Thank goodness this issue is getting some serious attention. Graduate students certainly can be involved in campus life, but they are excluded by default. It is important that the University start finding ways to integrate the graduates and undergraduates into a cohesive overall culture. When it comes to Princeton grad-student social life, the Graduate College is by far the most important institution. Unfortunately, most grad students are forced to leave the GC after a year or two, due to lack of overall housing space and individual living space, and once people end up at the far-flung apartment complexes, the culture incubated by the GC tends to evaporate. Aside from better integration with the main campus, the University should look into ways to build on the community of the GC.
In Response to: Assessing a renewed focus on grad students, alumni