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Today on Campus 4:30 p.m.: Lisa Jackson GS ‘86, former EPA administrator, presents ‘The Unfinished Business of the Environmental Movement. Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall.

The Archives

April 9, 1963 Faculty members vote to disband the 27-year-old Special Program in the Humanities.

On the Blog Dan Santoro covers an a cappella marriage proposal by Dave Kiefer ’86.

On the Blog Jarred Mihalik reviews The Strokes’ new album “Comedown Machine.”

News & Notes

STUDENT LIFE

STUDENT LIFE

USG holds meeting regarding COMBO By Anna Mazarakis staff writer

The USG discussed the upcoming report of the Committee on Background and Opportunity and the summer storage initiative at its meeting Sunday night. Members of the USG discussed the questions that will be asked in the forthcoming COMBO IV survey and the fact that students will be hired to complete the data analysis. The survey, like its predecessors, aims to gather information on broad social and academic trends at the University. The questions will be very similar to those asked in the COMBO III survey, but the questions regarding demographic information will be moved to the end of the survey in order to avoid causing survey respondents to be inf luenced by racial stereotypes. U-Councilor Elan Kugelmass ’14 pointed out that the “perennial delays” that the USG encountered with COMBO III had to do in part with the fact that students were completing the analysis, so he wondered if it would be more efficient to get professionals to complete the analysis. “One of the reasons why we like to have undergraduates crunch the numbers is because we want COMBO to be a fully undergraduatewritten, undergraduaterun, undergraduate-analyzed survey,” U-Councilor Zhan Okuda-Lim ’15 said. The COMBO IV survey is scheduled to be released on Dean’s Date, and students will be able to submit responses to the survey through the first week of summer. The report should be released in the fall of 2013, See COMMITTEE page 2

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Paul Paulauskas ‘13, a student mechanic overseeing the management of the Cyclab, works on repairing a bicycle in the new location.

Cyclab reopens in new location

By Seth Merkin Morokoff contributor

Rockefeller College has sponsored the reopening of the Cyclab, a student-run bicycle cooperative designed to provide cyclists of any level with the skills and tools necessary to repair their bikes. The co-op, located under the Rocky Private Dining Room and accessible via the loading dock ramp on University Place, holds open hours every Tuesday and Sunday, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., respectively. The Cyclab shut the doors of its old location at 130 University Place last fall after six years of operation following the University’s request to the student cooperative and its partner organization UBikes to vacate the building in order to make way for the construction of the new Arts and Transit Neighborhood. The Cyclab began offering “open hours” on March 26, according to the organiza-

tion’s website. The volunteer student mechanics will also host a grand opening event on April 14 during its normal hours. “Anyone can come now. We’re open now,” David Hocker GS, a fourth year graduate student and one of the four members of the Cyclab’s management team, explained. “We wanted to do something a little bit softer to get a handle on what we’re missing. We just opened a new space, so we know we’re going to be missing parts.” Dean Oliver Avens of Rockefeller College originally contacted the University’s cycling team and emailed Anthony Cross GS, a fifth year graduate student who volunteered as a mechanic in the original Cyclab and now serves as a member of the management team, to offer to sponsor the co-op last September after he learned that the organization had closed. “I like the idea of Rocky being a center for student-

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Flowers are blooming and plants are growing around all parts of campus with the recent arrival of the spring weather that has brought warmer temperatures and sunnier skies. ACADEMICS

U. thesis proposes model for immune system dynamics By Greta Shum contributor

In a collaboration across three different departments, a 2010 chemical engineering senior thesis has become a comprehensive

model for the dynamics of an immune system reaction, as described in a recent article published in PLOS ONE and which was based on a 2006 study in which six subjects were hospitalized. Hao Hong Yiu ’10 was a senior in

originally created to reclaim bikes abandoned on campus over the summer and rent them to students during the following academic year. The two organizations shared a location in the parking lot next to Wawa and some of the tools that both groups needed to repair bicycles. According to Paulauskas, administrators in the Office of Sustainability withdrew their support from the Cyclab because they worried its donation-based business model might cause problems in preparing the University’s taxes. U-Bikes, now a Princeton Student Agency, kept the old location and the tools. But The Daily Princetonian reported in November that the University asked both Cyclab and U-Bikes to leave the building in anticipation of construction for the Arts and Transit Neighborhood in the spring of 2011. Once U-Bikes took possession of the tools that it had previously shared with Cyclab and moved out of See REPAIR page 4

LOCAL NEWS

U. professors included on Economist short list of Federal Reserve chairman candidates

univeristy professors Alan Blinder ’67 and Alan Krueger were included on the Economist’s list of potential candidates for the next Federal Reserve chairman. The list also includes current chairman Ben Bernanke, whose term as chairman ends on Jan. 31, 2014. Bernanke has not yet announced whether he will remain in the position. In the event that he steps aside, his potential successors include Janet Yellen, current vice chair; former director of President Obama’s National Economic Council Larry Summers and Obama’s first treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner. Blinder, an economics professor, was vice chairman of the Federal Reserve under Bill Clinton. Krueger, jointly appointed in the economics department and Wilson School, is currently on leave from the University while he serves as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Bernanke is a former economics department chair at Princeton and will be speaking at this year’s Baccalaureate.

initiated projects that don’t necessarily only involve Rocky students,” Avens said on his motivation to sponsor the initiative. “Historically, we’ve had a model of reaching out to students who are interested in projects and providing them with space and, in some cases, funding.” The Cyclab has moved into an old storage room that the construction crews that renovated the residential colleges about five years ago used as their base of operation, according to Avens. “It was really fortunate that we got sponsored by Rocky College because they were able to provide us with the funds for new tools and bike racks,” another mechanic overseeing the management of the co-op Paul Paulauskas ’13 said. “It worked out very well because we got the funds and the space at the same time.” The Cyclab originally fell under the purview of the Office of Sustainability, along with U-Bikes, an initiative

what was Princeton’s chemical engineering department — now chemical and biological engineering — and was taking an ecology and evolutionary biology course on immune systems with See SCIENCE page 3

Members of Princeton Council discussed the possibility of establishing a uniform policy regulating when council members recuse themselves due to personal affiliations with local institutions whose concerns come before the Council on Monday night. As several council members have affiliations with the University, such a policy could change the way these council members determine whether or not to vote on University issues. The Council explored the challenges of maintaining a neutral stance on issues that involve the University and other local institutions when some council members or their families have affiliations with the institutions directly affected by the Council’s decisions. Mayor Liz Lempert, whose husband is a tenured professor, is one council member with a University affiliation. When council members are considering an issue concerning organizations that they personally may or not have a vested interest in supporting or disapproving, the Council has repeatedly

discussed how to determine when a conf lict of interest exists. Lawyer Bradford Middlekauff, offering his expertise pro bono to the Council, explained that there will inevitably be conf licts of interest and the goal should not be to eliminate those conf licts. Rather, the Council’s role is to identity whether a conf lict of interest exists and to execute a procedure to ensure proper disclosure of the conf lict and to arrange for disinterested elected officials or employees to make decisions in situations where conf licts exist, he said. Conf licts of interest have been an issue of disagreement in the town council in recent months. At a Janunary Council meeting, several council members criticized Lempert’s decision not to recuse herself from the Council’s discussion of the University’s annual payment in lieu of taxes, known as PILOT. Some other members of the Council saw this action as a potential ethics violation because Lempert’s husband is a professor at the University. At Monday’s meeting, Middlekauff explained that conf licts of interest need to See MEETING page 4

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USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 said. Class of 2016 senator Ella Cheng presented on the Food Committee’s initiatives with special attention to the feedback the committee received from its recent meeting with Executive Director of Dining Services Stuart Orefice. Cheng is a staff writer for The Daily Princetonian. The discussion focused mostly on reducing traffic at the Wu-Wilcox dining hall and the Center for Jewish Life as well as the possibility of offering late meal to residential college advisers. In order to lessen overcrowding, Cheng asked what initiatives could be launched in order to avoid the problem. Cheng said that Orefice considered implementing a take-out system at the Forbes College dining hall, but Cheng said she liked the idea of having it at the Rockefeller-Mathey dining hall instead. “Having take-out containers in maybe only some of

the dining halls might encourage people to go to the other dining halls,” class of 2016 senator Eduardo Lima suggested. The committee is also looking to offer late meal credit to RCAs so they can have another opportunity to eat with their advisees. Class of 2014 senator Charissa Shen, who is also an RCA in Butler College, said the initiative is “definitely worth pursuing” since her ‘zees go to late meal often and it would be easy to set up one-on-one conversations at late meal. The Food Committee will write a proposal for these changes and others, including academic break guest swipes and vegetarian options, using the feedback from the Senate. The USG also discussed the Summer Storage Initiative, which provides an inexpensive means for students to store their possessions during the summer. According the USG’s agenda, students will be able to pick up empty boxes in the USG office between May 1 and 3. Students will then

be able to drop off boxes for storage May 16–17 and May 23–24. “One thing that was difficult for me when I was either dropping off or picking up my boxes was actually bringing them to the site, just because I live down campus from where they were being picked up,” USG social chair Carla Javier ’15 said. She suggested that it might be helpful to have a way to organize or evenly distribute the orange carts that can carry boxes to the site and encourage students to team up to bring boxes. Javier is a senior writer for the ‘Prince.’ According to Class of 2015 senator Deana Davoudiasl, USG’s SSI did not lose any boxes last year, while the Moving and Storage Agency, which is part of Student Agencies, misplaced 10 to 15 boxes last summer. Projects Board co-chair Jared Peterson ’14 also attended the meeting to request $3,091 for the Colosseum Club’s upcoming dodgeball tournament. The money will be used to pay for pizza and referees at the event.

CORRECTION Due to a reporting error, the April 8 article “Momo brothers open new restaurant and cafe” misstated the title of Kristen Appleget. She is the former CEO and President of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Due to a reporting error, the April 4 article “Cricket club gets back in the game” misstated a quotation by Vijit Kapoor. He noted that both University Assistant Director of Campus Recreation for Sports Clubs Mitchell Reum and Founder and President of American College Cricket Lloyd Jonah had been helpful in establishing the club. Due to an editing error, the April 5 special section containing community responses to the Letter to the Editor written by Susan Patton ’77 printed the incorrect draft of the submission by Haley White ’12. The correct version has been posted online. The ‘Prince’ regrets the errors.

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professor Andrea Graham. The 2006 clinical trial studied the effects of a monoclonal antibody on a type of cell called T-cells. Six healthy males had simultaneously received the drug intravenously, and within 90 minutes were violently suffering from a host of severely negative reactions including fever, headache, inf lammation, nausea, lung injury and diarrhea. The inf lammation occurred because of a rapid secretion of cytokines, signaling molecules that are primarily associated with immune cells. The drug had triggered a massive amount of pro-inf lammatory cytokines, causing this unexpected and dangerous response. The six patients were immediately hospitalized. Though they escaped death, two of the patients required extended hospitalized organ support for weeks afterward. The entire event can be explained by what biologists call a “cytokine storm,” which is highly associated with the morbidity of healthy adults from viral infections like inf luenza. Usu-

ally, the immune response will balance the effects of the virus, but in cases like the 1918 f lu pandemic and the recent H1N1 strain, the dangerously high over-secretion of pro-inf lammatory cytokines can cause death in otherwise less vulnerable subjects — healthy young people. Yiu approached mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Robert Stengel GS ‘68, who has worked on modeling diseases, including HIV, and teaches a graduate course in optimal control and estimation. He had come across some of Stengel’s work on optimal therapy for diseases and asked Stengel if he would be willing to advise him on a senior thesis that focused on biological modeling and optimization, thus beginning a collaboration that would approach a highly chaotic and mysterious aspect of the human body from a quantitative perspective. “It was great,” Yiu recalled. “They were really receptive to accepting a random student who was not even a part of their two departments, and it was actually very easy to work across their departments the way I did, and that was something that the professors do try to foster.”

Yiu and Stengel collaborated with Graham to produce a model of the cytokine storm, using the data reported in the 2006 study. They looked at the median response across the six subjects over a very well-documented period of five days, which revealed the interaction of nine different cytokines. Yiu put together a model with the computational supervision of Stengel and the biological insight of Graham. Together, they were able to learn a great deal about the dynamics of the cytokine response, categorizing them into different families of reaction time — generally fast, medium and slow — to understand the way each cytokine affected the others. The three researchers were able to extend Yiu’s thesis into an even more rigorous model, which could investigate elements that the original study could not measure, including how the original stimulus of the antibody affected the initial cytokine response. Much of the prior research on the topic had focused on the cells rather than the cytokines, “and it’s important to look at both of those,” Stengel said. One strength of the model they

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developed was its simplicity. Yiu and Stengel began the model with a simple linear relationship and then added complications, which allowed them to involve all of the nine cytokines. The original study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provoked many discussions about appropriate measures to be taken in clinical trials, despite the fact that every understandable precaution at the time was taken to ensure the patients’ safety. As Professor Graham explained, there were known differences between T-cells in the previously tested primates and those in humans, and in hindsight the dosage level could be criticized as well as the choice to study six individuals at once instead of only one at a time. However, no one was expecting such a reaction, and the standard procedure for carrying out the trial had been rigorously followed. According to molecular biology and public policy professor Adel Mahmoud, a cytokine storm is characterized by the body reacting to this monoclonal antibody in an exaggerated, uncontrolled way, and today the event re-

mains quite mysterious to biologists. To a certain extent, scientists know what the effects will be from the interaction of cytokines as a communication system between cells. The visible symptoms range from low blood pressure and fever to organ failure and death. From the perspective of an evolutionary biologist, as Graham explained, this reaction is very provocative and intriguing. “I think in gaining a quantitative insight into how these molecular and cellular actions are unfolding over time — including the ones that can lead to comas and death — that’s really going to help us figure out some of the selective pressures that may have led to the system working as it does, so I’m really excited about it on all fronts,” said Graham. “It’s really something that has involved the death of probably hundreds of thousands of people around the world, so we simply need to know more about cytokine dynamics. We really scoured the literature for prior studies of this, and there are simply no math models. So although our model was very simple, it could be expanded

upon tremendously. As far as we know, it’s the first one,” Stengel said. Further research on this subject will hopefully allow for a more thorough understanding of how to treat these cytokine storms. In a recent article in PNAS, Michael Oldstone, a professor of immunology and microbial science at the Scripps Research Institute, investigated the role of cytokine storms as an agent in pulmonary tissue injury and the H1N1 inf luenza infection. He identified two tactics for treating this harmful virus: by blunting the cytokine storm, which exists as part of the host, and by reducing the replication of the inf luenza virus. Cytokine storms have already begun to attract the attention of the medical community after the miraculous recovery of seven-year-old Emma Whitehead due to an induced cytokine storm, according to an article in The New York Times in December. The Princeton team has taken a computational approach that it hopes will allow it to eventually understand and perhaps combat disease-induced death by looking at the phenomenon’s step-by-step mechanics.

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be evaluated appropriately and suggested that the Council should “take on the issue head-on rather than ignoring it or shoving it.” “This policy doesn’t provide a checklist or a yes-no answer,” Middlekauf said. He explained that cases need to be evaluated individually to determine the particulars of each situation and evaluate gray areas. He added that there should be a road map for how to assess such situations on a case-by-case basis. Middlekauff suggests a policy that doesn’t set forth briteline rules — such as uniform hard rules on what kind of relationship is too close for a council member to rule on an issue — on most cases. Councilwoman Jo Butler expressed disapproval for evaluating issues where conf licts of interest exist on a case-by-case basis. She explained that determining whether a conf lict of interest exists is a complex decision that involves many factors. “It’s not like pornography when you know it when you see it,” Butler said. She explained that, while people can be reasonable on both sides of any argument, if a council member or any other official is in a situation where a conf lict exists with an institution involved in the case — no matter where the briteline is in terms of the closeness of the affiliation or the circumstances of the re-

lationship — he or she ought to be recused from partaking in the Council’s decision. “If you simply recuse on those issues, you eliminate any sort of controversy. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking for a very fine point. If you recuse on all points [where there exists a conf lict], there will be no controversy,” Butler said. Councilman Lance Liverman explained that he believes that each member should individually take responsibility for recusing him or herself when necessary. He said that a council member should recuse him or herself in instances where the Council’s decision could potentially lead to a benefit for the council member or a family member of the council member’s. The Council has not reached a final decision on how to resolve such conf licts of interest and will further discuss the issue at future Council meetings over the coming weeks. The New Jersey Department of Transportation has proposed a plan, called the “Princeton Concept,” to alter Route 1 by closing two old jughandles and opening two new jughandles while widening the road. This concept plan is still under discussion, and NJDOT is currently collecting feedback from the Princeton community. Lempert explained that if a fourth lane is added to Route 1, making a turn from Washington onto Route 1 will become more challenging and would not allow drivers room

to turn, which she describes as the “crux of the engineering challenge.” Several Princeton residents expressed their concern that traffic would increase if the proposed changes were implemented. “The University is looking at all of this, and we are awaiting a report from our engineers. We don’t have any hard data at this point,” Kristin Appelget, the University’s director of regional and community affairs, said. Appelget expects to receive data from engineers at the University and others who are doing research to provide concrete data for discussion on the proposed concept plan. Several residents expressed disapproval for the plan because of its “temporary” nature, as it is only to last until 2035. “Simpler is better,” Councilman Patrick Simon said, explaining that in order to improve the f low through and across Route 1, he thought it is best to consider smaller steps such as widening Route 1 and preserving all left turns. Eric Payne, West Windsor resident and member of Smart Traffic Solutions, a citizens group, explained that the proposed plan would maintain a high amount of traffic on Washington Road. Payne said he disapproved of the plan, explaining that the existing traffic issues are not new but that the proposal doesn’t offer an effective solution. “This proposal, just please don’t go with it,” he said.

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the old space at 130 University Place, Cyclab decided to close, the article reported. Under the Cyclab’s previous system, students would pay for the parts they used in repairing their bikes, which were priced at the cost that the organization bought them, but the volunteer mechanics also asked for donations to purchase more supplies for the co-op, Hocker explained. With Rocky as its new sponsor, the Cyclab has discontinued charging students for parts altogether. Instead, the college will subsidize the program completely. “We looked at the costs of consumables, so the basic things to get a bike going — new tire tubes or chain or cables,” Avens said. “We’ll see what the overall costs will be, but we thought for the purposes of starting this up that we would simply run it as a purely non-monetary, nonprofit venture.” In light of the Cyclab’s recent opening, an estimation

of its annual costs is difficult, but Rockefeller College has already bought a new set of tools for the mechanics and ordered an initial stock of consumables for under $1,000, according to Avens. “We’ll see how long that lasts, but that’s not a huge figure, considering what we spend on a study break,” Avens noted. The college has arranged to receive discounted pricing on the consumables they order by purchasing them in bulk. Other resources that students can use to fix their bikes on campus include tool kits in some of the residential colleges and a repair stand behind Frist Campus Center sponsored by the USG. “For some extensive repair, I don’t know if there are many spaces on campus anymore,” Hocker said. “But Rocky will really fill that niche, I hope.” The Cyclab will maintain its previous goal of teaching cyclists how to repair their own bikes with the help of the volunteer mechanics on staff. “We’re still teaching people. We still operate as a co-op,” Paulauskas explained. “Instead of people coming in

and having us fix their bikes, we teach them and help them through the process of fixing the bicycle.” The organization previously retained a staff of more than 20 volunteer mechanics, according to Hocker, and the management team continues to encourage any new mechanics to join, regardless of their level of experience. “The hope is that we would get a collective of people who would come in and give it a few hours a month,” Hocker added. “Exposure is really what makes you learn. I don’t think I could really explain how to fix a flat tire until I taught a seven-year-old girl, and she did it better than anyone else.” Although the Cyclab used to host collective group rides, bicycle education classes and an annual mini-bike race called FNA, the management team will presently focus on renewing its function as a bicycle repair shop. “We want students to use this because that’s how it’s going to survive,” Hocker explained. “The more kids that want to play with their bikes, the longer we can stay open.”

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Twenty-nine members of the Class of 2016 traveled to Camden, N.J. to visit the students of City Invincible Charter School for the first time as part of Big Sibs, a Universitybased community mentoring program, on Saturday. Organized by the Class of 2016 Council in collaboration with the Pace Center, Big Sibs was founded this spring to pair Princeton freshman mentors with City Invincible students from the third through fifth grades. Big siblings are required to send one email per week to their little siblings and are encouraged to meet in person at special events hosted by the program. The program held its first information session in February and is exclusively funded by the Class of 2016 council, according to Class of 2016 council member Justin Ziegler ’16. About 150 Princeton students came to Big Sibs’ mandatory training sessions in late March, the program’s executive board paired 94 of them with 94 City Invincible students, co-chair of the Big Sibs executive board Mallory Banks ’16 said. Two hundred and thirty-five Princeton students initially expressed interest in participating in the program. The remaining Princeton students will participate in mentoring kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders, she said. Twenty-four “Big Sibs,” five executive board members and Community House Director Marjorie Young made the first of several planned excursions to City Invincible on Saturday. Heather O’Donovan ’16 said this trip was her first opportunity to meet her “little sib,”

a third-grader. “At first, she was shy, but soon she opened up, and we discovered we share a passion for art and music,” O’Donovan said. She added that she decided to get involved with Big Sibs because her extracurricular activities on campus are usually restricted to music and theater, and she wanted to participate in a new type of activity to expand her horizons. Marcus Stroud ’16, another executive board member, said that he hopes Big Sibs will have developed and strengthened their relationships with their little siblings by the end of this school year. In the long term, he hopes the board will choose to involve the classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019, he said. “It would be great if different classes could all work together collectively to inspire children and create friendships and have a great impact on the life of the little sibs,” Stroud said. “We don’t want this to fade away. It would be great if it could become stronger and stronger.” Stroud said his experience with a similar program during his childhood, Big Brothers of America, provided him with a role model as he grew up and led him to join Big Sibs at the University. While Big Sibs is currently funded by the Class of 2016 Council, Ziegler and Banks said they hope to expand funding sources and have considered fundraising projects and alumni donations. The other members of the board include Mason Williams ’16, Stevie Peacock ’16, Sofia Gomez ’16, Kristen McNierney ’16, Eduardo Lima ’16, Leora Haber ’16, Lea Trusty ’16 and Ava Chen ’16. McNierney is a staff writer, and Trusty is a columnist for The Daily Princetonian.

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players before him, was a top prospect who came under scrutiny because he was suspected of lying about his age. MLB rules stipulate that a foreign player cannot sign before he is 16, but teams are wary of drafting players who are older than this. The result is widespread deception, according to the film. Sano was subjected to numerous tests and a lengthy investigation before he was able to clear his name by proving he was 16. The film touches on how his family, his coach and the makers of “Pelotero” believe that the controversy was intentionally stirred up by the MLB and the team most interested in Sano, the Pittsburgh Pirates, in order to bring his price down and sign him to a team in need of good players. “It has the appearance of being a free market because these kids are called free agents, but they are being funneled to one particular team,” Solotaroff said. He also believes that because of the consistently poor performance of teams like the Pirates — who had their 20th straight losing season last year — the MLB wanted certain prospects

to go to certain organizations. Sano was eventually cleared by the MLB and signed with the Minnesota Twins for $3.15 million. Batista, on the other hand, turned down a lucrative offer from the Houston Astros because he believed he could get a larger bonus from a different team. Before he received another offer, however, an MLB investigation revealed that he had been lying about his age and was actually 17. After being suspended for a year, Batista signed with the Astros for $200,000, less than half of what he had been offered originally. Much of the signing bonus does not go to the player, according to the film. Both players intended to buy their families nicer houses and other amenities, and the film showed Sano doing so, but as much as 35 percent of the money may go to the coaches who work with players for years in hopes of getting them signed. In Batista’s case, his coach was counting on money from the signing bonus to keep his baseball academy going. The epilogue to the documentary explained that Batista was successfully sued by his coach after his true age was revealed and his value dropped. Though there is deception on the part of some players and

extortion on the part of some coaches and agents, there was a consensus in the conversation following the screening on who was truly to blame. “The villain here is really Major League Baseball,” Farber said. The MLB declined to participate in the making of “Pelotero,” but the league’s most recent collective bargaining agreement limited the amount of money a team could spend on international players to $2.9 million, meaning that bonuses as large as Sano’s are no longer possible. In recent months, the MLB appears to have been moving closer to establishing an international draft, which would function like the current MLB First Year Player Draft and would eliminate some of the problems depicted in “Pelotero.” “This free agent system is a completely broken system as it is, and there are plenty of leeches that are taking advantage of these kids,” Solotaroff said. Indeed, the central message of his movie was essentially summed up by the words of an official at the Dominican Baseball Commission: “There is only one MLB. It’s a monopoly,” he told Sano and his family in the film, adding, “This is happening because he’s poor.”

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as the Tigers finished tied for fourth place at +38 with Temple. Villanova University took the team title at +23, nine shots ahead of Yale, with admirable performances by Michael Kania (+2) and Steve Skurla (+2), who finished tied for second place, one shot behind D’Amato. The Tigers had claimed the Ivy Match Play Tournament title in the fall, in a competition in which Yale finished fourth. The Bulldogs were able to ride the home-field advantage and improve allaround play to beat Princeton this time around. Among the seven Ivy teams, the Tigers finished

in second place, six shots behind Yale and two shots ahead of Penn, five ahead of Columbia, 15 ahead of Brown, 20 ahead of Dartmouth and 46 ahead of Cornell. Meanwhile, the women’s golf team had a good outing in the UNCW Seahawk Invitational in Wallace, N.C. where they placed fifth thanks to a strong performance by Kelly Shon (+7), which was good for fourth place on the individual leaderboard. The competition was the third event for the women so far this spring, after a second-place finish in the Low Country Intercollegiate two weeks ago and a dual match victory over Penn last Saturday. Senior Tiffany Dong (+15), freshman Alexandra Wong (+17), freshman Sydney Kersten (+20) and senior Anna

Jang (+24) also had solid outings. “We played pretty well, but there’s still room for improvement,” Wong said. “We are in a good place now, but it’s going to take some effort to do well at the Ivies.” Old Dominion took the team title, finishing ahead of Georgia State, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington. UNCG’s Fanny Cnops finished two shots ahead of the pack (and five ahead of Shon) at +2 to take the individual title. The men now have their annual home invitational to prepare for next weekend at Springdale Golf Club, while the women will face Rutgers in a dual match on Friday in their final event before the Ivy League Championships at the end of the month.

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Who knows, who cares? never expected to write an article in response to Susan Patton’s “Letter to the Editor: To the Women of Princeton,” from March 29. For one, honestly, I simply just did not care much about it when I first read it. Secondly, Patton’s underlying message was not something I had never heard before. Most of us have heard the basic question in some form or another: What would it mean to marry someone who didn’t go to Princeton or some other “seemingly comparable” school? It doesn’t seem to have any pressing impact on our lives as they are right now, but we have heard it. We may have discussed it, we may have quickly thrown it away, but to say it is not a concept alluded to from time to time would be a lie. It is a point of discussion on and outside of campus. Whether you agree with her or not (and don’t get me wrong, I don’t), I won’t say that I was utterly shocked that anyone could even possibly consider such a viewpoint. Whether they were conscious of it or not, even people close to me, even people who did not go to Princeton, have approached the subject before. The only difference is that they usually did it with a bit more subtlety. So when I read Patton’s letter, I read it for what I thought it was — over-the-top sensationalism. As one of my professors might have described it, she seemed to be going for the “sweeping, sexy claims” that will get people’s attention. Even in her second response, posted on April 4, Patton begins with, “Now that I have your attention …” Maybe Patton has a point in her original sentiment; maybe she doesn’t. But there is a fact of the matter to the way the question was originally presented, to the tone that was used and the words that were chosen. Someone knew that it was going to cause undue amounts of controversy. And it was quickly bought into. The

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very time I go home and then return to Princeton after break, I feel as if I’m traveling between two worlds. It isn’t until I come back to campus from my hometown that I see that the Orange Bubble is a place of many extremes. Whether it’s getting an A on another paper or snagging that highly sought after internship, we Princeton students are always on the quest for the next big thing — the one that will propel us even further in the direction of our dreams. But during this pursuit, we are in fierce competition with one another. Even though we all have our own individual goals, we compare the course of our path to that of the guy in our politics lecture or the girl beside us in precept. If he or she seems to be excelling more than us, then we tend to forget just how far we’ve come individually. And that’s why I want to say: It’s all good. Really good. Too much comparison can be detrimental to one’s own personal growth. But if you’re going to compare yourself to other Princetonians, you might want to enlarge your view and think about the greater community. Now granted, all of us have grown up in different environments, and so you may go back to your hometown sometime during summer break and learn that your hometown friends are traveling to exotic places and working on start-up businesses. But, look at it from the bigger picture: Not everyone is doing what you’re doing. There are many college students who cannot even afford to go out of the country, let alone afford another semester of school unless they receive a lot of federal aid. There are many students here at Princeton who are on financial aid, and we have access to more options to prevent debt accumulation than the average college student, such as internship and senior thesis funding. Aside from finances, we are not lacking in the abundance of opportunities available. But at times, we tend to feel as though we have to be the best at everything,

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and if not, then we aren’t taking advantage of all that is at our feet, so to speak. We have become so acclimated to the fierce competitiveness that comes along with the territory that we tend to pass off even large successes as “no big deal” because we see them just as checkpoints to something else. Or perhaps we beat ourselves up over rejections without grasping the fact that we had enough courage to go after what we wanted and that one or several no’s will not negate our competency and talent. We are all different and gifted in various ways. The uniqueness in each person’s path is something that is definitely evident, especially if you look at our diverse range of majors. Or, you can see the imaginative ways through which Princeton students make new discoveries just by looking at the Dale Award winners, for example. But when we miss out on an opportunity that looked perfect for us, we may not consider that maybe our abilities will f lourish elsewhere. Even if we are one out of several students vying for the same position, the fact still remains that if we don’t get it, that shouldn’t mean that we are down for the count. We as Princetonians are known for taking the initiative and having the discipline to succeed. One setback does not take away those qualities. A setback is just that: a setback. It should also be mentioned that when we’re actively pursuing our goals, we should always take the time to ref lect on how far we’ve come in the process. We’re never going to be done wanting something else after achieving something we previously relished; it’s just a part of our nature. But come on, you’ve made it this far, haven’t you? So as you’re salivating to hear back from a certain company about the results of your interview or awaiting an email from a professor about your progress on a special project, think back on how much you’ve done in the past that has led you up to this point. And then remind yourself that “it’s all good.” Morgan Jerkins is a comparative literature major from Williamston, N.J. She can be reached at mjerkins @princeton. edu.

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To me at least, Patton’s original letter was meant to be unnecessarily overstated and inflammatory, and it was published knowing that it was.

amount of response was, frankly, overwhelming. There are 601 (recorded) responses and comments to the article itself. There are 12 officially printed responses or reactions to the letter from Princeton alumni, students, faculty and parents, not to mention responding columns from Lauren Prastien, Barbara Zhan and Isabella Gomes. It spurred national media coverage. People continue to talk about it. Look very closely at the 12 responses that were published in The Daily Princetonian shortly after Patton’s original rabble-rouser. Not a single one of them is nearly as provocative. Even Nicole Clark ’09, who seemingly agrees with what she details as the basic points of Patton’s letter, presents her conclusions in a much less exaggerated, incendiary manner. She presents her claims in a — dare I say it — reasonably aimed tone of voice. Really consider why this letter blew up to national proportions in the first place. Really consider what it meant for this letter to have been published in the first place, for it to have been read and consciously placed in the paper that day. Yes, it makes bold claims about gender, about marriage, about careerfamily balance. Yes, bold claims are meant to be made. But this was slightly different. To me at least, Patton’s original letter was meant to be unnecessarily overstated and inf lammatory, and it was published knowing that it was. It was meant to shock you and get your attention by whatever means necessary. Her second letter is starkly different in tone, yet it tries to make the exact same point. So, if we were offended, incensed and enraged, then I think we played right into somebody else’s hand. I’m not saying the reactions weren’t necessarily warranted. But, if I am being perfectly honest, I think we were played. In the end, if you want my opinion, it’s like this: Susan Patton’s letter is like the Octomom. Ignore it. Don’t fall for it. It’ll go away. Then, if you want to have any real discussion about marriage and career-family balance, maybe you’ll be able to really do so.

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ake a minute and think way back to freshman orientation, when your plastered smile was big and your dreams even bigger. When you sat in the awe-inspiring chapel surrounded by your fellow Class of 201X for Opening Exercises: A University Convocation. President Shirley Tilghman introduced you to the mindset you should inhabit for the next four years and beyond: “…our unofficial motto, ‘Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations.’” Thank goodness “unofficial” wasn’t on my SAT — it seems President Tilghman was invoking an alternate definition I’ve only recently understood: “used only in formal contexts but has no observable effects.” We may have a motto providing an illusion to the contrary, but Princeton has a glaring lack of student volunteering. By instituting the motto in its current formulation, Woodrow Wilson attempted to foster an environment that valued service, where students dedicated time to giving back to the nation, but that ship has long since sailed. All that remains of that era is the amorphous, throwaway motto stuffed into a plastic bottle still floating in the harbor. And a few times a year, we fish down to get it and pretend as if it’s relevant to our campus life.

While it is impossible to calculate exact figures for service on campus (What exactly counts as service? What about the unaccounted for volunteering in the residential colleges, eating clubs, etc.?), the PACE Center, our campus hub for civic engagement, has statistics on two of its largest volunteer programs: as of fall 2012, the Student Volunteers Council (SVC) has 531 volunteers and Community House has 126. Those numbers not only leave dramatic room for improvement — keep in mind there are over 5,000 undergraduates on campus — but, as reflections of the two most important programs in our center for service, they’re rather embarrassing. You might ask: Why is volunteering important? I would argue, firstly, that we are so absurdly lucky to attend Princeton and with that privilege comes a certain degree of responsibility to give back. Yes, we worked hard to get here. Yes, we work even harder once we’re here. But that doesn’t absolve us of the responsibility that is necessarily entwined in the privilege of being here — one that I can imagine very few of us would be willing to give up. Realistically, however, a sense of responsibility isn’t the best motivator. Instead, my most important reason for tutoring weekly in Trenton is that spending too much time in the Orange Bubble makes me delusional. It’s far too easy to get sucked into the dangerous, endless cycle of entitlement, stress and self-pity when all we talk about is our

first-world problem of being too busy. Only a short drive away, people have real problems. They don’t have food, and they don’t have shelter. We live in castles and an old hotel that overlooks a golf course and, for most, all meals are provided for by parents or remarkably generous financial aid. It’s all too important to gain some perspective by looking at our “problems” from the outside. How much emotionally healthier would our campus community be if everyone was able to maintain some perspective? In response to those who would label this approach to volunteering as selfish, I think it’s senseless to deny the mutually beneficial nature of service. Alternatively, perhaps to you, “Princeton in the nation’s service” might mean budgeting your time most efficiently with the long-term goal of contributing back to society with your newly honed skill set later on. I’ll acknowledge that the motto does refer in part to life post-march-through-FitzRandolph-Gate, but only in part; there’s no reason it should also preclude service now. For that small percentage of people on campus who legitimately don’t have an hour per week to spare for those less fortunate, that’s okay — not every single person needs to volunteer. It just needs to become part of our campus dialogue, become the campus norm. I never want to hear, “That’s so nice you volunteer!” Students should instead be asking, “Which day do you volunteer?” in the same conversation as “Which clubs are you involved in?”

Right now, our unofficial motto hardly means anything to our campus identity. It’s time to reexamine that. Why is our community so obsessed with our quotidian struggles that we can’t think beyond our lives in Firestone and on the Street? There should be at least as many ‘Prince’ articles about service as there are about hook-up culture. Athletes should dedicate one of their many hours of practice to serving in a soup kitchen. Theater groups should perform a dress rehearsal at a senior home and a cappella groups should host concerts in children’s hospitals. It’s time we prioritize, sending a message loudly and clearly that this is important to us, that Princeton is a beacon of both academic achievement and national service. I only volunteer two hours a week, I’ve never participated in a breakout trip and I do not hold any SVC leadership positions. This article isn’t a selfrighteous crusade to make myself seem like a better person — it’s about looking honestly at the ways our actions and dialogue (or lack thereof) reflect our values and whether we are proud of what our community stands for. I say it’s time we step up our game and fill this void, transforming the unofficial motto from an embarrassing catchphrase into our trademark. Joshua Pitkoff is a freshman from Pound Ridge, N.Y. He can be reached at jpitkoff@ princeton.edu.

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The No. 3 women’s lightweight crew raced at the San Diego Crew Classic where it took on No. 1 Stanford and Washington State. The Tigers fell less than three seconds short of beating Stanford, posting a time of 6:55.33 to Stanford’s 6:50.42. The Tigers will have another opportunity for an upset two weeks from now when they take on No.2 Harvard as they compete for the Class of 1999 Cup.

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ward. Rice thinks the team can learn from its slow start and continue to improve. “We learned our lesson, and we’ll be better from it next year,” Rice said. Their season, however, is not over yet. Next week Princeton will take on Penn, the loser of the other semifinal to Brown, to decide third place in

the Ivy League. The teams know each other well, as this will be the third time this season Princeton has played Penn. The sides drew their first game 33-33, with Princeton winning their next matchup 17-10. “Apparently, they just picked up two new ex-football players, which will be interesting to watch out for,” Halsey said. “They have really good line speed, and we also just have to come out strong and hit

them hard from the beginning.” The game will almost certainly be a close one, but the Tigers feel they will have the edge after facing a squad as tough as the Big Green. Rice acknowledged that Princeton may have gotten “caught up in the Dartmouth hype” and underperformed in the beginning of the semifinal but is confident that the same will not be true when Princeton plays a team it knows as well as Penn.

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wins. Hahn won at fifth singles against Amber Li 7-6, 6-1. First singles sophomore Lindsay Graff defeated No. 46 Elizabeth Epstein in a close match, winning in three sets 4-6, 6-2, (10-5). Princeton finished the match 2-5. The Tigers had more success against Brown on Saturday. Princeton took the doubles point as third doubles senior Monica Chow and sophomore Katie Goepel and second doubles Flanigan and Graff won 8-2 and 8-1 respectively. In singles play, the Tigers only let Brown take one point, but that one point was fought for in a tough three-set match between fourth singles Goepel and Brown’s Nikita Uberoi. The rest of the women won their matches, with Graff winning 6-3, 6-1; Flanigan winning 7-5, 7-5; Chow winning 6-3, 6-0; Hahn winning 3-6, 7-5, (10-5) and sophomore Joan Cannon winning 6-4, 6-4. Princeton finished its weekend with its first loss in the Ivy League. Both the men’s and women’s teams will play Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend. The men will have a particularly difficult challenge, playing the No. 18 Crimson at home, while the women will play away.

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Men continue perfect start in Ivy League By Andrew Sun contributor

The men’s and women’s tennis teams faced two more Ivy League opponents this weekend playing Yale and Brown. The No. 51 men’s team (14-4 overall, 3-0 Ivy League) went undefeated, taking down No. 54 Yale 5-2 and Brown 4-3 in a very close match, while the No. 65 women (10-5, 2-1) split their weekend, losing to Yale and beating Brown. The men’s team started out well against Yale (15-4, 1-1), with quick wins by third doubles team of junior Augie Bloom and senior Matt Siow (8-3) and first doubles senior Matija Pecotic and sophomore Zack McCourt (8-4) to win the doubles point. Starting out strongly, the Tigers looked to continue their success in singles. First singles Pecotic gave the Tigers a good start, winning three breaks to take the lead in the first set 5-0. His early lead would continue as he would go on to beat the Bulldogs’ first singles John Huang 6-0, 6-4. With the Tigers up 2-0, the Bulldogs would get their first point with a win as second singles McCourt lost to Yale’s Marc Powers 6-2, 6-3. However, Princeton quickly

rallied back with two more victories. Freshman Jonathan Carcione, at sixth singles, outplayed Zachary Dean to win 6-2, 6-4, and junior Dan Richardson clinched the win with a score of 6-4, 6-4 over Yale to lead the Tigers to a record of 2-0 in the Ivy League. Their division win-streak would continue against their next opponent, Brown (12-7, 1-1). The Tigers dominated in doubles play, as third doubles Bloom and Siow won again with a score of 8-3, followed by Pecotic and McCourt at first doubles, winning 8-6. The second doubles team of junior Dan Davies and senior Matt Spindler rallied back from a 6-3 deficit to win the doubles point in a close match 9-8. However, out of the next five matches, the Bulldogs would take three and the Tigers two, leaving the score tied at 3-3. Only first singles Pecotic and fifth singles Richardson would win their matches. The only match left was fourth singles Siow against Yale’s Sam Fife. Siow lost the first set, in a tough 3-6 battle, but then rallied back to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the win for the Tigers and keep them perfect in Ivy play. Princeton is currently tied with Harvard for first in the division.

“I love it,” Siow said of clinching the match. “I’ve been in the situation quite a few times in my Princeton career. When the match is tied 3-3, and everybody knows that all eyes are on you. Every point, there’s cheering from both sides. It’s really just a fun atmosphere, and I was just having fun. I knew what the strategy was, and I just had to find a way.” The women’s team split their matches this weekend — they were unsuccessful against No. 41 Yale but defeated Brown the next day. Against Yale, the women struggled in their doubles play as only third doubles junior Katherine Flanigan and freshman Emily Hahn took a match, winning 8-6. “I was really excited that I was able to play my first Yale match at our home courts,” Hahn said. “During the match, I tried to focus on my game and not my opponents, and I knew that if I took care of how I played, I would come out ahead.” The Bulldogs would also go on to take the first three singles matches, winning at third, fourth and sixth singles to clinch the victory. However, a few Tigers picked up some solid See TENNIS page 9

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Senior Matija Pecotic led the Tigers to a weekend sweep by winning both his matches soundly.

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Tigers fall to Dartmouth in Ivy League semifinals By John Bogle contributor

Take out the first 15 minutes of the match, and the men’s club rugby team may very well have advanced to the Ivy League Championship game on Saturday. Against a perennial powerhouse team like Dartmouth, generally recognized as the top dog in Ivy League rugby, however, one cannot afford

to start the game off slowly. Dartmouth won the match 29-12, but it was far closer than the score indicated — after letting in two soft tries in the first 15 minutes, Princeton was outscored just 15-12 and won the second half 12-8. “We came out scared and overwhelmed for no reason,” senior f ly-half Phil Halsey said. “Dartmouth is the only team which that happens

for. Dartmouth is far and away the best team in the Ivy League, and we have this attitude whenever we play them that we respect them way too much.” After losing 50-3 just a year prior, Princeton improved upon its performance against a Dartmouth team that was the heavy favorite to win the league. After a sluggish start, the Tigers proved to be wor-

thy competitors for the Big Green. “Once we got our heads in the game and played our own brand of rugby, it was a much closer contest,” freshman winger Michael Rice said. “We feel as though if we had played that way for the entire match, the result might have been different,” Rice added. Princeton may have

lacked the star power of Dartmouth’s fullback Madison Hughes, an All-America winger who scored a try and kicked all the Big Green’s goals, but the Tigers got contributions across the board. One player who picked up the slack in the second half was junior hooker Chris Hamm, who scored both of Princeton’s tries. Sophomore fullback William Hicks converted

one of the tries, and senior winger Ivan Camponogara had a few long runs that put the Tigers in Big Green territory. Rice also contributed key touches throughout the game. Though those performances were not enough to get them to the next round of the Ivy tournament, the Princeton team will look to build on the loss going forSee RUGBY page 9

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Senior Bernie D’Amato kicked off the men’s golf team’s spring season with an impressive individual performance, shooting 1-over to clinch the Yale Spring Opener individual title at The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The title was D’Amato’s second individual one with Princeton, with his first title having come in the fall last season when he took the Classic at Shelter Harbor in a playoff. No Tiger on the men’s golf team had won an individual title since D’Amato’s win at Shelter Harbor, giving him the last two individual titles for Princeton. D’Amato, the lone senior on the team, had an exceptional first round, shooting a two under par to take a three-stroke lead halfway through the competition. The impressive first-round performance was enough to carry him through a not as impressive three over par in the second round. The other members of the team — junior Nicholas Ricci (+12), junior Greg Jarmas (+13), rookie Quinn Prchal (+15) and sophomore Joseph D’Amato (+24), Bernie’s brother, each chipped in with solid performances See GOLF page 7

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Junior Kely Shon shot +7 to finish in fourth place on the individual leaderboard.

“What they’re doing is illegal,” producer Isaac Solotaroff said of Major League Baseball’s practices in the Dominican Republic. “They could never do this in the United States.” Solotaroff’s remarks came after a screening of his documentary, “Pelotero” — which means “ballplayer” in Spanish — in Wallace Hall Monday afternoon. He was joined in the discussion after the film by economics professor Hank Farber. The film followed two Dominican prospects, 16-year-old Jean Carlos Batista and 15-yearold Miguel Angel Sano, as they went through the process leading up to July 2, the day on which the MLB allows Dominican players to sign with teams. In the film and in the ensuing discussion, Major League Baseball came under heavy criticism for its perceived exploitation of impoverished Do-

minican baseball players. As depicted in the documentary, both Batista and Sano trained for years in hopes of getting drafted. They left home to live in complexes operated by coaches. The film depicts the conditions in which the players’ families live — Sano’s family lived in a building the size of a shed — and repeatedly returns to scenes in which everyone — coaches, agents, players and their families — emphasize the importance of signing a big league contract. As maybe one in 30 players signed by an MLB team will make it to the major leagues, Solotaroff said, the signing bonus is the only money most players will see for their years of baseball, other than monthly stipends they receive while playing in the minors. The film portrays how the importance of the signing bonus leads to dishonest behavior of the players and of the teams. Sano, like many Dominican See MLB page 7

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