After getting an FDA-unapproved meningitis vaccine (like the rest of the meningitis-stricken campus) one 18-year-old Princeton student fell down with a very strange illness called rhabdomyolysis, which the Princetonian describes as “an acute breakdown of muscle tissue that causes muscle fiber and protein to be transferred into the bloodstream, risking severe kidney damage.”
Princeton is raising its tuition by 4.1% this year to $41,820. Tack on $13,620 in room and board, and that’s a lot of money for a school that’s going to infect you with meningitis. (On the other hand, we assume the extra dough is going to meningitis research…) Outraged aspiring and current Princetonians, fret not. A., the average financial aid grant will cover that tuition, and B. Penn’s tuition is $5,000 more expensive.
Princeton’s serious, desperate, quasi-legal meningitis problem has been well-covered here at Philly Mag. So we feel duty-bound to inform you that it’s also being well covered at the Daily Princetonian. So well-covered that it now has its very own vertical on the website, along with “Sports” and “Opinion.”
Pity the poor freshman who gets put on the meningitis beat first thing next fall.
As of Wednesday night, 4,361 of Princeton’s 8,000 students have taken a meningitis vaccine not currently approved in the United States. (The other 3,639 have meningitis.) The meningitis outbreak that’s been roiling campus for the past couple semesters led the Center for Disease Control to allow the university to administer the vaccine, currently approved in Europe and Australia and that town just south of the border where Jason Street tries to take some drugs that will help him walk again in Season 2 of “Friday Night Lights.” Today is the last day to get the vaccine.
A couple weeks ago we wondered if Princeton was going to gives its students a vaccine not approved for use in this country–yes, you read that right–to combat its meningitis problem. Well, now they have. And like Ron Woodruff does in Dallas Buyers Club, and Jason Street ultimately didn’t in “Friday Night Lights,” they went ahead and did it.
Millennials, you are killing me.
I know, I know; we celebrate you on the December cover of the magazine. We get to read inside about how you’re remaking the city on your way to taking over the world. But can we stop for a minute and talk about this past weekend at Princeton, please?
There was a bonfire at Princeton last night — the time-honored ritual bonfire celebrating the victories of the football team over archrivals Harvard and Yale. (Sorry, Penn.) How time-honored? Real time-honored. Way back in 1893, the New York Times reported that “the whole college turned out en masse” to construct this bonfire in “the grandest celebration Princeton has ever seen.” But the oh-so-traditional bonfire did not, this year, include the customary ignition of an effigy of John Harvard (though students found smaller ways to include him in the blaze). Why no Harvard effigy? Because, student government social chair Carla Javier told the Daily Princetonian last week, the effigy “represents a human,” and, as the paper went on to note, “various students expressed their distaste for the burning of a human-like figure.”
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They’ve tried vaccines. They’ve tried an ad campaign. They’ve even tried special and utterly useless red solo cups. But after an eighth case of meningitis broke out on campus last week, Princeton might just go full Matthew McConaughey in the Dallas Buyers Club and import a drug that isn’t currently approved in the States.