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On April 22, people around the world celebrated and recognized Earth Day, and this Saturday, Princeton’s green groups, students and community will gather on the Frist North Lawn for an Earth Day Picnic complete with student performances, free coffee cupcakes — and a chance to learn more about environmental and sustainability work at Princeton.
Event: Pace Center Presents 'Poetic Justice' Open MicAre you passionate about social justice and civic engagement? Are you interested in hearing, seeing and witnessing what your peers have to say about social justice? Tonight at infini-T, the "Poetic Justice" Open Mic will offer an opportunity for group performance, solo performance and personal reflection. Slam poetry group Ellipses and a cappella group Umqombothi will be performing. At the end of the show, there will be an open mic for any in attendance to share an respond to the night. There will be a variety of food and drink including sweet potato chili, cupcakes, chai tea and many herbal teas. Be a part of the conversation.
Three years ago, I sat on a bus watching cars, exit signs and trees flash by while my mind was racing. I was sure that one of my frosh had forgotten their boots. Or the tarp. Or maybe a stove. Or could one have forgotten their entire pack? The list grew longer and longer as I remembered each vital piece of gear that might have been forgotten. After I checked for the third time to make sure the med kit was at my feet, I realized that I needed to take a breath. I was one of about 200 leaders that venture into the great outdoors with incoming freshmen before school begins in September. Princeton’s Outdoor Action program is part orientation, part adventuring and part personal journey. The orientation and adventuring are perhaps the most obvious, but it is the personal journey that has been the most unexpected takeaway in my time as an OA leader. Each year, I expect to have a different group of frosh, different co-leaders and a different route, but it is only in reflection that I can really see myself changing over the course of those trips as well.
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Theater: ‘Red Noses’
Panel: What Arts Are Good ForConcerned about the environment? Wondering how climate change is going to be dealt with? Didn't think the arts are a huge part of the solution? Think again. In the third and final installment in the What Arts & Humanities Are Good For series, join other students in discovering how the arts truly fit into the design of sustainable cities and help re-imagine environmental issues. Learn the importance of art in a world where sustainability and greener environmental practices are becoming the norm. Dare to expand your boundaries with this panel.Guyot Hall 10Thursday, 4:40 p.m.
“Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” The chant rang out as a mob of orange- and black-clad Princeton students, faculty and community members joined the People’s Climate March in New York City last Sunday. Many held posters — both sponsored by the march's organizers and handmade signs — as they processed down 72ndStreet alongside other activist groups. The People’s Climate March drew over 400,000 participants and is the largest climate march to date, surpassing the Forward on Climate Rally held in Washington D.C. last February.
Idon’t know that I will ever encounter a dessert more controversial than the cupcake. I don’t consider myself a cupcake aficionado, but the amount of debate the tiny frosted bits of cake can evoke fascinates me. About a year ago, I happened upon an angry tirade eviscerating the cupcake as the enemy of feminism and calling for its demise, as it would be a “victory for womankind.” The article stuck with me for no apparent reason, and the cultural obsession with the cupcake took over a permanent but dormant part of my brain. When I happened across David Sax’s “The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue,” the cupcake on the cover reawakened my intrigue, and his promise for answers cemented my decision to read the book.
Panel: Politics at Princeton
Summer is on its way, and with it comes all the glistening glory of sweat. In February, Street featured WICK, a fashion start-up created by Liz Lian ’15 and Sanibel Chai, a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania. According to its website, the fashion line aims to offer women a “no stress black dress” and clothing that is “100% party-proof.” The creators hope to achieve this using performance, washable fabric and pieces that include zippered pockets, built-in bras and spandex shorts. 2014 Princeton Reunions marks the one-year anniversary of Wick’s founding, and Street caught up with the founders to see how far the company has come as it launches its Kickstarter campaign, dubbed “Wickstarter.”
As the academic year winds down and Princeton students gear up for summer internships, the different opportunities run the gamut. Some will head to Wall Street to join the wolf pack. Others will head west in search of startups, and others still will take their talents out of the good old US of A to pursue some international adventures. Summer opportunities take Princeton students across the map, but not all adventures require extensive travel. Some can be found right here in New Jersey at the Princeton-Blairstown Center.
Fundraiser: Fashion Speaks: Service in Style at Princeton
Event: TASA’s Night Market
“Music is the universal language of mankind — poetry their universal pastime and delight,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrotein his 1833 novel “Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea.” Historically, poets often cite music as inspiration, and musicians often consider their work a form of poetry. These comparisons link the two arts but beg the question —what would it look like to put them side-by-side, not in the form of a song, but by presenting both disciplines together while still preserving the individual sanctity of each? The Princeton University Concerts’s upcoming event, featuring Grammy-winning pianist Richard Goode and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, will offer students an opportunity to experience these arts together from two masters of their respective crafts.
Music: PSEC Presents ‘Are You Ready to BEATBOX?’
Dance: SYMPOH presents The Fifteenth Annual BBAsIf you’re looking for a great show this weekend, your decision has never been so SYMPOH. Marking the 15thanniversary of the group, SYMPOH’s annual show promises to be the perfect way to get your fix of mind-blowing breakdancing and psych yourself up for the Oscars, as the crew will adopt theglamorof awards season to celebrate its birthday with a B-Boy Awards ceremony. Be sure to check it out if you can’t resist the artistry and athleticism of dance mixed with the splendor of awards!Frist Film/Performance TheatreThursday and Friday, 8:30 p.m.Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Music: Princeton University Glee Club's ‘Souvenirs from Europe’Looking for some good music on a Friday night? Missing some European culture and song in your life? Well, you’re in luck! Returning from its winter tour in Central Europe, the Princeton Glee Club will perform some of its repertoire’s best in Richardson this Friday night. Don’t miss out on a feast for the ears, as Glee takes you on a trip through the beautiful cities of Prague, Nuremburg and Leipzig. Best of all, it's free, so grab your prox and go!Richardson AuditoriumFriday, 7:30 p.m.Event: Oscar’s Viewing PartyIt’s the biggest event of the film season and Garden Theatre is rolling out the red carpet for you! Sponsored by the Princeton Film Society, The Princeton Buffer: A Film and TV Review, Princeton Film Productions and the Princeton Art Museum Student Advisory Board, the screening will give you prime seating for all of the shocks, snubs and fashion flubs. Students are encouraged to dress in their Oscars best as there will be a photographer on the red carpet. Inside, free popcorn and soda await, as does a chance to predict the big winners for a grand prize!Garden TheatreSunday, 8 p.m.Lecture: ‘Film and Terrorism’ ConversationDo you love cheesy rom-coms and poorly made horror films? If you’re a big blockbuster buff, consider taking your film-watching habits to a higher level of globally conscious with a discussion of filmmaker Olivier Assayas’ portrayal of terrorism in his movies. Assayas has written films such as “Clean” and “Summer Hours” (neither of which is cheesy rom-com or a poorly made horror flicks). Led by Rubén Gallo — director of Princeton’s Program in Latin American Studies —the discussion will engage Assayas and critic Ian Buruma in a dynamic conversation.McCosh 50Tuesday,6 p.m.