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After four years of writing an ersatz advice column for The Daily Princetonian, I am writing what is likely my last column, reflecting on the wisdom I’ve gained over my time at the University. Looking through my columns is much like reading a diary: I get to see all the things that have bothered, uplifted, and saddened me at Princeton. During sophomore year, I wrote what I believe to be my most poignant column about dealing with depression, and a year later I came to the conclusion that it was okay to be single — all on the pages of the ‘Prince.’ It’s been a pleasure and a joy to hear from people who felt I had voiced their feelings in my columns, and I’m sad to see that experience come to a close.
On Monday, April 27, a faculty meeting approved a one-year extension of the tenure clock for assistant professors, according to Deputy University Spokesperson Mike Hotchkiss in an email to The Daily Princetonian.
Ani Liu, an artist whose work imagines the future, could not have imagined this present.
Since being sent home in March, I, like many of my peers, have had a lot of time to reflect on what it means to be a student in a time like this. Although it might seem contradictory to the stay-at-home orders at first, for those of us with the privilege and comfort of safe environments, now is our time to get involved. We came to Princeton to become leaders in our fields and serve the world — a pandemic isn’t the time to forget that mission, but rather the time to get to work. I’d like to think that this is the situation Sonia Sotomayor ’76 had in mind when she proposed the amendment of our school’s motto to “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.”
When I cast my vote in the Colorado Democratic primary on Super Tuesday, there was one thing on my mind about which candidate I should support. It wasn’t about immigration, abortion, or student loans, even though those are extremely important topics in American society. I was most worried about something that hasn’t been put on the radar of most voting Americans: rural Internet access.
With the economy teetering in uncertainty, the art world has come to a standstill. Cinemas, museums, and performing arts theaters have closed their doors indefinitely, putting thousands of artists out of commission and compromising the important arts institutions that we recognize as cultural pillars. While older, more established institutions may survive the crisis, buoyed by a strong support network, many younger, smaller institutions will suffer. In my home state, the Oregon Symphony had to lay off their musicians, conductors, and several staff members in an effort to avoid total collapse. During the days that followed the announcement, posts and comments choked with anguish flooded my Facebook feed as Oregonians and musicians mourned together in solidarity.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday that former University President Shirley Tilghman will co-chair a commission on the timing and process of the state’s recovery following the COVID-19 shutdown. The newly established group will work closely with Murphy’s administration.
The University is evaluating a variety of options for the 2020–2021 academic year, including the possibility of remote instruction, according to an announcement on Thursday, April 23.
The University has outlined a new plan for summer student housing. Yet, despite substantially lowered rates, students in financial need report that they may face difficulty meeting the costs.
Nicholas Johnson ’20 and Grace Sommers ’20 were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2020 in a University statement released Monday afternoon. In the University’s 274-year history, Johnson is the first black valedictorian.
In the wake of COVID-19, unavoidable research delays and hiring freezes have left some graduate students, especially those on limited timetables to complete their degrees, concerned for their futures in academia. The Princeton Graduate Student United (PGSU) is now pushing the University to “stop the clock” on graduate students’ studies.
A tweet went around this week saying that if you don’t come out of quarantine with a new skill or more knowledge, “you didn’t ever lack the time, you lacked the discipline.” It was a harmful manifestation of the paradox we all face right now: sitting at home, you think you should be doing more, but you feel like doing less. It’s time to turn off autopilot and realize the gravity of the reality we find ourselves in: a historically devastating pandemic and an economy in freefall. This isn’t normal.
I had never used Facebook before coming to Princeton.
On April 21, Harvard University announced plans for its endowment to reflect “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, making it the first university in the United States to make such a pledge. At $40.9 billion, Harvard boasts the largest endowment of any educational institution in the world.
It’s 8 p.m. on a Wednesday, and Paul Frymer, professor of politics and director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, is sprinting around his house, trying to wrangle his kids to bed. He — finally! — gets teeth brushed, pajamas on, bedtime stories read, and lights turned off. Then he collapses into an armchair, opens his laptop, and begins recording Thursday’s lecture for POL 220: American Politics.
The Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement hosted a discussion on environmental policy in the age of the novel coronavirus on April 24.
In their April 25 meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) discussed their upcoming survey to solicit undergraduate preferences for the Fall 2020 semester. The data will be used to draft a report that will be sent to the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, among other administrative offices.
Over the past five weeks, most of our social lives have disappeared. While Zooming and FaceTiming friends are great ways to stay in touch, few people have anything particularly exciting going on.
A hallmark of the past month at home is that, every few days, I sink into an uncontrollable panic, specifically about our fall semester. I’ve developed a ritual where I Google “colleges reopening fall 2020” or “when will social distancing end.” For the first few weeks, this would not help my nerves. It would only make it worse. And little wonder, because the news is really letting me down these days — not because so many bad things are happening, but because many media outlets seem intent on making things even worse than they appear to be.
Senior captain and quarterback Kevin Davidson has signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero reported Saturday night.