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Zarnab Virk ’20 is the departing president of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG). The Daily Princetonian sat down with Virk for an exit interview to reflect on her tenure. The following interview transcript has been lightly edited for clarity and concision.
On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global health emergency, increasing concerns around an already contentious situation that has caused the U.S. government to issue a travel advisory on visiting China, where the outbreak occurred. In response, many universities, including Princeton, have issued advisories on dealing with the ramifications of the outbreak. The University of California at Berkeley recently came under fire for an Instagram post advising students on how to navigate the outbreak that listed xenophobia among common reactions, with numerous parties questioning this normalization of racism.
At the Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) meet held at Yale over the weekend, which the Tigers have won for the past 27 consecutive seasons, the men’s track and field team saw stellar performances from many members of the team. The Tigers came out on top with a total of 89 points from a number of events, outscoring Yale’s 63 and Harvard’s 28.
This past weekend at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) competition, the women’s track and field team had several strong performances that helped secure a team victory against both Harvard (67–58) and Yale (67–56). It was their sixth year in a row coming out on top.
It was the start of the year, and each time I met with an old friend or acquaintance, I was met with the customary, obligatory greeting of all students: “How was your summer?”
Over the weekend of Jan. 31, 108 students who had visited China in the preceding 14 days were asked to self-quarantine in response to the global 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
Spring Street Week has come to a close, after 1,041 students, who represent 77 percent of the sophomore class, sought admission to the University’s eleven eating clubs.
In its Feb. 10 meeting, the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) heard brief presentations from Provost Deborah Prentice on the University’s budget and President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83, who reiterated the content of his annual “State of the University” letter. This was followed by a lengthy Q&A in which Eisgruber fielded questions from the University community on Title IX concerns, construction plans, and divestment, among other topics.
It took three decades, and a dream.
35 years ago, my eyes were opened to the power of financial protest to shape the world. As an undergraduate at the University, I was part of the last wave of students who pressured the University to divest from South African investments. Our movement was part of a sustained, global campaign to end apartheid. We marched, and we chanted, “Princeton divest, oh yeah! Just like the rest, oh yeah!” We were briefly arrested, and in 1985, I wrote an op-ed calling on the University to divest. This experience convinced me that Margaret Mead was right: a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
The Princeton Town Council has officially condemned conditions in U.S. detention centers for undocumented immigrants while calling for a universal legal services program that would provide legal representation to such detainees.
A leading conservative scholar of poverty, Robert Doar graduated from the University in 1983 with a degree in History. In the 37 years since, he’s worked for the Washington Monthly and the Harlem Valley Times. He worked in the New York State and New York City governments, serving most notably as commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He then joined the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank where he now serves as President.
One of my best friends likes taking videos of me when I’m not paying attention, especially when he knows that I am about to do something dumb. Take, for example, the time when he convinced me to play a video game for the first time in my life. I thought that I would have a “safe space” to learn to play Smash Brothers. In reality, he was videoing my struggle with the gaming console. I only figured it out when I looked over at him and realized that he had stopped playing altogether and was holding back laughter.
As concerns about the impending climate crisis take the spotlight in political debates, similar controversy surges much closer to home. Divest Princeton is a growing group of students and alumni calling for the total removal of University funds from fossil fuel companies. So far, 735 alums, current students, and faculty members have signed an open letter to President Eisgruber ’83, but the movement has also been met with disapproval from certain administrators and professors. Robert Nixon, the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment, and Stephen Pacala, the Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of the University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, are colleagues, friends, and on opposing sides of this emerging debate on campus. The Daily Princetonian spoke to these two professors to hear why one supports the movement, and the other, a climate scientist himself, disagrees.
As concerns about the impending climate crisis take the spotlight in political debates, similar controversy surges much closer to home. Divest Princeton is a growing group of students and alumni calling for the total removal of University funds from fossil fuel companies. So far, 735 alums, current students, and faculty members have signed an open letter to President Eisgruber ’83, but the movement has also been met with disapproval from certain administrators and professors. Robert Nixon, the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment, and Stephen Pacala, the Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of the University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, are colleagues, friends, and on opposing sides of this emerging debate on campus. The Daily Princetonian spoke to the two professors to hear why one supports the movement, and the other, a climate scientist himself, disagrees.
An unusual weekend of Ivy League play left Princeton men’s basketball in the same place they started: tied with Yale atop the Ivy League standings with a Valentine’s Day date with the Bulldogs looming.
In her inaugural President’s report at the first Undergraduate Student Government (USG) meeting of the year on Sunday, Chitra Parikh ’21 announced her plans for the new administration to execute the five-point platform she ran on, which focuses on mental health; Title IX and sexual misconduct; housing, dining, and transportation; sustainability; and accessibility of resources and information.
After an insufficient number of candidates during the regular election cycle, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) has appointed three Class Senators and five U-Councilors to its voting body.
The 17th ranked women’s tennis team traveled to Chicago this weekend to participate in the ITA Indoor Nationals. With three wins already under their belt, expectations were high surrounding the team heading into the weekend against top competition. After a demoralizing 4–0 defeat to No. 7 NC State on Friday, the Tigers rallied to win their next eight matches, four against Arizona State and another four against No. 6 Pepperdine.
Hundreds gathered in the University Chapel on Friday, Feb. 7, to celebrate Mawlid, a Muslim holiday commemorating the birth and life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The crowd included students, faculty, and residents of Princeton and surrounding areas.