New Year New D-hall

Frist has replaced the frozen yogurt machines with with crudité cups (raw veggies) and cut fruit in tall, plastic containers. In the Wilcox dining hall, pizza is now a rarity and instead, there’s a pasta bar (AKA an “Action Station”) where students can order personalized portions of whole grain pasta with add-ins like pesto, crushed tomatoes, zucchini, spinach and quinoa.

What’s with this trend of healthy, new d-hall features?


Because Dining Services isn’t technically allowed to answer questions directly, Frist staff redirected me to Chris Lentz, the Associate Director of Marketing & Community Engagement for Campus Dining.

He said that Dining Services is always working to offer healthy food to students, but this year they have introduced some specific changes.

“Wellness is one pillar of our plan, along with culinary expertise, sustainability and diversity,” Lentz said. “Through our program, we believe that we can help individuals to be their healthy best on and off campus.”

Campus Dining is using their culinary strategy, based on scientific principles of healthy and sustainable menus to create food that brings wellness to students.

“Some of the principles include a focus on whole and intact grains, flavor, minimally processed foods, less red meat and more kinds of seafood, produce and plant-based options, cultural diversity, fresh and seasonal ingredients, and reduced sugar,” Lentz said.

The product of this plan has resulted in numerous changes across all dining halls on campus, including an initiative to reduce sugar in recipes at the bake shop. Wilcox has even replaced a soda machine with a new water system offering sparkling, ambient and chilled water.

Some dining halls offer fruit-infused water(?) instead of sugary beverages, like this frothy “Honey Dew Water” found at a Wilcox near you.


Another fun debut at Rocky/Mathey is “congee,” a rice porridge made with chicken stock and served warm that is now offered everyday at breakfast. Dining Services has even stepped up the vegetarian and vegan efforts. Whitman introduced a station offering meatless lunch on alternating Mondays.

Students seemed to be pleased with many of the changes, especially the pasta bar in Wilcox. But the new Frist adjustments have been met with a bit of dissatisfaction, particularly in regard to the lack of frozen yogurt.

“If it’s the oranges, don’t go for it,” a sophomore Frist diner said. “They taste like bitter water. I don’t like broccoli that much but it’s healthy so I bear with it.”


Stay tuned for more dining updates. And who says nothing happens in Princeton?


Why is Spelman so funky-looking? A short history of Princeton’s only on-campus apartments.

[caption id="attachment_18547" align="aligncenter" width="744"]Architect's model, ca. 1971. (From Princeton: America's Campus) Architect’s model, ca. 1971. (From Princeton: America’s Campus)[/caption]

It might be hard to fathom, but back in the early 1970s, Princeton’s finances weren’t doing too well.

“Like many universities, Princeton in the Nixon years swam in red ink,” writes William Barksdale Maynard, author of Princeton: America’s Campus.

As part of the belt tightening, “windows went unwashed and lawns grew ranker,” Maynard wrote.
“Little was built, except for a fascinating dormitory complex of concrete by the most-talked-about American architectural firm of the time, I.M. Pei and Partners.”

Plans to build the new dormitories were announced in 1971, and they were completed just two years later.

More than 40 years after their completion, the Spelman buildings are still hotly sought-after pieces of campus real estate. And they remain objects of fascination.

Why the uncomfortably see-through design, broadcasting all Spelmanites’ lives for all the world to see?

Why the white concrete and stark lines, right across from the Gothic masonry of Pyne Hall?

What’s with all those huge floor-to-ceiling windows…that don’t open? 

(Speaking of Pyne Hall, make sure to read about the shit, piss and vomit of that (in)famous party hotspot)

Part of the reasoning in choosing concrete over traditional masonry was to save time and money. In fact, the architects went one step further, choosing precast concrete over poured-in-place to cut construction time from two years to 13 months.

Using precast concrete also kept the construction area small, which helped to preserve the existing landscape. Concrete trucks didn’t have to come barreling in, and only four trees were sacrificed in building Spelman.

[caption id="attachment_18551" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Thanks to landscape preservation, Spelman residents can enjoy these beautiful tree views. Thanks to landscape preservation, Spelman residents can enjoy these beautiful tree views.[/caption]

And if you’ve ever walked the diagonal route between the Spelman buildings linking Dillon Gym and the Forbes side of campus, you may have rienced the somewhat claustrophobia-inducing sensation of being trapped in a narrow corridor with tall, barren concrete walls shooting up on both sides.

That, too, was part of the plan.

According to Maynard, Harold Fredenburgh, an associate partner in I.M. Pei’s firm and a chief designer of the Spelman project, wanted to create a “shoulder-squeezing” compression to mimic Collegiate Gothic archways.

[caption id="attachment_18554" align="alignleft" width="744"](Photo, left: Christopher Wells) (Photo, right: Mary Hui) Close enough?      (Photo, left: Christopher Wells)                      (Photo, right: Mary Hui)[/caption]
















So there you have it: a short history explaining the funkiness of the beloved Spelman halls.

Trump Revealed: A Conversation with Marc Fisher


Join us this Thursday, October 6th, for the 2016 Rukeyser Lecture, featuring Marc Fisher on this election cycle, political journalism, and a deeper look at Donald Trump.

When: 4:30pm, Thursday October 6th

Where: Betts Auditorium (Architecture Building)

Who: Marc Fisher, Senior Editor at the Washington Post and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

What: A frank conversation about Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power, the book based on over 20 hours of interviews with Donald Trump that has been gaining reviews such as…

Follow These Five Princeton Professors on Twitter

Going on Twitter is risky business in 2016. If you’re a private citizen of the United States, you might wake up to find yourself personally attacked by the Republican nominee for President.

But Princeton professors also take to Twitter to share what they’re thinking about, on and off campus. Don’t count on their 140-character insights to save you the trip to lecture, but they might add some depth to your feed.

Here are five Princeton professors to follow now, and a preview of what they’re about.

Imani Perry, @imaniperry, Hughes Rogers Professor of African American Studies

Professor Perry has an established online presence and a devoted following. She tweets academic events, commentary on national news, personal goings-on. One recent Tweet:

In February, she took to Twitter to say she was mistreated after being pulled over for speeding and arrested by the Princeton Police Department. It showed the intersection of personal experience, academic research, and national conversation that’s often only visible on Twitter.

Citing hacking and harassment, and a desire to move past the conversation around the incident, she briefly deactivated her account in February.

Sam Wang, @samwangPhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Neuroscience

Professor Wang runs the Princeton Election Consortium, which does election research and polling. He tweets information from that research. Highlights: the polling in this year’s election isn’t as volatile as it appears, and Senate races tend to move toward the eventual President’s party in the weeks before the election.

And he retweeted a shout-out to the Garden Theater screening the movie Idiocracy this week. Wouldn’t have known about it otherwise.

Robert P. George, @McCormickProf, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence

On campus, Professor George is well-known for his Constitutional Interpretation class. He also offers advice on the side to influential conservative politicians like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. George is an expert on international religious freedom and has written a book in opposition to same-sex marriage.

On Twitter, he has criticized Hillary Clinton, the FBI’s handling of her email scandal, and commented on national news. He’s also in support of Colin Kaepernick’s right to not stand for the national anthem. He wrote:

Plus, more casual observations:

Robert Karl, @RAKarl, Assistant Professor of History

Professor Karl studies the history of Colombia, and wrote a book on recent violence and reform there.

Yesterday, he wrote that he was devastated by the news that Colombia voted down the peace deal with FARC rebels that was supposed to end the protracted civil war there:

He has continued to Tweet commentary, and links to reliable reporting on the ground.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., @esglaude, William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African-American Studies

Professor Glaude is the chair of Princeton’s Department of African-American studies. He often tweets in support of protests against police brutality. Recently, he has been engaged in back-and-forth about support for Hillary Clinton.

The next morning:

All-Stars: Cornel West, (750k followers). Joyce Carol Oates (150k followers)