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In response to shorter Princeton Preview, students organize overnight hosting system

In response to the University’s decision to shorten the Princeton Preview program, a group of students is trying to organize an informal hosting system for admitted students.

The students created a Facebook group called Informal Hosting for Prospective Princeton Students on Thursday evening, shortly after the University announced that the program for prospective students would be shortened to one day.

As of 2:30 p.m. on March 30, 40 students had signed up to host a prospective student, and 13 prospective students had signed up to request a host.

Lorena Grundy ’17, who first came up with the idea, said she started the group because she was upset that some of the prospective students would not be able to attend the program if they could not stay on campus overnight.

“If Preview was just one day without the option to stay overnight, I don’t know if I would have been able to come,” Grundy said, reflecting on her own Preview experience. “Especially the people from West Coast and farther away, a lot of [prospective students] wouldn’t be able to come at all.”

Erika Davidoff ’17, an administrator of the group, said she is concerned that prospective students who booked their flights months ago, such as early admits, might find it difficult to change their travel schedules. She added that she just wanted to help those who are unable to change their flight schedules and don’t have a place to stay.

The group wants the informal hosting to be a way for the prospective students to come to campus and enjoy the official Preview program, Grundy explained.

“This isn’t like we’re going around the administration’s decision to shorten … Preview and plan our own Preview.” Grundy said, “I just want people to still be able to come to the Preview, so this is just a way for them to fly in the night before, stay on someone’s couch and be able to go to events of Preview.”

Grundy added that she personally believes a campus visit is very important to prospective students in deciding which college to attend, and that this initiative would allow them to gain a better understanding of the University experience.

University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua said that many of the undergraduate students have been very responsive to the University’s messages urging them to take the necessary precautions to halt the spread of the illness so far.

“We urge [the students] to continue to support those efforts, by taking precautions and not creating situations that could potentially put the participants at increased risk.” Mbugua said.

Davidoff, Grundy and Mohamed Shalan’17 all said that they are concerned about the spread of meningitis.

“Princeton had a really good reason for cancelling the long Preview, and meningitis is a really serious concern.” Grundy said, “We really want everyone to be safe.”

“I want [the hosts and the guests] to be responsible, both, in all manners of the ways,” said Shalan, explaining that the group plans to advise the students and the guests to act responsibly and refrain from activities that might increase the risk of meningitis infection.

Clarification: An earlier version of this article omitted remarks by University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua and Mohamed Shalan’17. The ‘Prince’ regrets the error. 

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