distinguished faculty who would be teaching me and my peers. The opportunity to learn from leaders of their fields was alluring and, ultimately, convincing.
Last week, the University debuted a COVID-19 Dashboard on its official Fall 2020 website. The dashboard reports that 14 University community members have tested positive since the beginning of the semester. No new cases were reported within the past week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, National Voter Registration Day, numerous campaigns sought to register voters across the country. It is clear that a lot is riding on the election in November, as the pandemic still ravages our country, protests against police brutality and systemic racism highlight racial inequality, and the fears of a worsening economic crisis loom large.
I’ve grown to dread finding a Doodle poll in my inbox. I appreciate the thoroughness, but I’d rather not spend my mornings engaging in game theory to figure out how to influence the meeting time in a way that simultaneously allows me to attend and doesn’t add one more 4 a.m. meeting to my calendar.
On Sept. 22, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.-12) condemned the Department of Education’s (DOE) investigation into the University after President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 “admitted racism” in written remarks. Watson Coleman’s comments come as college administrators across the nation similarly denounce the investigation.
Every fall semester, first-year candidates for Class Council vie for students’ votes, often by going dorm to dorm and campaigning in public spaces. The twenty-seven first-years running for the 2024 Class Council, however, have no choice but to campaign virtually.
“It is humiliating to have to rely on people who do not respect you.” Taken from a New York Times article, this quote regarding a queer student’s experience after returning home to an intolerant family represents the feelings of a significant portion of the LGBTQ+ community during the pandemic.
With the recent passing of American icon and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the upcoming Presidential election has taken on a new intensity, as both political parties gear up for a confirmation battle in the Senate, and millions of voters decide whether the Supreme Court’s leaning is a ballot-box issue.
The Princeton Footnotes, an all-male a cappella group founded in 1959, was recently selected as a top 32 collegiate a cappella group from over 160 video entries in the first-ever UpStaged National Collegiate Performing Arts (NCPA) A Capella competition. The Footnotes now have the chance to compete against other qualifying college a cappella groups, including groups from Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. The winning group will receive over $10,000 in social justice charity donations and the 2020 NCPA A Capella Champion title.
Ashwin Mahadevan ’22 has been selected by a seven-person Senate committee to serve as the next Undergraduate Student Government (USG) vice president. He was voted into the position at the most recent USG meeting on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The world has gone through turmoil in 2020, with a wide variety of events capturing our headlines each week. Our consumption of these enormous levels of new information is facilitated through social media, where millions of posts are shared as a method of both activism and information sharing.
“How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be trying on masks here because of a faraway country … [because of] people of whom we know nothing,” stated Neville Chamberlain more than 80 years ago. Londoners were donning masks, fearing what might cross the ocean waters from “faraway” Germany in the lead-up to World War II.
Editor’s Note: This piece ran in The Daily Princetonian’s Sept. 2020 print issue.
As part of a global day of climate action on Sept. 25, Divest Princeton organized a virtual climate strike, calling for the University to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Close to 100 students, alumni, and other supporters flooded University social media pages with messages in support of divestment.
In early October, University Health Services (UHS) will offer students, faculty, and staff free flu shots at its annual FluFest, held in Jadwin Gymnasium.