UPC’S THE INK PRESENTS: THE ORIGINAL DEAN’S DATE LIVEBLOG
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5:10 PM – typing, fingers frozen, kettle corn stained.
I believe it was TS Eliot who said, “This is the way [Dean’s Date] ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.”
Thus, our tired and tireless news group has fizzled and popped. Our only solace at the end of this 24-stint is, well, this guy:
That said, with over 3,400 views (edit: not counting the 2,400 directed from our homepage* correction for LZ and the Twitterverse), we at The Ink are proud to say that this Dean’s Date has been amazingly fruitful (in the procrastination department).
DEAN’S DATE, WE WILL MEET AGAIN.
2:24 PM – Bloomberg Study Lounge
No time for citations? Some pro-tips from the pros (i.e. not me):
1) Type in the name of your article/book to Google Scholar, click the cite button, and voila! Good for MLA, Chicago, APA, etc. Also imports to other citations managers.
1:05 PM – Reddit
“Selling books back like a true college student”:
File this under Post-Dean’s Date/Finals tips for buyback shipping.
12:36 PM – McGraw, delirious
If only my Dean’s Date essay was half as good as this…
11:39 AM – printing stalled
Yes, EL, still not enough baby things.
11:27 AM – printing cluster
VC has pointed out there are not enough babies (human or otherwise) on this blog. Too much Rick Ross and G-Unit and not enough cuteness.
Me as I’m re-reading my draft:
Me trying to climb out of Dean’s Date despair:
Me and copies of my draft in 6 (!!!) hours:
11:20 AM – bed, no shame
THROWBACK UPDATE: Earlier we posted a 2006 video of a group of Princeton students who made the “P-Unit” Generic Rap Song that, with 130,000 Youtube views, seems to have done pretty well for itself. Where are they now?
See? Stuff like this doesn’t have to come back to haunt you.
h/t Brett Tomlinson, who interviewed Rob Moore and Nate Domingue for the PAW about this song way back when John Kerry was still a thing.
11:02 AM – 4th Floor Lauritzen
Just in case you need some extra motivation to get you through the day, check out this (admittedly low-quality) clip of Princeton’s Dylan Ward of the Men’s Squash Team clinching yesterday’s 5-4 win over Harvard. The Women’s Team similarly won 5-4. To quote Steve Harrington, of the Princeton Men’s Team: “It was one of the best moments of my sports career. I played some of the best squash of my whole life.” Carry this energy with you through to your assignments.
10:37 AM – Witherspoon’s
6.5 hours to go, everyone. Which makes it probably too late for this public service announcement from a friendly politics major getting a caffeine refill, but just in case:
“The deans are actually pretty lenient about giving extensions when you have multiple papers due the same day. I mean, it’s not like they want you taking five exams in a single day, right? The one at my residential college said they hardly get any requests…I wish I’d known that as a freshman.”
ME TOO. Cue flood of fervent pleas for a few more hours.
10:31 AM – Printing Clusters (!)
Because we made it this far with only one baby animal:
7:55 AM – Wilcox
The dining halls are now open for breakfast. Wilcox, in particular, has a wide selection of bagels.
6:50 AM – Butler
Starbucks is open! The sun might be up soon! Life begins anew! It’s a brand new day! Here’s a timeline of what’s hip and happening this morning.
- 7:00 AM – Frist Food Gallery opens
- 7:00 AM – PJ’s Pancake House opens
- 7:30 AM – Dining halls open.
- 7:45 AM – Chancellor Green Café opens.
- 8:00 AM – U-Store opens
- 8:00 AM – Witherspoon’s (in Frist) opens
- 9:00 AM – C-Store opens
6:20 AM – Somewhere South of Sanity
3:45 AM – Wilson
As we get into the wee hours of the night, my mind starts doing random things. Like making Dean’s Date parodies of Portal (nerd-alert) songs.
Namely the last verse/refrain(s):
Look at us liveblogging
when there’s papers to do
When we look around, it makes us glad we’re with you
I’m gonna need a Wa run
There is Dean’s Date to be done
For the people who are still awake.
And believe us we are still awake.
It’s 4am and we’re still awake.
Hey Prox, you see us and we’re still awake.
Our brains are crying, but we’re still awake.
And when you’re sleeping we’ll be still awake.
STILL AWAKE. (also, craving some cake.)
3:30 AM – Patton
Public Service Announcement – 10 hours to go, so BACK UP YOUR WORK. Dropbox, email papers to yourself, pull out those USB sticks, whatever.
3:14 AM – Rocky Dining Hall
It’s past 3:00. Your coffee and chocolate aren’t helping anymore. Neither is your 5 hour energy. What to do? Play a game!
We recognize the names to all the well-known buildings on campus: Joline Hall, Forbes College, McCosh Hall. But do we know the man (or woman) behind the name whose building we use daily? Unless you’re a Princeton history freak (and not in the tour guide kind of way. I love the backwards walking — real talent), you probably don’t.
So here’s the game! Match each building or residential college with the picture of its namesake. I’ll bet you can’t do it. Oh yes, you just got dared.
Answers will be hidden under Nixon (You can’t miss him, just look for the nose).
Joline Hall. Named after Adrian Joline ’70, the 1800 kind. A lawyer, railroad executive, and author, he graduated from the University while it was still called the College of New Jersey (just for the record, it didn’t became Princeton until 1896). It was donated by his wife, Mary E. L. Joline, after his death.
Rockefeller College. Named after John D. Rockefeller III ’29. A grandson of the original John (Standard Oil) Rockefeller, he had more money than even an ORFE student thinks he’ll make on Wall Street. He was a large philanthropist and was on the University’s board of directors.
Bloomberg Hall. Named after Emma B. Bloomberg ’01. She’s the daughter of the mayor of New York and graduated with a degree in English and a certificate in Medieval Studies.
Forbes College. Named after Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. ’70. He is the editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine and has run for the Republican presidential nomination twice. He prefers to be called “Steve.”
McCosh Hall. Named after James McCosh. He was a philosopher and president of the University from 1868-1888. His friends said that he was all around, a very cool guy.
Mathey College. Named after Dean Mathey ’12. Described Alexander Leitch in A Princeton Companion as “one of the most devoted, energetic, and generous supporters of the University in modern times.” He is the Dean in Dean’s Date. Not really, but that would be funny.
2:44 AM – Dod
We did a little more Firestone adventuring before being unceremoniously thrown out for the night. If you go to the third floor and walk all the way to the back, past the African American studies reading room, there’s a narrow staircase leading up into the tower. Go up, past the little-used fourth floor until you can go no higher, and take a closer look at the windowsill. This seems to be Firestone’s designated graffiti zone, and though most of it’s pretty harmless – initials and class years, the symbol for pi, “TOM” inscribed in a winged heart – take a closer look at the lower right corner.
It’s a lonely place this time of night, and come to think of it, a little eerie. Who knows who might be lurking in the labyrinthine stacks, peering between the shelves, lying in wait? Maybe it’s just as well you’ve been sent back home to your cozy dorm study room for the night. Hopefully you managed to snag some of the Frist nachos along the way.
1:55 AM – 2006
Next task to find out: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
1:25 AM – Firestone Balcony Redux