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Web Exclusive: Having fun on Class Day

By Isia Jasiewicz ’10

Posted on July 13, 2009

“I was told that the purpose of this speech was to be lighthearted,” Jay Katsir ’04 told those attending Class Day his senior year. “But when I looked at the Commencement schedule, I realized … most of the events had so much natural comic...
Parting words of advice

Parting words of advice

By Chip McCorkle ’09

Posted on July 10, 2009

At the Checkout Fair in May, seniors were asked to write six-word memoirs of their Princeton careers. While some took the opportunity to launch a parting shot at the administration (“Grade deflation is the devil, bye”), many chose to pass...
An ‘uninvisible’ issue;  a glimpse into grad life

An ‘uninvisible’ issue; a glimpse into grad life

By Catherine Mevs ’09

Posted on June 5, 2009

On Thursday night of the first Princeton Preview weekend in April, with the campus crawling with prospective students, about 50 people sat quietly in the usually chatter-filled Café Vivian of Frist Campus Center. A young man was reading...

Web Exclusive: Celebrating Asian heritage

By Nikki Leon ’11

Posted on May 8, 2009

At first, it seemed everyone wanted only the food. Although Go and mah-jongg tables were set up outside the Frist convenience store and Wyliena Guan ’11 was emceeing a string of student performances, the crowd gathered around the buffet....
Exploring the Zen flute; voting in favor of service

Exploring the Zen flute; voting in favor of service

By Jessica Lander ’10

Posted on May 7, 2009

Protruding out of Lauren Ledley ’10’s backpack — crammed with textbooks, papers, pencils — is a flared flute, almost two feet long, with a plastic body resembling bamboo. In classes, Ledley’s peers don’t know what to make of it. The flute...

Reacting to a campus alert

By Paavana Kumar ’10

Posted on Apr. 17, 2009

“For there is never trouble within our orange bubble”: So goes the Princeton Triangle Club anthem, reflecting popular sentiment about living on campus as students enjoy the illusion of a secluded, protected community.   But in the...
Using laptops in lectures; doing physics with the pros

Using laptops in lectures; doing physics with the pros

By Catherine Mevs ’09

Posted on Apr. 15, 2009

During a lecture early this semester, English 311 professor Lawrence Danson put aside the dilemma of Prince Hamlet to discuss a topic decidedly not Shakespearean — laptops.   “I quite literally thought,” Danson said later, “let’s take the...
Gender gap at eating clubs; fewer jobs for grad students

Gender gap at eating clubs; fewer jobs for grad students

By Chip McCorkle ’09

Posted on Mar. 27, 2009

If you were a visitor to campus a couple of weeks ago and glanced at a copy of The Daily Princetonian, you might have left with the impression that the eating clubs are still male-only. The Prince that day contained a full-page call to...
Using hypnosis to relax; a lunchtime literary visit

Using hypnosis to relax; a lunchtime literary visit

By Nikki Leon ’11

Posted on Mar. 8, 2009

In the late 1700s Franz A. Mesmer claimed a cure for all ills: Placing his patients around a tub of iron rods and “magnetized” water, Mesmer would play songs on a glass harmonica until one of the patients fell into convulsions — a...
Recipes and priorities

Recipes and priorities

By Jessica Lander ’10

Posted on Feb. 23, 2009

In January Paul Nehring ’10 took the oath of office — not on Lincoln’s Bible, but on a dog-eared, sauce-stained Joy of Cooking. Nehring promised to preside faithfully over 26 upper-class omnivores who comprise one of Princeton’s two...

Grad students square off in the kitchen

By Melinda Baldwin GS

Posted on Feb. 5, 2009

Call it the graduate-student version of Top Chef. In honor of National Soup Month, Sharon Bzostek and her husband, Mike Nalepa, cooked up the idea for a “soup-off” – a contest designed to crown the Princeton graduate community’s top...
Students go unplugged; updating Ulysses’ tale

Students go unplugged; updating Ulysses’ tale

By Chip McCorkle ’09

Posted on Feb. 4, 2009

Just before winter break, students in Rockefeller and Mathey colleges participated in a new intramural competition that was provocatively dubbed “Do It in the Dark.” The real name of the game, though, was abstention — from leaving lights...
Pitches and propositions

Pitches and propositions

By Melinda Baldwin GS

Posted on Jan. 25, 2009

It’s a scenario entrepreneurs dream about: You have a great idea for a business venture, and one morning you find yourself sharing an elevator with a well-known venture capitalist. Can you pitch your idea successfully before you reach the...

Web Exclusive: The Chapel celebrates a Hindu holiday

By Jessica Lander ’10

Posted on Dec. 15, 2008

More than 300 diyas, small ceramic lamps, flickered on tables flanking the central alter, one for every member of the audience Nov. 8 in the Princeton Chapel. Golden podiums, draped with shimmering cloth and topped with candles and rose...
‘Grinch’ in 31 languages; students behind bars

‘Grinch’ in 31 languages; students behind bars

By Jessica Lander ’10

Posted on Dec. 9, 2008

How do you say “Grinch” in Chinese? Although midterms were coming up, Jonathan Kent ’10 was busy translating a stanza from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas into Tang Dynasty poetic style. He settled on “lugui,” which means “green...
Matching wits at the pub; creating a group identity

Matching wits at the pub; creating a group identity

By Melinda Baldwin GS

Posted on Nov. 16, 2008

What’s the name of the area of the brain that produces dopamine? How many stars are on the Alaskan flag? Can you name the former teen idol who voiced Captain Shang in Disney’s animated film Mulan? If so, Pub Quiz at the Graduate College...

Games with a purpose

By Paavana Kumar ’10

Posted on Nov. 2, 2008

Computer games are often viewed as solitary and addictive. But for Luis von Ahn, a 29-year-old computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, they can be strategic, communal – and useful. The winner of a MacArthur “genius...
Seniors face a new reality; Public Safety’s new wheels

Seniors face a new reality; Public Safety’s new wheels

By Chip McCorkle ’09

Posted on Nov. 2, 2008

Sometimes accused of living in an “orange bubble,” Princeton students have been following the financial crisis awfully closely. The interest is part academic (economics is one of the most popular majors on campus), but also pragmatic. For...
On tour, at home and abroad

On tour, at home and abroad

By Catherine Mevs ’09

Posted on Oct. 18, 2008

On a clear day last fall, Kejia Tang ’10 arrived at the admission office at Clio Hall with his usual arsenal of tour-guiding tricks: clever jokes, cute anecdotes, and interesting historical facts. In his second year as an Orange Key tour...
Making a memorable debut

Making a memorable debut

By Jessica Lander ’10

Posted on Oct. 3, 2008

Patricia Gaspari-Bridges anticipates light-saber fights erupting in the grand reading room, nicknamed the “Treehouse,” of the new Lewis Library. Head of Princeton’s science and technology libraries, Gaspari-Bridges gestured at the...

Web exclusive: Interning during Wall Street’s uncertain summer

By Chip McCorkle ’09

Posted on Sept. 19, 2008

As write-downs and layoffs piled up on Wall Street this summer, your first thought probably wasn’t, “…but what of the interns?”  And that’s OK – for the most part, they made out just fine. If, like Posie Harwood ’09, you weren’t in one or...
Meeting their match

Meeting their match

By Isia Jasiewicz ’10

Posted on Sept. 16, 2008

It was well past 11 p.m. July 15. Dozens of members of the Class of 2012 were logged in to Facebook.com, the social networking site, where they had been posting on a discussion board for hours: “I can’t wait to find out,” “I’m so...
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