Surviving nearly 250 years of fires, wars and rowdy Princeton students, Nassau Hall still stands as a symbol of the history and traditions of the University.Not only does it house administrative offices, its sturdy walls contain numerous stories and legends ? some truths, some myths ? that will never die. In the beginningNassau Hall, which took two years to build, was the largest stone structure in the colonies when it was completed in 1756.Princeton's trustees wanted to name the University's first building in honor of Jonathan Belcher, the governor of New Jersey who obtained community support for the college.
Though renowned as a place where traditions die hard, several of Princeton's most famous ? or infamous ? rituals have met their ends as of late.The Nude Olympics were banned.
On the off chance that you aren't assigned enough work to keep you busy here, several organizations would love to take some time off your hands.
Surviving nearly 250 years of fires, wars and rowdy Princeton students, Nassau Hall is still standing as a symbol of the history and traditions of the University.Not only does it house administrative offices, its sturdy walls contain numerous stories and legends ? some truths, some myths ? that will never die.President Shapiro said he is "inspired" by the history of the building each morning as he arrives for work.
Princeton has produced its share of luminaries in fields outside politics. Take, for example, the world of literature.Pulitzer Prize winner for general non-fiction in 1999 John McPhee '53 writes essays for The New Yorker and teaches a creative non-fiction course for undergraduates.Edmund Wilson '16 authored many celebrated works of criticism.
Members of the current generation of Princeton undergraduates ? often deemed apathetic when compared to their predecessors in the tumultuous 1960s and '70s or with peers from other colleges ? have raised their voices in the last few years in a sometimes halting, sometimes hesitant but nonetheless audible chorus of activism and outrage.In 1999, the anti-sweatshop movement ? which seeks to guarantee that college apparel is not being produced by laborers working in sub-standard conditions ? caught fire on campus and seemed to herald a renewed spirit of Princetonian activism.Still, though the word "sweatshop" seemed to be everywhere last year ? on posters along McCosh Walk, on the pages of campus publications and even on the lips of Princeton's notoriously apathetic undergraduates ? the anti-sweatshop movement has faded on campus this year."There are a lot of ambivalent feelings about the campaign at this point," said Brian White '00, a member of Students for Progressive Education and Action, the group that led Princeton's anti-sweatshop movement.White was among the leaders of a February, 1999 rally in Firestone Plaza at which protesters demanded the University agree to labor standards for the manufacture of Princeton shirts, hats and other apparel.In White's eyes, the anti-sweatshop movement at Princeton lost momentum for a host of reasons, the most prominent of which was that the debate became more nuanced and difficult for students to follow."The issues were simpler back then," White said of last year.
At some point in their first year of college, all students wish they were somewhere else. Anywhere else.And at that point, some fraction of students decides that even the prestige of the University's seal on that diploma isn't worth the long, rocky road it takes to obtain it.After all, Princeton students have class years tacked on the end of their names until the end of time, whether they complete a triumphant march out FitzRandolph Gate or not.Never fear.
It was 11 p.m. and the polls had just closed on the West Coast. Thousands gathered at the steps of the statehouse in Little Rock to await the appearance of the man just elected the 42nd President of the United States.The 'Prince' was there.It was late in the evening when the helicopters circling overhead indicated that something was amiss in Princeton.
From feminist plays to poetry readings to dance performances to roaring musicals, Princeton has it all for the attentive "culture vulture."Performing arts at Princeton include a wealth of activities, but one of the areas with the widest participation is theater.Two student-run theater groups, Triangle Club and Theatre-Intime ? pronounced "onteem" ? have long traditions of putting on entertaining and engaging dramatic productions.During Orientation Week, Triangle Club presents a collage of some of its best numbers from recent years in a show that has become a Princeton tradition.