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In a time of plague, Sir Isaac Newton developed his theory of gravity; in quarantine, Shakespeare wrote ‘King Lear.’ Six weeks ago, the COVID-19 pandemic sent Princeton’s undergraduates off-campus and back home. With the cancellation of club activities, campus jobs, and projects, Dylan Fox ’22 said to The Daily Princetonian, “Everything that gave our lives meaning is essentially gone.” So like Shakespeare and like Newton, Princeton students stuck at home have searched for ways as entertaining — if not quite as groundbreaking — to pass their time.
The University has outlined a new plan for summer student housing. Yet, despite substantially lowered rates, students in financial need report that they may face difficulty meeting the costs.
Nicholas Johnson ’20 and Grace Sommers ’20 were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2020 in a University statement released Monday afternoon. In the University’s 274-year history, Johnson is the first black valedictorian.
University Health Services (UHS) recently updated the terms of its Student Health Plan (SHP), which cover referrals and various benefits, including temporarily increasing coverage for some services, especially those relating to COVID-19. These changes will apply to all students on the SHP.
In light of COVID-19, this year's Princeton Preview, the annual opportunity for high school students admitted to the University to experience two days on campus, was canceled and then moved online.
Students remaining on campus will be relocated to Bloomberg Hall, Scully Hall, and rooms in Whitman College, according to “a new plan for housing through the semester’s end” outlined by Dean of the College Jill Dolan.
The University Muslim Life Program’s weekly prayer service was interrupted on Friday, April 17 by “zoombombers” who crashed the meeting with offensive slurs and pornographic images.
On Wednesday afternoon, President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 wrote to the members and families of the Class of 2020 announcing the cancelation of this year’s Commencement ceremony due to coronavirus. In-person festivities will be rescheduled to “the days just before Reunions 2021.”
Until March 19, most of the University's 5,267 undergraduate students were operating in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Now spread across the globe, students are finding various ways to adapt to their new schedules.
By March 10, the student-run contemporary and hip-hop dance company diSiac had spent six weeks planning its spring show. The 46 members had agreed on “Illusion” as the theme; they’d spent 20 hours on the casting alone; they’d haggled their way to using the Berlind Theater for their performances; they’d pored over their publicity photos for hours, striving for perfection.
Throughout the month of April, students admitted to the Class of 2024 will meet with University faculty, spend time with current students, and take tours of the University — all online.
In an email sent out on Tuesday, March 31, on-campus students residing in Butler College’s 1967 Hall, 1976 Hall, and Yoseloff Hall were asked to relocate to Bloomberg Hall by Friday, April 3, in order to “secure spaces for self-isolation.”
The number of students testing positive for COVID-19 that University Health Services (UHS) is aware of has quintupled over the last six days.
A recent update to the University’s social distancing policy bans students still on campus from visiting each other’s dorm rooms. Some fear the stringent punishments described in this policy may leave students in danger of housing insecurity.
While the University remains closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it will reimburse student workers not able to work on campus. This reimbursement will apply only to student workers who receive need-based financial aid.
Room draw has been pushed back two weeks, according to a new schedule announced on Wednesday.
In response to the University’s suggested “social distancing techniques,” a number of community spaces across campus have closed. Nonetheless, students still expressed concerns about the feasibility of such measures, especially in tightly-packed classrooms and lecture halls.
Update from March 11
At 9:02 a.m. Monday morning, University President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 updated the University about next steps regarding COVID-19 preparations. Among other changes, the letter announced plans for virtual instruction starting the week of March 23, and encouraged students to remain at home during that time.
Late Sunday night into Monday morning, a University web page addressing the COVID-19 outbreak sparked confusion across campus. A University spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Princetonian that the information on this page was revealed inadvertently.