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1,193 sophomores, 80 percent of the Class of 2026, participated in this year’s Street Week, with 66 percent double-bickering. As in years past, Bicker and its merits were a source of contention among the student body. We asked our columnists to reflect on Street Week 2024 and Bicker, more generally.
Recently, The Daily Princetonian created a new metric for assessing Princeton professors’ public profile — how many times more googled a professor is than President Christopher Eisgruber ’83, colloquially known as the Bosworth Score. Considering the correlation of professors’ fame with their teaching and their work, we asked our columnists which professors’ work students should follow. We got recommendations for accounts people should follow on X, formerly known as Twitter, columns to read, classes to take, and podcasts to listen to.
Princeton’s men’s and women’s basketball teams were on fire this season. Both teams made the Ivy Madness playoffs, and the men’s team reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. The teams’ success sparked national press coverage, enthusiastic alumni engagement, and a surge of Princeton student pride.
In July 2021, I took a trip to the vacation paradise of Ocean City, Md. in the middle of the work week. My internship at the time was hybrid, with optional in-person reporting and almost all business conducted online. As I took phone calls from the beach, did research on the boardwalk after lunch, and finished a report while relaxing after dinner, I felt oddly freed — though I was working all day, it also felt like another day on vacation. My experience represents a possible better future for work — one that is enabled by platforms like Zoom, and if achieved, can be a path towards securing better work-life balance for all employees through the flexibility and integration afforded by virtual work.
Recent coverage of ChatGPT, a large language model developed by OpenAI that uses the power of machine learning (ML) to generate responses to text prompts, has primarily fallen into one of two camps: those that assert the death of the college essay and those that hail a new era of streamlined education where students are freed from mucking through first drafts. My perspective is more realistic and lies somewhere in between: the limitations of ChatGPT are significant enough that it can and should serve as a helpful tool, but it won’t be able to kill the college essay or revolutionize much of anything, at least in its current form.
I was surprised to see the widespread adoption of the apps Sidechat and Fizz — marketed as social hubs for college students — across Princeton’s campus over the course of the semester since we have no delusions in the modern day that social media is beneficial for our mental health. While it’s understandable that students can’t tear themselves away from established platforms, given today’s level of distrust of social media companies and emphasis on mental health, I assumed the adoption of new, untested competitors for student attention would be a non-starter. Instead, I was surprised to find people I know actively using the apps on a daily basis, with the platforms themselves awash with student-produced content. I’ve watched this unfold for nearly an entire semester, and there has still been no campus reckoning with exposing ourselves in this new way: while people are talking on these apps, no one is talking about these apps.
I laughed aloud when reading the recent, clever humor article on an imagined plan to add DUO Mobile, our lovely campus multi-factor authentication (MFA) service, to dorm door locks so as to inconvenience undergraduates as much as possible, all the time. But I also shed a tear at the lampooning of the MFA’s effectiveness and security, which I hold near and dear to my heart. While somewhat annoying, the presence of DUO Mobile does considerably more good than harm by protecting all of our personal information and the University network at large.