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On Thursday, June 25, the University announced that over 40 faculty and staff working groups are helping evaluate “a range of options for next semester.” The statement, which came in an email to the campus community, noted that “[s]tudent input from undergraduate and graduate student groups” informs many of the faculty and staff teams.
In light of the immense constraints artists are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lewis Center for the Arts has awarded Hodder grants to ten artists for the 2020-21 academic year.
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is currently deciding whether to continue its partnership with ExxonMobil.
The Phased Resumption of on-campus research is underway, and University researchers are starting to unfreeze cell lines, restart incubators, and remake buffers and media as they try to pick up the experiments where they left off.
To the Editor:
Howard Greene was finishing his graduate work at Harvard in 1963 when he received a call from a dean. Sweeping social changes were underway in the ’60s, he was told. Princeton was looking for a couple of young guys to come in and change its culture.
Editor’s Note: At 7:05 p.m. on June 23, Electrical Engineering concentrators received an email stating, “for sure all teaching will be on-line” in the fall. At around 8:40 p.m., after receiving comment from the University, the ‘Prince’ published this piece with the following headline: ‘All teaching will be online’ in the fall, writes ELE director of studies to students; U. maintains, ‘Planning continues in real time.’ At 10:05 p.m., James C. Sturm, the professor who had sent the email, responded to a request for comment from the ‘Prince,’ clarifying that he had no inside information about fall planning and had overstated the situation. This story — and its headline — have been comprehensively updated to reflect this response.
Just before midnight in early March, campus erupted in confusion and dismay as the University accidentally updated their website to alert students that classes would be moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After taking down the information, without confirming whether such plans would be put into place until the next day, the University proceeded to contradict itself and bungle communication about both COVID-19 policy and grading changes in the following weeks, creating a prolonged atmosphere of uncertainty and chaos.
Ever since Princeton’s temporary closure in March, each and every student has felt the gaping absence of their campus — be it in classes, commencements or club meetings. The background to students’ noise, campus has been eyewitness to celebrations, misfires, all-nighters and Prospect 12s. But perhaps nowhere is this absence felt more intensely than in the ranks of the Class of 2024, who, in losing out on Princeton Preview, have lost so much more — seeing campus for the first time, familiarizing themselves with it, attending club events and most importantly, meeting other Princetonians.
This letter was submitted to administrators on Tuesday, June 23. The text appears verbatim below.
In support of Trenton-based community organizations and in solidarity with nationwide demonstrations against systemic racism, the Black Leadership Coalition (BLC), a network of campus Black student organizations, raised almost $14,000 from University students in less than a week. The BLC’s fundraising now totals more than $18,000.
Former University Chaplain Father Gabriel Zeis, who resigned in September 2019 amid a sexual abuse allegation dating back to 1975, was cleared of the charge on June 16 by an independent investigation, which found the allegation “not credible,” the Diocese of Trenton has announced.
The University recently named Pulitzer Prize-winning theater critic and writer Hilton Als an inaugural Presidential Visiting Scholar for the 2020–2021 academic year. The Visiting Scholars program brings leaders in academic or professional fields to the University to increase diversity among the University’s faculty.
In light of the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 has instructed the University Cabinet — a group of senior academic and administrative leaders — “to identify specific actions that can be taken in their areas of responsibility to confront racism.”
This letter was submitted to administrators at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 22. The text appears verbatim below.
“All the workings of a bank should be as visible as the wheels and mainspring of a glass-enclosed French clock,” novelist John P. Marquand writes in “Point of No Return.” The public intrinsically mistrusts people who handle money, he says, so bank officers should conduct their business with “no deception, everything open and aboveboard.” John T. Osander ’57 thought that Marquand’s advice aptly applied to his own line of work as the University’s director of admission.
A year ago, the world seemed to be waiting for Mia Beams ’24, Chiara Vilna-Santos ’24, and Lauren “Flo” Fahlberg ’24. Tired of traditional education, the three freshly minted high school graduates resolved to spend a year learning outside the classroom, and the University’s Novogratz Bridge Year Program seemed a natural fit. All three were accepted, and all three spent the tail-end of their senior years anxiously preparing to spend nine months away from their families, living with strangers and immersing themselves in Bolivian culture and daily life.
Several University-affiliated economists — including Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School Cecilia Rouse — have signed a letter urging Congressional leaders to pass an economic relief bill in the wake of the “parallel health and economic crises” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As fall draws near, colleges and universities across the country are determining how they will offer higher education amid the pandemic. Some, such as Duke and the University of Illinois, have publicly committed to in-person instruction, while others, such as the California State University system and Harvard Law School, will rely on remote instruction.
The University is “considering the possibility of allowing a limited number of seniors back to campus” for the fall term, according to an email sent Friday, June 19, to faculty members who advise rising seniors in the Neuroscience department.