IN PRINT: Gansa, Cheng USG Presidential Election in The New York Times

“He ran on a platform of bringing waffle fries, ripe fruit and the nebulous ‘bike reform’ to campus. He pledged to change the worn metaphorical tires of Princeton’s student government, one potato at a time,” write Liz Robbins and Press Club member Spencer Parts in The New York Times.

The article, which will appear in print in the Friday issue of the Times, covers the headline grabbing, Yik Yak exploding campaign of Will Gansa ’17 that has taken Princeton’s campus by storm and raised issues of political apathy and gender inequality at Princeton.

UPDATE: Cheng wins with 64% of the vote. Check out another article  in NYT from the Press Club.


More than 200 student protesters engage in walk-out and die-in

At 11:30 am Thursday morning, more than 200 students streamed out of their classes chanting “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace.” They gathered on Frist North Lawn, where they joined faculty and staff in demanding an end to racialized state violence. The protests were a response to the grand jury’s decision to not indict the officers who killed Mike Brown and Eric Garner.

“Today we interrupt the daily routine of Princeton students, faculty and staff to draw attention to a national problem, a national disease, a plague that is American racism and racialized state violence,” senior Khallid Love said at the protest. Around him, several students held each other, crying.

Dressed in black with their hands raised, the protesters had a moment of silence in solidarity with demonstrations around the country. The protesters proceeded to conduct a 45 minute “die-in,” a form of non-violent demonstration in which participants lie down on the ground to simulate death.

Students’ bodies were sprawled all over Frist North Lawn, as well as the walkway and stairs leading into Frist Center. Many passerby, mostly students rushing to-and-from class, stopped to snap a picture and reflect on the scene. Several even joined in.

The protest was organized by student-activists who are part of a “Post-Ferguson at Princeton” movement and spread via social media.

Concluding the die-in, senior Joanna Anwanyu implored the crowd to “keep the conversation going, so we can dismantle racism.” A debrief discussion sponsored by the Carl Fields Center and Center for African American Studies was held after the protest. Earlier last week, shortly after the jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson, student demonstrators also marched down Prospect Avenue.

*This piece also appears in the Princeton Alumni Weekly blog.

Winter Break cut to 2 weeks for next year

You know what they say, time flies when…the University decides to cut your Winter Break down by a third.

According to the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar published on the Princeton website, in fall 2015 Winter Break will begin on December 18 and end on January 3, just 16 days later. This semester, as usual, Winter Break begins on December 12 and ends on January 4 (that’s 23 days).

Here at the Press Club offices we’re hard at work investigating the sudden disappearance of the third week of Winter Break. Initial findings suggest it’s a result of classes beginning a week later, on September 16.

[caption id="attachment_15869" align="aligncenter" width="515"] This year, classes began on September 10.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15870" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Beginning next year, classes will start a week later.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15871" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Up to and including this year, Winter Break has been 3 weeks.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15872" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Next year, Winter Break will be two weeks. D;[/caption]