“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?
“Your Money in a AA-rated US” — August 2011
Though you no longer have to worry about the havoc a debt-ceiling default could wreak on your finances, another threat lingers for Americans: The fallout from any future downgrade of U.S. government debt.
“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?
“Keeping Your Online Accounts Safe” — Jan/Feb 2012
To keep your personal information and your finances safe, here are five things you need to know about online security.
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.
“Top Retirement Mistakes to Avoid” — June 2012
Retirement may seem ages away, but for better or worse, you’ll spend most of your life preparing for it. At least you should be. The retired life may seem like a pretty sweet deal (Ditching the 9 to 5! Florida!), but not working also means not receiving a paycheck.
“Top Banking Mistakes to Avoid” — June 2012
Remember the good old days, when all you had to do was slip your allowance into a piggybank? Sad to say, your bank is a lot more complicated than that now, though last time we checked, piggybanks don’t pay interest or extend loans.
“Top Debt Mistakes to Avoid” — June 2012
From credit cards to student loans, there are tons of different ways to get wrapped up in debt.
Saving, in theory, seems simple: You put some money away and keep your hands off it for a while. But when you have so many other competing real-world demands on your money—from student loans to a desperately needed car repair, exactly how you apply the principles of saving gets more complicated.
You stick to your monthly budget, save a good chunk of your paycheck and never spend beyond your means. But spending wisely can only do so much for your finances, and it’s much less fun than something else you can do to quickly improve your financial situation: boost your income.
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
When I was 12, I was that sort of voracious reader who ran up against the public library’s 40-book borrowing limit every week. Reading meant one thing: disappearing into Green Gables or some post-nuclear society as soon as I got home and emerging only in time for dinner.
At Princeton, reading is more nuanced. You’ll most often find students “doing reading,” highlighting packets of printed-out chapters at a slightly uncomfortable pace. Reading for fun — the kind of reading that defined my life between grades five and 10 — is less common, and a lot more complicated.
“For students, blazing-fast lab work” — September 2011
Consider a device the size of a grain of salt that can process information a billion times faster than the human brain. Inspired by animal nervous systems, the “photonic neuron” uses light instead of electrochemical impulses to process information at lightning-quick speeds.
And in the lab of electrical engineering professor Paul Prucnal, it’s becoming a reality. “It’s a way of encoding more information and processing it more quickly,” Prucnal said.
“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.
“Preparing for a Year of Transition” — November 2011
After a history of failed attempts, the Princetons have finally overcome the first obstacle to consolidation: agreeing on it. Now comes the hard part.
“Consolidation: The Back Story” — October 2010
This Thursday, Oct 28 at 7pm, Princetonians have a chance to weigh in on an issue that has literally divided the town for decades: consolidation.
For Princeton Township and Princeton Borough, the issue of consolidation—merging not just services and schools, but also local governments—has been a hot topic since the 1950s. Like several New Jersey communities, the two towns are independently run, though the borough is completely surrounded by the township.
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.