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Dean’s Date postponed until May 10 amid student mental health crisis

The extension will move Dean’s Date from May 5 to May 10, although the final examination period will remain unchanged. The announcement comes following repeated student calls for action on mental health.

The extension will move Dean’s Date from May 5 to May 10, although the final examination period will remain unchanged. The announcement comes following repeated student calls for action on mental health.

NEWS | 04/30/2021

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Nakase ’21, Wang ’21 named valedictorian, salutatorian

Both have won the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and plan to attend medical school. Nakase concentrated in operations research and financial engineering. Wang concentrated in chemistry and is pursuing a certificate in classics with a focus on Ancient Roman language and culture. 

Both have won the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and plan to attend medical school. Nakase concentrated in operations research and financial engineering. Wang concentrated in chemistry and is pursuing a certificate in classics with a focus on Ancient Roman language and culture. 

NEWS | 04/26/2021

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Faculty may host in-person classes, office hours outdoors

In a memo to faculty, Deputy Dean of the College Elizabeth Colagiuri announced that classes and office hours can be held in person and outdoors as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

In a memo to faculty, Deputy Dean of the College Elizabeth Colagiuri announced that classes and office hours can be held in person and outdoors as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

NEWS | 04/20/2021

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Proposal for ASL sequence approved by Committee on the Course of Study

The Faculty Committee on the Course of Study has unanimously approved a proposal for an American Sign Language (ASL) Sequence that will fulfill the University’s language requirement. 

The Faculty Committee on the Course of Study has unanimously approved a proposal for an American Sign Language (ASL) Sequence that will fulfill the University’s language requirement. 

NEWS | 04/19/2021

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USG approves ASL referendum, will appear on spring ballot

The referendum, sponsored by Elaine Wright ’21, proposes that American Sign Language (ASL) be considered equal to all other languages taught at the University and allowed to fulfill the A.B. language requirement.

The referendum, sponsored by Elaine Wright ’21, proposes that American Sign Language (ASL) be considered equal to all other languages taught at the University and allowed to fulfill the A.B. language requirement.

NEWS | 03/30/2021

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Four seniors awarded $30K Labouisse Prize Fellowship

Seniors Chisom Ilogu, Sarah Kamanzi, Leopoldo Solis, and Lydia Spencer were awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Labouisse Prize Fellowship, which honors public service and civic engagement.

Seniors Chisom Ilogu, Sarah Kamanzi, Leopoldo Solis, and Lydia Spencer were awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Labouisse Prize Fellowship, which honors public service and civic engagement.

NEWS | 03/16/2021

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Keith Wailoo wins Dan David Prize for work in the history of medicine

Wailoo was specifically recognized for his historical scholarship centered in race, science, and health equity and the links between social structures and disease. Wailoo has served on health policy committees and actively discusses health equity using a historical lens to guide his work. 

Wailoo was specifically recognized for his historical scholarship centered in race, science, and health equity and the links between social structures and disease. Wailoo has served on health policy committees and actively discusses health equity using a historical lens to guide his work. 

NEWS | 02/24/2021

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“Who wants to present first?”: Sir Paul McCartney pays surprise visit to songwriting class

Sir Paul McCartney paid a visit to Professor Paul Muldoon’s ATL496 class, titled “How To Write A Song.” Joining under the name ‘Test Student,’ McCartney offered thorough feedback on each student’s work, often incorporating anecdotes from his time as a Beatle.

Sir Paul McCartney paid a visit to professor Paul Muldoon’s ATL496 class, titled “How To Write A Song.” Joining under the name “Test Student,“ McCartney offered thorough feedback on each student’s work, often incorporating anecdotes from his time as a Beatle. 

NEWS | 02/23/2021

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Classics chair asks Princeton to ‘urgently’ review department culture after Katz misconduct comes to light

The department has also created an alternate section of Katz’s course on Homer and allowed students to switch into the new section.

The department has also created an alternate section of Katz’s course on Homer and allowed students to switch into the new section. 

NEWS | 02/23/2021

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Reading Peter Singer's ‘Famine, Affluence, and Morality’ 50 years later

“Famine, Affluence, and Morality” confronts the reader with their own complacency regarding global suffering, and the passage of time has not led to a heartening perspective. Half a century later, the world is in the midst of a refugee crisis, wars and famines continue to afflict millions, and society is still rife with poverty and inequality.  A modern frame of reference provides a new understanding of what may be necessary to goad the world into action, but we’ll start by reexamining Singer’s reasoning regarding the affluents’ duty to help those in need. 

“Famine, Affluence, and Morality” confronts the reader with their own complacency regarding global suffering, and the passage of time has not led to a heartening perspective. Half a century later, the world is in the midst of a refugee crisis, wars and famines continue to afflict millions, and society is still rife with poverty and inequality.  A modern frame of reference provides a new understanding of what may be necessary to goad the world into action, but we’ll start by reexamining Singer’s reasoning regarding the affluents’ duty to help those in need.  

THE PROSPECT | 02/18/2021

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ELE department renamed as Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

“Including both ‘Electrical’ and ‘Computer’ in the title better reflects what our department does,” Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Niraj Jha noted. 

“Including both ‘Electrical’ and ‘Computer’ in the title better reflects what our department does,” Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Niraj Jha noted. 

NEWS | 02/10/2021

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Alumni allege history of inappropriate conduct with female students by Princeton professor Joshua Katz

A ‘Prince’ investigation has uncovered allegations that Katz, a classics professor who spent more than two decades at the University, crossed professional boundaries with three of his female students.

A ‘Prince’ investigation has uncovered allegations that Katz, a classics professor who spent more than two decades at the University, crossed professional boundaries with three of his female students.

NEWS | 02/04/2021

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Spring semester final exams to “default” to take-homes — but professors retain scheduled option

Exams will default to take-homes available throughout the final exam period to avoid increased conflicts, though professors will retain the option to hold Registrar-scheduled exams.

Exams will default to take-homes available throughout the final exam period to avoid increased conflicts, though professors will retain the option to hold Registrar-scheduled exams.

NEWS | 02/01/2021

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Amid digital crackdown, Chinese Politics professor recommends students in China avoid his class

Professor Rory Truex ’07 explained that since the course “includes material that is banned in China,” he didn’t “want anyone to feel that they were in a position where they had to access banned material in order to succeed in my course.”

Professor Rory Truex ’07 explained that since the course “includes material that is banned in China,” he didn’t “want anyone to feel that they were in a position where they had to access banned material in order to succeed in my course.”

NEWS | 01/15/2021

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Prof. Robert George’s views on gender come under fire after controversial Twitter poll

Prominent conservative professor Robert P. George received backlash on social media last week after posting a poll that questioned pronoun usage, which multiple students who spoke to The Daily Princetonian found transphobic and invalidating of nonbinary and gender-nonconforming experiences. With this latest dispute, the University community continues to grapple with reconciling free speech and inclusivity, particularly when those missions seem at odds. 

Prominent conservative professor Robert P. George received backlash on social media last week after posting a poll that questioned pronoun usage, which multiple students who spoke to The Daily Princetonian found transphobic and invalidating of nonbinary and gender-nonconforming experiences. With this latest dispute, the University community continues to grapple with reconciling free speech and inclusivity, particularly when those missions seem at odds. 

NEWS | 12/21/2020

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RCAs and PAAs struggle with zee engagement in a virtual semester

The online semester has drastically changed the job of being an RCA or PAA, and produced a host of new challenges. Whereas in normal years RCAs might simply see their zees in the dining hall or knock on their doors, building the community in a virtual space is not that simple. RCAs and PAAs discuss how their positions are different this year, describe the pitfalls of online engagement, and celebrate their successes.

The online semester has drastically changed the job of being an RCA or PAA, and produced a host of new challenges. Whereas in normal years RCAs might simply see their zees in the dining hall or knock on their doors, building the community in a virtual space is not that simple. RCAs and PAAs discuss how their positions are different this year, describe the pitfalls of online engagement, and celebrate their successes.

FEATURES | 12/20/2020

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PDF grading policy will remain largely unchanged this spring

Courses that students elect to PDF during the spring 2021 semester will not count towards the four course limit, as has been the case for the past two semesters. Departments, however, may require students to take departmental prerequisites or requirements for a grade.

Courses that students elect to PDF during the spring 2021 semester will not count towards the four course limit, as has been the case for the past two semesters. Departments, however, may require students to take departmental pre-requisites or requirements for a grade.

NEWS | 12/10/2020

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Princeton establishes professorship of Indigenous Studies with $5 million gift from Wendy and Eric Schmidt ’76

The new professorship, titled the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies, will “catalyze and unite conversations on indigeneity across disciplines,” according to the announcement. 

The new professorship, titled the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies, will “catalyze and unite conversations on indigeneity across disciplines” according to the announcement. 

NEWS | 12/04/2020