“Evacuating Egypt” — February 2011 (see pdf here)
As gunshots echoed in the background, Robert Joyce spent his last Friday night in Egypt, Jan. 28, writing an Arabic paper in his dorm. Outside, a mob was shaking a main gate off the building, which houses primarily Egyptian students at Alexandria University.
“Closing the Achievement Gap in Maryland” — November 2010
In recent years, at least 70 districts have experimented with mixing low-income children into more-affluent classrooms. But with savvy parents volunteering their kids, it has been hard to draw larger conclusions about the success of these efforts. That’s not the case in Montgomery County, Md., where local zoning laws required affordable housing amid the tonier homes of Washington commuters.
“College Credit” — September 2010
Like tuition, college credit-card debt is on the rise. As the school year begins, parts of 2009’s credit-card reform bill will finally begin to protect the young from their own spending habits.
“California Backs Away From Cap-and-Trade” — August 2010
When the Senate walked away from energy reform this year, it seemed to spell the end of cap-and-trade as well. But the idea—which calls for a market that lets companies buy and sell pollution allowances—is still alive at the state level.
“Are Free-Range Eggs Safer?” — August 2010
When a salmonella outbreak on two Iowa farms leads to a nationwide recall of a half-billion eggs, it points to a bigger question: what happened to the food system?
“Government debt crisis will hurt your credit” — July 2011
With the debt ceiling deadline just days away, all eyes are on the government’s ability to borrow money. But if the ceiling isn’t lifted, it won’t be just the government having problems taking out a loan; everyday Americans will likely encounter new costs and difficulties as well.
When last Friday’s debt ceiling talks came to a frustrating end just hours after the market closed, it made sense to expect a repeat of what happened during the TARP debate. In 2008, the Dow plunged 777 points after the House voted against the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Congressional representatives turned around and later approved the bailout package.
But Monday came and went without the kind of market slump that could push lawmakers to a debt ceiling deal.
Washington may reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2, the date after which Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the US will no longer be able to meet its debt obligations through accounting tricks. But what happens if the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, which places a legal cap on the amount the country can borrow — and which the U.S. actually hit on May 16 — isn’t raised?
If some of the world’s largest corporations can’t manage to keep your personal and financial data safe, is there anything you can do to protect yourself?
Marie Claire and MarieClaire.com
“The Best NYC Food Under $10” — August 2009
New York might be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there’s no shortage of cheap eats in this epicurean paradise.
“Best Cities to Relocate” — October 2009 (see pdf here)
“Life Saver” — February 2009 (re-published on AOL Health)
In 1990, Marissa Ayala’s birth stirred a national debate-should families conceive one child to save another’s life? In her own words, eighteen-year-old Marissa shares her story.
The death of Osama bin Laden last week was met with celebration by many, but it also raised questions about the legal standing of the United States raid that killed the al Qaeda leader. On Friday, United Nations investigators for the Human Rights Council called for the release of more information about the top-secret operation, which U.S. officials insist was lawful.
Princeton University Politics and International Affairs professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, who served as director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department from 2009 to February 2011, discussed the international policy implications of bin Laden’s death at a panel Monday at the Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she was dean from 2002 to 2009.
“Ex-Envoy: Mubarak foes lacking a ‘natural leader'” — February 2011 (see pdf here)
The growing opposition in Egypt is as yet “inchoate and incoherent,” a former U.S. ambassador said at Princeton University yesterday, about an hour after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he would not run for re-election.
“Film-Friendly State: Utah” — January 2010
From New Hampshire’s “no filming permits” policy to Michigan’s 42 percent tax credit, states are fighting to stay competitive with low-cost international filming locations — and each other. For filmmakers, this means a slew of incentive programs that might make financing your next film a bit easier.
Award-winning filmmaker Emily Abt started her career as a documentarian. The Independent asked her to advise the documentarians wishing to be first-time narrative filmmakers.
The Princeton Alumni Weekly
“A novel in 12 weeks? No sweat!” — April 2011
As any senior staring down the last chapter of his or her thesis knows, the ultimate inspiration is the deadline. For the students in novelist Susan Choi’s creative writing class, a deadline looms at the end of every weekday night.
“The roar of the crowd…” — March 2011
The band calls them “the hecklers”: two students who go to as many home men’s basketball games as the plaid-clad band itself does — which is to say, all of them.
They stand, dressed in orange and black, at the front of the student section in Jadwin Gym, armed with a megaphone and a cruel wit. Among the opponents’ offenses that attract their attention are “looking unkempt” and “general lack of talent.”
“It’s fair — it’s all fair,” said Andrew Whitener ’12. “We work with what they provide us,” added a jersey-clad Tom Boggiano ’12.
“Students line up to open their lives — on TV” — July 2010
With appearances on Wife Swap, The Amazing Race, and Beauty and the Geek, to name a few shows, Princetonians are no strangers to reality television. This time around, it’s undergraduates who are lining up for their 15 minutes of fame.
The Princeton Packet
Waving umbrellas and posters, around 30 Princeton students danced and cheered in front of the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Nassau Street offices Wednesday to voice disapproval of the group’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
“Fake rifle prompts campus alert at PU” — March 2009
A Princeton University student touched off a campus-wide security alert over the weekend by running across the campus carrying an “imitation” AK-4 assault rifle, police said.