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In conversation with Trenton seniors: The importance of music and the arts

As we search for ways to keep ourselves entertained while sequestered within our homes, we have become increasingly dependent on art. However, not everyone can easily engage with the arts, as participation demands a high premium, particularly for the performing arts, such as classical music and ballet. For Trenton Youth Orchestra students, Princeton’s closure means a loss of both music and a vibrant community. Their reflections remind us of the importance of the arts, particularly during trying times.

THE PROSPECT | April 28

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Memes and mobilization

In light of being prematurely sent home due to the coronavirus, never have I seen such complex, crafty, and community-minded memes be published at this quick of a pace. In memes and advocacy, I see conduits for empathy, for community building, and ways to make people feel better, in variant but parallel methods.

THE PROSPECT | April 27

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Queueing Up Some Quarantunes: Prospect Recommendations, Week Three [Spotify Playlists]

Living in a global pandemic leaves you with little to do to keep yourself entertained. To help combat impending boredom, Prospect has launched a series in which our Staff recommend content and creative outlets to keep you occupied while you’re stuck in your home. This week, our writers and editors curated some fabulous playlists for you to jam out to during studying. Here are the songs we recommend that you listen to during quarantine.

THE PROSPECT | April 23

Getting crafty and creative during COVID-19: Prospect recommendations, Week Two [Creative Activities]

Living in a global pandemic leaves you with little to do to keep yourself entertained. To help combat impending boredom, Prospect has launched a series in which our staff recommend content and creative outlets to keep you occupied while you’re stuck in your home. This week, our writers and editors have been getting in touch with their artistic sides and sharing how they get the creative juices flowing even when stuck inside. Here are the creative activities we recommend for you during quarantine. 

THE PROSPECT | April 17

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Tigers and TikTok

The world we live in is undoubtedly changing in various facets day by day, and how we socialize and connect with our communities is no exception. For at least some Princeton students, TikTok is taking on an increasingly prominent part of their social lives as our campus community is spread out across the world. 

THE PROSPECT | April 12

Quarantine and Chill: Prospect Recommendations, Week One [Shows to Stream]

Living in a global pandemic leaves you with little to do to keep yourself entertained. To help combat impending boredom, Prospect has launched a series in which our staff recommend content and creative outlets to keep you occupied while you’re stuck in your home. This week, our writers and editors watched a variety of awesome shows on multiple streaming services. Here’s what we recommend you watch during quarantine.

THE PROSPECT | April 9

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The art of socializing

The quarantine has taught us many, many things. Like working from home isn’t as cool as it seems. Or that Animal Crossing is apparently still a thing. It has also taught us that we are people that need each other. And that while this situation is far from ideal, the fact that we still have access to one another is something to be grateful for.

THE PROSPECT | April 8

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Recipes for your social distancing needs

No matter what you make, stress-baking is a productive, easy, and joyful way to take care of yourself and your family members. Food Network Star Giada de Laurentiis says, “Food brings people together on many different levels. It's nourishment of the soul and body; it's truly love.” I think that right now, we could all use a little extra nourishment, for our bodies and our souls. 

THE PROSPECT | April 5

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Discovering Firestone

I had forgotten the joy of checking out books from the library, but I was reminded of it once again after arriving in Princeton. I was first reminded of it when I checked out three books for my writing seminar and felt weirdly excited about the fact that the oldest due date in any of the books was from approximately four decades ago.

THE PROSPECT | March 26

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Womanhood, Love, and the Gaze in ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Currently showing at the Princeton Garden Theatre, Céline Sciamma’s latest film “Portrait de la jeune fille en feu” (translated as “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) explores the dialectics of artist/subject, love/beloved, and viewer/viewed, presenting them as fluid and reciprocal. In the act of viewing, the film posits, oneself is viewed.

THE PROSPECT | March 10