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Coming from Beijing, I grew up in what Chinese people would call a "dayuan" which, translated directly, means “big courtyard.” The word specifically refers to a kind of self-sufficient residential community for retirees from state-owned companies or the military. Built to cater to the needs of seniors who don’t travel a lot, dayuans normally have everything: a few dining halls, a convenience store, a hospital, a library, and even a kindergarten. I guess Beijingers do believe that your living environment shapes who you are.
This Intercession, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement will be providing opportunities for students who aren’t formally involved with any volunteering group on campus to meet local members of the community and serve in the Princeton area. The Intercession Engage and Serve Week will be held from Monday, Jan. 30 to Friday, Feb. 3, with a lunch and at least one dinner provided daily.
Here are five things you can do to give back to your community and leave 2016 on a high note.
This week, the Street decided to ask a variety of Princeton students about their thoughts on giving and “giving back.”
“Probably the most dangerous thing about a college education, at least in my own case, is that it enables my tendency to over-intellectualize stuff, to get lost in abstract arguments inside my head instead of simply paying attention to what's going on right in front of me,” Mica O'Brien '17 stated during the Open Mic Night hosted last week by the Pace Council for Civic Values. O’Brien was quoting David Foster Wallace, an American novelist.
The electric tune of “Doses and Mimosas” fills the room. The atmosphere is relaxed and vibrant, with a chalkboard welcoming newcomers into the space and indie music broadcasting from speakers. As Alex Lam ’19, described, “It’s like a coffee shop but you’re making what you drink coffee out of.”
This past weekend, the University’s resident futurist club hosted its first annual conference. The purpose of the group, named Envision, is to bring together cutting edge researchers and innovators to collaborate and celebrate the progress of science. Over the span of three days, Envision showcased breakthrough technologies and aspiring designs, from virtual reality art to genetically modified ants. According to Envision, some of these projects will impact us in the near future, while others may not come into fruition until the end of our lives.According to Riva-Melissa Tez, co-founder of Permutation Ventures and a panelist on a discussion on the nature of artificial intelligence, thinking about these future issues is important because “the extent of our flourishing depends on the current limit of science.”
We live in wonderful times. We can talk with anyone on the planet in mere seconds, get to anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours, have troves of items shipped to us in a few days. All these wonderful achievements of innovation are great milestones in human development, but somehow, only a few developments other than medicine, engineering, and science have made the “Innovation Hall of Fame.” The moon landing, the transistor, and penicillin are some of those products of innovation that have greatly changed our daily lives, but what about the more obscure that we couldn’t imagine life without? It is time to pay homage to the little things that make life bearable but don’t get the publicity they deserve, because they are taken for granted.
Introductions have never been my strong suit. I get so caught up in meeting someone new that small, yet significant, details like someone’s name fly past me. It may seem counterintuitive, but something about meeting new people makes me more aware of myself. I think about every movement I make, the tone of my voice, whether or not I come across as confident and authentic. This was my introduction to the "Rose City."
Dance Festival 2016 Promo from Lewis Center for the Arts on Vimeo.
Oct. 18, 1966 marked a special day in the annals of Princeton. Musicians on campus held their breath for the arrival of the world-renowned Russian composer, pianist, and conductor Igor Stravinsky. According to those present at the time, the 84-year-old musical giant lay down in front of the McCarter Theatre ticket booth to do stretches before walking on stage to conduct the world premiere of his “Requiem Canticles.”
The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education’s newly created entrepreneurship certificate may at first seem like an example of Princeton University’s contradictory approach to education. After all, as a liberal arts institution, the University has consistently been averse to establishing courses with a vocational tilt. It has no law school, no medical school, and no business school. Shouldn’t an entrepreneurship certificate with course offerings like “Entrepreneurial Leadership” and “High-Tech Entrepreneurship” be considered a form of vocational training? As it turns out, not quite.
Writer Sadie Henderson from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, considers what it would be like to enter her hometown as a visiting roommate during Thanksgiving. In a mock humor article, she presents a caricature of a city girl coming to a southern state.
The city of Venice is hot and loud in the summertime, but the heat and the noise here are different — it’s more organic and more human. Even when you walk in the shadows of a towering Jesuit church, as the sun begins to dip towards the horizon, the heat still covers you like a blanket. When you stop and listen, you find that with no cars around — the clatter of plates, the hearty chuckles, the clinking of glasses, and the crumpling of wave after wave onto stone are refreshingly clear and crisp.
Six years ago, Professor Bryan Just and a team of 10 students embarked on a journey to Chiapas, Mexico as part of the seminar course ART 468: The Art and Politics of Ancient Maya Courts. This upcoming spring semester the course will be offered again.
This coming spring, students will have the opportunity to travel to Cuba with the class, LAS 396/GSS 382: Cuban Biopolitics taught by Adrian Lopez-Denis.
As you sit in the back of a cab, the repeating pattern of buildings and street vendors rush by you; old colonial palaces surrounded by sprawling art deco department stores, high-rise buildings that attempt to mimic the stature of the Empire State Building, a Parisian-inspired Opera House. The car slows down and the maze of urban landscape gives way to a plaza.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell