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Professor found in violation of Title IX policy By Allie Spensley assistant news editor

On June 9, A Title IX investigation found engineering professor Sergio Verdu responsible for sexually harassing his advisee, graduate student Yeohee Im, over the course of two months. In a Nov. 9 article in The Huffington Post, Im said that Verdu was required to attend an eight-hour training session, but that he was not disciplined in any other way. University spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss wrote in a statement on Nov. 10 that “penalties were imposed in addition to the required counseling.” Assistant Vice President for

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Communications Daniel Day wrote in an email that because the Title IX proceedings were confidential, the University could not disclose what these penalties were. Im recorded a meeting with Dean of Faculty Deborah Prentice and Title IX administrator Regan Crotty on June 16. “We’re able to tell you that there is a penalty, that the penalty is not a termination, but we can’t tell you exactly,” Prentice said to Im in the recording. “There’s a whole range of things that can happen to faculty members.” “It’s not just a letter in your See VERDU page 8


The studio of Helen Lin ’18 showcases the artist’s penchant for the creative properties of everyday objects.

U. hosts International Education Week kickoff The International Education Week Kickoff Reception was held in the Weickart Atrium of the Louis A. Simpson International Building on Nov. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event was hosted by the Davis International Center, the Office for International Programs, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton in Asia, Princeton in

Africa, Princeton in Latin America, and the Office of the Vice Provost of International Affairs. The reception featured student performances by the a capella group Umqombothi, belly dance company Raqs, and Afro-Brazilian martial arts group Capoeira. See our photo spread on page 4.

Walking into the studio of Helen Lin ‘18 in the visual arts department is like falling back into childhood. The first thing you notice is the kaleidoscope of images pasted on the wall by Lin’s desk, her self-proclaimed mood board. Many of the images consist of magic girl anime, Japanese-style purikura photos, stuffed teddy bears, butterflies, video-games, lips, and an old couple drenched in red light.

On a white metal shelf lie a stuffed chicken, a lower crown, a cotton branch, fluffy ribbons, and dangling beaded necklaces. A golden maneki-neko (the lucky waving-arm cat in Asian restaurants) waves her arm silently. Lin is hunched over her sewing machine, black hair tied up as she pours over her creation. When asked what she’s working on, she swivels around and holds out a mysterious mass of green fabric bunched together like tiny cones. “I don’t know yet! Maybe…”

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New courses allow for academic exploration

U. reports “We Speak” survey results


Over 150 new courses will be offered in the the spring, according to the course offerings released on Nov. 9. According to the list provided by the Office of the Registrar, some of these new classes include REL 292: Hip Hop, Reggae and Religion, HIS 476/MED 476: The Vikings: History and Archaeology, and ENG 394/GSS 398: Ghosts, Zombies and Lim-

inal Creatures in Film, Literature and Photography. The following are profiles on some of the new spring courses across various disciplines. NES 390/HIS 221: Medieval Cairo: A Survival Guide Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History Marina Rustow will lead the new course “Medieval Cairo: A Survival Guide,” which has been designed to explore medieval Cairo. This exploration will See COURSES page 2

Q&A The kickoff event featured a variety of internationally-themed student performances, from a capella to dance. NEWS & NOTES

Economics professor Uwe Reinhardt dies at 80 By Jeff Zymeri assistant news editor

Uwe Reinhardt, professor of economics and public affairs at the University, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017 due to an illness. He was 80 years old. Reinhardt has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on healthcare economics and the U.S. healthcare system, and had been teaching at the University since 1970. He is a past president of the Association of

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Health Services Research and served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee from 1986 to 1995. The University community began to react shortly after news of Reinhardt’s death was announced. “He had a heart of gold,” said University economics professor Atif Mian in a tweet. “Having witnessed the horrid consequences of the rise of fascism in Germany early in his life, he was especially senSee REINHARDT page 3

Columnist Allison Huang defends Eisgruber’s support of an Amazon HQ in New Jersey, and guest contributor David Walsh highlights the adverse consequences of congressional tax plans for Princeton’s graduate students. PAGE 6

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she plopped it on her head, alight with whimsy, “a hat!” Lin, a senior majoring in visual arts, has launched Pink Label, a year-long project to illustrate, produce, and distribute a weekly zine every Thursday on the 100 floor of Frist Campus Center. A zine can take many forms, but is traditionally a smaller, selfpublished version of a magazine. Lin’s Pink Label and her documentation of the different on and off-line interactions that her zine inspires among viewers will ultimately form her

Jeanne Lambrew discusses healthcare under Obama By Amy Abdalla contributor

Jeanne Lambrew served as former U.S. President Obama’s Deputy Assistant for Health Policy. Her political career began in 1993, when she served in the Clinton administration in the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Then, in 1997 she served in the Clinton Administration on the White House National Economic Council. In 2000, she served the same administration in the Office of Management and Budget. From 2011 to January 2017, she served in the Obama administration, coordinating work towards the passage and imple-

mentation of the Affordable Care Act. Currently, Lambrew is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and an adjunct professor at New York University. The Daily Princetonian: Where did you go to school? Jeanne Lambrew: I went to Amherst College for undergrad, and then got my masters and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. DP: What did you study? JL: As an undergraduate, I studied English, which at the time my family questioned why they were spending all that money on an undergraduate education for English. But, I will say, in my adult life, being able to be a good writer is so imporSee LAMBREW page 9

Today on Campus 12 p.m.: Marcia Ochoa presents “Los Huecos Negros: Cannibalism, Sodomy and the Failure of Modernity in Tierra Firme” at 12 p.m. in 216 Burr Hall.

By Allie Spensley assistant news editor

On Nov. 9, the University released the results of its third annual “We Speak” survey on sexual misconduct, marking the end of the program’s three-year run. In the future, the University plans to shift to a data collection approach that draws on multiple sources related to the prevalence and effects of sexual misconduct rather than focusing on a single comprehensive survey. This year’s survey found a significant increase in students’ awareness of resources, and the proportion of undergraduate women who reported experiencing sexual misconduct in the past academic year decreased from one in four women to one in five. Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter explained that the “We Speak” survey was designed to last only three years, partly to prevent survey fatigue, an effect where response rates become lower as the survey population tires of being asked to participate. “We want to be particularly protective of those who might be re-traumatized by being asked to fill out the survey over and over again,” Minter said. A report on the survey’s findings explains will pivot toward a “data ecosystem model” to track the issues now encompassed in the We Speak report. According to a resource document developed by a range of universities and cited in See WE SPEAK page 3







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occur on the “micro-level” in an attempt to answer simple questions about daily life in the “burgeoning metropolis” of early Cairo. In a statement to The Daily Princetonian, Rustow wrote that the course will investigate the routines of a medieval Cairene’s daily life, involving food, shelter, clothes, and mounts and ships. Rustow wrote that she had two main inspirations for the course: a hairdresser in Baltimore and take-out food. The particular hairdresser, Rustow explained, had achieved a Roman hairdo found on many sculptures. Through her experiments, the hairdresser soon figured out that the Latin word “ago,” used to describe the hairdo, should really be defined as a sewing needle rather than a hairpin, as most classicists had understood the word. The hairdresser, who did not have any kind of background in classics, wrote an article that Rustow came to read in the Journal of Roman History. Rustow was inspired by the hairdresser’s experiments and discovery. She noted that it’s important to try to reproduce material processes rather than to look only at “static” texts and artifacts in order to understand life in historical societies. As for take-out food, Rustow wrote that Cairo is known today for its food delivery — even shaving cream and aspirin can be delivered! Five years ago, Rustow started noticing that this wasn’t just an integral part of modern-day Cairo — this trend even existed in medieval Cairo. “People in the 11th century owned their own reusable take-out containers, like metal bento boxes,” Rustow wrote. “I never would have expected that. It made me want to understand how people managed their daily lives in preindustrial conditions. What did they think of as luxury, and what did they think of as normal amenities that they would expect from any civilized place?” The course will explore these topics through texts such as letters from the 11th to 15th centuries, legal contracts, archaeological materials, medieval chronicles, and modern studies. “I thought, if I can get students to think their way into medieval Cairo, maybe they can also strip away their assumptions about modernity,” Rustow wrote. “We think modernity is the only possible way to live well. The idea is to defamiliarize the familiar and vice-versa.” ENG 363: Virtual Victorians Through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative, Associate Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Digital Humanities Meredith Martin and English graduate student Miranda Marraccini will be coteaching “Virtual Victorians,” which combines the digital humanities with Victorian literature. The pair wants to introduce students to 19th-century poetry while considering the role of technology in reading practices. “What happens when you open up an archive online and you’re reading it?” Martin asked. “And how is that different than if you go to Rare Books and Special Collections and open up the book and read it? And what goes into the choices of what gets displayed on the page?” Specifically, the class will focus on female authors. Martin explained that Marraccini observed in her research that male poets made up of the majority of online archives. According to Martin, this becomes problematic when scholars want to focus on female authors or, as Martin said, map “a network of the feminist press that works

together.” In the course, students will be taught tools of textual analysis, visualization, and network analysis. Through these techniques, Martin and Marraccini hope to show just how “embedded” female authors were in the literary culture of their time. Martin and Marraccini are currently finalizing assignments for the course, but Martin said that the students will eventually be creating a dataset based on a poet’s work. Students will also focus on using a specific analytical tool in crafting their proposals. “[We want students] to think really critically about the ways they trust information coming to them from the 19th century, how and why we think of the canon the way we do, and how and why certain kinds of digital tools might help us reimagine the stories that we tell ourselves about history,” Martin said. ENV 303/EEB 303: Agriculture, Human Diets and the Environment Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Daniel Rubenstein will be teaching “Agriculture, Human Diets and the Environment.” According to Rubenstein, it’s a course grounded in science that will also explore the humanities, social sciences, and engineering sciences. However, it will mostly be centered on food. The course is part of the Food and Agriculture Initiative, which aims to “[engage] students on food and agriculture as a subject of critical inquiry and applied knowledge.” “We’ll be doing a broad sweep from why we eat what we do in different places on the planet and here, now, today,” Rubenstein said. “We’ll start with why hunting and gathering goes to domesticated plants and animals. We’ll start to look at the transition from subsistence farming to big business, agriculture farming.” Students will also be exploring questions of the ethical, medical, and environmental implications of food production, using texts, lectures, movies, and even interactions with food. Rubenstein said that there will be a break for food in the middle of the class’s three-hour lectures. He explained that the break will not be the standard “milk and cookies” set-up but will instead tie in with the overall lecture. During a lecture on hunting and gathering, for instance, students will be able to sample the nuts, tubers, and preserved meat that characterized this period in food history. Chefs from Campus Dining will help prepare the food as well as talk about the food in relation to the lecture’s theme. About halfway through the semester, students will be working in groups on a final project that Rubenstein hopes could engage Campus Dining and be performed in experiments during meal time at residential colleges. The topics for these experiments would, in the first year of the class, come from academic literature. But Rubenstein also wants to use the land Princeton leases to farmers and help students think about implications of rededicating the land to organic farmers, no-till farmers, and hydroponic farmers. Rubenstein hopes to use the results of these experiments, as well as additional data from summer interns, the next time he teaches the course. In the past few weeks, Rubenstein has been advertising his course by hosting flexitarian nights at the residential college dining halls. Rubenstein said he hopes the course will allow students “to taste and explore the process by which the foods were preserved and what effort went into doing that today and ... imagine how that was done in the past.”

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sitive to the politics of hate, division and authoritarianism.” Mian added that “Uwe was a tremendous scholar and teacher – one of the very best – with [a] deep interest in everything that touched public interest.” Information will soon be released about memorial services for the University community in memory of Reinhardt. The ‘Prince’ will publish a retrospective of Reinhardt’s legacy as more information becomes available.


Professor Uwe Reinhardt was recognized as one of the leading authorities on healthcare economics.

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the “We Speak” report, this kind of model “emphasizes synthesis across data sources as a goal,” with the implication that large-scale comparative surveys such as the “We Speak” project are best conducted at least four years apart and complemented by a diverse array of other data collections. “We can use focus groups, we can look at other sources of data from disciplinary matters, we can look at a variety of other kinds of data that might be relevant like mental health data from the campus,” Minter explained. Although the format and wording of the survey’s questions have remained largely constant across the past three years, there were a few changes to the 2017 model based on feedback from the previous two years, according to Vice Provost for Institutional Research Jed Marsh. One change was an attempt to better address the experience of graduate students by re-ordering questions so that questions concerning their specific experiences were clustered together. Also, as feedback from last year’s survey indicated that some students found it stressful to recount the details of their experiences with sexual misconduct, more intensive follow-up

questions in the 2017 survey were made optional. Perhaps the biggest change, however, was reshaping the survey’s approach to stalking, according to Marsh. “The most salient change is we restructured the question we asked about stalking,” Marsh said. “We did so in more descriptive text to explain how we were defining stalking.” Minter noted that the findings of the past three years indicate a decrease since 2015 in the percentage of the student body reporting that they have experienced some form of inappropriate sexual conduct, though this year’s numbers did show a slight increase from the 2016 survey’s results. This year, 16 percent of respondents reported experiencing sexual misconduct, including unwanted or attempted sexual contact, stalking, an abusive intimate relationship, and sexual harassment. In contrast, the 2016 survey found that 15 percentof students had experienced some form of inappropriate sexual behavior, and the 2015 survey placed this figure at 20 percent. Moreover, numbers indicate that more students might be learning about resources and reporting options surrounding sexual misconduct. The 2017 survey found that 87 percent of all respondents know what resources to turn to if they or a friend were sexually assaulted. Although a similar figure

was reported last year, this finding was a significant improvement from 2015, when only 76 percent of women undergraduate students and 80 percent of men undergraduate students reported that they knew where to go on campus to get help should they or a friend be sexually assaulted. “From a SHARE perspective, it’s really encouraging to hear that so many people know where to go if they experience interpersonal violence,” said Kelly McCabe ‘18, president of the Sexual Harassment/ Assault Advising, Resources, and Education peer program. “We’ve done a lot of work over the past few years to try and make sure that the campus knows how to access resources,” said Minter. “There’s a new policy in place, which we’ve publicized a great deal. The SHARE office is doing wonderful work.” The Sexual Misconduct and Title IX department has also focused on strengthening prevention efforts such as training for faculty, staff, and graduate students. According to the survey report, the increase in awareness may also be linked to the posters about sexual assault that the University has installed in every campus bathroom. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they have seen these posters. However, Minter also pointed out that the results of this year’s

survey indicate consistent and “unacceptably high” rates of misconduct, including sexual assault and nonconsensual sexual penetration. Of the respondents to the 2017 survey, 10 percent experienced non-consensual sexual contact, or sexual assault, and two percent experienced non-consensual sexual penetration, or rape, according to the report. “Overall, we find that prevalence of inappropriate sexual behaviors during the 2016-2017 school year are essentially unchanged from those reported during the 2015-2016 school year,” the report stated. “We’re concerned about exactly the same things that we have been concerned about: the unacceptably high rate of prevalence, particularly for sexual assault and penetration; the prevalence of sexual harassment, which is particularly experienced by graduate women, and just the disproportionate experiences that some populations are having,” Minter explained. The report of the 2017 survey identified first-year and sophomore students and LGBTQIA+ students as populations at a higher risk of experiencing sexual misconduct. “SHARE has been working to address populations that are at a higher risk of interpersonal violence or have less access to or awareness of resources. We’ve started a new program for LGBTQIA+-affil-

iated peers, because these students are two times more likely to experience sexual misconduct,” said McCabe. This year’s survey found that of the 8 percent of graduate women who experienced sexual harassment during the 2016-2017 academic year, 23 percent said that the harassment involved an employee/ staff member, faculty member, or postdoc, according to an infographic summarizing the survey results. In an email to the University community, Minter said that the University recognizes the “growing and important national conversation regarding sexual harassment occurring in situations where there are unbalanced power dynamics, including within academia.” “This year we have our first-ever grad student peer, so we’re working on increasing our outreach there,” McCabe added. Minter said that the University appreciates the commitment of the student body to responding to the survey for the past three years. The response rate has remained consistent at around half of all undergraduate and graduate students. “We were delighted the community supported us as well as they did,” Marsh added. “It’s a big ask, but the community came through with flying colors and we had the same response rate all three years.”

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International Education Week Kickoff



Umqombothi, an African a capella group on campus, made an appearance.

The event included speakers as well as performances.



Raqs bellydancers performed at the event.

Dancers and musicians representing traditions from around the world performed.



Raqs was one of several student groups involved in International Education Week.

Students gathered in the atrium at the kickoff to International Education Week.


Whatever your talent, the ‘Prince’ has a place for you.

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senior thesis. The name Pink Label is functional and derived from her color-coding system. (Her partnership with UMatter, which has included a zine about midterms stress, is orange; her work with the fashion magazine “Stripe” is purple; and her zine itself is pink, hence, Pink Label.) Each issue, typically 12 pages long, plumbs the depths of everyday objects to reveal their fraught emotional meanings. The first page of each issue declares in all-caps: “Unexpectedly relatable or simply emotionally distraught, Pink Label by HelenLinArt taps into the essence of who you are and supports it with content that you didn’t know you needed.” The claim may seem ambitious for a zine the size of your hand, but the power of Lin’s art lies in the ways she taps into the imaginative and affective power of objects (clothes, pets, diaries, mix tapes) to evoke the minute tragedies, obsessions, joys, and ambiguities of life. Lin has a long and sentimental relationship with objects. Initially entering college as a computer science major due to family pressure, Lin realized she wanted to dedicate her life to creating material art after discovering a PVC pipe in a Home Depot her sophomore year. She was enamored by its form — smallish and shaped like an elbow — and decided to buy it. “I was taking it everywhere I went. I was like, ‘Wow! What could this be? It could be so many things,’” she said. “I was so excited that I didn’t want to spend any more time in COS office hours. So I just dropped the class the day after I bought it. Yeah, this was going to be my life.” She still keeps the PVC pipe in her studio, a concrete reminder and promise to herself of her commitment to visual arts. Much of her art is nostalgic and evocative of childhood. Her

fourth zine, entitled “Which Baby Animal Are You?” provides a listicle of cartoon-like animals with distinct personality traits for the reader to identify with. While each issue is replaced on a weekly basis, the details tend to stick in your mind like a bur. In her first zine on pet tragedies, she writes, “When cacti depart, they deflate.” The illustrations are exquisitely detailed and pulsate with zany energy; lines drip, shapes melt. Chris Zhang ’18, a passer-by who has picked up Lin’s zines, said that he particularly liked her second issue featuring the diary entries of a Korean-American daughter’s experience returning to Seoul with her mother after years away and realizing that her mother was not at home there. “It was resonant, not in the literal sense,” said Zhang. “But there were definitely some times when I thought my mom knew all about something, but actually we were both lost.” Lin conceived the zine project this past summer after touring Tokyo, Taipei, and Seoul through a University grant. The travel allowed her to witness firsthand the East Asian culture and art so formative to her imaginative appetite as a child. She returned to the basement of her apartment this summer and immediately began crafting what would eventually become Pink Label. “I started drawing [the zines] when I came back to New York. I cleared out the basement. My grandma was always watching TV in the background, and I was sitting beside her drawing,” Lin said, reflecting that the summer felt like regressing back into childhood. “My grandma was there watching those Chinese mainland dramas just like old times, and I was doodling, just like old times.” Lin’s art project is deeply rooted in her background as the daughter of working-class Chinese immigrants who lacked access to formal art growing

up. The zine was conceived as a commitment to make art that is accessible for everyone. “I don’t want to always make art for people who are used to consuming art,” she said. “When I make these [zines], it is for people, so it wouldn’t reach its final state unless it is in front of people.” Lin’s commitment to accessibility and interest in pop art is indebted to her childhood of scarcity. “I didn’t have money to go to very fancy painting lessons or anything like that, so I was just drawing in front of my TV,” Lin said. Her parents worked long days at textile factories when they first immigrated to New York. When her dad’s factory in Brooklyn shut down, he had to commute from Brooklyn to Long Island. Her dad has alternated between various low-wage jobs, from a machine operator to a street vendor to a lab technician, his current position. “They were really busy trying to stay afloat and keep food on the table, so that’s why I was raised by TV,” Lin said, citing her cultural influences at that time as Nintendo, Animal Crossing, anime, and more. Lacking access to expensive supplies, Lin began creating gallery books out of the everyday paraphernalia around her. Her first gallery books were rudimentary composition notebooks on which she pasted images torn from newspapers or printed from the web. “It’s a lot about taking what is already mass-produced and lying around and trying to create something out of it,” she said. For example, many of Lin’s images depict animals, natural landscapes and foreign cities. For a precocious girl living in a low-income ethnic enclave, art was a way to travel and assemble a richly imaginative reality at the margins of everyday life. Partly due to her background, Lin is particularly attuned to the economic machinations under-

girding artistic production. “People don’t realize that everything is for sale. It is a business,” she said. “Succeeding in the fine arts world is all about who you know, and how well you can talk about your work to get it in front of people.” She mockingly remarked on the “romanticized ideal of the artist locking himself away in the studio, just trying to find the purest form of thought.” Lin does not like the word “purity” — she spits it out hastily, ridding herself of the taste. The stereotype of the “pure artist” not only misrepresents the actual reality of how art is made (artists are constantly influencing and being influenced by others), but obscures the systems of privilege that enable artistic success. “[This artist] wouldn’t be able to make it on his own without the support of art agents, museums, and dealerships,” she said. To procure support, artists are always hustlers, selling their wares, which Lin gestures to by making her artwork objects that passersby may view and take themselves. Lin, whose affection for objects borders on fetish, is particularly interested in the act of transaction. “What does it mean to identify so greatly and establish emotional connections with products that you buy in this business or shop context?” she said. By offering her zines to passersby for a suggested 50 cent donation, she is engaging in the selling of a product, but one that runs on the honor code of the consumer. In doing so, she hopes to move away from mere economic transaction to something different, something more related to freedom and curiosity. In articulating this, Lin stumbled around, grasping at words to articulate her vision of an “authentic transaction.” She offered the term “social exchange” tentatively. The responses to Lin’s public art project have run the gamut. She’s received many compli-

ments and questions from curious and impressed people. “At first when I first started making work, it was all for myself, about expressing myself,” she said. “But then as you grow out of it, you realize how powerful it can be to make work for other people.” The public nature of her personal project has engendered its own disappointments and anxieties. Most anxiety-inducing in the process for Lin is the prospect that her public art, so carefully conceived, won’t matter due to lack of understanding or care from the public. She wonders whether the ideas motivating the project are clearly communicated in her art. “The doubts are still there,” she explained. “It’s just a matter of becoming more comfortable with them. You learn to deal with the parts that can never be fully known at the given moment.” Many people have walked obliviously by her zine installation or briefly paused, curious, before hurrying away. Her lucky cat was stolen from her zine installation in Frist Campus Center the same weekend she placed it there. She hasn’t yet decided how to remedy the situation — buy another cat only to have it stolen again, or track it down? She is leaning toward tracking it down. Documenting the hunt for her cat, if pursued, would provide additional material for her thesis, given Lin’s concern for the process. Yet the aspects of Lin’s project that make it troublesome and unpredictable are the flip-sides to what makes it remarkable. While a viewer may not grasp the meaning of her art upon first encounter, they can still take it home with them. “There’s a certain care that goes into each piece, and I do want someone to be able to own that care,” Lin said. “But it’s up to the person who picks it up to consider it precious or not; that’s not something that I can control.”


Lin’s installation in Frist hopes to make art accessible to the community at large.


Many of Lin’s zines are inspired by her upbringing and her family.



Another example of Lin’s work, titled “ABC.”

An example of a spread from Lin’s gallery book.

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Amazon in Newark: Response to Max Grear Alison Huang columnist


’ll admit that my first impression of Amazon’s HQ2 was very cynical. I was stuck with this image of Amazon’s current headquarters sprawling across Seattle like a cancer, inflating housing prices, pushing people out of their homes — and then, the most hackle-raising image of all, constructing a homeless shelter to shuttle those people away. In a sense, a corporate entity had become a vast, sovereign force that had the power to relocate people like chess pieces. I asked the same series of questions that Max Grear ‘18 asks when he criticizes President Eisgruber’s hypocrisy in his letter encouraging Jeff Bezos ‘86 to choose New Jersey as HQ2’s new home. Amazon in New Jersey is a real possibility, and thus it would be a good idea to get a sense of the theoretical: What would happen if Amazon came here? New Jersey has endorsed Newark above other cities as its offering to Amazon. Newark already houses Amazon’s Audible branch, which founder Donald Katz considers “one of the best decisions [the company has made].” Deterrences, such as crime or taxes, that might discourage Amazon from settling in Newark are effectively null. Crime-wise, Katz testifies that though some consider Newark to be “less than safe… not a single employee left [Audible]” since Audible moved to Newark. In the midst of New Jersey’s notoriously heavy taxation system, local government is willing to “[double] already generous corporate tax breaks,” says Jon Whiten, vice president of New Jersey Policy Perspective. Newark is only an 18-minute train ride away from New York City, and its market-rate apartment rents are equivalent to subsidized NYC housing. Amazon’s move to New Jersey could happen. And what of Newark? This is a lab rat of a city, one that has been experimented on and

tempted with the prospect of a new future, and then let down and abandoned. Amazon HQ2 comes after a $100 million dollar effort made by Mark Zuckerberg, former Mayor Cory Booker, and NJ Governor Chris Christie to turn the Newark school system from unequal to a model for the rest of the nation. The result? Money disappeared, people left. Zuckerberg went home to learn from his mistakes and work on his local schools, Booker went on to become U.S. Senator, Christie got sidetracked by a run for presidency, and Newark stayed the same. The Newark school system debacle was one of many efforts to try to funnel new life into Newark, which, along with being populous, diverse, and full of history, now houses the headquarters of several large businesses like Broadridge Financial Solutions, Public Service Enterprise Group, Panasonic, and Prudential Financial. If we disregard for a moment its eventual scope and scale, Amazon HQ2 has precedent. It is only one of a series of businesses invited to make a home in Newark. Is Newark ready for Amazon HQ2? The city brims with the life of its local universities, cultural venues, and businesses, yet a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has tried to coax the development boom into the south and west, where more of Newark’s impoverished live. The change has been imperfect and curious: A newly-opened Whole Foods stands in an area that was once a food desert, as if people who once had no food at all are now expected to patronize an over-priced supermarket. But Baraka is trying. Recently he adopted policies to deflate the costs of housing and make sure that jobs go to Newark residents. Developers are required to set aside 20 percent of their newly built and renovated apartments for lowand moderate-income tenants; on a newly reconstructed street called Broad Street, 64

apartments are reserved for moderate-income households. Half of the construction crews and permanent jobs for construction projects must go to Newark residents. Seattle residents’ main complaints against Amazon’s original HQ were that all the jobs Amazon purportedly brought to Seattle actually went to non-Seattle natives. Amazon’s story in Seattle was largely a run-after-itself-and-tr y-topick-up-the-pieces kind-of story: As Amazon benefitted from and sucked life out of the community around it, it hurried to give back in the form of homeless shelters, job training programs, STEM education, apprenticeship programs, and transportation. Perhaps the lessons Amazon has learned from Seattle, along with Baraka’s direction and outlook, would set HQ2 up to be a community-aware corporate body. HQ2 is Amazon’s “second try” and it will not be perfect. I’d hope that Newark’s local government would work to integrate a large corporate body into its city in a way that does not hurt its native residents, but I accept the fact that the results will never be perfectly beneficial for everyone. I also accept that my research may be a simplified narrative, and I hope that readers will contact me with more multifaceted articles when they find them. In response to Max Grear’s article, I appreciate that he calls us to educate ourselves and understand what the possibility of Amazon in New Jersey might mean. At the same time, I do not think it is necessarily fair to say that Eisgruber “sides by default with the political agenda of those who place corporate special interests over the public good.” I thought the article was unnecessarily polarizing. I did not even think to place President Eisgruber on one side or the other — evil corporate giants versus meek Mom-andPop shops — because I did not even think Eisgruber’s letter was about HQ2. I believe the letter to be a gesture. It may re-

fer to Amazon, but it is about Princeton. Cue the music: It is in praise of Old Nassau. The letter Eisgruber wrote to Amazon refers to the Request for Proposal (RFP — a list of what Amazon is looking for in bidding cities), but not to make logistical, technical claims like actual cities would. Instead, President Eisgruber uses the RFP to say, “We, Princeton, have everything you are looking for.” You’re looking for excellent institutions of higher education? Princeton boasts the best faculty. You’re seeking intellectual and cultural resources? Princeton just opened a new arts complex. You seek strong technical talent? The greatest recent growth in student interest has been in what your RFP describes as the “most relevant” majors for your business. And of course, let us not miss the personal address to alumni CEO Jeff Bezos ’86 and CEO of Worldwide Consumer Jeff A. Wilke ’89, which reaffirms Princeton’s prestigious legacy. Eisgruber’s letter very cleverly captures the attention Amazon is receiving right now and redirects it to reaffirm Princeton’s prestige. It’s detached, stately, and inwardlooking. I do not believe Eisgruber means to give “a sort of wink and nod at the promise of lower taxes and techiefriendly neighborhoods,” as Grear writes, but I can see how the Princeton-centered nature of the letter can come off as blatantly and proudly indifferent to the negative effects of placing HQ2 in New Jersey. Yet at the same time, would we rather Eisgruber not speak up and advocate for Amazon’s move to New Jersey? Is it not his job to create as many opportunities for University students as possible? Could he have written the letter in a more graceful manner? You tell me. Allison Huang is from Princeton, NJ. She can be reached at ah25@



ight years ago, the U.S. economy was in freefall with no end in sight. The stock market crashed to its lowest point since 1997. Unemployment skyrocketed to 7.2 percent as 2.6 million more Americans lost their jobs. Foreclosures were up by 225 percent as banks took back people’s homes. No one had seen a crisis like it since the Great Depression. Starting in 2009, the U.S. economy has soared to new heights. While the memories of the Great Recession are still with us in 2017, I fear that my generation is forgetting its lessons. As employers descend upon college campuses this fall to recruit new talent, I’ve noticed how most of my classmates are worried about getting a job, while few are concerned about keeping a job. But the next recession is coming. Therefore, I urge my fellow classmates to ask corporate recruiters the hard questions — such as those about retirement and job security, among others — so that they can prepare for harsh economic conditions like the Great Recession in the near future. Historically, U.S. economic growth has been punctuated by recessions every few years. The National Bureau of Economic Research states

that expansions typically last 58 months, with the longest period of growth occurring for 120 months in the 1990s. The current growth period is the third longest in U.S. history at 100 months, and has the potential to top the list if predictions are correct. The good times, however, won’t last forever. Even if the U.S. marginally breaks the historical record at 121 months, that places the next recession in the fall of 2019, just as today’s juniors start their new jobs and sophomores begin looking for employment. Opinions differ on the next recession’s cause, but in the end, it will probably hit current college students. Last month, I listened to my classmates’ concerns about jobs at a variety of corporate recruiting events. Students invariably asked questions like, “What is your advice for the interview?” and, “What are my chances of being hired?” But not a single person asked about job security. Since none of my fellow students were thinking about this issue, I tackled it myself. At a recent Goldman Sachs information session, I asked the recruiter, “In the event that I join the firm shortly before a recession, what are the chances that I will keep my job?” She immediately became defensive and subtly accused me

of being a lazy worker for asking such a question. She wasn’t the only one like this either. There were recruiters from several other firms who were either puzzled or hostile when I asked similar questions. The recruiters likely weren’t trained on how to respond to such questions, but students need to know this information because at least 14 percent of each graduating class go into financerelated careers. Goldman Sachs alone laid off 10 percent of its employees during the last recession. Altogether, the financial services industry fired nearly 460,000 workers between 2008 and 2012. This not a problem specific to Wall Street, as layoffs occurred across all industries during the Great Recession. But anyone who goes to work for a big company should know up front whether it will hold onto them as a valuable employee or fire them as an expendable lackey to protect an executive’s bonus during a recession. The need to ask about job security is only compounded by the fact that young people are often the first to go in mass layoffs. As a group, they also suffer greater employment drops than the rest of the country. Over the course of the Great Recession, young adults’ employment dropped by six

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percent, compared to only four percent across all age groups. Students should also consider retirement plans as they judge employers. Recently, a Wells Fargo survey found that 48 percent of millennials don’t have access to a 401(k)-type plan and 41 percent of those employed have not started saving for retirement. Even if millennials started saving for retirement now, they could lose much of it in the next recession. In 2008, for example, Americans on average lost 14 percent of their retirement savings. Job and retirement security are only the tip of the iceberg. There are still dozens of other job-related issues now that, while probably not at the forefront of a college senior’s mind, will matter when the next recession hits either before graduation or shortly thereafter. With the looming threat, it may be better in the short-term to get a lower-paying job with higher security than a highpaying expendable position. Fortunately, the University has resources to help students navigate these issues. In an interview, Career Services’ Executive Director Eva Kubu explained how the office has “one-on-one meetings with students” to help them research industries. She said, “Instead of just preparing students for just the first job, we try to pre-

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pare them for beyond that.” Kubu added, “If you are faced with a layoff, you’re going to reach out to people in your network to find a job,” explaining that one of Career Services’ goals is teaching students how to use their networks. No one can precisely predict when the next recession will occur, but today’s college students will experience the effects. They should prepare for the worst and hope for the best as they search for jobs. Princetonians should use every resource available to prepare for the next recession now before it’s too late. Liam O’Connor is a sophomore from Wyoming, Del. He can be reached at

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Princeton students are not risk-averse Jared Shulkin



fter reading Jessica Nyquist’s column on her perception of Princeton students’ risk-averse culture and its effect on their career paths, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own Princeton experience. As a pre-medical student, a goal of mine — as for practically all other Princeton pre-meds — is to eventually go to medical school. Were I riskaverse, I guess I’d be spending most of my time in a hospital, or in a research lab, or maybe rebuilding clinics in developing countries. But, my intellectual curiosity, as Nyquist puts it, has pointed me in many other directions including, but certainly not limited to, journalism, FM and internet radio, and even competitive poker! By no means am I confined to this single path to medical school, and from my experience, neither are most Princeton students. Princeton doesn’t, for the

most part, exist as described by Nyquist. Princeton students explore their passions and interests to the fullest, with careers in consideration, but second to the pursuits that truly stimulate their intellectual curiosity. This distinction may set Princeton apart from some comparable institutions, but certainly not in a negative manner. Princeton isn’t risk-averse, but rather risk-neutral. Comparing a school like Princeton, which stresses a liberal arts education, to a school like our close neighbor and Ivy League counterpart, the University of Pennsylvania, which claims a more pre-professional educational environment, we see stark differences in student culture. Nyquist cites Career Service’s annual report, which states that 14.1 percent of graduates from the Class of 2016 pursued a career in finance post-graduation. We may think this number is on the higher side, but an article from the Daily Pennsylvanian reflects that 25 percent of Penn’s 2016 graduates pursued a career in

finance — nearly twice the percentage of Princeton graduates — and an additional 17 percent pursued a career in consulting. Had I been an undergraduate at Penn, perhaps I would have been more inclined to spend most of my time in their oncampus hospital or in a medical school research lab. From both the numbers and my experience with friends on Penn’s campus, Princeton’s career-oriented culture seems overstated. From an educational standpoint, Princeton’s lack of business and nursing schools — both of which are present at Penn — deters high school students who are already set on a very specific career path. In doing this, Princeton allows its undergraduates to explore a wide-range of academic disciplines before committing to a life-long career upon graduation. Of course, the absence of pre-professional programs doesn’t entirely eliminate career-driven students -- organizations like the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club, the Keller Center, Career Services, and

Health Professions Advising fill those roles. More generally, while Princeton students do care about their careers — and while the University certainly attempts to cater to them — I wouldn’t necessarily impose the “career-oriented” label onto these students as Nyquist does in her piece. I do agree with Nyquist on one point: although Princeton aims to facilitate an undergraduate liberal arts education, its execution isn’t exactly perfect. I believe Princeton’s primary flaw with regard to stimulating intellectual curiosity is precisely as Nyquist claims — University-sponsored summer pursuits and fellowship opportunities only serve a small percentage of students. Programs like the International Internship Program and Princeton Internships in Civic Service are in high demand but have fairly low acceptance rates, so students are either forced to shape themselves into the most qualified applicant for a position exactly in line with their career interest or seek a more

traditional internship, as described by Nyquist, elsewhere. For programs whose goals are to broaden the horizons of a student’s undergraduate experience, it’s a shame that their reality severely limits them. As a whole, however, the reality of Princeton student culture isn’t as described by Nyquist. Princeton experiences are shaped by exploring passions and interests as much as the University allows, while careers come into play naturally almost as if they’re afterthoughts. As noted above, although this culture may not translate across comparable institutions, it certainly doesn’t exist in a negative light. If Nyquist’s risk-aversion doesn’t hold for Princeton student culture, I’d propose that risk neutrality does, for — as the adage goes — if Princeton students continue doing what they love they’ll never work a day in their lives. Jared Shulkin is a sophomore from Weston, Fla. He can be reached at



The GOP tax plan will cripple graduate programs

rinceton graduate students could see their tax bills skyrocket to $11,000 or more if the Republican tax bill currently under consideration in the House of Representatives becomes law. The GOP bill eliminates §117(d) in the U.S. tax code, a provision that exempts “qualified tuition support” for research and teaching assistants from being counted towards gross income. This means that a student whose funding comes in full or part from a teaching or research assistantship at Princeton will be paying taxes not just on their stipend and any additional teaching/research income, but also on the roughly $49,000 Princeton tuition as “non-cash income.” Fortunately, students who are on fellowships would not see their tuition support counted towards taxable income. §117(a), which exempts “qualified scholarships” from taxation, would remain on the books. But most Princeton students receive at least part of their funding from assistantships during the course of their Ph.D. program and would therefore be affected by the tax bill.

STEM students would be hit particularly hard, since more of their income comes from assistantships than it does for their colleagues in the humanities and social sciences. What does this mean in practice? Let’s take a single student on a 12-month Assistantship in Instruction. They earn a $31,100 stipend, although students in some departments can earn somewhat more. Here’s how the tax breaks down: Gross income is $31,100. Take the standard deduction — in 2017, $6,350 — for a gross taxable income of $24,750. The first $9,325 is subject to ten percent tax ($932.50) with the remaining $15,425 subject to 15 percent ($2,313.75). This means that the total tax bill (assuming no other deductions) of a Assistantship in Instruction for 2017 would be $3,246.25 — an effective tax rate of 10.4 percent How much would this student pay under the proposed tax bill? Princeton tuition, plus the student health plan fee, is $48,940. Add that amount to the income the student earns through the stipend to get

$80,040. The new standard deduction under the proposed plan is $12,200, so subtract that from $80,040. The student owes taxes on $67,840. The new brackets tax income up to $45,000 at 12 percent, and income from $45,000 to $200,000 at 25 percent. So the student would owe $5,400 on the first $45,000 of “income,” and $5,710 on the subsequent $22,480 of income. The total tax liability (assuming no other deductions) for this student would be $11,110, roughly 36 percent of actual income. This would be a devastating tax increase, particularly when the University itself estimates living expenses for twelve months in Princeton to be $30,300. International students would also be hit especially hard. Many international students already pay more in U.S. taxes than their American counterparts, although it can vary. A $10,000 tax hike on top of an alreadyexpensive tax bill will make attending American universities for graduate study — even elite, well-funded programs like Princeton’s — much less attractive for international students. The Republican tax proposal

could, in effect, make it impossible for American universities to retain their competitive edge globally. Why study at Princeton (or Harvard, or Stanford, or MIT) and see your income dry up due to taxation when you could attend Oxford, Cambridge, Lausanne, or Tsinghua and face a much less onerous financial climate? Policy analyst Barmak Nassirian told Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal recently that the tax bill would mean “the end of research in the United States.” This is not an exaggeration. The proposed bill would cripple graduate programs across the country — even at elite universities — and correspondingly grind laboratory research to a halt. American universities would no longer be attractive to international students. The United States would face an unprecedented brain drain. What can you do? Right now, this is a proposed bill. It has not gone into law yet. Contact your representatives and let them know that this bill will be devastating for graduate students. You can also get involved with Princeton Graduate Students United (full disclosure: I am a member), who are calling on the University to aggressively

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lobby against 117(d) repeal and to guarantee graduate students’ current net income in the event that the bill becomes law. And this is not just a task for graduate students. I’ve written extensively about this tax reform bill over the past week, and I’ve heard from faculty across the country. “Gee, if I were in grad school today, I don’t know what I would do!” Well, there are students in graduate school today — your students. We need your support! Call your senators and representatives and tell them that the Republican tax reform plan would devastate your students and cripple your programs. Bonnie Watson Coleman is the congresswoman who represents Princeton’s district. Her contact info is below: BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN: Washington, DC Office 1535 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5801 Fax: (202) 225-6025 David Walsh is a graduate student in the Department of History. He can be reached at walshd14@

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file. There’s an actual impact,” Prentice added. Im said the chance to work with Verdu, a prominent researcher in the field of information theory, was “one of big reasons [she] chose to come to Princeton,” according to a memorandum from the Title IX panel. While their relationship was professional when they began working together in January 2016, Verdu began acting inappropriately toward Im a year later, according to the memo. In February, Verdu invited Im to watch a sexually explicit film in his home, and on another occasion he allegedly touched her upper thigh and stomach while they watched a different movie. In an email exchange obtained by the ‘Prince’, Im told Verdu that she was uncomfortable with their interactions and wanted to set boundaries. Verdu agreed to speak to Im “to clear it up,” and the two continued to work together. According to the Huffington Post, a few weeks after the incidents Im told another professor about what had happened, who then notified the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. A two-month Title IX investigation began in April. From this investigation, the Title IX panel determined that Verdu’s behavior had “unreasonably interfered with [Im’s] educational conditions by creating a hostile or offensive environment,” according to the memo. Verdu was found responsible for violating the University’s policy on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct; he was charged with sexual harassment, or “unwelcome verbal or physical behavior which is directed at a person based on sex, gender identity or gender expression,” as well as “inappropriate conduct related to sex, gender identity, or gender expression.” “I unequivocally deny any allegations of advances, let alone sexual harassment,” Verdu wrote in an email response to a request for comment. University Response In her meeting with Prentice and Crotty, Im asked why Verdu had not been terminated, according to a recording obtained by the ‘Prince.’ Prentice said in the recording that Verdu “clearly behaved highly inappropriately,” but he would not be suspended or terminated because his inappropriate behavior stopped after Im raised her concerns. “When you indicated to him that he was behaving inappropriately, he stopped, and took no further action against you,”

said Prentice in the recording. “Under those circumstances, and given that we were treating it as a first-time offense, it doesn’t warrant his suspension.” “I think that’s a very unacceptable answer,” Im replied in the recording. Im also asked whether Verdu could be moved out of the building in the E-Quad where they both currently work. Prentice said in the recording that moving professors’ offices is typically not a disciplinary practice, but that Im could limit interactions with Verdu by changing her advisor or moving buildings herself. The panel’s memo states that Im stopped attending Verdu’s class, sought to change advisers, and has decided to change academic fields as a result of the incident. In the recording, Prentice also said that “there was a broader set of allegations” against Verdu, but no one else was willing “to come forward to substantiate any of the other allegations.” In response to an article in the ‘Prince’, University spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss wrote in an email statement on Nov. 10 that “a range of penalties may be imposed” on a member of the University community who violates the sexual misconduct policy. “We require counseling and training for every individual found to have violated our policy, with the goal of stopping inappropriate behavior,” wrote Hotchkiss. Prentice and Crotty deferred comment to Day. Investigation In reaching their verdict, the Title IX panel’s deliberations focused on two incidents which occurred when Verdu and Im were watching television alone in Verdu’s home. On Feb. 17, Verdu invited Im to his home to watch the Korean film “The Handmaiden.” Although Im and Verdu had watched a soccer match together at his home three days before, Im was nervous because “The Handmaiden” is known for its explicit sexual content. Im expressed these concerns to a friend, according to screenshots published in the Huffington Post. In these texts, Im described the invitation as “weird” and wrote that “the weirder thing is that korean movie has some sexual part and I am not sure [Verdu] knows it.” According to their email exchange, Im wrote to Verdu suggesting that they watch another movie because “[The Handmaiden] seems to have explicit contents and I am usually not good at watching those.” Verdu responded that he

wanted to watch a movie by Park Chan-Wook, the director of “The Handmaiden,” and was unsure if Netflix carried his other films. Having made sure Verdu was aware of the film’s graphic nature, Im felt that she “couldn’t resist any more” and agreed to watch the movie, according to the memo. On Feb. 23, Im approached Verdu after class and asked if he wanted to leave then or later to watch the film. Before replying that they could meet in the parking lot, Verdu led Im out of the room -- in the panel’s memo, Im said she believed this was because “he didn’t want anyone to hear.” In the memo, Verdu said that he met Im at the entrance to the E-Quad before driving her to his home. According to the memo, both Verdu and Im agreed that once they had arrived at Verdu’s home, he poured them a small amount of Grand Marnier and they sat on the couch. Im said in the memo that their arms touched while they watched the film, and that Verdu wrapped his arm around her for a short time. In the same source, Im said that she was “confused” by Verdu’s behavior and “very nervous” because of the graphic sexual scenes in the movie. Im said in the memo that Verdu asked her whether she had a boyfriend while they were watching the movie. In the same memo, Verdu said he had not intentionally touched Im, and that she had talked about having a boyfriend but he did not ask her any questions. Verdu also said that the graphic scenes in “The Handmaiden” were “just violent” rather than sexual. Verdu said in the memo that he sat “towards the middle” of the couch and that Im “was immobile,” although there was “plenty of space to her right.” According to the memo, Verdu also said that he rested his arm on top of the couch because he needed to keep it straight due to his medial epicondylitis, or “golfer’s elbow,” although the panel noted that when Verdu made this assertion it was unclear whether he was referring to when they watched “The Handmaiden” or when they watched a soccer match together three days earlier. On March 9 Verdu emailed Im inviting her to watch “Oldboy,” a film about a kidnapped businessman by the same director as “The Handmaiden.” Im agreed to watch the movie the following day. While watching the film, Im said in the panel’s memo that Verdu offered her red wine and commented that she was “drinking too slowly.” Im also said in the memo that Verdu wrapped her arm around her shoulders and was “softly brushing his hand up

and down” her shoulder, “like [people] do when they want to arouse each other.” Then, Im said, Verdu put his left hand on her thigh close to her underwear for around a minute, until she stood up and went to the restroom to try “to get out of the situation.” According to the memo, Im said that at this time she was wondering whether “this was allowed in Barcelona,” where Verdu is from. When Im later spilled wine on her white sweatshirt, Verdu attempted to clean the stain. Im said that Verdu tried to rub the stain off with soap and a napkin for “more than 30 seconds,” and that when she held her shirt out to prevent him from touching her stomach, Verdu put his hand inside her shirt and touched the bottom of her bra. Im told Verdu “you don’t have to do this” and stepped back. According to the panel memo, Verdu said there “was absolutely no touching of her leg in any lewd way.” Verdu said that because of his golf elbow, he had to use his left hand to pour the wine, and when he reached across Im to get the bottle he put his hand on “the middle of thigh,” referring to the incident as “a misunderstanding.” He denied that he wrapped his arm around Im or rubbed her arm. Verdu also stated in the memo that he is “adamant that no advances occurred, wanted or unwanted.” Later that afternoon, Verdu emailed Im a link to a Wikipedia article on a Korean movie that she had asked him to send. In his message, he wrote “Ps please call me Sergio” followed by a smiling face emoji. Aftermath The panel memo states that Im realized that Verdu’s behavior was inappropriate when she got home after watching “Oldboy.” According to an email exchange between Im and Verdu, Im sent the following message on March 11 with the subject line “About yesterday”: “Hello professor, After I came home, I realized I wasn’t comfortable with you touching my leg. I consider our relationship solely as advisor and student and would appreciate if you do so. I think it would be nice to set some boundaries.” “OMG Yeohee, needless to say I totally agree about the boundaries,” Verdu wrote in his response. “Are you available on Monday at 10 to clear it up?” Im recorded their subsequent conversation on March 13. According to the panel’s memo, the recording quality was poor, but Verdu could be heard saying “my job here is to create the best environment for

you to succeed and you have a great career ahead of you... I do ask my students, maybe not in the beginning but eventually to call me by my first name, so don’t think of anything.” Following their talk, Im said that their relationship was “cordial” and Verdu described it as “fine, just professional.” They continued to work in the same building, although according to the panel’s memo Im plans to leave the field because she “would be too nervous to be in the same field as [Verdu] is.” The memo shows that the Title IX panel based their decision on Im and Verdu’s accounts of the events as well as an assessment of the credibility of their statements. The panel found Im to be “very credible,” noting that she hadn’t intended to report the matter but only wanted to switch advisers, and that the allegations could potentially have a lasting professional impact on her. According to the memo, Im wrote in the statement she submitted to the panel that “[t] here is no reason for me to do this. I was happy in research life and my work in this field, and [Verdu] is the biggest name in the field.” The panel also noted in the memo that Im “may have initially downplayed her own efforts to foster a close relationship with [Verdu],” such as bringing him Korean snacks and sending him a song recording, but that “it is not unusual for an advisee to seek to develop a close relationship with their adviser” and that none of Im’s actions were inappropriate or sexual in nature. The panel expressed “concerns regarding [Verdu’s] credibility” because of his assertion that “The Handmaiden” is not sexually explicit, and because of his statement that he needed to stretch his arm out and pour the wine bottle in a specific way due to his medial epicondylitis. The panel noted that Verdu could have positioned himself in order to stretch his arm “without impeding on [Im’s] personal space.” After obtaining photographs of Verdu’s couch, the panel did not credit his description of the couch as a “two-seater” that would require sitting close together. Based on their assessments of Verdu’s physical conduct and the context in which his actions took place, the panel came to the conclusion that Verdu’s conduct “was severe in nature,” and that he was responsible for violating the University’s policy on sexual harassment. Verdu will be teaching a course on information systems in the spring.

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line in second place for the Tigers. Then, at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, she became the the eighth Tiger in school history to be crowned individual champion, outkicking Yale’s Andrea Masterson in a close battle to the finish. Following this race, Forrest was selected as the Suburban Transit/ G oP r i n c e t o nT i ge r s .c o m

Athlete of the Week. While she has certainly proven to be a formidable individual competitor for the Princeton squad though, she says it’s the fact that “such an individual sport can also be the closest team sport” that makes her love cross country so much. On Thursday, Forrest will travel early in the morning to Louisville, Ky to compete in Saturday’s NCAA Championship 6K race at 10:45 a.m. The Australian born runner’s pre-

race strategy is simple: “Staying relaxed is really important,” she said. She is the ninth Tiger in school history to qualify for this race as an individual and is the first since fellow teammate and current senior Megan Curham did so in 2014. Coverage of the championship race will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on FloTrack for cross country fans to watch the most exciting race of the collegiate season.

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Junior Gabi Forrest will be competing in the NCAA championships after her third-place finish last run.

Lambrew reflects on work in Clinton and Obama administrations LAMBREW Continued from page 1

............. tant across the board that it was a very valuable education. Then, when I went to graduate school, I studied public health, health policy, and health services research so that I could understand more about how our healthcare system works. DP: What drove the shift in your interests from English to public health? JL: When I was in college, I did a summer internship for the state of Maine, where I’m from, and worked with really dedicated people who at that point were trying to solve the problem that there were not enough health care professionals in rural Maine. So we worked on this report and it was so gratifying to take your skills and apply them to real world problems, of trying to connect people to health care. So, that internship was important. Plus, I have a whole bunch of health providers in my family, all of whom said ‘policy matters.’ So, between my personal experience in the internship and my family experience pointing to the value of doing public policy, I went and focused on this for my whole adult career. DP: After you graduated, how did your career in health policy evolve? JL: I was in graduate school finishing my dissertation when Bill Clinton became president, and he said, ‘I’m gonna reform the U.S. healthcare system,’ so I wanted to quit school to go work on that, but my faculty said no. One of my faculty who was working for Clinton said, ‘No, you can have a job the day after you get your Ph.D., but not a day before.’ So, I hurried up and got to D.C. in the fall of 1993, and was involved in Clinton’s failed attempt to do health reform at Health and Human Services, but when Clinton was reelected, I went to the White House. So I was in the

Clinton White House for Clinton’s second term. DP: You worked in the both the Clinton and Obama administrations. How would you say that the American view of health insurance and health policy evolved throughout your work in both administrations? JL: By the time that I joined the Obama transition team and then the Obama administration in 2009, the American public was ready for health reform whereas it might not have been ready under the Clinton administration. After years of high health care cost growth, seeing the access gaps that were occurring because of the cracks in our healthcare system, and also seeing states successfully beginning to implement reforms. The nation in Washington was ready for that debate, whereas it wasn’t as ready for that back in the early ‘90s. Despite the economic meltdown in 2008-2009 and all the other priorities that were on the table, President Obama was committed to trying to create greater health equity for our nation. So, we had a Congress that was willing to do it, we worked very hard to get it across the finish line, but with his leadership and congressional allies committed to improving the health care system, after a long year of struggle, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March of 2010. DP: What was your role in the Obama Administration, and more specifically, in working on the Affordable Care Act? JL: So, it evolved. My first two years, I ran the Office of Health Reform at Health and Human Services, and in those first two years when we were trying to get the legislation passed, it was primarily working with congressional staff and the administration on that bill. How do we figure out what goes in? What shouldn’t go in? What does it mean? So, the first two years were entirely focused on the legislation because you need

the legislation for the system to be improved. After that, at HHS, we changed the team to be an implementation team. So, we brought in experts on regulations, writing regulations, and figuring out how you get from a pile of paper, which is a law, to a real system that helps people. So that was the second phase of this, hardcore implementation. Then, I went to the White House from HHS in 2011, where I did similar work across the government, because we have parts of the law that were implemented at the Department of Treasury, the Department of Labor, and throughout the governments that did similar work at a higher level throughout the White House. And, at the White House we also did a fair amount of defense because the Affordable Care Act was challenged by day one. So, we worked on preparing for the Supreme Court cases that we won, we worked on preparing for congressional challenges that came about, there were 60 plus repeal votes while President Obama was there, and he vetoed all of them, or they didn’t get to his desk. But that was what we were doing while we were there, as well as the positive work such as implementing the significant number of programs in the ACA. DP: How did you and your team go about maneuvering the “gridlock” in D.C. that you describe experiencing? JL: It certainly was a challenge. The president’s view was that no law is perfect, everything can be improved. So, we always had ideas to have our health care system better, but we didn’t have a receptive audience for the most part. All that said, it’s not well known that we probably had the president sign into law, two dozen different improvements to the law, over the years but they were just tucked into different bills because the Republicans didn’t want to be seen as improving Obamacare. But, when it comes right down to it, there’s often an

interest on a bipartisan basis to fix problems and find the right moment and right set of actors. There’s always the opportunity to do that, it’s just a matter of doing the hard work and being ready to capitalize on those moments when they come. DP: After Trump’s inauguration, what was the plan of action for maintaining and protecting the work that you had put into the Affordable Care Act? JL: I personally went to a think tank, where I began work on the Monday after inauguration, because on the night of inauguration, the president signed an executive order about the Obamacare burden. So, the health care team immediately in all different places went to work. Some people went to think tanks, some people went on vacations, some people went to advocacy groups. But many people continued the dialogues and the friendships that were forged over those years to continue to try to put out information, analysis, support for organizations like the Congressional Budget Office that was doing all the work on what the implications of these bills would do, because I maintain a strong belief that facts matter and in this ACA debate they matter a lot. We were worried that they wouldn’t, but when people put out numbers that said a particular bill would cost 24 million people to become uninsured, it wasn’t questioned, it was believed. People would try to point out that there were other good things in the bill, but they didn’t try to deny those facts, and that made all of us feel good about this debate because facts mattered. We also had new allies that we never had in this debate before. Republican governors came to the defense of the Medicaid expansion in the law which we never really saw before. We saw citizen engagement in ways that were amazing. There were town hall meetings where people were showing up and talking about

healthcare. And, not just doing it in an ill informed way, they were coming knowing the facts and talking to their representatives. We saw social media become a true platform for civic engagement on public policy. DP: On this campus, a lot of students see advocacy as their avenue of enforcing change. How much would you say you saw advocacy influence the way that policy was made? JL: It was enormous. To the point where other initiatives, and other policy areas, like people working on DACA, people working on tax cuts, have all been asking, what worked and didn’t work on healthcare. Because things like the town hall meetings, social media, Jimmy Kimmel using his nightly show for like three nights running talking about the bill and what it meant, and not just talking about the bill and what it meant but also saying, you know, I have the right to have an opinion, and to speak my opinion on my platform, I can be as smart as some of the professionals, because he was getting criticism for being just a comedian. ‘No, I am a father of a child with an illness and I can read a bill just as well as anyone else,’ [he said.] In fact, he was fact checked against Senator Bill Cassidy, and Jimmy Kimmel was right more often than Bill Cassidy was about the bill. And then he also said, here’s what to do, not just complain about it. And that’s something that’s new in this debate. Just being loud is not necessarily enough. It’s, here are the names of the senators that are on the fence, here’s their phone numbers, call, write letters, go to Washington if you can, be specific and concrete about what you’re asking for because you, as a citizen of the United States, have a right to do that. That was new, I think, in my 20 plus years of experience in Washington working on policy. It was powerful in ways that were amazing.


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Men’s rugby “Dashes to Dublin” in 10th annual bike event By Chris Murphy associate sports editor

While most of campus is quiet and sleepy in the early morning hours, this week, bright, colorful Christmas lights and the sound of ‘80s and ‘90s hits can be heard outside of Frist Campus Center at all hours of the day. Come a bit closer, and you’ll find one of the many Princeton men’s rugby players pedaling away on a stationary bike, pushing onward in a tradition that has now spanned 10 years. Just like the past nine fall semesters, the arrival of falling leaves and cold weather represents the beginnings of one of the greatest modern traditions Princeton rugby has to offer. While the name has changed with each passing year — this year the event is named the “Dash to Dublin” — the large decorated tent protecting the stationary bicycle and its rider has become a mainstay on the campus for a week each year. Since 2007, the bike event has served as one of the biggest on-campus fundraisers for the team. Each year, hundreds of people pass by the tent and look on with curiosity and interest. Some stay a while, to learn more about the team or to spend a few minutes enjoying the music and singing or dancing along. Regardless of their reasons, many leave having donated even a few dollars to the large 10-gallon jug in front of the biker. And all of them have become a part of the network of people that have

helped the team in their fundraising efforts. “The central purpose of this fundraiser is to ensure that every member of the team has the opportunity to attend tour, regardless of the ability to pay,” noted senior captain Mark Goldstein. “The proceeds help sponsor several players who otherwise would not be able to come on the incredible experience.” The tour is another one of the many traditions that Princeton rugby has in its season. For one week in the spring, the team embarks on a week-long trip to a country with deep history in the sport of rugby. There, the players get the opportunity to meet and train with some of the world’s best coaches and players. At the same time, they get to immerse themselves in the deep traditions and culture of the country. For some players, the trip represents their first travel outside the country, and for all players, the tour helps form even deeper team-wide friendships, providing them with memories to last a lifetime. “Tour is an incredible opportunity to visit a rugby-crazy country,” added Goldstein, “and to get coaching from professionals, which is a unique opportunity for our players, many of whom are new to the sport.” From Ireland to the Bahamas to South Africa, the team has traveled around the world to learn about rugby from some of the


Sophomore Alex Rodgers took his turn on the bike Tuesday evening.

world’s best in the sport. This season, the rugby team will be returning to Ireland, one of the favorite locations the team has visited. And each year, the team continues to bike until they have “reached” the destination that they will be traveling. Depending on the location, this takes between 7-9 days of continuous biking. Whether it is a bright and sunny Wednesday afternoon or a cold 30-degree Sat-

urday morning, there is always a player on top of the bike, making sure the pedals continue to move until it is another player’s turn for their time atop the bike. “What I like most about the event is how it brings the team together,” noted senior captain William Haynes. “Whenever I walk by the bike, I can’t help but stop to talk to whoever is on there and when I’m on there, all the guys stop

and talk to me.” But it isn’t just current players that stop and visit the bike. Coaches and rugby alumni can all be found by the bike station sometime throughout the week, connecting with the present players, reminiscing on their time on the bike, and contributing to the cause. Last season, head coach Richard Lopacki could even be found taking shifts of his own on the bike. Beyond the rugby community, students, professors, Princeton faculty, and even tourists have swung by the stand to learn more about the Dash to Dublin and to give generous donations. “When we complete this year’s Dash, over the 10 years we will have biked over 32,000 miles over something like 70 straight days!” Lopacki said. He credited the creators of the event, David Clark ‘10 and Kane Hochster ‘08: “They should be proud the idea is still going strong, and it is still awesome.” The event started on Friday afternoon, so there is a good chance that the team will be there for at least another few days. If you haven’t seen it already, swing by to see the event for yourself; listen along to some of the music, or just stop and say hello to whoever is on the bike. Get a chance to learn more about the history of this event and see for yourself how the Dash to Dublin, like its nine predecessors, has become a staple of the Princeton men’s rugby tradition.


Tigers look for redemption in home opener vs. Cougars By Owen Tedford staff writer

Princeton men’s basketball (0-1) returns home after an opening game loss, 85-75, to the Butler Bulldogs to take on BYU (1-0) at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Tigers’ home opener at Jadwin Gym. BYU and Princeton have played five times in the history of the two teams, with BYU winning all five, a trend that Princeton will be looking to break. Last year in Provo, Princeton played the Cougars in an extremely close season opener, losing only 82—73. Last year when these two

teams met, one of the deciding factors was BYU’s advantage on the glass. The Cougars out-rebounded the Tigers 52-37, which led to a 22-12 advantage in second-chance points. The challenge for BYU this time around will be how to replace its top rebounders from that game, Eric Mika, who had 18, and Nick Emery, who had eight. The threat from the Cougars on the glass this year will be forward Yoeli Childs, who had the second-highest rebound total last year for BYU, 272 points behind Mika. For a Princeton team that graduated its top two rebounders (Spencer Weisz

’17 and Steven Cook ’17), a lot of the work will fall to junior guard Myles Stephens. Stephens was last year’s third-leading rebounder and was one of the co-leaders in rebounding in Sunday’s game against Butler. The Tigers were out-rebounded against Butler by a margin of 31-18, including 5-0 on the offensive glass which lead to seven secondchance points, so no doubt this has been a big focus of head coach Mitch Henderson during practice this week. For Princeton, it’s all about the offense that Princeton’s own Big Three of Stephens, junior guard

Devin Cannady, and senior guard Amir Bell can bring to the game. On Sunday, the three combined scored 55 of the team’s 75 points, led by Bell with 22. Cannady and Stephens both bring back important experience to the team as starters from last season. Stephens in particular had a really strong end to the season being named to the All-Ivy First Team, as well as winning the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and the Ivy League Tournament MVP. Bell was the sixth man on the team last year, leading all non-starters in points, and should be set for a big senior year

if Sunday is an indicator of what is to come. If you are unable to make the trip down to Jadwin Gym on Wednesday night, there are a few other ways that you can watch the game. It will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network and will be on television on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Radio coverage will be provided on 103.3 FM in Princeton, which can also be accessed through the TuneIn App. And lastly, @Princeton_Hoops, the official Twitter of the men’s basketball team, will be tweeting live with in-game updates.


Run, Forrest, run to championship race ByClaire Coughlin

associate sports editor

Junior Gabi Forrest sprinted across the finish line at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet last Friday in third place, after an incredible kick to the finish. At the 3,500 meter mark of the race, Forrest was in 19th place and few might have guessed that she would end up in third just a few minutes later.

The moment she f led by her spectating teammates, one of them asserted, “Oh Gabi’s got this.” Lo and behold, Forrest sprinted through the finish line gunning for the bronze medal — a full 16 places higher than her last marker. Her finishing time of 20:12 was 34 seconds faster than the 20:46 race she ran at the same exact course just a few weeks earlier at the start of the season.

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After a bit of rest and a lot of water, a Class of 1966 Princeton alumnus, full of proud Tiger spirit, said to her, “I’d just like to let you know, you are the smartest cross country runner I’ve ever watched. Every runner here should learn from you.” Forrest, a modest and humble runner, blushed and gave her thanks, struggling to accept the compliment. As her current status as the Nationals-Bound Ivy

League Champion of the year illustrates, this alumus’s statement was nothing short of the truth. This year’s women’s cross country team had an incredible amount of depth and every runner really stepped up to the plate. As a unit, Princeton was fourth overall with a total of 123 points, a large improvement from last year’s eighth-place finish. According to Forrest, it’s the

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3rd place Junior Gabi Forrest finished in 3rd place in the NCAA regional, after being in 19th place halfway through the race.

Tiger team’s solidarity and spirit that motivated her last two stellar performances: “Having such a positive and supportive team makes it easy to find motivation to work hard to do your best.” Forrest has been a key competitor for the team since the very start of the season. At both the Penn State and Paul Short meets, Forrest crossed the finish See FORREST page 9

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