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When the ‘really easy and fun parts of Princeton disappear’: A student mental health crisis and Princeton’s response

Princeton prides itself on its high academic standards, and even in a normal year, some students have difficulty managing these expectations while taking care of their mental health. But this semester, students experienced these challenges on a much more universal scale. Undergraduates and administrators reflect on what intensified mental health struggles this past semester, how students navigated those struggles, and how the University responded. 

Princeton prides itself on its high academic standards, and even in a normal year, some students have difficulty managing these expectations while taking care of their mental health. But this semester, students experienced these challenges on a much more universal scale. Undergraduates and administrators reflect on what intensified mental health struggles this past semester, how students navigated those struggles, and how the University responded. 

FEATURES | July 16

A screenshot of President Christopher Eisgruber ‘83 addressing the Class of 2020 during their virtual ceremony.

 
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One year later, the Class of 2020 reflects on virtual commencement

Faced with dire circumstances near the start of the pandemic, the University opted for a live-streamed virtual graduation celebration for the Class of 2020, postponing the class’ more traditional in-person ceremony to 2021. But in February this year, the University reversed course and canceled the event altogether. One year later, the Class of 2020 reflects on their virtual commencement.

Faced with dire circumstances near the start of the pandemic, the University opted for a live-streamed virtual graduation celebration for the Class of 2020, postponing the class’ more traditional in-person ceremony to 2021. But in February this year, the University reversed course and canceled the event altogether. One year later, the Class of 2020 reflects on their virtual commencement.

FEATURES | May 30

Princeton University 2021 Commencement
Charles Sykes  / Associated Press Images for Princeton University

Class of 2021 celebrates an in-person commencement

Thousands gathered in Princeton Stadium on Sunday to celebrate the commencement of the great Class of 2021. Speeches acknowledged the unique difficulty of the graduates’ time at the University and praised their resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands gathered in Princeton Stadium on Sunday to celebrate the commencement of the great Class of 2021. Speeches acknowledged the unique difficulty of the graduates’ time at the University and praised their resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NEWS | May 16

Students in McCosh 50 while Professor David Miller teaches on Zoom
John Raulston Graham / The Daily Princetonian

This semester, Business Ethics teaches another lesson: how to succeed at hybrid learning

Professor David Miller's class, EGR 219: Business Ethics — Succeeding without Selling Your Soul, is one of fifteen courses to have adopted a hybrid format this semester. It's far from perfect, but students agree this special class is worth the extra effort. “Gee, if we're part of the Keller Center and we're all about innovation, I might as well innovate," Miller said.

Professor David Miller's class, EGR 219: Business Ethics — Succeeding without Selling Your Soul, is one of fifteen courses to have adopted a hybrid format this semester. It's far from perfect, but students agree this special class is worth the extra effort. “Gee, if we're part of the Keller Center and we're all about innovation, I might as well innovate," Miller said. 

FEATURES | May 2

Students working in Blair Courtyard on a sunny afternoon.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

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 | April 20

Left: a view of the at-home desk of Masha (Maria) Khartchenko ’24.
Top and bottom right: a view of the at-home study spaces of Mollika Singh ’24.
Courtesy of Masha Khartchenko ’24 and Mollika Singh ’24

When residential life returned, some students didn’t

With the start of the spring semester, students flocked to a socially distanced campus in droves. Roughly a quarter of enrolled students chose not to. The Daily Princetonian sat down with a few of these students to talk about their experiences living off-campus and what motivated them to not return.

With the start of the spring semester, many students flocked to a socially distanced campus in droves, willing to undergo the arrival quarantine, adhere to social-distancing requirements, and rejoin the on-campus community. Roughly a quarter of enrolled students chose not to. The Daily Princetonian sat down with a few of these students to talk about their experiences living off-campus and what motivated them to not return.

FEATURES | April 15

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Akaneh Wang / The Daily Princetonian

Coupling Up on Campus: “Romantic partners” navigate a hybrid semester

"This is easily the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” said Elliot Lee '23 of his current relationship. In a time of enforced distance and isolation, couples, Residential College Advisors, a Peer Health Advisor, and one of the “Datamatch Supreme Cupids” weigh in on the challenges of campus dating.

"This is easily the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” said Elliot Lee '23 of his current relationship. In a time of enforced distance and isolation, couples, Residential College Advisors, a Peer Health Advisor, and one of the “Datamatch Supreme Cupids” weigh in on the challenges of campus dating.

FEATURES | April 11

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Administrators detail plans for anticipated return to normalcy in the fall

Contingent upon public health and safety guidelines, University administrators expect campus to return to a sense of normalcy next fall. In a town hall hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government on April 6, 16 University administrators answered questions about all aspects of campus life regarding this spring, summer, and fall. Administrators expressed hope that residential life, dining, eating clubs, breaks, grading, financial aid, and athletics will return to pre-pandemic norms in the fall.

Contingent upon public health and safety guidelines, University administrators expect campus to return to a sense of normalcy next fall.

NEWS | April 7

Akaneh Wang and Tri Giao Vu Dinh / The Daily Princetonian

How live music, art, and dance are combating vaccine hesitancy

Public health officials have employed some creative endeavors — from musically-charged cathedrals to music videos featuring local dancers — to encourage COVID-19 vaccination.

Public health officials have employed some creative endeavors — from musically-charged cathedrals to music videos featuring local dancers — to encourage COVID-19 vaccination. 

THE PROSPECT | March 24

A COVID-19 saliva test taken on campus
Zachary Shevin / The Daily Princetonian

COVID-19 cluster identified, athletes temporarily submit extra tests

In a message explaining the situation to affected students on March 19, the Global and Community Health and COVID-19 Testing Teams at University Health Services (UHS) described “a cluster of COVID-19 cases” and explained that the University would be requiring students “connected to that cluster” to submit more tests.

In a message explaining the situation to affected students on March 19, the Global and Community Health and COVID-19 Testing Teams at University Health Services (UHS) described “a cluster of COVID-19 cases” and explained that the University would be requiring students “connected to that cluster” to submit more tests.

NEWS | March 24

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NJ expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for vulnerable communities

On March 15, more populations will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of New Jersey, specifically those between ages 16 and 64 with moderate to severe asthma, type I diabetes, a body mass index over 25, and other pre-existing health conditions.

On March 15, more populations will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of New Jersey, specifically those between ages 16 and 64 with moderate to severe asthma, type I diabetes, a body mass index over 25, and other pre-existing health conditions.

NEWS | March 11

Jeanette Beebe ’14.
Courtesy of Jeanette Beebe

Jeanette Beebe ’14 on COVID-19 journalism, poetry, and “how to be terrible”

Jeanette Beebe ’14 is a journalist focused on healthcare and technology. She spoke to The Daily Princetonian about her time at Princeton, her career in health journalism, and her process for covering COVID-19 in a local context. 

Jeanette Beebe ’14 is a journalist focused on healthcare and technology. She spoke to The Daily Princetonian about her time at Princeton, her career in health journalism, and her process for covering COVID-19 in a local context. 

FEATURES | March 7

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

55 students face disciplinary action for Social Contract violations according to ODUS report

In eight cases, students given probation were additionally barred from access to campus for the remainder of the semester. These eight cases were deemed “significant” under the Social Contract.

In eight cases, students given probation were additionally barred from access to campus for the remainder of the semester. These eight cases were deemed “significant” under the Social Contract.

NEWS | March 1