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Investigative Report: Student Journalists Find Rampant Violations of NYC Environmental Law

By Aracely Chavez, Taylor Fetty, Breonna Reese, Sarah Santiago and Michael Williams with the staff of The Princeton Summer Journal

On Wednesday, August 10, ABC News correspondent Sunny Hostin was in the driver’s seat of her parked Mercedes SUV in lower Manhattan, unaware she was breaking the law.  Hostin, simply by sitting in her air-conditioned vehicle, was one of many of New Yorkers who every day violate a little-known, seldom-enforced rule designed to reduce auto emissions. An infraction won’t land anyone in Rikers Island prison, but advocates argue that failing to enforce the law quietly wreaks financial and environmental havoc on the city.

In New York City, it is illegal for cars, vans or buses to idle for more than three minutes—or for more than one minute near a school. Over the course of several hours last week, a team of 37 high school reporters from the Princeton Summer Journal observed 104 vehicles idling for over three minutes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Roughly 80 percent were private automobiles; the rest were commercial vehicles, limousines and taxis. After being approached and informed of the city’s three-minute anti-idling law, less than one in five drivers turned off their engines. Many weren’t shy about voicing their displeasure. “What difference does it make?” huffed an elderly woman in Brooklyn Heights who identified herself as Mrs. Pittman. “I don’t care about a law.” Continue reading

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Give Republican candidate Steve Uccio a chance

By Elia Morelos
Pacoima, CA

Steven Uccio is expected to lose his campaign for Congress. No amount of campaigning across New Jersey’s 12th District will change the fact that he is a huge underdog.

Uccio is running against incumbent Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman. As a Republican in a blue district, Uccio isn’t likely to attract enough voters—and that’s if they hear his message in the first place. Uccio, a first-time congressional candidate, receives scant media coverage.

Uccio isn’t a flawless candidate. His policy platform is incomplete, notably his lack of a position on Medicaid and food stamps, both important issues for low-income residents. He also intends to vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom is highly unpopular among Democrats—which Uccio will need to win over if he has any chance of victory.  Continue reading

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House GOP longshot Uccio makes his case

By Kay-Ann Henry
Miami Gardens, FL

The smell of kettle-corn lingers in the air, while a ferris wheel rises high above the fairgoers. Steven Uccio, a Republican candidate for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, is at the Middlesex County Fair in East Brunswick, N.J., with two of his staffers. At the moment, he is speaking to the Princeton Summer Journal about his campaign.

Uccio seems cool and unfazed in a polo shirt and khaki pants. He greets student journalists generously, noting that he’s received few questions over the last four years from the local press. He welcomes questions. He makes eye contact. He seems like a pretty typical young guy.  Continue reading

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Republican runs on pro-pot platform in longshot House bid

By Yahaira Torres Ledesma
Bronx, NY

Steven Uccio, the Republican House candidate in New Jersey’s 12th District, is hoping to appeal to voters in his predominantly liberal district through libertarian policy positions like drug decriminalization. But the inexperienced, largely unknown candidate still faces long odds in November against Democratic incumbent Bonnie Watson Coleman.

At a press conference August 6 at the Middlesex County Fair, Uccio, 30, discussed the war on drugs at length. “The drug war has been a total failure,” he said. “I will be more independent-minded and follow my values.” He believes that possession of marijuana or heroin should be decriminalized so that addicts are sent to rehabilitation instead of jail.  Continue reading

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At Princeton, the debate over Wilson’s legacy rages on

By Berenice Davila and Katie Okumu
Texas City, TX and Berea, KY

In the basement of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, an exhibit tries to provide a fuller understanding of Wilson’s complexities: He was a U.S. president, a university president–and a bigot. One dimly lit section is dedicated to arguments scribbled on bright orange four-by-six index cards.

“Black Lives Matter, but not to Wilson,” reads one card.

“Way overblown, get over it,” says another.

It’s a sign of how the debate surrounding Wilson’s legacy refuses to die. Continue reading

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Wilson leaves behind a troubled legacy

By Aisha Tahir
Annandale, VA

Last year, on the morning of November 18, nearly 200 students gathered outside Princeton University’s Nassau Hall. They came together from many diverse backgrounds to advocate for one cause: demanding that the school remove the name of Woodrow Wilson—the 28th president of the United States and a former president of the University—from its buildings.

The news immediately went viral around the world, with headlines like “The Case Against Woodrow Wilson at Princeton” in The New York Times, “Erasing Woodrow Wilson’s name is not that easy” on CNN, and “Expunging Woodrow Wilson from Official Places of Honor” in The Washington Post.  Continue reading

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New Jersey loses faith in Christie

By Taylor Fetty and Maria Gonzalez
Hundred, WV and Mattawa, WA

Residents of Princeton, N.J., expressed frustrations about Gov. Chris Christie on a recent evening, saying his failed presidential campaign and support of Republican nominee Donald Trump distracted him from the affairs of his home state.

Elected as a Republican in a Democratic state, Christie was initially popular because of his brash and candid style, but voters said they started to lose faith in him after “Bridgegate,” a high-profile political scandal involving the George Washington Bridge in 2013. “He is extremely short-sighted and self-serving,” said Michael, 73, a professor at Princeton University who declined to give his last name due to his position at the University, citing the scandal in which Christie’s aides deliberately caused traffic with lane closures on the George Washington Bridge to punish one of Christie’s political opponents.  Continue reading

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Princeton residents bash Governor Christie

By Kieona Buchanan and Katie Marciniak
Rolling Fork, MS and Chicago, IL

Residents of Princeton say they dislike their governor both as the state’s leader and for his role in the current presidential election. Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump, they believe, is merely a political move to win a cabinet spot after his term is up in 2017.

Devon Davis, a 24-year-old Princeton resident, said he recalls Christie’s budget cuts resulting in a decline in field trip opportunities when he was in high school. So Christie’s decision to work alongside Trump, Davis said, “doesn’t surprise me. They’re for themselves.”  Continue reading

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With re-election looming, Princeton mayor reflects on first term

By Allison Scharmann
Southwick, MA

Liz Lempert, mayor of Princeton, N.J., is the kind of politician who chooses her words carefully. She’s coming to the end of her first term and four years filled with controversial battles including gentrification, wage theft, infrastructure, and other issues that reflect the town’s changing demographics.

A former journalist, Lempert jumped into politics with Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and served as Princeton Township Deputy Mayor for four years. Since being elected mayor in 2012, she’s governed a town that’s experienced growing tension amid urban development and gentrification, especially in neighborhoods consisting largely of people of color.  Continue reading

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Steven Uccio: red candidate in a blue state

By Mirna Rodriguez and Xuan Truong
Mission, TX and Springfield, MA

The carnival played out in the distance underneath last Saturday afternoon’s baking sun. The sunlight perfectly lit up a sign that read Middlesex County. Laughter and screams rang out from the twisting rides, drowning out a man’s demure voice as he stood in a field. Face clean shaven and hair neatly cut, he looked down at his pin, the sun blaring against the name: Steven Uccio.

Behind him were two other men in bright red shirts with large, bolded letters saying “Uccio For Congress: It’s Our Time.” Beyond the three were a crowd of young journalists, with pink umbrellas and notebooks on their laps, awaiting his answers. Continue reading

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Princetonians discuss Christie and Trump

By Ashley Standafer and Xuan Truong
Hyden, KY and Springfield, MA

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a polarizing politician who inspired both outright anger and respect among those interviewed on a recent Saturday night in Princeton, N.J.

“He’s a bully and it shows who he really is as a person,” said Robert Delanty, 47. He believes that Christie “sold himself out on the Trump endorsement,” referring to the governor’s support of the Republican presidential candidate.   Continue reading

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Calmness and continuity: the story of Princeton mayor Liz Lempert

By Jamal Burns
St. Louis, MO

Liz Lempert sits in a beige conference room in Princeton’s municipal complex. The room is utterly silent, besides the faint hum of central air conditioning. But the calmness of the room belies persistent tension in the Princeton community, whether about the environment, the cost of housing, or racial prejudices on Princeton University’s campus.

Lempert, 46, is the first mayor of the newly consolidated Princeton Township. But she hasn’t always been in politics. She started her unconventional journey in journalism, as an editor for the Stanford Daily, and later, as a graduate student at Boston University. “I thought I was going to go into print [journalism] because you gravitate to what comes easy to you, and I always loved writing,” she said. Continue reading

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First-generation Princeton students speak out

By Anahi Figueroa and Jesus Lino
Commerce City, CO and Los Angeles, CA

At the country’s most selective colleges, all first year students commence their college experience in the same way. Armed with over-packed suitcases, they stroll through a manicured lawn passing a medieval Harry Potter-style library to arrive at their empty dorm. After sliding their freshly minted I.D’s, they open the door to new faces with differing backgrounds. They all arrive to the room in the same fashion, yet the subtext of their past experiences shapes their new ones. Whether you’re the daughter of a farmer or the son of a Wall Street shark, your upbringing shapes how you navigate in a new environment. For first-generation and low-income students at Princeton University, their backgrounds can present unique obstacles for maneuvering their education, especially without support from family or the administration.

While administrators believe that Princeton University is doing a marvelous job in assisting first-generation students, some students say that a lot of work still needs to be done. Continue reading

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Construction on $300m arts and transit complex moves along

By Hector Gutierrez
McFarland, CA

Through the glass walls of Princeton’s new arts complex, viewers can see rooms hanging from the ceiling, as though they are waiting to be secured into the rest of the building. But the rooms will remain where they are, held by strings attached to the ceiling. The unique structure is designed to isolate the rooms from each other so musical vibrations do not travel.

The beauty of the building cannot conceal the fact that Princeton has not always emphasized arts in this way. As the Princeton campus prepares to welcome the $300 million architectural marvel that will house the production of myriad masterpieces as well as a new Dinky station, it marks a transition from the period when arts weren’t integrated as an important component of the curriculum.  Continue reading

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Residents discuss police-community relations

By Aracely Chavez
Pacoima, CA

Because of the violent, often fatal, acts police have committed toward people of color—such as the killings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Eric Garner and Michael Brown—some Americans currently have a negative perception of police. But recent interviews with people in the John Street neighborhood—a historically low-income neighborhood of Princeton—suggest that this is not the case here.

“I think they treat us better” because now “they even greet [us],” said 40-year-old Juan Orellana. Similarly, 35-year-old Consuelo Retanalo said that police help a lot and “do a good job.” According to local resident Joanne Rice Parker, “I respect the police…They look out for us.” Many of the sources, such as 44-year-old Oliverio Sanchez, had never had an interaction with police, but made sure to clarify that “not all” police officers are racist and sometimes need to use force on those that resist them. “To tell you the truth, they’re awesome…They don’t bother me,” said Winston McFarlane. Continue reading

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Bridging the gap: Princeton’s Hidden Minority Council

By Trapetas McGill
Philadelphia, PA

To Princeton Sophomore David Lopera, Princeton University’s manicured campus seemed such a world away from his native East Boston that he almost didn’t apply. “I was obviously scared. Nervous. I had my doubts. I anticipated wealth,” he said. Little did this 19-year-old son of migrant Colombians know, he wasn’t alone. When he got to New Jersey last fall, he joined a  growing number of Princeton students with exactly the same worries.

Now, Lopera is a member of Princeton’s Hidden Minority Council (PHMC), a group founded in 2013 to raise awareness about first-generation college students on campus and the challenges they face. While Princeton covers students’ full financial aid, says PHMC treasurer Melana Hammel, “it doesn’t bridge the gap.” Socioeconomic status can have huge effects on low-income students’ experiences on campus. “[The PHMC is about] building an understanding,” Hammel says. And the group, which won Princeton’s 2016 Martin Luther King award for community service, is only getting started.  Continue reading

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A moment in time: Princeton senior theses

By Skye An
Brooklyn, NY

For a moment, Ethan Coen was a person no one would recognize today. He was not in Minnesota where he was raised, nor in Hollywood where he ascended as a filmmaker with his brother Joel. He was a philosophy major at Princeton University. And like all Princetonians, he faced the university’s most daunting undergraduate task: the senior thesis.

For nearly a century, students who have gone on to find fame in politics, law, literature and entertainment have completed senior theses at Princeton. But is it fair to judge people by the theses they wrote decades ago?

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‘You can’t tell whose parents have money’: the story of first-generation students

By Angela Loyola
Stony Point, NY

There’s a minority group at Princeton that isn’t constrained to one gender, race or religion. They walk around campus unseen. The university claims their well-being is a significant priority—but some students say the school isn’t doing enough.

Low-income and first-generation students don’t fit the traditional definition of a minority, but many of these students still feel stigmatized on campus.

“When you walk around campus…you can’t tell whose parents have money,” said Melana Hammel, rising sophomore. Hammel is the co-chair and treasurer of the Princeton Hidden Minority Council, which aims to give this invisible minority a voice. Continue reading

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Don’t let it bug you! A review of worm-covered ice cream

By Xuan Truong, Ashley Standafer and Tommie Robinson
Springfield, MA; Hyden, KY; Jonesboro, GA

On a recent Wednesday, a lone ice cream truck was parked in front of a side exit at New York’s bustling Chelsea Market. This wasn’t a typical Mister Softee truck playing jolly tunes and selling soft serve. There were no nuts or sprinkles—here, the topping options included grasshoppers, mealworms and other insects.

The local Van Leeuwen ice cream shop created the treats as part of a partnership with The Economist and distributed them for free to anyone brave enough to try them. At first, we thought the idea was crazy—and disgusting. What normal person would eat bugs? After speaking with the truck’s employees, however, we learned that these critters are a healthy source of protein.  Continue reading

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Staff editorial: Ephemeral experience, lasting impact

By the SJP Class of 2016

It’s like the beginning of any race: Before the starting gun goes off, you feel nervous, uncertain and a little bit overwhelmed about what lies ahead. That’s how many of us felt when we first arrived at Princeton University’s Summer Journalism Program, flying in from Massachusetts, Missouri, California and everywhere in between.

But over the course of 10 short days and 10 long nights, we hit our stride, all becoming part of a vibrant community of curious students and intellectuals who’ve overcome their circumstances to chase their dreams. Continue reading

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A look inside Mudd Library, home of Princeton senior theses

By Amanda Koym
Madisonville, TX

Slightly brittle and yellowing with age, the pages of the 1916 edition of the Nassau Herald crinkle as they move. Within the century-old pages is a short blurb, six paragraphs long, and a photo of one of the Great American Authors, his face blank. It is F. Scott Fitzgerald, age 19.

The yearbook is stored in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of Princeton’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Built in 1976, the library houses Princeton University’s 1748 charter, as well as the senior theses of politicians such as Ted Cruz and actors such as David Duchovny.  If you want to look at the files inside, however, there are some rules. Continue reading

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Discussion of police relations with Princeton residents reveals racial divide

By Maria Gonzalez
Mattawa, WA

In Princeton, N.J., the conversation on police brutality falls along the same racial divides as the national one: White residents have more positive views of police, while for the most part, black residents say they have been unfairly targeted.

The uptick of attention to police brutality around the country concerns Princeton residents. In recent interviews, some said they’ve never had a run-in with police, while others claimed that cops are surveilling neighborhoods with more diverse populations. Continue reading

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Dancers’ pay is nothing to cheer about

By Mirna Rodriguez
Mission, TX

The football stadium is deafening. It is a mixture of passionate screaming and songs melting together. In the midst of all this, keeping the pep alive, are the cheerleaders. Clothed in sparkling costumes and tossing impeccable show hair, they are a single unit, acting as one: dancing, smiling, enduring. They are on top of the world, inspiring countless little girls. With all the lights and glamour, it’s hard to imagine that the beautiful costumes, the iconic pompoms and all the hard work often add up to a paycheck lower than the wages of someone working at McDonald’s. Continue reading

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Textbook history doesn’t tell the full story

By Amy Kim
Valencia, CA

We’ve been studying the world through a lens of deceit.

To what extent should George Washington’s and Thomas Jefferson’s attitudes toward slavery diminish their accomplishments? Why didn’t the U.S. intervene adequately in the Rwandan genocide of 1994? Why is the 1968 My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, in which women and children were brutally slaughtered by American soldiers, described in a single paragraph in many textbooks? Continue reading

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Finding comfort in my identity

By Luis Ortiz
Chicago, IL

When I moved to the United States from Mexico, one of the things that surprised me the most was the locker rooms. In 2011, I came to Chicago from my home in Mexico City for a vacation with my family. After a week, my father went home, and I was told by my mother that we would not be returning with him. I had to learn to adapt to the United States as an immigrant and learn a new reality that would not include my father and his family.

To add to my personal confusion, I discovered something important in the locker room: I was attracted to guys. My dad raised me Catholic, which led me to believe that I was destined to go to hell. When I told my family, they were not pleased: my mother, a fundamentalist non-denominational Christian, took it very badly. We became distant, and we had several arguments that made my life very bitter. During the summer before freshman year of high school, I contemplated the idea of suicide or running away, but I never attempted to do anything about it.  Continue reading

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Safe sex education protects teenagers

By Jadelyn Flores-Sierra
New Brunswick, NJ

You are only worth your virginity; once you lose it, no man will respect you,” my mother reminds me yet again. Though the phrase is familiar, I make it a point to look her in the eyes, and the longer I hold the stare, the more I am able to see centuries of female oppression that existed long before my mother was born.

The very idea that I am worth much more than one act in my life is not the result of some epiphany made during health education. Though that class didn’t teach me to respect myself—that was something I had to learn on my own—I was lucky to receive a health education that taught me about different forms of contraceptives. However, not all students in the United States have access to knowledge about safe sex. Sexual education, for some students, is reduced to abstinence-only. The danger in abstinence-only education is not only ignorance but also, and more significantly, the creation of a population at increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.  Continue reading

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Profile: Skye Ettin discusses coaching, family, leadership

By Miriam Garcia
San Fernando, CA

The tall glass windows illuminated the entrance of Jadwin Gym, and hip-hop music thumped in the background as I searched for the coach. In the dome-shaped main gym, lights beamed down, championship flags waved and players thwacked the ball down the court.

This is the second home of Skyelar Ettin, assistant coach for the Princeton University men’s basketball team.  Continue reading

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The man helping a team of women break through the ice ceiling

By Katie Marciniak
Chicago, IL

As the players make their way toward the rink, the cool air awakens their nerves. They assess their competition from behind the glass as they skate onto the ice one by one. The referee drops the puck on the ice, the players face off and the game begins.

You may have visualized a hockey game taking place, but did you presume men as the players? People don’t typically associate women with aggressive sports such as hockey. But according to the International Ice Hockey Federation, since the first IIHF women’s season in 1990, the number of female hockey players has ballooned from roughly 6,000 to more than 65,000.  Continue reading

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Jets vs. Jaguars: a play-by-play

By Kasandra Gonzalez
Roma, TX

The countdown starts early.

By 5:30 p.m., football fans starving for a new season have already set up tents around the parking lot of MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. Mass chattering and the clinking of beers flood the parking lot as fans exchange greetings at their tailgates.

Inside the stadium, both teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets, warm up. On the home side, Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg swiftly passes to wide receiver Anthony Kelly. The crowd starts filing into the stadium as selfies are showcased on the Jumbotron.  Continue reading

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To capture a football game: live from the press box

By Tommie Robinson
Jonesboro, GA

There are plenty of things that go unnoticed at any football game. You don’t have to be in love with a game to go to one.

If you are curious enough, you can study everything but the game.

Before a recent pre-season game between the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Meadowlands–my first NFL game–rows and rows of fans barbequed, threw footballs and got drunk in the parking lot. Continue reading

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Meet Skye Ettin, assistant men’s basketball coach

By Anterrica Brady
Panther Burn, MS

Scrimmaging with one another, basketball players ferociously dribble the ball against the hardwood floor as their shoes squeak.  Although the noisy air conditioner continues to chill the air, the players are still sweating. Meanwhile, one man sits calmly without a single bead of sweat.

Behind the scenes, Skyelar Ettin, a 24-year-old assistant basketball coach at Princeton University, has a huge role to play in his team’s games. As a young man leading other young men, Ettin has proven to be a capable leader, displaying a surprising level of confidence and experience. Although his age is close to his players’, Ettin remains professional. Ettin believes that it’s important to show “the players this is [his] job and [he] takes pride in it.”  Continue reading

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Jets defeat Jaguars 17-13

By Alexess Sosa
Big Spring, TX

The New York Jets earned a come-from-behind victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in their preseason opener on Wednesday, prevailing 17-13 at MetLife Stadium despite a poor offensive showing.

The Jets gained just 284 yards compared to Jacksonville’s 415, but New York still triumphed after a strong second-quarter performance.

The Jaguars started strong behind third-year quarterback Blake Bortles, who went 6 of 7 for 105 yards, leading Jacksonville to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Jason Myers kicked a 33-yard field goal to open the scoring, and a Chris Ivory 1-yard run put Jacksonville up by two scores.  Continue reading

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Cynical tale spoils sparkling cinematography

By Xuan Truong
Springfield, MA

Woody Allen opens the curtain once again to unveil his latest work, “Café Society.” He takes us back into a world filled with jazz, expensive wines, and wealthy socialites set against the backdrop of the raging ‘30s.

“Café Society” is the product of Allen’s finest cinematography, with a blend of vibrant colors and brilliant composition that create a dazzling mask. But behind the mask lies something much darker. Continue reading

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Flat characters deflate Woody Allen’s latest

By Angel Santana
Pennsauken, NJ

Woody Allen’s new film, “Café Society,” features some of the most flawless actors in Hollywood today: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell. Allen is a highly respected director and is one of the most experienced directors alive. While the film has a lot of potential, it falls short.

Taking place in the 1930s, Eisenberg plays an awkward, ambitious young man named Bobby Dorfman who leaves his bickering parents, gangster brother and loving sister in New York to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. His uncle, Phil, played by Carell, is a major talent agent who hires Bobby to do odd jobs. Bobby meets Phil’s secretary, Vonnie, played by Kristen Stewart, and falls in love with her. However, Vonnie has a boyfriend. Continue reading

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“Café Society”: Stunning visuals, lackluster plot

By Katie Okumu
Berea, KY

In the twilight of Woody Allen’s career, he has created a substantial array of movies that have struggled to match the originality and depth of his earlier works.

In “Café Society,” his most recent endeavor at storytelling, Allen tells a familiar narrative through another awkwardly bumbling lead actor in a different period (1930s America).

Jesse Eisenberg plays Bobby, a down on his luck, Jewish, New York-native who moves to Hollywood in order to work for his celebrity agent Uncle Phil (Steve Carell).  Continue reading

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“Jenkins” hits the right notes

By Kay-Ann Henry
Miami Gardens, FL

Just in: Meryl Streep is an unbelievable actress. OK, that isn’t anything new. After all, she has been nominated for 19 Academy Awards. She is the solute, and her roles are solvents; she always blends together outstanding solutions. Her performance in “Florence Foster Jenkins” is no different.

Streep plays the title character, a wealthy American socialite who seems to have everything —except the one thing she really wants. Set in 1944, the movie tells the true story of a woman whose love for music drives her to a memorable —and completely awful—concert in Carnegie Hall. Streep’s performance is both hilarious and poignant. She successfully portrays someone who is grounded enough to function in society, but detached enough that she can’t recognize her lack of musical ability.  Continue reading

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Streep shines in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

By Meherina Khan
Katy, TX

“Florence Foster Jenkins” is a biographical comedy that follows the eponymous New York socialite and philanthropist, played by Meryl Streep, as she strives to establish herself as a passionate—though not very talented—opera singer. Although enthusiastic, every yelp and moan was so awful; it was hard to suppress the tears and winces that came along with hearing such an unpleasant voice.

As a rich patron of the arts, it wasn’t hard for Jenkins to buy out Carnegie Hall and live out her deeply vested dream to perform. Her concert became legendary—more for her ability to be tone deaf rather than her skill to carry a botched tune.  Continue reading

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Despite lead in polls, Trump garners skepticism on N.Y. streets

By ShiWanda Sheard-Perry
West Helena, Ark.

NEW YORK — Donald Trump is a shocking subject. In interviews with the Princeton Summer Journal, people on the street in New York responded with everything from gasps to looks and sounds of disgust and disapproval.  These everyday New Yorkers were all from different places and backgrounds, but they all had one thing in common — they are not for Donald Trump.

New Yorkers either had a mouthful to say or made no comment at all about the leading Republican candidate. The biggest challenge was finding someone who would actually speak on the subject. But when they did they gave some very interesting responses. Continue reading

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Zwicker promises evidence-based policy

By Samuel Lee
Fullerton, Calif.

Princeton University plasma physicist and professor Andrew Zwicker unravels complex political issues with what he knows best: science. As the New Jersey General Assembly election in November quickly approaches, Zwicker said the scientific method will play a role in his campaign to represent the 16th District.

“I will promise to use evidence to make decisions because that’s what I do as a scientist,” the Democratic candidate said. The General Assembly is the lower house of New Jersey’s bicameral legislative body, and elections are held each odd-numbered year. If elected on Nov. 3, Zwicker could enact state laws and propose amendments to the state’s constitution. Continue reading

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Zwicker makes second bid for office

By Marsriana Datta
Memphis, Tenn.

For Andrew Zwicker, a Democrat running for the New Jersey General Assembly in the 16th District, science as well as politics can help to solve the state’s problems.

“The one thing I promise to do is use evidence to make decisions,” Zwicker said at a press conference with the Princeton Summer Journal on Aug. 1.

Zwicker, who is a physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, is focusing on protecting the environment and ensuring better job prospects for college graduates. Continue reading

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PUPP aims to improve college access

By Jeannie Regidor
Miami, Fl.

Programs like the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) — a college preparatory program for low-income high school students in the Princeton and Trenton areas — are few and far between. But when low-income students find them, they are like diamonds in the rough. Over 80 percent of top-performing low-income students don’t apply to highly selective universities, according to Questbridge.

“Some people are breezing by and unconcerned about paying for college, and others have lost hope of going to college,” said Renata Stankowska, a 16-year-old rising junior at Ewing High School and a student at PUPP this summer. Continue reading

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Princeton residents question Christie’s presidential bid

By ShiWanda Sheard-Perry
West Helena, Ark.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been down in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. A recent poll conducted by Monmouth University showed he only had the support of 4.4 percent of Republican voters, trailing fellow GOP candidates Donald Trump (26%), Jeb Bush (12.2%), Scott Walker (11.1%), Ted Cruz (5.8%), Mike Huckabee (5.7%) and Ben Carson (4.6%).

Even in his home state, he doesn’t seem to have a firm group of supporters. After conducting four interviews with New Jersey residents for the Princeton Summer Journal, Christie seemed to be hated. Continue reading

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Women athletes still discriminated against despite recent successes

By Rave’n DaJon Coleman
Philadelphia, Pa.

This July, Jen Welter became a coach for the Arizona Cardinals. She is the first woman in NFL history to become a female coach. The sports world greeted her hiring as a moment of great progress for women in sports. “I want little girls to grow up knowing that when they put their mind to something, when they work hard, that they can do anything regardless,” Welter told the New York Times. Continue reading

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Utley proves fan favorite during Trenton rehab

By Kaleb Anderson
Atlanta, G.A.

TRENTON — Fans adore him. His teammates need him. People travel to see him. The team would be nothing without him. Who is this superstar? Two words: Chase Utley. Utley is a widely popular, professional baseball player who is irresistibly talented and has a large fan base. He currently plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, but because of his recent ankle injury he has played for the Double-A baseball team, the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Utley represents the archetype for athletes who will always have support from their fans regardless of their performance in games. Continue reading

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For Utley, rehab draws crowds

By Sharon Bayantemur
Brooklyn, N.Y.

TRENTON — The smell of fried food in the muggy air mingled with the crowd’s boisterousness at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J. Everyone was waiting for the Trenton Thunder to go head-to-head with the Reading Fightin’ Phils. The $15-million major leaguer Chase Utley, a star Philadelphia Phillies infielder, was in the lineup while recuperating from a recent ankle injury. He was the main motivation for most Phillies fans to come to the Aug. 4 Double-A game. Continue reading

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Price speaks for Princeton

By Trista Merrival
Pine Ridge, S.D.

Jerry Price, 52, is in many ways the public face of Princeton sports. He’s responsible for the publication and promotion of the university’s athletic program—a job that calls for him to tell positive stories about Tiger athletics.

“If you’re relying on media to come cover your team, what are they going to say? ‘They lost again; they can’t score a goal,’” Price said. By contrast, in telling the stories himself, he can put forward an upbeat narrative about Princeton athletics. Continue reading

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Princeton’s Price is not the typical public relations man

By Addie Morton
Knoxville, Tenn.

Jerry Price’s desk is unkempt, cluttered with files, and his walls are covered in family photos. He leans back in his chair with a casual demeanor and rests his feet on the bottom drawer of his desk.

“I’d like to write a book about something at some point,” he muses, sitting in his Jadwin Gymnasium office.

If the book is an extension of his blog, “TigerBlog,” expect a candid conversation, voiced in the third person. Continue reading

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Ups and downs of Princeton sports with Jerry Price

By Christina Gaspar
Oceanside, Calif.

Jerry Price, who currently serves as Princeton’s Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Athletic Communications, used to view Princeton sports from the outside, covering the school’s teams for both The Trenton Times and The Princeton Packet. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania, he was hired by Princeton in 1994 and became the voice of Princeton’s sports teams. Continue reading

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Trenton Thunder fade against Fightin’ Phils, 7-1

By Marlee Kelly
Pine Ridge, S.D.

TRENTON — The sun set over Arm & Hammer Park as fans anticipated the first pitch of the game. The Trenton Thunder and the Reading Fightin’ Phils were competing for second place in the Eastern League.

For the most part, it was a typical baseball game: the fans went quiet as a tribute to local veterans played on the big screen, and a young local, Victoria Paul, sang the national anthem. But on Aug. 5, the crowd was here to see something unusual. Continue reading

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Fightin’ Phils silence Trenton Thunder, 7-1

By Kamila Czachorowski
Norridge, Ill.

TRENTON — On Aug. 5, the Trenton Thunder lost 7-1 to the Reading Fightin Phils. Judging by the cheers and clapping, the majority of the crowd was supporting -Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who was temporarily playing for the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Utley suffered an ankle injury in June and has begun the process of working back up to the major leagues. Continue reading