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.
Six Princeton students suffering from meningitis have recovered while a seventh student is being treated for infection from a meningoccal bacteria, which causes meningitis.
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Mistral in Princeton lands reviews in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer this week. Scott Anderson and business partner, Stephen Distler who also on Elements in Princeton, opened the BYOB in May with Ben Nerenhausen as the chef de cuisine. Both the Times’ Fran Schumer and the Inquirer’s Craig LaBan gave the Mistral a “very good” rating. Both highlighted the octopus and scallops. LaBan definitely had problems with service (they lost his reservation on one occasion) or he might have even rated it higher.
Small Plates, and a Taste of Many Cultures [New York Times]
Mistral helps put Princeton in culinary Ivy League [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Mistral [Philadelphia Magazine]