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Jay Katsir ’04, Colbert comedy writer, wants to make some noise post-pandemic

Features Staff Writer Anna Salvatore sat down with Jay Katsir ’04, a head writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to talk about writing amidst chaos and trying to elicit laughs on a muted Zoom, and to discuss his hopes for a return to in-person ‘explosion[s] of joy.’

Features Writer Anna Salvatore sat down with Jay Katsir ’04, a head writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to talk about writing amidst chaos and trying to elicit laughs on a muted Zoom, and to discuss his hopes for a return to in-person ‘explosion[s] of joy.’

FEATURES | 02/09/2021

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Princeton Reunions 2021 goes virtual, in-person ’20 Commencement canceled

Despite the events being held virtually, the Office of Alumni Affairs noted in an email to alumni that they are “working with the class [of 2020] to find ways to honor their achievements and foster a strong sense of community with each other and the University.”

Despite the events being held virtually, the Alumni Office noted in an email to alumni that they are “working with the class [of 2020] to find ways to honor their achievements and foster a strong sense of community with each other and the University.”

NEWS | 02/01/2021

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Students demand Princeton preemptively bar Sen. Ted Cruz ’92 from on-campus recognition

The petition, titled “Demand that Princeton University Condemn & Bar Honorary Titles to Senator Ted Cruz ('92)”, states, “We, the writer and undersigned, believe that Senator Cruz’s support of lies alleging voting fraud not only undermines these basic egalitarian practices and values but is also directly linked to the attack on the Capitol.”

The petition, titled “Demand that Princeton University Condemn & Bar Honorary Titles to Senator Ted Cruz ('92)”, states, “We, the writer and undersigned, believe that Senator Cruz’s support of lies alleging voting fraud not only undermines these basic egalitarian practices and values but is also directly linked to the attack on the Capitol.”

NEWS | 01/31/2021

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Sen. Cruz ’92 pushes back after 400 classmates condemn his actions as attempt to “undermine democracy”

The petition, which has 400 signatories as of Monday evening, includes alumni on both ends of the political spectrum. “This is about democracy rather than any particular policy perspective,” Elise Harris ’92 said.

The petition, which has 400 signatories as of Monday evening, includes alumni on both ends of the political spectrum. “This is about democracy rather than any particular policy perspective,” Elise Harris ’92 said.

NEWS | 01/12/2021

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Sen. Ted Cruz ’92 alleges voter fraud shortly before mob attack on U.S. Capitol

On Jan. 6, Sen. Ted Cruz ’92 (R-Texas) formally objected to the certification of Arizona’s Electoral College vote count. Later that day, a mob of Trump supporters went on to attack the U.S. Capitol building and disrupt Congress’s confirmation of election results. Many in the Princeton community, including University President Eisgruber, condemned the events of the day. 

On Jan. 6, Sen. Ted Cruz ’92 (R-Texas) formally objected to the certification of Arizona’s Electoral College vote count. Later that day, a mob of Trump supporters went on to attack the U.S. Capitol building and disrupt Congress’s confirmation of election results. Many in the Princeton community, including University President Eisgruber, condemned the events of the day.

NEWS | 01/08/2021

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Amid the pandemic, alumni learn ‘to be a good lawyer from six feet away’

Thousands of American attorneys have taken precautions to protect themselves and their clients from COVID-19. They have had to adapt their jobs at every level, from communication with their clients to courtroom conduct. The Daily Princetonian spoke with four alumni in the law to discuss how the pandemic has affected their work.

FEATURES | 12/20/2020

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Alumni discuss health inequity and racism at ‘Race in the COVID Era’ event

In a wide-ranging conversation covering health determinants, trust in the COVID-19 vaccine, and solutions to health inequity, three alumni medical experts gathered on Friday to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities.

In a wide-ranging conversation covering health determinants, trust in the COVID-19 vaccine, and solutions to health inequity, three alumni medical experts gathered on Friday to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. 

NEWS | 12/20/2020

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U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell ’86 becomes first African American woman to receive Whig-Clio’s James Madison Award

On Friday, Dec. 18, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society (Whig-Clio) presented U.S. Representative Terri Sewell ’86 (D-Ala.) with its highest honor, the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service (JMA). Sewell is the first female African American recipient in the honor’s 60-year history.

Representative Terri Sewell was presented with the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service by the student organization Whig-Clio. On a Zoom call to accept the award, she discussed her upbringing, various political issues, and her focus on service with the University community. 

NEWS | 12/20/2020

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Hobson College: What Princeton's contemporary campus will look like

“Princeton has balanced the goals of stewarding the existing campus with the need to create new buildings that serve the strategic goals of the institution,” said University architect Ron McCoy.

“Princeton has balanced the goals of stewarding the existing campus with the need to create new buildings that serve the strategic goals of the institution,” said University architect Ron McCoy.

FEATURES | 12/20/2020

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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

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Cruz ’92 conversation ranges from lighthearted Princeton memories to free speech, the ‘shrill’ left

On Wednesday, Senator Ted Cruz (R–TX) joined University students and faculty for a discussion on recent politics, international affairs, and his time at Princeton. 

On Wednesday, Senator Ted Cruz ‘92 (R-Texas) joined University students and faculty for a discussion on recent politics, international affairs, and his time at Princeton. 

NEWS | 11/21/2020

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Whitney Hermandorfer ’09 selected to clerk for Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Whitney Downs Hermandorfer ’09, a graduate of George Washington University Law School and former clerk for Justice Samuel Alito ’72, was chosen as one of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s four clerks.

Whitney Downs Hermandorfer ’09, a graduate of George Washington University Law School and former clerk for Justice Samuel Alito ’72, was chosen as one of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s four clerks. 

NEWS | 11/05/2020

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Ressa ’86 discusses ‘cyber libel’ conviction at Press Freedom Defense Fund event

“I think what we’re seeing is death by a thousand cuts,” Ressa said. “You don’t quite realize how much you lose with each cut and you bleed out.”

The event, titled “It Won’t Stop with Me: Why the Current State of Press Freedom Should Alarm the World,” also featured NPR News Media Correspondent David Folkenflik, Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept Betsy Reed, and Director of PFDF Jim Risen.

NEWS | 10/22/2020

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ABPA hosts alumni panel on voter suppression, stakes of 2020 election

“Black lives matter, but history indicates that Black lives matter more in this country when we vote,” Roberts said.

The panel featured U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Craig Robinson ’83, Professor Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. GS ’97, Andrea Campbell ’04, Tessa Kaneene ’07, Walter Jones ’85, Morgan Jerkins ’14, and Paul Roberts ’85, with Cheryl Scales ’84 as moderator.

NEWS | 10/13/2020

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Jones ’93, Feliciano ’94 make U. history with $20M donation

For Jones and Feliciano, their gift is about making clear to students and alumni that “Princeton is a place for all of us.”

For Jones and Feliciano, the gift was sparked by a change they saw in the University’s culture of inclusivity. “As we saw the University embrace the whole alumni body, we felt more enthused and excited about reciprocating,” Feliciano explained.

NEWS | 09/21/2020