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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 | 2 days ago

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 | 6 days ago

Top row, from left to right: Hadriana Lowenkron of The Daily Pennsylvanian, Emma Treadway of The Daily Princetonian, and Sarah Braka of The Columbia Daily Spectator. Bottom row, from left to right: Kayla Guo of The Brown Daily Herald, Amanda Y. Su of The Harvard Crimson, Maryam Zafar of The Cornell Daily Sun, and Rachel Pakianathan of The Dartmouth. The ‘Prince’ was unable to obtain a photo of Mackenzie Hawkins of The Yale Daily News.
Photos of Emma Treadway, Kayla Guo, Amanda Y. Su, Maryam Zakar, and Rachel Pakianathan courtesy of the subject. Photo of Sarah Braka courtesy of Beatrice Shlansky. Photo of Hadriana Lowenkron courtesy of Sophia Rothstein.

Eight papers, eight women: Ivy League journalists reflect on leadership, priorities

During the beginning of this year, women were leading all eight Ivy League papers. The Daily Princetonian sat down with seven of them to talk about their experiences as women in journalism and what they hope to accomplish during their time at the helm.

During the beginning of this year, women were leading all eight Ivy League papers. The Daily Princetonian sat down with seven of them to talk about their experiences as women in journalism and what they hope to accomplish during their time at the helm.

FEATURES | March 31

Mahya Fazel ’25 working as a student research assistant in the Gingras Laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Courtesy of Mahya Faisel ’25

Harvesting hemp, analyzing blood, and ‘being an adult’: Tigers take on the pandemic gap year

The Daily Princetonian spoke with five admits and current students about their decisions to take gap years, where that’s taken them, and what they’ve learned. 

The Daily Princetonian spoke with five admits and current students about their decisions to take gap years, where that’s taken them, and what they’ve learned. 

FEATURES | March 25

Hazel Flaherty / The Daily Princetonian 

Synchronized heartbeats: A cappella groups fight to stay connected on the virtual stage

Since March 2020, a cappella, like so many other pillars of campus life and tradition, has migrated to the virtual realm. Group members discussed their plans for the spring semester, singing virtually in the fall, and what they've learned the past year.  

Since March 2020, a cappella, like so many other pillars of campus life and tradition, has migrated to the virtual realm. Group members discussed their plans for the spring semester, singing virtually in the fall, and what they've learned the past year.  

FEATURES | March 23

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

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A banner from Divest Princeton’s Feb. 13, 2020 protest draped on a tiger sculpture outside of Nassau Hall.
Courtesy of Anna Hiltner ’23

As Divest Princeton awaits University response, a look at past divestment movements

Divest Princeton, a group calling for University divestment from fossil fuels, submitted a proposal to the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) Resources Committee last year. Soon, the Committee will either reject the proposal or recommend it to the Board of Trustees for final consideration. As Divest Princeton awaits the decision, the ‘Prince’ examined the history of divestment movements on campus — both successful and not.

Divest Princeton, a group calling for University divestment from fossil fuels, submitted a proposal to the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) Resources Committee last year. Soon, the Committee will either reject the proposal or recommend it to the Board of Trustees for final consideration. As Divest Princeton awaits the decision, the ‘Prince’ examined the history of divestment movements on campus — both successful and not.

FEATURES | March 7

Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

“Never even stepped foot in the club” to full-fledged member: the 2021 Bicker experience

The Daily Princetonian sat down with Bicker chairs, members of clubs, and sophomore bickerees to discuss the drawbacks and surprising benefits to a Bicker experience like no other.

The Daily Princetonian sat down with Bicker chairs, members of clubs, and sophomore bickerees to discuss the drawbacks and surprising benefits to a Bicker experience like no other.

FEATURES | March 2

A sign outside of McCarter Theatre, usually used to promote upcoming shows, offers an optimistic view.
Julian Gottfried / The Daily Princetonian

With PPP loans and students on campus, local businesses are cautiously optimistic

The Daily Princetonian checked in with six local businesses to discuss rebound after the hardships of the spring, a continued need for economic lifelines, and a call to action for the Princeton community.

The Daily Princetonian checked in with six local businesses to discuss rebound after the hardships of the spring, a continued need for economic lifelines, and a call to action for the Princeton community.

FEATURES | February 21

Courtesy of Matthew Marquardt ’21

Across the country in 20 days: Princeton student bikes cross-country for St Jude’s

While most Princeton students spent this winter break recovering from the taxing fall semester, Matthew Marquardt ’21, a varsity swimmer, planned and executed a bike ride to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Little did he know, he would exceed even his wildest expectations, biking 2,479 miles in just 20 days.

While most Princeton students spent this winter break recovering from the taxing fall semester, Matthew Marquadt ’21, a varsity swimmer, planned and executed a bike ride to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Little did he know, he would exceed even his wildest expectations, biking 2,479 miles in just 20 days.

FEATURES | February 16

Jay Katsir ’04.
Courtesy of Jay Katsir

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 | February 9

Denise Applewhite / Office of Communications

A time capsule from the end of the world: Students return to campus 10 months later

Ten months after the end of the world, the Orange Bubble is almost entirely unrecognizable. Under COVID-19 restrictions, 2,887 undergraduate students have been rediscovering what it means to live on campus without the typical elements of the quintessential college experience.

Ten months after the end of the world, the Orange Bubble is almost entirely unrecognizable. Under COVID-19 restrictions, 2,887 undergraduate students have been rediscovering what it means to live on campus without the typical elements of the quintessential college experience. 

FEATURES | February 9

James Chu ’00 at the 2019 Brooklyn Mile.
Courtesy of Ben Ko

Once a Tiger: James Chu '00

In the first ‘Once a Tiger’ profile of 2021, Features Staff Writer Ben Angarone interviews James Chu ’00, a former Princeton cross-country runner who, to this day, lives and breathes running. 

In the first ‘Once a Tiger’ profile of 2021, Features Staff Writer Ben Angarone interviews James Chu ’00, a former Princeton cross-country runner who, to this day, lives and breathes running. 

FEATURES | January 28

Courtesy of University Press Club live-blog, 2015

In 2020, Princeton promised anti-racist action. Five years prior, the Black Justice League had offered a blueprint.

In this interactive feature, The Daily Princetonian recounts how the Black Justice League’s 2015 Nassau Hall sit-in forced a reckoning with racism on campus. We trace the group’s activism to the present day, from the removal of Woodrow Wilson’s name to ongoing calls for an anti-racist curriculum.

In this interactive feature, The Daily Princetonian recounts how the Black Justice League’s 2015 Nassau Hall sit-in forced a reckoning with racism on campus. We trace the group’s activism to the present day, from the removal of Woodrow Wilson’s name to ongoing calls for an anti-racist curriculum.

PROJECTS | December 29

Prospect House (pictured here), Palmer House, the EQuad Café, Genomics Café, and Café 701 all typically employ workers contracted through Restaurant Associates.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton says it avoided COVID-19 furloughs and layoffs. For some contract workers, that isn’t the case.

According to those affected, around 50 Restaurant Associates contract workers have been furloughed since March, and at least five laid off. Feeling forgotten by the University, which has maintained pay and benefits for its direct employees, four furloughed workers shared their experiences with The Daily Princetonian.

According to those affected, around 50 Restaurant Associates contract workers have been furloughed since March, and at least five laid off. Feeling forgotten by the University, which has maintained pay and benefits for its direct employees, four furloughed workers shared their experiences with The Daily Princetonian.

FEATURES | December 23

A courthouse in Newark, New Jersey.
Ron Coleman / Flickr

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 | December 20

The logos of three student podcasts: Outside the Orange Bubble, P’s in a Pod, and Tiger Cafe.
Courtesy of Outside the Orange Bubble, P’s in a Pod, and Tiger Cafe.

A coffee shop in the cloud: Student podcasters recreate campus environment virtually

The Daily Princetonian sat down with the creators of three student podcasts: Tiger Cafe, Outside the Orange Bubble, and P’s in a Pod. From interviewing President Eisgruber to forming friendships with peers they have never met in person, these students shared stories of community, connection, and creativity.

The Daily Princetonian sat down with the creators of three student podcasts: Tiger Cafe, Outside the Orange Bubble, and P’s in a Pod. From interviewing President Eisgruber to forming friendships with peers they have never met in person, these students shared stories of community, connection, and creativity.

FEATURES | December 20

Courtesy of Sameer A. Khan / Fotobuddy

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 | December 20

Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

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 | December 20

The four officers of Natives at Princeton.
Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

Last month, Native students at Princeton embraced activism. Now, they’re looking ahead.

Natives at Princeton, a group of students striving for cultural understanding and community building for Native undergraduates, designated November as Native American Activism Month. They describe their activism, the Native student experience at Princeton and its challenges, and their hopes for the future.

FEATURES | December 7