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This week we honor people, without whom, Princeton University would not be able to function. Introducing the people who take out our trash, clean our floors, and stock our bathrooms: the leading custodians of Wilson College, Mohamed Flites and Cecilio Orantes.
Words resonate with us in different ways and have the ability to move us deeply. In line with the theme of words this week, The Street interviewed students about quotes that inspired and motivated them in Princeton.
“The famous line is- my mother first moved, when she first moved to Hawaii she just HATED it- she used to say her line was, ‘another goddamn day in paradise, because the weather was always the same.’ Another goddamn day in paradise. I think that’s an old, you know, saw. Karen! The phrase is another ‘goddamn day in paradise’- is that an old phrase?”
I left Princeton post-reunions on an early morning Dinky in the first week of June, bringing with me a small green suitcase and a day-old hangover. I caught the train into New York, having absolutely no idea what I was doing and halfway wishing I were on a flight home to Florida instead. Scheduled to start my summer internship in SoHo the following week, I was just as doubtful as I was nervous; hopping into a subway car headed out of Penn Station and in an unfamiliar direction, towards an unfamiliar street. Fearfully gripping the friendly grime of subway handrails, I asked a family of three if the train would be stopping at Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights. The doors closed decisively behind me as they hummed in hesitation.
Whether you are a seasoned pro or simply a tutu aficionado, Princeton University Ballet invites you to participate in their PUB 101 beginner ballet class on Saturday, Nov. 12. The class, which will take place in New South Dance Studio from 5 to 7 p.m., is the first of two open workshops PUB holds during the academic year, with PUB 102 offered in the spring.
As we enter the twilight stages of fall, coats, hats, knits, boots, and patterned scarves are yet again broken out of our closets. This year, Princeton student’s distinctive earth-toned east coast fashion features the increased prominence of bomber jackets, rapper x sneaker company collaborations, and monochromatic statement coats, as well as the continuation of the well-loved “shoelace” choker trend.
its advent in the 19th century,
photography has become increasingly prevalent in people’s daily lives, pushing
traditional modes of representation such as portraiture into relative
obscurity. However, the world’s interest in the latter art form has not
diminished, according to Moscow-born painter Olga Sweet who currently lives in
the town of Princeton. She has recently done a portrait of President Obama that
was presented in the White House; her other clients include President Carter,
Nacho Figueras (the renowned polo player and Ralph Lauren model), and Princeton
University’s President Christopher Eisgruber.
And that was it. I was in the fifth grade, and our team had just been eliminated from the 4th — 5th grade playoffs in Princeton's local basketball league. With my duffle bag hanging heavily from my shoulder and my feet dragging across the floor of Dillon Gym, I followed my mom outside. At least, when you lose in youth sports — you get the consolation prize of a play date with your friends.
“I actually saw Once alone on a student rush ticket, just on a random day when I happened to be in New York City,” Sam Gravitte ’17 said. It was spring of his junior year, and he had fallen in love with the Tony-award winning Broadway show.
Most Princeton students would say that they have been to the Princeton University Art Museum at least once in their Princeton career. Although some students are initially attracted to events held in the museum, such as the Nassau Sampler and the annual Student Advisory Board Gala thanks to the large selection of free food, most will admit that free food is even better while surrounded by world-renown artwork. It takes many students a while to realize that the museum is indeed, “legit,” which they often indicate by saying: “We have a real Monet!” However, beyond its duty as a venue for events, the museum holds a lot of meaning to the Princeton community.
On the Tuesday afternoon of Nov. 15, Princeton students, faculty, and community members gathered at the Lewis Center for the Arts for the Visual Arts program’s annual Open Studio event. Initially launching 10 years ago, the event features the work of juniors and seniors in the Visual Arts program, including both studio art majors and certificate students.
Sophomores Teresa Irigoyen-Lopez and Tess Jacobson, both of whom work at the Women*s Center, started Princeton’s own Bechdel Film Club this year to give students the opportunity to watch and discuss films that pass the Bechdel Test. The test itself was originally created in 1985 by Alison Bechdel and serves to highlight the underrepresentation of women in film. The 'Prince' sat down with the two co-founders to talk to them about their club and what it means to them.
Princeton has a way of warping — maybe even morphing — my perspective of the world around me. Greek columns like those of the Parthenon work their way into my daily walk to class, accompanied by a peppering of famous statues and Nobel laureate professors. I’ll never forget my first foray into the magnificence of Princeton as an eager 14-year-old, overcome by the ridiculous perfection that seems to ooze out of every nook and cranny of each architectural marvel on campus. It was then that my idea of a pristine Princeton was truly solidified. Every space on campus was its own iteration of what perfection should look like—from the quarter-sawn oak paneling in East Pyne to the angular exactness of I. M. Pei’s venerated Spelman apartments.
The ever-elusive “space” is a word spoken into a great expanse of hopes and fears and delusions: “safe spaces,” “inclusive spaces,” “open spaces,” “green spaces,” “learning spaces.” In this space, words float around abstractly, almost effortlessly, seemingly without the weight of any gravity; appearing to be a distant glimmer of an idea, a once bright and assuring light, which — without much definition — easily fades into obscurity.
For many current undergraduate students, the stone building across from the McCarter Theatre has gone unnoticed until this August, when it opened its doors as The Dinky Bar & Kitchen. The building had been used as the waiting room for NJ Transit’s Princeton University Station, commonly referred to as “The Dinky,” since 1918. In 2013, The Dinky was moved 460 feet south as part of the University’s Art & Transit project. Although many students know of this change, little is known about the emblematic and historical significance that the Dinky had in the University.
The Street went behind the scenes to talk to the people who sift through and organize all of our packages; from last-minute textbooks and halloween costumes torefrigeratorsand dorm decorations. We sat down with part-time mail carrier Darla Garrison to hear about the inner workings of the Princeton Mail Services.
“System resetting, if there is an unauthorized entry, contact PSafe.”
Just like the students housed within them, Princeton dorms are immensely diverse.
As we neared our destination, the grand sight came into view — Volcán Arenal. The volcano towered above all else, and its rocky, conical shape created a striking juxtaposition against the smooth green brush that filled the landscape. As the car continued, the landscape transformed from forest to fields to homes, before the town finally came into sight. From the bright buildings to the vibrant townspeople, a rush of color filled the scene. We had arrived.