Students Choose Service, We Think (Thanks for the Clarity, USG!)

engaging_200Princeton students have voted to donate both the Fall 2009 Lawnparties main act and USG Senate Pilot Program funds to “Student-initiated service projects” over not donating the money at all or donating the funds to Annual Giving. At least, that’s according to a PDF released by the USG earlier today.

The catch, however, is that the document only shows first place votes – the actual vote will be tabulated by single transferable ballot (basically, everyone ranks their choices 1 through 3, and the people who voted the least popular item first have their second choice counted instead.) Pretty much, it doesn’t look like anything will change from these results, but if it does the USG will have once again found a way to bungle an election.

We go inside the numbers and break down how the vote happened after the jump.

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Thursday: The Strangest of All Nights in the Rocky Dining Hall

french-mime1Ever since we awkwardly (and unwittingly) sat down at the German table in the Rocky dining hall back in October (after a confusing ten minutes we excused ourself with our only German phrase, guten tag), we’ve had a somewhat strange relationship with the residential dining hall language tables. We understand–really nice for native speakers who miss their mother tongue, useful for aspiring linguists, another way for uber-competitive Princeton students to show off–but the little Lou Dobbs in us sometimes wants to shout out “English! We eat our food in English in America!”

But everything changed when we saw this week’s language line-up for Thursday night:

Rocky Language and Discussion Tables:

Thursday:

Romanian 6pm

Spoken Latin – 615 (pdr)

Swedish – 6pm

Mime – 6pm

YES!!!!! Who’s pumped for dinner?! Let’s break down what makes this awesome:

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Happy 5th Birthday, Grade Deflation!

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Did you forget? April 26th was grade deflation policy’s birthday! Yes, it’s five years-old already! Parents Malkiel and Tilghman are so proud. Just look at the results!:

Average GPAs:

  • Brown: 3.61
  • Stanford: 3.55
  • Yale: 3.51
  • Harvard: 3.45
  • Penn: 3.44
  • Dartmouth: 3.42
  • Columbia: 3.42
  • Cornell: 3.36
  • Princeton: 3.28

(source: gradeinflation.com)

21 Questions with… Jonathan Schwartz ’10

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Name: Jonathan Schwartz ’10
Age: 20
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Cranford, N.J.
Eating club/residential college/affiliation:
Independent Wilsonite
Activities on campus:
Nassoons, PUP musicals, making short narcissistic films with friends.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Jimmy Stewart. When I was first thinking about Princeton, I visited LA, and when I saw his handprints (at Grauman’s Chinese Theater), I put mine on top and they fit perfectly. I took it as a sign and that’s partially why I’m here right now (I’m a very indecisive person…)

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Filet Mignon at Elements (opened earlier this year).  Filet Mignon is usually my measuring stick of how good a restaurant is. But Carousel is pretty up there as well.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
Do just enough work to pass my classes, watch ‘The Wire’, and then sing, sing, sing.

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Thanks, Peter Lewis: More Fun With Expensive Chairs

f_123801Lewis Library  — The cavalcade of chairs continues!

To recap: Insurance magnate gives $60 million, Princeton builds library.  Princeton must choose what to put in said library.  Chairs or books, books or chairs?  Decision time!  Chairs.  Totally chairs.  No wait — super sexy expensive futuristic chairs!  $5000 never felt so good to sit on.

But there’s more.  So much more.

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Princeton HS sends precautionary letter, parent freaks out

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After the Princeton Regional Schools District sent out a letter about swine flu, a worried parent “panicked” and sent out an e-mail that sent parents all across this quaint little hamlet of Princeton scurrying to pull their children out of class.

From the Trenton Times:

The parent allegedly became worried about the potential for swine flu at Princeton High School and circulated an e-mail saying “swine flu has reached the high school.” School officials said the rumor was false.

Princeton’s OK! We’re all OK! It’s just a rumor!

Anyway, we like to keep things in perspective. The pandemic alert is only at Level 5 —we’ve still got one more to go before swine flu wipes us out.

Swine flu! No, pertussis! No, swine flu! Pertussis!

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Thanks, all of you who didn’t get the Tdap booster before coming to college.

“When we actually look at our student records, (we) found that not all of our students received the booster,” Cliatt said.

The Times of Trenton reports that nine students at Princeton — not four — have been diagnosed with whooping cough so far.

University spokeswoman Cass Cliatt told the Times that five new cases of whooping cough were confirmed this weekend.

Besides the e-mails telling coughers to avoid circultaing in public Princeton also notified local health officials, the article said. If this were 1918, the entire school might be isolating itself, instead.

In the mean time, Princeton (and the rest of the student body) wants you to sprint to McCosh if you are feeling like you’ve got a case of swine flu. The rest of the country would appreciate it as well. We stopped by the Duane Reade in Penn Station on Monday –the entire shelf of hand sanitizers was almost gone.

Democracy: It works sometimes

While USG elections are almost over, I’d like to take the opportunity to urge students to vote for Referenda 4 and 5.

Everyone’s heard the all the financial arguments against the proposals, so I won’t waste anyone’s time repeating them.

But realize this proposal isn’t a fiscally strategic move, or an administrative plan to end a nascent tradition on Prospect. No, this is a gesture, plain and simple, and an important one at that. If the referenda pass, it shows Princeton students are not the selfish Ivy League snobs many accuse us of being, but are instead conscientious and principled individuals.

Or, just imagine how foolish we’d look if it didn’t pass. Yep. Awkward.

At any rate, though, the choice is ultimately yours. But I’d like to think we could all sacrifice two hours of fun for a meaningful deed.

You can vote at the USG’s website here.

“That midterm last night was hella crazy, I hope I aced it”

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Sometimes, it’s hard for Princetonians to relate to the average college experience. Phrases like “credit hours,” “middle class,” and “Abercrombie & Fitch” are foreign to our ears. Thank God for Eric Vreeland ’10, who has taken upon himself to reinterpret the state school experience for us.

You see, Vreeland has performed an act of community service–a random act of kindness, if you will–by remaking Asher Roth’s terrible/amazing frat-tastic “I Love College.” With shout-outs to Old Nassau and, thank goodness, fewer public school references, Vreeland’s version is entitled “I Love Princeton.”

Or maybe you’ll have a different opinion. Maybe you’ll think that–kind of like the swine flu pandemic–the national scourge that is the suburban white boy rap has finally hit Princeton.

Take a listen. You will (not) regret it:

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Here’s the original song:

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How hard can it be to run an election?

5hangingchad2If election hijinks are your bag (you’re out there, I know you are!) then the past year of USG fun has been a field day. After last semester’s USG VP debacle (Ivy Gate!) we were hoping for a nice, quiet election cycle this time around. As usual, we were disappointed. Queue up the email!

Dear Students,

Some votes were cast before the official opening of the USG elections yesterday. Any votes cast before this time were not recorded.

Was there a soft opening? Were they running a beta version of the election just to work out some bugs? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! We’re going to go vote three times, just to make sure our votes count. Stay tuned for the inevitable revote…