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P-Krug's incisive editorials always get to the Croix of the matter.

From a profile of Economics Professor Paul (“Nobel Laureate”) Krugman in this week’s New Yorker:

When it is cold at home, or he has a couple of weeks with nothing to do but write his Times column [but what about WWS 543?], or when something unexpectedly stressful happens, like winning the Nobel Prize, the Princeton economist Paul Krugman and his wife, Robin Wells, go to St. Croix…

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David Remnick ’81, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker (and former Press Clubber aw yeah!), has a biography of Barack Obama in the works. The Alfred A. Knopf imprint of Random House said it plans to publish the bio on April 6.

Remnick’s written about Obama in the past, and he promises the book would not simply be a “pimped out” version of this New Yorker article published in November 2008.

Confession: Remnick didn’t say “pimped out,” but rather “pumped up,” but the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog had reported he had. Which is hilarious, because, does anyone at The New Yorker use “pimp” as a verb not ironically?

(hat tip to Daily Intel for catching the switch)

page1Way over on east campus, basically on Route 1, Princeton is putting the finishing touches on The. Biggest. Campus. Building. Ever. The 265,000 square foot steel and glass giant will be the new home for the university’s chemistry department.  Last friday, Senior Project Manager James Wallace estimated that the chemistry facility is about 80 percent complete.

Slated to open next fall, the new alchemy abode is the latest addition to Princeton’s new “Natural Sciences Neighborhood.” Quiet, with an ultra-low crime rate, this new hamlet is home to the Biology, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Astrophysics departments.  These departments will soon be joined by Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Psychology. Too much fun for main campus, Princeton has moved the neighborhood totally off campus and across Washington Street.  But, don’t worry! They’re going to be connected by this sick bridge.

What have London-based Hopkins Architects stuffed inside these humongous headquarters?  A description of facilities that would make Marie Curie tear up– after the jump:

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Toy trucks and tomes

Toy trucks and tomes

Jonathan Krohn, 14 year old conservative pundit and author of Define Conservatism, is already thinking about college. Which? Hint: Rhymes with Cringeton.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Krohn noted his desire to attend Princeton some time in the future. Why? Mr. Robert George teaches here, of course:

“He goes on both sides of the aisles,” Jonathan says, “I love Robbie George.”

Oh, how young and smart, but yet so naïve.

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In his first major endorsement as USG President, Michael Yaroshefsky ’12 emailed the student body today to express his strong support for the Princeton Charter Club.

The announcement appeared at the bottom of a seemingly unrelated communication announcing a new student life survey.  Somewhat curiously, Yaroshefsky’s endorsement was written in invisible ink, and only became visible after this reporter highlighted the entire field of text:


What, you may ask, is this organization with which Yaroshefsky has so emphatically cast his lot?  According to its official website, Charter, one of Princeton University’s ten storied “Eating Clubs,” is “a place to relax and be among friends; it is clean and comfortable; it provides good food and a pleasant social atmosphere.”

In the past, USG executives have often shied away from such formal (and emphatic) endorsements.  Last year, a political scandal erupted after then-President Josh Weinstein ’09 incorrectly implied in an email that President-elect Connor Diemand-Yauman ’10 supported Vice Presidential candidate Mike Weinberg ’11 in Weinberg’s race against Nick DiBerardino ’11.

It’s currently unclear whether today’s endorsement will provoke a similar firestorm.

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We dominate.

We dominate.

Yale has a few reasons to be ashamed of itself: We routinely beat them at the U.S. News and World Report game. Our application numbers soared this year while they saw 200 fewer suitors. Despite all this, there is one department in which Elis seem to be more…satisfied…than Princetonians.

It’s “Sex Week” at Yale, which means the Yale Daily News conducted and released a sex survey, pretty similar to the one The Daily Princetonian printed last month.

Let’s check the competition:

Percent of Men Who Claim to Have Had Sex:
Yale: 69.5%
Princeton: 62.4%

Percent of Women Who Claim to Have Had Sex:
Yale: 59.8%
Princeton: 51.0%

What could possibly account for Yale’s ability to beat us at this game? One Yale student says, “At the end of the day, you can get laid. … You’re not forced to see them on a daily basis so you can get away with it.” Is the problem just that Princeton is too small for this spirit of casual hookups to be acceptable? No. The problem must be deeper than that. Let’s look at some parallel discrepant figures:

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Isn’t this exciting? Our first snow day in years, and there’s tons of snow to play with? But you might be wondering what this means for your regularly scheduled programming.

First of all, all classes are canceled. So you can toss that out the window.

Second, what dining facilities are open? All dining halls are, Frist is open, and basically all dining facilities are open besides the WWS Café and Witherspoon’s in Frist (in front of Viv). But Witherspoon’s might be open later today. Café Viv is going to be closed.

Dillon Gym is going to be open also, so you can get your sweat on.

How about non-University stuff?

Well, Panera didn’t respond to our calls, so we can assume they’re closed. Olive’s is open at the moment, but will be closing early (around 2:30). Labyrinth says they’re open right now until noon, but might close for the afternoon. (We recommend calling to make sure if you plan on going up to these places, anyway.)

Wawa said they’re open for business today at the time of this post, and said they’d remain open whatever happened. Troopers, we say, real troopers.


If you keep reading, this picture will make sense

You’d think the New Yorker would be solidly in the tank for the ol’ Orange and Black.  Editor-in-Chief David Remnick ’81 didn’t teach himself, after all.

In recent years, however, Yale has been getting most of the love from this classiest of rags (see here and here and here).  But as long as the stories are as entertaining as this week’s take on the  timeless musical fantasia known as “That’s Why I Chose Yale,” we won’t complain.

A choice passage:

James Goodale, Class of ’55, and a former general counsel for the Times, made it through all seventeen minutes—more collegians bursting into song, accompanied by “Up with People”-style dance numbers, and even some electric-guitar shredding in the art gallery—before reporting that the production seemed “intended for an audience that I couldn’t divine.” He added, “My God, if you’re a hockey player, you think, I’ll go to Princeton.”

In other New Yorker-related news, apparently Princeton Politics Professor Gary Bass sometimes writes in to give his opinion on current cinema?  Most random New Yorker blog post about one of my former professors EVER…

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The inimitable Peter Singer.

The inimitable Peter Singer.

Enjoying those orange-and-black-bedecked water bottles you just stocked up on at late meal? How about that latte you just bought at Small World? Or those cans of shaving cream you just invested in to spray all over residential college hallways during pickups?

Well if so, check out these great lines from a profile of Princeton’s very own Peter Singer, professor of bioethics extraordinaire, that was printed in Melbourne’s Sunday Star-Times.

“The money you spend on these luxuries, he says, is money you have not given to help the wretched of the earth. You are, he suggests, like someone who refuses to wade into a pond to save a drowning child because he doesn’t want to ruin his new shoes. Death sits at your cafe table, and will not go away.”

Ahem. How does that latte taste now? Want to go collect that shaving cream and reuse it?

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When Ross Ohlendorf ’05 isn’t pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he’s raising longhorn cattle at his family’s ranch. And when Ross Ohlendorf ’05 isn’t raising longhorn cattle at his family’s ranch, he’s interning at the U.S. Department of Agriculture or giving interviews to Sports Illustrated. Ross Ohlendorf ’05 does not mess around. Clearly.

Ohlendorf’s duties (after his morning workout) range from branding to feeding to measuring horns to naming the calves to photographing animals for the ranch’s website. It’s not always pretty, he says while searching for Big Chief: “My arms were covered in manure this morning.”

The Pirates’ ace spent the first two months of his off-season in a very different job, one that smelled a lot better and required him to wear a shirt and tie. He was an intern for the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington.

An ORFE major who rocked the SATs (shoutout to my College Confidential homies) and apparently served up a blistering thesis, Ohlendorf put his skills to the test “doing cost analysis of regulatory programs that identify and trace diseased animals and plants.” What now, A-Rod?

One of the cattle in his herd is named Big Chief. Ross Ohlendorf, you are our Big Chief. Keep juggling your absurd achievements — keep making us proud.

The many faces of Ross Ohlendorf:

All Business

Face #1: All business

Face #2: On the Mound

Face #2: On the mound

Face #3: Down and dirty (Technically his dad, but whatever)

Face #3: Down and dirty (Technically his dad, but whatever)

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Do you like the New York Times? Do you like hearing really, really interesting people speak? Well have we got the lecture for you.

The University Press Club is excited to bring New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn M.P.A. ’88 to Princeton. They’ll give a lecture titled “Half the Sky” at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, on Thursday, February 4, in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. (That’s Woody Woo, in case you were wondering.)

And if that’s not enough, they’ll stick around for a book signing of their new book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

Get there early – seats will be limited.

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. The event is also sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School.

So Obama’s approval rating has seen better days. What’s Cornel West got to offer the Commander in Chief?

Well, besides having a slick set of clean duds every morning.

Check out one of Dr. West’s more recent public appearances in this video put out by the BBC. The professor encourages President Obama to not “simply be the friendly face of the American Empire.” West even goes so far to ask him, “How deep is your love for poor and working people?” He insists, “Don’t be seduced by the elites.”

And the professor begs for democratic policies in place of technocratic ones, splicing in images of afflicted Americans. But in spite of the tough criticism, or, as he calls it, “loving pressure,” he does offer Obama a fair consolation prize: “I applaud your brilliance; I applaud your charisma.”