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Princeton Band at a tailgate in New Haven prior to a Princeton-Yale football game.
“Princeton Band At The Tailgate” by Joe Shlabotnik / CC-SA 2.0

Inside the Princeton University Band… and their plastic Santa

Adorned in flamboyant plaid orange and black suits, topped with their characteristic boaters, the Princeton University Band is not hard to spot on Princeton’s campus. At an Ivy League institution where student groups often have high barriers of entry and demand significant commitment from their members, the Band stands apart as an outlet for entertainment and comedic relief.

Adorned in flamboyant plaid orange and black suits, topped with their characteristic boaters, the Princeton University Band is not hard to spot on Princeton’s campus. At an Ivy League institution where student groups often have high barriers of entry and demand significant commitment from their members, the Band stands apart as an outlet for entertainment and comedic relief.

FEATURES | 3 days ago

Professor Shane Campbell-Staton and team taking samples from a tranquilized elephant in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Courtesy of Rob Pringle

Princeton lab’s research on elephant tusklessness brings public attention to human impact on evolution

More elephants in Mozambique have no tusks as a result of a painful, 15-year civil war. An ocean and thousands of miles away, assistant EEB professor Shane Campbell-Staton and his team are looking at why and how this example of remarkably fast evolution came to be. Their studies have attracted media attention from newspapers to Trevor Noah, and display how closely human activity can be tied up in the process of evolution.

More elephants in Mozambique have no tusks as a result of a painful, 15-year civil war. An ocean and thousands of miles away, assistant EEB professor Shane Campbell-Staton and his team are looking at why and how this example of remarkably fast evolution came to be. Their studies have attracted media attention from newspapers and Trevor Noah, and display how closely human activity can be tied up in the process of evolution.

FEATURES | December 23

Seniors Sebastian Quiroga and Ella Feiner pose with friends after completing the 2021 New York City Marathon.
Courtesy of Feiner

‘The best four hours ever’: Princeton students compete in the 2021 New York City Marathon

Ellen Su ’23, Delaney Callaghan ’23,  Ella Feiner ’22, and Sebastian Quiroga ’22 shared their experience running in the marathon with The Daily Princetonian. While the four students had very different running backgrounds, gained entry to the marathon in different ways, and dealt with different training setbacks, one thing they share are those few hours racing — and the months of training that went into them. 

Ellen Su ’23, Delaney Callaghan ’23,  Ella Feiner ’22, and Sebastian Quiroga ’22 shared their experience running in the marathon with The Daily Princetonian. While the four students had very different running backgrounds, gained entry to the marathon in different ways, and dealt with different training setbacks, one thing they share are those few hours racing — and the months of training that went into them. 

FEATURES | December 23

A view of the hallway from an isolation dorm.
Courtesy of Zora Alum ’22

Home for the holidays gone wrong: campus isolation over Thanksgiving break

Right before Thanksgiving break, the semester’s largest surge in COVID-19 cases on campus sent an unprecedented number of students into isolation for the holiday. Instead of packing up to travel home, these students — often experiencing symptoms of the virus — threw sweatpants, blankets, and medicine into bags before relocating to their University-allocated rooms in 1967 Hall.

Right before Thanksgiving break, the semester’s largest surge in COVID-19 cases on campus sent an unprecedented number of students into isolation for the holiday. Instead of packing up to travel home, these students — often experiencing symptoms of the virus — threw sweatpants, blankets, and medicine into bags before relocating to their University-allocated rooms in 1967 Hall.

FEATURES | December 23

“Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” by Ai WeiWei.
Abby de Riel / The Daily Princetonian

‘They change the way you see the world around you’: Art museum tours illuminate campus sculptures

“Sculptures build a sense of identity within a place,” Modern and Contemporary Art Curator Mitra Abbaspour said. “They interrupt your passage of space and change the way you see the world around you.”

“Sculptures build a sense of identity within a place,” Modern and Contemporary Art Curator Mitra Abbaspour said. “They interrupt your passage of space and change the way you see the world around you.”

FEATURES | December 16

Joshua Yang / The Daily Princetonian

Pizza, bad movies, and Saturday Nights Sober: the Alcohol Initiative sponsors alcohol-free student-run events

A program with over 20 years of history, the Alcohol Initiative has been steadfast in its goal of offering an alternative setting to party-centric weekend nights on campus. With a budget in the tens of thousands, according to Alcohol Initiative Senior Chair Sean Horton ’22, the Initiative supports many clubs and organizations on campus, from Coffee Club and the Outdoor Action rock climbing wall to the Cheese and Bad Movies club. 

A program with over 20 years of history, the Alcohol Initiative has been steadfast in its goal of offering an alternative setting to party-centric weekend nights on campus. With a budget in the tens of thousands, according to Alcohol Initiative Senior Chair Sean Horton ’22, the Initiative supports many clubs and organizations on campus, from Coffee Club and the Outdoor Action rock climbing wall to the Cheese and Bad Movies club. 

FEATURES | December 9

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Stained glass windows in East Pyne Hall, home of the classics department.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

‘On everyone's mind’: Imposter syndrome at Princeton

Imposter syndrome is defined by the American Psychological Association as “the situation in which highly accomplished, successful individuals paradoxically believe they are frauds.” Financial disparities, racial differences, language barriers — all of these factors can contribute to feelings of imposter syndrome on a college campus. The Daily Princetonian sat down with students and faculty to learn more about their experiences with the syndrome and how they cope with it. 

Imposter syndrome is defined by the American Psychological Association as “the situation in which highly accomplished, successful individuals paradoxically believe they are frauds.” Financial disparities, racial differences, language barriers — all of these factors can contribute to feelings of imposter syndrome on a college campus. The Daily Princetonian sat down with students and faculty to learn more about their experiences with the syndrome and how they cope with it. 

FEATURES | December 9

Camryn Stafford ’23.
Courtesy of Camryn Stafford ’23

From performance to non-profit: Camryn Stafford ’23 and the Turning Tables Project

In her sophomore year of high school, Camryn Stafford ‘23 had the idea for the Turning Tables project as a way to address the racial inequities she observed in the dance world. What started as a one-off dance show has since grown into a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization working to increase visibility and resources for dancers of color. 

In her sophomore year of high school, Camryn Stafford ‘23 had the idea for the Turning Tables project as a way to address the racial inequities she observed in the dance world. What started as a one-off dance show has since grown into a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization working to increase visibility and resources for dancers of color. 

FEATURES | December 7

The Princeton Garden Theatre
Isabel Kingston / The Daily Princetonian

With warm popcorn and James Bond, a Princeton institution reopens after pandemic closure

“Today, the Garden Theatre is known as a community gem, a town cultural hub, and an oasis for the weary Princeton student. The theatre has kept its doors open for the past century thanks to the resolve of community members who kept it afloat through various ups and downs — most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

“Today, the Garden Theatre is known as a community gem, a town cultural hub, and an oasis for the weary Princeton student. The theatre has kept its doors open for the past century thanks to the resolve of community members who kept it afloat through various ups and downs — most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.”

FEATURES | December 5

Andrew Zwicker at Jammin’ Crepes.
Courtesy of the Office of Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

In Democratic underperformance, Zwicker shines bright

“Republicans picked up 15 new state legislative seats this year across New Jersey and Virginia. Democrats? Just one. Senator-elect Andrew Zwicker, the head of Communications and Public Outreach at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.”

“Republicans picked up 15 new state legislative seats this year across New Jersey and Virginia. Democrats? Just one. Senator-elect Andrew Zwicker, the head of Communications and Public Outreach at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.” 

FEATURES | December 5

Adam Sanders / The Daily Princetonian

‘Every good night ends at Wawa’: New Jersey chain battles to keep late-night student cravings at bay

For many Princeton students, Wawa is more than just the location of a late-night snack run. It’s a staple of the Princeton night-life — a place to go after a night out on the Street or in Firestone library. As the ongoing pandemic causes other late-night campus dining options to shutter their doors, Wawa alone offers satiation to midnight hunger pangs.

For many Princeton students, Wawa is more than just the location of a late-night snack run. It’s a staple of the Princeton night-life — a place to go after a night out on the Street or in Firestone library. As the ongoing pandemic causes other late-night campus dining options to shutter their doors, Wawa alone offers satiation to midnight hunger pangs.

FEATURES | December 1

A sketch of the planned exterior of The Paul Robeson House.
Courtesy of www.thepaulrobesonhouseofprinceton.org 

The Paul Robeson House: A community rallies around restoration, memory, and history

“Before it was officially denoted the Paul Robeson House, the property at the corner of Witherspoon and Green Street was everything from a grocery store to private residence to rooming house. Notably, it was the home where Paul Robeson, famed athlete, artist, performer, and activist, was born. While the House’s purpose has evolved over the past two centuries, each new version has stood as a source of refuge, amity, and culture for Princeton’s African American community. Today, the House is undergoing a new change as members of the very area it serves rally together to preserve its history and mission.”

“Before it was officially denoted the Paul Robeson House, the property at the corner of Witherspoon and Green Street was everything from a grocery store to private residence to rooming house. Notably, it was the home where Paul Robeson, famed athlete, artist, performer, and activist, was born. While the House’s purpose has evolved over the past two centuries, each new version has stood as a source of refuge, amity, and culture for Princeton’s African American community. Today, the House is undergoing a new change as members of the very area it serves rally together to preserve its history and mission.” 

FEATURES | November 30

Murray-Dodge Hall, which houses the Office of Religious Life.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

To listen, to learn: lessons from interfaith dialogue within Office of Religious Life

The University’s Religious Life Council (RLC) hosted an event they dubbed “Speed Faithing,” a play on speed dating that aimed to foster interfaith community building. Students were encouraged to be as silly or profound as they wished in answering questions like, “What is your definition of love?” This event is part of the RLC’s larger initiative to foster interpersonal understanding on campus.

The University’s Religious Life Council (RLC) hosted an event they dubbed “Speed Faithing,” a play on speed dating that aimed to foster interfaith community building. Students were encouraged to be as silly or profound as they wished in answering questions like, “What is your definition of love?” This event is part of the RLC’s larger initiative to foster interpersonal understanding on campus.

FEATURES | November 17

From left to right: MacMillan (photo courtesy of Denise Applewhite / Office of Communications), Ressa (photo courtesy of Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian), and Manabe (photo courtesy of Denise Applewhite / Office of Communications).
Photo compilation: Annabelle Duval / The Daily Princetonian

Humor, vision, and drive: The road to a Nobel Prize, observed from the sidelines

“The week of Oct. 4, 2021 saw two Princeton University professors awarded Nobel prizes in Physics and Chemistry, and one alum the Nobel Peace Prize. Syukuro Manabe, David MacMillan, and Maria Ressa ’86 became household names within a week — but to some, they were known and revered long before the international accolades. The Daily Princetonian spoke with people close to the award winners — colleagues, students, and former classmates — to learn more about the people behind the achievements.”

“The week of Oct. 4, 2021 saw two Princeton University professors awarded Nobel prizes in Physics and Chemistry, and one alum the Nobel Peace Prize. Syukuro Manabe, David MacMillan, and Maria Ressa ’86 became household names within a week — but to some, they were known and revered long before the international accolades. The Daily Princetonian spoke with people close to the award winners — colleagues, students, and former classmates — to learn more about the people behind the achievements.”

FEATURES | November 11

Dillon Gym during OBB.
Zoe Berman / The Daily Princetonian

Can't bring back the past? Of course we can: a Roaring 20s ball for the Classes of the 2020s

From fake pearls to 1920s-themed appetizers, Princeton’s “Roaring Twenties'' themed Orange and Black Ball on Nov. 4th  was filled with all the glitz and glam that many students missed coming out of a global pandemic. Despite the difficulties the OBB’s date presented for some students — who celebrated the Hindu religious festival Diwali on that night — the ball allegedly saw an attendance increase of about 500 students since the last time it was held two years ago.

From fake pearls to 1920s-themed appetizers, Princeton’s “Roaring Twenties'' themed Orange and Black Ball on Nov. 4th  was filled with all the glitz and glam that many students missed coming out of a global pandemic. Despite the difficulties the OBB’s date presented for some students — who celebrated the Hindu religious festival Diwali on that night — the ball allegedly saw an attendance increase of about 500 students since the last time it was held two years ago.

FEATURES | November 7

Tiger Tots: Yisroel, Shua, Sarale, Yosef Webb

In our fourth installment of Tiger Tots, The Daily Princetonian interviewed four of Rabbi Eitan Webb’s children: Yisroel, Sarale, Yosef, and Shua. To the Princeton community, they say: “hi!” “work hard,” “you’ve got this, pull through,“ and “have fun!”

In our fourth installment of Tiger Tots, The Daily Princetonian interviewed four of Rabbi Eitan Webb’s children: Yisroel, Sarale, Yosef, and Shua. To the Princeton community, they say: “hi!” “work hard,” “you’ve got this, pull through,“ and “have fun!”

FEATURES | October 28

A screenshot of the Princeton Parents Page Facebook group. 
Sydney Eck / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton parents are active on their Facebook page. Their children? Less than thrilled about it.

Many Princeton parents turn to Facebook, specifically the Princeton Parents Page, to keep in touch with their children’s lives and stay up to date on campus news. While some parents find it a helpful forum to share concerns, announce student accomplishments, and exchange advice, students express concerns about the group’s limited scope of discussions and encroachment on student privacy.

Many Princeton parents turn to Facebook, specifically the Princeton Parents Page, to keep in touch with their children’s lives and stay up to date on campus news. While some parents find it a helpful forum to share concerns, announce student accomplishments, and exchange advice, students express concerns about the group’s limited scope of discussions and encroachment on student privacy.

FEATURES | October 6

Reverend Dean Theresa Thames
Courtesy of Theresa Thames

‘Anyone, anywhere can tell a story’: Rev. Dean Theresa Thames on storytelling, community, and rap aspirations

Reverend Theresa Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel, is known for bringing compassion and humor to her work at the University. A self-proclaimed storyteller, she shared her experiences bringing people together before and during the pandemic, and how she navigates being “unapologetically feminist and black and queer” in the church. And she’s not stopping there: she’s also an aspiring rapper, barber, and social media influencer.

Reverend Theresa Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel, is known for bringing compassion and humor to her work at the University. A self-proclaimed storyteller, she shared her experiences bringing people together before and during the pandemic, and how she navigates being “unapologetically feminist and black and queer” in the church. And she’s not stopping there: she’s also an aspiring rapper, barber, and social media influencer. 

FEATURES | October 4

Johnson, an undergraduate transfer student, with his wife and young daughter.
Thomas Johnson ’22 for The Daily Princetonian

Princeton faculty, students with unvaccinated children prepare for an uncertain fall

“On the one hand, I’m really happy because I miss teaching in-person,” Alberto Bruzos Moro told The Daily Princetonian. “On the other hand, I’m worried because, you know, having a kid at home who is immunocompromised, it is a little concerning. At least until he can get the vaccine.”

On Princeton’s campus, Alberto Bruzos Moro is the director of the Spanish language program, slated to teach two seminars this fall. Off campus, he’s a father to an immunocompromised nine-year-old son.

NEWS | August 20

Witherspoon Street is the center of the Witherspoon-Jackson district, a historically Black neighborhood in Princeton.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

‘A living legend’: The fight for Shirley Satterfield Middle School

“Princeton Middle School” will be the final name for the school previously known as John Witherspoon Middle School — despite strong community support for longtime historian and educator Shirley Satterfield to become the school’s namesake.

“Princeton Middle School” will be the final name for the school previously known as John Witherspoon Middle School — despite strong community support for longtime historian and educator Shirley Satterfield to become the school’s namesake.

NEWS | August 20