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In Opinion

By Chitra Marti

Tiger Inn alumni criticize the club in light of recent reports of sexual misconduct, and the Editorial Board reflects on the recent USG election. PAGE 5

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Today on Campus 4:30 p.m.: Jim McGreevey, who was the governor of New Jersey from 2002 to 2004 and has received a Master of Divinity since his tenure as governor ended, will give a public lecture titled “Prisoner Reentry: Breaking the Cycle.” McCosh 50.

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Dec. 8, 1994 A Chronicle of Higher Education article found that donations made by parents of applicants could have an effect on the admissions process, though University administrators disputed the claim.

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Percentage of votes received by Ella Cheng ’16 in the runoff election for the USG presidency.

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Columbia graduate students trying to form a union

Columbia graduate students are attempting to unionize, in an effort to gain greater recognition and rights, according to The Columbia Spectator. More than 100 of the graduate students rallied on Friday in an effort to have Columbia recognize their union, and more than 1,700 student workers have signed cards since September in support of the cause. The union would be a subsection of the union that represents clerical workers at Columbia, Barnard and Teachers College — the United Auto Workers Local 2110. The graduate students’ union is called Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers. Protestors brought a letter to Columbia president Lee Bollinger on Friday asking for better job security and wage security. The organizers of the union have said that they will attempt to gain certification as a union from the National Labor Relations Board if Columbia does not recognize them as part of the United Auto Workers Local 2110.


Film director Christopher Nolan will speak at the Class of 2015’s Class Day ceremony on June 1.

Christopher Nolan to speak at Class Day, June 1 By Grant Golub contributor

Acclaimed British-American film director Christopher Nolan will be the Class Day speaker this year, the Class of 2015 Council announced Friday. Nolan is widely known for directing “Interstellar,” which was released last month, as well as the latest “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception” and “Memento.” He has been nominated for three

Academy Awards. He graduated from University College London with a degree in English Literature. According to an email sent to the senior class, Nolan has been making films since he was 7 years old and is known for his “unconventional story lines” and “innovative filmmaking.” “While his films have entertained us and captivated us for the past 20 years, they have, more importantly, made us think,” the Class

Council wrote in the email. “Regardless of our majors and our interests, we all share several things in common: our purpose, our passion, and our mission to do things differently.” The three members of the senior class who are part of the Class Day committee that chose Nolan as the speaker included Adam Tcharni ’15, Evan Coles ’15 and Hanna Kim ’15. “We wanted someone who See CLASS DAY page 4


In light of most recent USG election, women leaders discuss gender disparity By Christina Vosbikian contributor

The gender disparity in visible leadership positions at the University, as well as the general challenges women face in pursuing leadership positions, were discussed at a Women’s Mentorship Program panel on Friday. Politics professor Tali Mendelberg, who moderated the discussion, explained that the event was motivated by

the recent Undergraduate Student Government presidential election, in which the unique pressures women face during campaigns became central topics of discussion. Speakers included former USG vice president and former USG presidential candidate Catherine Ettman ’13, former USG presidential candidate Molly Stoneman ’16 and recently elected USG president Ella Cheng ’16. Cheng is also a former staff


Gender-neutral housing on the rise, according to USG panel By Shriya Sekhsaria contributor

Gender-neutral housing at the University has been on a steady rise since it was implemented in 2008, according to an Undergraduate Student Government panel discussion on Friday that discussed the current policies and practices regarding gender-neutral housing. The panel, which only had five people in the audience, included Associate Director for Student Housing Lisa DePaul, Director of Housing Dorian Johnson and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students Bryant Blount ’08. Based on data gathered in

2014, there are 529 genderneutral housing spaces on campus, 208 of which come from the 52 quads present in Spelman Halls, while the remaining 321 spaces come from a combination of upperclassmen housing and residential colleges. Gender-neutral rooms are marked with an “e” for “either” or an “a” for “any” during the room draw process, while rooms that are not gender-neutral are marked as “male” or “female,” according to DePaul. Wilson and Rockefeller Colleges cannot currently provide gender-neutral housing, DePaul noted, as they do See HOUSING page 2

writer for The Daily Princetonian. Mendelberg began the discussion by noting that while women have come a long way in gaining ground in the political arena, there is still much progress to be made. Systematic change, she said, stems from local- and community-based progress, like greater women’s representation in university student governments. See LEADERSHIP page 3

No criminal charges will be filed in last October’s reported distribution of a photo featuring a sex act that took place at Tiger Inn. The Princeton Police Department announced in a press release on Friday afternoon that it had found no evidence to support criminal wrongdoing and closed the investigation. The investigation included interviewing all involved parties. The incident was reported to police on Nov. 20, almost a month after the email was sent, and labeled an “Invasion of Privacy” investigation. In the University’s daily crime logs, maintained by the Department of Public Safety, it was reported as a potential sexual assault case. “All we can say is that no one

wants to pursue the case, and there are no criminal charges,” Sgt. Steven Riccitello said. “We interviewed all parties involved.” The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office was also consulted in the matter, the release said. Riccitello later added that the photo did not explicitly depict any intimate body parts engaged in a sex act. TI graduate board members Hap Cooper ’82 and Eric Pedersen ’82, and current TI president Oliver Bennett ’15 did not respond to requests for comment immediately following the announcement. Pedersen and Cooper did not respond to additional requests for comment over the weekend. The police announcement came the same day as over 100 TI alumni who graduated in the 1990s published a letter in The See TI page 2


In USG runoff election, Cheng ’16 defeats Gansa ’17 By Grant Golub contributor

University Student Life Committee chair Ella Cheng ’16 won the Undergraduate Student Government presidential runoff election with 63.8 percent of the vote, according to an email sent by outgoing USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 on Friday afternoon. Her opponent, Will Gansa ’17, took the remaining 36.2 percent of the vote. Cheng will start her year in office at the beginning of the spring semester, in February. Cheng is also a former staff writer for The Daily Princetonian. Voter turnout was 15.2 percent higher than the voter turnout during the general election with 3,116 students casting votes, while the general election only drew 2,704 voters. The runoff election between Cheng and Gansa was announced Nov. 28 after none of the three candidates in the presidential race won the majority of the vote. In the first election, Gansa received 43.85 percent of the popular vote, while Cheng received 31.63 percent. Molly Stoneman ’16, the current USG vice president, came in third place with 24.52

percent of the vote and was eliminated from the race. After her elimination, Stoneman endorsed Cheng and urged her original supporters to vote for Cheng, explaining that Cheng was the best choice to help move USG and the University forward. “This is a strong vote of confidence from the student body that students still believe in USG,” Cheng said about her win. “This shows that students care about our future.” In her campaign platform, Cheng said she wanted to switch USG’s focus from programming to policymaking because of her belief that the change would bring the organization’s focus back to students. “I want to have more projects that students feel directly impact them,” she explained. After she and Gansa were declared the two remaining contenders, she unveiled new items for her platform, including direct rebuttals to Gansa’s buzzword proposals, which included a mysterious concept, “bike reform,” riper fruit and waffle fries. Cheng noted that the election seemed to have highlighted student discontent with USG and included propositions such as See USG page 4



Anna Mazarakis was elected Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Princetonian’s 139th Managing Board, and Matteo Kruijssen was elected as the Business Manager. They will begin their terms next semester.

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Daily Princetonian condemning the series of events that have taken place at the club, criticizing the measures the graduate board has taken so far and suggesting that TI be shut down for the time being. “Rather than hoping to address this through the least amount of punishment,” the letter read, “the Graduate Board would do better to start from the other direction and consider whether the club should continue operating at the present time and, if so, what conditions the club and its members should be required to meet.” The University’s investigation of the incident is still ongoing, University spokesperson Martin Mbugua said, and is separate from that of the police. Mbugua added that significant progress had been made. The investigation is ongoing for a case of sexual exploitation, which is defined in Rights, Rules Responsibilities as “any act whereby one person violates

the sexual privacy of another.” The photo allegedly showed an oral sex act that took place in a public area of the eating club. After its distribution, the TI graduate board chose to fire the officer who sent it via email to members, TI vice president Adam Krop ’15. Treasurer Andrew Hoffenberg ’15 was also fired after sending another email encouraging members to “boo” Sally Frank ’80, an activist whose lawsuit forced TI and Ivy Club to admit female members, at her speech last month. After the emails were widely reported in the media, the TI graduate board chose to fire both Krop and Hoffenberg as officers. The firing took place over a month after both emails were distributed to the membership, a comparatively slow reaction time compared to the firing of four officers earlier this year after they allowed a party of the semi-secret drinking society known as the 21 Club to take place. In that case, the four officers — which included the then-president — were fired within 24 hours of the incident.


The Princeton Police Department closed its investigation into recent incidents at the Tiger Inn. The University’s investigation is ongoing.

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not have rooms that are in line with the “N+1 policy,” which states that a gender-neutral room must be a suite that allows each student to have his or her own sleeping space and a common area, such as fiveroom quads and three-room doubles. The “N+1 policy” was drafted by the University based on guidelines from the students on the University Campus Life Committee that first discussed gender-neutral housing in 2007, DePaul said.

“[The students] felt that, while they wanted to make sure that there was an option to live together within the same suite, that they felt that it was fairly important that everybody had their own private sleeping space in those types of arrangements,” she said. DePaul added that the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and a lot of student committees were involved in the drafting of the gender-neutral housing policy, which was finally approved by the Council of Masters. She also said there are no current plans to modify this

policy. Andrew Hahm ’17, a member of the USG Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Institutional Equity, said the issues raised in conversation during the event would be brought up in a USG meeting that was yet to be scheduled. “Once we sort of debrief everything we’ll be in conversation with all of the relevant parties,” Hahm said. Since underclassmen are not allowed to move out of their respective residential colleges, DePaul said students in Wilson and Rockefeller could form groups with the people they wanted to live

with, draw rooms at the same time and pick rooms in close proximity to each other. “The [Directors of Student Life] and a lot of the college staff can talk to the students and maybe encourage them to apply in the same group and take rooms that are in close proximity to each other — maybe in the same hall, on the same floor, right next to each other,” she said. Johnson noted that priority is not given to gender-neutral housing during room draws. “There’s nothing on the application that makes you identify in advance that [genderneutral housing is] the type

of housing that you want,” DePaul said. “It’s just available to you if you want it.” LGBT Center Director Debbie Bazarsky added it was a very conscious decision to not include gender-neutral housing in the category of special needs housing, as special needs housing is currently related to medical issues or issues around disability. DePaul said that students cannot be assigned to genderneutral housing without their consent, and that if any problems arise in gender-neutral housing, room changes can be arranged for if needed. However, not all of the

spaces assigned to be genderneutral are filled. According to DePaul, there were 20 students in upperclass gender-neutral dorms, around six in Butler College, six in Whitman College and two in Forbes College, in addition to those in Spelman, in the 2013-14 academic year. The total number of Spelman quads that are gender-neutral wavers between nine and 15 each year. Blount said that ODUS supported the USG’s mission to listen to students’ interests and their thoughts about issues like gender-neutral housing.

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Women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions, whether in student government, extracurricular clubs or the United States political arena as a whole, she said, largely stems from women’s unwillingness to subject themselves to the more intense scrutiny that they typically face as female candidates. “On the whole, when we look at systematic studies, men and women do vote for women,” Mendelberg said. “The big problem is how to overcome that imagination barrier, that willingness to put yourself out there.” Ettman, Stoneman and Cheng discussed what prompted each of them to run for office and the various challenges they encountered while running. In particular, they noted the importance of women politicians having a

support base made up of both women and men, the societal pressures to which women must conform in their public appearance and personality, the standards women in politics must meet in order to be taken seriously and how those standards differ from the ones expected of men. Ettman, who was a Class of 2013 senator during her freshman year and vice president her sophomore year, noted that women often ask themselves “why” when considering running for office, while men simply ask “why not.” In 2011, Ettman was part of the Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership when it released its report, which found that female students often chose to pursue jobs in their organization behind the scenes rather than visible leadership positions, that women consistently undersell themselves, that women feel intense pressure to behave in ways that are

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socially acceptable on campus and that women may benefit more than men from mentoring. The panelists all noted the continued relevance of the report’s findings on today’s campus, specifically in light of the recent USG election and eating club controversies. In the recent election, Cheng said that the kinds of challenges faced by her and Stoneman were ones that past male candidates had faced much less frequently, if at all. Cheng noted that she and Stoneman were accused of being involved in student government only to pad their resumes on Yik Yak, the anonymous social media application, while the male candidate, William Gansa ’17, was applauded and supported on the application for running

on a platform that, while it had the overarching goal of pointing out flaws in the USG system, was largely a joke campaign. “I think the one feminist argument that resonated with me the most was that if a girl had tried to run his campaign, it would not have worked,” Cheng said. Cheng said that the election got increasingly ugly — especially in the run-off — but that voters who ultimately believed in her message and experience came out and helped her become USG president, a position not held by a female student in 11 years. Cheng also noted that, after the results were announced, Gansa called her to apologize for any bad impressions she may have received during the election.

“I said, ‘I know it’s not you, I know it’s something larger than you,’” Cheng said. Ettman explained that when her employer, Democratic Senator Wendy Davis, lost the election for Texas governor, she told her team about a rock cutter hammering away at a rock, explaining that you might not see any change for months or years, but one day

the stone will break. “You may never know how you’ve inspired other men and women to run for office, but one chip at a time, one woman at a time, you will make a difference,’” Ettman said. The panel, entitled, “Let’s Elect Her: A Conversation with Women Candidates,” took place in Betts Auditorium at 7 p.m.

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was going to be an entertaining speaker,” Tcharni said. He explained that they were looking for a speaker who has excelled in their field and who has made an impact on the world with their work. After a long process,

Tcharni said that the group decided that Nolan best fit the description of the type of speaker for whom it was looking. “We’re all striving to make an impact on the world,” Tcharni said. “We thought we’d learn from someone who has been doing that so much lately with their work.” Coles and Kim did not re-

spond to requests for comment. Last year, former Vice President Al Gore spoke during Class Day. Previous speakers have included David Remnick ’80, Steve Carrell and Brooke Shields ’87. Class Day will take place on June 1, the day between the Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies.

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Chipotle study breaks and twoply toilet paper in response to Gansa. In an earlier article written by The Daily Princetonian, Cheng said she aims to show that USG can improve for the better. “We need to start getting feedback now from the student body,” Cheng said. “The turnout was incredible. I’m proud of the school. This is a huge turning point for the University.” She said that she plans to begin holding meetings immediately with students from around the University to get their perspectives on things that USG can do to improve its standing with the student body. “I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am for this. I hope that I can make a meaningful impact on students’ lives here through my work in USG,” Cheng added. Gansa did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Ella Cheng ’16 won the election for USG president, current USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 announced in an email on Friday.

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roviding yet another piece of evidence for the thesis that there is a relevant XKCD strip for everything, an entry in the long-running webcomic depicts in its first couple panels two people engaged in an Internet comment war. In an unrealistic turn of events, a third person — an arbiter of sorts — flies to one of them and carries him all the way to the other. Finding themselves face to face, the two people have nothing to say to each other. The arbiter then flies the first person back to his chair, where he sits stunned, contemplating what just happened. This issue of the comic makes a valuable point: The computer can be a seemingly impenetrable barrier, a near-fully-protective line of defense against any affront or attack found online thanks to its culture of anonymity. Comments sections on blogs and news sites are typically full of people from all over the world commenting under a name which fully protects their identity. This can be a very good thing (namely, people who would feel uncomfortable expressing something under their real identity are given a chance to post from an anonymous perspective), but, by and large, this turns out to be a very bad thing. Freedom from repercussions can allow for wonderfully frank and personal comments from some, but it also allows for hateful, slanderous and venomous comments from others. I’m not going to argue for the destruction of anonymity in Internet commenting, because, firstly, that would be impossible to implement and, secondly, sometimes it’s a very good thing to say something potentially controversial without fear of attack. However, especially in light of recent tragedies inextricably intertwined with very touchy subjects like race and gender, the vitriol found in these Internet flame wars has seemed to increase drastically over the past few months. The comments become an endless circlejerk of both sides reaffirming their own opinion over and over again through the medium of, as XKCD so eloquently puts it, saying something over text that no one would ever say to their counterpart’s face. Furthermore, thanks to the near-total impunity associated with writing these comments, it’s almost impossible to actually confront an online opponent in a meaningful way. I’d like to be able to wave my magic wand and create some easy fix to the issue of meaningless and hateful conversations via Internet, but the only real solution comes on an individual level — commenters looking to improve the dialogue found online must practice what they preach. Taking down the culture of scathing exchanges requires everyone to put effort into considering the opposing viewpoint and where that view is coming from, then constructively breaking down why, exactly, people find that view to be incorrect. Christian Wawrzonek, in his column “Taking a breath, bridging the gap,” argues that in arguments about gender disparity, anger and dismissal stem from a fundamental misunderstanding about the different experiences a man and woman can have. As he puts it, “Becoming irritated by another person’s lack of understanding and responding with anger and criticism will solve nothing. If something does not make sense to people and the primary argument they hear is criticism of their lack of understanding, the response naturally will be more anger and frustration.” I’d like to be able to extend this logic to Internet-based comments. If we’re not actively being constructive — whether refusing to acknowledge we might be wrong or refusing to give someone else’s argument a fair chance — then we are contributing to a toxic environment. Accountability won’t automatically make our commenting habits more constructive or thoughtful, but it’s a step in the right direction. At the risk of feeding into the proPrince/anti-Prince circlejerk, I like that the newspaper’s code of ethics means I have to comment under my real name. When I’m held to my word, I feel obligated to present myself in a way I would want others to perceive me in real life. Accountability, at least for me, improves the comments I leave — I put more thought into my arguments and wording when responding to someone on our Disqus feed, even if they happen to be commenting anonymously. It’s yet to be seen if Internet flame wars would lighten or become less vitriolic if we as a society were to force commenters to use their real names (and therefore be responsible for what they say), and it’s likely we will never find out. However, there is so much anger in the anonymous facets of our society, and it’s impossible to say whether the detestation will ever subside. Change needs to come from every individual commenter, and though I don’t denounce hiding behind a generic username, I implore those ready to leave a hateful comment to think twice. If we can reframe our thoughts in a way which encourages nuanced, thorough discussion, then the Internet will be a safer and more satisfying place.


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USG election lessons learned

n Friday, nearly 2000 students voted to make Ella Cheng the next president of the Undergraduate Student Government. We, as an Editorial Board, endorsed Cheng and are pleased to congratulate her on her success in the election. We wish her the best of luck over the coming year. However, in addition to Cheng’s victory, we think this year’s elections have started conversations that are important to continue. The three presidential campaigns have asked us to consider how to promote women’s leadership, USG’s role on campus and the role of humor in our campus culture. For this, the Board would like to thank the three candidates that ran. If Cheng’s victory is the first thing that comes to mind in the wake of the election, the second thing is undoubtedly the impact of the Gansa campaign. Running as the only male candidate on a platform of waffle fries and dissatisfaction with USG, Gansa has become a polarizing figure on campus. To some, he is a symbol of dissatisfaction with the role of USG on campus. For others, he is a symbol of misogyny and the obstacles female candidates face when running for leadership positions both on and off campus. However, while many are keen to paint

Gansa as an example of everything wrong with Princeton culture, we see him as a positive influence. He is a non-incumbent who chose to take his dissatisfaction with USG and channel it into action. While his campaign was centered on humor, he has highlighted real problems with the way USG communicates with the student body and the tendency for many students to feel as though they are not represented by student government. As a Board, we have consistently advocated for students to act on their convictions — and that is exactly what the Gansa campaign did. It takes courage to put oneself in the public eye instead of remaining part of the unactionable majority who complains about campus issues and institutions such as USG, sexual assault, lack of women’s leadership and more. While Gansa’s campaign may represent some of Princeton’s faults, it also represents many of the things that should be encouraged. However, Gansa is not the only one who deserves praise for taking action to tackle institutional issues. Both Cheng and Molly Stoneman were female candidates running in a race in which women have seldom been successful. Both women highlighted important issues in the Princeton community: Stoneman ran on a platform

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of women’s leadership and Cheng ran on a message of improving USG policy and communication. While the presence of two very qualified female candidates and Cheng’s ultimate victory will not end the gender imbalance that still plagues leadership at Princeton, it is an important step in the right direction that would not have been possible without the courage of both candidates. While Cheng does not begin her term until February, we hope that both she and the student body continue the conversations this election has started. We hope that, in addition to her own proposed policies, under Cheng’s leadership USG continues to work on women’s leadership initiatives like the ones Stoneman advocated for and the issues of incumbency and representation Gansa raised. This election is as much a triumph of Cheng’s ideas as it is a reminder of the other important issues that remain in our community. We hope that, under Cheng’s leadership, USG continues to work to lead the way. The Editorial Board is an independent body and decides its opinions separately from the regular staff and editors of the ‘Prince.’ The Board answers only to its chair, the opinion editor and the editor-in-chief of the ‘Prince.’

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An open letter to the Tiger Inn Graduate Board We are alumni of the Princeton University and Tiger Inn classes of 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998, which were among the first cohorts that included women. We are writing to express our dismay and disgust over the behavior of club leaders and members over the past year, including the incident in the spring that resulted in damage to the clubhouse, as well as the more recent and disturbing incidents in which club officers engaged in misogyny, sexual harassment or worse. Although we were in the first few classes that included women —  a nd, indeed, women made up only a small percentage of each class  —  this was not our experience of Tiger Inn. Once it was determined that TI was legally required to admit women, it seemed that it was only older alumni who occasionally made disparaging remarks about the newly co-ed status of the club. Club members —  female and male  —  enjoyed the camaraderie, mutual respect and low-key atmosphere for which TI was known. It is therefore shocking to read about the recent behavior by club members, more than 20 years after the club began admitting women, and eight years after the club confronted allegations of sexual assault and suffered repercussions as a consequence. The majority of current club members were not

alive during the period when TI was all-male, so it seems particularly bizarre, offensive and disheartening to read that some members may be wishing for a bygone era. It indicates a club culture that is unwelcoming and dangerous and has no place anywhere, let alone in the privileged confines of Princeton. The 2012 documentary “The Invisible War” about sexual assaults in the military cites a statistic that in military units where sexual harassment was tolerated, rapes tripled. These attitudes and actions by TI members should not be allowed to persist. While the Graduate Board appears to be taking these matters very seriously, and we appreciate the strong language that was used in the recent email to members, as reported by The Daily Princetonian, we are concerned that the actions taken so far  —  n amely, the dismissal of club officers from their posts  —  are insufficient to alter the club’s culture and seem like half-measures at best. Such actions are similar to the responses of officials to incidents of sexual harassment and assault at the nearly 90 colleges and universities under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. The result has been a failure to make meaningful changes until a scandal occurs. To the Graduate Board, we would ask the following question: Should

TI be permitted to remain open for the time being? If it should, under what conditions? We do not believe that this should be taken for granted, and we encourage the Graduate Board to consider all options for addressing the situation, which recent reports indicate it is doing. In light of the incidents this year —  a nd in light of the fact that one set of officers was forced out, only to be replaced by another set of officers who exhibited even worse judgment —  we believe that the prevailing culture of the club does not appear to live up to the standards of either the club or the University. Rather than hoping to address this through the least amount of punishment, the Graduate Board would do better to start from the other direction and consider whether the club should continue operating at the present time and, if so, what conditions the club and its members should be required to meet. Several individual alumni who have signed this letter intend to follow up directly with the Graduate Board with suggestions. As is often the case in situations involving groups, we would expect that there are many ethical members who will suffer the repercussions of the actions of others. The club will need to start valuing the example and leadership of such members before it can regain the spirit and integrity

that are much beloved by alumni, including us. We are reluctant to associate ourselves with the club at this time, and we hope the Graduate Board makes a strong statement to the club’s past, current and future members about TI’s values. The Tiger Inn has an opportunity to demonstrate meaningful and potentially far-reaching leadership by addressing these recent issues in a manner that is direct, uncompromising and transparent to its alumni, the Princeton University community and the community beyond. The privilege and advantages that are bestowed upon students attending Princeton University cannot be overstated, and this fact needs to be acknowledged. If members of the Tiger Inn and its Graduate Board take swift and strong action to demonstrate that any kind of bias, harassment, exploitation or assault will not be tolerated, perhaps the current club culture can be reshaped into something worthy of the unique privilege that Princeton University students enjoy. Such actions will not erase the shameful events that have occurred recently at Tiger Inn, but anything less is not worthy of the Tiger Inn or of Princeton University. Signed by over a hundred alumni of the Tiger Inn. Full list of names available online.

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nation less than two weeks before. Krop, ranked No. 20 in the nation by InterMat, then battled hard against the defending national champion and current No. 1 Jason Tsirtsis, but ultimately fell by a 4-2 decision. Schleifer battled hard against No. 8 Pierce Harger, but also fell in a 5-1 decision. After huge victories from Murtha and Harner, Ayala, ranked No. 11 in the nation, fell in a heartbreaking 9-8 decision to No. 9 Alex Polizzi. With the team score 18-17 in the Tigers’ favor, the Wildcats’ heavyweight, No. 1 Mike McMullan, secured a major decision over sophomore Ray O’Donnell to clinch the match for Northwestern. Despite strong performances across the board, the Tigers found the Northwestern match to be a big disappointment.

“We really wanted to beat Northwestern, so that last match hurt,” Harner said. “We all wrestled tough, but there were a few moments here and

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there where we might have been able to save a few team points or score more. To put it simply, we need to get better. Northwestern is a top-notch program, and we had them on the ropes, but we

didn’t seal the deal.” “I thought we wrestled really well and we definitely showed we are a tough and well-conditioned team,” Krop said. “We put ourselves in a position to beat a good Big Ten team in Northwestern, we just failed to capitalize in certain situations that ended up costing us matches.” The Tigers now return back to New Jersey for their first two home matches on Friday, where they hope to use the loss to Northwestern as fuel to keep working. “We’re all pretty stoked for our first home matches next Friday, and we’ll use this loss to motivate us through the week,” Harner said. “We’re going to grind through the week, get better and put on a show this Friday in Dillon.” Match time is set for 5 p.m. against Sacred Heart and 7 p.m. against Binghamton, both in Dillon Gymnasium.

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of California at Berkeley will host the Tigers this upcoming weekend.

score of 11-4. The lead would end up changing nine times in the opening 20 minutes, which ended with the home side leading 3836. The next lead change came six minutes into the second half and marked a resurgence for the Seawolves’ offense. By the 9:21 mark, Stony Brook had accumulated a nine-point lead, their largest of the evening. The Tigers retook the lead with 6:00 remaining on the clock and managed to extend their advantage to double digits in the games closing minutes. Princeton’s shooting efficiency remained relatively steady across the two periods. Field goal numbers were 13-of-26 and 10-of-23 in the first and second halves. Stony Brook, on the other hand, collapsed offensively in the final 20 minutes, converting nine of 30 from the field and only one of 10 three-point attempts. Sophomore forward Steven Cook proved a dominant force in the comeback win. 5-of-7 from three-point range and 8-of-12 from the field, he contributed 28 points, which represents the highest total by a Princeton player this season. Weisz was held to single digits for just the second time this year. Despite sinking a perfect six-forsix from the free-throw line, he shot just 1-of-8 from the field and 1-of-5 from three-point land. Princeton will be on the road for their next two contests, facing Saint Peter’s of Jersey City, N.J, this Wednesday. The University

Phinney tallies career-high 51 saves in loss to Crimson Despite a home-ice advantage, men’s hockey (2-9-1 overall, 1-7-0 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) proved unable to top either of their opponents on the weekend. No. 9 Harvard (8-1-2, 4-1-2) and Dartmouth (5-4-1, 3-4-1) traveled to Baker Rink and left with 4-3 and 4-2 wins. Having just beaten No. 1 Boston College and No. 4 UMass Lowell the previous weekend, the Crimson appeared an unequal match for the struggling Tigers. Harvard’s second line scored the game’s opening goal 13:52 into the first period. 6:52 into the second period, the third line of Harvard skaters extended the visitors’ lead to 2-0. Princeton fought back admirably in the face of this disadvantage. Skating with a man advantage, sophomore defenseman Tommy Davis scored his first goal of the year on assists from senior linemate Aaron Ave and sophomore center Ben Foster. Eight minutes later, freshman defenseman Joe Grabowski scored on assists from junior center Kyle Rankin and freshman winger Max Becker to equalize at 2-2. Just over 90 seconds into the final period, Harvard retook a lead which they would not relinquish. Harvard’s center Sean Malone beat Princeton’s sophomore keeper Colton Phinney, and five minutes later the Crimson sophomore assisted winger Tyler


Moy for the game-winning goal. Both third period goals came on Crimson power plays begun by the Tigers’ fifth and sixth penalties. The Tigers drew within one goal at the 16:41 mark courtesy of senior center Aaron Kesselman’s goal, assisted by his linemates Tucker Brockett and sophomore Garrett Skrbich. Forty-five seconds of an empty Princeton net would not yield the equalizer. Phinney’s 51 saves stand alone as his career high, surpassing his 43 stops against St. Lawrence last season. Walter McDonough ’84 has sole possession of the Princeton single-game record of 64. A hot start for the Big Green yielded a deficit too large for the Tigers to overcome. Three Dartmouth goals in the first period were interrupted by one score from Kessleman, again assisted by Brockett and Skrbich. By the end of the contest’s first 20 minutes, the visitors were on top by a score of 3-1. The teams exchanged goals in the following period. Assisted by classmate, linemate and co-captain Mike Ambrosia and Rankin, Princeton’s junior winger Jonathan Liau scored his team-high third goal of the season on a power play. Dartmouth’s starting center Tyler Sikura, who scored his team’s third goal, added one more tally at the 14:14 mark to put the game out of reach. A scoreless final period saw both teams penalized three times. Just under two minutes of an empty Princeton net to close out the contest would not yield a goal for the home team.

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make for an interesting battle with Michigan’s equally elite squad. Dietrick is Princeton’s leading scorer at 13.9 points per game, shoots 44.2 percent from deep and also averages

4.63 assists per game. Tarakchian averages 8.9 rebounds per game and shoots 48.1 percent from three. According to the latest RPI rankings, Princeton is the 15th best team in college basketball. Michigan ranks 50th and is likely the toughest opponent the Tigers will face in

the regular season. The teams have two common opponents this season, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. Princeton beat up on the Panthers, 59-43, in the season opener, while Michigan got drubbed, 85-64. The Demon Deacons fell to the Wolverines, 63-49, and the Tigers, 72-55.

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Junior forward Jaimie McDonnell has totaled 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) on the season, tying her for second best on the team.

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“Harvard was a tough game,” junior forward Jaimie McDonnell said. “When playing teams that are in the top 10, we cannot afford to take a shift off, let alone a period. Scoring has been something we have definitely been struggling with, so hopefully we’re just saving that for the second half of the season.” Even with the tough loss the Tigers took on Friday, they were able to revive their spirits and come out with a win

on Saturday. McDonnell and sophomore forward Audrey Potts both found the back of the net twice. Sophomore defender Kelsey Koelzer also scored on a breakaway. “Dartmouth was a completely different game. They have a weak defensive unit, and we took advantage of that. We were taking shots from everywhere, and somehow it was just happening for us,” McDonnell said. The Tigers were able to pull away 2-0 in the first period, but Dartmouth was able to tie it up by the end of the second period – a scoreless pe-

riod for Princeton. However, that was the last time the Big Green found the back of the net. In the third period, the Princeton took control, scoring three times. McDonnell scored first, making it her first two-goal game in her career. Potts scored twice in the third period. Newell made 26 saves for the win. On the whole, offense and defense were very strong on Saturday with Princeton capitalizing on its fore-check, which yielded great results. “I think scoring breeds scoring and just the added confidence helped lead to the

five goal game,” McDonnell said. “I was fortunate enough to score two goals, but that was only the end product of great work by my wingers.” The Tigers will enjoy a break until Jan. 2 and 3 when they take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College away. “I think that the win was big for us. It’s nice to go for Christmas break having ended a tough stretch with a good team win. Hopefully we can continue building on this come the new year and be a real contender come playoff time,” McDonnell said.


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Tigers extend win streak to eight with rout of Georgetown By Eddie Ownes staff writer


Senior guard Blake Dietrick led her team with 26 points, nearly doubling her season average. WRESTLING

Northwestern edges out Tigers in Chicago By Jack Rogers associate sports editor

The Princeton wrestling team was just shy of a perfect weekend, as the squad posted an impressive 3-1 mark in its four matches at the Windy City Duals on Saturday. The grapplers started strong on Saturday morning, as they took six of the final seven individual bouts to secure a 26-11 victory over Eastern Michigan. Quick work was made against Davidson and Cal Poly by 48-3 and 35-6 margins, respectively. But head coach Chris Ayres’s squad fell just short of taking down the hosts, No. 16 Northwestern, losing 21-18. Strong performances came from across

the lineup, particularly from the sophomore class. 141-pounder Jordan Laster, 174-pounder Troy Murtha and 184-pounder Brett Harner all posted perfect marks on the day, as did junior 157-pounder Chris Perez. Senior 149-pounder Adam Krop, junior 197-pounder Abram Ayala and freshman 165-pounder Jonathan Schleifer also posted 3-1 marks, both with lone losses to nationally ranked opponents. The most action unsurprisingly came in the final match against Northwestern. After the Wildcats took the first two bouts, Laster got Princeton on the board with a 5-3 victory over Jameson Oster, who InterMat had at No. 18 in the

With 8:45 left in Saturday afternoon’s matchup against Georgetown, Princeton women’s basketball led by a c o m f o r tPRINCETON 54 able score GEORGETOWN 83 of 59-48. Still, the Tigers (8-0) hadn’t dominated the game in quite the manner they were accustomed to. They already owned the best record to start the season in Ivy League history and the Hoyas (2-7) were on a five-game slide and shooting just 35.7 percent from the field. Yet Georgetown was shooting over 40 percent against a Princeton team that has one of the best defenses in the country. Then the Tigers went on a ridiculous run and showed why they’ve been among college basketball’s most impressive teams this season. They closed out the game with a 24-6 advantage, ending at a score of 83-54 and grabbing seven offensive boards to Georgetown’s four defensive. This led to a whopping 16 shots attempted, and as a result of the Hoyas’ undisciplined defense, an equally

preposterous 11 free throws attempted. The Tigers only shot 43.75 percent from the field during the run, not even equalling their season average! It also helped that Georgetown couldn’t buy a basket, going two of 14 and missing several easy chances. Senior guard Blake Dietrick led the way for Princeton with 26 points and six assists. Junior forward Alex Wheatley shot seven of eight in the first half on her way to 17 points and eight rebounds for the game. Junior forward Annie Tarakchian had a game-high nine rebounds and junior forward Taylor Williams contributed eight in limited action. The Tigers pulled in an incredible 24 offensive rebounds, their highest total since recording 25 against Florida State in the NCAA tournament two years ago. Neither team shot particularly well, with Princeton shooting 40.9 percent overall and 27.8 percent from three to Georgetown’s 34.5 percent and 14.3 percent, respectively. The Tigers travel to Ann Arbor Tuesday night to face Michigan in a battle that, if won, could push Princeton from receiving votes in the

AP poll to the top 25. Only one Ivy League team has ever achieved that status, and it was the Tigers themselves appearing at No. 24 in March 2012. But first, the Wolverines (6-1) loom. They average 73 points per game while allowing 61.9, a respectable margin. Their biggest strengths are three-point shooting,where they rank fourth in the country at 42.7 percent and rebounding, where they sport a +9.7 margin, 25th best in the country. Guard Katelynn Flaherty is the leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, although three teammates are also in double figures. Forward Cyesha Goree provides Michigan’s inside presence, shooting 52.9 percent and averaging 10.4 rebounds per game. Princeton, meanwhile, averages 71 points per game, shooting 45 percent overall and 37.8 percent from beyond the arc. Opponents have scored just 51.4 points per game and shot 32.4 percent, both marks ranking the Tigers in the top 15 in the country. Their rebounding margin of +9.4 is also among the nation’s best and will See W. BBALL page 6


Cagers rebound from shootout loss; Harvard, Dartmouth top Princeton skaters at Baker Rink Daily Princetonian Staff Cook tallies season-high 28 points in comeback win over Stony Brook In the first meeting between the two schools, men’s basketball (3-6 overall) put together a late second half rally to earn a 77-64 victory over Stony Brook (5-6). This home win Saturday night comes on the heels of 89-85 shootout loss at Fairleigh Dickson (3-4). In the second meeting between the schools – Princeton won last year’s matchup 77-55 – the Tigers established an eight-point lead over Fairleigh Dickinson through twenty minutes of play. Their shooting was an efficient 10-of-20 from the field, 5-of-10 from beyond the

arc and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe. These numbers would hold more or less steady during the second period. Initially, the Knights had little success against the Princeton defense, converting 10 of 27 first half field goal attempts and 4-16 three-point shots. The home offense exploded in the second half for 64 points, while the visitors managed a similarly impressive 52. All six of their attempted three-pointers found the bottom of the net. What’s more, Princeton sent FDU players to the charity stripe 37 times in the second period, which is just two attempts shy of the most free throws Princeton has allowed in an entire game this season. Five Tigers recorded double-digit

point totals. Sophomore Spencer Weisz, who has transitioned to the guard position recently, totaled a team-high18 points in 37 minutes. Junior forward Hans Brase with 16 points and 13 rebounds managed his third double-double of the young season and the fifth of his career. Tipping off at Jadwin Gymnasium, the Tigers struggled early against the Seawolves of Stony Brook. A seawolf, also known as a sea lion, is a member of the Otariidae (eared seal) family and inhabits coastal regions of South America. Just over five minutes into the first half, Princeton trailed the visitors by a See SHORTS page 6

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Princeton blanked by No. 10 Harvard, rebounds at Dartmouth with 5-2 win By Christine Kong contributor

This past weekend, women’s hockey (7-7-1 overall, 5-4 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) took on Ivy League opponents Harvard (6-2-2, 5-11 ECAC) and Dartmouth (4-5-1, 2-4-1 ECAC) away on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Despite its valiant efforts, Princeton fell 3-0 to the starstudded Crimson. However, the Tigers were able to revive their spirits and walk away with a 5-2 win against Dartmouth on Saturday. In Cambridge, the Crimson scored

once in each period with Brianna Liang, sister of Princeton’s Dennia Liang ’14 earning a shutout in goal. Liang stopped 27 shots that Princeton took on Harvard. Junior goalie Kimberly Newell played the entire 60 minutes and stopped a total of 28 shots on goal. Although Princeton was able to outshoot Harvard in the second and third periods, the team struggled to come out onto the ice strong. After having time to reset in after the first period, the team was able to change the pace of its game, but it wasn’t quite enough. See W. HOCKEY page 7


Sophomore center Ben Foster added an assist, his third of the year, on his team’s first period goal against Dartmouth.

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