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Despite disappointing news about the cancellation of athletic competition this fall and winter, Princeton’s student-athletes can breathe a sigh of relief about the future of the school’s athletic program. Princeton Athletics confirmed to the Daily Princetonian that there are no plans to eliminate any varsity team, even as the University grapples with the effects of COVID-19 and as other Ivy League institutions announce cuts to their varsity rosters.
The heat of August finally subsided, replaced by whisperings of the deliciously brisk autumn to come. It was a cool evening as my mom and I strolled around campus, and I took in the Gothic architecture of the University with fresh eyes. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I found the plaque for “CAMPBELL HALL 4,” my new residence for the upcoming year. No longer was I just a townie, or an onlooker who lived nearby — I was about to be a student! I was about to be part of the Princeton experience.
On Monday, July 6, the undergraduate student population received news from President Chris Eisgruber that we would not be allowed back on campus for at least half of the coming year and that instruction will likely be mostly virtual.
Four hundred and twenty-four members of the University community took out a full-page ad in the Tuesday edition of the Washington Post in support of journalist Maria Ressa ’86, who was found guilty of cyber libel in the Philippines over a month ago.
Two months ago, an Undergraduate Student Government survey revealed that “Most students advocated strongly for an on-campus semester, even if being on campus would require substantial social distancing restrictions; students indicated that they would be willing to follow social distancing regulations outlined by the University in order to return to campus.”
Editor’s Note: This piece was included in the print issue sent to all members of the Class of 2024.
When historians look back on 2020, they will undoubtedly see it as a year of great strife and important change. America’s national reckoning with racism, carried out amidst a deadly and still unfolding pandemic, has uncovered long simmering tensions and persistent injustices throughout the country.
Students who elect to take a leave of absence will be informed by mid-August whether a one-year leave is possible, according to an email sent this morning from Dean of the College Jill Dolan.
Note: this statement was delivered to Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber, along with Provost Deborah Prentice and Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev Kulkarni, on July 16, 2020. It was acknowledged in a personal email by President Eisgruber on July 17.
The Undergraduate Student Government is the prime example of a faux democracy, and thus, it is an illegitimate government in need of immediate reform by the undergraduate student body.
Following weeks of civil unrest demanding justice and reflecting on 401 years of anti-Black racism and violence across the nation, the graduate students — past and present — of the Princeton School of Architecture (PSoA) have discussed how best to support our Black peers. In the words of Kimberly Dowdell, President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA): “We must all leverage our positions of privilege to help our most vulnerable citizens, neighbors and colleagues strive for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If we are to truly resist anti-Black racism in the architecture discipline, we must first recognize and address the ongoing anti-Black racism and inequality within our own PSoA community. We must not ignore the daily realities and traumas of our Black students, faculty, and staff. Our support cannot simply be a statement of detached sentiment or a pledge to “do better.” Those of us who are white and non-Black POC students, faculty, staff, and administration must stand with our Black colleagues and unequivocally condemn and resist the violence that affects them. We must examine the ways in which we actively marginalize Black voices. We must commit to taking concrete steps to build an anti-racist institution where Black students and colleagues, as vital members of our academic community, can thrive. Black lives matter.
The eating clubs on Prospect Avenue will cease operation for the fall semester due to COVID-19. The Graduate Interclub Council (GICC), the Undergraduate Interclub Council (ICC), and the University have agreed to close the clubs until at least Jan. 1.
Over the course of a few days this spring, student-athletes saw their worlds turned upside-down. With athletic competition canceled until at least 2021, there is still significant uncertainty about when and how athletics will resume at Princeton. Check out the timeline below to see how the spread of COVID-19 disrupted Princeton Athletics.
With around half of students invited back to campus, the University will be offering three different student budget plans this fall based on whether a student is living on campus, at home, or elsewhere.
Eight minutes and 46 seconds is a very long time. I realized just how long it is while at a protest in my hometown on June 29. After walking two miles through the center of Wellesley, Mass., and arriving at the town hall, all 400 demonstrators took a knee and raised our fists for an eight minute, 46 second moment of silence.
On July 1, the University named seven new members to its Board of Trustees.
Professor Joshua Katz’s “A Declaration of Independence by a Princeton Professor” has provoked impassioned debate — but not about the subject of his article. Katz, whom I was fortunate to have as a teacher, mentor, and advisor while at Princeton, pushes back against faculty demands, which he thinks “would lead to civil war on campus and erode even further public confidence in how elite institutions of higher education operate.”
In her recent piece for The Daily Princetonian, Imani Mulrain critiques Larry Giberson’s reasoned argument against removing Woodrow Wilson’s name from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and First College, noting that “by his logic, the Berlin Institute of Technology should’ve kept its former title ‘Adolf Hitler University.’” Furthermore, Mulrain claims that those who “hold Wilson as the lesser of the two evils” are often “Caucasians who feel entitled to an opinion which they cannot defend.”
An ordinary notice board hangs in my neighborhood with a simple note tacked: “Please share your stories or any facts you have debunked during these troubling times. Let us help combat disinformation and give our society hope!” This board stood empty the evening it was placed but was immediately swarmed with newspaper clippings and handwritten stories the next — some meant to instill hope while others busted false information that was circulating around our community during the pandemic. Some scientists and medical professionals working at the frontlines also shared their experiences and tips for the community to keep themselves safe. This board serves more than to show a community coming together during a crisis; it reinforces an age-old lesson. Science alone cannot combat this pandemic without substantial help from the humanities, and a well-blended combination of both in an individual’s education equips them with lifelong tools to respond in the time of a crisis.
July 3 was the day I, like many former theater kids across the globe, had been waiting for all summer.