Articles filed under “Goings On”

It pains me to say this, but the Wa has just closed.

And so, it’s come down to this:

Yes, that is the Forbes Private Dining Room, and yes, we will probably be eating a diet of instant noodles for the next 48 hours… or at least until we can get a Wa Hoagie tomorrow.


Let us know your Sandy survival tips in the comments or this writer really will be a starving journalist.

For those of you who missed the email, and the text, and the automated phone message, and every weather report for the last week (basically, anyone who has been under a rock for the past week): yes, Hurricane Sandy is scheduled to hit Princeton pretty soon (updates on the Princeton homepage).

Pretty good timing, Princeton.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll run into if you try to do some hurricane stock-up at the U-Store. The bread is out, the peanut butter supply is low, and some kid walked out with cases and cases of bottled water. At 3:30, there were 25+ people in line. Among the things people were buying: cereal, water, pasta, water, salad, water, plastic utensils, water, sandwiches, water, applesauce, water, chips, water, crackers. Don’t worry, Princeton has generators. And a call to Public Safety clarified that the dining hall (Rocky-Mathey) is considered “critical and essential staff,” and will be opened.

Rolling 25 deep

But as of this posting, not a drop of rain had fallen. Come on, Sandy, we’re ready for you!

Heyy Princeton!  As we all descend into midterm mania, here are a few more snippets and sightings to remind you that you’re not alone.

2nd Floor Frist:

Wow, getting sassy.  We don’t blame you, whoever used the kleenex sticker to tape this up.  Being sick and slammed with work is a rough combination.  To those of you still looking for study rooms, good luck.  Even the East Asian Library was full this evening, but there’s probably room for you in a hallway or stairwell!


Downstairs, a quick conversation with the late night Frist employees showed that they were coming to their own conclusions about our mental state…

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To relieve you from (remind you of?) the misery/frenzied panic/chill times (you know who you are…) that is midterms week, we at the UPC have decided to do a daily round-up of midterms-themed sightings around campus. Consider this a friendly warning: don’t sleep in public places for the next few days.

On PrincetonFML:

Come on, mods…

On #whatshouldwecallprinceton

When I Thought I Studied Enough For My Midterm

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“Presidential Bicker” 2012

Hey politicos, excited for tonight’s presidential debate? Concerned about the future of America? Aware of the huge debate viewing party taking place in Richardson Auditorium with commentary from Anne-Marie Slaughter?

Too swamped with problem sets and midterms to attend?

We at UPC have got your back – tonight we’ve embedded ourselves on both red and blue sides of Richardson Auditorium, and we’ll be liveblogging not just the presidential debate, but Princeton’s live reactions too. We’re on standby for campus verbatim too, so if you’ve got any witty jokes, fact-checking action, overheard commentary or Big Bird jokes, send them our way! Email, tweet @UnivPressClub, or post ‘em in the comments. Show us what you’ve got, Princeton.

8:29 PM

Zach Beecher ’13 introduces campus fave Anne-Marie Slaughter. She’s sitting on the Democrats’ side of the auditorium, but chose to dress in classy neutral (black) instead of red or blue tonight. Cheers for her from both sides.


8:33 PM

AMS says we’re likely to hear questions pointed at specific foreign policy issues tonight – when are we getting out of Afghanistan? How much support will we show for Israel? What about Iran? Romney and Obama actually don’t disagree dramatically on these questions, Slaughter says. “On the specifics, you’re not likely to hear a big difference.”

8:39 PM

AMS gives bipartisan credit for effective anti-terrorism policy. “I think we can ask Americans on this, ‘How do you feel? Do you feel safer 4 years ago than 10 years ago? I think the answer’s going to be yes.”

8:41 PM 

AMS on Clinton’s apology: “She was right to say that and frankly that’s the woman I work for. She had to step up and own it…but president can’t hide behind secretary of state. It would surprise me and be a bad political move to say, ‘Oh yeah, that was Hillary’s fault.’”

- LZ

8:42 PM

Second speaker! AMS wraps up with a shout-out to Hillary Clinton (“She’ll step up and own it”) and final point that there won’t be a huge axis of difference between Obama and Romney, but that Barack will offer a solid debate. Now we’ve got politics and international affairs professor John Londregan on stage. He wasn’t too fond of Romney’s 47% comments or of the left’s depiction of Republicans as “clinging to their guns,” he says. What solution does he offer for those who aren’t huge fans of either candidate this year?

“I am hopeful that in 2024 or 30, in some years, two of you will be competing candidates!” High hopes…


8:56 pm

Oh, some commentary on the actual scene here: full house! American flags hanging from the balcony, red and blue balloon arches at the from doors of Richardson, CARDBOARD CUTOUTS of Michelle and Barack for photo ops (was there a Romney one on the other side? I didn’t see) and free foam fingers! There’s a pretty visible chunk of kids wearing red or blue in the front rows, but everyone else behind looks more neutral. In terms of dress, at least. We’ll see how the audience vibe goes when the actual debate starts.


8:58 pm

The second speaker is talking for a long time. People are getting antsy… overheard from the Democrat side:
“They should have food for us.”

Also, from the blue crowd as he leaves the stage: “Time to watch Obama whup some ass.”

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Apparently, today was a good day for Princeton’s football team. The team, which shut out Brown 19-0 today, “Remains Perfect in Ivies.”

Despite the rivalry between the teams, however, our bands are pretty good friends. It’s become tradition that following the Princeton-Brown game each year, the two bands join together for a jam session in the Woody Woo Fountain, Speedos and tubas and all. In case you missed it (and in case you missed either of the bands parading through campus at ungodly hours this morning) here’s a clip:

Hey Princeton engineers! This one’s for you (for real)! The Times Higher Education has just released its list of the top 50 engineering schools, and guess what? Princeton ranked second – that is, second in the world – after the California Institute of Technology and ahead of MIT. #EQuadftw.

The rankings were based on “teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.” So I guess having a dining hall on the premises wasn’t a prerequisite. #Princetonengineeringstudentsproblems.

So it’s Monday night and we’re feeling the back-to-Princeton grind. Fall’s third week has started, Lawnparties is far behind us and we can’t even fall back on “But it’s only September!” as an excuse to avoid work anymore. Tonight I lingered over dinner until a friend got up, pushed her chair back and said “I’m going to start my thesis.” WHAT? Yeah, okay, this is real.

“To achieve the impossible, you must attempt the impossible.”

For anyone out there struggling to find motivation this evening, UPC has got the book for you. It’s fresh off the (Kindle) presses today and has a gold star title:

Singapore’s Lost Son: How I Made it from Drop-Out to Millionaire Princeton PhD

Whoa. Yes. Inspiring enough for you?

We haven’t gotten our hands on a copy yet, but the intro and summary are enticement enough. According to the Amazon description, this is the story of one Dr. Kaiwen Leong, a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and former postdoc here (PhD and MA in Economics, 2011) who was once “a boy with a simple dream — to become a man.” He started out rough as a high school dropout, but eventually worked hard, got a bunch of prestigious degrees and made millions somewhere along the way. It’s like a Horatio Alger story, but based in Singapore.

The book was also co-authored by two current undergrads, Edward Choi ’14 and Elaine Leong ’13. How is that possible, you ask? How do people on this campus have time to write JPs and theses, participate in 1982374 clubs, and casually co-author books on the side? Stop. Don’t ask. Watch this tearjerking book-promo-video. Get a copy of Dr. Leong’s book. Check out the laudatory quotes from Shirley T. Figure out why you’re not yet a millionaire or author or boy-to-man hero. Then go and have the most productive Monday evening ever! Happy October, y’all.

University Press Club is the only organization on campus to offer you the chance to work for real newspapers and magazines, to get paid for your writing, and to make connections with the “who’s who” of the journalism world.

This week, we’re kicking off our annual Candidates Period, a three-month application process to join the club. During Candidates Period, we’ll teach you the basics of writing, reporting, and journalism ethics, and you’ll work one-on-one with our members to develop your writing skills.

To learn more about the Press Club and the Candidates Period, come to one of our two Open Houses in Frist 205:

Tuesday, Oct. 2 — 4:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 4 — 4:30 pm

In addition, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, right after our first open house at 5:30 pm, Mike Allen of Politico will speak about Politics in the Age of New Media. The event is located in McCormick 101.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying for the Press Club but cannot attend an information session, please e-mail us at pressclb@.

Candidates Period is open to freshmen and sophomores. No prior journalism experience is required! We’ll teach you everything you need to know over the course of the Candidates Period.




Nothing ever happens in Princeton? With the tale of the U-Store employee accused of engaging in prostitution after hours spreading like wildfire comes the release of the University’s annual security report. Here are some highlights:

There were 30 instances of “burglary,” 16 “forcible sex offenses,” one “aggravated assault,” four “drug abuse violation arrests,” and three cases of “illegal weapons possession judicial referrals” on the main campus in 2011.

Regarding the fire reports (in undergraduate and graduate buildings), there were 16 fires in 2011, some of which were “fires in a trash can” (3), “burnt food in a microwave” (3), and, my favorite, “paper towels in an oven” in Joline. Good thing there wasn’t a question about combustion on the Princeton college app…

How will the changing landscape of journalism affect this year’s election coverage? How do you stay one step ahead November’s non-stop political news cycle? Mike Allen, chief political reporter for Politico, author of the daily “Playbook,” and “The Man the White House Wakes Up To” will be coming to campus to discuss political reporting in the age of new media in light of the upcoming election. Come discuss politics, journalism, and the daily e-mail that runs Washington D.C. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the University Press Club as part of the annual Louis Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series.

Dates and times:
Rukeyser lecture: 10/2 at 5:30 in McCormick 101
Open houses: 10/2 and 10/4 at 4:30 in Frist 205
The Louis R. Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series seeks to promote interest in the pursuit of journalism and to raise awareness of the role of the media in society.

In case you missed the last 5,000 emails about the football tailgate at Frist (um since when does a tailgate include an inflatable obstacle course?), the Princeton vs. Georgetown game was yesterday evening. Here are two videos from the halftime show (because we’re not so into the actual football part either).

Yes, the band did just make fun of Mitt Romney. I think they’re in the formation of a stick figure man. Hangman anyone?

And, of course, no halftime show is complete without “Call Me Maybe”: