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As federal measures to mitigate the occupational, financial, and personal strain of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to expire, the country faces an unprecedented crisis of eviction — and according to University researchers, few people are paying attention.
Recent weeks have made clear that the United States and China are engaged in a slow-moving yet continually escalating cold war. Whether it be diplomatic and economic decoupling, increased military maneuvering in the South China Sea, or even Secretary of State Michael Pompeo all but calling for a regime change in Beijing, recent rhetoric and actions from both sides have revealed that relations between the two superpowers are at their lowest point since the restoration of ties in 1979.
On July 12, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 told The Daily Princetonian that he “personally and strongly” objected to classics professor Joshua Katz’s description of the Black Justice League (BJL) as a “local terrorist organization” in a Quillette column. At the time, University Spokesperson Ben Chang said the University would be “looking into the matter further.”
At 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2015, over 200 Princeton students walked out of their lectures and marched toward Nassau Hall. At their helm was the Black Justice League (BJL), a student group dedicated to fighting anti-Black racism.
On Jan. 7, 1919, the editors of The Daily Princetonian announced, with “exceeding” regret, that their daily paper would run only three times a week. “War and influenza have played havoc with the PRINCETONIAN’s press force,” they lamented.
In a recent open letter, many Princeton faculty members call on the University to acknowledge the inadequacy of our efforts toward anti-racism up to now, and to do much more going forward. I agree with the overall message of this historic and important letter. I am grateful to see so many of my colleagues make this demand. But the letter also calls for the formation of a committee of faculty members who would investigate and punish racist research. I cannot support this call.
In June, the University updated its longstanding Questbridge College Match policy for applicants in the Class of 2025.
Editor’s Note: This piece includes graphic descriptions of disordered eating that some readers may find distressing.
When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, higher education was turned upside down as students had to scatter around the country and world to return to their homes. The last couple of months have exposed many of the systemic inequities of higher education in the United States. While the disruption of the pandemic has brought about pain and loss, it could also provide the University the opportunity to be a leader in the reform of higher education in this country and transform campus life from an emphasis on opulence and status to one of mindfulness and service.
Walmart’s only Princeton location will close on Aug. 21 due to financial constraints.
First-year international students “will not be able to enter the United States” if enrolled in entirely virtual course loads.
The cultural arts festival Communiversity 2020 has been cancelled, the Arts Council of Princeton announced earlier this week.
Princeton students frequent New York City as an urban escape. Whether through an internship on Wall Street or a musical on Broadway, the Big Apple holds strong ties to the Princeton experience.
One month ago, President Eisgruber ’83 circulated a message to the University community calling on all of us “reflect on our place in the world and challenge ourselves to identify additional steps we can take to fight racism.” Recognizing the massive, ongoing protests for racial justice in the US, the message firmly committed Princeton to our nation’s urgent, overdue reckoning with its racist history and “the ongoing reality of oppression and violence against Black Americans.”
What’s been happening on campus during the summer of COVID-19? The short answer is: nothing much.
One of the things that stood out to me about Princeton two years ago, besides the name, the endowment, and the generous financial aid, was learning our informal motto: “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” As one of the typical “I want to save the world” type kids, I was excited to engage in meaningful work with the support of the institution and likeminded peers. Throughout my first two years at Princeton, though, I have been sorely disappointed by lackluster student civic engagement — and resistance from the University itself.
Students will be able to take certain classes asynchronously and during previously unavailable time slots this fall, according to the Office of the Registrar’s republished course offerings. Caps on class sizes, as well as the number of classes undergraduates can take, have decreased.
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.