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USG discusses Honor Committee diversity, extended restaurant week contributor

The Undergraduate Student Government discussed upcoming plans for a “restaurant week all year,” considered diversity on the Honor Committee, and confirmed new members, along with other issues in its weekly meeting Oct. 22. In a new initiative, USG Senator Soraya Morales Nuñez ’18, Campus and Community Affairs Chair Christine Jeong ’19, and USG President Myesha Jemison ’18 are working to expand the annual restaurant week’s promotions and discounts into a more frequently available deal. The three are also interested in expanding access and potential discounts to grocery stores for independent students. Jeong explained that restaurant week is an annual opportunity for students to experience Princeton-area restaurants. Jemison said that the hope for the year-long plan is to model similar plans from other campuses, like Cornell University, but with a different focus. “Our focus would be on grocery stores because we want to address a lot of independent student concerns,” said Jemison. “In [view] of this, we want to publicize what a lot of restaurants are doing,” she added. For example, Jemison explained, Olives offers student dis-

counts, but many students aren’t aware of this. Restaurant week this year will take place Jan. 8–15, and the committee is actively looking to recruit more dessert and coffee shops, according to Jeong. Jeong also presented a nominee to the Campus and Community Affairs Committee, who was confirmed. University Student Life Chair Tania Bore ’20 discussed updating the University Student Life Committee charter, which she believes the committee hasn’t been following for a while. “We’re looking to bridge the gap between what’s best functioning for the current community, what has worked in the past two years, and what’s actually written down on paper,” Bore said. Bore said that the committee has also recently reached out to various student organizations, like the Muslim Students Association and the Performing Arts Council. Regarding PAC, the USLC discussed the availability of dance studio spaces, which still needs to be improved upon, despite the opening of the Lewis Arts complex. “The Lewis Center’s opened, it has three new studios, but, unfortunately, [performers] are not allowed to have access to the studios because the Lewis Center wants more time settling in,” Bore said.


French professor misses U. conference due to denied visa

By Benjamin Ball contributor

Francois Herán, an anthropologist, sociologist, and demographer, was unable to obtain his visa in time to visit the United States for a conference at the University last Friday. Herán suspects that the reason is his past visit to Tehran, Iran, for a demographic conference last year. According to University anthropology professor John Borneman, Herán was invited to speak at a conference co-sponsored by the University Program in Contemporary Europe Politics and Society and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies European crisis group. “Now, we’re having a problem, not simply Princeton, but a national problem, because of visas and the Trump administration trying to block people of different categories all having to do with Muslims,” said Borneman. “When scholars come from places in the world we don’t want to know about, the federal government tries to block them from sharing that information with us.”

Borneman is the director of the EPS program and the co-organizer of the conference. Although Herán could not attend the conference, he was able to Skype in to the event. According to the visa application for citizens of France, people who apply for a visa through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, which has been required for the U.S.’s Visa Waiver Program since 2009, have a 99 percent approval rate. However, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates has noted that some restrictions on the use of ESTA under a 2015 act of Congress that limited visa waivers will affect some French nationals. If any Visa Waiver Program nationals, including French nationals, have traveled to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 1, 2011, those individuals are ineligible to use ESTA according to the new restrictions — even if they have used the program and received ESTA approvals in the past. Herán explained in an email statement that he was rejected by the ESTA system for this reason, having anSee VISA page 2


The Undergraduate Student Government Senate will not meet again until Nov. 12.

The USLC will also be meeting with Facilities to discuss the option of having free menstrual products available to students. USG has previously piloted a program of offering free menstrual products in all bathrooms in Frist Campus Center. Pooja Patel ’18, U-Councilor chair and project leader for the ancillary team, discussed possible recommendations to increase diversity recruitment, especially with respect to STEM majors, for the Honor Commit-

tee. USG members talked about reaching out to STEM organizations, asking preceptors and professors of STEM classes for recommendations of potential members, and requiring diversity and equity training for members of the Honor Committee. Academics Committee Chair Patrick Flanigan ’18 recommended that the USG also consider diversity and equity training for the larger USG group, noting that the training is usually tailored for the specific group


or organization. “For the Honor Committee, it’s being in a position of power,” Flanagan said. In addition to the nominee for the Campus and Community Affairs Committee, the University Student Life Committee presented four nominees, and the Mental Health Initiative presented three nominees, all of whom were confirmed. The next USG meeting will take place on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. There will be no meeting Nov. 5, the first Sunday after fall break. STUDENT LIFE

New peer nightline sees usage increase By Neha Chauhan contributor


Jeff Bezos ’86, the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, spoke at Princeton’s graduation in May 2010.

Eisgruber writes Bezos: Come to New Jersey By Audrey Spensley senior writer

Online retail giant Amazon is looking to expand into an additional corporate headquarters, and President Eisgruber feels that the University might have something to offer in the process. On Oct. 12, Eisgruber wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos ’86, founder and CEO of Amazon, and Jeffrey Wilke ’89, Worldwide Consumer CEO of Amazon, encouraging the company to consider New Jersey as a potential site for

its second North American corporate headquarters. “Princeton University is growing its connections with the innovation ecosystem in New Jersey, and I wanted to share with you some of the synergies that might benefit Amazon if you were to join us in the state that we are proud to call home,” Eisgruber wrote in his letter. Amazon’s current headquarters — a complex composed of 33 buildings and home to over 40,000 employees — is located in SeatSee AMAZON page 3

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Columnist Kaveh Badrei discusses the power of storytelling to convey empathy, and columnist Thomas Clark critiques the concept of birth control as health care. PAGE 6

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Rarely can students find a place to share what is weighing on their minds without worrying about the consequences of what they are disclosing. Princeton Peer Nightline, a peer-run, confidential, and anonymous call and chat service run by volunteers, offers just that. Open on Tuesday and Friday nights, the network offers an empathetic ear for students struggling with a wide variety of issues. “Compared to last year, [PPN has] grown a lot,” said Christin Park ’18, one of the founders of the service. “Definitely, every time we’ve been open, we’ve been having a good number of calls and chats.” Park and the other founders attribute this growth in part to increased awareness because of advertising, as well as to changing the days the hotline is open. Listeners and chat responders for the service are anonymous, as are users, to allow students to speak freely without fear of being judged or of their worries’ becoming See NIGHTLINE page 4


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swered “yes” in the system to having visited Tehran for a conference on demographic efforts and medical issues. After calling U.S. Consulates, he was eventually led back to the very same ESTA system that blocked him in the first place. “My intention is simply

to explain that participating in a demographic conference in Iran is a normal activity for a demographer,” Herán wrote in an email. He explained that he intends to get a face-to-face interview with someone at the Embassy of the United States in Paris to straighten out these problems for future travel. The embassy explicitly notes that the 2015 act regulating visa waivers doesn’t prohibit travel to the United States. It requires that a traveler have a valid U.S. visa in their passport to be admitted, unlike through the ESTA program where the individual need only be approved through the electronic system. Herán, a contemporary French social scientist, was recently elected to the College de France. He has previously served as Director of the National Institute for Demographic Studies and has studied such areas as work, education, electoral participation, and immigration. “It changes the nature of discussion where there can’t be face-to-face discussion,” added Borneman. “We must be very alert [of] attempts of the administration that stop intellectual exchange.” Head News Editor Marcia Brown contributed reporting.

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............. tle, Washington, according to the company’s website. “Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy,” the website notes. The new headquarters has the potential to create even bigger economic gains. “Amazon will hire as many as fifty thousand (50,000) new full-time employees with an average annual total compensation exceeding one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) over the next ten to fifteen years, following commencement of operations,” a Request for Proposals released by Amazon on Sept. 7 said. On its site, Amazon listed eight key factors that are driving its selection for an additional headquarters site: site/building, capital and operating costs, incentives, labor force, logistics, time to operation, cultural/ community fit, and community/quality of life.

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In his letter, Eisgruber stressed the cultural resources and recruiting benefits that a location in New Jersey would offer. “Princeton University is increasingly engaging with corporate and other external partners throughout the state, and we would welcome an exploration with Amazon of areas ranging from potential research collaborations and innovation initiatives, to possible internship or recruitment programs,” he wrote. The Amazon Request for Proposals also noted that proximity to “excellent institutions of higher education” would be a positive factor in a site’s proposal. “The Project requires a compatible cultural and community environment for its long-term success. This includes the presence and support of a diverse population, excellent institutions of higher education, local government structure and elected officials eager and willing to work with the company, among other attributes,” the Request for Proposals noted.

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PPN was founded last spring by Christin Park ’18, Julie Newman ’18, and Shana Salomon ’18.

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known to other people. Though it was open on Friday and Saturday nights during its pilot last spring, PPN is now open on Tuesday and Friday nights this semester. This decision was made with the intention of making the service possible for one day during the week and for one during the weekend. An anonymous volunteer with the hotline noted, “We are confidential, but, like, at the same time they know that we are students, so I think they can talk to us about things that they can’t talk to adults about, and get … a more sympathetic, empathetic perspective.” Another appeal is that peers are better able to under-

stand the specifics of callers’ and chatters’ concerns. Anonymous volunteers described common subjects of discussion this semester, including imposter syndrome, academic stress, eating disorders, and other topics that have specific nuances particular to the University. “All of our listeners have been trained by a nationally certified suicide hotline like CONTACT. But to supplement that we have our own training for Princeton-specific issues,” said Park. “I think the hardest part is being able to tell them that, like, ‘It’s okay you’re having these thoughts because everyone has them,’” said an anonymous volunteer. “But also being, like, ‘Your problem matters.’” PPN was created in March 2017, but its conception came

a year and a half before that. Park, Julie Newman ’18, and Shana Salomon ’18 were sophomores involved in the Princeton Mental Health Initiative when Salomon came up with the idea for the service. “We were looking for project ideas, and then Shana had this idea, of bringing something like CONTACT, like a hotline thing, to Princeton, but have it be more like an open, empathetic peer-listening resource,” said Park, referring to another local crisis and suicide prevention hotline. Park, Newman, and Salomon spoke extensively with Counseling and Psychological Services, residential college staff, and University administration in order to plan their program. “We started meeting with people from the University,”

said Park, “to make sure that we could implement this resource effectively. That being said, they don’t have access to our calls or anything like that. They wanted to make sure that it would be a good peer resource for mental health issues.” “Sometimes, I think [students] want just to have somebody that sympathizes with them,” said Director of Student Life for Mathey College Darleny Cepin, who has been particularly involved in PPN’s development because of her previous work with a similar program at Columbia. For Cepin, this network is important because it allows students to talk to their peers who can relate to how they are feeling. “This isn’t something that works best all the time from the top down,” said Cepin,

adding, “It’s also sort of like a student movement in which we normalize the fact that struggling or having human struggles.” Cepin explained that the shared aspect of PPN makes it a community aspect everyone can talk about. As Nightline continues to grow, Salomon anticipates eventually offering the service every night of the week and partnering with groups like the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and the University’s LGBT Center. “The measure of success of a program like this is just that there’s a resource like this that exists, it’s not how many calls we get,” said Salomon. “Because just the idea that something like this exists, it’s really comforting, that you can always go to someone and it’s available.”

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The art of storytelling Kaveh Badrei columnist


n Monday, Oct. 9, Emmy Award-winning actor, rapper, and activist Riz Ahmed came to Princeton to speak about his South Asian and Muslim identities in the spheres of society and art. Ahmed broke ground for his performance in HBO’s “The Night Of” as not only the first South Asian man to win any Emmy at all for acting, but also as the first Muslim or Asian to win the award in this category. And while we can attribute a number of different labels to Ahmed’s career and defined role within society — actor, musician, rapper, activist — he is ultimately and most definitively a storyteller. Sharing experiences of his own Pakistani identity, Ahmed spoke of a time after the attacks on Sept. 11 in his early childhood when a man pulled a knife on his brother and himself on the streets of Wembley, shouting “Paki” at the two young boys on their way home. Even at his current levels of celebrity and achievement, Ahmed still gets stopped by the TSA nearly every time he f lies. Only now, according to Ahmed, security agents may awkwardly recognize him in the middle of his pat-downs at the airport. This ability — whether it be through television, film, music, writing, or any other expressive medium — to convey and connect the experiences of one human to another in the most basic and simplest of ways carries the pure power and potential of storytelling. By sharing our own stories, our own uniquely individual experiences, we are able to feel the sort of empathy that is so lacking in today’s world. I am Iranian-American — the son of two parents who came to the United States from Iran in the aftermath of

the 1979 Iranian revolution, and I grew up in Texas for my entire life. In the most honest terms, my own life and upbringing have not been touched by excruciating hardship or pain, crushing trouble, or heartache. I don’t mean to say this to boast about the privileges that I have experienced in my life in any way; I don’t describe myself in this way with any other intention than sharing the most honest and accurate view of my own experience in this life. I have not come up against the walls of racism or sexism or misogyny or bigotry or any other gross form of hate that treats one differently because of an external factor of the self or identity. These evils have not directly crossed my own path, but my heart still feels pain at any mention of them, at any utterance of these disgusting truths of life, because I have heard and listened and understood the stories of those who have felt these forms of hate. No one is the same; not one of us can even claim to know or truly feel all the intricate complexities of another’s experience. But if I hear your story, if I’m able to take in your perspective instead of my own, if I can come to see the world in a slightly different light with an understanding of your unique experience, then the differences that separate my experience from yours aren’t as pronounced or insurmountable. Little by little, I can sense the feelings of your heart, see the glimpses of your experience, and come increasingly closer to an awareness of the vast yet beautiful aspects of life that make us each different from one another. Telling a story holds two meaningful components. The first is a choice within the self — the motivation and inspiration that one feels to share a unique narra-

tive to the mainstream body of voices. Such a personal decision to speak, to share, and to contribute a matchless lens to the multifaceted eye of the world demands confidence and a conviction in the truthfulness and importance of each human’s unconditionally personal experience. It requires an investment in the assets of an individual, in the unfiltered, raw, and imperfect telling of experience. “Embrace the specificity of your experience,” as Ahmed put it. “Trust the inherent validity of your own experience,” he added. Our stories are ours and ours alone; no other human can compare, and no other human can offer a narrative quite like our own. In this way, storytelling not only demands an internal confidence and conviction to share, but also a deep commitment to the integrity of your own heart, your own identity, and your own personhood. “Don’t apologize, qualify, or hide who you are,” said Ahmed. The f lawed, wholly imperfect aspects of the human experience can shed much light on the truths of our experience. The most intrinsic parts of our human experience stand as the most resonant, the most inspirational facets of storytelling. Apart from the internal, storytelling carries with it a profound significance for the external, for the connections and bridges formed between us through the telling of stories themselves. It depends upon the will of the storyteller to share, but its insightful impact falls equally upon the audience to truly listen. Such an audience depends not only on the openness of ears, but also the openness of the heart to understand the inherent truths within the story of a fellow human. The experiences of the people closest to me who —

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more often and more constantly than many perceive — encounter hate because of their racial or ethnic identity, who face harassment and assault simply because they are women, who fight against bigotry as Muslims in a world increasingly marked by Islamophobia, pierce my heart. These stories, based in the truth, uniqueness, and singularity of their telling, spur me to feel and to become so crucially aware of the particular experiences of my fellow humans. They inspire me to fight these evils, to extinguish these forms of hate, because I can see and understand and feel — even if only in some small way — the inherent experiences of those around me, however different or singular they may be from myself. Storytelling is more than simply entertainment; it is the basis for our empathy as humans, and it is the most powerful way to connect and relate with one another in the simplest and human of ways. There is a current tendency in today’s political and societal climate to divide humans from one another — a general pattern that we can distinctly and most clearly see in the conduct and rhetoric of President Trump against minority groups of all kinds in the United States and abroad. Language like Trump’s shuts out the possibility of empathy that we so desperately need in today’s world. And it is this type of empathy that is most effectively and most genuinely reached through storytelling, through the sharing of the heart with one another. In any way you can, tell your story. Tell your story because I know that I, along with many others, want to see what you see, to feel what you feel. Kaveh Badrei is a sophomore from Houston, Tex. He can be reached at kbadrei@princeton.

Letter to the Editor: Replies to an unjust criticism Sinan Ozbay

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This past week, Kyle Berlin ’18 penned a letter to the editor in which he criticized the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex. From decrying the center’s allegedly garish architectural style to its supposed complicity in the Neoliberal Cooptation of the Arts, Berlin spared no aspect of the University’s newest project from criticism in his piece. As it turns out, not only are Berlin’s accusations vague and unimportant, but they are wrong, threatening to obscure the great good that the existence of this new center will do for the University. One thing should be very clear: Saying that a “space felt strangely dead” or that it seemed like it “didn’t care about people who inhabited it” is, like most of the criticisms in Berlin’s letter, architectural in nature, rather than substantive, or — dare I

say — legitimate. It may very well be that modern buildings, with all their concrete, glass, and simplicity, come off as cold or unwelcoming to Berlin. Indeed, it seems that he prefers to march in processions through Gothic Revival buildings like East Pyne, but all this serves to ref lect are Berlin’s aesthetic preferences, rather than any shortcomings on the part of the University. More substantially, Berlin worries about the wastefulness of the center, poetically reminding us that the University is rich and perhaps ought not be. True enough, but something tells me that no matter how much we wish, the University won’t be donating a quarter of a billion dollars to the philanthropic organization of Berlin’s choice anytime soon. Keep in mind where this money would have gone if the University hadn’t spent it on the Center — perhaps a new entrepreneurship com-

plex, a new genomics building, or something similar. The point is, that this much money was spent on the arts is, far from expected, a pleasant surprise, and the result of a push from people like Michael Pratt who have wanted to solidify the performing arts’ position at Princeton for nearly a half-century. The investment shows where the University places its values, and value for the arts is something to cheer about, rather than disparage. Finally, Berlin voices a concern about neoliberal forces of the world conspiring against the arts and manifesting their conspiracy via the new center. Of course, beyond being very speculative, this concern ignores the material good this center does for the arts. Musicians on campus have more practice rooms, world-class instruments, and a venue many professional musicians would kill for. This means we’ll get more prospective students

interested in the arts to enroll here rather than at places like Yale, more people from surrounding communities attending concerts on campus, and world-class artists drawn to perform here in a way they haven’t been in the past. As Berlin wrote, perhaps art, at its best, “does … good” — but it does even better when it has space in which to do so. The arts at Princeton have long been neglected. With this center, and the University’s newfound commitment to the arts, that’s no longer true. Rather than complaining that the space seems empty and unloving, we ought to fill its halls with music, attend its concerts, and make use of this incredible new space we’re so lucky to have on campus. Sinan Ozbay is a junior in philosophy from Princeton, N.J. He can be reached at sozbay@


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Birth control and healthcare Thomas Clark columnist

“A man who bleeds from his genitals every month has a medical problem,” my philosophy professor once quipped while discussing Plato’s “Meno,” “yet a woman who bleeds every month is healthy.” While there is a unified concept of health, Plato argued, how it manifests itself in a particular entity will depend on the entity’s biological nature. President Trump recently announced new exemptions from the Obamacare birth control mandate, meaning that employers with moral objections to contraception can opt out of providing free birth control coverage for employees. Immediately, article after article criticized the move for several reasons: it would put family planning out of the reach of poor women, allow employer discrimination, and harm women’s health care. The first objection is a matter of public policy, the second one

constitutional; but the third one presents a philosophical tension. To determine the implications of considering birth control to be health care, we must consider what health means. Is health rooted in biological capacities? Or, on the other hand, is health the ability of one’s body to do what one wants it to do? Hormonal birth control — assuming it is prescribed to avoid pregnancy and not to treat another gynecological problem — suppresses the natural function of the reproductive system. This sets it apart from other drugs that treat illnesses or disorders and seek to return the body to health, as defined by the proper functioning of all bodily systems. Certainly, contraception may improve the subjective well-being of the person, yet the ability to become pregnant is far from a disorder; it is an indicator of health. If we include medications that counteract normal bodily operation as “health care,”

we run into one of two problems. The first is that the word “health care” eventually becomes over-expansive and comes to include any service that improves one’s subjective quality of life (e.g. cosmetic procedures or performance enhancements). Alternatively, the term “health care” ceases to be a medical term and becomes a political one — we label things that we like as “health care” so that we can label our political opponents as “anti-health care.” Again, it is important to note that the same drug can be used either to treat a medical disorder or to prevent pregnancy, and that these are very different cases. One way to salvage the concept of birth control as health care is to disentangle human nature from its biological roots and redefine it according to new principles. In Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” sex has been completely severed from reproduction. All babies are created in test tubes, so the reproductive organs exist purely

for sexual pleasure. In this world, having sex for pleasure is as essential to human nature as eating or sleeping, while pregnancy is a pathology. Accordingly, birth control is free and ubiquitous. Similarly, in Judith Jarvis Thomson’s famous defense of abortion, she compares pregnancy to pollen-like “people seeds” which can, at any minute, float in the window and take root in our homes. Thomson is positing a new view of reality, one in which pregnancy is a disease that can strike anyone at any time, rather than a biological consequence of certain choices. Under this worldview, it makes sense to call birth control health care. But this world is not the world we live in. Pregnancy is a predictable consequence of being sexually active, and choosing not to have sex is always an option. In portraying healthy female reproductive function as a condition to be treated, we have actually created a male-preferential world where sex is an assumed part

of life but only women need to worry about the risks. We have shifted responsibility for the consequences of sexual activity from the couple jointly to the woman alone. Because a woman’s partner is rarely expected to foot half the bill for the pill, we have turned to employers and governments to defray these costs. I believe in health care. I believe that society has a duty to provide life-saving and health-preserving care to the most vulnerable. There may very well be a place for birth control in government programs for the poor or uninsured, even if it does not fall under the label of health care. But, what we as a society label as healthy or unhealthy has ramifications for how we view ourselves and our human relationships. How we use the term “health care” matters. Thomas Clark is a junior studying computer science from Herndon, Va. He can be reached at

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The ballot: Game-changer or sideline player? Sabrina Sequeira

contributing columnist


t’s daytime, Oct. 18, 2016, and almost every news station is counting down to the next day’s presidential debate. Now, it’s nighttime, and the post-debate news coverage blares on into the morning light. This was the U.S. media reality a mere year ago; so many of us were enthralled by the political vortex of the campaign season. Why, then, did so many of us leave the vortex when the objective of this campaigning was finally realized on Election Day? Merely tweeting our political perspectives from home but failing to participate in politics at the polls on the day it counts leaves the activist job unfinished. The time is near for yet another chance: The New Jersey gubernatorial elections on Nov. 7 are quickly approaching. In 2012, the voter turnout rate was around 57.5 percent; in that same election, only

19 percent of the electorate were voters aged 18–29. Last November, around 58 percent of eligible voters actually voted; this time, the voter turnout rate for millennials was only 49.4 percent. With each presidential election, young people consistently have the lowest voter turnout rates, due to an apathetic or even hopeless attitude towards politics. But, I believe that all eligible U.S. citizens, young people included, should vote because it helps ensure their political desires will be represented in government. What plagues young voters is a disengaged attitude toward politics. While social media feeds might suggest otherwise, youth are not heavily involved in politics, as they vote at notoriously low rates. Most young citizens simply feel that their vote is not impactful enough to warrant an hour in line at the polls, and some even view abstaining from voting as a personal decision rooted not in civic duty, but in indi-

vidualism in response to the system of government. The problem with this is that with relatively few votes from young citizens, the results of elections will not accurately, or at least to the ability of the winnertake-all system, ref lect the overall political desires of the nation. For instance, the outcome of close elections could be heavily swayed by these missing votes. This holds true at the federal, state, and local levels of government, alike. The missing voice of youth on the U.S. political stage is also problematic beyond election season. Without the votes of young people, the voting population may elect officials that do not ref lect the political desires of young citizens. And this also prompts us to ask: Why don’t adults and the elderly also press that their voices aren’t represented in government? True, some may maintain that it is because there are clearly adult officials in government that are inclined to

serve the interests of the demographic spheres of which they are a part. However, government officials will never be driven to consider the desires of young people if young citizens continue to demonstrate a lack of engagement with and care for politics. Logically, candidates running for office may take notice of the historical tendency of low voter turnout rates among youth. With this, they may neglect to focus on and appeal to the United States’s younger population in campaigning and in policymaking. Young citizens may grow disenchanted with this tendency, but it is difficult to chastise an administration for ignoring our needs if we are to remain idle on Election Day. In voting for candidates who ref lect our political interests, we ignite the path to an administration that works in our favor. It is important to recognize: Changes of administration greatly impact American reality. For in-

stance, the elected president has the power to select Supreme Court justices. The political leanings of these justices are instrumental in making decisions with social outcomes that directly affect us (e.g., decisions on free speech, who can serve in the military, etc.). Additionally, the policies made under each administration have the potential to benefit or restrict our daily lives, a most notable and recent example being the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Although voter turnout rates are especially low in gubernatorial elections, this upcoming New Jersey election could prove different. With two new candidates representing the major parties, the fate of New Jersey is in your hands. You’ve got to play the game of politics to win it. Sabrina Sequeira is a firstyear from Springfield, N.J. She can be reached at


Monday October 23, 2017

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Princeton routs Harvard 52–17 in third straight 50-point performance By Jack Graham staff writer

In a nationally televised Friday night game, Princeton football routed Harvard 52– 17 on the road, showing the wide audience present why the team deserves to be taken seriously. Senior quarterback Chad Kanoff was highly efficient, not throwing an incompletion until the third quarter, and the defense kept Harvard off the scoreboard for much of the game. From the first possession onwards, it was clear that Princeton was the dominant team in Friday’s game. On its first drive, the offense marched 89 yards down the field and scored on a 20-yard Kanoff strike to junior Jesper Horsted. Princeton had to settle for a field goal on its next possession, which ended up being its least productive of the first half, as the team went on to score touchdowns on each of its final three possessions of the half. Junior Charlie Volker later punched the ball in with a 2-yard run to extend the score to 17–0, and Horsted scored a 66-yard touchdown on a play in which he received a quick slant, made a defender miss, and outraced the secondary into the end zone. Volker also

scored again on a 14-yard run with 0:31 left in the quarter, sending the game into halftime with Princeton leading 31–10. Harvard was unable to mount a serious comeback in the second half, and Princeton ultimately only extended its lead. Volker scored again to open the third quarter (his seventh touchdown in 2 games), and junior Stephen Carlson and freshman Collin Eaddy also added scores. Breaking the 50-point barrier for the second consecutive game, Princeton’s offense was nearly unstoppable. Much of the credit for Princeton’s offensive firepower can be attributed to Chad Kanoff, who coach Bob Surace ’90 has referred to as “the Tom Brady of the Ivy League.” Kanoff proved himself worthy of that nickname on Friday, completing 31-35 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns while picking apart the Harvard defense. Kanoff has in fact completed a remarkable 76 percent of his passes on the season. His success is owed in part to a stout offensive line, which gave him copious time in the pocket Friday to find open receivers, and a talented receiving corps, led by Jesper Horsted, that hauled in 246


Spearheaded by career-defining performances from multiple players, the Tigers cruised to another Ivy win.

yards receiving in Friday’s game. “That’s a really good defense,” said Surace about the team’s offensive performance. “To do it against [Harvard] makes it even more special.”

Weekend review

Men’s tennis @ ITA Northeast Regional After a perfect Thursday, Oct. 19, in the ITA Northeast Regional which saw every competing Tiger advance beyond the first round, the Tigers found themselves slowly being whittled down in the rounds of 64, 32, and 16 during various events. Senior Kial Kaiser competed well in his final Northeast Regional, making it to weekend play in both the singles and doubles events. He and junior Jimmy Wasserman made it to the round of 16 in the doubles event before losing to the Harvard tandem of Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhou. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were not able to come into the tournament full strength, as some players could not get healthy in time for the Northeast Regional. Women’s soccer @ Harvard: W 6–1 The women’s soccer team responded strongly to last weekend’s upset with a 6–1 dismantling of the Harvard Crimson on Saturday. The Tigers struck early and then poured it on with four goals in the second half. Sophomore Courtney O’Brien and junior Mimi Asom each scored twice for the Tigers, who remained three points behind the Lions following Columbia’s win at Dartmouth this weekend. Also scoring for the Tigers were freshman Eve Hewins and senior Vanessa Gregoire. Princeton also tied a school record for largest margin of victory against Harvard, matching a 5–0 win against the Crimson in 2006.

“Everyone was open, and the O-Line played spectacularly… Quarterback’s a very dependent position at times, and when everybody does their jobs I’ve just got to throw the ball accurately,” Kanoff added.

Performance of the week Mimi Asom The junior forward recorded two goals in the Tigers’ win against Harvard on Saturday. Those two goals gave her 28 for her career, putting her in a tie for sixth on Princeton’s all time goal list with Lauren Lazo ’15. She also moved up a second leaderboard that afternoon; her four points gave her 61 points in her career, which is the eighth most all time on Princeton’s career points list.

Football @ Harvard: W 52–17 After dominating Brown last week, the Tigers returned to the field with yet another dominating offensive performance against Harvard. Princeton completed its third straight 50-point game, a feat not accomplished since Edgar Allen Poe was a captain. There was no shortage of outstanding performances in this historic win and the Tigers don’t appear to be slowing down as they face Cornell next week.

Chad Kanoff The senior quarterback went 31 for 35 for 421 yards, completing his first 21 passes as the Tigers cruised past Harvard this weekend. His performance was the eighth most passing-yards in a single game for Princeton, moving him from 21st to 15th on the Ivy League all-time passing list. Furthermore, Kanoff and junior Jesper Horsted combined to set an FCS team gamecompletion record, going 32 for 36 for a .889 percentage.

Women’s volleyball @ Penn: W 3–0 Despite two tough losses last weekend, the women’s volleyball team returned to form to sweep the Quakers again. The Tigers, now 6–2 in the Ancient Eight, will look to reclaim the top spot from Yale, who moved past Princeton last weekend. The Tigers will host the Bulldogs (7–1) next weekend, hoping to climb the Ivy League standings. Men’s soccer @ Harvard: T 1–1 The men’s soccer team pulled a tie with Harvard this past weekend, after an overtime. Despite outshooting the Crimson in the overtime, the Princeton squad never found the golden goal to give it its first conference win. Now 0–2–2 in Ivy League play, the Tigers will be looking to record their first Ivy League win next week as they face Cornell. Women’s field hockey @ Harvard: W 3–0 The No. 14 Princeton Tigers field hockey team shut down the Harvard Crimson in a 3–0 victory over the No. 15 team at Berylson Field on Saturday afternoon. Princeton had no problem dominating its Ivy rival, despite the fact that Harvard, going into the game, was ranked first in the Ivy League in goals per game (4.08) and fifth in the country overall. After this win, Princeton improves with a record of 9–6 overall and 5–0 in the Ivy League, putting them at the top of the Ivy standings as the lone undefeated squad. Women’s ice hockey @ Providence: Tie 2–2 Princeton women’s ice hockey matched up against Providence this weekend in a game that ended in a 2–2 tie on Sunday in the second game of a two-game set at Hobey Baker Rink. The Tigers were first to put themselves on the board with a two-goal lead, but the Friars fought back hard to get the tie. The team is now now 0–2–2 for the season, with their next games against Harvard and Dartmouth.

Tweet of the Day “Charlie Volker has averaged one rushing TD per day this week.” Princeton Football (@ PUTigerFootball),

With the win, Princeton improved to 5–1 in the season and 2–1 in Ivy League play. The Tigers are, however, still trailing the Columbia Lions, who defeated Dartmouth Saturday to continue their undefeated season.

Grace Baylis Princeton field hockey’s sophomore goalie Grace Baylis had an incredible weekend of play. Harvard’s offense was number one in the Ivy League going into the game but she did not let a single goal past her net. This game marked her ninth career shutout in just two years.

Stat of the Day

421 yards Kanoff went 31 for 35, passing for 421 yards. This was the eighth most passing yards in Princeton history.

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October 23, 2017