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As laboratories all across campus have halted research and shuttered their doors, members of the University community answered the call of service. Many individuals, ranging from administrators within the University’s Emergency Management Group to professors in the School of Architecture to costume designers in McCarter Theatre, have responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s call for universities, corporations, and other organizations to donate personal protective equipment (PPE).
In late March, the University won a discrimination lawsuit filed by former electrical engineering professor Sergio Verdú, after a federal judge ruled that he had failed to demonstrate evidence of gender bias in his 2018 firing. Verdú’s legal counsel has since filed an appeal.
For weeks, the pass/D/fail (P/D/F) policy for this semester has been sparking debate. After the University switched from giving professors significant discretion over whether students could P/D/F their class to extending the P/D/F option to all classes, students like opinion columnist JJ López Haddad are still pushing for a universal P/D/F policy. This would require all grades on transcripts this semester to be P/D/F, something that other universities like Harvard and Columbia have already done.
Three weeks ago, the NCAA made the landmark decision to grant its member schools the ability to extend eligibility by one year to spring sport athletes whose seasons were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 2, member schools of the Ivy League reaffirmed their policy prohibiting graduate students from competing in athletics — but leaving open to undergraduate athletes the opportunity to withdraw in a bid to preserve a fifth year of eligibility. Then, yesterday, on April 9, Princeton decided to close that door too. Despite the NCAA’s allowances, the University will not grant eligibility waivers next year to student-athletes who withdraw this spring. Harvard and Yale made the same announcement; the rest of the Ivy League will likely follow suit in the coming days.
Living in a global pandemic leaves you with little to do to keep yourself entertained. To help combat impending boredom, Prospect has launched a series in which our staff recommend content and creative outlets to keep you occupied while you’re stuck in your home. This week, our writers and editors watched a variety of awesome shows on multiple streaming services. Here’s what we recommend you watch during quarantine.
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc across America one reality has become clear: the virus is not the so-called “great equalizer.” Data from a small fraction of states reporting so far — including New Jersey — show that people of color are disproportionately likely to contract and die from COVID-19.
By March 10, the student-run contemporary and hip-hop dance company diSiac had spent six weeks planning its spring show. The 46 members had agreed on “Illusion” as the theme; they’d spent 20 hours on the casting alone; they’d haggled their way to using the Berlind Theater for their performances; they’d pored over their publicity photos for hours, striving for perfection.
Facing economic upheaval from COVID-19 disruptions, the University announced yesterday new policies regarding faculty, including a salary freeze. However, the University is the only Ivy League university not to have yet granted tenure clock extensions to junior faculty, although proposals for such a plan are being prepared.
Students who had previously committed to summer internships through the University’s International Internship Program (IIP) and Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) were informed via email on April 7 and April 8 respectively that both programs’ in-person internships had been cancelled in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Opening Exercises kicks off awards season at the University. An administrator takes the stage to call up a half dozen students to receive prizes for reaching the top of their classes. Other awards are presented in the following weeks that include Shapiro prizes, Rhodes scholarships, and so on, until the senior class’s valedictorian is named. The competition for academic awards is supposed to be one of the most meritocratic processes in higher education, hence why their winners are revered. You’re either the best, or you’re not.
Among the 1,232 courses currently offered for Fall 2020, 41 will count towards the new “Culture and Difference” (CD) distribution requirement announced last spring.
Princeton University will not allow student-athletes who withdraw this spring to preserve an extra year of eligibility, Athletic Director Mollie Marcoux Samaan ’91 announced in an email on Thursday to spring sport athletes.
The news broke as Princeton baseball was suiting up for practice. It was March 11, 3 p.m. on the nose, seven games into the team’s season — and the Ivy League was cancelling all its spring athletic competitions.
With the increasing severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, students at the University have had their lives thrown into absolute disarray. With little to no warning, we’ve found ourselves needing to reevaluate and readdress the ways in which we live our lives, from tasks as simple as grocery shopping to something as intricate and convoluted as total academic upheaval.
Throughout the month of April, students admitted to the Class of 2024 will meet with University faculty, spend time with current students, and take tours of the University — all online.
I performed a wedding on March 13 for two close friends in the living room of the bride’s childhood home. This was the Friday before Princeton University’s spring break and the last day the Center for Jewish Life building was open to the community.
I did not expect or want Bernie Sanders to drop out. I had anticipated voting for him in the general election. Until only a few short weeks ago, it seemed that Sanders would indeed be going head-to-head with our sitting President.
As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe and onto the University’s campus, many students were surprised to see unprecedented action taken to halt its spread. While this may be true, the nearly 300-year-old University has weathered multiple pandemics in the last century alone.
Like many venues across the country, McCarter Theatre Center, which lies adjacent to the University, has been forced to cancel all performances, including the Princeton Triangle Club’s annual Reunions performance, through June 30.
Unable to find flights out of Morocco, Michaela Daniel ’21 and Aisha Tahir ’21 spent several days in March thinking they would be stranded abroad, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly accelerated. While other study abroad students managed to return home with an overpriced plane ticket and a frantic day of packing, Daniel and Tahir — by virtue of Morocco’s fully closed borders — believed such options would not be available to them.