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On March 11, 2020, the day of the “end of the world,” Camille Reeves ’23 was taking a midterm exam. Apart from the sound of papers rustling and students ferociously scribbling, the room was silent. Then, the pings started. Notification after notification, phones tucked away in backpacks began to sound, echoing through the exam room.
On the evening of Nov. 15, juniors and seniors in the University’s Program in Visual Arts opened their studios for community members to observe the students’ art. Many of the student artists displayed posters, designed by juniors in the department, next to their studio spaces, according to multiple students in attendance. The posters had the words “Fire Joe Scanlan – VIS students” or “Fuck Joe Scanlan – VIS students” typed in boldface over a plain brown background.
On Nov. 3, visual arts professor Joe Scanlan said the n-word while posing a question to students during his VIS321: Words as Objects seminar. He used the word during a discussion about a poem by Black poet Jonah Mixon-Webster’s poetic anthology “Stereo(TYPE).”
On Sept. 29, Princeton University announced that its Board of Trustees voted earlier in the month to dissociate from Exxon Mobil Corp., NRG Energy Inc., and 88 other corporations “active in the thermal coal or tar sands segments of the fossil fuel industry.”
A month after the University Board of Trustees voted to dismiss classics professor Joshua Katz following an internal report finding he violated University policies, questions around his dismissal still animate discourse both on campus and beyond as alumni, professors, and students in his field react to the controversial decision.
On Monday, May 23, the University Board of Trustees voted to dismiss classics professor Joshua Katz from his tenured faculty position at Princeton, effective immediately, according to a University statement to The Daily Princetonian.
President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 has recommended that classics professor Joshua Katz be fired from his tenured professorship after an internal investigation found Katz in violation of University rules, according to reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Princetonians for Free Speech (PFS) published a notice on their website on April 19 claiming that the University’s Committee on Conference and Faculty Appeal (CCFA) had upheld an appeal regarding a complaint initiated by eight University faculty members about the University’s treatment of Joshua Katz. The complaint argued the University had unfairly targeted classics professor Katz by including a segment about his controversial statement on the first-year orientation website To Be Known and Heard.
The earth has finally defrosted, and little signs of it are all over campus. The carefully planted tulips and flowering trees around campus add pops of color to a scenery whose palette, between stone buildings and snow, emphasizes white and gray for so many months of the year. But though these intentional bits of nature and springtime make me smile, my favorite part of campus’ emergence into warmer weather is the flowers that start popping up on their own, unexpectedly appearing on patches of grass that lay plain the day before.
A week after voting closed on student body referenda, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Senate announced in an email to students that in an Executive Session on Monday, April 18, the body decided to uphold an appeal against the actions of USG Chief Elections Manager Brian Li ’24 in a 15–5 vote with four members abstaining.
From April 14 to 15, Israel War Room (IWR), an organization with no affiliation to Princeton, spent $800-899 on a sponsored Facebook post declaring that the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) referendum to halt the use of Caterpillar machinery had been defeated. In fact, preliminary results showed that the referendum had passed, and results have yet to be certified by USG as of April 17.
Leaving the physics building at night, my neck hurts from hunching over a notebook for so long. Only a few stars in the sky peek out, the bright lights from the stadium fighting for my eyes’ attention.
National pro-Israel groups have spent over $1000 sponsoring Facebook ads against a referendum that will appear on the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) spring ballot.
A segment on classics professor Joshua Katz’s controversial statement calling a former Black student activist group a “terrorist organization” will remain on the University’s To Be Known and Heard website, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 said in a statement on Thursday, responding to the Academic Freedom Alliance’s (AFA) request to “refrain from using its administrative resources to target” Katz.
There was nothing particularly unusual about Bridgette vonHoldt receiving an email from a man in Texas with pictures of strange-looking, reddish-hued coyotes.
The Princeton Open Campus Coalition (POCC), Princeton Federalist Society, and Princeton Cliosophic Party played host to a panel featuring three advocates on issues of academic freedom for an event titled “Mob Rule: The Illiberal Left’s Threat to Campus Discourse” in the Whig Senate Chamber on March 24.
On Wednesday, Feb. 16, Divest Princeton filed a legal complaint to the New Jersey Attorney General against Princeton University. On the same day, organizations at Yale, Stanford, and Vanderbilt Universities, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed similar complaints in their respective states.
“I’ve been wanting to perform ever since I could open my mouth,” said Sam Spector ’24.
On a campus dominated by the evolving realities of the omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person instruction has emerged as a flashpoint for students and administrators. While some students have called for online learning options to be made available to all, administrations recently reaffirmed their commitment to in-person learning.
More elephants in Mozambique are being born without tusks. An ocean and thousands of miles away, researchers at Princeton wanted to understand why.