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Chickenpox, mumps found on campus By Mallory Williamson contributor

An email sent to University students Thursday afternoon stated that one student is sick with a “probable” case of the chickenpox virus and noted that another student has a confirmed case of the mumps virus. According to the email, both students are expected to fully recover. “This is not an outbreak response,” says Dr. Jonathan Pletcher, director of medical services at University Health Services. “We wanted to let people know so they can take extra precautions, especially if they are at higher risk,” he said. Pletcher and the email noted that high-risk persons include pregnant women, immunocompromised persons, and those infected with HIV/AIDS. According to the email, chickenpox, known for “an itchy, blister-like rash all over the body” it implies, is spread by physical contact with the virus, breathing in blister particles, or absorbing tiny saliva droplets from infected persons. Individuals who have been vaccinated against chickenpox can still get the disease, although these individuals’ symptoms are milder than symptoms in non-vaccinated patients. Symptoms of chickenpox include those consistent with a fe-

ver or cold, which then develops into the virus’s infamous rash. As the virus takes 10–21 days to display symptoms, it can be spread by an unknowingly infected individual 1–2 days before the rash initially occurs. Mumps can be spread through coughs and sneezes, sharing utensils and cups, or touching surfaces with the virus. Individuals vaccinated against mumps typically do not contract the virus, although on college campuses or other places where individuals live in close quarters, infection among immunized individuals can still occur. Symptoms of the mumps include swollen salivary glands as well as fatigue, low-grade fever, and general muscle aches. Princeton community members can take steps to reduce their risk of contracting either virus. “Handwashing is incredibly, incredibly important throughout the day and ideally using alcoholbased hand sanitizers. Avoiding sharing cups and utensils, and anything where people are swapping spit,” Pletcher said. Students who have symptoms of either ailment should call the McCosh Health Center immediately at 609-258-3141. John Kolligian, executive director of UHS, could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

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Total campus emissions are expected to fall, in part thanks to sustainability efforts.

Solar power plant plans ahead for 100 years of investments paying off By Neha Chauhan contributor

About a mile south of campus is a 27-acre field of solar panels that generates 5.5 percent of the University’s power. Of all the University’s clean energy efforts, this solar field has a relatively small contribution — at least on paper. Despite this technicality, the solar field is a key contributor to the University’s status as a leader in sustainable energy. The solar field’s contribution to the University’s carbon footprint is measured

through Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, or SRECs. For each megawatthour of clean energy that a company produces, it earns one SREC. SREC’s can be bought and sold, according to New Jersey law. This process transfers credit for the production of clean energy to an SREC’s new owner. Since New Jersey state law requires that a certain percentage of companies’ total energy production is clean, corporations that do not want to invest in creating their own clean energy can compensate by

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buying SRECs from others in order to meet the state minimum. Though the University earns SRECs from the energy its solar field produces, the University currently sells those SRECs to pay off the initial loan for the solar field, explained Engineering and Campus Energy executive director Thomas Nyquist. As such, the SRECmeasured value of the energy produced by its solar field is masked, at least on paper. See SOLAR page 3


Business manager elected By Sanjana Duggirala contributor

Current undergraduates expressed skepticism at the lack of space cited by University administration.

Class of 2018 stone to be set on walkway in front of Nassau Hall By Nick Shashkini contributor

One of the University’s longest-running traditions has come to a close. For almost 150 years, most graduating classes have placed an engraved stone commemorating their graduation years on the walls of Nas-

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sau Hall. But space for new stones on the building’s exterior has become increasingly limited in recent years, according to University administrators, prompting the University to find a new place for the stones. Starting next spring, class stones will now be placed around the two walkways that

Contributing columnist Madeleine Marr asks where the female professors are, guest contributor Julian Dean writes for more H1-B visas, and contributing columnist Jon Ort examines the legacy of Firestone Library’s namesake. Page 6

lead to Nassau Hall. According to Bob Durkee ’69, vice president and secretary of the University, discussions on altering the tradition began in 2013. Durkee explained that a group representing various offices — including the Office of the Vice President and Secretary, the Office of the Univer-

sity Architect, Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, among others — shared responsibility for making the decision. The Office of the University Architect, Office of Alumni AfSee STONES page 2

Today on Campus 7 p.m.: As part of this year’s film series, “Deepwater Horizon Blowout Aftermath, Humans, Earth’s Treasures, and Animals,” Lewis Science Library presents National Geographic’s 2012 documentary, “Untamed Americas: Coasts.” Lewis Library/Room 225.



Ryan Gizzie ’18 was elected The Daily Princetonian’s business manager for the 142nd Managing Board. Gizzie will begin his tenure in February. As head of operations for one year, Gizzie oversaw various operations of the ‘Prince,’ namely the paper’s distribution. Before that, Gizzie served as associate manager of subscriptions. Regarding his new role as business manager, Gizze explained that he will now be in charge of all the business operations of the ‘Prince.’ The duties of a business manager, he noted, include making sure that the paper is producing revenue and that the ‘Prince’ has enough financial backing to continue to produce a print copy every day. Gizzie says that, next year, he will be “exploring new opportunities for advertising, as well as looking to keep costs low to keep the ‘Prince’ thriving and support the newsroom as best as we can, so that it has the freedom and opportunity to produce its best content.” Additionally, Gizzie hopes to “continue producing good and accessible content, both in the print and electronic versions and modernize the Prince.” Gizzie ran for business manager unopposed. The electoral body for the position is comprised of all members of The Daily Princetonian’s business team. He is preceded by the current business manager Matt McKinlay ’18.





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fairs, and ODUS could not be reached by the time of publication. “The reason that we began to discuss this issue,” says Durkee, “was information from the facilities department and the architect’s office that said that we were getting to a point where Nassau Hall couldn’t accommodate any more class stones.” The group met over a period of a year and had conversations with the student body, including classes that would and wouldn’t be affected by the change, which would come in 2018. As such, according to Durkee, the details of this change had been communicated to members of the Class of 2018 several years ago. They also engaged an outside consultant to determine potential locations for putting the class stones in the future. There were a few proposals other than the walkway, like the wall in between Nassau Hall and Chancellor Green, but it was ultimately deemed too

small and too far away from the other stones. “The consensus,” Durkee said, “was that being on the front campus was important, being as close as possible to Nassau Hall was desirable.” After these, they chose the walkway. The medallion that’s set in the ground by the walkway that bears the University’s informal motto also commemorates the University’s alumni. Thus, “installing stones in a way that would radiate from the medallion recognizes the important role that alumni play in the university,” Durkee said. Student reactions have been mixed thus far. “It’s definitely a shame to lose a tradition that has been a centerpoint of University practices and something that classes have done for centuries,” said Misha Tseitlin ’21, “but it’s understandable that as the University continues to grow things must change.” There are also some that doubt the lack of space on Nassau Hall. “It’s kind of sad but we can’t do anything about it,” said Isabel Leigh ’19. “It’s also kind of a

Jack-Rose situation. There’s definitely room.” “My overall reaction to this is primarily negative,” said Ben Bollinger ’21. “It seems that there’s still space left, and I don’t know, people walk on the walkway, so….” “There’s something to be said for being the first class not on Nassau,” Aidan Gray ’18 said. He suggested replacing the oldest plaque on Nassau Hall with one for the Class of 2018. The plan is to start filling up the walkway from the medallion bearing the University’s informal motto, alternating sides every year. First, the 17 classes currently not commemorated on Nassau Hall’s walls will receive their own stones in May, before Commencement, kicking off the new tradition. Next, the Class of 2018 will receive its own stone as the first newly graduated class to be commemorated on the walkway. Though classes have had to cover the costs of their stones in the past and will have to do so in the future as well, the costs for the 17 classes as well as for the transitionary Class of 2018 will be covered by the University.

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According to Nyquist, the University will start taking credit for the solar field’s clean energy production once the field’s lease is paid off around 2020 or 2021. “It might take five or ten years, or even fifteen years to pay off,” said energy plant manager Ted Borer. “But we [the University] expect to be around forever, or at least for another hundred years so we can think that far forward,

so we can tolerate a long payback period.” During the day, 75 percent of the field’s solar panels change their angles to follow the sun and maximize their energy production. The rest face south to gain as much solar exposure as possible. Large-scale carbon emission reduction projects like the solar field and the cogeneration power plant are more feasible for some entities than for others. They require a large financial investment and take some time to produce a benefit

that outweighs those costs. The University’s most prominent clean energy goal is to reduce carbon emission levels by the year 2020 to where they were in 1990. Even without the solar field’s contributions, this goal appears to be within reach. Campus emissions have significantly decreased in recent years — even in the face of extensive new construction, which has increased the campus’s energy demands. Practically — since the sun is not always shining — the University’s solar

field cannot consistently produce energy. This means that while it significantly reduces the total amount of energy that needs to be purchased, it cannot be relied upon the same way in which the power plant is. “I look at the gas turbine generator as something I can use to address the immediate needs of the campus. The solar field really displaces electric purchase over the span of a year, but I can’t count on it in any given moment,” said Borer. “So that is less predictable generation.”

The solar panel field is also not connected to batteries, so its energy is stored using a different method. Its electricity is, in effect, stored as thermal energy: It is used to heat and cool water that is stored for later use. “Building a whole power plant and especially a steam system takes a forward vision — it takes a long-term view,” Borer said. This article is part of a series The Daily Princetonian is undertaking about the University’s power plant and its energy needs.

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earned All-EIVA recognition and were invited to compete with the 2017 Men’s Junior National Training Team. We can’t wait to see what these Tigers accomplish in 2018! Women’s basketball: At the end of its 2016–17 season, the Princeton women’s basketball team made it to the Ivy League Championship where it got slightly tripped up by UPenn but they were still able to compete in the Women’s Invitational Tournament where they lost a close battle to Villanova. Heads held high after a great season, head coach Courtney Banghart was named assistant coach to the USA Basketball’s Women’s U-23 National team and thenfreshman Bella Alarie was selected to play on the 2017 USA Basketball U19 World Cup team. During the current 2017–18 season, the Tigers are 6–3 overall, looking to start their conference games strong. Best of luck to the tiger women in the rest of their 2017–18 season! Men’s basketball: Did someone say March Mad-

ness? In 2017, the men’s basketball team did! This past March, the Tiger men made the March Madness tournament for the first time in six years after being name Ivy League Champions. After being defeated in the first round by Notre Dame, Mitch Henderson, head coach, was named NABC UPS All-District 13 Coach of the Year, Steven Cook ’17 was named to the NABC All-District 13 first team, and then-sophomore Devin Cannady as well as Spencer Weisz ’17 were named to the second team. Weisz was also named the 2017 Ivy League Player of the Year during their undefeated Ivy League Season and he was named Associated Press honorable mention All-America and he is now playing for Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli Premier League. Currently, the Tigers are 3–6 overall with high hopes for their Ivy League Play starting in 2018. Women’s swim and dive: The beginning of 2017 was emotional for the women’s swim and dive teams and it was the end of head coach Susan Teeter’s career. Fighting through their emotions, the Tigers took third place overall in the Ivy League.

This season, the swim and dive teams are 5–0 against their Ivy League competitors and hoping to stay that way through the Ivy League Championships. Men’s swim and dive: After being suspended during the rough end to their 2016– 17 season, the men’s swim and dive team reopened with a program initiative toward building a more positive culture. They also welcomed a new assistant coach, former Olympian Doug Lennox ’09. The Tigers are also currently 5–0 in Ivy League meets and are hoping to keep fighting for an Ivy League championship. Baseball: After a 2016 Ivy League Championship in 2016, the Tigers baseball team had a rough season in 2017, finishing 12–28–1 overall and 7–13 in conference play. With their hopes high after welcoming seven new players for the 2018 season, the Tigers are eager to get onto the field in 2018. Softball: The softball team went back to back with Ivy League Titles in 2016–17! The tigers ended their 2017 season with an Ivy League Championship after sweeping Harvard. Their trip to the NCAA tournament came


Women’s soccer capped off their incredible season with an Elite Eight appearance.

to an end in a loss to Jacksonville State on Florida State’s home field. Despite the loss, alumna Claire Klausner ’17 went on and pitched the U.S. entry in the Maccabiah Games softball tournament, leading the U.S. team to a gold medal in Israel. The softball team is looking forward to their 2018 season as they welcome five members of the class of 2021! Women’s tennis: As a sport with a dual season, the tennis team stayed busy during 2017. The Tigers ended Ivy League play in the beginning of 2017 5–2. Three players, Caroline Joyce ’17, then-sophomore Nicole Kalhorn, and then-junior Katrine Steffensen, all named All-Ivy League players. The Tigers ended their 2017 fall season at the LSU Fall Classic and are looking forward to picking back up next month with their first match of 2018 versus Temple on Jan. 27! Football: After winning the Ivy League Championship in 2016, the Princeton Tigers were looking forward to a strong 2017 season. After a rough season and ending with an overall record of 5–5 while going 2–5 in Ivy League play, the Tigers had seen better years. Despite the rough season, the Tiger football team had 12 players named All-Ivy, including junior Jesper Horsted and senior Chad Kanoff. Kanoff also set passing records during his senior season while also having the honor of being named the 11th Princeton Bushnell Cup winner as well as the second player in eleven years to win Offensive Player of the Year. Men’s cross country: Men’s cross country had an outstanding season. They demolished Ivy League competition and claimed first place at HEP championships; the team score of 28 was the lowest score at HEPs since 1987. In NCAA championships, they came in 28 out of 31. The team loses a strong senior class of 10 runners, and five of the top seven on the team are seniors. 2018 may be a rebuilding year for the tigers. Women’s cross country: Women’s cross country finished fourth of eight in HEPs this season, and fourth of 26 in the Mid-Atlantic NCAA region. Gabi Forrest had a stellar season, winning HEPs and representing the Tigers at NCAA nationals, where she came 37th and

earned All-American honors. Women’s track and field: Women’s track and field had a solid 2017 spring campaign, placing third of eight at HEPS and 52nd in NCAAs. The Tigers just had their first meet for the 2017–18 season last weekend, where several Tigers had top finishes. This year’s roster has tremendous depth and the 2018 spring season looks promising. Men’s track and field: Men’s track and field won HEPs in spring 2017, and hopes to claim another title in 2018. Seniors August Kiles and William Paulson represented Princeton in NCAA championships, but Paulson suffered a hamstring injury in the middle of his race. Men’s tennis: Princeton finished the spring 2017 season with a 14–12 record and graduated a strong senior class in 2017. However, the team is bolstered by the addition of four first-year students, including Ryan Seggerman, who had an outstanding fall rookie season. The team competed well in the fall, and anticipates a solid spring season. Men’s hockey: Men’s hockey ended their 2016–17 season with a 15–16–3 record. They competed hard in the ECAC tournament, making it past the first round over Colgate, but losing in the ECAC quarterfinals to Union. Currently, the team has a 6–7–1 record and hopes to take revenge in its rematches against Brown, Quinnipiac and Cornell in 2018. Women’s hockey: Women’s hockey had a dominant 2016–17 season, ending 20– 10–3. Its 2017–18 season is off to a slower start, as they currently hold a 4–9–3 record. 2018 may be a growth year for the Tigers: Freshman and sophomores comprise two-thirds of the team, with two lone seniors leading the squad. Wrestling: Sophomore Matthew Kolodzik had an outstanding freshman season in 2016–17: He was Princeton’s first freshman All-American and finished seventh overall at NCAAs. Currently, he is undefeated in his sophomore season. Princeton is off to a 0–2 start in its 2017–18 season. We hope you all have a happy holiday season and happy New Year. We’ll see you in January for another year of exciting sports!

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Beyond CPS and SHARE: Mental health at Princeton Urvashi Uberoy

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freshman from Missouri couldn’t cope with the academic pressures of Columbia, moved back home, and hung himself in his basement. A decathlete at the University of Pennsylvania couldn’t cope with the pressure of being a small fish in a big pond and slit her wrists. An international sophomore here at Princeton, outwardly content in every way, was found dead in his room one year ago. Appearances can be deceiving, especially at Princeton. Some Princeton students like to put up a front of “effortless perfection,” juggling up to six difficult classes, umpteen extracurricular activities, and campus jobs while making it all seem like a breeze, even though it might not be clear that they are struggling inside. Academic pressure and threat of social isolation is negatively affecting students across the country. Now more than ever, mental health is of the utmost importance. Universities must offer more resources for mental health counseling. Although Princeton currently has great resources such as the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education office and Counseling and Psychological Services,

improvements still need to be made in terms of spreading awareness and investing more in these resources. In addition to these, there are also resources like Princeton Peer Nightline — a peer listening service — that could benefit from having more depth, particularly in terms of how much they can to do help in a crisis situation. Despite an abundance of mental health resources, the majority of students do not know that they exist or what they are meant to be used for. According to Ananya Mittal ’20, a Peer Health Adviser in Butler College, “These resources have no point if they’re just there. People need to be acquainted with their options.” Indeed, not enough effort is being made to spread awareness. A “resources for students” webpage would help students specifically match their needs. Further possible steps for the future include better orientation programs for freshmen and better advertisement of the Mental Health Initiative. As Mittal puts it, “creating awareness requires almost no investment. It’s all there — we just need to tell people about it.” This lack of awareness causes a domino effect of overbooking and lack of availability for the resources that students are aware of, such as CPS and SHARE. Making students aware of their options will hopefully lead to a redistribution of the

student population among resources. Mark-Avery Tamakloe ’18, the PHA at-large residential coordinator, admits that one of the main struggles that the PHAs have faced over the past few years has been familiarizing students with their resources. When asked about another solution to the problem of availability, Kelly McCabe ’18, the president of SHARE, said that the University should expand the budget allotted to mental health resources to hire more staff. “Although SHARE was able to hire more people this summer and has a 24/7 emergency number for immediate counselling, there still can be a slight delay in appointments,” McCabe added. This problem was also addressed by Tamakloe, who said that “getting an initial appointment at CPS has an average wait time of two weeks, which is also the average time in between appointments. CPS should be enlarged to meet the needs of the students as the demand is growing.” The wait time between the appointments is especially concerning for students who need weekly appointments but who cannot afford outside therapy. In these cases, the University reimburses the students up to $300 per semester for the cost of outside therapy, but this is not sufficient for something that can cost from $200 to $300 an hour, explained Mittal.

Lastly, the depth of some of the on-campus resources is questionable, particularly Princeton Peer Nightline. This is an anonymous peer listening service that operates on Tuesday and Friday nights. The idea is that it provides empathetic, non-judgmental listeners who redirect students in crisis to a CPS counselor on call, if need be. It is a good resource in the sense that it is an easy, immediate point of access, but the person on the other end of the phone cannot do anything per se. They don’t know where you are, who you are, and so if the student is in a crisis situation, they cannot prevent anything from happening. Resources like these are great for emergency contact, but they cannot take the place of regular appointments with a counselor, a system that the University really needs to focus on improving. That is not to say that Princeton does not have good resources, and it’s not like appointments are not available. But for such a prevalent problem, constant improvements and updates need to be made to ensure that the system is as efficient as possible, and so more awareness of mental health counseling should be spread and the University should invest more to expand its resources. Urvashi Uberoy is a sophomore from New Delhi, India. She can be reached at uuberoy@princeton. edu.

Reviewing the legacy of Harvey Firestone Jon Ort

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n 1926, Harvey S. Firestone Sr., the millionaire founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, set his sights on an ambitious goal: to break the British and Dutch monopoly on the global rubber market. To do so, he needed his own rubber plantation, a necessarily vast operation to supply his U.S. tire factories. Firestone saw great potential in the small west African nation of Liberia, blessed with millions of rubber trees. By exploiting regional instability, the State Department acquired an incredible deal for the famous U.S. entrepreneur. At six cents an acre, Firestone purchased a 99-year lease on one million acres, or 4 percent of Liberia by area. The world’s largest rubber plantation was born. Today, perhaps nothing better embodies Princeton’s academic prowess than the Collegiate Gothic façade of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library, embellished with granite gargoyles and delicate ornaments. For 70 years, “Firestone” has lived in the jargon of the Princetonian. The word connotes feverish nights spent cramming for exams, as well as our most serious intellectual moments. Yet, despite our affectionate remembrance of the library’s benefactor, we have largely forgotten his mixed legacy. Allegations of human rights abuses have swirled around the

Firestone plantation since its foundation, when soldiers forced workers to march to the site. In his research, Ibrahim Sundiata, a noted scholar of West African history, found that the Firestone Company often colluded with U.S. presidents to pursue imperialist foreign policy. With its national economy utterly dependent on Firestone, the Liberian government had no choice but to comply with the whims of the United States. Little has changed in the past century. Perennial charges of child labor and coercion dog the site, as former New York Times journalist Howard French notes in “A Continent for the Taking.” Firestone retains near authoritarian control over its workers. They live from birth to death in Harbel, the plantation’s capital city, as many of their parents and grandparents did. Firestone runs Harbel’s only hospital, controls housing options, and provides utilities. Workers believe that pollution from the plantation taints their water supply. They recount having to “tap,” or collect latex, from hundreds of trees a day, or else face cuts in their already paltry incomes. In 2006, the International Labor Rights Forum filed a class-action lawsuit alleging “conditions of slavery” at Harbel. Although a federal appeals court rejected the case because Firestone did not coerce children to work, no U.S. citizen would tolerate the working conditions at Harbel. Jorge Luis Borges famously remarked that he had “always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of li-

brary.” If our very own Firestone Library is an intellectual’s Eden, the Firestone plantation could be its own kind of hell. As an institution, Princeton has not shied away from complicated facets of its history. Last month saw the culmination of the Princeton & Slavery Project, a multi-year endeavor through research and reckoning. Yet, despite the University’s rigorous efforts, the proverbial stone of Firestone remains unturned. Correspondence from the tenure of former president Robert Goheen ’40 illuminates the intimate relationship that the University enjoyed with the Firestones, who contributed to many projects beyond Firestone Library. Goheen and his associates sent internal memoranda, now housed at the Mudd Library, describing cordial lunches at the Firestone headquarters in Akron. In September 1968, Ray Firestone hosted the University’s director of corporate relations, David Probst, for five days at Harbel, where, ironically, Probst suggested the Firestones finance a professorship in African studies. Goheen submitted a full-scale proposal for a Program in African Studies two years later. The Firestone contributions committee promptly rejected the idea. To help finance the library and its subsequent expansion, the Firestones transferred common stock of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company to the University. The University, therefore, came to own a stake in the company. Daniel Day, assistant vice president for communications,

could not confirm whether the University still holds stock in Firestone (now publicly traded as Bridgestone), in accordance with University policy. Nonetheless, this fact should give us pause. Liberian labor not only enriched the Firestones, but also directly benefited our institution. As we proceed, we should not take the Firestones out of their historical context. Harvey Firestone Sr. built Harbel before landmark workers’ rights legislation came into effect. He saw himself as a man of progress, declaring to a journalist that he was the first employer to introduce the U.S. working day to Africa. With that said, we also should not use “those were different times” as an excuse for overlooking the unpleasant underside of the Firestone plantation. As a community, we may decide that there are better uses of our scholarly attention than to retroactively evaluate the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Or, we may find the company’s conduct inexcusable, no matter when. In either case, the University must first investigate its historical links to the company. We cannot reach an educated and equitable decision until we know more fully how our institution profited from the Firestone plantation. As he laid the cornerstone for Firestone Library on June 16, 1947, former University president Harold Dodds proclaimed that the moment represented “the meaning of our past and the responsibilities of our future.” He was right. Our beloved library safe-

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES president Thomas E. Weber ’89 vice president Craig Bloom ’88 secretary Betsy L. Minkin ’77 treasurer Douglas J. Widmann ’90 Kathleen Crown William R. Elfers ’71 Stephen Fuzesi ’00 Zachary A. Goldfarb ’05 John Horan ’74 Joshua Katz Kathleen Kiely ’77 Rick Klein ’98 James T. MacGregor ’66 Alexia Quadrani Marcelo Rochabrun ’15 Richard W. Thaler, Jr. ’73 Lisa Belkin ‘82 Francesca Barber trustees emeriti Gregory L. Diskant ’70 Jerry Raymond ’73 Michael E. Seger ’71 Annalyn Swan ’73

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guards innumerable records of the past, allowing us, as scholars, to learn the lessons of history. If we are to keep with both the library’s highest aim, we must come to know the whole of our past. The legacy of Harvey Firestone is no exception. Jon Ort is a first-year from Highlands Ranch, Colo. He can be reached at

Letter to the Editor: Addressing the H1-B Shortage Julian Dean

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o the Editor,

I am writing in response to a number of recent articles describing President Eisgruber’s involvement of the University in the politics of immigration. I would like to empha-

size an issue that significantly affects our community: the shortage of high-skilled work visas for international students. As an undergraduate alumnus and current graduate student, I have seen many of Princeton’s brightest minds be forced to leave the United States because, despite finding good employment after graduation, they are unable

to get a work visa under the H-1B program. To put it simply: There are not enough visas available for high-skilled workers. As a result, great Princeton-educated scientists, engineers, and businesspeople, who would love to stay and contribute to this country, are forced to leave. This issue should be a high priority for any kind of advocacy initiative. Not only

would addressing the H-1B shortage benefit the current Princeton community, it would also make Princeton a more attractive university to foreign applicants. The returns on a U.S. education are less if you are going to immediately return to your home country anyway. Additionally, the difficulty of obtaining a work visa makes U.S. employers less willing to hire

our international students in the first place: Why bother investing time and resources in training someone if they will just have to leave soon? I hope that the University will prioritize this issue when putting its weight behind immigration reform. Sincerely, Julian B. Dean ’13 GS

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On Wednesdays, do you wear pink? Leora Eisenberg columnist


n Wednesdays, we wear pink” is perhaps the most recognizable statement of clique culture. The “mean girls” always sit together, they date the cutest guys in school, they wear the prettiest clothing. But we tend to laugh at satires like “Mean Girls.” “Come on,” we think to ourselves. “Who really does that?” And in truth, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a friend group distinguish itself by the colors of its members’ outfits — so, at face value, bemusement is definitely appropriate. But even though we might not be wearing pink, “Mean Girls” is still cruelly applicable to college life. People still form and spend time in cliques, although they aren’t nearly as obvious as they are

in the film. People eat lunch with the same people every day and go to the Street with the same friends, often excluding those who might want to join in. When sitting in a completely empty dining hall with a few friends, I noticed how groups of acquaintances (“friend groups,” you could say) who entered sat as far away from us as possible, even though there was plenty of space at our table. Everyone in the dining hall knew everyone else and inhabited the same community, but there was certainly no sense thereof. After we had left, I commented on the phenomenon to my friends, who had all noticed the same thing. Had we done something? We each racked our brains: Maybe someone smelled bad; maybe we ourselves had been exclusionary. Various options were possible. That said, it was

painfully obvious that no one had wanted to sit with us and showed us that in a remarkably unsubtle way. I was hurt that evening, but then I got around to thinking: Had I ever excluded someone that way? Had I ever purposely avoided them in order to stay with the people I know better? Let’s face it: I had. I contribute to clique culture, too. While I like to think of my “friend group” as open, we’ve probably been fairly exclusionary on multiple occasions. I can certainly think of one or two where someone’s approached me when I’m with my friends, only to have me shut them down because I felt that they didn’t belong with my current “entourage.” But how about your “entourage?” Does it exclude others? Are you excluding others? Be honest with yourself: You probably have. It’s easier to

stay with only your friends, at others’ expense. But by the same token, have you considered that others notice this behavior? Have you considered that you are potentially harming your relationships across campus by literally and figuratively not making room for those who haven’t already ingratiated themselves into your “group”? I’m not saying to abolish friend groups; it’s only natural that you spend time with people you like. Eat lunch with them; go to the movies with them. Social sorting is, to some degree, inevitable. We weed out the relationships that aren’t important to us. But it’s fair to say that in doing so, we preemptively weed out friendships without ever meaningfully interacting with the person we rejected. We’ve all been that rejected person — and it doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t feel good to

Where are all the women?

Madeleine Marr

contributing columnist

“If you educate a man, you educate one person. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” However, whoever is guiding that education is as important as the education itself. Female teachers have a significant positive impacts on their female students, so much so that it can change the course of their academic futures. The dearth of female faculty at Princeton is preventing this guidance from occurring, reinforcing the pattern of male academic dominance. The first female faculty member was hired to teach at Princeton in the late 1920s, but the pace of change towards increased gender parity among faculty since then has been glacial. Of the 1,252 faculty members, 405 are women — 32 percent. Only a quarter of the full professors are women. Of the 952 tenured faculty members, 162 are women — 19 percent. The trends at Princeton are not anomalous — in 2013, 28 percent of full professors at four-year colleges were female, and Princeton ranked sixth out of 12 of the highest ranked universities for gender parity in hiring. The situation is even worse for women of color. Although there are not concrete statistics available regarding women, Black and Hispanic faculty combined make up 5 percent of the full professors. Given the already small population of women, it seems apparent that Black and Hispanic female professors

constitute an incredibly small minority among Princeton’s faculty. Not only is this absence a problem for women’s equality, but the lack of women among Princeton’s faculty perpetuates inequality in perpetuity by ignoring or underserving potential future female professors among the undergraduate population. In a study performed out of University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Nilanjana Dasgupta found that female undergraduates in engineering who were assigned a female mentor felt “more motivated, more selfassured, and less anxious than those who had either no mentor or a male one.” Not only were these students less likely to drop out of their courses, but they were also more likely to pursue engineering jobs post-graduation. Dasgupta saw that “having a female mentor [hadn’t] increased belonging or confidence — it just preserved it.” Having male mentors had varying effects on the female students; some saw similar results to the students with female mentors, some saw no effects, and some saw increased anxiety and insecurity. The study essentially confirmed the adage that “you can’t be what you can’t see.” And the dearth of female faculty at Princeton blinds a lot of students. Women comprise 49 percent of Princeton’s undergraduate population, and the research suggests that those students would benefit from female mentors among the people teaching them. However, there are simply not enough female

professors, and connecting with them is often difficult. Female students note that having semesters without a single female professor or preceptor is common, and the situation is worse in STEM courses. While Princeton women will obviously be able to find female mentors or persevere and succeed without them, there are countless women who may have fallen through the cracks because they couldn’t access the resources they needed. Because female mentors increase a female student’s likelihood of pursuing a career in a given field, it can persuasively be argued that the small number of female professors leads to an absence of female professors in the future; without mentors, Princeton students are less likely to continue studying or working in fields like engineering after college, meaning they won’t be on track to become professors themselves. By not hiring more female faculty, Princeton is essentially ensuring that gender disparity on campus will continue for the next generation. Some meetings and conferences have been held regarding this issue, but Princeton needs to make a concerted effort to hire more female faculty. Efforts can be made to advertise and recruit in publications and at conferences geared towards female academics. In 2013, the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity released a Report on Diversity that outlined suggestions for improving diversity at Princeton. The report emphasized departmental responsibility, or trusting academic departments

to “know best how to diversify … in their own area.” While some departments, such as molecular biology, have initiated pointed efforts to encourage diversity in doctoral programs through specific resource allocation and outreach programming. However, the level of effort has been inconsistent among departments, and the other recommendations of the committee have not yet seen widespread implementation. High quality affinitybased support networks need to be more visible and available for undergrads and graduate students (Princeton Women in Economics and Policy is one example, as its events are attended by both groups). The school needs to foster an environment that is open and safe for female students and faculty; the failure to fire electrical engineering professor Verdú after his sexual misconduct does not suggest a campus culture that is conducive to female success. The Trustee Report emphasizes the importance of “strong mechanisms to address bias, harassment, and discrimination,” but Princeton and some individual departments have yet to implement new standards. Ways to keep track of upcoming scholars from diverse backgrounds are also needed. Encouraging students as they come down the pipeline would ensure a higher retention rate. This could be achieved through the creation of watch lists or tracking systems for interesting scholars throughout their careers. Academic hiring often relies on personal networks; while the Office of the Dean of the Fac-

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know that someone doesn’t want you in their “group” without ever getting to know you. So examine your actions over the next few weeks and ask yourself if you’re rejecting people because it’s easier to do so or if you truly believe that you wouldn’t be compatible. While I realize that almost no clique distinguishes itself by wearing pink on Wednesdays, there are other ways to leave others out. Next time you are tempted to ignore others in the dining hall or at a study break, because they aren’t in your “group,” remember that such exclusion might be causing them pain and might be causing you to miss out on what might otherwise be a worthwhile friendship. Leora Eisenberg is a sophomore from Eagan, Minn. She can be reached at leorae@princeton. edu.

ulty has exerted more influence over short lists for job openings, this oversight must continue to increase. Female associate professors and potential hires considering relocation cite fears about Princeton’s acceptance of family concerns. More support is needed for female faculty if family responsibilities increase, and a culture of understanding is necessary. The Target of Opportunity Committee exists to provide “incentives to departments to identify potential faculty who will diversify the campus.” The Committee is well-funded, but knowledge about the resources they offer is low and the Committee is underutilized across campus. Wider visibility for these resources would also help to increase diversity, as the departments must take initiative to improve their hiring practices. All of these changes would benefit women of color, who suffer even more from a sense of isolation and lack of support. In order to provide for a more equitable future, it is imperative that Princeton defy trends and increase the number of female professors teaching on campus through wider implementation of diversity initiatives and efforts to improve a culture that is not necessarily receptive to female faculty. If not, the quality of academic thought will continue to wither due to the brain drain from the other half of the population. Madeleine Marr is a first-year from Newtown Square, Pa. She can be reached at mmarr@princeton. edu.


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Year in review: New coaches, Olympians, excel at invitationals By Chris Murphy, Sam Shapiro, and Alissa Selover associate sports editor and contributors

As 2017 winds down, The Daily Princetonian looks back at all of the highs and lows from the last year of Princeton sports. From a trip to the Big Dance, to a player that wears both Tiger and U.S. national team uniforms, to a disappointing end to a promising season start to a wild double overtime victory to extend a streak of success, we take you through the recap of every sport this past year. Join us in remembering all of the season highlights, record breaking moments and close the book on an entertaining and wild 2017. Men’s fencing: As a team in the spring of 2017, the Tigers went a combined 23–7 overall and placed sixth in the NCAA Tournament last season. Many of the men placed high individually in the tournament as thensophomore épées Wesley Johnson and Michael Popovici finished tied for third and eighth respectively, saber Peter Pak ’17 concluded his career with the Tigers by placing 17th individually for his group and became a three-time All American honoree as a Tiger. The Tigers are off to a hot 2018 campaign with six wins in just two tournaments. Women’s fencing: The women’s fencing team’s historic stretch continues for another year. With their fourth place finish, the Tigers extended the longest active trophy streak of any NCAA team, placing for the seventh year in a row. Highlighting the season was an all Tiger final: The final match between épées Katherine Holmes ’17 and Anna Van Brummen ’17 was in the championship match, with Van Brummen taking the victory and defeating her teammate, the four-time All American. Like the men’s team, the women are also off to a hot start in 2018 with already seven wins in just two tournament appearances Men’s golf: In the second half of their 2016–17 season, the Tigers responded from a slow start to place third as a team in both the Princeton Invitational and the Ivy League Championships. Alex Dombrowski ’17 ended his Tiger campaign with a historic 67 on the final day of the Ivy League Championships — the best round since 2009 for any Ivy Leaguer. He would finish tied for second in the tournament with an overall score of +1. In 2018, he Tigers placed second in the Quechee Collegiate Invitational and fifth in the Macdonald Cup. First-year Jake Mayer made his case for shot of the year when during the Macdonald Cup, he drilled a hole in one on the par three fifth. Women’s golf: The Tigers put together an incredible campaign in the spring of 2017, placing third and sec-


Men’s basketball won the inaugural tournament last year, culminating in the Big Dance.

ond in two different tournaments and then taking first overall at the Harvard Invitational and the Ivy League Championships. The great success led to an invitation to the NCAA regionals, where they finished a respectable 11th. First-year Maya Walton was the spark plug last season for the team and received an invitation to compete in the NCAA Individual Championships. Princeton finished fourth in its home invitational in the fall of 2017, with Walton finishing third individually. Men’s crew: 2017 was highlighted by a 2V third place finish and 1V fourth place finish for the heavyweight team in the IRA Championships. In the 2017 Princeton chase, the men’s heavyweight team claimed 1st in the 8+ race and won the 4+ extended chase. The lightweight team placed fifth in the IRAs in 2017 and second in the V4 IRA race. They concluded the season with the a first-place victory in the Head of Charles Regatta and third in a super-competitive chase event. Both will look to continue succeeding with strong 2018 seasons. Women’s crew: The women’s lightweight rowing team smashed the Princeton Chase record with a time of 14:55.807, 16 seconds better than the second place Georgetown Hoya boat. This came after a strong finish to its spring 2017 season with medal finished at Sprints and IRAs. The openweight women’s team claimed victory in the 8+ race during the Chase, capping off a season in which they took first in the Ivy League championship. Field hockey: What. A. Year. Princeton faced a ranked team almost every other week, and advanced all the way to the NCAA

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quarterfinals before falling to UNC 3–2. The Tigers were Ivy League champions and played in the NCAA quarters for the third straight season. Senior Ryan McCarthy had an incredible season with 17 goals and 37 points for Princeton. She will definitely be missed next season but the Tigers will be well set up for a repeat campaign in 2018. Men’s lacrosse: The Princeton men’s lacrosse team had high expectations going into the 2017 season, but it culminated in a heartbreaking 17–15 loss against Brown in the first round of the Ivy League tournament. The Tigers finished 9–6 overall and 4–2 in the conference. However, they will be led by sophomore Michael Sowers, who led the team last year with 41 goals and 41 assists. The Tigers are in good shape to rebound in 2018. Women’s lacrosse: The women’s team had quite the season in 2017. After beating No. 12 Cornell in the finals of the Ivy League tournament, the Tigers beat them again in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before ultimately falling to No. 6 Penn State 14–12. However, the Tigers will really miss Olivia Hompe ’17, who led the Tigers with 110 points — more than twice the amount of the second leading scorer. We’ll see if the class of 2021 can help fill the void left by the strong seniors. Men’s water polo: The men’s water polo team concluded their season with a heartbreaking 12–11 loss in double OT to Harvard. Yet this should not discount the great success they had in the pool, finishing 22–6 overall and establishing themselves as one of the East Coast’s best water polo teams. Seniors Jordan Colina and Vojislav Mitrovic and soph-

omore Sean Duncan all received honorable mentions in the All America team for their impressive seasons. Women’s water polo: The women’s water polo team was one of the most underrated Princeton sports teams in 2017. It finished with a record of 24–4, won its conference, and advanced to the third round of the CWPA national championship tournament before falling to No.-7 Michigan in a 5–4 defensive struggle. That game also marked the final game for goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson ’17, who represented the Tigers on the U.S. national team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Men’s squash: After a tough 2016–17 season in which the Tigers managed only a .375 winning percentage, Princeton has hit the ground running in 2017–18 starting out 4–1 and beating the No.-7 Drexel Dragons in a statement win just a few weeks ago. One of the big reasons for the turnaround is the emergence of firstyear Youssef Ibrahim who was unbeaten in 2017 and will look to continue that when the calendar changes. Women’s squash: Last season, the women’s team finished 12–5 and took fourth place in its conference, advancing to the semifinal before losing back to back matches to Harvard and Trinity. This season, it is off to a hot 5–0 start; as a team it has lost only a combined four individual matches thus far. Senior Olivia Fiechter is making the most of her final season with the Tigers, representing the Tigers as the number one and leading them to their great start to the season. They will be looking to continue their success in the second half of their 2017–18 season. Women’s soccer: 2017 was

Stat of the Day

3 players Jordan Colina, Sean Duncan and Vojislav Mitrovic were selected as Division I Varsity All-Americans, the Collegiate Water Polo Association announced today.

a historic year for Princeton’s women’s soccer team. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, concluding their best run since 2004, where they were defeated by UCLA. The women also ended with a record high of nine All-Ivy League honors, including Sean Driscoll winning Ivy League Coach of the Year for the second time in the past three years. Great run this year, Tigers! Men’s soccer: The men’s soccer team finished their 2017 season 6–7–4 overall and 2–3–2 in conference play. Along with this .471 winning percentage, the team also picked up five All-Ivy League mentions including junior Jeremy Colvin and freshman Richard Wolf being named to the secondteam All-Ivy League. Women’s volleyball: For the third year in a row, the women’s volleyball team were Ivy League Champions. The Tigers went dancing in their first matchup of the NCAA tournament against Iowa State where they were defeated in a 3–0 game. The Tigers also came out of their 2017 season with Ivy League Player of the Year, sophomore Maggie O’Connell, who also made history by receiving AVCA All-Northeast Region honorable mention. Men’s volleyball: Coming off of a tough 2016 season, the men’s volleyball team started the rebuilding process during the 2017 season earlier this year. Ending with an overall record of 12–14, the Tiger men made it to the EIVA semifinal against Penn State but ended their season with a tough loss. Despite the rocky ending, two Princeton athletes, then freshmen and current sophomores, Parker Dixon and George Huhmann, See REVIEW page 4

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