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Protesters broke the calmness of downtown Princeton on Sunday, May 20, when approximately 60 people marched through the streets, chanting the names of the 62 Palestinians slain by Israeli forces on May 14. The tragedy coincided with the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and marked Gaza’s bloodiest day since 2014. May 14 also marked the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel, a historic day of celebration for Israelis and catastrophe for Palestinians. The “mourners’ march,” which was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace — Central New Jersey, aimed to uphold and remember those who protested and were killed in Gaza by Israeli forces.
After 40 years of campaigning by Asian-American students, alumni, faculty, and staff, the University officially approved a certificate program in Asian American Studies on April 2. The establishment of the certificate, received with delight and tentative hope by students, marks a historic achievement and important beginning for a longer journey of establishing a thriving Asian American studies field at the University.
While discussing politics under and after President Trump’s time in office, E.J. Dionne, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and columnist for The Washington Post, pulled out his iPhone to play a song that Michael Franti & Spearhead released during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. It opens with an infectious, reggae beat that leads to the first lines: “Yes, yes, yes, it's time / Y’all come together, uh-uh.” Dionne, wearing steel wire frame glasses and a red tie tucked into a navy wool vest over a sky blue dress shirt, bopped along.
A number of University employees could potentially be affected by the end of the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haitian immigrants, announced by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Nov. 20. Come July 2019, these employees could be a few of the nearly 60,000 Haitians who would presumably lose their ability to legally live and work in the United States under TPS.
University faculty are working to create an Asian American Studies certificate program by September 2018. The creation of the program will be the culmination of the work of University students, alumni, and faculty who have researched, petitioned, protested, negotiated, and advocated for the creation of an Asian American Studies program for over 40 years.
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and New Yorker writer Hilton Als and poet Hoa Nguyen read selections from their work at the Lewis Arts complex at the University on Nov. 15. Als and Nguyen were introduced by poets Tracy K. Smith — the 2017 U.S. Poet Laureate — and Michael Dickman, respectively.
Walking into the studio of Helen Lin ‘18 in the visual arts department is like falling back into childhood. The first thing you notice is the kaleidoscope of images pasted on the wall by Lin's desk, her self-proclaimed mood board. Many of the images consist of magic girl anime, Japanese-style purikura photos, stuffed teddy bears, butterflies, video-games, lips, and an old couple drenched in red light.
'Evangelical' has officially become a bad word. After years of deliberation, the Christian student group formerly known as the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship dropped the name it had held since it began in 1937, changing its name to Princeton Christian Fellowship earlier this school year.
Around 200 family members, friends, and colleagues of Xiyue Wang GS gathered at a candlelit vigil on Friday night in his honor. Wang is a Ph.D. student in the history department and a naturalized U.S. citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran for the last 13 months. An appeal of his conviction and sentence was denied last month.
June Philippe ’20 was visiting Princeton with her high school on Nov. 18, 2015, when she noticed students streaming out of buildings walking toward Nassau Hall. It was the Black Justice League’s student walk-out and first sit-in, acts of civil disobedience intended to force the administration to consider their demands to make the University more hospitable to students of color, particularly Black students. Their actions, coordinated as part of a national day of student resistance and hashtagged #StudentBlackOut, rocked campus and sparked discussion on racial justice and historical memory.
President Trump signed an executive order on May 4 intended to weaken the Johnson Amendment, a provision in the 1954 Internal Revenue Code that is designed to prohibit nonprofit or 501(c)3 organizations from endorsing a political candidate. Named for former President and then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, the provision concerns organizations such as churches, charitable foundations, and universities.
The Daily Princetonian sat down with Jin Yun Chow ’17, who was recently named valedictorian for the Class of 2017, to discuss her academic and extracurricular interests. A comparative literature major from Hong Kong, Chow will deliver the valedictory address at the University’s Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6.
The Daily Princetonian sat down with Grant Storey ’17, who has recently been named the Latin salutatorian for the Class of 2017, to discuss his academic interests and post-graduation plans. Storey, a computer science major from Berkeley, Calif., will deliver the traditional salutatory oration in Latin at the University’s Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6.
The AccessAbility Center, a new student center affiliated with the Office of Disability Services, was publicly unveiled on Thursday, April 13, to a large crowd of students.
“Questions of religious liberty have animated our politics for centuries and that shows no sign of ending,” said Stephen Macedo, professor of politics and of the University Center for Human Values, in a debate on Wednesday. “Indeed, as everyone here likely knows, developments in the Obama administration, including the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate and the Supreme Court’s historic mandate to recognize the equal right of same-sex couples to marry, have renewed these controversies.”
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice by the Senate with a 54-45 vote yesterday over accusations of plagiarism in his book “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” according to POLITICO. Gorsusch was accused of lifting sections almost verbatim from a 1984 article for the Indiana Law Journal for his 2006 book published by the Princeton University Press. Professor of jurisprudence and politics Robert P. George, who was the general editor of the series that included Gorsuch’s book, defended Gorsuch.
The Firestone Library began a new, temporary pilot program called Tiger Tea Room on March 27 till early June to collect feedback on whether to incorporate a permanent, on-site café in first-floor renovation plans for the library.
The Graduate Student Government Assembly held an open meeting March 8 to discuss the results of the 2017 GSG digital election and elect representatives into the government’s remaining open positions.