Buy train tickets from your phone! Great job, NJ Transit! (Never thought I’d say that.)

It was the fastest I had run in my life. My backpack bounced left and right on my back, harshly pressing me on with each step. My brother Ricky, though more stressed than I was, lagged behind. His long-legged strides weren’t fast enough.

We were about to miss the Dinky.

Okay, okay, so maybe I could’ve packed my bag more quickly. But, come on, Ricky didn’t have to show me that stupid Youtube video. Regardless, we sprinted towards the station, under our breaths cursing the Arts & Transit Neighborhood like never before.

We made it just as the Dinky began to move. The conductor almost barred our entry, physically. We slid past him, ignoring his protests and throwing words in his direction about how we couldn’t miss the train, we made these plans a while ago, Matthew you’re so stupid, Ricky no you are. In the end, he sold us tickets. But they were $4 extra, each. That was my lunch money!


I wish I could say I learned a lesson that day, but in reality, it seems like every time I need to take the Dinky I’m sprinting over there at the last minute. But the point is I don’t need to worry about that mean ol’ conductor anymore. (But let’s be real: normally those guys are pretty nice!) Why, you may ask? Because now NJ Transit offers the MyTix app, where you can easily buy and present train tickets digitally!

I downloaded the app five minutes ago (although it’s apparently been around since January), and happily discovered that NJ Transit actually did a great job! Setting up is simple – just follow the steps at the end of the post.

I just wonder how the conductor notes whether a digital ticket has been used. The potential bad news is you can no longer end up with an un-hole-punched, reusable (What? Cheat the ticketing system? Never!) ticket.

At the very least you’ll stop having that nightmare where you’re buying tickets at the bottom of the stairs when suddenly the train pulls away as the machine takes its time, sloooowly, sloooowly printing out that useless receipt.

[caption id="attachment_15235" align="aligncenter" width="165"] 1) After you’ve made your account/added a credit card, this page should appear.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15236" align="aligncenter" width="165"] 2) As expected, you can choose origin and destination. What a clean interface![/caption] [caption id="attachment_15237" align="aligncenter" width="165"] 3) If you want, you can even designate stations as favorites to quickly choose them![/caption] [caption id="attachment_15238" align="aligncenter" width="165"] 4) Finally, buy your ticket! You can bring as many children and adults as you want – fantastic![/caption]

Jon Stewart Mocks Susan Patton

On the Daily Show last Thursday, Jon Stewart and company ripped into Susan Patton, the infamous “Princeton Mom.” What fun!

Be warned: the first one is funner than the second one.

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Sound, Fury as James Franco Visits Campus

James Franco, the actor and director known for roles in the Spider-Man trilogy and the TV show Freaks and Geeks, visited campus Monday. Along with 40 or 50 cast and crew members, Franco filmed key scenes from The Sound and Fury, an adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1929 novel in which Franco directs and stars.

Franco spent most of the day near the Washington Road bridge to film a scene in which a central character commits suicide by jumping into a river. But just before 6 P.M. filming relocated to the area near 1903 and Feinberg Halls. A crowd of students whispered and watched as a young actor led a little girl down the diagonal walking path and extras passed by in the background. After the shot was taken, Franco, in a hat and sunglasses, yelled, “That’s a wrap!”

Students hesitantly walked towards Franco, hoping for a picture; one of Franco’s colleagues whispered, “Are you ready to say no?”

[caption id="attachment_15221" align="aligncenter" width="515"] The mob appears.[/caption]

“I’ll give them a group picture,” Franco answered. Students, hearing this, rushed him from all sides, put on unbearably excited smiles, and shifted their eyes nervously from camera to camera. Some brave students tried getting selfies with Franco, and he didn’t mind; he’s apparently quite fond of the selfie.

[caption id="attachment_15220" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Photo by Lara Norgaard ’17.[/caption]

After the pictures, Franco stepped back and bellowed the obligatory “Go Yale!” (He’s a Yale Ph.D. candidate.) Students began screaming and some even pushed Franco down. He freed himself from the crowd and ran away, unable to deal with the sound and fury of Princeton students.

Princeton trivia: We hate other colleges but we like the constitution

I’m bored while writing a paper so…

here are 3 random (and under the radar!) facts about our bright orange university:

ONE: As many of you already know, Princeton was originally named the College of New Jersey and only changed its name to Princeton in 1896. More interestingly, in 1996 Trenton State College decided to change its name to the College of New Jersey (aka TCNJ) and Princeton sued it for stealing the university’s former name that it hadn’t used in (a coincidence?) exactly a hundred years. Knowing our school, not a shocker, right?

TWO: Princeton had more delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 than any other American college. So even though the convention was in Philly, the Constitution is really ours. Plus, we sent James Madison so he counts double. If you look really close at the bottom left corner of the Constitution you can see in invisible ink “Princeton ’71”.

[caption id="attachment_15211" align="aligncenter" width="151"] Yay, our fourth president![/caption]

THREE: Alexander Hamilton, father of our country’s financial system and graduate of Columbia, originally wanted to study at Princeton but was rejected. As can be seen here, Columbia still hasn’t gotten over this. For those history nerds out there, (yes, they created their own wikipedia page) has a strange take on their great alumnus’s death:

Princeton subsequently graduated Aaron Burr, who was so upset at the inferior quality of his education that he killed Hamilton in a jealous fit of rage. This was one of many reasons that the Philolexian Society declared war on Princeton in 1987.

[caption id="attachment_15212" align="aligncenter" width="360"] Self-explanatory[/caption]

Also, Daniel I hope you see this.

Keystone Protests Continue with “Die-in” on Steps at Frist

[caption id="attachment_15186" align="alignnone" width="250"] The view from late meal, courtesy of Ellie McDonald.[/caption]

Roughly thirty-five students simultaneously laid down on the Frist stairs Thursday night, silently protesting the Keystone XL pipeline and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. Led by Mason Herson-Hord and some of the other campus activists who had tied themselves to the White House gates last weekend protesting the pipeline, the students laid on the steps of Frist for twenty minutes during late meal. The protest coincided with the end of the State Department’s public comment period for the pipeline – midnight on Friday, March 7th.

The students, dressed in black, proceeded silently toward the Frist gallery from the doors of the first floor entrance a few minutes after 9 p.m. When they reached the steps, Herson-Hord clapped twice and the students fell to the ground in unison. He silently held up a sign which read “We will defend our future. We will resist.” The sign included a link to pledge to help fight the construction of the pipeline.

Herson-Hord said that the goal of the anti-Keystone movement is the promotion of energy sources less destructive to the environment by “making use of coal and petroleum as expensive and painful as possible for industry.”

Students were initially unsure what was taking place, but word spread through the gallery according to freshman Ellie McDonald. Responses ranged from cheering to peering curiously down the stairs to discussing support for the pipeline.

[caption id="attachment_15187" align="alignnone" width="250"] Onlookers and a laptop set up with information on the pipeline.[/caption]

After twenty minutes Herson-Hord clapped twice, and the students stood up in unison and walked up the stairs. Two P-Safe officers showed up towards the end of the twenty minute protest, but only to look into what was going on, and the protests ended of the protester’s own accord.

While many were confused by the protest, students also remarked that the pipeline issue had become more prevalent on campus recently.

“It’s becoming more talked about,” said sophomore Natalie Hejduk.

[caption id="attachment_15185" align="alignnone" width="250"] The protesters, from the top of the stairs.[/caption]


TBT: Vintage Princeton Dorms

Ever wondered what your room would have looked like in the 19th century?!

‘Tis the season for room draw!

Instead of engaging in some roommate drama with your dearest and nearest friends, check out what Spoon looked like in 1891.

[caption id="attachment_15170" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Photo Courtesy of Princeton University Archive[/caption]

That wallpaper though….Fire Safety was clearly way chiller in 1888.

This dorm is in East College(twin of West college, current home of East Pyne and mustached men in skinny jeans), home to two Butler brothers, two Pyne brothers, Charles Scribner, and many more.

[caption id="attachment_15169" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Photo Courtesy of Princeton University Archive[/caption]

Checking room draw times in 1950. Some things never change. 

[caption id="attachment_15173" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Photo Courtesy of Princeton University Archives[/caption]

Dormitory Rooms – Student; undated; Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

21 Questions With…the 2014 Dale Fellows










Name: Vivienne Chen / Natasha Japanwala
: 21 / 22  (as of today!)
Major: English / English
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA / Karachi, Pakistan
Eating Club/Residential College/Affiliation: Whitman College exile (aka Spelman Independent) / Edwards Collective, Mathey College

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional? 

VC: I have a huge crush on Jimmy Stewart ’32 circa A Philadelphia Story.

NJ: Now is as good a time as any to give Martin Dale ’53 a shout-out!

What’s the beat meal you’ve eaten in Princeton? 

VC: Tie between Whitman breakfast and Rocky/Mathey’s grilled cheese.

NJ: Last Friday, I had dinner at Forbes and the pizza there just blew me away. I had three slices and then I took one to go.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?

VC: Werk! (That’s an imperative sentence.)

NJ: I think and I think and I think about writing; maybe write one sentence that I am actually proud of; reread that sentence and say out loud to myself, oh no that was a false alarm.

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Princeton Students Get Arrested Protesting Keystone Pipeline

Twelve Princeton students went to Washington DC this past weekend to join a roughly 1000-strong protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. Seven of those students zip tied themselves to the White House gates, along with roughly 400 other protesters, and were arrested. Nine Princeton students were arrested in total according to Mason Herson-Hord, a leader of the New Jersey contingent of the protest.

[caption id="attachment_15121" align="alignnone" width="250"] Courtesy of Dayton Martindale[/caption]

During the course of a march from the Georgetown University campus to the White House students also acted out oil spills, according to Dayton Martindale ’15. They laid a black tarp on the ground and students wearing hazmat suits, including two Princeton students, laid down on the tarp. Two Princeton students were arrested for taking part in a mock oil spill in front of the White House. The group also staged a mock oil spill in front of Secretary of State John Kerry’s house.

[caption id="attachment_15120" align="alignnone" width="250"] Courtesy of Dayton Martindale[/caption]

According to Martindale the students were zip-tied to the fence for roughly an hour before the police warned them and began arresting them, a process that took about four hours. Martindale was then handcuffed and taken to the police station, where he was put in a jail cell and almost immediately given the chance to pay fifty dollars and be released. If Martindale had not had the fifty dollars he would have had to get a court date and gone through tedious conventional legal processes, which he thinks demonstrates discrimination in the justice system.

[caption id="attachment_15119" align="alignnone" width="250"] Courtesy of Dayton Martindale[/caption]

The protest aimed to send a message to President Obama, reminding him of promises he had made to fight for the environment and reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels.

[caption id="attachment_15118" align="alignnone" width="250"] Courtesy of Dayton Martindale[/caption]

“If they’re going to do something absurd like pursue an all of the above energy policy I’m going to do something absurd like chain myself to a fence,” Martindale said.


CORRECTION: This post has been amended to reflect the fact that nine Princeton students were arrested in total, not seven. Seven were arrested for zip tying themselves to the fence, and two more were arrested for participating in a mock oil spill.


MobilePrint: the best OIT initiative since….ever?

Did you know you can print to cluster printers from your (smart)phone or tablet?

It’s true!

Who knows why it took so long for something like this to get up and running, but who cares? We have it now! For someone who had to reconfigure cluster printing every single time she started her computer (what’s up with that?), this is huge.

All you have to do is send your document(s) as attachments to, go to a cluster printer, and release the print job. It’s pretty much instant, and there’s no need to play the guessing game of whether it’s actually going to go through–you get an email confirmation, and it’s taken less than a minute to get the confirmation email each of the seven times I’ve used MobilePrint so far. Any text you include in the body of the message gets printed as a separate set of pages.

The only frustration that I’ve run into is that there’s no way to specify print preferences like number of sheets per page or page orientation, etc. But other than that it’s a pretty great.

[caption id="attachment_15114" align="aligncenter" width="515"] This is what the confirmation email looks like.[/caption]

Here’s OIT’s help page for MobilePrint if you need help figuring it out on your phone or tablet or have questions about what types of documents are supported (answer: pretty much anything you’d want to print).