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13 sophomores receive Dale Summer Award By Staff Daily Princetonian Staff

From Indian cooking to Brazilian martial arts, 13 sophomores will embark on unorthodox creative projects of their own devising as recipients of the Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Awards. This year’s winners are Kubrat Danailov ’15, Brett Diehl ’15, Brianna Gilbert ’15, Ben Goldman ’15, Katherine Horvath ’15, Lekha Kanchinadam ’15, Isabelle Laurenzi ’15, Claire Nuchtern ’15, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen ’15, Cody O’Neil ’15, Bina Peltz ’15, Hawa

Sako ’15 and Aleksandra Taranov ’15. The award provides students with a $4,000 stipend to pursue independent projects in a field of personal interest that they might otherwise be unable to explore. Students were selected on the basis of their project’s content and the value it held for them personally. Kanchinadam is a former staff writer for the News, Street and Intersections departments of The Daily Princetonian. Inspired by her relationship with her autistic brother, Nuchtern will drive across the

country to interview siblings of people with special needs so she can better understand how these siblings’ identities are shaped by their relationships with disabled sisters and brothers. As part of her “Sib’s Journey” project, Nuchtern will also communicate with nonprofits to determine ways to improve support services for the siblings of those with special needs. In addition, she plans to maintain a blog where she will post videos of her interviews with project participants. Nuchtern said that she applied


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the idea of having a whole summer to kind of get all of these new perspectives on this thing that’s a huge part of my life, and also meet so many people and hear their stories, is really exciting for me.” Peltz’s project, “Transforming Trauma: Legacies of Love and Loss,” was also inspired by a family member. She will trace the journey of her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, from Poland to Israel. Born in Poland, Peltz’s grandmother lived in the Warsaw Ghetto, was imprisoned at Auschwitz and moved to Germany See STIPEND page 5

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Former u.s. senator Bill Bradley ’65 (D-NJ) has announced his endorsement of Mark Alexander, a visiting professor in the Wilson School who is running for New Jersey state senator, Montclair Patch reported. Alexander is a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, with specialties in constitutional law and the intersection of law and politics, according to the Program in Law and Public Affairs’ web page. At Princeton, he is working on a project that examines Washington operations and politics through the perspective of a U.S. senator. Alexander is seeking the state Democratic Party’s endorsement for state senator in the 34th District in the state’s June 4 primary. He is running against incumbent state senator Nia Gill. Alexander’s relationship with Bradley runs deep. Alexander worked as National Policy Director for Bradley’s presidential campaign in 2000. While a college student, Alexander interned in Bradley’s Washington office in 1983, New Jersey blog Baristanet reported.

for the Dale because the award’s requirement to carry out a creative project that one might never have the chance to otherwise pursue appealed to her desire to ponder her relationship with her brother. “For me, the relationship I have with my brother is very complicated and very much has evolved over the years, but it’s something that I don’t think I have as of yet spent enough time really thinking about and really kind of reflecting on, and yet it’s something that’s had a huge impact on who I am,” she said. “And so I think just LOCAL NEWS

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The Princeton Entrepreneurship Club has tripled the prize money awarded to winners of this year’s TigerLaunch, the club’s annual pitch competition, to $30,000 after a donation from board of advisors member Howard Cox ’64. The larger prize, which will apply only to the competition’s entrepreneurship track, represents a $20,000 increase across all awards and a $15,000 increase for the firstplace winner.

The donation to TigerLaunch will be sustained for future competitions, Cox said. He added that he was inspired by his desire to encourage entrepreneurship at Princeton. “Most entrepreneurs start after graduation, but I’d like to see them started at a younger age, given recent technological advances,” Cox explained. “I think Princeton is an excellent environment for nurturing future entrepreneurs.” Cox has been the principal funder of the TigerLaunch prizes and expenses since See BUSINESS page 2


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USG discusses student group policies By Anna Mazarakis staff writer

Members of the USG discussed making changes to the process for approving new student groups and corrected an inconsistency in the USG constitution at a meeting on Sunday evening. As a result of the evening’s vote, the criterion for disbanding a newly formed student group will be a majority vote of the USG members. Benedict Wagstaff ’14, chair of the Student Groups Recognition Committee, presented the three new groups that the committee recently approved: Princeton Muse, a group that encourages one-on-one open dialogue between strangers, Princeton Talks, which organizes students to speak to their peers on campus, and Princeton Latinos, the result of a merger of the former Chicano Caucus and Accion Latina y Amigos. Wagstaff then introduced a proposal for several changes to the USG constitution regarding the SGRC and to the committee’s charter. “The goal was to make this more relevant to the way that the committee has worked up until this

point,” Wagstaff said, explaining the reasons for the changes. “There’s been plenty of things that have been in this constitution and this charter that have never really been done in practice, and we were looking to sort of potentially add in this component of helping student groups where they need it.” One of the two major changes was to correct an inconsistency within the charter about the number of votes necessary to repeal a newly approved student group. Previously, the charter stated in one place that a two-thirds majority vote was needed in order to disband a group, while the charter stated in another place that a simple majority was needed. The USG constitution, however, required a simple majority vote. The USG had always enforced the requirement of a two-thirds majority vote, so the USG voted on whether a two-thirds majority ought to be required. This vote did not pass, making the requirement a vote by a simple majority. The second proposed change was to allow the SGRC to undertake certain projects that would allow it to go beyond the basic recognition

of groups by helping new groups get started and monitoring their activity, among other projects. George Maliha ’13, who was speaking for academics committee chair Dillon Sharp ’14, who was absent, said he worried the proposed changes would give too much power to the SGRC since it would extend their activities beyond the basic functions of the committee. “It’s sort of in line with the other committees we have,” Wagstaff said in response, alluding to the fact that other USG committees do not need to ask for permission from the Senate to continue with certain projects. “If this is supposed to be a USG committee, which it is currently, then I think it should be treated like a USG committee. If it’s not, then it should be an independent committee that has its own set of rules.” Since the proposal did not pass, the SGRC will continue to be unable to create additional projects without the approval of the USG. University Student Life Committee chair Greg Smith ’15 then presented an idea brought to his committee by TurboVote, See REPEAL page 3

New Jersey State Senator Barbara Buono spoke to members of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization on Mar. 17 to ask for support in her campaign for governor against incumbent Chris Christie. She focused on characterizing herself as a tough, progressive Democrat concerned with the condition of the middle class. Buono’s request for the PCDO’s endorsement came two days before she hit the campaign trail with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and four days before she made headlines by calling Christie’s ambivalence about legislation banning the practice of gay conversion “disgusting,” the Star-Ledger and Huffington Post reported. Following a question about priorities, Buono said that, if elected, she would prioritize economic and job

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growth, property taxes and education. She explained that, among other things, New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the country while it stands at 47th in the nation in economic growth. “There are so many areas where we are deficient,” Buono said. Buono addressed Democrats’ concerns about the high level of support for Christie, which, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll released on March 12, currently stands at 66 percent. His support has fallen from 77 percent in early January, but Buono cited this as evidence of “artificially See ELECTION page 3



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News & Notes Board of Health bans smoking on municipal property

An anti-smoking ordinance approved March 19 by the Princeton Board of Health will prohibit smoking within 35 feet of municipal property, public parks and pools beginning next month, WPVI reported. While the town joins more than 150 other New Jersey communities in adopting outdoor smoking bans, it is the first

one in Mercer County to do so. The ordinance will require a $250 fine for first-time violations and will be monitored by police and health officers. Additionally, no smoking signs funded by the American Cancer Society will be installed outside the required locations. “This is exciting for us moving forward,” Councilwoman Heather Howard told The Times of Trenton. “Smoking is the number-one

preventable cause of death. This is the ability to save lives.” A smoking area at the old Borough municipal building is currently within 35 feet of the building and will likely require relocation under the ban, town manager Bob Bruschi told The Times. Outdoor smoking is already banned in municipal areas like Hinds Plaza for its proximity to the public library.

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the competition began in 1999, but 2013 is the first time he has donated such a large amount of money to fund the entrepreneurship track prize, according to Ed Zschau ’61, another member of the club’s board of advisors. “They [the Entrepreneurship Club] came to me and asked, ‘Do you think Howard would be interested in increasing the prize?’ and I contacted him, and he said, ‘Yes, definitely,’ ” Zschau said. The Princeton Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, a separate organization that works closely with E-Club, is also raising funds to increase the size of the social entrepreneurship track’s prize, with the hope of making it equal to the entrepreneurship track’s prize, E-Club co-president Momchil Tomov ’14 said. PSEI has raised about $25,000 in prizes from alumni donations, according to E-Club co-president Taylor Francis ’14. The 2013 TigerLaunch competition received over 100 entries for both the entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship tracks, an increase of about 40 from the previous year, he said. According to Tomov, the competition’s prize money was initially meant to serve as a reward for good business ideas rather than as seed money to support

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their development. Other university entrepreneurship competitions, like MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and Stanford’s BASES 150k Challenge, have larger prizes to allow winners to bring their ideas to fruition. Tomov said that, by offering a larger prize, E-Club hopes that the winners will spend their prize money developing their ideas into actual businesses, although this does not usually happen. “I think the entries are very high-quality,” TigerLaunch director David Dworsky ’15 said of this year’s entries. “I am extremely impressed with the ideas that we’ve received … we have technology companies, education companies, e-commerce companies, entertainment, and we’re really excited about the diversity of startups we have in this competition.” The larger prize will also bring greater publicity to TigerLaunch and E-Club, Tomov said. “I really hope this year’s TigerLaunch … will raise more awareness about entrepreneurship in general as a viable career path,” Tomov said. “One of the other great things about having more prize money is that we can actually get some more coverage, some more reach to the student body,” he added. After TigerLaunch competitors submit their applications, the judges will select the top 10 applications from the entrepre-

neurship track and the top 10 from the social entrepreneurship track to move on to the semifinals, Tomov said. Semifinalists will be paired with a mentor to help them prepare for the final round on April 5 in Friend Center 101, which will require them to submit a product demo or a business plan. The E-Club works closely with TigerLabs, an organization that aims to provide support for emerging startup companies like the ones entered in the TigerLaunch competition, to provide mentors for TigerLaunch competitors.

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an organization that encourages students to register to vote and vote in larger numbers. TurboVote reached out to the USLC, asking it to write to the University administration and request an appointed staff member to lead efforts to institutionalize voting and voter registration on campus. Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students Thomas Dunne said the University currently offers all the services that TurboVote wants to provide. Class of 2015 Senator Deana Davoudiasl also presented a $2,500 funding request for Tiger Universe, noting that she was asking for the money all at once rather than one item at a time so that the amount requested would be large enough to merit approval by the USG. As per USG policy, funding requests less than $1,000 do not need to be approved by the entire senate.

“The point of this funding request is to be transparent with you guys and to hold ourselves accountable,” Davoudiasl explained. “I wanted to come to you guys just so you have a long-term gauge on how much we expect to spend and also because I want to hold us accountable to spending below a certain amount.” A few members of the USG expressed concerns that these events should be funded by the athletics department rather than the USG. Davoudiasl explained that the committee was not necessarily advertising for the athletic events but rather encouraging school spirit and helping students create memorable experiences. The funding request passed with a vote of 20 in favor and one abstention. The USG also discussed plans for the Frist Ad-Hoc Committee, the recent Council of the Princeton University Community meeting and ways to lessen the budget for supplies in the USG office.


inflated numbers” in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Buono predicted that Christie may temporarily paint himself as a moderate in the upcoming months but that he would “take a sharp turn to the right” after the election. Christie, Buono speculated, has set his sights on the presidential election in 2016 and will begin to cater to the Republican right. Buono, a graduate of Montclair State College and Rutgers School of Law, described her roots as a person of “humble circumstances.” She emphasized that her ability to pursue an education and, later, a career in public office resulted from the social safety net of welfare and assistance that she plans to protect. “Don’t tell me that the social safety net drags people

down,” she said. “It lifts people up. It frees people to take the risks that they need to achieve their own version of the American dream.” Buono has served as a N.J. senator since 2002, after seven years on the New Jersey General Assembly and two years on the Metuchen Council. As senator, she chaired the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee when it cut $4.5 billion during the fiscal crisis. Before Buono spoke, Rep. Rush Holt surprised attendees with an unexpected visit. He endorsed Buono, contrasting her positions on the environment and healthcare with Christie’s. “I wish our governor didn’t just hope that the healthcare law of the nation would fail,” Holt said. “I wish our governor would actually try to set up the best possible health insurance … instead of staying away from it and watching what might happen.”

Holt also praised Buono’s position on welfare. “She’s somebody who doesn’t think that education assistance, housing assistance and food assistance just make a generation of takers,” he said. Marie Corfield, a thirdtime consecutive Democratic candidate for state assembly, also spoke at the meeting. Corfield lost last year’s election to Republican Donna Simon by fewer than 1,000 votes. Running for the third straight year, Corfield described herself as an advocate for the middle class. She said gay marriage, a living minimum wage and new gun laws were issues she plans to support. The event was hosted by the Princeton Community Democratic Organization on Sunday evening at the Suzanne Patterson Center, and voting for the group’s endorsement was open to those with valid PCDO mem-

bership as of March 3. The endorsement vote requires that 60 percent of the members in attendance vote in favor of the candidates for them to be recommended and receive the party slogan. Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller, a former PCDO president, and Councilman Patrick Simon ran uncontested for PCDO endorsements for the two seats on Princeton Council up for election. Both received a unanimous vote of endorsement. Both candidates were given three minutes to summarize their credentials and goals. Crumiller spoke about the importance of preserving Princeton neighborhoods, and Simon listed his plans to improve relations with Princeton University and other stakeholders, expand citizen involvement in zoning measures and task forces and achieve fiscal savings from the recent Princeton consolidation.

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Read charitably

n most classes at Princeton, students are instructed to read texts critically. We’re asked to do more than just absorb information; we must engage arguments and their implications seriously. However, the instruction to read critically is often taken as a license to read uncharitably. Rather than attempting to understand arguments on their own terms, we often approach a text with the primary goal of exposing its flaws and demonstrating that those flaws ultimately cause the text’s argument to fail. In short, we fail to read texts as their writers would want us to read them. Academic discourse often employs two terms to describe how a critical reader can approach a text: a hermeneutic of charity or a hermeneutic of suspicion. The conditions of the former are met when we read with the intention of understanding how writers conceive of their own points and come to their conclusions. From there, the critical but charitable reader will consider arguments against the text and potential defenses against such arguments. On the other hand, suspicious readers are more interested in undermining the text. They ask questions of the text, not to understand it better, but to poke and pull in the hope of unravelling the basic thrust. I don’t deny that we always ought to read critically. Furthermore, sometimes reading critically will bring bad arguments to light. Many classes will read and discuss texts that are flawed in potentially severe ways and for a host of reasons. A comprehensive education may very well mandate that, as students, we must consider ideas that are bad. But when we approach texts only suspiciously and without charity, we do not actually consider these bad ideas because we are not reading with the goal of fully understanding. Deconstructing an argument cannot be the sole purpose of critical reading; if the argument has not been constructed as wholly as it could be, its deconstruction cannot be very meaningful. In addition, as students we ought to be honest with ourselves. While we are, in general, an intelligent group, most of us are not going to engage a text with a completely novel critique. The best professors purposely select reading materials that exemplify particular positions and stances and, thus, many of the important arguments against these texts have already been made. If that’s the case, then it probably behooves us to approach the text asking what it has to say rather than how we can tear it down. What are some steps toward reading charitably? For one thing, we have to ask of an argument why the person putting it forth believes it is the case — without skepticism. Our goal is to uncover the argument’s origins without poisoning the well. Another useful task is to assume the argument is good and consider conditions under which the argument would be valid. In imagining those conditions, we can sometimes get to the author’s underlying convictions in a critical way. From there, it’s simple to encourage conversation about texts with an understanding that the author might be assuming some basic things about the world to be true. I can imagine at least three benefits to charitable reading. First, it really challenges us to read critically. We’re forced to step into the shoes of an individual who may be writing from a radically different perspective from our own. We attempt to anticipate objections to his or her work and formulate responses to those objections. In doing this, we develop a better understanding of the argument. Second, charitable reading can actually strengthen our critiques. It’s quite easy to come up with a superficial criticism of a paper, but if one’s goal is to understand what the author is actually trying to say, one’s knowledge and understanding of the text will be deeper when it does come time to criticize. As a result, one’s criticism will almost certainly be more dynamic, thoughtful and relevant. Finally, a hermeneutic of charity helps facilitate discussion. While many academic arguments take place on one intellectual plane — as I’m sure many of us have experienced in precept — digging deeper can reveal fundamental disagreements between authors and readers. The suspicious reader might be tempted to too quickly say, “Well, I disagree with this argument’s assumptions and therefore cannot engage with it on its own terms.” While these fundamental disagreements are often interesting and important, charitable readers will converse about what the argument’s own terms are and whether it is successful according to those terms. Ultimately, some arguments are good, and others are awful. However, charitable reading doesn’t force us to commit to bad arguments. Instead, I think that approaching a text charitably does more to improve our understanding of the text, and as a result, the associated discourse, than does approaching the text suspiciously. Toni Alimi is a religion major from Katy, Texas. He can be reached at

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he Honor Committee recently announced that it would be holding focus groups to solicit student opinions regarding the punishment for writing after time has been called on exams. In an op-ed published in the ‘Prince,’ Honor Committee chair Antonia Hyman ’13 reported that there has been a significant increase in the number of students reported taking extra time on exams. The Editorial Board welcomes the Honor Committee’s initiative and calls for even greater transparency. Taking into account our judgment about the relative severity of working over time and the likely effects of a policy change, the Board believes that the default sentence for writing over time on an exam should be a zero on the exam and academic probation, rather than a one-year suspension. Firstly, the Board calls on the Honor Committee to practice greater transparency and provide the student body with the maximum amount of relevant information with which to weigh in on this issue. The Honor Committee should release data regarding the number of accusations for this infraction, the number of hearings held and the number of punishments imposed. While the Honor Committee has declined to release these numbers in the past, citing student privacy, it is clear that these statistics by themselves do not compromise the privacy of any accused or convicted student. Furthermore, such statistics are important since they would allow the student body to understand the scope of the problem, make informed recommendations to the Honor Committee and better understand the typical fashion in which the Honor Committee adjudicates its cases. That being said, the Board believes that this violation of the Honor Code is, on average, less severe than other violations for which a one-year suspension is the current standard punishment. Writing over time generally confers a comparatively small advantage to the student and is a smaller deviation from accepted norms of fairness. Contrast, for example, working 30 seconds past time with copying answers off of a neighbor. If the average case of writing over time is a less severe violation than say, the average case of copying, the default punishment for the offense should reflect this judgment. Moreover, according to Dean Kathleen Deignan, chair of the Committee on

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Discipline, the COD has previously punished students who lie to professors about personal circumsances in order to gain extra time on papers with probation, rather than suspension, when there are no other exacerbating factors. The Board believes that writing over time on exams and lying to receive extra time on papers are similar offenses. This incongruity in punishment, then, suggests that the punishment for writing over time on exams should be aligned with the punishment for unfairly receiving extra time to complete a paper. Despite the lack of statistical data surrounding these cases, anecdotal evidence suggests that the fraction of instances of working over time actually reported to the Honor Committee is lower than reporting rates for other offenses. This comparatively low reporting rate might reflect prevailing beliefs among the student body that writing over time is more acceptable, the confusion about whether a professor’s statement that “time is up” really means that students must finish working and the comparatively large number of students who work over time even after the professor announces the end of the exam. The low level of reporting of this offense is strong evidence that the student body as a whole does not believe that working over time merits the likely punishment of a one-year suspension. We believe that this reduced standard penalty would maintain an effective level of deterrence: Receiving a zero on an exam and academic probation is a sufficiently serious negative consequence that students will be unlikely to work over time and take the risk of this punishment. Furthermore, this change might actually increase the risk of punishment for working over time because students are more likely to report violations when they believe the likely punishment that the accused will receive is not disproportionate — as the one-year suspension is now. Finally, we would like to remind the student body that the Honor Code is a student-governed institution. Any student can propose changes to the Honor Code, and proposals that pass student referenda constitute binding changes to its structure. While the Honor Committee’s focus groups are an important first step, students who wish to effect substantive change have the power to work beyond the confines of these groups in order to improve the Honor Committee.

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100 days later: personalizing tragedy Benjamin Dinovelli columnist


hile relaxing during break, I received an email titled “Princeton Investing in Assault Weapons.” It was about a recent petition urging the school to divest from assault weapon manufacturers in light of the Newtown tragedy. Although at first I thought little of it, over break I continued to think more and more about the email. It had served its purpose; I was paying attention. When we look at gun violence, it is easy for us to fall into the trap of statistics: pain replaced by facts and loss replaced by numbers. It is only when a face is connected to each death that it hits close to home. At the height of the Vietnam War, every American who turned on his or her television set for the evening news was greeted by a body count: a scorecard of deaths. Although the numbers were startling, it was the face of the marine who died in combat that made it unsettling and uncomfortable. The body count was effective, but only with personal connection did it succeed in serving as a constant reminder of the harsh realities of war. As newly minted adults living in Princeton, it is often hard for most

of us to visualize a world of frequent gun violence, let alone a time when the only thing that separated an 18-year-old from a position in the U.S. infantry was a lottery and the date of his birth. Bluntly put, despite the fact that Princeton boasts an ROTC program, most of us never have and probably never will experience gun violence on a first-person basis. Living within the confines of FitzRandolph Gate for the past year has only helped to reinforce this concept of safety and security. On Dec. 14, that all changed for me. As the fall semester wrapped up, I eagerly joined the thousands of other students who made the pilgrimage home. On the way, I was welcomed by an eerie message: 27 dead in an elementary-school shooting. At first the numbers stunned me; however, it wasn’t until the pictures of the children were broadcast on the news that night that it finally began to sink in. I, like many, was shocked to hear of the horrific events that had occurred in Newtown, Conn. I, like many, questioned how a man could be so depraved that he took the lives of 27 innocent people. I, like many, could not wrap my head around the tragedy that had befallen an unsuspecting town, especially one so close to home. That was 100 days ago. In a world of the 24/7 news cycle,

the once prominent and infuriating tragic event from three short months ago now seems to have faded into the background. That’s not to say that I think the events of Newtown were not horrible. They were, they are, and they always will be. But in the midst of the constant concerns about handing in the next problem set or finishing the next internship application, my once fierce demand for action has diminished; Newtown has become another statistic. I know that I should still care. I know that I should still feel inspired to action. But I’m not. I have to admit, I have been busy with my own life. Since Newtown, 2,883 more have been killed by gun violence. For instance, on Feb. 26, as I was scrambling to finish a problem set for WWS 200 due the next day, about 10 miles away 18-year-old James Austin was in a fight. While I struggled to understand the programming language R, he was in a struggle for his own life. I ended up with a B; he ended up with a bullet in his chest. It’s often easier to assume that these stories we hear — of pain, of violence, of death — are isolated incidences. When we think of gun violence, our minds jump to the words “Newtown,” “Aurora,” “Columbine” or “Virginia Tech.” However, the problem is not just mass shootings. The news website Slate displays every reported

gun death over the past 100 days. Since Newtown, there have been, on average, 58 gun-related deaths per state, or in other words, each state has lost the equivalent of two Newtowns. That number does not even account for the many possible unreported or unconfirmed deaths. Zero gun reform laws have been passed. To mark the 100-day anniversary of Newtown, Americans were greeted this week by the news that, due to a lack of congressional support, the assault weapons ban was removed from Senator Reid’s gun reform bill. Calling for the University to divest was a good first step; however, we cannot end there. The body count, the petition, the statistics — they are not enough. Maybe it’s time to give tragedy a permanent face. During the recent Mental Health Awareness Week, displays of individuals’ faces were able to spur campus-wide discussions about mental health. If we could keep the stories and memories of gun victims alive by conducting a similar campaign, it would serve as a constant reminder of an unsolved problem. Perhaps then we will be inspired to take meaningful action. Benjamin Dinovelli is a freshman from Mystic, Conn. He can be reached at bjd5@

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and Italy before settling in Palestine. While Peltz has never been to any of these European countries, she said she became interested in retracing her grandmother’s steps after spending her gap year in Israel. “This has been a big part of my family’s narrative and something that has always been a big part of my life,” Peltz said. “But I wasn’t very conscious of it because, in a sense, it’s your grandmother and your grandparents are just like ordinary people, but it’s a very unordinary story.” Peltz will be in contact with her grandmother throughout her trip before reuniting with her at her final destination in Israel. Peltz said she plans to write a creative nonfiction piece about her experience. Gilbert will use the award to cross a few more of the “Seven Wonders of the World” off her personal bucket list. She will travel to South America to visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and hike the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. An experienced hiker, Gilbert will also explore hiking and running trails in the vicinity. Gilbert explained that she has long wanted to visit all of the world’s seven wonders and that the award gives her the chance to do this. She has already visited Chichen Itza in Mexico and the Colosseum in Rome. “I’ve had these dreams for so long. And I don’t know, you just kind of get trapped in the academia, and I wanted to step outside of that for a while and see the world as it is in different cultures,” Gilbert explained. “I’m so thankful I got it. When I got the news I just pretty much cried with joy; I was so, so pumped to do something this great with my summer.” Laurenzi will spend eight weeks in London this summer visiting independent bookstores as well as writing short stories and keeping a blog as part of her Dale award. “Generally speaking, I’m hoping to use the places I go to and

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the people I meet as inspiration [for the stories],” Laurenzi said. “My goal is to have three written and completed by the end of the summer.” Her experience will be based on the London Bookshop Map, a map that details the location of 105 independent bookshops in London. She hopes to visit as many bookshops as she can and write about them, allowing her to make her own guide. Sako will explore “Brazilian Culture Through the Lens of Capoeira.” Sako’s inspiration came from a presentation for her Portuguese class on the Brazilian martial art form, which was developed by slaves but is now practiced throughout the nation and worldwide. Sako will spend the summer taking capoeira classes in Rio de Janeiro and interview her fellow classmates and teachers. She will speak to capoeira dancers from different demographics and share their experiences. In addition, Sako said she plans to spend a week or two in Salvador, the birthplace of capoeira. Horvath will use the award to continue her training in silverwork, a pursuit she began during the University’s Bridge Year Program. This summer she will become an apprentice to a silversmith in Varanasi, India who began teaching her the craft of silver jewelry during her Bridge Year experience. Through the project, “Master Silver Work: Apprenticeship With Professional Jeweler,” Horvath will gain further experience in the full process of hands-on jewelry making, including all the steps of melting and molding pure silver. “It’s all done right there in the workshop, which is something that you don’t really see in a lot of crafts nowadays, especially in the United States,” Horvath said. She added that she hopes to gain enough skills to turn silverwork into a lifelong pursuit. Kanchinadam will also spend her summer in India, learning about local cooking in a project titled “Learning My Family’s Culinary Tradition.” Kanchinadam,

who has Indian parents, said she will visit her grandmother in Hyderabad and record her traditional recipes. “My family has a really unique culinary history that I realize I wouldn’t be a part of if I don’t learn how to cook,” she explained. Nussbaum Cohen will use his grant to study operatic singing under some of the art form’s top artists and musical experts this summer. After spending two to five weeks in a structured opera-intensive summer program in Canada or the United States, Nussbaum Cohen will travel to New York to train with prominent fellow countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo ’04, who met him on a visit to the University last fall. Through Costanzo, he will also be introduced to other singers and musical experts from institutions like Juilliard and the Metropolitan Opera. Nussbaum Cohen said he decided to apply for the Dale because his voice teachers had long told him that he needed to break into the opera world by participating in intensive summer opera programs if he intended to pursue opera professionally. “I haven’t been able to do, to go to these programs in the past because of financial constraints,” he said. “This will offer me the opportunity to take my study of opera and my pursuit of this passion to the next level. I’m very excited.” Diehl, Goldman and O’Neil could not be reached for comment. Taranov could not be reached for comment by press time. Danailov was unavailable to be interviewed.

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“We put a lot of pressure on the women,” Yergler said. On the women’s side, Princeton performed even better, taking the lead after the first day of competition and keeping it. The Stone sisters — siblings of Robert Stone — dominated the saber, with senior Eliza Stone taking first overall and freshman Gracie Stone tying for third. Eliza Stone placed third last year and second the year before that.

“We’re looking at history in the making, the start of a pretty great dynasty, as it were,” Yergler said of the women’s team. “It’s amazing,” Gracie Stone said. “We could not be happier.” In the foil, sophomore Ambika Singh finished ninth and junior Eve Levin finished 10th, improving over last year’s finishes of 10th and 12th, respectively. Junior Susie Scanlan, an Olympian who returned to college competition this season after having taken two years

off to fence internationally, was first in the epee after the round-robin competition and came in second overall, while sophomore Katharine Holmes came in fifth. Holmes placed third last year. Overall, as of press time, Princeton had 25 points from men’s saber, 27 from men’s foil, 31 from men’s epee, 38 from women’s saber, 26 from women’s foil and 35 from women’s epee to give the Tigers 182 points overall, just ahead of Notre Dame’s 175. All six Tiger women earned All-American honors.

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best face-off specialists in the country and won 60 percent of his face-offs when the Bulldogs played Princeton last year. White said that the Tigers had made an effort to focus on faceoffs in practice and to think of them as something in which the whole team, not just one player, had a role. After a strong day against Manhattan College on March 12, White said, he and his teammates knew that Murphy could compete with the best of them. “We all knew he could do it,” White said. “It was just about him getting out there and getting a feel for everything.” Last year’s regular season matchup went to five overtimes, the longest match in either school’s history. It was every bit as tight of a game for the first half this time around, with each team notching four goals. Junior midfielder Tom Schreiber tied the game at 1-1 early and assisted sophomore attack Mike MacDonald less than a minute later to give the Tigers their first lead, but the teams were neck-and-neck all day. Goals from senior midfielder Jeff Froccaro and sophomore

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midfielder Kip Orban brought the Tigers to four at the half, but neither team led by more than one for the first 30 minutes. Freshman midfielder Jake Froccaro struck first in the second half on Schreiber’s second assist of the day. MacDonald also scored, assisted by Jeff Froccaro, but after each Tiger goal the Bulldogs answered back in quick succession. It was not until late in the third period,

It was nice to beat them, after what they did to us in the Ivy League Championship. Chris White

with a minute and a half to go, that Orban netted his second goal of the game. The goal was followed quickly by one from freshman attack Ryan Ambler. The four-point third quarter turned out to make all the difference, as Yale got three past freshman goalie Matt O’Connor in the fourth, but the Tigers

stopped the Bulldogs from pulling away with two goals of their own. Yale brought the game within one with just over five minutes to go, but Princeton fended off the attack and held on to win 10-9. The teams were even in almost every category: Princeton had 38 shots to Yale’s 37 and 32 ground balls to Yale’s 31. Both went 1-4 in extra-man opportunities and had 11 turnovers. The Tigers won eight of 13 face-offs in the second half, when getting possession made all the difference. Princeton got back in the win column after losing an equally close game the weekend before. The Tigers were down 8-7 when freshman defender Mark Strabo was called for slashing and the Quakers (5-2, 1-1) pounced, scoring two man-up goals to take a lead it would hold until the final whistle. MacDonald had six points with four goals and two assists in the loss, and Schreiber pitched in three goals and two assists. O’Connor had 12 saves against Penn and seven more against Yale. After two tough Ivy League games, the Tigers will continue their home stand against Brown next Saturday and Syracuse on April 6.

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Boyce first All-American Princeton swimmer in 100 free since 1991 SWIMMING Continued from page 8


out for the seven-time individual Ivy League champion to earn the only award missing on her swimming resume. So crouching on the starting block at the start of Saturday’s 100-free preliminaries, Boyce decided to give it all she had. “The goal was to go out fast enough to get my name announced as the early leader,” Boyce said in an email. “I knew I needed to push the front of my race and really just go for it. I had nothing to lose at that point, so I figured I might as

well get after it and then see if I could hang on in the end.” When the gun went off, Boyce reacted quickly and dove into the water where she immediately established a blistering pace. She was the fourth fastest swimmer at the halfway point during the session, going through the first 50 yards in 23.01 seconds. Boyce then hung on in the last half of the race, and when she touched the wall at 48.37 seconds, she had set a new Ivy League and Princeton record. Despite the fast time, Boyce didn’t know if it would be good enough to get her into the finals. “When I finished, I looked up

at the scoreboard and saw that I’d gotten sixth in my heat, so I just assumed there was no way I’d made it,” Boyce said. “I was ready to get out, but everyone else was still in the water, looking at the board and waiting for the results, so I just stayed and waited too, not thinking much of it. When they finally came up and my name was on the board, it took me a moment to process, and then I just started crying. To go from two really disappointing swims on the first two days to finally making my first NCAA final was so incredible, and I think I’ll always remember the moment when I realized that I’d made it.”

Boyce finished 14th to secure a spot in the “B” final later that

I knew I needed to push the front of my race and really just go for it. Lisa Boyce

day, which automatically guaranteed her All-American hon-

ors. From then the pressure was off, but Boyce still came ready to race when she returned to the starting block eight hours later to compete in her last race of the season. This time, Boyce started off relatively conservatively, but she covered the last 50 yards more quickly than in the preliminary round. Despite finishing one-tenth of a second slower, Boyce was able to secure a top-16 finish. With this finish, Boyce became the sixth Princeton swimmer to earn All-American honors in the 100 free, and the first since Grace Cornelius ’95 accomplished the feat back in 1991.

Boyce said she views AllAmerican honors as a great personal accomplishment, but her biggest highlight of the season was helping her team to a late upset win over Harvard at this year’s Ivy League Championships. “My season was always going to be defined by Ivies and how we were able to overcome all the odds to win that as a team,” Boyce said. “So I knew that anything I accomplished here would be extra. That being said, getting All-American has been a personal goal of mine for a while, and I couldn’t be happier with how I ended this season.”

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Princeton only had two more draw controls and they both had 10 turnovers. “It was a really close game, and we knew we had to start beating them in some sort of stat, and we weren’t doing that at all,” freshman attacker Alexandra Bruno, who had her first career hat trick in the Rutgers game, said. “We were kind of keeping it even the whole game, and I think that’s what killed us. We needed to just get ahead of them a little and push ahead in some respect.” Sailer said the loss came as a result of the team making a fair share of mistakes on both ends of the field, since the team scored on only 43 percent of its shots and saved only 36.8 percent of shots on the Princeton goal. The team was able to break its two-game losing streak Saturday against No. 12 Johns Hopkins (6-3, 0-1 ALC) by defeating the visiting team 10-7. “The Hopkins game for us was just a huge win,” Sailer said. “It’s a great boost of

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confidence heading into the stretch of our season where we’re really focused on the Ivy competition.” The Blue Jays finished the first half ahead by one goal and held a lead over the Tigers for most of the second half. Princeton was able to tie the game with less than 13 minutes on the clock, though, and then continued to dominate for the rest of the half. “We played phenomenal defense against Hopkins. The first half was really a thing of beauty defensively,” Sailer said. She later added that the win was a result of “a full team performance. It wasn’t one person or another person that made the difference; it was really everybody coming together and doing their jobs well and playing intelligent lacrosse.” Looking ahead, Sailer said the team is looking to be more consistent in everything it does on the field, especially in terms of shooting, dodging and working on stick skills. Princeton will play Columbia (1-7, 0-3 Ivy League) in its second game of Ivy play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 1952 Stadium.

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along with a pair of threes from sophomore guard Blake Dietrick, sparked an 18-5 run for the Tigers to bring them within one point of the Seminoles with 11 minutes left in the second half. As the Tigers advanced, the Seminoles pressed the ignition. With the score 4237 and a little over nine min-

utes to go, a jumper by Florida State’s Morgan Toles set off a 15-3 run that ended with two minutes left in the game and left the Tigers with too little time to recover. The game marks the final match for co-captain and two-time consecutive unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year Rasheed. Rasheed, a three-time All-Ivy selection, has been the standard bearer for the Princeton squad since arriving her freshman

year, when she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, through her leadership of the team as well as her consistently dominant performance on the court. Rasheed, who averaged 16.9 points per game this season, ended the night with only 9 points after the Seminoles’ double coverage held her from making much noise. Rasheed went only three for 15 from the field, but also contributed nine

rebounds and three assists. The Tigers finished with a 25.4 field-goal percentage on the day after going 42.7 percent from the field overall this season. Over the past four years Coach Banghart and the senior class have garnered a 54-2 conference record, the best class record in program history and the best record in Ivy League history, tied with the Penn men’s basketball class of 1996.


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Princeton avenges last year’s loss to Yale

Tigers fall in first round to Florida State

By Stephen Wood

By Randolph Brown

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After opening Ivy League play with an 11-10 loss to Penn on March 16, the men’s lacrosse team came PRINCETON 11 back with PENN 10 a vengeance to YALE 9 beat Yale PRINCETON 10 10-9 on Saturday. The win was especially sweet for the Tigers (4-2 overall, 1-1 Ivy League), who watched the Bulldogs (3-3, 0-2) storm past them in last year’s Ivy League final to clinch the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and put Princeton’s spot in question. “It was nice to beat them, after what they did to us in the Ivy League championship,” said senior midfielder and co-captain Chris White. “[Still] it wasn’t so much about Yale and Princeton as it was about our team and getting it back on track.” This year, winning face-offs was crucial in the Yale game, and sophomore midfielder Justin Murphy delivered when it mattered most. Murphy won 13 of 22 against Dylan Levings, who is known as one of the

Despite another year of conference control, a f lat performance leaves the No. 9 seed women’s basketball team and head coach Courtney Banghart still searching for their first NCAA national tournament win after a 60-44 loss to No. 8 seed Florida State. The Tigers end the season 22-7, 13-1 Ivy League, and at a transition point in the program, as the seniors who reigned over Princeton’s FLORIDA ST 60 rise to Ivy League PRINCETON 44 d o m i nance end their college careers, leaving Tiger fans to wonder about the next generation of leadership on a team still looking for its first-ever tournament win. The defeat is the fourth consecutive loss in the national tournament for the Tigers, who, led by the senior class and Banghart, have led a monumental transformation of the program. Banghart and the players could not be reached for comment on Sunday night.

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Senior guard Niveen Rasheed was held to nine points in her final collegiate game Sunday night.

The Seminoles (23-9, 11-7 ACC) scored quickly to start off the game and set the tone for the night. Senior guard Niveen Rasheed answered back to tie the game 2-2, but it would be the last time the Tigers would draw even, as they found themselves unable to find their footing throughout the first half. The story of the game would be Princeton’s terrible shooting performance. After having trouble finding momentum inside, the Tigers took to the field, but nothing dropped. Through the first half Princeton made seven out of 34 attempts from the field for an abysmal 20.6 percent field goal rate. Princeton ended the half down 33-19, with the only bright spot being a 5-0 streak about halfway through the period. But as the second half started, the Tigers brief ly found momentum, starting to string good shots together to bring the f low of the game back under control. Jumpers from Rasheed and senior forward Kate Miller, See W. B-BALL page 7



By Saahil Madge

Boyce earns AllAmerican honors

Princeton wins NCAA championship staff writer

With strong showings by the entire team, Princeton separated itself from Notre Dame to win the NCAA Division I Fencing Championships in San Antonio on Sunday. It was Princeton’s first win at the NCAAs since the men’s and women’s tournaments were combined in 1990 — the men’s team won in 1964, and the Tigers came in second behind Ohio State last year. The men came into the tournament ranked third overall, behind Notre Dame and Penn State, and the women were ranked second behind Notre Dame. The competition is organized so that the men’s teams fenced on Thursday and Friday and the women’s teams fenced on Saturday and Sunday. “The NCAA format kind of helps us, plays more to our strengths than the Ivy League [tournament],” said senior epeeist Jonathan Yergler.

At the end of Thursday, Penn State was in the lead ahead of Princeton, and the action on Friday ended the same way. The Nittany Lions’ men’s team demonstrated why it was ranked first, but Princeton’s young squad surprised the competition with exceptional performances from members of all classes, finishing second overall and putting distance between itself and Notre Dame. “Being ahead of Notre Dame by six just on the men’s team, we knew we had a real shot to pull this through,” Yergler said. “And that’s when it started to get real exciting.” In the men’s saber, junior Robert Stone finished seventh overall, and fellow junior Phil Dershwitz finished 14th. Michael Mills of Penn, brother of foilist and former Princeton captain Alexander Mills ’12, came first in that weapon, while Penn State had two finishers in the top four. The men’s foil looked to be one of the Tigers’ weaker areas coming into the year because

starters Mill and Marcus Howard ’12 had graduated, but freshmen Michael Dudey and Rodney Chen stepped up to the challenge. Dudey won 18 out of 23 bouts in round-robin play to finish fifth, and Chen finished 15th. Their success kept the Tigers near the top of the scoreboard. As expected, the men’s epee squad posted impressive performances throughout the tournament. Yergler, who won the tournament last year, came second, and classmate Ed Kelley tied for third. Yergler defeated Kelley, his former roommate, in the semifinal round. “I even told Ed going into this that the only one who could beat him in the whole tournament was me,” Yergler said. “Between me and him, it’s always back and forth, and on any given day either one of us could have won.” Thanks to Princeton’s strength in all three weapons, Princeton had 83 points, just behind Penn State’s 94, after the end of the men’s competition. See FENCING page 6

By Gina Talt staff writer

Junior Lisa Boyce entered this weekend’s national swimming championships having achieved everything this season: two Princeton records and an Ivy League team title. Now she was back at nationals for the second consecutive year, competing in the same three events in which she notched top-50 finishes as a sophomore. With the ninth-best time going into the 50yard freestyle preliminaries, Boyce was primed to come away with a top-16 finish and All-American honors on the first day of competition. However, she failed to make the evening finals and finished 41st. In the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries on the following day, Boyce missed the finals cut again and ended up with a 48th-place finish. With only one race left, time was running See SWIMMING page 7



Tigers stay perfect at home, 0-3 on the road By Anna Mazarakis Contributor


The men’s lightweight crew opened its 2013 season by retaining the Joseph Murtaugh Cup on Saturday. The Tigers won three of five races, and the 1V boat finished in 6:26.2, more than nine seconds ahead of than Navy.

The third time was the charm for the women’s lacrosse team (4-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy League), which lost its first two PRINCETON 7 away games over spring VIRGINIA 9 break to the University of Virginia and Rutgers but PRINCETON 10 was able to come back to RUTGERS 12 win at home in its third HOPKINS 7 and final game of the break against Johns Hopkins. PRINCETON 10 The team began spring break with a tough away game against No. 9 UVA (5-5, 0-3 ACC) on Saturday, which it lost 9-7. The Cavaliers controlled most of the first half, finishing the period ahead by four goals, but the Tigers were able to get their heads in the game for the second half by scoring a quick succession of goals. Though Princeton outperformed UVA in the second half, the Orange and Black could not

muster enough goals to make up for the first half, and UVA finished ahead by two goals. “They had a couple of nice attack plays in that first half, and it took us a little bit of time to really get ourselves together offensively, which has been a bit of a theme for us,” head coach Chris Sailer said. “In the second half, we were able to control a few more draws and, when they were trying to kill some time, we were able to force them into a number of turnovers, which gave us some opportunities.” Sailer said the team fought hard until the end but just came up a little short. Regardless, she said she believes the competitive game the team played at UVA will help later in the season. Princeton then went on to lose 12-10 to Rutgers (8-2, 1-1 Big East) on Tuesday, but the loss did not come easily. The Scarlet Knights and the Tigers were evenly matched in almost every aspect of the game: The score was tied seven times, Rutgers only had three more shots on goal, See W. LAX page 7

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