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Taishi Nakase ’21 and Lucy Wang ’21, who have been named valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2021.
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Nakase ’21, Wang ’21 named valedictorian, salutatorian

Both have won the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and plan to attend medical school. Nakase concentrated in operations research and financial engineering. Wang concentrated in chemistry and is pursuing a certificate in classics with a focus on Ancient Roman language and culture. 

Both have won the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and plan to attend medical school. Nakase concentrated in operations research and financial engineering. Wang concentrated in chemistry and is pursuing a certificate in classics with a focus on Ancient Roman language and culture. 

NEWS | April 26

Princeton Preview tents from 2018.
Risa Gelles-Watnick / The Daily Princetonian

Virtual Princeton Preview aims to recreate campus community ‘without the big tent’

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Preview, which normally gives high school admittees two days in April to experience campus life, has been converted into a month-long virtual platform for students to get to know the University.  

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Preview, which normally gives high school admittees two days in April to experience campus life, has been converted into a month-long virtual platform for students to get to know the University.  

NEWS | April 22

Julian Gottfried / The Daily Princetonian

Despite a pandemic, Princeton Birding Society spreads its wings

This Earth Day, the ‘Prince’ sat down with members of the Princeton Birding Society, a group of students dedicated to ornithological education, conservation efforts, and the practice of birding. “Birding is a really unique intersection of what some might see as a hobby that's actually fueling really important discoveries about bird ecology and evolution,” said Cassie Stoddard, faculty advisor to PBS.

This Earth Day, the ‘Prince’ sat down with members of the Princeton Birding Society, a group of students dedicated to ornithological education, conservation efforts, and the practice of birding. “Birding is a really unique intersection of what some might see as a hobby that's actually fueling really important discoveries about bird ecology and evolution,” said Cassie Stoddard, faculty advisor to PBS.

FEATURES | April 21

Jessica Lambert and Claire Wayner
Julian Gottfried / The Daily Princetonian

Lambert ’22, Wayner ’22 receive $30K Truman Scholarship

In addition to the monetary award, Truman Scholars receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at certain prestigious graduate programs, career counseling, internship opportunities within the federal government, and cohort leadership training. 

In addition to the monetary award, Truman Scholars receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at certain prestigious graduate programs, career counseling, internship opportunities within the federal government, and cohort leadership training. 

NEWS | April 19

The entrance to McCosh Health Center.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Following all-time high in CPS appointments, Dolan urges faculty toward ‘compassionate practices’

In an email to The Daily Princetonian, University Spokesperson Jess Fasano clarified that CPS had 1,490 clinical appointments this March alone, which, according to Dolan’s memo, was the highest number in the history of CPS. 

In an email to The Daily Princetonian, University Spokesperson Jess Fasano clarified that CPS had 1,490 clinical appointments this March alone, which, according to Dolan’s memo, was the highest number in the history of CPS. 

NEWS | April 15

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 | April 15

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Construction of two residential colleges south of Poe Field, taken in Jan. 2020.
Zachary Shevin / The Daily Princetonian

Lydia and Bill Addy ’82 gift will name residence hall in Perelman College

“It's at an interesting part of campus that slopes down, so the dining hall is actually underground. It's very green. It’s modern. At the bottom of Addy Hall, there's a studio that can be used for [activities like] ceramics or dance and it looks out onto a courtyard there,” Bill Addy described. “We'll have new air conditioned dorm rooms, study areas, and areas for students to congregate outside of their rooms, so it's going to be a remarkably nice place to live in.” 

“It's at an interesting part of campus that slopes down, so the dining hall is actually underground. It's very green. It’s modern. At the bottom of Addy Hall, there's a studio that can be used for [activities like] ceramics or dance and it looks out onto a courtyard there,” Bill Addy described. “We'll have new air conditioned dorm rooms, study areas, and areas for students to congregate outside of their rooms, so it's going to be a remarkably nice place to live in.”  

NEWS | April 15

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 | April 11

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Administrators detail plans for anticipated return to normalcy in the fall

Contingent upon public health and safety guidelines, University administrators expect campus to return to a sense of normalcy next fall. In a town hall hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government on April 6, 16 University administrators answered questions about all aspects of campus life regarding this spring, summer, and fall. Administrators expressed hope that residential life, dining, eating clubs, breaks, grading, financial aid, and athletics will return to pre-pandemic norms in the fall.

Contingent upon public health and safety guidelines, University administrators expect campus to return to a sense of normalcy next fall.

NEWS | April 7

A sticker handed out after a COVID-19 vaccination at CVS
Celia Buchband / The Daily Princetonian

NJ vaccine eligibility will expand to individuals 16+ on April 19

The University has been prepared to be a vaccine distribution site and host on-campus clinics for community members since early January. However, it is still unclear if or when the institution will receive a vaccine supply to distribute to members of the University community. 

The University has been prepared to be a vaccine distribution site and host on-campus clinics for community members since early January. However, it is still unclear if or when the institution will receive a vaccine supply to distribute to members of the University community. 

NEWS | April 5

Hope Perry / The Daily Princetonian 

Change Princeton Now demands more from SPIA

On March 26, students from Change Princeton Now gathered in front of Robertson Hall to voice their demands to the School of Public and International Affairs and President Eisgruber. In this episode of Daybreak, reporters Hope Perry and Francesca Block attended the event to learn more from the organizers and other participants.

On March 2, graduate students from Change Princeton Now gathered in front of Robertson Hall to voice their demands to the School of Public and International Affairs and President Eisgruber ’83. In this episode of Daybreak, reporters Hope Perry and Francesca Block attended the event to learn more from the organizers and other participants.

NEWS | April 4

An installation by Divest Princeton and other student groups arose next to Whig Hall on March 21 as CPUC discussed divestment from fossil fuels in a general assembly. 
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

‘Eyes on Eisgruber’: Art exhibition draws attention to activists’ demands

“The whole point of the project is to let activists know — be it current past, present, or future — that we see you, and that there is a community of change on campus,“ said Keely Toledo ’22, one of the leaders of PIAC.

“The whole point of the project is to let activists know — be it current past, present, or future — that we see you, and that there is a community of change on campus,“ said Keely Toledo ’22, one of the leaders of PIAC.

NEWS | March 31

Witherspoon Street is the center of the Witherspoon-Jackson district, a historically Black neighborhood in Princeton.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

No Lawnparties this semester; USG to focus on small-group programming

Last semester, USG received backlash from students for spending $80,000 on a virtual Jason Derulo performance. This semester, after surveying students about social programming, USG determined that the student body would not be interested in a similar event. 

In the USG-sponsored survey, “small group activities” were ranked as the highest priority engagement type, on average, indicating the desire of the student body to participate in socially distant events on or around campus.

NEWS | 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

Akaneh Wang and Tri Giao Vu Dinh / The Daily Princetonian

How live music, art, and dance are combating vaccine hesitancy

Public health officials have employed some creative endeavors — from musically-charged cathedrals to music videos featuring local dancers — to encourage COVID-19 vaccination.

Public health officials have employed some creative endeavors — from musically-charged cathedrals to music videos featuring local dancers — to encourage COVID-19 vaccination. 

THE PROSPECT | March 24

A COVID-19 saliva test taken on campus
Zachary Shevin / The Daily Princetonian

COVID-19 cluster identified, athletes temporarily submit extra tests

In a message explaining the situation to affected students on March 19, the Global and Community Health and COVID-19 Testing Teams at University Health Services (UHS) described “a cluster of COVID-19 cases” and explained that the University would be requiring students “connected to that cluster” to submit more tests.

In a message explaining the situation to affected students on March 19, the Global and Community Health and COVID-19 Testing Teams at University Health Services (UHS) described “a cluster of COVID-19 cases” and explained that the University would be requiring students “connected to that cluster” to submit more tests.

NEWS | March 24

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

Andrew Somerville / The Daily Princetonian

Committee considering fossil fuel divestment to release recommendations this May

The University committee responsible for reviewing divestment proposals will submit its recommendation on fossil fuel divestment to the Board of Trustees this coming May, geosciences professor and Resources Committee chair Blair Schoene told attendees of this month’s CPUC meeting.

The University committee responsible for reviewing divestment proposals will submit its recommendation on fossil fuel divestment to the Board of Trustees this coming May, geosciences professor and Resources Committee chair Blair Schoene told attendees of this month’s CPUC meeting.

NEWS | March 22

Sydney Eck / The Daily Princetonian

We tried ice cream from 3 different shops so you don't have to

I sampled ice cream from three establishments in town: Halo Pub, Bent Spoon, and Thomas Sweet. At each location, I got a small vanilla scoop in a cup, just to be sure I was making a fair comparison. But, of course, every shop has its own specialties, so I also asked the staff about their favorite flavors. Along with my reviews you can find other recommendations for inside scoops and specialties! 

I sampled ice cream from three establishments in town: Halo Pub, Bent Spoon, and Thomas Sweet. At each location, I got a small vanilla scoop in a cup, just to be sure I was making a fair comparison. But, of course, every shop has its own specialties, so I also asked the staff about their favorite flavors. Along with my reviews you can find other recommendations for inside scoops and specialties! 

THE PROSPECT | March 22