Week In Review: Comedians on Campus (June 17-June 23)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="380" caption="Steve Carell speaks at Class Day 2012 (via nj.com)"][/caption]

Hey Princeton! In the past month, have you: (a) absentmindedly brought your prox with you to the kitchen, (b) asked a friend if a local bar was “on pass,” (c) craved freshly-baked cookies between 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., or (d) all of the above? Yeah, we miss the Orange Bubble, too. So for those who are desperate for some mid-summer news, we’ve got you covered. Beginning today, on Monday of every week, we’ll feature a roundup of Princeton-related news from the prior week, which will hopefully help get you through the next few months.

What’s going on this week? First, professor of politics and international affairs and former dean of the Woodrow Wilson School Anne-Marie Slaughter recently wrote an article titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which has been blowing up the interwebs. It has attracted more visitors to The Atlantic’s website in a 24-hour period than any other story the magazine has ever published, according to the New Jersey Herald. The article details Slaughter’s struggles with balancing her high-powered career and motherhood. Writes Slaughter:

“I still strongly believe that women can ‘have it all’ (and that men can too). I believe that we can ‘have it all at the same time.’ But not today, not with the way America’s economy and society are currently structured. My experiences over the past three years have forced me to confront a number of uncomfortable facts that need to be widely acknowledged—and quickly changed.”

In other faculty news, according to The Daily Princetonian, Brown University president Ruth Simmons will join Princeton’s Board of Trustees early next month. Simmons was a professor of Romance languages at Princeton in the 1980s and later served as a vice provost of the University. The Board of Trustees recently approved 26 other faculty appointments.

Members of the economics department have a reason to celebrate – University officials have submitted plans to the Princeton Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment for proposed renovations to 20 Washington Road, which is set to house the Department of Economics (as well as several international offices and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies). As a result, all of Princeton’s economists will be able to gather together in one place (and, you know, figure out how to get us out of this double-dip recession). The building used to be home to the Department of Chemistry. If everything goes as planned, the building will be completed by fall 2016.

On a different note, Hoagie Haven lovers listen up! According to nj.com, a new Subway shop is due to open just two doors down from the beloved haven of hoagies on Nassau Street. The sub vs. hoagie battle is on. Guess that just means you’ll have to eat more hoagies to prevent Subway from beating out the Haven…

If you are on campus currently, you may have the opportunity to see Tina Fey and Paul Rudd (@#*&!). The two will be filming scenes for the movie Admission near campus on July 2 and 3, borough administrator Robert Bruschi said. Speaking of comedians on campus, Steve Carell detailed his Class Day visit, among other things, when he appeared on The Today Show on June 18, which you can check out here.

That’s all for now! Check back next week – and every week this summer – for more dispatches from the Orange Bubble.

21 Questions With Aku Ammah-Tagoe ’11


Mail AttachmentName: Aku Ammah-Tagoe
Age: 21
Major: English
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Eating Club/Residential College/Affiliation: Terrace/Forbes RCA

What was your initial reaction when you found out about your selection?
It was the Thursday morning of Reunions, and I was sitting on the Dinky platform at Princeton Junction as it slowly filled up with alumni getting off the train from New York. I wasn’t allowed to talk about the results yet, so I couldn’t do anything dramatic, but it was cool to sit there surrounded by so much of Princeton’s past and present, knowing that I’ll get to impact all of their lives now in tangible ways. At that point the election process had been going on for what, two and a half months? So I felt more relieved than anything else. But I definitely got excited as the weekend went on.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe ’14, my little sister! She actually makes Princeton sparkle.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Dinner at Prospect House at the English Majors Colloquium my junior spring. I don’t actually remember what we ate, but the Majors Colloquium is one of my favorite things about our department, and the company — juniors and seniors in the department, our favorite professors — was perfect.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
Read and write (and read and write emails).

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Lately, one of my Pandora stations, TLC Radio. It’s so 90s! And you get a lot of girl power, “Independent Women Part I”-style songs that are ideal for, um, cruising through your childhood suburb in your parents’ Toyota.

What do you hope to accomplish as a YAT?
My two main constituencies — the residents of McCosh Hall and the Forbes Addition — have been asking a lot about renovation plans. But mostly I’d like to become the type of person who should hold Princeton in trust; I’d like to listen a lot, learn as much about the University as possible, and make informed decisions that are in its best interests.

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Sometimes, The World > My Grades

Orange Bubble Syndrome is something that many of us take for granted. We get stuck in a cycle of rotating between weekends at Prospect, weekdays at Firestone and occasional excursions for late meal at Frist. We micromanage our days in GCals of rainbow-colored sleep deprivation. We might stop once in a while to read something from the Prince UPC, complain about P-Safe’s lockout policy, scoff at Dean Malkiel’s dog or laugh at the bicker plans for Cannon Club.

Read the news? Uhhh. I'll pencil that in someday, okay?

Read the news? Uhhh. I'll pencil that in someday, okay?

But where is the globally aware citizenship that all the admission brochures advertised? Where are the scholars in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations (aside from sharpening their get-recruited-for-I-banking skills in Robertson or Tower, that is)? A Prince column earlier this week (okay, we do read them too) called for more campus dialogue on current events. The Middle East is erupting. Japan is in shambles. Basically, 2011 thus far has reached a point where I expect a new revolution or disaster every time I refresh the NYT homepage.

I know, I know. We’re busy. We’re tired. We work really hard. Sometimes it is easier to just sit in Whitman dining hall, discussing the merits of different types of fruit-cereal-froyo combinations (banana, Smart Start, vanilla. Win!) instead of debating the pros and cons of intervention in Libya.

In the last week or so, though, I’ve become increasingly convinced that it’s actually easier than you think to break out of the Orange Bubble. Meaningful campus dialogue can exist! Even when it’s not awkwardly facilitated by Sustained Dialogue! Here, I give you five reasons why we can and should think outside the bubble:


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Popping the Bubble: Hamilton’s Grounds for Sculpture

So remember when you’d just started college shopping and everyone was trying to help you decide by posing these sort of useless, black-and-white questions?

“Big or small? Rural or urban?” they would ask.

And then you visited Princeton, and the sun was shining and the bunnies were hopping and the squirrels were eating trash and other small rodents and you realized, in a flash of inspiration, that you could have it all. Or at least, you could have it all location-wise. You could have the benefits of small-town life while being wedged in between two major cities, just an hour from each.

It's not too late! Just follow these NYC guidelines. (image source: http://twitpic.com/1pq5tb/full)

It's not too late! Just follow these NYC guidelines. (image source: http://twitpic.com/1pq5tb/full)

And then you got to Princeton, heard Triangle sing about Princeton’s orange bubble, and scoffed. Other people get stuck in the bubble, not you. You could still be metropolitan and cool, spending every weekend in Manhattan or Philly, frequenting museums, concerts, and other hipster haunts.

And then you started classes, were assigned three problem sets and two papers in one week, realized the magic of the Street, and never left.

We get it. We really do. It’s tough to make time to get off of campus, and it’s far too easy to get stuck in that infamous orange bubble and forget that there’s life beyond Nassau Street.

But there is. And you don’t even have to spend more than 10 minutes in transit to find it. Check out an example after the jump.

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