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In private memory, this place [Princeton] is its halls, its library, its chapel worn to satin by the encounters and collaborations among and between strangers from other neighborhoods and strangers from other lands. In private memory, it is friendships secured and endangered on greens and in classrooms, offices, eating clubs, residences. In private memory, it’s stimulating rivalries negotiated in laboratories, in lecture halls, and on and within sports arenas. Every doorway, every tree and turn is haunted by laughter, by murmurs of loyalty and love, tears of pleasure and sorrow and triumph.
“Perhaps the most insidious and least understood form of segregation is that of the word. And by this I mean the word in all its complex formulations, ... the word with all its subtle power to suggest and foreshadow overt action while magically disguising the moral consequences of that action and providing it with symbolic and psychological justification. For if the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison and destroy.”
Backlash over creative writing lecturer Michael Dickman’s use of offensive and violent language in a recently published poem led Don Share, the editor of Poetry magazine, to resign last month — one of several recent controversies surrounding free speech and accountability that have embroiled the University.
This summer has seen the sparking of an enormous dialogue about systemic racism in many communities within our country, some members of which seem to be discovering this age-old issue for the first time. As I’ve talked to family members and friends about issues concerning the Black community, I’ve realized some families simply do not care about the discrimination they face.
This is a peek into my experience dealing with medical and mental health issues in Princeton’s highly competitive environment. The autobiographical narrative form is used to represent my perspective and is an attempt to convey the pressures, emotional struggles, and stresses the situation brought along with it.
In the beginning of quarantine, everyone was baking banana bread. The process of baking was comforting — a fun and delicious distraction from the stress of living through a pandemic. Now, at the end of summer, fruity and refreshing recipes can offer the same distraction and deliciousness.
Dear incoming first-years,
As an incoming first-year student, I took part in the University’s sexual misconduct prevention program, “Not Anymore!”, an online course required for all new students. The approximately three-hour long online program was thorough and addressed definitions and boundaries in sexual misconduct, incorporating videos, scenarios, survivor stories, quizzes, and legal definitions.
Editor’s Note: On August 17, one day after this story was published, The U Experience announced it would host its program at the Waterstone Resort & Marina in Boca Raton, FL.
In the heat of the unairconditioned kitchen, my grandma tells stories about her grandma to the music of the sizzling griddle and the spinning fan. As the hand of the outdoor thermometer creeps close to 100 degrees, I carefully roll out the cookie dough on the counter while my grandma — whom I call Mam — flips the cookies on the griddle.
As the summer draws to a close and November nears, public attention has turned to the upcoming presidential and congressional elections. But while the country focuses on the national stage, two Princeton groups are concentrating their attention at the state and local levels.
Students participating in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will be able to live on campus in the fall semester and participate in in-person training, while the Air Force and Naval ROTC programs will be fully virtual.
Five days after the University reversed its original fall reopening plan, announcing that first-years and juniors are no longer invited to campus, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Aug. 12 — allowing schools, colleges, and universities to resume in-person classes if they meet certain requirements.
Within a study contained in the 2018 report by the American College Health Association (ACHA), over 60 percent of students reported having felt overwhelming anxiety over the course of the previous 12 months and approximately 40 percent of students reported having trouble functioning due to depression in the same time frame. With these worrisome numbers, many colleges have taken initiatives to help students with any mental illness issues that they may have, and Princeton is doing its part as well. However, their efforts simply aren’t enough.
In “photúalma,” artist Lauren Olson ’22 examines confinement, family, identity, and history through a series of short films and podcasts. Her films feature audio clips ranging from conversations in an art history class at Princeton to Olson rapping along with Kendrick Lamar in “Money Trees.” Slides of her photographs, most of which she shot in her brother’s music studio at home in Ohio, phase on- and off-screen in a kaleidoscope of vibrant reds, oranges, and blues. When I first watched Olson’s work, I was intrigued by her raw authenticity to self, evident in details such as the unedited footage of her photos in Adobe Bridge at the beginning of “33.” The third video installment of photúalma, “SIN.ME,” feels particularly candid, with fragments of Olson’s process behind the camera and an intimate look at the private, eccentric moments of everyday life that often pass by unrecorded.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”
After arriving home this spring, I felt that part of my identity was lost. Training consisted of my makeshift gym in my garage instead of a pool, and I did not know the next time I would touch a water polo ball. I had a really hard time wrapping my head around this, and for the first month of quarantine, I wanted nothing to do with working out. Like all collegiate athletes, I worked my entire life to get to this level, so I was grieving over something that I had lost. However, I knew that all of my teammates and coaches were grieving in their own way. I knew athletes across the country were trying to cope, too.
Eighteen-year-olds quarantining across the country have spent the last six months in sweatpants, on couches, in front of TV screens; in COVID-19, many saw boredom, apathy, and frustration. Hope Perry ’24 saw an opportunity.
When COVID-19 sent students packing in the middle of the spring semester, the University announced it would amend academic policies, including the addition of the pass/D/fail (PDF) grading option to all undergraduate courses.