Congratulations, Class of 2018, on your admittance to Princeton! You cured cancer/scaled Mount Everest/[enter impressive accomplishment here]. Many of you have already wisely chosen to matriculate, but for those of you still on the fence, here is a list of some great Princeton perks – beyond the outstanding academics and beautiful campus (and I won’t dare to say, meningitis).

  1. Discounted Broadway tickets. Each residential college regularly sponsors trips for students to go see Broadway shows for a mere $25. The $25 cost includes coach bus transportation to and from New York City and a snack on the bus on the way back (think: chocolate chip cookies and chips). Shows this year have included The Book of Mormon; The Lion King; Wicked; and Mamma Mia. The seats are typically very good, and it’s truly an amazing opportunity to take advantage of.
  2. Free movies in town every weekend. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m., the local Garden Theatre allows students to see a free movie upon presentation of their student ID (“prox”). Free soda and popcorn are included. This weekend, the theater is showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but past showings have been Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Mean Girls; The Heat; and The Silence of the Lambs, among others.
  3. Late meal. At some other colleges, if you miss lunch or dinner, that’s it. Make some Ramen, go buy some food, or go hungry. But at Princeton, if you’re an underclassman, and you miss a meal because of class or what have you, you can still enjoy campus food. The University offers late meal from 2-3:30 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center. The cash credit allowance is $5.95 for late meal lunch and $6.95 for late meal dinner. There’s sushi, sandwiches, a salad bar, and delicious quesadillas, among other options. If it’s any indication from our recent UPC post, late meal is possibly the greatest thing ever. Underappreciated by underclassmen and coveted by upperclassmen, late meal is definitely one of Princeton’s greatest perks.
  4. Free cookies every day at Murray-Dodge Café. From 3:30-6 p.m. and 10-12:30 a.m., you can stop by the café to savor some warm, freshly-baked cookies and drink tea. While eating your cookie, you will realize that the freshman 15 at Princeton is more like the freshman 30. 
  5. Cool apps that make Princeton life a little easier. One app, called ICE (Integrated Course Engine), allows you to browse courses, read reviews, and then add classes into a calendar to check for scheduling conflicts. You can also “friend” people to view your friends’ semester schedules and to determine if they’re in any classes with you. Another great one is LaundryView, which tells you how many (and which) laundry machines are available at any given time, so you don’t have to trek downstairs with your laundry only to discover that there are no free machines. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up to receive a text when your laundry cycle is done.
  6. The beautiful study spaces. Firestone Library and Chancellor Green are particularly gorgeous places to study. There’s nothing like studying with a huge stained glass window overhead.
  7. Famous people come to speak here – frequently. Actor Steve Martin. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. NBC’s Tom Brokaw. TV Talk Show Host Dr. Oz. Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Novelist Elie Wiesel. The list goes on.
  8. Free tango and salsa classes/videography workshops/yoga and zumba classes/jewelry workshops. These classes and workshops are great stress-relievers.
  9. Froyo machines and ice cream carts in the dining halls. Don’t forget the sprinkles.
  10. Great study breaks. Another post about food, yes. The residential college councils and RCAs (residential college advisers) periodically organize study breaks with free food, ranging from s’mores get-togethers to make-your-own sundaes to Chipotle burritos.

Students at Princeton University have mentored inmates at New Jersey correctional facilities and worked to advocate prison reform throughout the state.

This weekend they are launching their first conference on prison reform.

“This is the biggest civil rights issue that I can think of at this time, and we want to give students the tools to advocate and to understand the different avenues for advocacy,” said Princeton senior Shaina Watrous.

Watrous is a founder of Students for Prison and Education Reform (SPEAR), which today and tomorrow is bringing students, academics, and activists together for a conference titled “Building A New Criminal Justice System: Mobilizing Students for Reform.”

Read the full story here at The Times of Trenton.

Photo courtesy of the Trenton Times

Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke reflected on his experience to a packed McCosh 50 yesterday. The talk was a conversation with Econ Professor Alan Blinder, and the Press Club covered it for the Trenton Times. You can check out the front-page story here.

“Underclassmen have late meal. Upperclassmen have passes. Sounds like an easy fix to us,” reads the About page for Passes For Late Meal, a website where students can exchange late meal swipes for eating club passes.

Photo courtesy passesforlatemeal.com.

The website, “made with love by hungry upperclassmen,” allows underclassmen to request Cap, Cannon, Cottage, Ivy, TI, or Tower passes. Meanwhile, upperclassmen looking for late meal swipes can offer their passes.

Students can either post an offer and wait for a match, or email people who have already posted offers. Once a student has posted an offer, his or her name is replaced (often with cutesy titles like “Passtafarian” or “LouisPassteur”) to maintain anonymity. When an underclassman is matched with an upperclassman, the site sends an email to both parties to coordinate the exchange.

Some underclassmen expressed that they are conflicted about whether to use the service.

“I think it’s a brilliant idea, especially because I rarely use late meal,” a freshman, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “But I don’t want to be judged by upperclassmen for being desperate for passes.”

UPDATE: The website was recently taken down since the University felt it violated their dining hall contract. See our good friends at the Daily Princetonian for the full story.

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!

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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.

1) After you’ve made your account/added a credit card, this page should appear.

2) As expected, you can choose origin and destination. What a clean interface!

3) If you want, you can even designate stations as favorites to quickly choose them!

4) Finally, buy your ticket! You can bring as many children and adults as you want – fantastic!

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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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?”

The mob appears.

“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.

Photo by Lara Norgaard ’17.

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.

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″.

Yay, our fourth president!

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, wikicu.com (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.

Self-explanatory

Also, Daniel I hope you see this.

The view from late meal, courtesy of Ellie McDonald.

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.

Onlookers and a laptop set up with information on the pipeline.

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.

The protesters, from the top of the stairs.

 

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.

Photo Courtesy of Princeton University Archive

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.

Photo Courtesy of Princeton University Archive

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

Photo Courtesy of Princeton University Archives

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

UPON GRADUATION, VIVIENNE CHEN ’14 AND NATASHA JAPANWALA ’14  WILL EMBARK ON JET-SETTING PROJECTS  AS THIS YEAR’S MARTIN DALE FELLOWS, BUT WE’RE PRETTY SURE THE ONLY PLACE THEY’LL GET FORBES PIZZA AND WHITMAN BREAKFAST IS HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Vivienne Chen / Natasha Japanwala
Age
: 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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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.

Courtesy of Dayton Martindale

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.

Courtesy of Dayton Martindale

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.

Courtesy of Dayton Martindale

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.

Courtesy of Dayton Martindale

“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.

- SJP