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USG approves budget, two new task forces in first spring semester meeting

The 2021 budget was approved and the Technology Task Force and Dining and Nutrition Task Force were proposed during the meeting, in addition to four existing task forces. 

The 2021 budget was approved and the Technology Task Force and Dining and Nutrition Task Force were proposed during the meeting, in addition to four existing task forces. 

NEWS | February 8

A food truck outside of Dodd Hall. 
Zachary Shevin / The Daily Princetonian

Following 10-month furlough, Restaurant Associates contract workers receive employment offer through spring

In early January, following a ten-month furlough, Restaurant Associates contract workers were invited to work on campus temporarily to help distribute meals in food trucks and bring food to students’ rooms during arrival quarantine. They have now been offered employment throughout the spring semester. 

In early January, following a ten-month furlough, Restaurant Associates contract workers were invited to work on campus temporarily to help distribute meals in food trucks and bring food to students’ rooms during arrival quarantine. They have now been offered employment throughout the spring semester. 

NEWS | February 7

Jeff Bezos in 2018.
Courtesy of Grant Miller / The George W. Bush Presidential Center

Jeff Bezos ’86 steps down as Amazon CEO

Now that his leadership role in one of the world’s most highly valued companies has drawn to a close, Bezos has affirmed his desire to continue investing in the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, and the Day One Fund, the latter of which strives to reduce the burdens of homelessness and establish preschools in low-income communities. 

Now that his leadership role in one of the world’s most highly valued companies has drawn to a close, Bezos has affirmed his desire to continue investing in the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, and the Day One Fund, the latter of which strives to reduce the burdens of homelessness and establish preschools in low-income communities. 

NEWS | February 7

Photo Courtesy of Chitra Parikh

Chitra Parikh ’21 reflects on year of service as USG president

The Daily Princetonian asked Chitra Parikh ’21 and those who worked with her to look back on her time as USG President and how the goals laid out in her campaign platform were adjusted to fit the needs wrought by the pandemic.

The Daily Princetonian asked Chitra Parikh ’21 and those who worked with her to look back on her time as USG President and how the goals laid out in her campaign platform were adjusted to fit the needs wrought by the pandemic.

NEWS | February 7

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Annual State of the University letter addresses free speech, institutional racism

In addition to outlining Princeton's expectation for full in-person instruction in the fall, President Eisgruber focused and reflected on Princeton’s institutional values in the wake of racial reckoning and political turmoil.

In addition to outlining Princeton's expectation for full in-person instruction in the fall, President Eisgruber focused and reflected on Princeton’s institutional values in the wake of racial reckoning and political turmoil.

NEWS | February 5

Fire trucks on Nassau Street.  
Candace Do / Daily Princetonian

Patrons and shop workers evacuate after gas leak in Palmer Square

The leak was at 1 Palmer Square, which houses PNC Bank, Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar, and J.Crew. The immediate area was initially cleared once the leak was discovered, and no one was injured.

The leak was at 1 Palmer Square, which houses PNC Bank, Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar, and J.Crew. The immediate area was initially cleared once the leak was discovered, and no one was injured.

NEWS | February 5

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East Pyne Hall, home to Princeton’s classics department, at dusk.
Jonathan Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Alumni allege history of inappropriate conduct with female students by Princeton professor Joshua Katz

A ‘Prince’ investigation has uncovered allegations that Katz, a classics professor who spent more than two decades at the University, crossed professional boundaries with three of his female students.

A ‘Prince’ investigation has uncovered allegations that Katz, a classics professor who spent more than two decades at the University, crossed professional boundaries with three of his female students.

NEWS | February 4

The South West entrance to Morrison Hall, home of the Office of Admissions.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Spring semester final exams to “default” to take-homes — but professors retain scheduled option

Exams will default to take-homes available throughout the final exam period to avoid increased conflicts, though professors will retain the option to hold Registrar-scheduled exams.

Exams will default to take-homes available throughout the final exam period to avoid increased conflicts, though professors will retain the option to hold Registrar-scheduled exams.

NEWS | February 1

Marissa Michaels / The Daily Princetonian

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness talks authenticity and self-acceptance

In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by activist Ashlee Marie Preston, Van Ness gave advice on how to set boundaries, practice self-acceptance, and help others authentically.

In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by activist Ashlee Marie Preston, Van Ness gave advice on how to set boundaries, practice self-acceptance, and help others authentically. 

NEWS | February 1

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Major snowstorm on first day of classes causes campus closure

Campus remains closed for all non-essential staff as snow continues. Dining halls and COVID-19 testing facilities remain open, while classes have moved fully online and libraries, athletic facilities, and study spaces have closed.

Campus remains closed for all non-essential staff as snow continues. Dining halls and COVID-19 testing facilities remain open, while classes have moved fully online and libraries, athletic facilities, and study spaces have closed.

NEWS | February 1

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton Reunions 2021 goes virtual, in-person ’20 Commencement canceled

Despite the events being held virtually, the Office of Alumni Affairs noted in an email to alumni that they are “working with the class [of 2020] to find ways to honor their achievements and foster a strong sense of community with each other and the University.”

Despite the events being held virtually, the Alumni Office noted in an email to alumni that they are “working with the class [of 2020] to find ways to honor their achievements and foster a strong sense of community with each other and the University.”

NEWS | February 1

Dean Cecilia Rouse at the virtual hearing. 
Karolen Eid / The Daily Princetonian 

Former SPIA Dean Rouse undergoes virtual nomination hearing for Biden's CEA chair

In a virtual confirmation hearing, former SPIA Dean Cecilia Rouse, President Biden’s nominee to chair the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), discussed the COVID-19 pandemic economy and fielded questions on wealth inequality in the United States. 

In a virtual confirmation hearing, former SPIA Dean Cecilia Rouse, President Biden’s nominee to chair the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), discussed the COVID-19 pandemic economy and fielded questions on wealth inequality in the United States. 

NEWS | January 31

Morrison Hall, where The Office of Admission is located. 
Courtesy of the Office of Communications

Princeton postpones admissions decision date

According to a statement from the University, the Ivy League will announce results this year at 7 p.m. EST on April 6. Admitted students have until May 3, two more days than the usual deadline, to accept or decline their offers. 

According to a statement from the University, the Ivy League will announce results this year at 7 p.m. EST on April 6. Admitted students have until May 3, two more days than the usual deadline, to accept or decline their offers. 

NEWS | January 31

Michael Vadon / Wikimedia Commons

Students demand Princeton preemptively bar Sen. Ted Cruz ’92 from on-campus recognition

The petition, titled “Demand that Princeton University Condemn & Bar Honorary Titles to Senator Ted Cruz ('92)”, states, “We, the writer and undersigned, believe that Senator Cruz’s support of lies alleging voting fraud not only undermines these basic egalitarian practices and values but is also directly linked to the attack on the Capitol.”

The petition, titled “Demand that Princeton University Condemn & Bar Honorary Titles to Senator Ted Cruz ('92)”, states, “We, the writer and undersigned, believe that Senator Cruz’s support of lies alleging voting fraud not only undermines these basic egalitarian practices and values but is also directly linked to the attack on the Capitol.”

NEWS | January 31

Novogratz Bridge Year participants in Indonesia.
Marissa Michaels / The Daily Princetonian

Bridge Year announces proposed reforms, still finalizing plans for 2021-22 program

Once students arrive, the “action plan” proposes that conversations around identity continue through an “on-site training series.” Additionally, the process for reporting discrimination will be further emphasized in orientation, and staff on the ground will be given more guidance as it relates to “supporting students of targeted identities.” 

Once students arrive, the “action plan” proposes that conversations around identity continue through an “on-site training series.” Additionally, the process for reporting discrimination will be further emphasized in orientation, and staff on the ground will be given more guidance as it relates to “supporting students of targeted identities.” 

NEWS | January 31

The Princeton Public Library
John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons

Princeton Public Library closed due to COVID-19 case

All in-person services and contactless hold pickups will be suspended for the first time since the library’s reopening in August. In addition, all three drop-off sites around town for returned materials have closed and due dates have been extended two weeks.

All in-person services and contactless hold pickups will be suspended for the first time since the library’s reopening in August. In addition, all three drop-off sites around town for returned materials have closed and due dates have been extended two weeks.

NEWS | January 28