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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 | 03/25/2021

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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 | 03/23/2021

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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 | 03/07/2021

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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 | 03/07/2021

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“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 | 03/02/2021

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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 | 02/21/2021

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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 | 02/16/2021

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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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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 | 02/09/2021

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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 | 01/28/2021

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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.

FEATURES | 12/29/2020

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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 | 12/23/2020

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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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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 | 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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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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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 | 12/07/2020

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Communal apartments, visa troubles, and becoming nocturnal: International students try to ‘make it work’

This semester, international students continue to take classes with their American peers, now crossing oceans and time zones just to call into a Tuesday lecture. The Daily Princetonian sat down with seven of these students to learn more about their sleep schedules, visa concerns, and hopes for the spring.

FEATURES | 11/23/2020

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Outdoor lectures, themed suits, and the ecology of egg rolls: Professor Pringle gets inventive with online teaching

EEB students face the challenge of engaging in outdoor exploration during this online semester. But Associate Professor Rob Pringle is determined to bring the outdoors to his students. He delivers every EEB 321 lecture outside — rain or shine. 

FEATURES | 11/22/2020