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In Opinion Cosmo Zheng lends a voice to introverts at Princeton and Morgan Jerkins calls for language classes to teach colloquialisms. PAGE 4

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News & Notes Princeton makes list of universities with toughest grading

princeton university has been included on a list of 16 colleges and universities with the toughest grading policies compiled by former Duke professor and GradeInflation. com creator Stuart Rojstaczer earlier this year, CBS News reported. In addition to Princeton, the unordered list includes: Boston University, MIT, Harvey Mudd College, Reed College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Auburn University, Florida International University, Hampden-Sydney College, Purdue University, Roanoke College, Southern Polytechnic State, University of Houston, Virginia Commonwealth University, California State UniversityFullerton and Simon Fraser University (Canada). Rojstaczer found that highly selective schools, both public and private, tend to award higher grades than less selective schools. Private schools also tend to award higher grades than public schools.


presidential search



Slaughter has packed speaking schedule

Wailoo named vice dean of Wilson School

By Warren Crandall

By Paul Phillips

senior writer


Former Wilson School dean and current University professor AnneMarie Slaughter ’80, whose prospects of succeeding University President Shirley Tilghman have been matter of speculation, has accepted numerous speaking engagements in the past few months, including keynote speeches at commencement ceremonies at Meredith College and Lafayette College. In a poll conducted by the unofficial search website, Slaughter was chosen as the favorite candidate by a 32 percent plurality of the approximately 300 voters who participated. In November, a dozen faculty members interviewed by The Daily Princetonian speculated that Slaughter — along with Provost Christopher Eisgruber ’83 — was a leading candidate to replace Tilghman. Professors said she could make a good candidate due largely to her prominent national stature, political connections, strong past relationship with the University and proven leadership acumen. Slaughter rose to national prominence as the Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department and more recently due to her popular article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” published in The Atlantic last summer. Slaughter declined to be interviewed for this article, but noted that she is planning her schedule over the next few months based on her current job and that she considers her next few months relatively light, which will allow her the chance to work on a manuscript for a book she is writing based on her Atlantic article. The University’s presidential search committee is expected to be ready to make a recommendation to See CANDIDATE page 3

Professor of history and public affairs Keith Wailoo has been named vice dean of the Wilson School, effective July 1, 2013, Wilson School dean Cecilia Rouse announced in a statement on March 14. “I’m very excited to be working with Keith and I think he’ll make a magnificent vice dean,” Rouse said in an interview with the Daily Princetonian. As vice dean, Wailoo will oversee the Wilson School’s academic operations. His duties will include deciding


Professor Keith Wailoo has been named Wilson School vice dean. ACADEMICS

Bridge Year adds program in Brazil By Elizabeth Paul contributor

Earlier this month the University’s Bridge Year Program announced the addition of a site in Salvador, Brazil for the 2013-14 academic year. The Bridge Year Program, which currently offers international sites in China, India, Peru and Senegal, allows incoming freshmen enrolled in the program to defer their admission and participate in civic engagement projects for a ninemonth period. In 2011, the University discontinued its programs in Ghana and Serbia to expand the program’s capacity elsewhere. The expansion of the program to Brazil follows several other recent initiatives in the country by the University, including the implementation of a formal academic partnership with the University of Sao Paulo and the creation of the Princeton in Brazil program in 2012, a Portuguese

language summer course in Rio de Janeiro. As Brazil’s international stature has grown in the last decade, the University has recognized the value of increasing ties with the country, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese Bruno Carvalho said. Student interest in Portuguese and Brazil-related studies has dramatically increased since Carvalho arrived at the University in 2009, Carvalho said. He noted that there were 58 students enrolled in Portuguese courses in the fall of 2009, while this semester there are 115 students. Carvalho also heads the global seminar, “History, Culture, and Urban Life: Rio de Janeiro and the Imaginary of Brazil,” which is based in Rio. According to associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese Pedro Meira Monteiro, increased student interest in Portuguese and Brazil-related studies


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could be the result of Brazil’s growing presence in the global economy and greater exposure to Brazilian culture through programs such as Princeton in Brazil and the global seminar program. “It makes sense,” Monteiro said. “It’s really part of a larger, wider set of efforts.” While the Bridge Year Program is aware of the increased connections between the University and Brazil, Bridge Year Program Associate Director Scott Leroy explained that the decision to expand the program to Salvador was not made in collaboration with any other Brazil-related programs. Leroy said that the incorporation of the Brazil site to the program grew out of a desire to gradually expand the program. A 2008 working group appointed by Shirley Tilghman that explored the creation of a bridge year program recommended that the program support around 100 students. The program began in 2009 with See SALVADOR page 2


U. research explores 3D mapping in mouse brain By Greta Shum contributor

FBI joins search for missing Brown student

the federal bureau of Investigation opened an investigation into the whereabouts of Brown University undergraduate Sunil Tripathi, whose March 16 disappearance has prompted searches by university, city and state authorities in the Providence area, the Brown Daily Herald reported. According to a statement released by Tripathi’s family, the search has expanded to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. Tripathi, who is a former member of the Class of 2012 and is taking time off from Brown, was last seen on campus on the East Side of Providence around 11 a.m. that Saturday, according to the statement. He was reportedly wearing jeans, a black jacket, glasses and a Philadelphia Eagles wool hat. The 22 year-old grew up in Radnor, Pa. and moved to Providence in 2008. He is a philosophy major and saxophonist. Friends and family have encouraged anyone with information about Tripathi’s whereabouts to contact the FBI or Providence Detective Mark Sacco at (401) 641-8691.

which courses to offer, assigning faculty to the courses they will be teaching, hiring new faculty and making arrangements for visiting faculty. Wailoo said he is excited to work with “a remarkably diverse and strong faculty, and building on the school’s reputation for excellence in interdisciplinary education for leadership in public and international affairs.” Following the end of the Wilson School’s selective admission process for the Class of 2015, Wailoo said that as vice dean he would implement new reforms to the program See FACULTY page 2


Forbesians enjoyed a specially prepared “Garden State Chef Dinner” on Monday evening.

In a recent study published in Nature, University researchers have discovered the mechanism inside a mouse’s brain that allows it to map its location in three-dimensional space. By examining how mice responded to spatial signals, scientists were able to observe how the mouse brain tracks its exact location. The study’s team believes that its observations lend support to the “attractor dynamics” theory, which proposes that the mechanism motivating the behavior of “grid cells” relies on a network relationship between the neurons. Cristina Domnisoru GS, a neuroscience graduate student in the lab of molecular biology professor David Tank, led the study along with Amina Kinkhabwala, a postdoctorate fellow in molecular biology. Tank’s lab had the mice exploring a computer-generated virtual setting that the lab had developed in a previous project. This virtual setting allowed the scientists to understand exactly how the mouse responded to specific spatial signals. Because these grid cells are believed to be active in both spatial navigation and memory, this research could also lead scientists to understand how memory works. This network of neurons, arranged in a neat hexagonal pattern, works as a guidance system for the mouse. Each point “fires,” becomes electrically ac-

tive, when the mouse nears the corresponding physical point on the field of view. Domnisoru’s study was able to monitor brains of mice as they experienced the virtual reality in order to understand exactly what mechanism provoked this firing effect. “Together, the grid cells form a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of space,” Tank told the Princeton Journal Watch. “Our research focused on the mech­a­nisms at work in the neural sys­tem that forms these hexag­o­nal pat­terns.” When the mouse neared a certain point, and the grid cell fired, Domnisoru observed that the potential difference, or voltage, between the inside and outside of the neuron membrane increased in a “ramping pattern” in relation to specific surrounding grid cells. This finding indicates that a formal network exists between the cells, lending support to a network theory first proposed by John Hopfield, professor emeritus of molecular biology and professor emeritus of physics. This model, relying on what is called “attractor dynamics,” attributes the mouse’s mental map to interactions between grid cells through ramps in electrical voltage. An opposing theory, known as “theta oscillations,” proposes that the network of neurons relies on oscillations in the rhythm of neuronal firing. Michael Hasselmo, a neuroscientist at Boston University, said that the study does not necessarily contradict the theory of theta oscillations in grid cell dynamics.

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while working closely with both the School’s undergraduate and graduate leadership. This implementation will involve a close examination of the policy areas in which incoming concentrators are interested, Rouse and Wailoo said, and will impact administrators’ decisions about what courses to offer and what faculty members to assign to those courses. “We don’t fully understand which students are coming in

and what they’re interested in,” Rouse explained. “Sometimes students have interests in one area, and we have to think creatively in terms of how to fulfill those interests.” In appointing the vice dean in consultation with the Dean of Faculty, Rouse said she looked for several qualities, including levelheadedness, an ability to get along well with the dean, staff and faculty and a capacity to think strategically about the Wilson School. Wailoo, she said, “has all of these qualities in spades.” Rebecca Dresner ’13, who

took WWS 354: Modern Genetics and Public Policy, a course co-taught last semester by Wailoo and University president Shirley Tilghman, described him as “well-read, confident and approachable.” Dresner added that Wailoo’s eloquence and responsiveness to students are qualities that will help in his duties as vice dean. “That’ll be great for the classes he’s going to make in the future for the Woodrow Wilson School,” she said. Wailoo is jointly appointed in the Wilson School and in the history department. He

has written several awardwinning books on the history and cultural politics of disease, health policy in the U.S. and race, ethnicity and health. Prior to coming to Princeton in 2010, Wailoo taught history and social medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Rutgers University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Yale as well as a Ph.D. in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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20 students, and there were 28 participants in 2012. “Gradual expansion is something that has always been on our radar,” Leroy said In fall 2012, the Bridge Year Program solicited proposals from several organizations for potential new Bridge Year sites in an effort to expand the program, he said. In reviewing these proposals, a partnership with Cross-Cultural Solutions, an organization that provides service and cultural immersion activities in foreign countries, became an option. CCS will provide University students with these service and immersion opportunities in Salvador. “Our feeling was that this program by Cross Cultural Solutions in Salvador offered a lot of interesting educational opportunities that line up with our goals for the program in a place where the health and safety issues can be well-managed,” Leroy said. Moreover, he explained that the directors of the Bridge Year Program became interested in the Salvador site for its cultural and historical merit. Salvador was prominent in the Portuguese empire and became a major port in the transatlantic slave trade. For this reason Salvador features a blend of Brazilian culture with West African food, religion and lan-

guage. “All of this comes together in Salvador in a way that sounded really fascinating to us,” Leroy said of the site’s cultural features. Students in the Bridge Year Program in Brazil will participate in home-stays with families in Salvador and take intensive Portuguese language courses, according to the program’s website. Participants will be serving the

“All of this comes together in Salvador in a way that sounded really fascinating to us.” scott leroy

community by supporting atrisk communities, including children, the elderly and HIV/ AIDS patients. Upon arrival, students are matched with their service placements, which include community centers, schools and medical centers. In addition to community service, Bridge Year participants will learn about Brazilian culture through guest speakers, workshops and excursions.


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the full board of trustees by mid- to late-spring, University Vice President and Secretary Robert Durkee ’69 said in an interview following Tilghman’s retirement announcement. The board of trustees is expected to meet next weekend, April 4-6. Aside from the Meredith College and Lafayette College commencement addresses, Slaughter will also deliver the keynote speech at Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Women in Insurance Global conference in June. The event organizers did not respond to a request for comment. Within the past month and a half, Slaughter has also spoken at the Renaissance Luncheon by the Women’s Resource Center, the

South by Southwest conference, the Socrates Winter seminar and a panel discussion on work-life balance at Holy Cross University. On campus, last month she and Tilghman spoke about women and leadership in a sold-out discussion sponsored by the Princeton Women’s Mentoring Program. James Krivoski, Administrative Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Executive Assistant to the President at Lafayette College, said that he was not aware of any discussion of Slaughter’s possible presidential candidacy during the discussions to bring her to their school as commencement speaker. “I don’t recall it being a consideration,” Krivoski said. Alicia King, a representative of the Sarasota Women’s Resource Center that held the Renaissance luncheon at which Slaughter spoke earlier this month, said that

Slaughter’s potential presidency was never brought up and was not an issue in the contract on which they came to an agreement. Melyssa Allen, news director at Meredith College, declined to address whether or not Slaughter’s possible presidential candidacy was an issue when scheduling the former Wilson School dean as commencement speaker, but did note that the school’s administration was in continuing contact with Slaughter and was excited to have her as their commencement speaker. Tilghman was publicly named University President in May 2001 following a special board of trustees meeting held on May 4 that year. She took office on June 15 that year. Associate News Editor for Enterprise Marcelo Rochabrun contributed reporting.

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Morgan Jerkins Columnist


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Doing things to do them

You talkin’ to me?

earning a foreign language is an invaluable experience that can open up many doors in the business world. We’ve all heard this statement or something along these lines many times before. Have you seen how many people enroll in the Chinese language program every year? There were seven sections of CHI 101: Elementary Chinese I alone last fall for 68 students. Of course, one can explain this high enrollment as interest. But it can’t be denied that prospective employees who know how to speak to a population of over one billion people are impressive to businessmen. Even though the Princeton language programs are exemplary and prepare students to engage in business settings in conversation over topics ranging from the arts to politics, I wonder — what happened to the more simple form of human conversation that is often peppered with slang, colloquialisms and even ... dare I say it? Profanity. In order to gain f luency it is important to be able to communicate in formal situations, but the ability to interact in informal settings is important as well. We will all enter the workplace, but we will not dwell there for the entire 24 hours of each day of our lives. And often, less formal language is necessary. Arguments, using proverbs to encourage or admonish and a general desire to avoid sounding too academic are all situations in which informal speech is used. How could a non-native speaker be able to communicate on the same level if he or she has only been taught, for example, academic Japanese or Arabic? And even if this non-native speaker does not want to use colloquial language, understanding it would still prove to be an invaluable advantage, whether in the meeting room or on a bustling boulevard in town. Fluency relies on an understanding of both the academic and the colloquial. Furthermore, learning the colloquialisms, such as proverbs, slang, riddles, even obscenities, of a certain culture not only deepens the bond between a non-native speaker and a native speaker, but allows the non-native speaker to solidify his understanding of different components of a culture or how people of that particular culture think. And though


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Kinnari Shah Columnist


bout a month ago, I opened an email asking me, “What would you do with ten thousand dollars? ” It wasn’t spam from Groupon or some Nigeria prince asking for a ticket to the states; it was our University Student Government telling me I could win ten thousand dollars if I went to a basketball game dressed up with school spirit and got picked to take a half court shot and made it. Then I would be a “Princeton legend,” not to mention $10,000 richer. Obviously, the chosen contestant didn’t make the shot. The chances were pretty slim. Also USG would be kicking themselves pretty hard if he or she had. But the fact that there was even the offer of such an event is what gets me. It’s not about the amount of money. That money could have been hypothetically promised for other purposes, but it was never really going to exist anyway. The real question is, why have this entire event in the first place? I understand the student government’s need, by nature, to spread school spirit and encourage us to support our teams. I don’t think this did that, though. Everyone probably read the email, like I did, and threw it straight in the trash along with most of the other emails that I receive and would unsubscribe from if I could. Perhaps I’m coming off a bit cynical, but I don’t think I’m underplaying my reaction. If this were a singular event, I wouldn’t care. But this exemplifies this part of our culture here in which we sometimes do things just to do them. To me, this is not an isolated type of occurrence. For example, Ronan O’Brien reported on March 7, 2013 about the new Princeton Tobacco Policy Group, formed in collaboration with the Pace Center, to raise awareness about secondhand smoking. Secondhand smoke has got to be one of the least important issues to address on this campus. And I can say with a pretty high degree of confidence that I’m not just unaware of some larger issue or that I’m ignorant to the effects of secondhand smoke. It is just an issue, if we

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want to call it that, which just does not warrant the formation of a group. There are so many clubs, organizations and coalitions around campus like this. There are clubs that members could drop, replace with another, and not even notice the difference until officer elections came around and they wouldn’t know which person to vote for. I have personally witnessed a club meeting in which the members did nothing but discuss the t-shirt design for half an hour for a t-shirt that most people probably wouldn’t even buy. The list of student organizations is long and somewhat blurs together; I couldn’t even get past the C’s without getting bored. I don’t need to see three different organizations doing slightly different variations on the same thing, be it fashion or health promotion or international relations discussion or business interaction, let alone see names of clubs that hardly exist seeing as they meet all of once a semester. It’s easy to become a club or host an activity on this campus. I don’t mean to say that as necessarily a bad thing. In many ways, it’s a great thing. It allows us to form groups and communities of shared or potentially shared interests without roadblocks. It allows us to create groups that don’t have to be serious or to host events based partly on whim. But, it also allows for the creation of groups and events that are entirely surface. And I think this happens more than many of us would care to admit but enough that we are all aware of it. We all know that some, if not many, organizations or events that are nothing substantially more than a name on a paper or an e-mail that we’re going to immediately trash even if we are a part of the hosting organization. The upshot is this: We have the opportunity to do a lot on this campus and, possibly, to get funding for it. Not only that, but there are people who share the same interests and are willing to create and be a part of something out of the ordinary. That is an incredible thing. But don’t waste that. Don’t devalue it. Kinnari Shah is a chemical and biological engineering major from Washington, N.J. She can be reached at kmshah @

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:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: it is difficult and might be overly idealistic to attempt to learn every single euphemism, just the endeavor alone would be beneficial. This is not a push for the syllabi of every foreign language class at the University to be restructured, but there should be more incorporation of the cultural and colloquial components of language. The biggest counterargument might be that one could easily learn these forms of speaking while watching television, reading manga (for Japanese speakers, for example) or speaking with natives in the foreign language. While these are great tactics, the classroom provides a formal setting for students to learn these elements, go over these new grammar points through homework and quizzes and practice at language tables under the supervision of professors. Being able to communicate in a wide range of settings not only indicates to a native speaker that one is f luent but may also indicate that this person is a human, who is able to speak in both conventional and unconventional ways. Think about English. If you are really incensed about a dispute, you might not be inclined to use million-dollar words. If you were speaking to a non-native speaker and he or she responded with advanced vocabulary, sure, you’d know that the person was smart (or pretentious, depending on who you ask), but there are many nuances that are lost because two individuals are not speaking to each other on the same level of formality, or lack thereof. One form of delivery, such as business speech, does not fit every setting. While it is not necessary for a person to know how to know the right words for every single situation, learning different ways of speaking from the formal to the unsavory can enrich one’s understanding of a language. Morgan Jerkins is a comparative literature major from Williamston, N.J. She can be reached at

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Quiet: Recognizing introversion at Princeton Cosmo Zheng

Guest Contributor


ave you ever felt guilty when, after several hours at a party, you wished you were spending the time watching a movie or reading a book? Do you feel compelled to fill in the gaps in your conversations with small talk, even if you are perfectly happy with a bit of silence? Do you feel like you do your best work alone, but are somewhat ashamed to admit it? If so, then you are likely a typical Princetonian introvert. While exceptionally thoughtful and creative in solitude, you feel a dire need to conform to the patterns of extroverted peers. And while you enjoy company, your preference for quiet and for loyalty to a few close friends feels like a liability that, if not dealt with decisively, will hold you back from being the successful person you want to be. According to recent psychological research from Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, about one out of three people are introverts, defined as people who primarily focus energy on the inner world of thoughts and feelings. Their counterparts, the charming, outgoing extroverts, focus their energy on the outside world. Extroverts often have a gift for communication, for navigating

unfamiliar situations and for motivating others to action. The merits of being an introvert are less well-known, but equally powerful. Introverts tend to be patient, thorough and able to dissect complex problems, including human dilemmas. In an ideal world, everyone can be a great friend and an inspiring leader by playing to his strengths; no one should feel the need to ‘be extroverted’. Yet at Princeton, what we usually see is that bold and talkative people dominate the center of attention, are most successful in having their ideas heard and are most likely to be recognized as leaders. In this environment, it’s easy to undervalue, misunderstand and even malign the qualities of the introvert. How often have we made the assumption that our quiet friend doesn’t talk because he lacks confidence, has little to say or just doesn’t like people very much? Changing such a mistaken stereotype can be as simple as recognizing and appreciating differences. We often forget that great leaders need not always command the center of attention. They can listen and ask questions. They can think before they act. And they can learn from people who are different. We introverts have many areas where we are naturally weak. Most of us feel quite uncomfortable when thrown into a room full of strangers. It’s sometimes difficult for us to start or keep up a

conversation with you if we’ve only met a couple of times. We’re not good at giving orders or handling direct confrontation. Sometimes, we even hesitate to ask for help when we need it. There are countless domains where these skills are as vital to success as academic ability; yet sadly, the wealth of academic support available at Princeton contrasts with the dearth of resources that help introverted students adapt to a demanding work or social life. What’s worse, often we don’t even realize there is a need for such introvert-targeted resources. Take just one example: freshman orientation. OA, frosh week and ’zee group study breaks are among the best opportunities for new students to meet one another. Yet these golden opportunities often cater to the needs of extroverts for experiencing lots of excitement and meeting many people at once. Though well intentioned, we often overlook the introverts’ need for quieter, relaxed settings, and forget their tendency to withdraw from overstimulation, especially in unfamiliar social environments. In our academics and career planning, it is even more crucial to be sensitive to these personality differences. Of the perhaps 500 quiet-loving people in my class, some have indeed adapted to expectations and learned to be as outgoing as their extroverted peers. Some have come to embrace the

personality and gifts they were born with. Still others, I feel, are struggling with feelings of guilt and inadequacy — for having few friends, for preferring time alone, for shying away from parties or conversations where they would be judged according to standards which are not their own — ashamed of a natural part of their personality, because we have done so little to validate who they are. Remember that introverts are people for whom quiet is natural. Remember that the works of individuals like Einstein, John Nash, Gandhi, Warren Buffet and J.K. Rowling were the product of introverts; of men and women who were intensely passionate about their projects, who preferred one-on-one chats over wide social gatherings and who advanced their causes through conscience and empathy for all humans. Let us strive therefore to actively recognize each other for who we are and the gifts we possess. Let the University be the leader in empowering all students, both introverted and extroverted, to earn a cherished place in the world and in our hearts. Think about the statistics: One out of every three people we know are introverts. What does that tell us? Cosmo Zheng is an ORFE major from Newtown, Conn. He can be reached at

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With this season behind them, the Tigers will strive to improve their game in the coming months. “In the offseason, we work,” Barrett said. “Simple as that. We can’t let this past year’s failures affect us in the future. All we can do is learn from our mistakes and work as hard as we can to make them our strengths.”

That offseason preparation is not limited to physical preparation, but also expands to the mental side of the game, including reflection upon lessons learned over the past season. “There’s always a lot to be learned,” Henderson said. “There was a sting in the days after the season finished, but looking back on things, there were also a lot of positives. After returning all of our starters this past season, we kept ourselves in a position to compete

until the very last weekend. I hope that lesson of hard work carries over to our team for next season.” “It seems like you learn it again every year, but the Ivy League is crazy,” Bray said. “Anyone can beat anyone on any given night, so you always have to come prepared. It’s obviously easier to get up for the Harvard and Penn games, but we have to bring that same intensity every game. We can’t take nights off and expect to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves.”

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Compared to the Houston Texan’s star defensive end J.J. Watt, who was named 2012’s AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Catapano ran a faster 40 time, jumped higher and came up one bench rep short. Catapano also out-benched the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Ndamukong Suh, by one rep. Sharp and Starks also submitted NFL-caliber numbers for their positions, with Sharp’s 25 reps on the bench press and 37.5-inch vertical, which would have been the fourth- and thirdbest for 2012 Combine running backs, while Starks’ 38inch vertical and 6.93-second three-cone drill would have been second and fifth for outside linebackers.

As an undersized running back with above-average speed and elite strength, Sharp’s build is not unlike Washington Redskins’ star Alfred Morris, who set the Redskins’ all-time rushing record with over 1600 yards and a pro-bowl selection as a rookie in 2012. Sharp’s 5-foot9-inch, 205-pound frame is just smaller than Morris’ 5-foot-1-inch height and 219 pounds, but his 25 reps on the bench is nearly double the 16 Morris put up at last year’s Combine. Furthermore, Sharp’s 40 time of 4.65 is slightly better than Morris’ 4.67, as are his vertical leap and broad jump scores. While Sharp and Starks are also on the smaller side for their respective positions, all three Tigers demonstrated last week that they have more than enough athleticism to compete respectably

with pro-caliber opposition. The hard work of these seniors has not gone unnoticed. After the testing was completed, an assistant coach from the Philadelphia Eagles treated Catapano to breakfast at P.J.’s Pancake House to discuss his future. Catapano is also scheduled for coaches’ meetings and a physical at the New York Giants’ facilities on April 10, while Starks has been invited to workout with three different franchises that have asked for his discretion. Princeton has not sent a player to the NFL since 2007, but the Class of 2013 has produced three viable prospects. Their success at Princeton’s Pro Day checks off one of the final steps in the process for these seniors, who have little left to do now but wait for more news during the NFL Draft from April 25-27.

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ourselves out of the game,” Rasheed said in the postgame conference. “They played great. They were long and aggressive just like we expected, but nothing we couldn’t handle. It’s kind of unfortunate that it came down to us just letting ourselves down.” “We weren’t going to give up no matter what the score, no matter how we were shooting, no matter how we were playing defensively or offensively going in and trying to get those second chance opportunities,” Polansky added at the postgame conference. “I think everyone gave it their all throughout the entire game, and that was something that wasn’t going to stop regard-

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less.” After the game, Banghart emphasized all of the positives from not just this season, but also a remarkable four-year run for Princeton. “In this lifetime you are not judged by one day,” Banghart said. “You are judged by your legacy. This senior class is indelible. It is untouched. An NCAA tournament victory is just a cherry on top. That memory of being in the tournament didn’t end the way these kids had hoped, but you can’t let one moment define you.” While the Tigers will be a very different team next year, they have become a mainstay atop the Ivy League standings. With toughness and superb coaching, Princeton will hope to bring its streak to five consecutive NCAA tourna-

ments a year from now. “These freshmen are the future of Princeton, so I’m glad we’re leaving it in good hands,” Rasheed said. “I can definitely see this program not taking a downturn at all, reloading every year. It makes us feel better that we built this program to what it is and not letting it go to waste.” “It showed great maturity of [freshman guard] Michelle [Miller] and [freshman forward] Alex [Wheatley] coming in the game and making big plays throughout, offensive rebounding, hitting some shots when a lot of us were struggling,” Polansky added. “I think it really speaks greatness to them and the freshman class as a whole. I think they’ll be taking the program to greatness.”

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Seniors make cases for draft at Pro Day By John Wolfe staff writer


Senior defensive end Mike Catapano ran the 40 yard dash in 4.75 seconds at Princeton’s Pro Day last week.

This fall, the hard work of senior captains defensive lineman Mike Catapano and linebacker Andrew Starks — along with senior running back Akil Sharp — brought Princeton football to a place it had not been in six years: a winning Ivy League record. “We’ve been through the wringer together on the field and off, trying with everything we got to turn this program around,” Catapano said. Before 2012, the three seniors had experienced numerous coaching changes, three losing seasons and a two-year stint that produced only one Ivy League win. This year, the team snapped a six-year spell of losing records (both overall and inconference), earned its first bonfire (in celebration of victories over Harvard and Yale) since 2006 and fell 8 points shy (against Penn) of a shared Ivy League title. These three seniors played no small part in those achievements — Catapano’s league-leading 12 sacks helped make him the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, while Starks earned second team All-Ivy recognition as an outside linebacker

and Sharp led all Princeton running backs with four touchdowns. The conclusion of their final season at Princeton only marked the beginning of a new journey for the three Tigers, however. For the last four months, Catapano, Sharp and Starks have been training together in hopes of extending their careers to the professional level. For Starks, the chance to continue working with his friends and teammates has been just as rewarding as chasing the dream itself. “Working with these guys has been nothing short of an honor and a privilege,” he said. “I cannot say enough about how special it has been to share the struggle and success that this program has had in the past four years with these guys. The last few months have only been an extension of that.” Their skills were put to the test over spring break when scouts from 12 NFL teams came to evaluate the three seniors at Princeton’s Pro Day. Pro Days hosted by different colleges throughout the country offer prospects who were not invited to the NFL Combine a chance to showcase their measurable skills for official records.

According to Catapano, the opportunity is particularly important for Ivy League players because scouts tend to be skeptical about their ability to compete with graduates of larger football programs. “I showed during the EastWest shrine game that I can play with the big boys. Now the Pro Day was to verify that I am just as strong and as fast as the top draft choices,” he said. “Every evaluation is critical for me because I did not go to an Alabama or LSU, so every time I get looked at I have to make it count double.” In front of cheering friends and teammates, all three stars posted impressive numbers in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical and broad jumps, 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone speed drill. The most striking performances came from the 271-pound Catapano, who tossed up 33 bench press reps of 225 pounds, ran his 40 yards in 4.75 seconds, leapt 37.5 vertical inches and complete the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds. Among defensive ends, these scores would have placed third, sixth, second and fifth at the 2012 NFL Combine. See FOOTBALL page 5

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NCAA loss ends historic run for seniors By Jay Dessy staff writer

Just under nine minutes into the second half of the women’s basketball game against Florida State University on Sunday, it looked like the Tigers had finally found their stride. Despite offensive woes throughout the first three quarters of the game, sophomore guard Blake Dietrick hit back-to-back threes to cap off a 10-0 run that brought Princeton within one point of the Seminoles. “We finally started to click because we started to get the ball low and then kick it outside to the perimeter,” head coach Courtney Banghart said. “We found gaps better and got the ball inside. Once we started to do that, we started to make shots.” A one-point deficit was as close as the Tigers would get, however, as Florida State responded with a 16-2 run of their own to retake control. The Seminoles did not look back as they maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game. Senior guards Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles led the way for Florida State, each notching 12 points.

The No. 8-seeded Seminoles (23-9, 11-7 ACC) had the advantage over the Tigers (22-7, 13-1 Ivy League) in terms of the big game experience of playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their victory marked a streak of ten straight wins in first round games of the NCAA tournaments they have participated in dating back to 1990. This season marked the fourth consecutive trip to the big dance for Princeton. Like their three previous attempts, this season ended in the first round at the hands of a power conference team. The Tigers had improved each of the last three years in terms of coming closer to a victory, ending with a heartbreaking three-point loss to Kansas State University last season. After coming so close, this year’s 60-44 loss was a disappointment. The four-year run for Princeton is a testament to an outstanding senior class, led by senior guard Niveen Rasheed. Rasheed’s play was uncharacteristic of the way in which she has dominated the Ivy League throughout her career, as she shot just 20 percent for a total of nine points in the loss.

“We needed Niveen to have a big night,” Banghart said. “We don’t get a lot of scoring from [senior guard Lauren] Polansky or [senior forward] Kate Miller. We need [Rasheed] and [senior center] Megan [Bowen] to put up points for us. Niveen didn’t play the way we hoped she would.” The loss, of course, does not stand squarely on Rasheed’s shoulders. None of the Tigers shot well, nor did they take care of the ball or make strong passes. They strayed away from fundamentals that any team would need to win against a formidable opponent like FSU. The combination of a season-low 25.4 percent shooting percentage and abysmal turnover rate proved too much for Princeton to overcome despite their tenacity and a strong drive to win. Princeton turnovers, 19, outnumbered their made baskets, 17. The Seminoles capitalized on the Tigers’ miscues to the tune of 22 points off lost balls. “I think they did a great job, but honestly when it came down to it, we just didn’t make our shots and we just took See W. B-BALL page 5


Senior center Megan Bowen and her fellow members of the Class of 2013 had the best record in Ivy play of any class in Princeton history.

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Tigers regroup, move forward after disappointing end to 2013 By Jack Rogers staff writer


h ere’s a pain that comes when a team falls just short of realizing its ultimate goal and that pain can be hard to shake off, especially when its regular season is not yet finished. But as legendary college basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” The men’s basketball team played with Wooden’s mindset two weeks ago to conclude its regular season. Coming off a rough road trip over the weekend, a

trip that saw an Ivy League title and an NCAA berth slip into the hands of the Crimson, the Tigers ended their season on a high note with a road win over Penn at the Palestra. Despite the frustration of the weekend, victory in the season finale was far from trivial. The intense basketball rivalry between Princeton and Penn fired up younger players to give senior forward Ian Hummer and his fellow seniors a win in the final game of their Princeton careers. “The team was pretty devastated after our loss at Brown,” sophomore forward Denton Koon said. “But at practice on Monday we refocused and knew that the Penn game was very important, being the seniors’ last game ever. We really wanted to

win it for them against Princeton’s longtime rival.” “Every game we ever play against Penn, whether it’s the championship game or a backyard scrimmage, is the most important game in the world for a Princeton basketball player,” junior forward Will Barrett said. “We all wanted the seniors to end their careers on a high note with a win at Penn. That game meant everything for our confidence going into next year.” Princeton ended its regular season with a 17-11 overall record and was 10-4 in Ivy League play. The Tigers’ season performance made Princeton likely candidates for a bid in postseason competition outside of the NCAA Tournament. Recently,

the team received bids in 2000 and 2002 for the National Invitational Tournament, and 2010 and 2012 bids to the College Basketball Invitational. Head coach Mitch Henderson and his staff decided to shut down the season after the Penn victory however, forgoing any potential bids for postseason play. While admitting that not qualifying for the NCAA Tournament was a big letdown, Barrett noted that it wasn’t the reason for the team’s decision to not play at all in the postseason. “We just felt, as a team, that it wasn’t the right move at this time,” Barrett said. With March Madness in full swing, the Tigers refuse to sit back and simply watch

the competition. Henderson’s squad will strive to get ahead of the game by kicking off springtime training for next winter soon. While this year’s seniors will never again suit up for the Tigers, they will maintain involvement with team activity until graduation. “We’re starting our offseason stuff this week,” junior guard TJ Bray said. “We play pick up, have workouts with the coaches and lift. Things get intense pretty quickly here in the spring. The seniors don’t lift or workout with us, but they’ll come down a few times and play pick up with us. Usually once their theses are down they play more often.” See M. B-BALL page 5

Tweet of the day



‘Working on the thesis poolside in #vegas this pro hockey life ain’t too bad eh’

The football team snagged a promising QB prospect.

Ian Hummer was named Ivy League Player of the Year in 2013. Who was the last Princetonian to recieve that honor?

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A: Brian Earl ’99

Rob Kleebaum of the men’s hockey team and the las vegas wranglers of the east coast hockey league, on twitter (@baumer39)

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Today's paper in full.