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Forum discusses election’s impact on community By Samuel Oh staff writer

Members of the Princeton community, including town residents and University students and faculty, came together on Tuesday, Nov. 29 to discuss the challenges facing the Muslim community in the wake of the 2016 presidential election in a forum. Speakers in the forum discussed issues such as antiMuslim rhetoric and violence, civil and human rights, immigration, civic engagement, local politics, foreign policy, and international affairs. Favoring a town hall style, moderators listened to and wrote down points and concerns suggested by members of the audience on panels mounted around the room. Sohaib Sultan, the Muslim Life Chaplain in the University Office of Religious Life, said that he wished to discuss with a wide range of people what needed to be done in the face of a Trump presidency. “We wanted to bring people together for positive engagement and think through as a community what we can do to

organize and mobilize and so that energy can be directed positively,” Sultan said. Robia Amjad ‘18, one of the heads of the Princeton Muslim Advocates for Social Justice and Individual Dignity (MASJID), agreed, noting that students needed to reach outside campus for solutions and conversation. “After the election of Trump, we realized we had to reach outside of the Princeton bubble, that we had to speak and form connections with community members, because we could no longer stay within our orange bubble,” Amjad said. “We wanted to brainstorm what we could do for the community and how the community can inform us. And so, build some kind of solidarity.” The two-hour long debate concluded that positive outreach, engagement, and education were necessary to forestall fear-inspired attacks against the Muslim American community. “Talking to students, faculty, Muslim, non-Muslim, atheists – this is a microcosm of America here,” Andrew Zwicker, a Democratic Assemblyman in the New Jersey Legislature, said. “The See MASJID page 3




Teach-in supports gender-neutral housing By Rose Gilbert staff writer

At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 more than 40 students gathered outside Frist Campus Center to support the gender-neutral housing proposal that the University Student Life Committee will vote on tomorrow. At present, only dormitory buildings with at least one more room than the number of inhabitants are eligible to be genderneutral, making only ten percent of undergraduate housing gender-neutral. Because the extra space makes these dorms very popular, they are often the first to be taken

during room draw, making them unavailable to trans and nonbinary students who don’t necessarily get to pick their rooms first. Rooms with private bathrooms, which many trans and nonbinary students may feel more comfortable using, are equally hard to get. Currently, students can request priority access to genderneutral housing, but the process can often be confusing and stressful. Many students who have requested priority access said that they feel the current application process, which requires students to explain their need for gender-neutral housing, pressures them to come out

to housing administrators without any guarantee that they will get accommodations that meet their needs. Despite rain, students stood outside, chanting messages like “What kind of housing do we want? Gender-neutral!” and “When trans rights are under attack, what do we do? Fight back!” Students who had shared testimonials in support of gender-neutral housing and bathrooms at recited them to the crowd. Student organizer Lafayette Matthews ’17 said that the stressful process of requesting and potentially being denied genderSee TEACH IN page 2



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Former U. professor Gutmann to serve as UPenn president to 2022 By Claire Lee associate news editor

Former University professor and current President of the University of Pennsylvania Amy Gutmann has had her contract extended to 2022, which will make her the longest-serving president in the school’s history. Prior to her appointment at Penn, Gutmann served as Provost at the University and was also the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics, teaching at the University from 1976 to 2004. She was the Founding Director of the University Center for Human Values, which works to foster teaching, research, and discussion of important ethical issues in private and public life through curriculum at the University. Gutmann also served as Dean of the Faculty

and as Academic Advisor to the President before leaving to become the eighth President of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, Gutmann’s contract was scheduled to end in 2019, but her tenure will now run to June 30, 2022. The extension will make Gutmann’s total time as Penn’s president 18 years, one year more than the time served by the former longest-serving president, Gaylord Harnwell. The news was announced Tuesday morning by Penn Board of Trustees Chair David L. Cohen in an email to the Penn community. “Since assuming the Presidency in 2004, Amy has done a superb job leading our University forward, and her outstanding leadership of Penn has been nothing short of transformaSee GUTMANN page 4

In Opinion Columnist Jack Bryan evaluates the meaning of posttruth in the modern political environment, and columnist Kaveh Badrei discusses the often-unobserved specter of poverty in the wider Princeton township. PAGE 6

Christie plans to serve out remainder of his term to 2018 By Claire Lee associate news editor

New Jersey governor and ex officio University trustee Chris Christie has announced that he plans to finish his term, which ends in 2018, according to the New York Times. He criticized the media for continuing to speculate whether he will leave the state to serve in President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. Despite his plan to finish his term, Christie has not ruled out continuing to serve in the Trump administration. “For some reason, people think I’m equivocal about this,” Christie said during a news event. “And I’m not. I’m completing my term.” “Now, I will tell you that if something extraordinary happens in the world where my service is needed, I will consider any requests that are made,” Christie added. “That’s not being equivocal about it. That’s understanding what the real world is. But I want you to all take a deep breath and relax.” On Nov. 11, according to the Times, the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump announced that Christie will

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become vice chairman of the transition team, a 16-member advisory committee, aimed to help guide Trump’s choices as he moves to assemble a government. Christie had originally been in charge of the transition for several months after dropping out of the Republican primaries and actively supporting Trump. After his two former aides were convicted in a scandal involving the closing of access lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013, however, his standing in the transition team fell as Vice Presidentelect Mike Pence took over the transition effort. Trump also picked others for Attorney General and White House Chief of Staff, positions for which Christie was reportedly a contender. When Christie’s office announced he was holding a rare news conference Tuesday at the statehouse, many reporters, photographers, and cameramen showed up to see the governor speak, according to While the event was listed as being open to the press, Christie’s office changed the schedule to note that the event would be a press announcement in which Christie

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wouldn’t take questions. During this announcement, Christie ended up announcing a four-year $300 million renovation of New Jersey’s deteriorating 18th-century statehouse. “From some of the reaction I got that I was having a press announcement, I think many of you thought I was announcing something else,” Christie said toward the end of the event. “I appreciate all of you being here for the Statehouse renovation. It’s really wonderful.” “For those of you who would be distraught over the idea that I would leave before January 18 of 2018, no reason for you to be distraught,” he said. “For those who are looking forward to me leaving before January 18 of 2018, sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not going to. For whatever camp you fall into, I’m not going anywhere.” Christie also urged the press to “use a little common sense.” “If I was really leaving to take a job in the Trump administration, would I be doing it in the rotunda of the Statehouse, by myself, without the person who would be actually giving me the job?” he asked. “Knowing him, he’d want to be there.”



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neutral housing and private or single-stall bathrooms alienates trans and nonbinary students. “When I think about how much housing has impacted my experiences here in ways that others have not had to deal with, it just reminds me that this space wasn’t built for me or for students like me,” Matthews said. Matthews added that he avoids accessing gendered bathrooms for fear that someone will think he is “using the wrong one” and often waits until late at night to shower in the closest available gender-neutral bathroom for fear of being seen or harassed on his way back to his room. Lily Gellman ‘17, another student organizer, added that gender-neutral housing is even scarcer for underclassmen. “It would have made my life at Princeton much better and more comfortable had genderinclusive housing been readily available to me prior to my senior year … As a nonbinary person, being forced to draw only in room configurations with other women as a rising sophomore was very unpleasant in its unnecessary genderedness,” Gellman said. “The proposal before the USLC is such an easy fix that will make such a difference for people,” Gellman added. “I really hope that the USLC moves quickly to approve the administration’s proposal so that no one has to go through such an alienating room draw again for such pointless reasons.” An anonymous testimonial read by Gellman on behalf of the author explained how gender-neutral housing benefits cis-gender students as well.

“I’ve never used gender-neutral housing before, but I know I’d definitely benefit from it in my social life. Being cis-male, this issue doesn’t affect me so explicitly and hurtfully, but I recognize that any change to opt-in and bring equality among all genders is so important,” the testimonial read. The anonymous testifier added that adopting this housing proposal would particularly help mixed-gendered friend groups, stating “In high school and college, my social groups have always been comprised of women, which makes room draw a stressful period. I don’t have many male friends, especially when tied to a specific residential college.” It continued, “Because of this, I’ve roomed with someone I am only fairly acquainted with. My roommate and I picked each other out of complete necessity, because it was either each other or drawing alone. While my case is not as important the struggles faced by others on campus, I know that this initiative would bring both cis- and trans- people more benefits.” After the testimonials were over, students met inside the LGBT Center for a teach-in during which event organizers passed out snacks and informational pamphlets explaining the gender-neutral housing policy proposal and the advocacy efforts that led to it. These efforts include a petition supporting gender-neutral housing that has gained over 500 signatures, 75 percent of which were from undergraduates and 16 percent of which were from alumni. Attendees were encouraged to write emails to USLC members asking them to support the gender-neutral housing policy proposal tomorrow.

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conversation is, what should we do as Americans when we are confronted with bigotry, and it is speaking up and saying something, joining groups, breaking bread with neighbors. We are so isolated in our little bubbles. And it’s now all about coming out talking to people about these problems.” Zwicker is affiliated with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He added that he was moved by the underlying themes surrounding the consensus gradually formed by the forum. “It is always a powerful experience when groups of people come together,” Zwicker observed. “Not everyone agreed with everything that was said in there. But everyone agreed that they wanted to live in a country based upon love and respect … People have to be willing to take action – join a local organization, or get more engaged in something that they are already doing and thereby become more politically active.”

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Amjad and Sultan agreed on the need to potentially resist mindsets and attitudes influenced by the Trump presidency. “The future is pretty scary, even after this town hall,” Amjad noted. “There’s a lot of uncertainty, what our position here in America is. But seeing this town hall forum and seeing so many people getting together, showing support, and seeing them come up with actual steps, it definitely helps, but there is a still a lot of uncertainty.” “We have to prepare for the worst,” Sultan added. “Because, if we are prepared, then we as a community will be ready for the challenges that may come, but only time will tell … Even though times may be difficult, we can come together at the grassroots level to effect positive change, and show that democracy has not been lost.” The forum, titled “Muslims in the Post-Election Period,” was hosted in Murray Dodge Hall by MASJID and the University Muslim Life Program . The moderators noted that they are interested in holding future forums on the solutions and concerns labeled by the participants.

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tional,” the message read. “The Trustees strongly support her inspiring vision for Penn and our broader community.” “When she was chosen in 2004 to lead our University, Amy was the Provost at Princeton and already a stellar interdisciplinary scholar, teacher, and leader in academe,” added Cohen, according to Penn News. “The selection of Amy as Penn’s 8th President has proven to be one of the best decisions ever made in American higher education. We believe Amy is the best university president in the country. As a Board, we have an obligation to sustain Penn’s success, and we can imagine no better way to do that than to keep Amy Gutmann at the helm. We are simply delighted that she has agreed to continue to bring her energy, passion, and strategic vision to Penn as our President.” The message also listed

over a dozen major accomplishments during Gutmann’s presidency: “increasing the undergraduate financial aid budget by 155 percent, creating 200 new endowed professorships, raising more than $5 billion for Penn, creating the President’s Engagement Prize and the President’s Innovation Prize, building the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, the New College House, Perry World House and opening the Penn Wharton China Center.” “It has been an absolute honor to serve as Penn’s president for the past 12 years, and I am excited about all that we can accomplish together in the next six,” said Gutmann, according to Penn News. “I am constantly grateful for the strong support that our Trustees provide and deeply appreciate their confidence in my efforts to make a Penn education the very best in the world.” Gutmann’s daughter, Abigail Gutmann Doyle, has been teaching at the University’s Department of Chemistry since 2008.

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The other side of Princeton Kaveh Badrei



HE ORANGE Bubble is a pervasive topic for students at Princeton. We walk around campus amongst magnificent Gothic buildings and stroll down Nassau Street with affluent shops and restaurants at every corner. For the most part, this is what we see of Princeton; this is the edge of our bubble. Maybe you’ve walked all the way down to Hoagie Haven or even taken an Uber to the Walmart or Target nearby. But many of us don’t go beyond Nassau Street, let alone venture out into the other streets and neighborhoods that make up Princeton, New Jersey. It’s hard to believe, but issues of poverty exist in the town of Princeton, beyond our small bubble. As students of the University, it’s easy for us to assume that because we see no problems on our campus or in the immediate neighborhood around us, the residents of Princeton have no social or economic issues whatsoever, but this is not the case. What we see in the town of Princeton is a case of economic disparity between upper and lower socioeconomic levels, a wealth gap between the rich and poorer residents.

In order to better grasp the issues affecting residents and to provide solutions for these problems, the town of Princeton’s Department of Human Services carried out a Community Needs Assessment in 2014 that surveyed over 200 low-moderate income households, focusing on housing, food, healthcare, transportation, legal matters, employment, and safety. The survey found that significant portions of the group surveyed perceived an extreme gap in the availability of important services. 44 percent of households perceived a gap in services to help find jobs, 39 percent encountered a gap with availability of job training, 34 percent had difficulties finding affordable health care, 33 percent had difficulty acquiring effective financial education, 31 percent saw shortfalls in mortgage and rental assistance, 29 percent had trouble finding legal help, and 26 percent struggled with food security. These extreme gaps highlight a very real and present problem in our community that affects a large portion of Princeton’s population, consisting mainly of low to moderate income households. But these issues do not go unaddressed. Apart from the municipal government of Princeton, other charity organizations have devoted

themselves to solving some of the socioeconomic problems within the community. On campus, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement also puts effort towards interacting and working with members of the Princeton community through its partnerships with local nonprofits and groups. In order to combat the levels of food insecurity within Princeton, groups like Send Hunger Packing Princeton and Mercer Street Friends have established means to decrease the number of residents affected by insufficient levels of food and nutrition in the home. Send Hunger Packing Princeton works with Princeton public schools and the Mercer Street Friends organization, a larger charity group for Mercer County, to provide adequate food and meals to some of the over 420 students in Princeton public schools who suffer from food insecurity. The Community Needs Assessment itself provides possible solutions and recommendations for the town of Princeton with the hopes of lessening the current levels of poverty. Among other ideas, the report suggests including more members of the community in the process of developing comprehensive solutions, expanding to work with more local non-profits, and strengthening the Department of Human Ser-

vice’s commitment to assessing the community’s needs and providing adequate responses. The municipal government sees the most need for action in the aforementioned extreme gaps for low to moderate income households. While the socioeconomic problems of poverty and wealth disparity continue to persist within Princeton, they do not go unnoticed and unaddressed. With local government and nonprofits taking up tangible action to combat these issues, direct paths exist for helping those residents in need. But we can all come together to help those efforts strengthen, gain momentum, and achieve their goals as members of the town of Princeton. While we all come from different cities, states, and countries, it’s important to remember that Princeton, for anywhere from the next four years to the remainder of this year, is our town, our community, and our home. The people of Princeton are our neighbors. And so it’s up to us to make sure that our community is as good as it can be, that our neighbors are living well, that our home is thriving. Kaveh Badrei is a freshman from Houston, Texas. He can be reached at

How to Trump the post-truth era Jack Bryan columnist

POST-TRUTH” WAS just announced as the Oxford English Dictionary word of the year. Before you say “wait, that’s two words, not one,” you should be more unsettled about its meaning. This adjective is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” This represents a dramatic shift in the way our culture approaches dialogue and ideas. Its completion and full extension will lead to drastic consequences. Truth is the basis of interpersonal trust and communication. To tell someone the truth is to affirm their humanity, to regard them as worthy of dignity and honesty. By treating the truth as irrelevant or permitting falsehood to multiply, we threaten to break apart the fabric of society. Post-truth is the idea that the reaction to a statement is more important than the truth of the statement. It is more concerned with playing on raw emotion than sticking to the facts. Post-truth is poisonous. The term “post-truth” has

grown more and more popular in the wake of this election, one that will go down in history as being rife with name-calling and vicious accusations on both sides of the ballot. It is not difficult to see the connection between the announcement of this word and the current state of Western politics. In fact, the president of Oxford Dictionaries, Robert Grathwohl, stated that the choice of this word is reflective of “a year dominated by highly charged political discourse.” Entire columns could be filled simply recording Trump’s slanderous falsehoods and blatant lies on the campaign trail over the last year-and-a-half. Trump’s accusations that Obama “founded ISIS” or his denunciations of Mexicans as “murderers and rapists” are clearly appeals to visceral xenophobia rather than actual fact or truth. But just as it is wrong and incorrect for people to lump Muslims together into a fearful stereotype or to call all Mexican immigrants “rapists,” it is also unreasonable to define Trump’s supporters by the very worst of his rhetoric. They are not all racist, and to label them as such is the embodiment of the post-truth phenomenon. Reality is subtler and more complex than the broad strokes

we are in the habit of painting it with. The knee-jerk response to post-truthisms, or lies, on campuses like Princeton is to spit back words like “racist” and “chauvinist.” But we know it’s not that simple. An emotional reaction to the election results is understandable. However, typifying sets of people with singularly damning epitaphs is itself an instance of “post truth.” The words we use to describe one another matter deeply. When we typify people in this way we cause ruptures which society will be hard-pressed to mend. Aristotle’s definition of truth is “to say of what is that it is, and what is not that it is not.” Essentially, this is to call things as they are, by their true names. This is the opposite of knowingly making false accusations to make ourselves feel better. Often our immediate reaction to blatantly “post-truth” rhetoric is to react in kind. The way to combat “post-truth” rhetoric is with clear, nonreactionary, non-emotional description of reality, with all its beauties and blemishes. Our belief in capital T “Truth” now extends far beyond mere politics. In Marilyn McEntyre’s book “Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies,” she writes: “[Col-

lege students] now expect to be lied to. They have grown used to flippant, incessantly ironic banter that passes for conversation and… recognize how much political discourse consists of ad hominem argument, accusation, smear campaigns, hyperbole, broken promises, distortions and lies.” Additionally, she says, “they are receiving a daily diet of euphemisms, overgeneralizations, and evasions that pass for political and cultural analysis.” This seems harsh, but it is a wake-up call of sorts. We are used to being fed untruths or part-lies orchestrated to evoke an emotional response. But that doesn’t mean we should be. We should not settle for this. We should be dissatisfied with the vitriolic and narrow-minded accusations of both parties. Reality is way more complicated than any of the eye-catching headlines or one-dimensional Tweets in our news feeds can capture. Accepting simple headlines and reactionary names for the other “side” is buying into the post-truth era. University English professor Jeff Nunokawa writes, “We should be careful how we use words, because they can’t be careful how they use us.” In a time when divisions in America are more apparent than ever, care-

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less words can cause much more damage than we think. A little generosity and a touch of humility could go a long way towards healing the rifts in society. Just because we live in a “post-truth” era does not mean we should, ourselves, be posttruth. As Martin Luther King Jr. said in his most famous speech: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Sentiment should not trump truth. Jack Bryan is an English major from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He can be reached at

Abandon the myth of bathroom privacy Bhaskar Roberts



UBLIC BATHROOMS make me uncomfortable. In the bathroom earlier this year, I found an uneasy-looking student standing by the sinks. As I passed him, he said, “Watch out, there’s …” His voice trailed off as he gestured to a stall. The toilet flushed, and a female student came out, her cheeks turning red. She apologized for trespassing, explained that she didn’t know the women’s bathroom code, and then hurried out. I realized the student at the sink had been trying to warn me about her because we were both wearing only towels, and he worried she might see us half-naked. But I wondered if he also worried that I, a gay man, saw him too. If women aren’t allowed in the men’s room for fear

that they might “check out” men while they’re exposed, do straight men fear the same of me? Some of my straight male friends assure me that they don’t. But when straight men act uncomfortable with a woman in the men’s room, they embarrass me as well as the woman. While there’s still merit in keeping bathrooms singlesex, we shouldn’t be so strict about it. There’s no point in making straight women in the men’s room feel embarrassed. It’s silly because, with gay and other queer people in the bathrooms, there’s always a chance that someone there might be attracted to you. Spare us the embarrassment and recognize that bathrooms will never be perfectly private. My embarrassment in the men’s room is slight, but the shame transgender people feel when they’re forced to use the wrong bathroom is not.

In both cases, one is made to feel like a trespasser because the rule that men and women must use separate bathrooms was made with straight people in mind. It was developed in a more conservative time, when openly gay and queer people were so rare that they were seen as anomalies, as outliers to be ignored. The logic went that there would be no Peeping Toms in single-sex bathrooms, because women weren’t attracted to women and men weren’t attracted to men. Enter gay and other queer people, and the timeworn rule shows its wrinkles. As long as people share bathrooms, there’s always a chance that one person in the bathroom will be attracted to another. Even if we added two new bathrooms, for gay men and gay women, so that straight people would have no chance of being checked

out, I would be in a bathroom full of people attracted to men. Unless every bathroom were a single-person bathroom, someone would have to share the bathroom with a person attracted to them. Now consider the proposals in several states to require transgender people to use the bathroom matching the sex assigned to them at birth. Do the lawmakers really want transgender women in the men’s room, or transgender men in the women’s room? It makes the bathroom more awkward for the lawmakers and downright humiliating for transgender people. But privacy isn’t really their concern. These laws aim to make explicit the implication that queer people don’t belong in either the bathroom or our society. Standing against these “bathroom bills” to combat the hatred of queer people is

the easy part. We also need to grow up and handle bathroom privacy more maturely. Teaching the woman I met in the men’s room to feel embarrassed for using the wrong bathroom, even without perverted intentions, embarrasses queer people by implication. I’m reminded of elementary school, where we would giggle at the acronym I-CUP because it sounded like, “I see you pee”, which was taboo. As adults, we’re still afraid to talk about the risk of being exposed in the bathroom. When we tiptoe around the issue, silently accepting gay men in the men’s room while embarrassing women who enter, we might as well leave bathroom regulations up to the elementary-schoolers. Bhaskar Roberts is a sophomore from Buffalo, NY. He can be reached at

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Field Hockey closes season on high note with individual and team success By Grace Baylis Staff Writer

At the start of the season, the Tigers were diving very much into the unknown. The team had two new coaches come in just six weeks before the start of their preseason regime, head coach Carla Tagliente and assistant coach Dina Rizzo. For a team that had been so successful under previous head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn, it was a big ask, but it was expected that the Tigers would take the Ivy League by storm and win another championship. This didn’t happen, as they ended up finishing second in the league after suffering a 3-2 heartbreaker against Harvard. This match ended up costing the Orange and Black an Ivy League Championship, breaking their 11year run as champions, bringing a legacy to an end. “After we lost to Harvard, it was tough because we knew we were less likely to win the Ivy League … but in the long run, I think it takes off some of the pressure of always winning it,” said sophomore midfielder Jane Donio-Enscoe. The pressure may have been taken off the Tigers, but they would still be expected to win their final Ivy League games to give them any chance of qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Cornell also upset Princeton, beating them in overtime, 3-2. For many, this would dismiss any chance of the Tigers qualifying for the tournament. “The loss at Cornell was a tough one. You could feel the morale of the team sink when Cornell scored in the second period of OT. At that point, we thought our season was over with no hope of a tournament bid. It was particularly hard to think we would only play one more game with our seniors. No one was prepared for a premature end. It was definitely a heartbreaker,” said sophomore back Nicole Catalino. With many players believing that their season was probably over after their home season finale, we saw a different Princeton side

against Penn, a side that played without pressure and with more freedom. The Tigers ended up beating the Quakers, 6-1. Princeton’s postseason future was very much up for discussion, but the team could only wait and hope. On that Sunday night, as the team waited for their name to come up in the selection show, the Tigers received the final at-large bid. “[This moment is] easily my happiest field hockey experience since I have been here, better than winning the Ivy League two years in a row, even better than beating Maryland in the Elite 8 last year, just knowing that I was able to play one more week with my best friends and seeing the happiness on my seniors’ faces. Watching everyone’s love for the game return was incredible,” said junior striker Lexi Quirk. Princeton was very much the underdog heading into its bracket, where it would face Big 10 champions Penn State in the first round, and the new ACC Champions UVa. Princeton beat both teams, 2-1 against Penn State and 3-2 against Virginia, with sophomore striker Sophia Tornetta’s buzzer goal to win the game. The Tigers qualified for the NCAA Final Four for the seventh time in program history. The qualification was also somewhat of a personal success for head coach Tagliente, who had never previously been to that stage of the competition. The Tigers lost a hard fought battle against the Delaware Blue Hens in the semifinals, who went on to win their first ever National Championship by beating North Carolina, 3-2. Princeton found itself chasing the game frequently, but drew level with Delaware with just three minutes remaining. In the final 90 seconds of the game, Delaware won the ball in the midfield and broke away quickly, leaving a two-on-one situation in the circle. Their striker, after receiving a clean pass, was able to hit the ball from close range for the first time, right past freshman goal-


Despite losing the Ivy League title, the Tigers ended the season with a NCAA semi-final appearance.

keeper Grace Baylis. It was another heartbreaker for the Tigers, but the players reflected positively on this year. Along with achieving incredible team success this year, Princeton saw a host of personal achievements, both on and off the field. Captain Cat Caro was named an All Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, along with All Ivy League First Team, and Ivy League Player of the Week. The captain had a stellar senior season, being ranked eighth in the country in goals per game (0.96) and 13th in points per game (2.26), along with setting a career high in both (18 goals and 43 points). Tornetta missed half the season due to an ankle injury, but still managed to achieve All Ivy League Second Team selection, Ivy League Player of the Week distinction, Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week, and GoPrincetonTigers Athlete of the Week for her buzzer goal against UVa. Junior striker Ryan McCarthy also had her best season, achiev-

ing a First Team All Ivy League selection and Ivy League Player of the Week. She has recently been called up to train with the USA U21 team. McCarthy also ranked in the top 40 nationally for both goals and points, and broke her previous tally of 12 goals by scoring 14 this year. “I think that coming off a great season this year, next year can be even better. Although we are losing three incredible seniors, we have a strong group coming back and a great freshman class coming in,” said McCarthy. Freshman Maddie Bacskai was the final Tiger to achieve an All Ivy League First Team selection and, along with Caro and Tornetta, is headed to the U21 Junior World Cup with the U.S. team. Sophomore midfield and back Elise Wong was an honorable mention in the Ivy League at the end of this season, and freshman defender Carlotta von Gierke was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. The team’s other achievements, though not field-hockeybased, were also notable. Senior

midfielder Ellen Dobrijevic earned the outstanding Elite 90 Award, with the highest GPA out of all the athletes participating in the final four NCAA Championship. Dobrijevic was also named a GoPincetonTigers Athlete when she scored twice against Penn to help ensure the Tigers stood a chance of receiving an at-large bid to the tournament. However, it wasn’t just the players being awarded this year; assistant coach Rizzo was inducted into the USA Field Hockey hall of fame. During her playing career, she earned a total of 157 international caps over seven years, playing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, two Olympic qualifying events, the 2006 World Cup, and 2003 Pan American Games. Through a season of mixed emotions and results, the Tigers have finished on a high and have achieved a variety of outstanding team and individual awards. They have a strong class coming in next year and will certainly be a team to watch through the spring and next fall.


While it took some time for the Tigers to adjust to changes in the coaching staff, the Princeton found its rhythm earning a series of individaul and team awards.

Tweet of the Day “I spent most of my break spending time with the fam, and by that I was sitting near fam with my laptop out doing work.” Hannah Winner (@ hannahisaWinner), goalie, Soccer


The field hockey team will be looking to reclaim their Ivy League throne.

Stat of the Day

18 goals Senior captain Cat Caro set a new career high with 18 goals and 43 points.

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November 30, 2016  
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