Things that used to be better when I was your age… Being sick.

This guy? Hes not here. He wont help you.

This guy? He's not here. He won't help you.

When you’re young, being sick is awesome. About 90% of the time you’re only kind of sick. Only mostly sick. You’re sick enough that all you can do for the entire day is sit around, watch TV and drink soup.  On occasion, there’s that rare 10% where you’re actually in some sort of real pain, which sucks. But most of the time? Awesome.

Back in elementary school, you run a little fever, have a bad sore throat, or spend the night vomiting, you’ve got yourself an automatic Get-Out-of-School-Free card. Congratulations. Everyone feels bad for you, your mom waits on you rather than nagging you to clean your room, and you don’t have to do ANYTHING. Ah yes, those were the days.

Now? Not so much.

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IN PRINT: Artist Who Set Off Muslim Fury Visits Princeton

800px-Clio_Hall.JPGA Danish caricaturist is making his first tour of the United States since the 2005 publication of his cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked fury across the Muslim world, according to a Danish press freedom group that is promoting the trip.

Read more at the New York Times.

photo: Geir Thorarinsson

OPEN HOUSE THIS TUESDAY AT 8:30 PM AND 10 PM

remingtonUniversity Press Club is the only organization on campus (and in the country!) to offer you the chance to write real articles, to work for real newspapers, to get paid for your writing, and to make connections with the “who’s who” of the journalism world.

To learn more about the Press Club and the Candidates Period, come to our Open House on Tuesday, September 29 in McCosh 64 at EITHER 8:30 PM OR 10:00 PM. You need only attend ONE of the information sessions.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying for the Press Club but cannot attend either information session, please e-mail us at pressclb@princeton.edu.

Candidates Period is open to freshmen and sophomores. No prior journalism experience is required! We will teach you everything you need to know over the course of the Candidates Period.

Join our Facebook Event as well! Hope to see you soon!

Legends of the Hidden Library – 2 A.M. in Firestone?

Who says I close at 11:45?

Who says I close at 11:45?

I bet you thought we were going to make it all the way to October without a library-related blog post, didn’t you! Psshaw!

You’re down in the atrium of Firestone, the sonorous melodies of “Who’s Next” blasting in your headphones as you crank your way through some sweet POL 210 reading. All of a sudden BRRRRINGGGGG! the alarm sounds. Work unfinished, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” only halfway done, you sigh and collect your things, ready to trudge off into the cold, unforgiving New Jersey night.

If only there was some way, you inwardly lament, that I could stay in Firestone after 11:45!

What if I told you there’s a place in Firestone you can stay until 2 a.m.? Is that something you might be interested in?

More after the jump!

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IN PRINT: Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdoğan speech stresses peace, “new global order”

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke of a friendlier foreign policy and a more trusting “new global order” in a wide-ranging speech at Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium on Sept. 23, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The Prime Minister also touched on regional topics including Turkey’s tense relationship with Armenia, saying that a possible agreement between the two countries could be ratified by Parliament by October 10th or 11th. He said that a relationship between the two countries “can be conducted with mutual respect.”

Erdoğan also clearly expressed a sense of frustration at the continued obstacles to Turkey’s EU accession.

“We have, in that process, something quite peculiar,” he said. “1959 was when we started our discussions with Europe. We are in 2009. Fifty years have passed and there is no other country that has had to wait for that long.”

For the whole story, see the Woodrow Wilson School News.

Harvard Student Says Something a Princetonian Would Never Say: College Is Too Easy!

Staples+Easy+ButtonImagine a Princeton student saying that the academics here are just too darn easy and that the school should get harder. Why yes, please deflate our grades even more! And can we tackle another JP or two while we’re at it? This, I promise you, is something no Princetonian would ever utter.

Which is why I was so fascinated to read a recent article written by a Harvard senior about his school’s academics, and why he believes Harvard should be harder(!).

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Rebecca Fiebrink GS Is T-Pain

Talk to him, he talks back

Talk to him, he talks back

If you’ve been listening to any popular music, like, at all in the past two years, chances are you’ve become acquainted with the musical miracle known as Autotune.

And if you have an iPhone – and, we should note, we totally don’t expect you to, because that would be “assuming that everyone on campus comes from a privileged background and thus fit totally seamlessly into a dominant culture that further privileges privilege” – but if you have an iPhone, chances are you’ve heard about the I Am T-Pain App.

You know T-Pain.  You love T-Pain (even if you won’t admit it).  And now (for the low, low price of $2.99), you ARE T-Pain.  You, and the thousands of other Americans who have downloaded the bestselling application since its debut in early September.

What you might not know is that Rebecca Fiebrink, a Princeton graduate student in the Computer Science department, is one of the programmers responsible for turning your phone into a mobile recording studio.

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How I’ll Remember William Safire

safire.2William Safire died today. He was 79.

Most grown-ups, defined here as the people who lived through Vietnam and the Nixon administration, will probably remember Safire as Nixon’s speechwriter, and later one of the few conservative voices to regularly write for the New York Times editorial page.

But I was too young for any of that. I met Safire in the pages of the New York Times Sunday magazine, in his column, “On Language.”

My parents loved “On Language,” so naturally I hated the column when I was first introduced. I thought he was curmudgeonly, and overly concerned with the obscure minutia of language.

In short, I was a moron.

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Back in the day

Celebrating the end of a successul coed week

Celebrating the end of a successful "Coed Week"

While the beginning of the academic year may leave you feeling in need of some intellectual spice, the men of 1960s Princeton had an effective tool for dealing with those intellectually-droning days: women. That’s right.  During a trial “Coed Week” in 1968, a student committee reviewed 2,500 applications for 800 slots (putting their bicker skills to work), which allowed women to get a week-long experience of undergraduate life at Princeton.

In a New York Times article that week—appropriately titled “What Turns Princeton On Intellectually? Coeds”—the reviews of the women were overwhelmingly positive:

  • “It’s good intellectually and every other way to have girls around,” said a junior.

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IN PRINT: Italian American Festival Takes Over Mercer County Park

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I woke up with this voicemail early Wednesday morning:

“Spencer Gaffney. This is the godfather. John Scarpati. I hear you want to talk to me. Okay, give me a call.”

Turns out Scarpati is indeed the godfather and founder of one of the largest cultural events in Mercer County. Organizers say that they expect over 100,000 people to visit Mercer County Park this weekend.

The tenth annual Italian American festival will run today from noon to 11 p.m. and tomorrow from noon to 9 p.m.

What’s there, you ask? How about great food, strange cultural exhibitions, and two stages of entertainment. And tons of Italian Americans.

For a complete writeup, click here.

IN PRINT: Princeton University opens the year with free flu vaccines

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Princeton University opened the school year with Flu Fest, an annual opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to receive free vaccinations for the seasonal flu.

The clinic, usually set later in the year, was moved up to Wednesday and Thursday this week, in keeping with CDC guidelines to vaccinate the population for the seasonal flu as soon as possible, said university spokeswoman Emily Aronson.

Between Sept. 5 and 11, a total of 6,432 new flu-like illnesses were reported on college campuses, according to the American College Health Association, which has been collecting data about the spread of the H1N1 flu from 253 universities, including Princeton.

For the whole story, visit Centraljersey.com.

A Letter To My Freshman Self

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Hey.

Looking good in that American Eagle polo and drawstring cargo shorts. Might want to pick up a deep-V at some point, but the current ensemble probably won’t prevent you from rolling into Quadrangle, six dudes deep. Quadrangle (colloquially “Quad”) is one of ten eating clubs,  which are places you’ll go to up to four times a week to drain brews and nervously learn to socialize at an advanced undergraduate level. Tactics should not include: “Yeah, I’m totally a senior,” “Aren’t we Facebook friends?,” and “What activities are you doing to get into Woody Woo? I’m in Sustained Dialogue.” On that note, don’t be anxious about talking to girls– all the pretty ones have already slipped out of your reach and into the enviably post-pubescent arms of upperclassmen anyway. Maybe for now you should do me a solid and knock off an ST.

It’s cool that you love your entryway and your RCA is a total sweetie.  Enjoy those late-night philosophy discussions with your roommates and be sure to savor all those nuggets of bona fide intellectualism, including “Existentialism IS a humanism,” “Dude, that’s totally post-racial,”  and “You should totally rush St. A’s.” Soon the pseudo-intellectualism will begin to wane and you’ll find yourself power-walking directly to the liquor store once LIN360 lets out. Make sure not to schedule too many classes that end at 4:30–you’re going to need time to pick up a pack of 100s and a soy latte  (with room for Schnapps) before Nassau Weekly meetings.

Also, that mine-field of bacne you developed on OA should be clearing up any year now (consult Neutrogena), so cool beans. But, unfortunately, that hope you’re holding out of bulking up in the gym is change you can’t believe in. Your time is better spent funneling beers and volume booting all over your suite-mate’s wall.

Oh, and word to the wise, chief: photocopying Tower passes in Marquand is a no-go. They’re embossed.

Love,

Ted