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Campus faces internet outage By Catherine Benedict contributor

The campus internet network unexpectedly failed, leaving community members unable to access the network for over 12 hours on Oct. 13-14. According to the Office of Information Technology’s website, the unscheduled outage started Thursday at 2:35 p.m. and was finally resolved on Friday, Oct. 14, at 3:42 a.m.

Wh ile students colloquially deemed the outage as a WiFi issue, the Internet failure was actually unrelated to the wireless internet network. “The University experienced two interruptions Thursday to campus internet service. They were related to the failure of a component in one of the devices that connects Princeton to the internet. The issue was not directly related to the WiFi See OUTAGE page 3



On Tuesday, Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Michael Brown, Sr. and Shaun King discussed race, police violence, and activism at Carl A. Fields Center.


Q&A: Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers By Catherine Benedict contributor

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, co-creators, co-writers, and co-directors of new TBS mystery-comedy television show ‘Search Party,’ premiering Nov. 21, visited the University for a pre-screening of the pilot. The Daily Princetonian sat down with the pair, whose previous credits include directing the feature film ‘Fort Tilden’ and writing credits on the shows ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp’ and ‘Mozart In The Jungle,’ and TBS publicist Angela Char to discuss feeling lost after college and the current television landscape. The Daily Princetonian: What inspired the show ‘Search Party?’ Sarah-Violet Bliss: We made a movie together called ‘Fort Tilden,’ and after that we were deciding what we wanted to do, and we knew that we had wanted to work in television and were trying to figure out what the right project would be for that. Michael Showalter was our teacher at New York University

[where the pair met in graduate school], and we met with him and he said he wanted to work with us. We all started figuring out what that would be. Once we got connected with [production company] Jax Media, which Michael introduced us to because he’s worked with them a lot before, we came up with the idea of a mystery comedy, which was kind of in the same world as our movie, but had a genre element to it, which was really exciting for everyone. We wrote the pilot and Jax financed us, and then we pitched the pilot and that’s how it all came to be. DP: You’re at Princeton for the pre-screening. Are you trying to appeal to a college audience? What’s the marketing strategy? SVB: We’re definitely trying to appeal to college kids based on the release of the show. The week of Thanksgiving, two episodes will run per night for five days. The idea is that college kids will be home and bingewatch it, and then the marathon will be repeated over Christmas. All 10 episodes will also be reSee Q&A page 2




Singer, George discuss Harvard graduate students plan to “Ethics in the Real World” vote on unionization next month staff writer

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the Center for Human Values, and Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and professor of Politics, engaged in a discussion focused mostly on Singer’s new book, “Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter.” The discussion took place in the bottom level of Labyrinth Books. Singer’s book consists mostly of op-ed pieces that he has written for various newspapers over the past 15 years. “What I’ve done for this book is to select some of those columns that seem to me to still have continuing relevance, some of them needed a bit of updating, and I have a paragraph or two at the bottom to update,” said Singer. He then sorted them into categories, according to themes he has been interested in,

such as animal rights and the sanctity of life. Dorothea Dix, owner of Labyrinth Books, says the book “is a bit like bite-sized candy.” “You think you’ll keep it around, and just read a few here and there, but before you know it, you’ve finished the pack of essays,” she added. Regarding Singer’s book, George said, “I assure you, that you will learn as I did, from his arguments and the good example he sets of reason and discourse.” Singer and George have been known to disagree on many issues, ranging from religion to the ethics of infanticide. While Singer approaches issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective, George is a conservative Christian thinker. However, throughout their professional careers, both have been known to engage in intellectual debates with each other, according to George. “It’s not that I agree with the See TALK page 3

By Sarah Hirschfield contributor

Harvard University graduate students reached an agreement with Harvard University to hold an election next month on whether or not working graduate students and undergraduate teaching fellows should unionize, according to The Harvard Crimson. “Graduate and undergraduate Teaching Fellows — teaching assistants, teaching fellows, course assistants,” may vote in the secret ballot election, according to the Stipulated Election Agreement. Undergraduate students serving as research assistants are excluded. The group of pro-union graduate students, Harvard Graduate Student Union-United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW), presented a petition to the National Labor Relations Board, which ruled this summer that private universities must recognize student assistant unions, according to the Crimson. The Harvard administration has been historically opposed to

graduate student unionization. Harvard University President Drew Faust has repeatedly argued that a union of graduate students would change the relationship between students and Harvard from one based on academics to one based in labor, according to the Crimson. Harvard University is now required to allow its graduate students to engage in collective bargaining, according to the Crimson. Princeton University took a similar stance against unionization earlier this year when it filed a joint amicus brief to the National Labor Relations Board opposing a case calling for the unionization of graduate students . The University “disagrees with the notion underlying the NLRB decision that a graduate student who is engaged in research or teaching in a given semester is transformed during that semester from a student into an employee,” according to the Graduate School’s frequently asked questions page. However, in a town hall meet-

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ing on Oct. 13, more than sixty University graduate students gathered to discuss unionization. Students discussed the benefits and drawbacks of the two organizations — the American Federation of Teachers and the Service Employees International Union — that have reached out to graduate students with offers to help their campaign to negotiate a contract with the University, should they decide to unionize. A vote took place on Oct. 18 to decide which organization the graduate students would partner with in future negotiations with the University. Such negotiations will ultimately decide whether or not a union will form. According to the aforementioned frequently asked questions page, graduate students would only be considered employees for the purposes of National Labor Relations Act, and not under other laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act or ones governing immigration.


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leased online on the premiere date. The demographic is 16-35. Angela Char: TBS is going through a rebrand right now, and this is definitely a show that we hope will appeal to younger audiences, which is part of the reason we’re doing a college tour. Charles Rogers: Overall, a big part of the theme of the show is about finding yourself and about feeling lost in life, and I think those are some themes that a younger audience, especially one in their 20s, can relate to. And so I think a big part of us coming to colleges is hoping that people will relate to that part of the show. It’s kind of at the forefront, as the reason the main character becomes so obsessed with the mystery [the disappearance of her college acquaintance] is to find herself. DP: Do you see yourselves in any of the characters? I know they are imperfect, and kind of crazy. CR: We really drew from ourselves, and we have a lot of the same friends, so we pulled from a lot of people. Even when we’re thinking of ideas now, we keep meeting people and saying [a character] could be just like that person. We end up drawing

from what we know. DP: What was it like switching from directing a movie and working on TV shows to creating your own TV show? Was that a big adjustment? CR: It was in terms of having to do everything – in a lot of ways it felt like when we made our movie, because we are responsible for so much of it, and it’s something that we are creating. It’s different from writing on TV shows because you really only serve a specific purpose as a writer. Being in this position, the biggest thing that’s different about it is that we have the support of a few other people who are also responsible for making the show, and a lot more money behind it, so we feel a lot more supported. There’s a larger conversation you can have with more people, and all of that is really comforting. DP: So was the marathon strategy TBS’s idea, or did you have any say in it? SVB: Not really, other than that they ran it by us and we were like ‘Great, whatever you think is good!’ CR: I think it’s TBS’s way of joining the binge culture that’s at large right now. DP: What do you think of the current TV landscape? Do you think ‘Search Party’ is filling any sort of void in it? SVB: I think that ‘Search

Party’ has this really special tone that I haven’t seen before, the mix of two really popular things: the lost young person, and mystery. It’s got a real drive to it the whole time, which I think is what some people find lacking in the lost young person genre. And then with the mystery, it’s got this comedic element, which is not usually how mysteries are portrayed – they’re usually much more dark and sinister. And this does go there for sure, but it’s a comedy. DP: Have you always been intrigued by mysteries? SVB: We’ve both always been really interested in mystery, and we’ve both had weird things that’s happened in our families. CR: We love Woody Allen, too. SV: The idea of a mystery just sparked something in us. Yeah, Woody Allen is great, ‘Manhattan Murder Mystery’ is a good comparison to our show. CR: We were trying to think of a hook to put on a millennial satire, and it was hard to think of anything we wanted to run with, and then when the idea of a mystery came up, it was so easy to get excited about. It was an easy thing to run with, because it’s really fun to play with mysteries. DP: How would you describe your creative partnership? SVB: When we were writing

our movie, we just literally sat at the computer together and wrote next to each other, and then in a writer’s room it works much differently in that it’s not just us, there are other people as well, and so there’s lots of ideas and outlining. We start in big broad strokes and get narrower and narrower. You don’t really start putting fingers to keyboard until you have all of the beats down, especially with this type of show, which is very serialized and kind of complex. Then you assign episodes and everyone writes them. DP: So did you direct each episode together? SVB: Yes, except for three, which another director directed while we were still on set. Basically, the way the structure of the production worked, it was helpful to have another director. DP: What was working with TBS like? Did they give you suggestions? SVB: They did, they’d give us notes, but they’d be really standard, good notes. It’s all a collaboration – I don’t see getting notes from other people as a bad thing. It’s more helpful so everyone is on the same page. And then if we ever have a disagreement we can just explain where each side is coming from, and it gets resolved pretty quickly. DP: What was it like working with the actors?

SVB: Great, they’re all dreams. They add so much to the show. CR: They’re all comedians to some varying levels, so there’s so much improve. They give a lot of themselves to the characters. We really started to write for them once we knew them. When we made the pilot we had ideas about the characters, and then we knew where to go from there because the actors are all so distinct and have huge personalities. DP: What do you ultimately hope viewers will get from the show? SVB: It’s hard to answer without giving away plot points. CR: I think satirically, one thing that we’re really interested in is commenting on the cringier aspects of culture. I like daring people to look at the things about themselves that they might find uncomfortable or not want to admit, and that’s a big part of where the humor comes from on our show. These characters, for better or for worse, you’ll see yourself in, even if you don’t want to. They’re also very funny and lovable. DP: How were these colleges chosen? AC: A lot of it was what made sense geographically, but we were also looking for student bodies that we thought would appreciate the tone of the voice. Your [Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Students] Thomas Dunne was just so enthusiastic when we talked to him about it, so when it came down to choosing, we wanted to work with someone who was really excited. We also have TBS interns who work with us, and we screen shows for the interns to get their honest feedback on what they do and don’t like, and a lot of the interns end up getting us in contact with people who program events. DP: Are you nervous and excited about the premiere? CR: Yeah for sure, we’ve been working on it for so long. We need to figure out what we’re going to wear to the premiere.

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network,” wrote Assistant Vice President for Communications Daniel Day in an emailed statement. Vice President for Information Technology and Chief In-

formation Officer Jay Dominick deferred comment to Day. The outage inconvenienced many students reliant on the Internet to access material for coursework. “The WiFi outage was inconvenient for me, because I had homework to do that required the usage of the internet,” Uri

Schwartz ‘20 said. “For example, I had to watch lectures for Computer Science 126, which I have to be online to watch, and so … I was unable to watch them and thus had a lot to catch up on. I also wasn’t able to access problem sets for courses … because they were all on Blackboard. It was just an inconvenience.”

The lack of internet access was also problematic for extracurricular activities that rely on Thursday-only meetings to accomplish their goals, such as the USG Mental Health Initiative committee. “A lthough it was unexpected, we were still able to get most of our meeting items completed by asking members to review shared documents after the meeting,” MHI co-chair Nathan Yoo ’17 said. “Since we didn’t have urgent deadlines (say, an assignment due at midnight) the WiFi outage was an annoyance, but could have been disastrous for others.”

For many students, the blackout underscored the depths of the University community’s reliance on internet access. “Princeton’s education system functions primarily under the assumption that we, as students, have access to virtually limitless information,” Alexander Kirschenbauer ’20 said. “Without internet access, we are unable to meet that expectation, and therefore can’t successfully complete our work.” The University experienced a similar outage on March 27, 2016, for around two hours. The University’s wireless networks were down for about two hours

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positions that Peter defends, I agree with some, I disagree with others,” George said. “Indeed, the surprising thing to many of you is likely that I agree with some of them, but that I believe is because of the accuracy of Peter’s predictions and the truthfulness about himself.” George has also been a defender of Singer in the past, supporting him when he came under the attack of some disability activists. The activists have protested Singer’s position on the University’s faculty because of his views that infanticide is sometimes acceptable when the child in question was born with birth defects. While George noted he does

not agree with Singer’s perspective, George said that he supports academic freedom in universities and believes in academic discourse. During the discussion, George said that he argued for the value of Singer’s contributions to campus life because Singer operates the currency of academic discourse, setting forth clear positions and defending them with rational arguments. “I try to keep an open mind, to be responsive to the evidence, and not simply to follow a predictable political line,” said Singer, regarding his views and his works. The discussion was followed by a question and answer session with the audience and a book signing with Singer.

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Acting on your convictions this election

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Marni Morse

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HIS IS not a drill!” with a link to the latest presidential election poll – Facebook posts like these clutter my newsfeed. While I’m glad students are paying attention to politics and passionate about their position, many students’ lack of agency or their decision to remain inactive this election cycle frustrates me. Millennials have the power to have a real impact on this election. I’ve taken to posting upcoming volunteer opportunities to let people know that there is something they can do to make their political preference a reality. And there are myriad ways to get involved, even in the next three weeks before the election. While I have strong beliefs leaning in one direction, I firmly believe that political activism is an important value, regardless of ideology. I’m thrilled to help make that happen, even if it isn’t for my favored candidate. Getting involved beyond complaining on Facebook is not only personally meaningful, but it has also been shown to be effective according to political science. The first action you should take is to make sure you are registered to vote. The New Jersey deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 18, and the form is here. The registration deadline in a few other states has already passed and more deadlines are looming in the immediate future, not allowing room for procrastination. Find a buddy and peer pressure each other into printing and submitting the form together to make sure it actually happens. There is actually a study that shows how people tend to procrastinate on registering! You can confirm that you are registered to vote by checking at If you are voting somewhere other than in Princeton, be sure to research what your state requires you to do to vote absentee.

Many states have deadlines, both to request absentee ballots, which could also be very soon, and to mail in the completed ballot. After you request your ballot, don’t forget to check your Frist mailbox every third day or so to see if your ballot has arrived. Once it does, I would strongly recommend filling it out right away and mailing it back before you forget or lose it – those things happen! Another option is to vote early, during fall break, if you are heading home. Fall break is a week-and-a-half before the election, so some states will have opened polls by then, although not every state offers early voting. This is a great option if you like to vote in person or if you missed the absentee deadline in your state. However, early voting is only offered at some polling places, which can be spread out and open at limited times, so if you want to do this, be sure to research to make sure it is possible to do so. As you are waiting to vote though these next three weeks, you needn’t sit idly by. Campaigns are organizing field work across the country. This refers to organized efforts to reach out to voters, whether by phone or in person by canvassing, which is knocking on the doors of voters. When doing this, you try to persuade people to support the candidate you are working for, recruit people to volunteer, and provide voting information, like polling locations, to make sure known supporters are able to go vote. In Princeton, volunteers tend to both reach out to others in the area for local elections, but might also work for candidates in Pennsylvania, since it is a closer election there for the presidency and Senate. Students, both undergraduates and graduates, have been organizing volunteer efforts on campus, so it is easy to take a study break for a few hours to talk to voters, with no experience necessary, as the campaigns train you! I’ve been canvassing in Pennsylvania on

the weekends, as it is an incredibly important and close swing state in the election. Admittedly, I was feeling tired from a busy week of class work last weekend and had two papers to write for the following week. So I was not looking forward to going, even though I had committed to driving to Pennsylvania. After some breaking news one Friday, I was suddenly re-motivated to spend my Saturday morning talking to voters. I joked to my roommate, “Canvassing will be good in the short term, since I have a lot newly on my mind that I want to share with voters. However, perhaps canvassing was not quite as good in the long run because of my papers, but oh well.” And then, I corrected myself. “Actually, good in the short term, bad in the medium run, because of my papers this week, and great in the long term.” Although we can get caught up in the Orange Bubble, events are transpiring in the real world with actual, long-term consequences. These are events that we should care about and that we can impact. So while I don’t recommend completely abandoning your academic work in the next month, I do realize that other occurrences do matter more. Michelle Obama recently remarked that, in 2012, it was voters under the age of 30 who provided the margin of victory for President Obama in four battleground states. And it didn’t take many votes. In Virginia, the margin equaled 31 votes per precinct; in Pennsylvania, it was about 17 votes per precinct; in Ohio, only about 9 votes per precinct; and in Florida, only 6 votes per precinct. So, if domestic and international affairs are important to you, you should participate and vote, because you can make a difference. Marni Morse is a politics major from Washington, DC. She can be reached at

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not here to condemn all STEMrelated subjects or mindlessly propose that this school can only be a “liberal arts” school if all students are forced to read the same stories of law, libel, and love that I trudge through as an English major. Whatever job you obtain, you will essentially get paid to direct your attention in a certain direction. Programmers are paid to look at code. Bankers are paid even more to look at numbers and models. Doctors look at wounds. English professors are paid (in theory) to look at great works of fiction. A humanities degree enables a student to pay attention to what matters most – people. As students of the liberal arts, we can’t try and act like we are at a trade school. The founders of Princeton didn’t envision endowing us with certain narrow, specific skills and sending us off into the world to apply them. The great Princeton experiment and investment is about developing deep, rich, soulful humans. As an English or History major, you can read Charles Dickens or Homer or Herodotus as a sort of complex cross-

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word puzzle that requires a Ph.D. to decipher. But, as they are meant to be studied, the arts provide a path out of the self. They allow us to live for hours in the experiences, dilemmas, difficulties, joys, and sorrows of characters, changing as they do. As Northwestern professor Gary Saul Morison writes, “This long process [of studying the arts] offers a lot of practice in empathy, enough to make it a habit … once we have the practice of that moment-tomoment feeling, we can infer what other people in real life are experiencing all the better.” In this way, some less practical degrees can lend themselves to some very applicable and immediately useful, but also deeply meaningful and uplifting, skills. What you study is not about what you want to do or what job you want to get sometime in the future — it is about the kind of person that we want to be right now. Jack Bryan is an English Major from Lindenhurst, IL. He can be reached at jmbryan@princeton. edu

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future financiers among us. Why should we read books or poems written by people that have been dead for hundreds (or thousands) of years? Most people chalk up the value of a liberal arts education to something vague and hollow, like developing critical thinking skills. But if that were its sole appeal, I would have switched to something “practical” like ORFE a long time ago. The value of the humanities is not simply “learning how to think,” as we hear so often. Certainly, reading Homer or Kant can teach you different ways of looking at the world and how to analyze texts critically. Yet Physics or Computer Science can, of course, do the same, stretching you and teaching you to think more flexibly. Staring at an inscrutable equation for three hours, until you finally look at it differently and the answer clicks into place, teaches you more than just an algorithm, but also a richer way of thinking, as it forces you to test your perseverance and problem-solving skills. Regardless of what you study, you will become a better critical thinker. I’m certainly


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Em(pathetically) pathetic HE VAST majority of first-year students feel the incredible pressure to develop some “practical” skills during their four years at Princeton. However, the most practical degrees might not be the ones we think. The University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions hosted a discussion last Monday on what it means to study the liberal arts. As expected, the two panel members, Robert George and Cornel West, praised the value of their own professions and fields of study. They spoke of the inherent value of pursuing truth for its own sake, of the courage that it takes to delve honestly into ideas different from your own. In reading famous works of literature, philosophy, and history, you are confronted by ideas contrary to your own and are forced to decide, as George put it, “what kind of human [you] will be with the time given.” They also asked if there were consequences to studying the humanities, besides a less-than-six-figures starting salary out of Princeton — shocking as it sounds to the

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Sectional Championship at the end of January, which features many club teams from across the East Coast. “Our goal this season is basically to come up with a threeminute program that we are going to compete with at the regional and sectional level,” Chen said. “It is a sport with little time, but a lot of reward.” Chen describes the performances as “the Rockettes, but on the ice.” In past years, the team has competed to the music of “Tango de Roxanne” from “Moulin Rouge,” “Run the World” by Beyoncé, and a Justin Timberlake medley. This year, the club will be skating to the tune of “Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine. The team has enjoyed a recent string of success at Eastern Sectional Championships. “We have done really well at

that competition. Silver, gold, and bronze has been our streak so far,” Chen said. This includes a gold medal at Lake Placid, where the United States famously upset the U.S.S.R. in a hockey game in the 1980 Winter Olympics known as the “Miracle on Ice.” “The award was on the Olympic oval,” Marek recalled. “It was really cool to win something there. Some of our parents drove up and the coaches were crying. There to was a lot of struggles, so to have a really powerful skate was one of my favorite memories.” In spite of their success, the club is looking for more than just medals at these competitions. “For us, it’s not really about how we place. But every time we compete, we try to make it the best program yet. That is our goal,” Marek said. “It is about working together towards, and reaping the rewards of, that, rather than focusing on the placement,” Chen added.

After the competition season is over, practices shift to a more open and less structured format. Members get more opportunities to explore and practice their own individual programs. These practices also give the entire team an opportunity to meet and bond, all while enjoying some time on the ice. In addition to its usual practices, the club also prepares an ice show each spring, nicknamed “Tigers on Ice.” “It’s a tradition and it is usually directed by the freshmen on the [synchronized skating] team. It’s like their rite of passage” Chen said. “This is when the entire club gets involved.” As the new school year progresses, the Princeton Figure Skating Club will be looking to repeat its past successes on the rink. Perhaps more importantly though, the club looks to welcome new members and give students the opportunity to enjoy the sport they love.


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challenge Schreiber is going to face in the transition to indoor will be with his shooting. “The goalies are twice the size of the goal and the goals are half the size of outdoor, so there’s a little bit less space to put the ball at the back of the net,” Schreiber said, adding he is “really looking forward to the challenge and for a new experience up in Canada.”

The midfielder’s ultimate goal is to win a championship. “There’s something super special about winning a championship because all that work you put in together as a team amounts to one moment,” he said. Schreiber’s last championship was in high school at St. Anthony’s on Long Island, which he recognizes as his proudest moment in his lacrosse career. Hopefully, the Tiger alum can notch one more under his belt with his new team up in Canada.

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Rockettes on ice, Princeton Figure Skating Club continues to impress By David Xin Associate Sports Editor

Starting this semester, the Daily Princetonian will publish a weekly feature centered on one of the University’s club sports every Wednesday. Clubs interested in a feature should contact sports@dailyprincetonian. com. On Sunday, the Princeton University Figure Skating Club hosted one of its weekly captain’s practices. Following its usual routine, the group started training with a halfhour warm up off the ice. Stepping into the rink, the club members practiced some basic stroking techniques, worked on endurance and cardio drills, and ended the session with their variation of the Princeton locomotive cheer. Founded in 1994, the Figure Skating Club began as a way for students to find more time on the ice, get lessons, and compete. Stay-

ing true to their roots, the club continues to provide an opportunity for skaters of all levels to enjoy time on the ice. Since then, the club has also established a synchronized skating team for more experienced skaters looking to compete. Some of the skaters have been on the ice since childhood, but many are simply returning to an old hobby or looking to improve their skating skills. “Everyone on the team has different experience. Some people have done this since they were four, and other people have never done synchronized skating before,” senior captain Rachel Marek said. “We try to be as inclusive as possible” sophomore captain Sophia Chen added. During the year, the synchronized skating team competes against a variety of other club teams, leading up to the Eastern See FIGURE SKATING page 5


The Figure Skating Club looks to give students with a wide range of skating ability the opportunity to enjoy time on the ice.


Tom Schreiber signs with the Toronto Rock By Claire Coughlin staff writer


Schreiber ultimate goal is to win a championship with his new team.

On October 3, former Princeton lacrosse midfielder and current national lacrosse star Tom Schreiber ’14 signed a one-year agreement with the Toronto Rock. The 24-year-old Tiger legend is regarded as one of the best players to ever wear the Orange and Black jersey, completing his collegiate career with the most goals, assists and points ever made by a Tiger midfielder. A three-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) first team All-American, Schreiber has continued to succeed far beyond the Orange Bubble and the NCAA, as he was named

Major League Lacrosse’s (MLL) MVP in 2016 on the Ohio Machine. Schreiber’s professional career began just a week-anda-half after his last game in a Tiger uniform, subsequent to being the first overall pick in the MLL Collegiate Draft to the Ohio Machine. According to Schreiber, “the speed of the game and just the overall level of play” were the most significant changes in the transition to the professional league, but he certainly handled them with grace and ease. In his first two seasons as a professional player, Schreiber helped lead the Ohio Machine to the MLL Semifinals, and in his third season to the MLL Champion-

ships, where the team lost to the Denver Outlaws by just one goal in June. Schreiber commented, “We didn’t finish with a championship game, but we came extremely close and we’re definitely looking to building off of that going forward.” Despite his star-status in the professional outdoor league, the indoor setting of the MLL is a “completely different animal” with which Schreiber said he has “almost no experience in at all.” One of Schreiber’s former teammates, Mike MacDonald ’15, is currently on the Toronto roster and has been helping him “via text” with the transition process. The most substantial See SCHREIBER page 5


Princeton falls to Bucknell in tight 8-7 thriller By Mike Gao staff writer

Despite playing well and hard, the ninth-ranked Tigers fell to a determined thirteenth-ranked Bucknell squad in a heartbreaking 8-7 slugfest at Harvard’s Blodgett pool. Earlier in the day, the Tigers played a lighter match against the water polo team of the New York Athletic Club. A matchup that had no impact on Princeton’s official win record or conference standing, the game featured previous stars of the Princeton water polo team, including recent graduate Thomas Nelson ‘15. Princeton would ultimately fall, 16-8, to the NYAC. The Tigers’ next match was far more noteworthy and proved to be far more bitterly-fought. Ranked ninth in the nation and coming off impressive home wins against George Washington and Navy, Princeton faced off against a Bucknell team that had gone 14-3 and nabbed a thirteenth-place national ranking. While they hadn’t played Princeton this year, the Bison had taken impressive victories over George Washington and Navy.

A dogged defensive battle in the first half gave the Bison a 5-3 advantage headed into the third quarter. Late starts, however, have never fazed Princeton before; as freshman Sean Duncan noted, “As a team I think we are very good at always fighting until the end.” The Tigers counterattacked, however, with junior Jordan Colina and freshman Evan Elig tying the score at six. Another goal from sophomore driver Matt Payne, who led the team with four tallies, gave the Tigers the lead with six minutes to go. Ultimately, however, Bucknell equalized the score at seven, and then took the game-winning goal with only a heartbreaking 30 seconds on the clock, giving them an 8-7 lead. While no doubt a tough loss for the Tigers, Princeton has been overwhelmingly successful in its NWPC conference games and still has an ample opportunity to end the season strongly. Duncan noted that, while the team is extremely skilled offensively and boasts one of the nation’s finest goalkeepers, it needs to continue working on developing patience, concentration, and opportunities to capitalize in the game’s

Tweet of the Day “It’s officially Harvard week” Dorian Williams (@ DWilliamsPU), Senior Defensive Back, Football

more stalemate moments: “We are very good as a mobile, fastpaced team, but struggle when we get stagnant and play a very slowed-down game. Our momentary lack of focus for one to three minute spans is what kills us and makes us lose close games.” Duncan also noted the challenge of playing with a relatively small, young squad, making it especially impressive that every member of the team has been able to contribute uniquely to its success: “We are a small team to begin with and when we have a couple of guys out with injuries, our bench is only six field players deep. This requires everyone to make contributions in the pool.” Ultimately, however, there is reason for optimism from the Tigers. While perhaps failing to win some close games, Princeton has proven it is deadly offensive and is one of the most spirited teams in the nation: no loss or deficit seems to faze the Tigers. Ultimately, the Tigers still have a stellar chance of another conference championship and a return to NCAA postseason play. The Tigers take on Iona in their home pool on Saturday.


The Tigers will look to rebound in their next game against conference rivals,

Stat of the Day

No. 10 The Tiger’s most recent ranking in the NCAA’s RPI ranking.

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October 19, 2016  
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