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Monday april 22, 2013 vol. cxxxvii no. 49

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PRESIDENT

EISGRUBER

CONOR DUBE :: ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

Provost named next U. president

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ess than one month after Yale President Richard Levin announced his plans to retire, Princeton President Shirley Tilghman too announced that she would step down at the end of the academic year. Both institutions then appointed search committees to identify potential replacements and ultimately select a successor. Less than two months after launching its presidential search, Yale chose Provost Peter Salovey to succeed Levin. Princeton too chose its provost, Christopher Eisgruber ’83, as its next president, but the announcement was not made until Sunday — more than six months after the process began. Over those six months, the search committee held focus groups, solicited feedback and conducted interviews to choose the next president. For the last few months of the search, the

committee was tight-lipped about the process, sticking strictly to its goal of complete confidentiality. In the end, the committee selected the candidate who had been widely speculated to be the principal frontrunner all along: Eisgruber, the longserving provost and constitutional law expert who had garnered widespread respect from the faculty during his 12 years at the University. Eisgruber comes to the presidency with his own set of goals, including the expansion of Princeton’s internationalization and online education initiatives. But as the Tilghman administration’s second-highest-ranking administrator for the past nine years, his policies toward undergraduate grading and social life will likely be grounded in those adapted over the past decade.

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U. announces selection at press conference President-elect discusses plans

By James Evans staff writer

University Provost Christopher Eisgruber ’83 was named the 20th president of the University on Sunday. The selection was announced at a press conference held at Nassau Hall, where the University Board of Trustees unanimously approved the search committee’s recommendation of Eisgruber. He will succeed President Shirley Tilghman, who announced in September that she was stepping down after 12 years on the job. In a November email to The Daily Princetonian, Eisgruber said he did not consider himself a candidate for the presidency. “It is flattering that people

would mention my name in this connection, but I do not consider myself a candidate,” he wrote. “I have always assumed that I would return to my teaching and research — which I love — after my time as provost is done. That remains my (happy) expectation.” At the press conference, Eisgruber was asked what changed between November and last week, when he was formally offered the position of President. “I realized this was a very important time for the University. This was also a very important time in higher education, and one where ideals that I care deeply about are going to be affected in very significant ways,” Eisgruber said. “I have loved serving as Provost for the last nine years, in addition to

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spending time teaching and doing research ... And as I talked to people about those challenges, I became convinced that if this opportunity were available I would very much want to take it.” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who serves as an ex-officio member of the board, said he was thrilled with Eisgruber’s appointment. “The prerequisite of Chris is that he’s not going to need a manual to run this place, right?,” Christie said, laughing. “So what he’s going to be able to do is focus his time on getting both from inside himself and from the faculty and the supporters of the place a vision for what’s next and that’s I think really important and one of the great advantages I think he brings to the

job.” Tilghman, who will begin a one-year leave of absence from the University in June, expressed equal excitement. “I think April 21 is going to go down as a great day for Princeton,” she said. “I think we have in Chris the leader that we’re going to need for the next decade or so, and I don’t think we could be in better hands.” Eisgruber graduated magna cum laude from Princeton in 1983 with a degree in physics. On Sunday, Eisgruber said the time he spent at Princeton as an undergraduate were some of his defining years. “My four years here were transformative, happy, they were years that stretched me, that gave me See ANNOUNCEMENT page 8

A supporter of grade deflation, online courses, internationalization See ACADEMICS page 8

By Loully Saney staff writer

Christopher Eisgruber ’83 was named the 20th president of the University at a press conference just after noon on Sunday in the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall. In attendance were trustees, administrators and members of the media. Eisgruber sat at the head of the table next to University President Shirley Tilghman, Chair of the Board of Trustees and of the presidential search committee Kathryn Hall ’80

and Vice chair of the search committee Brent Henry ’69. In his speech, which lasted about 15 minutes, Eisgruber described his selection as a “great joy” and explained that he has developed a heartfelt appreciation for the University as a student, alumnus and faculty member. “This university has shaped my life ever since I stepped foot on this campus 34 years ago as a freshman,” Eisgruber said. Chair of the Board Katie Hall referenced Eisgruber’s See SPEECH page 8

Chair of search committee Katie Hall ’80: Eisgruber offered job last week See PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH page 3

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LIFE OF EISGRUBER 1987 Sep. 24, 1961 Born in Lafayette, Ind.

Receives an M.Litt in politics from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

1988 1983 Graduates from Princeton with an A.B. in physics, magna cum laude. Was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Graduates from The University of Chicago Law School cum laude. Eisgruber served as the editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. He also met his wife, Lori Martin, while a first-year there.

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HANNAH MILLER:: DESIGN STAFFER

1988-89

2000

Serves as a clerk to Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the 5th circuit for the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Joins the University as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

1989-90

2013

JAMES EVANS :: STAFF WRITER

Elected President.

2001

Serves as a clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

1990-2001 Becomes an assistant professor at the New York University School of Law, then an associate professor, and finally a full professor of law in 1995.

Leaves NYU Law to become a professor in the Wilson School and the Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

2004 Appointed provost, succeeding Amy Gutmann.

ACADEMICS

New president brings diverse background in science, law, public service, academia By Greta Shum staff writer

The next president of the University, Christopher Eisgruber ’83, has had a long history as a scholar at Princeton, first as an undergraduate and then as a Wilson School professor beginning in 2001 before taking the position of provost in 2004, but he also brings a strong and broad background in academics at other institutions. Eisgruber graduated from the University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physics before going to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and receiving his M. Litt. in Politics. There, he began a career in the social sciences, a field in which he has continued to work for the past 30 years. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1988, and he has clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Higginbotham as well as for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Eisgruber taught law at New York University for 11 years before joining Princeton’s faculty, with appointments in the Wilson

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School and the Department of Politics. While at NYU, Eisgruber became friends with current NYU professor of law and sociology David Garland, who emphasized Eisgruber’s expertise in many fields as one of the strengths that made him an ideal candidate for the University presidency. “He embodies, I’d say, the values of intellectual integrity and scholarship, and for that reason he ranges across the whole campus with all its specialisms, and he is able to make good judgments about areas not because he’s necessarily a specialist in them, but he has a good sense of what the science affecting the scholarly interplay is really all about,” Garland said. A passion for constitutional law Eisgruber has written several highly-praised books on constitutional law. His most recent book, “Religious Freedom and the Constitution,” was published in 2010 and co-authored with The University of Texas at Austin law professor Lawrence G. Sager, who described

Eisgruber as “smart, courageous, independent, highly creative and enormously well-qualified to lead Princeton and to become a voice for higher education in the United States.” In their book, Eisgruber and Sager explain the American constitution’s characterization of “equal liberty,” or the system of compromise between accommodating religion in public life and keeping a secular legal system. Mirjam Kunkler, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies who uses the book as a text in her classes, explained that the authors also call for a criteria by which equal liberty of the religious and the secular can be weighed and accommodated. Kunkler said that this is critical because of the influence’ influence of religion in new constitutions being drafted in the Arab world. These new constitutions require a more finite differentiation between secular and religious ruling, while the American Constitutional theory generally separates religion only to the private sphere, she explained. In the book, Eisgruber and

Sager specifically attend to matters in Israel and France. “By virtue of the fact that Chris Eisgruber is now president of Princeton University, I think that particular part of his work is going to get much more attention because so many constitutions are now in the process of being drafted.” Kunkler said. Continuing the legacy The previous 19 University presidents have also been noteworthy because of the academic backgrounds they have brought to the position. Current president Shirley Tilghman set a precedent as the first scientist president, originally coming to the university as the Howard A. Prior Professor of Life Sciences in Molecular Biology. She has emphasized the sciences throughout her career as president, presiding over the creation of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the new Frick Chemistry Laboratory. According to Garland, as a professor of law, Eisgruber will be able

to make a similar contribution to Tilghman’s with his own impressive academic background because of his strong connection to the values of the University. “He has a sense of what it takes to make a great university — his judgments about things, his capacity to take problems and see creative ways through them and his sense of the people, including the University community. Part of knowing Chris well and thinking so highly of him is just having that sense of his understanding of how to treat people properly and how to do the right thing,” Garland said. This past fall, Eisgruber taught a freshman seminar called FRS 139: The Supreme Court and Constitutional Democracy, in which freshmen read Supreme Court cases in order to understand the role of the court in a democracy. Eve Barnett ’16, who took the course, said that she appreciated Eisgruber’s attention to every person’s remark in class. “I thought that the way he designed the course was incredibly challenging, but so amazingly sat-

isfying because we were reading Supreme Court cases, and that’s a really intimidating thing for an incoming freshman to do. So he really pushed us and had assignments that we didn’t think we’d be able to do, but he helped us in class and in office hours, and we made it through,” Barnett said. She added that he joined his former students for a dinner in Rockefeller College two weeks ago, which she thought showed how connected the students felt to the class. According to his colleagues, Eisgruber seems to have built similar connections along his academic path. “My sense is that you’re going to have a really dynamic and engaging president who people will be able to trust implicitly to always do the right thing,” Garland said. Upon hearing about the appointment, Sager added, “I really do believe it’s a great choice and not least because he’s such a terrific scholar. I’m a great fan of his and a great friend of his, and the combination is wonderful in a moment like this.”

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Monday april 22, 2013 PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH

Following seven-month-long search, details of process emerge By Jean-Carlos Arenas and Lydia Lim staff writer and senior writer

Provost Christopher Eisgruber ’83 was confirmed as the 20th University president shortly after noon on Sunday during an extraordinary meeting of the Board of Trustees. The confirmation, reportedly a unanimous vote, came only minutes before Eisgruber was presented to the Board and to the media. But according to interviews conducted on Sunday afternoon, Eisgruber had actually learned of the committee’s intention to recommend him for the presidency at least a week before the University announcement, when Chair of the Board and of the search committee Katie Hall ’80 had called him and let him know of the decision. At around the same time, Hall had also informed Tilghman but not the Board at large. Although the Board confirmed the president, it is the search committee alone — made up of nine trustees, one administrator, four faculty members and three students — that made the final recommendation. “I have to say, you know, I hadn’t heard from her for a bit,” Eisgruber said. “As with any process that you’re going through where you’ve been interviewed and you haven’t heard, you get a bit worried, and so I was exhilarated when I got the call.” Last Tuesday, Eisgruber had told The Daily Princetonian that he was in St. Louis and that he would not be available for an interview for the rest of the week. In a follow-up email on Thursday, he noted that this was “the craziest time of year” for his schedule. On Sunday, he explained that he had been presenting a lecture at the time and that being away from campus had also had its

benefits. “It was nice to be out there, and in some ways, it made it a little easier, to be away from campus,” Eisgruber explained. “I didn’t have to dodge questions as much as I would otherwise have to be doing.” Eisgruber’s appointment came after a seven-month-long process, although his name was circulated widely during those months. As far back as last November, Eisgruber had been speculated by faculty to be one of the strongest contenders for the presidency, along with Wilson School professor and former dean Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80. At the time, Eisgruber wrote in an email to the ‘Prince’ that he did not consider himself a candidate and that he was looking forward to returning to teaching once his time as provost was over. In the same month, Yale appointed Peter Salovey, who had been the school’s provost for four years, to the position of president only a month after its current president, Richard Levin, announced his retirement. Although Princeton also ultimately selected its own provost, the process took significantly more time. “We chose the best person for the job, and I believe that the way to discern kind of the truth and the strength of that statement is to do what we did,” Hall explained. “We started with a clean slate; we really did talk to this wide variety of people, sought different viewpoints, different perspectives.” Hall, the CEO of an asset management company valued at $22 billion, explained that she consulted at least two people outside the committee, although no executive search firm was hired for the process. “We thought it was one of our primary responsibilities to

develop a strong pool of candidates,” Hall noted, explaining that the committee had chosen not to contract a firm to develop the candidates’ list for them. The committee members also decided against hiring a search firm because they felt they had the capacity to be diligent and received strong logistical support from Vice President and Secretary Bob Durkee ’69, Hall said. Hall said she consulted Thomas Wright ’62, former University vice president and secretary, and Bob Rawson ’66, chair of the search committee that selected Shirley Tilghman as president in 2001. “I only was involved in this process at the very beginning just to discuss the processes we followed in the previous [presidential search],” Wright said, adding that he did not receive advance notice of Eisgruber’s selection. As of press time, Rawson could not be reached for comment. Hall explained that the full Board of Trustees was not informed of the details of the search process, although she did give regular updates during trustee meetings. Hall declined to comment on whether the search committee had narrowed its candidate field down to solely Eisgruber during a Board of Trustees meeting between April 4–6. “I shared an update on the process with the Board ... and someone said, you know, can we share the names of other candidates, and I said the same thing I told you, you know, ‘No.’ ” Wright, who said he was present at a party celebrating Tilghman’s legacy with the trustees that weekend, noted that Eisgruber was also in attendance, although nobody introduced See PROCESS page 6

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CHOOSING A PRESIDENT Oct. 2-5 The USG interviews students who applied to serve on the search committee.

By Marcelo Rochabrun associate news editor for enterprise

Following the announcement of the appointment of Christopher Eisgruber ’83 as the next University president, The Daily Princetonian sat down with Katie Hall ’80, the chair of the search committee and the University Board of Trustees, to discuss the details behind the election. Hall explained that she consulted with at least two former search committee members who were part of the selection process for current President Shirley Tilghman and that Eisgruber was offered the job last week. The Daily Princetonian: How was your experience chairing the search committee? Katie Hall: You know, this was a fabulous experience. We

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had, from the beginning, set up our search committee to have a broad diversity of views, backgrounds, different constituents and the group really just came together so well. We worked hard, took a lot of time, but I think it really developed a very intense sense of shared purpose, camaraderie. It was a great experience. DP: Yale chose its provost about a month after their current president resigned. Why did Princeton take so long to choose its provost? KH: We chose the best person for the job and I believe that the way to discern kind of the truth and the strength of that statement is to do what we did. We started with a clean slate, we really did talk to this wide variety of people, sought different

viewpoints, different perspectives. And I think it’s from that, that I really can say with confidence that Chris is the best candidate.

Oct. 19-21 Search committee convenes

Tilghman announces she is retiring at the end of the academic year.

Search committee announced. Catherine Ettman ’13 and Jeffrey Morell ’13 serve as undergraduate representatives.

time. Oct. 23 A month after Tilghman announces her retirement, the search committee unveils its website. The site includes a survey where people can send feedback. Nov. 12

Nov. 19 Chair of the search committee Katie Hall ’80 says the committee expects to have a list of candidates by the end of December.

At a CPUC meeting, Eisgruber receives a round of applause when his name is announced as a potential candidate.

Nov. 8 Yale names its provost, Peter Salovey, as president. Nov. 15 Following a dozen interviews with faculty members, The Daily Princetonian concludes former Wilson School dean Anne-Marie Slaughter and Eisgruber are frontrunners for the presidency. In response, Eisgruber says he does not consider himself a candidate and that he was looking forward to going back to teaching when his time as provost was over.

Nov. 26The search committee holds a series of focus groups soliciting student feedback on what they want in the next president.

Nov. 29 Eisgruber and other administrators say they have no intentions of resigning from the University following Tilghman’s retirement.

Jan. 20 Anne-Marie Slaughter for the presidency held by PrincetonPresident.com.

DP: I think you were asked this before, but how many people did you interview? KH: You know, we’re not going to comment on the details of the process. As I said really early on … it’s not because we’re trying to be lacking transparency. An important part of the process is the confidentiality. The strength of that permits both the committee members to have completely open and candid conversations, and it really does permit people willing to engage with us in the process to feel that they themselves would be safe, right, if things went a See HALL page 8

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Oct. 15

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH

Q&A: Katie Hall ’80, chair of search committee and Board of Trustees

DESIGN STAFF ALLISON KRUK :: STAFF WRITER

Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Tilghman and Eisgruber travel to China and Hong Kong, participate in a policy conference and thank donors. April 4-6

April 5 Slaughter announces she is leaving the University to serve as president of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank in D.C.

The University Board of Trustees meets in Princeton. No announcement follows. April 21 Eisgruber is named president after a special meeting of the trustees.

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Q&A: Eisgruber ’83, U. president-elect By James Evans staff writer

Following the University press conference naming Provost Christopher Eisgruber ‘83 as the next University president, Eisgruber sat down with The Daily Princetonian to discuss his selection, his plans for the University and his time as an undergraduate. Eisgruber said he supports the grade def lation policy and the freshman rush ban, hopes to continue the University’s efforts at refining multiclub-Bicker and the residential college system, online courses and international programs and looks forward to no longer having to explain what a provost does. The Daily Princetonian: You mentioned that you had only heard 10 minutes before the press conference that you were going to be the 20th president. President-elect Christopher Eisgruber: That I was officially selected, James. The Board has to vote. Until they vote, I’m not it. DP: What went through your mind at that moment? CE: Well, at that moment, since I was expecting it, it was sort of, “Wow, this is wonderful; I have to go ahead and make sure I can deliver my remarks coherently.” DP: And when did you first learn? CE: So that was a little more than a week ago, when Katie Hall phoned me. So at that point I knew I was a finalist. I have to say, you know, I hadn’t heard from her for a bit. As with any process that you’re going through where you’ve been interviewed and you haven’t heard, you get a bit worried, and so I was exhilarated when I got the call. DP: And when did you tell your family? CE: Well, I told my wife immediately. So I actually I got off the phone with Katie, and I phoned Lori. With [my son] Danny I was a little more careful about it just because I didn’t want to put him in the position of having to keep a secret which was very wellguarded. You know, he could get uncomfortable questions at the high school. So what

I told him immediately was that I was a finalist and that I was under serious consideration, and did he have any questions that he wanted to ask me about that. I finally told Danny Friday night.

tee here; I want to spend all my time on teaching and research.” So I’m going to Princeton and I understand that’s a cost, but it’s something that I had anticipated when I came here.

DP: And how’d he take it?

As I’ve said to people before, when Amy Gutmann left the provost office, I really did not consider myself in any sense a candidate at that point. I got a telephone call from Shirley Tilghman’s office to come in and meet with the president and give her advice. And I had been doing my best to do what I told Tom Nagle I would do — and that was staying in teaching and research. And the reason I have stayed in the role and enjoyed it is because of my commitment to this university and how much it means to me. There are some people who want to go into university administration, and some of those people leave and go to universities they don’t know in order to that. I can’t imagine doing that. The reason to do this job is as a way of serving an institution that has made a transformative difference in my own life.

CE: He smiled at me; he said that was fine. He asked me if he had to wear a tie or not, and whether he could wear his orange socks. DP: When did you accept the nomination? CE: I accepted the nomination the moment it was offered to me. I have been very enthusiastic about taking this position, and as I said at the press conference, you know there was a decision that I had to make and that every administrator at this university had to make: whether or not to leave behind their research, in particular. I do hope that I’ll be able to teach occasionally as president, as Shirley Tilghman has done, but you make a decision to leave behind your scholarship, and particularly in a job that’s as all-consuming as the president’s job, there’s not much choice about that. So that’s a serious choice. But once I had made that decision, I was sure I wanted to move forward. DP: How does a constitutional law expert like yourself become provost and then president of a University without a law school? CE: So, I’ll tell you one thing about that. You know, when I was moving here from NYU — and NYU, I had a wonderful career there, [and] a lot of my colleagues there are still very good friends and some of them were trying to keep me from coming here — the philosopher Tom Nagle had a conversation with me where he made one of the worst predictions that I’d ever heard. One of the things Tom said to me at the time was, “Chris, you should stay at NYU because if you go to school without a law school, you’ll be a lot less central to what goes on at the university unless it’s in the administration.” And I have to tell you, I replied to him, “Look, that’s fine with me; I’ve been doing administrative things; I’ve chaired the appointments commit-

DP: And what has the last week been like for you? What were you doing out in St. Louis? CE: I was out in St. Louis giving a talk on religious freedom, which you can find on the web, I think, at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. It’s a center with a Princeton connection both because John C. Danforth ‘58 gave the gift to establish the center and because it’s led by Marie Griffith and Leigh Schmidt, two terrific faculty members who used to be here. But I went out there to give an academic paper, probably the last time I’ll do that for a while. It was nice to be out there, and in some ways, it made it a little easier, to be away from campus. I didn’t have to dodge questions as much as I would otherwise have to be doing. DP: So you’ve been provost since 2004. And from the outside it seems that the Office of the Provost is mainly concerned with things like financial matters or administrative matters. How do you plan to transition into a role where you’ll be seen as the authority, as the figurehead of all kinds of facets of University life? Of student life, things like that? CE: You know, the provost has to do with a very wide variety of matters. One of the groups that I chair around this table is the Academic Planning Group, which does approve all curricular initiatives and new academic programs. But one of the reasons you have a provost is to keep the presi-

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dent out of committee meetings so that the president can be out in the community in the hustings. And I look forward to that. I’ve had some opportunity to do that while I’m provost, and I’ve enjoyed it, but for me it’s an attraction. DP: In an interview we did with President Tilghman in November, she mentioned that one of the things she felt was unfinished from her presidency was the revival or revamping of the residential college system. Have you given any thought to your plans for the residential colleges moving forward? CE: First of all, I have to say that almost anything on the Princeton campus is always unfinished. And that’s a little bit of what I said about the reinterpretation and renewal of traditions. I think one of the fabulous things about this campus is that we’re always asking how we can do better what we’ve been doing for a long time. On the other hand, I feel that we’ve come a long way in terms of the options that we now have and the ways in which we’ve created inclusivity and support throughout the four years of the Princeton experience. The difference between where the residential colleges were when Shirley Tilghman took office and where they are now is remarkable. And obviously the same can be said about Harold Shapiro’s tenure, which really put them in process. That said, for me one of the things I have found of an opportunity in this regard is that we’ve always hoped — and I think students have hoped — that these residential colleges will become sites of community in the same way that, for example, the eating clubs are. I remember one particular CPUC meeting a few years ago where there was a panel talking about intellectual life at Princeton outside of the classroom, discussions about conversations that took place over dinner in the eating clubs, in the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, in various other places. But there’s a sense that even though there were lots of things that were organized in the residential colleges, maybe students didn’t feel the same ownership of those things that they sometimes do in other venues. I find this sometimes. You know, if the [college] master invites me to come to a group, I sometimes feel that there’s a group of people here that the master may have dragged in by the sleeves before they came in the room. But if I get See EISGRUBER page 5

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EISGRUBER AS PROVOST July 1, 2004

Eisgruber replaces Amy Gutmann as University provost.

March 28, 2005

At a meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community, Eisgruber announces the U. will install wireless technology in the undergraduate dorms and in the Graduate College and its annexes over the summer.

May 2005

Eisgruber announces that Princeton Faith and Action will be recognized as a student group after the University reverses its policy on faith groups in response to a protest letter written by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

November 2006

Under Eisgruber’s leadership, the University appoints A.J. Stewart Smith as its first dean for research and restructures its efforts to seek support from corporations and foundations in order to improve its competitiveness in research funding.

October 2007

Along with Tilghman, Eisgruber commissions the “Princeton in the World” report in an effort to strengthen Princeton’s international presence and offer students greater opportunities to study abroad.

November 2008

Eisgruber responds to a precipitous drop in the endowment by slowing employee salary increases, postponing future construction projects and reevaluating spending proposals such as one to upgrade the equipment in Stephens Fitness Center.

February 2008

Eisgruber names Diana Davies as first vice provost for international initiatives.

February 2009

In the wake of continued economic difficulties, Eisgruber and the University implement costcutting mechanisms that continue to save the University $150,000 annually. Eisgruber calls the cost-cutting measures the “new normal” for University fiscal policy.

October 2009

As part of Eisgruber’s response to the recession, 43 employees are laid off and about one-third of the 460 eligible University staff members participate in an incentivized retirement program. Eisgruber projects budget cuts at $170 million over two years, with an average cut of 7.5 percent from each department.

April 2012

With a 21.9 percent rate of return, the University’s endowment reaches a recession-era high. Tilghman credits Eisgruber, saying he managed the economic decline “brilliantly.”

February 2013

Eisgruber releases a budget report, continuing to pursue the University’s “stay even” financial policy by increasing both the cost of undergraduate fees and the financial aid available to students. Eisgruber calls this fiscal year the most “robust” since the recession began. HELEN YAO:: PRINCETONIAN DESIGN EDITOR MARCELO ROCHABRUN :: ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

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an invitation from a student, then the room is full of other students. And I think one of the things we need to do is promote that kind of owner-

ship of the student life within the residential colleges and that same kind of activity, and I think we’re moving in the right direction. Dean [of the College] Valerie Smith has paid a lot of attention to this, and she’s moving things in the right direction.

WHAT IS A PROVOST? The position of provost represents the second most senior officer at the University, after the president. According to the website of the Office of the Provost, the provost is the chief academic and chief budgetary officer and is in charge of supervising a number of initiatives throughout the school. The provost chairs the Academic Planning Group and is a member of a number of other internal committees, including the Faculty Advisory Committee on Faculty Appointments and Advancements, known as the committee of three. In addition to these duties, he sometimes accompanies or represents the president at meetings of the Board of Trustees. Provost Eisgruber has five vice provosts in his office, each of whom oversees a specific area of responsibility. Vice Provost for Academic Programs Katherine Rohrer oversees strategy and budget for all academic units, including departments, institutes and programs. Vice Provost for International Initiatives Diana Davies oversees various international initiatives at the University, including the Oxford-Princeton partnership and the University’s general license to operate in Cuba. Vice Provost for Space Programming and Planning Paul LaMarche oversees the construction of new facilities and the renovation of existing buildings. Vice Provost for Institutional Research Jed Marsh assesses institutional effectiveness and conducts studies that support institutional policies. Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter promotes equal opportunity and campus diversity at the University, and she serves as Princeton’s Title IX and American Disabilities Association Coordinator. Eisgruber has been provost for nine years.

DP: One new development with the eating clubs has been multi-club Bicker. It seems that the administration has lent their support to the idea, but what is your stance on multi-club Bicker? CE: I certainly support that. I think the wonderful thing about Princeton now is that there are choices and different people find their places, and in my own experience as an undergraduate at Princeton — I was a member of Elm Club during my junior year, which, of course, no longer exists. The building is now the Fields Center, but it was an important source of friendships for me. Then my senior year I was independent, with three roommates whom I’d met at Elm, in Spelman [Halls]. So I recognize in my own experience here that different students look for different options, and I think one of the things that is important now is that there are these different options and they’re meaningful options. DP: What about the option of Greek life? President Tilghman, of course, implemented the ban on freshman rush this year. What are your thoughts on that? CE: Well, I was a strong supporter of the policy that she and the trustees adopted in that regard, and for the reasons that were set out in connection with that policy. The data we had both suggested a significant degree of risk to freshmen from some of the activities associated with at least some of the fraternities, and a kind of degree of social separation more significant than what we’re looking for in the campus, especially during the freshman year, as a chance for students to mix and integrate. So I do fully support the policy that’s in place. DP: You

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you’ve been involved with academic policy during your time as provost. What do you think about grade deflation? CE: I call it the grading fairness policy. I think we are in a good place on that policy. And again, I think Val[erie] Smith has been working to shape it around the edges in appropriate ways. The motivation, and the reason I think of it as a grading fairness policy is that, first of all, it has not changed the cumulative grade point average at Princeton, except for about two basis points, so, say, the difference between a 3.67 and a 3.65. And secondly, the policy was motivated when faculty committees were looking at the grades in different departments, and finding that, in some sense, how students were doing and whether you got a B+ or an Adepended not on the work you were submitting but rather on different standards that were being applied in different departments. And it’s hard to defend that kind of arbitrariness. So I think it’s very important that we look at this and make sure that the policy is wellunderstood — there have been misunderstandings around it. We need to make sure that we’re sensitive to the concerns that students and faculty members have about it. But I think that kind of fairness is very important in what it is that we do. DP: During her remarks today, President Tilghman mentioned — and praised — the way in which you steered the University through the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. Looking forward, how would you asses the University’s fiscal health in 2013? CE: The good news it that the University’s fiscal health is quite strong right now. We have successfully come out

of that financial downturn and re-baselined the budget. Our units have, with very rare exceptions, stayed with their new budgets, which they need to be able to do. We’re now in a position where we are again looking forward and saying, OK, how do we grow from where we are right now?

“The good news is that the University’s fiscal health is quite strong right now.” Christopher Eisgruber ’83 I think the real question that we have to ask is not so much about the financial crisis, which at this point is fortunately in the rearview mirror, but about what lies ahead and how that compares to the past. So there was a period when if you looked at about 25 to 30 years in endowment returns, we were averaging about 15.5 percent per year. Now most economists believe that that was the consequence of one of the great bull markets in financial history, and maybe we see that again. But the prudent prediction would be that we are not going to see that return. We believe that we can obtain the kinds of returns — and that Andy Golden and his outstanding team at PRINCO can obtain — the kind of 10 percent annualized returns that we’ve seen over the past decade, even including the financial crisis, and that allow us to sustain what we’re doing. But for a long time, that kind of above-expectations

growth was something that affected us and everybody else in higher education. So if you look at that period, you see universities expanding rapidly, in ways that, particularly in our portion of the sector, were driven by their endowments. And I do think we’re going to have to think more creatively and strategically about how we grow under circumstances where we should be very happy if we once again see those kinds of returns, but where we can’t make the mistake of thinking that we’re entitled to them. DP: Under President Tilghman’s administration, we saw the phenomenal success of Aspire. It is, of course, too early to think about something similar under your tenure, but do you anticipate anything of that scale going forward? CE: Universities raise money so that they can basically sustain their hearts, I would say, and extend their reach, and I would expect that over the course of my presidency we will have a fundraising campaign, but you’re absolutely right, it’s too early right now. At this point we are celebrating the success of the Aspire campaign and thanking our alumni for their loyalty, so fortunately this is a time for all of us to breathe. You know, there are a number of initiatives right now that this university is pursuing very aggressively, including the arts neighborhood, the internationalization, and we will continue to seek funding for those. DP: I want to go back to 1979 when you entered the University. How would you describe your four years here? CE: My four years here were transformative, happy. They were years that stretched me, See EISGRUBER page 6

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that gave me friendships that have lasted a lifetime since then that forced me to rethink the ideals that I brought to the University and enabled me to come away with understandings of ideas and of people and of places that I didn’t have before I came. So it is, I can’t think — you know, the psychologists all tell us it’s the first four years that are the most important, but we can’t remember those, so of the years that I remember, these were certainly years that defined me as a person, and they were also very happy years. DP: How has the University changed since 1983? CE: As I said in my remarks, we have become more inclusive in ways that are very important. That is striking to me, and there are aspects of that that I appreciate even more from year to year. I just had a capacity to reconnect with one of my senior-year roommates who was back here for the Every Voice conference that we just had over this weekend, and I was talking to a number of alumni who were back for that conference about what their experiences were like during the time that they were here. That for me is a vivid reminder of how much Princeton has changed with regard to questions about inclusivity. On the other hand, I’ll also tell you that there are places on this campus that didn’t exist when I was here at all, and then I’ll think, “Well, what was this when I was here?” But then there are times when I can walk someplace and I can see a group of students in

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blue jeans and T-shirts and I’ll have this kind of Proustian moment, and it will feel just like it was when I was on campus. So again, it’s the striking thing about Princeton that we are preserving so much of this character that distinguishes us as a University but also reinventing it as we go along. DP: Did you have any frustrations with the University during your time here? CE: I must have had frustrations at the University when I was here. It’s hard for me to recall exactly what those were — at this point, you know, this might be one of the tricks that memory plays on us in retrospect because it’s also a time when, as you know, we’re all growing as people. But I was very grateful for the education that I was getting. DP: Will you plan to continue your role on the advisory council of Coursera during your presidency? CE: I will have to rotate off that, I think. Most of the people who are on it are actually provosts. There are one or two chancellors or presidents, but I think it would be good for whoever my successor is as provost to represent the University in that capacity. As you were saying earlier, there are different roles for different offices here. DP: How do you see Princeton’s role in the maturing field of online education? CE: I think that is one of those questions we really have to think collectively about as a University. What I’ve been very glad about with regard to Coursera is it means, so to speak, we’ve jumped into the pool and we’re learning

how to swim. We have a set of faculty members who instead of saying, “You know, this is very foreign to what we do here at Princeton,” are instead saying, “I’ve been doing this, and it’s helping my teaching in my own classroom here on the Princeton campus, and it’s also a blast to reach students as far away as Kathmandu.” So I think that’s been important. I think we have to think hard about where we are in this space. Right now, although we’ve been very active with Coursera, there are other respects in which we are the most conservative university in the country with regard to these things. So I’m not sure if there’s any other university that offers no online course for credit and no kind of online certificate program, and we have taken that position very deliberately, but I think we do need to ask ourselves, “All right, given how fast things are changing, and given our mission to make a difference in the world, is this the best place for us to be?” DP: What are you most excited about? CE: In addition to no longer having to explain at the beginning of all my speeches exactly what it is a provost is or does, I really say it goes back to a difference you pointed out earlier in the conversation, which is: This is an opportunity for me to spend time really out there, both speaking on behalf of the University and listening on behalf of the University, spending more time with students than I have been able to do, spending more time with alumni than I’ve been able to do and dealing in a different capacity with faculty and staff. I enjoy that and look forward to it.

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PILOT, conflicts of interest, tourism among top town-gown priorities By Patience Haggin news editor

colleagues in the years ahead,” he said.

As the administration of University Provost Christopher Eisgruber ’83 begins to work with the local town government, an item high on its agenda will be renegotiating the University’s monetary contribution to the town. Mayor Liz Lempert, who is acquainted with Eisgruber, said that she was glad to see someone who is already a member of the local community take on the presidency and that her first priority at this time was congratulating Eisgruber and the University on his selection. At the University press conference announcing his selection as president on Sunday, Eisgruber said that at the local level, he hopes to find ways to strengthen the civic partnership between the University and the town, of which he is a longtime resident. “I look forward to working with Mayor Lempert and her

With consolidation, a chance for a better relationship Eisgruber’s administration will have the task of re-establishing the sometimes-rocky relationship that President Tilghman’s administration had with the local government over the University’s development plans. The Arts and Transit Neighborhood, a development project that was the brainchild of President Tilghman’s administration, was at the center of a period of strained negotiations between the University and the local community. The complex, which will include performance and rehearsal spaces as well as a relocated train station, is under construction in the Alexander corridor near Forbes College and is scheduled to open in 2017. Tilghman called the Arts and Transit Neighborhood “the most challenging issue” her administration faced in work-

ing with the community. She was optimistic that Eisgruber’s administration would have an easier relationship with the town government, saying also that she thought the consolidation of the two former municipal governments, which went into effect this year, would ease the relationship. “I think the circumstances are very fertile at the moment for a much better relationship between the University and the community,” Tilghman explained. “I think Presidentelect Eisgruber is going to benefit enormously from the fact that he will be working with a consolidated community as opposed to two separate communities, as we were forced to do.” Now that the Arts and Transit Neighborhood is settled and underway, local officials have shifted their focus to other issues. Princeton Councilwoman Jo Butler, who opposed the University’s plan to move the train station further southward, said See COMMUNITY page 9

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him as the next president or as a potential candidate. Hall declined to provide many details of the search process, such as the number of candidates interviewed. “It’s not because we are trying to be lacking transparency,”

she said. “An important part of the process is the confidentiality. The strength of that permits the committee members to have completely open and candid conversations.” Search committee member Robert Murley ’72, who served on the committees that selected both Tilghman and Eisgruber, explained that both processes were essentially the same. The

main difference, Murley explained, was that Tilghman was originally a member of the search committee. But, in the end, both had to compete with internal and external candidates for the position. Staff writer James Evans, associate news editor Marcelo Rochabrun and senior writer Monica Chon contributed reporting for this article.

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Incoming president supports grade deflation, online courses, internationalization By Sarah Cen, Paul Phillips and Angela Wang staff writers

The academic agenda of newly appointed University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 will focus on refining the University’s grading policy, evaluating options for online curriculum development and expanding the University’s status as an internationally-minded institution. Eisgruber said that he is satisfied with the current grading system, which he calls “the grading fairness policy.” He noted that before the current policy was implemented, there had been arbitrary differences in grading standards across departments. He also stated that the cumulative GPA at Princeton has changed minimally since grade deflation was implemented.

In April 2004, months before he took over as provost, Eisgruber had advocated for an open ballot vote of faculty members on the policy. He was a member of the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which ultimately supported the policy in a 156-84 vote. Nonetheless, he said that he wants to work on clarifying the policy’s implications for the University community and that Dean of the College Valerie Smith will also work on minor revisions to the policy. “We need to make sure that we’re sensitive to the concerns that students and faculty members have about it, but I think that kind of fairness is very important in what it is that we do,” Eisgruber said. Smith expressed “complete confidence in [Eisgruber’s] commitment to the core values of the institution as one that

places the liberal arts experience at the center of its priorities.” Smith said that as provost, Eisgruber took an interest in creating online academic resources for students, as well as for community members taking University courses. “He is the perfect person to be leading us at this point in the history of the University,” Smith said. Eisgruber said he plans to evaluate the role of online course offerings in Princeton’s curriculum. He noted that the preliminary efforts with Coursera have been met with a positive response from faculty but that the University is still very conservative in not allowing an online certificate program or offering any online course for credit. “I think we do need to ask ourselves, ‘All right, given how fast things are changing, and given our mission to make a

difference in the world, is this the best place for us to be?’ ” Eisgruber said. In both his tenure as provost and professor, Eisgruber has demonstrated a commitment to expanding Princeton’s presence as an internationally-minded institution. Duncan Hosie ’16, a student in Eisgruber’s freshman seminar, FRS 139: The Supreme Court and Constitutional Democracy, recalled Eisgruber telling the class that “he would like to see most students study abroad during their time here.” With regard to Eisgruber’s impact on student government affairs, USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 said that the USG collaborates more closely with other administrators than with the University president on academic policy changes. However, he noted that he would like to hear what Eisgruber has to

say about which academic policy areas the USG should choose as areas of focus. Jackson added that he would also like to hear Eisgruber’s thoughts on how to improve resources for students who take a year off from Princeton, as well as better ways to use campus centers such as Frist. Student representatives on the presidential search committee expressed confidence in Eisgruber’s ability to maintain and develop Princeton’s academic policies. Catherine Ettman ’13, a member of the search committee, said that academic policy was taken into consideration in the search decision. The committee, she added, was particularly impressed by Eisgruber’s good judgment, which could help develop and promote Princeton’s academic policy. Eisgruber has the ability to “understand what people think,

what the various sides are, what the benefits are, before he comes to a decision,” Ettman said. Jeffrey Morell ’13, another member of the search committee, said that the committee was impressed by Eisgruber’s academic profile. “His devotion to teaching, devotion to research and particularly his devotion to the idea, as he mentioned in his statement, that these complement each other in a way that makes Princeton unique, was really something fantastic about him,” Morell said. “I’m really excited to see what will come in the next decade for Princeton,” Ettman said. “And I urge students to be openminded in thinking of the new president.” Staff writer James Evans contributed reporting.

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passion for Princeton when she opened the press conference with a short speech. “The [search] committee sought input from a very wide variety of people, constituencies, both inside our community and externally,” she said. “We had the chance to meet with a number of candidates ... And the committee was able to enthusiastically and unanimously recommended Chris to be the next president.” Eisgruber discussed several questions that he hopes to answer during his term, including what the University can do to engage all students and graduate students, how the University should participate in the advent of online education and how to cooperate with and assist peer universities and colleges “that share our scholarly identity.” He said the University has the best alumni in the world and “the most cohesive and collegial campus community of any research university.” According to Eisgruber, the University aims “like no other” to be simultaneously a great research university and strong liberal arts college. “A place at Princeton is a gift, one that can transform the life of any student, faculty member or other scholar who

was lucky enough to receive it, and we have an obligation to ensure that this gift is fully available to the entire range of people who can benefit from it,” Eisgruber said. Eisgruber identified the University’s “commitment to greater inclusivity and access” as an area in which the University had come a long way, but could still improve. He noted that the University’s “unsurpassed financial aid program” is one manifestation of the commitment. The president-elect added that people are still questioning the cost of higher education and whether a liberal arts education is “worth it.” Despite this, he said, places at the University are more sought after now than at any other point in history. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who attended the press conference as an ex-officio member of the University Board of Trustees, said he was pleased with Eisgruber’s appointment. “I joined the board in 2007, and I got to know Chris a bit, interact with him and watch him work. What strikes me is how much he loves this place,” Christie said. “What he’s going to be able to do is focus his time on getting both from inside himself and from the faculty and the supporters of the place a vision for what’s next and that’s, I

think, really important and one of the great advantages I think he brings to the job.” In his remarks, Eisgruber also highlighted the University’s relationship with local authorities, which has become strained in the past few years following the University’s plan to build the Arts and Transit Neighborhood. Eisgruber said that at a local level, he hopes to find ways to strengthen the civic partnership between the University and the town of Princeton. “I look forward to working with Mayor [Liz] Lempert and her colleagues in the years ahead,” he said. In the question and answer period, Eisgruber said that he enjoys fundraising and described it as an opportunity for “alumni outreach.” He also joked that when he assumed the post of president he would no longer have to begin every speech by explaining what the position of provost entails. “One of the best things about being president-designate is that I will no longer have to explain what the job of the provost is,” Eisgruber said. “Princeton traditions are living things that are constantly being renewed, refreshed, reinvigorated and recreated by a group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who are drenched in every imaginable shade of orange and who care about this institution like no other.”

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friendships that have lasted a lifetime since then that forced me to rethink the ideals that I brought to the University and enabled me to come away with understandings of ideas and of people and of places that I didn’t have before I came,” he said. He then went on to earn an M.Litt. in politics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988. While at U. Chicago, Eisgruber served as the editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. After serving as a clerk first to Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals and then to Judge John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court, Eisgruber obtained his first academic appointment in 1990, when he joined the New York University School of Law as an assistant professor. Eisgruber taught at NYU until July 2001. In September of 2000, Eisgruber began a Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton in the Program in Law and Public Affairs, for which he later served as the director for nearly three years. After completing his fellowship, he was hired as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values. After former Provost Amy Gutmann resigned to accept the presidency at the University of Pennsylvania, Tilghman offered the position to Eisgruber in 2004.

In an interview with the ‘Prince’ last spring, Eisgruber said he had been shocked to be in contention for the position of provost. “I hadn’t thought about the position,” Eisgruber said, “much less how long I would do it.” In June, Eisgruber will complete his ninth year as provost and will end his tenure as the second-longest-serving provost in the University’s history. Since the Office of the Provost was first established in the 1966-67 academic year, only Neil Rudenstine ’56, who served between 1977 and 1988, has held the position for a longer period. During his time on the Princeton faculty, Eisgruber has remained an active scholar in the legal community. His first book, “Constitutional Self-Government,” was published in 2001, and was followed in 2007 by “The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process” and “Religious Freedom and the Constitution,” which he coauthored with Lawrence G. Sager from The University of Texas at Austin. One year after those books were published, the University faced its most significant financial setback in decades at the onset of the financial crisis. In the 2008-09 fiscal year, the endowment contracted in value by 22.7 percent — shrinking from $16.3 billion to $12.6 billion. By instituting sweeping cost-cutting measures, which included laying off 43 employees in October of 2009, Eisgruber helped re-balance the University’s books. In her remarks on Sunday, Tilghman praised Eisgruber’s “instinct for transparency” throughout the

process. “I think the work that Chris provided to us during the depths of the recession in ‘08 and ‘09 were absolutely critical to the way in which the University ultimately successfully navigated those years,” she said. “And I would just point out one really important aspect of his leadership, and that was the transparency with which he went about explaining to the campus over and over again what the circumstances of the decline in the endowment were and what we needed to do and why ... I think that instinct for transparency was one of the most impressive things during the depths of the recession.” In the fiscal year which ended in June 2012, the University did not draw on one-time reserves for the first time since the 2008 recession, indicating renewed fiscal health and stability. Andy Golden, President of the Princeton University Investment Company, joined Tilghman in singing Eisgruber’s praises. “Chris and PRINCO have worked very closely through the ultimate stress test,” Golden said. “So it’s hard to imagine anything other than a productive, effective and efficient relationship.” As provost, Eisgruber has also made strengthening Princeton’s international presence a priority. After co-commissioning the 2007 “Princeton in the World” report with Tilghman, he appointed Diana Davies as the first Vice Provost for International Initiatives in 2008. Eisgruber has also worked to strengthen the Bridge Year and International Internship Programs.

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different way they wouldn’t be embarrassed in any way, shape or form if it didn’t go their way. And it really, I think, let us have an even stronger pool of people that we were talking to and I think, in the end, it really is, it’s in Princeton’s best interest that that’s how we conducted it. DP: So what did you actually discuss this morning? KH: Again, the way that it actually goes forward is that the committee recommends to the board and it’s the board that actually has to approve it. And so we went through sort of the formal process and I shared an update on the process with the board and went through some of the key attributes we were looking for, some of the guiding principles we talked about in previous executive sessions of the board and someone said, you know, can we share the names of other candidates and I said the same thing I told you, you know, “no” [laughter]. DP: What about the meeting two weeks ago? Was anything related to the search committee happening then? KH: As part of our regular board meetings, I, as chair of the search committee, would provide an update at the board meetings, but that’s what took

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place at the board meetings last weekend. DP: Were you down to one candidate by then? KH: You know, we’re not going to talk about the process or the final candidates. DP: So on the one hand, Provost Eisgruber says, “I just found out 10 minutes ago ...” KH: Well, he was giving you the technical response, but I called him a week or so ago and said that the committee had come forward with this recommendation that they were going to bring forth to the board...The committee’s job is to bring forth a recommendation of a candidate. It’s the board’s decision to vote. It happened at the board meeting today and then I went and got Chris and then he came into the meeting. DP: When was this meeting scheduled initially? This extraordinary meeting? KH: The past week or so. DP: So you chaired the search committee, on which there were four faculty members. However, you are not a person from academia. How did you feel you were prepared or unprepared to chair a search committee for the president of a university? KH: That’s a really good question because I have been in-

volved in my business life in different searches of all different levels, but I had not been involved in a search like this. In fact, most people hadn’t. I had a couple of things that were really helpful to me. I had the advice and counsel of Bob Rawson [’66], who chaired the search committee that resulted in Shirley coming in, who was very generous with his time, as well as Tom Wright [’62] who was secretary to that committee. Of our current trustees, there are four current trustees who are actually on the search committee that resulted in Shirley. So we as a board had history about how these processes work and then to have Brent and Bob who essentially got through it before. So that’s essentially a literal answer to the question. I think the other way that sort of I and the committee collectively learned was really working together. I mean, we knew what our charge was, we spent a lot of time listening in the first phase. I don’t know if you went to any of those forums. And the process of sort of asking our key opening questions, you know, “what do people see as the challenges and opportunities of Princeton?” You know, “what kind of attributes should we be seeking in the president, what, any, specific candidates?” You know, by virtue of having those sort of broad-ranging conversations in all cases basically asking those questions we were

able then to develop our own framework, our own process. DP: Did you use any sort of executive search firm? KH: We did not use a search firm. People who use search firms are, one, if you feel like you need to have someone identify your pool of candidates. We thought we were really — in fact, we thought it was one of our primary responsibilities to develop a strong pool of candidates. Another is if you need to do due diligence and we felt we had the capacity to do due diligence if there was something specific that we could hire specific resources. And three, the other reason that people hire firms is because [the firms] are professionals and [can manage] the logistics of things. There’s a lot of logistics involved in these things and um, in that place to have Bob Durkee ’69, who was the executive to the search committee, who did an extraordinary job, he and his whole office here provided the kind of support. Again, it was extraordinary what they were able to do. I mean, just the sheer logistics of it, I mean all the advice. I mean, the logistic side of it too, which is really meaningful, tracking these things, having our website go up, summarizing all of this, having our meeting notes. I mean all of these things were really important in keeping the process going forward and having that resource really helped us out.

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that she thought the new administration would create an opportunity for the town and the University to “get on a better footing.” “I hope we can have an easier relationship,” Butler said. “I think communication is going to be critical.” PILOT, conflicts of interest among town priorities Local officials said that one of the priorities in town-gown relations for the coming year would be renegotiating the voluntary payment-in-lieu-of-taxes contribution that the University makes annually to the town’s operating budget, known as the PILOT. The University’s 2013 payment totaled nearly $2.5 million, making its payment smaller than the PILOTs paid by many of its peer institutions in monetary terms, but among the largest payments of its kind when considered as a fraction of the town’s annual budget. Lempert said that the town government would enter negotiations later this year to determine what contribution the University will make to the town’s 2014 operating budget. Lempert expressed interest in negotiating a longer-term agreement that would fix the University’s payment over the coming five to seven years, something that both parties have waited to negotiate until Tilghman’s successor takes office. Lempert stated last fall that she would like to see the University increase its contribution. At recent meetings, the Princeton Council has discussed establishing a new policy regulating the conflicts of interest that sometimes require members to recuse themselves from individual votes of the Council. The proposed legislation would set new guidelines for disclosing affiliations and consulting attorneys about potential conflicts of interest. It may include a provision dealing particularly with

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the University as the town’s largest private entity and an entity with which many local officials have ties. Councilwoman Heather Howard, who is a professor in the Wilson School, regularly recuses herself from votes on matters related to the University. As Lempert’s husband is a tenured professor in the psychology department, her affiliation with the University has been a source of disagreement in recent months. In January, other Council members opposed her decision not to recuse herself from a discussion to approve the University’s 2013 PILOT. Lempert said that the proposed law would not impact her own interaction with the Council and decisions of when to recuse herself. Butler said that she would like to see the upcoming negotiations consider other ways that the University may contribute to the community, in addition to the PILOT agreement itself. She explained that she would like to see the town and the University work together to identify additional ways that the University can contribute to the community beyond simply monetary support. “I’d like to see us move away from talking simply about a PILOT payment to a broader discussion,” Butler said. “There are a lot of things I think we could have discussed when coming to that agreement.” “I think there are a lot of reasons that would be in the best interest of the University and would serve the town well,” Butler added. “Other college towns are doing that, and I think it’s to good effect for everyone.” Butler also added that she would like to see the University and town consult on the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s plans to redesign Route 1 and said she hoped that they could find a shared interest and perhaps present to the state a united position on the matter. Owner of the Princeton Tour Company Mimi Omiecinski said that she would prefer to see the

town and the University collaborate on local tourism, which has been on the rise in the area for the past three years. Rather than focusing the town’s efforts on renegotiating the PILOT as a boon to the local economy, she explained, she would like to see the government and the University administration collaborate to make the local tourism industry more profitable. “It’s a humongous opportunity. I think PILOTS and discussions of those things are fine. To me, it’s antiquated. Someday we will look at notions like PILOTs, and realize that we were fighting for pennies when there were thousands of dollars in our reach,” Omiecinski said. She explained that she would like to see the town implement initiatives to make local tourism more profitable, such as requiring tour buses parked on Nassau Street to have permits and embracing the University’s globally recognized brand in building the town’s reputation in the tourism world. Omiecinski explained that she saw the development of the tourism industry as the role of the town government rather than the University administration to fully monetize the tourism industry, but that she thought the town could find fruitful opportunities to collaborate with the University on the issue of tourism. “What I’ve found is that the University responds to what the town requests,” Omiecinski explained, saying that she thought the assumption of many people in the town that the University’s goals were often one-sided was misguided. “As a small business owner, all I see is them collaborating [with the town].” Lempert said that another priority of town-gown relations over the next few years would be attempts to develop better social integration between the University community and local residents, citing the new Community Walk program and other efforts to encourage students to cross to the other side of Nassau Street.

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Eisgruber supports freshman rush ban, multi-club Bicker, residential colleges By Catherine Ku associate news editor

Incoming president-elect Christopher Eisgruber ’83 said he will support the freshman rush ban, the multi-club bicker process and the continued evolution of the residential college system. Eisgruber said he was a “strong supporter” of the current ban on freshman rush instituted under current president Shirley Tilghman, citing data collected by the University that suggested a “significant degree” of risk to freshmen involved in some fraternity rush activities and of social separation. “I do fully support the policy that’s in place,” he said. Former Sigma Chi president Cuauhtemoc Ocampo ’14 said that while he thinks Eisgruber might be more open to discussion regarding the freshman rush ban than Tilghman, he does not think the ban will change in the near future. “I feel that the implementations regarding Greek life have not just been because of President Tilghman,” Ocampo said. “I believe that it is a larger scope with many more people involved in determining what we should do about Greek life on campus.” He added that as long as the Greek organizations “keep playing by the rules regarding freshman rush,” then there should be no problem between the University and Greek organizations. Jake Nebel ’13, former president of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and organizer of the Princeton Greek Council, echoed Ocampo’s feelings that abolishing the rush ban would be unlikely. Nebel has also worked with Eisgruber as a member of the University’s Priorities Committee. While he noted that he thought Eisgruber is the “best possible choice” for the job, he said he did not see “any interesting upshot” for Greek life on campus. “Professor Eisgruber is a very

open-minded person and listens to arguments from both sides, but he chose the administration’s view about the role of Greek life on campus,” Nebel said. Eisgruber recognized the eating clubs as a source of undergraduate community, noting his support for the newly instituted multi-club bicker system. “I recognize [from] my own experience here that different students look for different options, and I think one of the things that is important now is that there are these different options and they’re meaningful options,” he said. As a junior, Eisgruber was a member of the now-defunct Elm Club, located at what is now the Carl A. Fields Center. He went independent as a senior and lived in the Spelman Halls with three fellow 8members of Elm Club. He said he remembered his own undergraduate eating experience as “an important source of friendships.” “I think it’s good to have a Princetonian in the position,” ICC president Connor Clegg ’14 said. “I think President Tilghman was supportive of the reforms and all of the process, and I think [Eisgruber will] continue under that very good working relationship we have.” Along with maintaining a good relationship with the administration, Clegg said that one of the ICC’s current goals is to create a website to centralize information about the clubs and multi-club bicker process. Former ICC president Alec Egan ’13 agreed that Eisgruber’s experience as a University undergraduate would be beneficial to the University’s relationship with the eating clubs. “I’m excited to see what the future holds, and I hope he’ll work with us and appreciate the eating clubs as a pivotal part of the Princeton experience just as Shirley did,” Egan said. Tilghman praised the clubs’ decision to institute multi-club

bicker and noted that she did not expect Eisgruber to depart from her administration’s policies on social life. “I think the progress that has been made by the eating clubs themselves in creating a membership system that is easier on students,” she said. Clearly Presidentelect Eisgruber will have his own views about this, but I would be surprised if he radically changed directions. Eisgruber also expressed a hope of continuing Tilghman’s expansion of the residential college system, a task she told the Daily Princetonian in November that she felt was unfinished from her presidency. He called the difference in the residential college system before and after Tilghman took office “remarkable.” “I think one of the fabulous things about this campus is that we’re always asking how can we do better what we’ve been doing for a long time,” Eisgruber said. Specifically, Eisgruber noted the need to promote “ownership of the student life” within the residential colleges, through events similar to dinners in the eating clubs or those hosted by the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, in which students organize social events attended by their peers. “I feel that we’ve come a long way in terms of the options that we now have and the ways in which we’ve created inclusivity and support throughout the four years of the Princeton experience,” Eisgruber said. “That said, for me one of the things I have find of an opportunity in this regard is that we’ve always hoped — and I think students have hoped — that these residential colleges will become sites of community in the same way that, for example, the eating clubs are.” Staff writer James Evans and senior writer Monica Chon contributed reporting.

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Princeton’s new President: A personal perspective

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s a first-semester freshman, I knew our incoming president, Christopher Eisgruber, not as the provost of the University, but as “professor.” I took his freshman seminar, FRS 139: The Supreme Court and Constitutional Democracy, a class about constitutional interpretation theory and the role of the Supreme Court. As the provost of the University, he always had a packed schedule, yet he dedicated three hours a week — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights — to teaching our freshman seminar, in addition to hours of preparation beforehand as well as office hours. And despite his multitude of responsibilities overseeing University operations, our class never knew exactly how busy he was. He always came to class energetic and enthusiastic, and he ended class the exact same way. For a three-hour-long night class, that’s an impressive feat for anyone, especially the provost of the University.

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Eisgruber’s ability to foster personal connections and his equal commitment to all of his students are strengths that will make him a good president.

Barbara Zhan is a freshman from Plainsboro, N.J. She can be reached at barbaraz@princeton.edu.

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n sunday the Princeton community learned that the University’s search for a president had culminated in the selection of University Provost Christopher Eisgruber ’83. The Editorial Board would like to congratulate Eisgruber on being named Princeton’s 20th president. Back in September, the Board wrote an editorial complimenting President Tilghman on her confident leadership and detailing the issues we believed were imperative for the incoming President to address during his or her tenure. In light of Mr. Eisgruber’s appointment, the Board would like to reflect on his time as provost and express its hopes for his presidency. Recently, there has been much discussion of the issue of elitism and privilege at Princeton. One cause of this elitism has been Princeton’s failure to attract students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Consequently, we hope President Eisgruber will focus on increasing the University’s accessibility to individuals who have typically not been able to benefit from the University’s educational resources — an initiative he seems to have embraced in his early statements since his appointment. As Eisgruber noted in his speech on Sunday, Princeton has a fantastic and incomparable financial aid program. However, just as the University actively recruits high-achieving students from well-to-do backgrounds, it should work to attract high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds. Merely making Princeton more affordable is not sufficient to attract low-income students who would contribute significantly to our campus community. Princeton might also increase its accessibility by offering

its resources to individuals who do not have the opportunity to attend college. Thus far, its expansion of online lecture offerings is an important improvement in this field. Indeed, Eisgruber’s tenure as provost saw the expansion of Princeton’s online presence through free online lectures available to the public, and we hope that he will continue to increase the digital accessibility of both lectures and the University’s other scholarly resources. As provost, Eisgruber advocated for the expansion of Princeton’s international presence. Eisgruber sponsored initiatives to hire more international faculty members and oversaw the expansion of the Bridge Year and International Internship programs. We applaud the increase of opportunities to intern, study and work abroad, and the Board fully supports the continuation of this trend. Moreover, though the University prides itself on being a global research institution, Princeton’s name recognition on the international scale is far below its domestic prominence. We hope that President Eisgruber will continue spearheading Princeton’s globalization so that Princeton can truly be “in the service of all nations” and so that its students can benefit from exposure to global perspectives. We further hope that the incoming administration will strengthen its relationship with elected officials representing the town of Princeton and local residents. Princeton’s plans for the construction of the Arts and Transit Neighborhood have already strained town-gown relations, and we hope that, as president, Eisgruber will repair and improve these ties. Including Mayor Liz Lempert and municipality officials in the University’s

decision-making processes and increasing University participation in the community would benefit both parties. Perhaps most importantly, Princeton prides itself on being like a small liberal arts college with a strong undergraduate focus. In September, the Board noted that some of President Tilghman’s policies, such as grade deflation and the fraternity rush policy, sparked controversy among the student body. Because Eisgruber is an alumnus, we hope that he will express special sensitivity toward undergraduate concerns and will lead with undergraduates in mind. While we appreciate the participation of undergraduates in the presidential selection process, we encourage the University to be more transparent when formulating policies that affect undergraduates. We hope that, as president, Eisgruber will continuously consult undergraduate students when making decisions that affect their social, extracurricular or academic lives. If Princeton is to maintain its claims about creating the liberal arts college experience, it must remain sensitive to the wishes of students on important policy issues. The Board realizes the challenge of balancing the expansion of Princeton’s outreach and the maintenance of the University’s relationship with all community members. We further recognize that Eisgruber will face difficult choices and a sometimes contentious environment. We hope that he will nevertheless confront issues such as grade deflation and Princeton’s international expansion with a sensitivity to both student needs and Princeton’s commitment to educational excellence and public service.

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::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: It was easy to tell that Professor Eisgruber loved to teach and that he was good at it too. He fostered a class environment that made every student feel like he or she was a valuable contributor to the discussion. In most classes, we learned through discussion of Supreme Court cases, which Professor Eisgruber facilitated and encouraged. He made sure everyone participated and made sure to weight everyone’s opinion equally. We felt like we all had a stake in the group, which made for a welcoming environment that drove arguments and discussions forward. These traits that made him a good professor are also important for the presidency of the University. He understands the finer details of the academic aspect of running the University, along with the significance of quality teaching. I found out that Professor Eisgruber was a physics major as an undergraduate when I asked him after our third class. He never straightforwardly told us the degree or magnitude of his achievements. We all knew he was ridiculously smart, but he never made us feel overwhelmed or intimidated. Whenever we asked him questions, no matter how basic, he always took them seriously and explained the concepts fully. I remember that I went to office hours to ask about the appellate versus original jurisdiction referenced in Marbury v. Madison, and he took a full half-hour drawing diagrams until I understood. Despite the overwhelming scope of his daily responsibilities, Professor Eisgruber makes an effort to build personal connections. Eisgruber’s ability to foster personal connections and his equal commitment to all of his students are strengths that will make him a good president — he will be able to make people feel like they truly know their president. Even now that our freshman seminar is over, he still makes sure to keep in touch with his students and follow up on how we’re doing. I feel very welcome to talk to him — either over email or just dropping by his office. Not only is Professor Eisgruber dedicated to his students and his teaching, he is also fully dedicated to Princeton University itself, having been an undergraduate here and having been our provost for so long. At our final freshman seminar dinner, he told us about the history of the buildings and architecture — a collage of different time periods and styles. He debunked a few longstanding myths, including the one that Whitman Dining Hall was originally intended to be separated into two stories. I could tell by the way he talked about this place that it is his passion. I am confident that everything he will do as president, he will do with the mindset of making Princeton a better place. He always keeps in mind that Princeton has a reputation as one of the leading academic institutions in the world to maintain. He brings to the table a wholehearted and genuine dedication to Princeton that is so incredibly important for a president to have.

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here are many reasons why money. I like to teach. I take pleasure Or is this actually not so clear? In in the company of collegethe case of the seminar on the Iliad, age students, for one thing my colleague’s expertise and mine because their ways allow me to relive overlapped to a considerable degree, my own undergraduate years, which so the idea behind the pairing was were mostly terrific. I enjoy figuring to present an especially forceful case out how to present complicated mafor a certain way of reading Homer, terial simply and, conversely, how to which we optimistically called “the bring out the complexity of things new Princeton school.” The seminar that appear straightforward. And was thus an Orange and Black luxury: then there’s the fact that I get a real kick out of being on stage or otherwise having an audience — and no one should deny that even the most serious classroom contains theatrical elements. So, I’m a ham. Worse, though, I’m something of a control freak. Each of us could have offered a I imagine my classroom as my similar course on his own, but what demesne: I am in charge, and my we ended up with was better for students are the members of a having the heft of two like-minded wonderful orchestra that I, alone, people behind it. conduct. In the current semester, however, I Unsurprisingly, then, I haven’t find myself in the unusual position done a lot of team-teaching. Before of teaching two new co-taught this semester, I had a co-conductor courses, neither of them in my only once: In 2006, my Hellenist home department, classics, and colleague Andrew Ford and I gave a neither of them on a topic I would graduate seminar called “Homer’s have dared tackle on my own: Iliad: Language, Style, Text.” (When “Imagined Languages” and “Style Ford and I came into the room the and Rule,” respectively an upperfirst day, he announced the course level undergraduate class that title and added, with perfect timing considers material from Protoand a suave dance move, “Katz is the World to Klingon, via Middle language and the text — but I’m the Egyptian, Cornish, Esperanto and style, baby!”) It was a success, I think, Fortran, and a graduate seminar on and I would certainly do it again, the history of English prose style but in fact more than my desire for from Sir Francis Bacon to Walter control stands in the way: There is a Pater to Gertrude Stein. The former, bureaucratic obstacle to having two which I am teaching together professors lead a single course since with historian of science Michael the University clearly gets less for its Gordin, is generously sponsored

by the Program in Translation and and work to build on our combined Intercultural Communication and strengths. This makes for a good cross-listed with both history and environment in which to teach and European Cultural Studies; the latter, in which to learn. for which my partner is Renaissance At Princeton and nationally, the literature guru Jeff Dolven (the principal subject of pedagogical style to my rule, of course), is discussion in recent months has sponsored, likewise generously, by been the role of “massive open the Council of the Humanities and online courses.” The New York cross-listed with English. The two Times dubbed 2012 “the year of the classes are pretty great, if I may say MOOC” and ran a front-page story so — and I feel that I can say so since last November about my friend much of the credit belongs to my Mitch Duneier’s 40,000-person extraordinary co-teachers. In each introduction to sociology, offered in case, the breadth of material and connection with Coursera, on whose approaches is possible thanks to academic advisory board presidenthaving a pair at the helm whose areas elect Chris Eisgruber ’83 sits; just of expertise only partly overlap. two weeks ago, Princeton University Dual leadership is fragile and Press published “Higher Education can easily fail, whether through in the Digital Age,” a careful and incoherence of purpose or struggles nuanced view of the ever-changing over power. It is dangerous — you relationship between teaching and will remember that Romulus killed technology by president emeritus Remus — and, at least in academia, it Bill Bowen GS ’58 (in collaboration is also time-consuming: Preparation with Kelly Lack ’10). I am skeptical often feels like twice the work of the belief that one of Princeton’s rather than half, for the simple main missions should be to teach reason that however bad it may be as many students as possible. But to embarrass oneself in front of I do believe that any educational students, it’s better than looking institution that can afford it — and like a fool in front of a colleague. let’s face it: Princeton can afford it But familiarity can breed delight: — should encourage unconventional Jeff and I have known each other partnerships among its faculty, since our student days at Yale and certainly for the purpose of teaching Oxford, while Michael is a more a few dozen of its own students in a recent acquaintance, a buddy since conventional classroom and possibly not long after he flew the Harvard also to reach tens of thousands of coop a decade ago. Kind, generous people around the world. and frighteningly intelligent, Jeff and Michael are two of my favorite Joshua Katz is a professor in the people on campus, outside — and Department of Classics and a trustee now also inside — the classroom: of the Princeton University Press. He We respect each other, spar playfully can be reached at jtkatz@princeton.

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Tigers edge out Big Green for No. 2 seed

Princeton takes series, long shot to win division By Crissy Carano

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The softball team won three of four games in a pair of doubleheaders against Columbia at home this weekend to take the second-place standing in the Ivy League South Division. The Tigers started out ahead in most of their games, scoring in the first inning in three of the four. “We made it a goal to score in the first inning of every game,” sophomore infielder Rachel Rendina said. “And we made it a goal to win every inning.” In SatPRINCETON 3 u rd ay ’s COLUMBIA 0 opener, the Tigers PRINCETON 2 scored in COLUMBIA 1 the first i n n i ng PRINCETON 3 as senior COLUMBIA 2 out f ie lder Lizzy PRINCETON 2 P i e r c e COLUMBIA 3 doubled and was brought home by a single from sophomore infielder Alyssa Schmidt and a groundout by senior pitcher Alex Peyton. The Tigers pulled further ahead in the third, taking advantage of a pair of Columbia errors. Freshman infielder Kate Miller pinchran for Schmidt, taking over after Schmidt advanced to second and eventually scoring off a single by junior catcher Maddie Cousens. Peyton scored as well to bring the score to 3-0, where it stayed for the remaining four innings. She also kept the Lions from scoring and allowed only four hits in the seven innings, with six strikeouts. The Tigers also came out on top in the second game of the day, 2-1. Princeton scored in the first inning, when Rendina singled, stole second, advanced to third off a single from Pierce and crossed home as Schmidt grounded out. However, the Lions responded with a run in the See SOFTBALL page 13

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The women’s lacrosse team came up with a victory in Hanover, N.H., on Saturday, beating Dartmouth 15-13. This victory gives Princeton the second seed in the Ivy League tournament. The Tigers lost their DARTMOUTH 13 chance PRINCETON 15 for the first seed on Wednesday in an overtime loss to Penn. Though Princeton had a shot to share first place with this victory, Penn beat Brown in an overtime game Saturday to maintain its undefeated record in the league and sole ownership of first place. “I thought it was a great victory for us,” head coach Chris Sailer said. “To be able to come back from the disappointment of Wednesday night and play so well against a traditional rival and fight hard — there were a lot of momentum changes in that game — we weathered the storm, and we were able to pull it out, and I think that will really help us as we continue the rest of the season and into the postseason.” The Tigers were able to start the first nine minutes of the

game with three quick goals and made it halfway through the first half with its widest lead of 5-1, with key goals from senior midfielder Charlotte Davis, sophomore attacker Erin McMunn, junior attacker Mary-Kate Sivilli, freshman midfielder Anya Gersoff and senior attacker Sam Ellis. The Big Green was then able to make a comeback run and finish off the first half with the score tied at 6-6. The score stayed close for the entirety of the second half, with the teams drawing even five times in that period. “It’s a tight game; it’s back and forth. You really just try to focus on where you are — you can’t get too far ahead of yourself,” Sailer said. “I’ve coached enough Princeton-Dartmouth games to know there are going to be runs, and we came out early and played really well and got a good lead, and then they came storming back.” A pair of goals from junior midfielder Sarah Lloyd and senior attacker Jaci Gassaway in the last two minutes of the game solidified Princeton’s lead, though, and helped the Tigers walk away with a victory. Sailer said that the game was See W. LAX page 13

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Tigers clinch Ivy League tournament berth By Randolph Brown senior writer

The men’s lacrosse team finished its senior night with a powerful attack from the offense to overwhelm the Harvard dePRINCETON 14 fense for a 14-6 HARVARD 6 win. Princeton (8-4 overall, 3-2 Ivy League) has now clinched a berth in the Ivy League tournament, while Harvard (6-7, 2-3) has a shot at capturing the final spot. “We can breath easier now,” head coach Chris Bates said. “There was a ton of pressure on this game, and

this is how we want it, to play our best lacrosse going into the tournament.” The win was mostly an offensive effort by the Tigers, as they took 45 shots during the game, nearly doubling the Crimson’s 23, giving Harvard little possession time in which to mount a comeback. Though the offense stole the show, there were important developments on the defensive side of the ball for Princeton. Sophomore goalie Eric Sanschagrin started over freshman Matt O’Connor, who has been the starting goalie for the Tigers all sea-

son. “Eric has consistently been a highpercentage stopper. We needed a spark; we thought he’d give us the best chance at winning,” Bates said. The game was just the second start of Sanschagrin’s collegiate career. Bates explained that he was confident that Sanschagrin could hold his own in the crease despite his lack of college experience. “I asked him the other day how long he’s been playing lacrosse, and he said, ‘Since sixth grade,’ just like all the other guys out here,” Bates said. “He doesn’t get bothered in the

crease, and I knew he would be able to play for us today.” The Tigers had some trouble clearing at the start of the match, committing four turnovers by the time six minutes had passed in the first quarter. Just over seven minutes into the first, senior attack Luke Armor scored the first goal for the Tigers after taking a pass from the right crease and crossing the ball to the left side of Crimson goalkeeper Harry Krieger. A minute later, senior midfielder Jeff Froccaro and freshman midSee M. LAX page 12

BASEBALL

Offense struggles as Columbia takes three of four at Clarke By Mark Stein staff writer

It was the first inning in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader that set the tone for an entire weekend of baseball at Clarke Field: Columbia first baseman Alex Black launched a solo shot PRINCETON 0 to left field off senior COLUMBIA 4 starting pitcher Zak PRINCETON 1 Hermans with two outs in the inning, COLUMBIA 7 catapulting the Lions PRINCETON 2 to an early 1-0 lead. That blast turned out COLUMBIA 0 to be all they needed, PRINCETON 2 although the game COLUMBIA 10 ended 4-0 following the addition of a security cushion in a three-run fifth inning. The shutout loss came in game one of a four-game home series that saw the Tigers (12-25 overall, 9-7 Ivy League) drop three of four to Ivy League rival Columbia (20-17, 12-4) at home. Columbia defeated Princeton 7-1 in the second game of the series and 10-2 in the final matchup, losing the third 2-0. Following their solid 3-1 weekend, the Lions maintained their

first place standing in the Lou Gehrig Division, extending their division lead to three games. Princeton now finds itself three games off the Gehrig Division lead and tied with Cornell, whom the Tigers will take on in doubleheaders in Princeton and Ithaca this weekend. Princeton struggled offensively all weekend, mustering only four runs throughout the four-game series. The offensive slump came on the heels of a string of impressive outings for the Tigers, who averaged 8.5 runs per game in their previous eight Ivy League games against Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn. However, paired with a four-game set in which the Princeton pitching staff allowed 21 runs, an average of 5.25 per game, the drop-off in offensive production left little breathing room. “We’ve been pretty inconsistent offensively this whole season,” head coach Scott Bradley said. “We got off to a slow start, and it looked like we were coming around, but our lineup is very front-end loaded so we have a tough time getting going at the bottom of the order. Still, you have to give credit to Columbia’s pitching. They had a reputation, and they lived up

to it. They played very good defense and pitched very well. We have to tip our caps to them.” Princeton did manage to avoid the fourgame sweep, however, pulling out a lowscoring 2-0 victory in the first game of Sunday afternoon’s doubleheader as junior starting pitcher Mike Ford earned his fifth victory of the season. Ford, who was named the Ivy League’s Player of the Week earlier in April, allowed only five hits and one walk during his complete game shutout performance, allowing the Tigers to stay on top despite the low offensive production. Princeton put a run on the board in the first inning, when junior centerfielder Alec Keller was forced home with one out after senior third baseman Alex Flink was hit by a pitch. The Tigers added a security run in the fourth inning when senior right fielder Nate Baird scored on freshman second baseman Danny Hoy’s sacrifice fly to center. Following a non-Ivy League matchup against Rider on Wednesday afternoon, Princeton will close out its Ancient Eight season against Cornell (21-14, 9-7) this weekend. The Tigers will face Cornell in See BASEBALL page 13

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fielder Jake Froccaro made room around the crease to give sophomore midfielder Kip Orban an open shot for a quick second goal. Princeton extended its lead further with the same scheme less than a minute later, with sophomore attack Mike Macdonald netting the goal. The Crimson responded soon afterwards, when Devin Dwyer snuck a solo shot past Sanschagrin for the Crimson’s first score of the game.

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Sanschagrin’s cage could have been rattled near the end of the first after a misconnection between goalie and longpole left an open net for Harvard, but the Crimson could not capitalize. A minute later, however, Harvard’s Carl Zimmerman ran crossfield to cut through the Tiger defense for a solo shot with only one second left in the quarter. Princeton scored three unanswered goals to close out the half while dominating possession time, and the Tiger lead held through the third, when they scored three

“There was a ton of pressure on this game, and this is how we want it...” head coach chris bates more to enter the fourth quarter with a 12-3 lead.

Harvard netted three goals in the fourth, but at that point the match was solidly in the hands of the Tigers. MacDonald was the leading scorer for the Tigers, scoring four goals during the night. He now has 53 goals in his career, making him only one of seven players in program history to have over 53 goals by sophomore year. The match closes out the home season for the Tigers. The regular season will conclude next weekend when they play Cornell in the Big City classic at Metlife Stadium on Saturday.

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dependent on gaining draw control of the ball since Princeton was not winning draws when Dartmouth was able to take the lead, but overall the Orange and Black dominated, with 20 draw controls

in comparison with the Big Green’s 10. Princeton will end its regular season next Saturday with a home game against Penn State. The team will then play in the Ivy League Tournament May 3–5. “Penn State is going to be a big opponent for us — they’re a top 10 team — so it’ll be a good chance to

test ourselves against a team that’s definitely NCAA-bound and see how we compete against that level of competition, and then we’re getting ready for the Ivies so we want to try and do everything we do a little bit better,” Sailer said. Princeton will face off against Penn State at 1952 Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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an afternoon doubleheader at Clarke Field on Friday before traveling to Ithaca for another two-game set on Sunday afternoon. Princeton defeated Cornell, which won the Ivy League Championship last season, in three of four late season games

last year, although the Big Red clinched the division with its win in the final game of the series. Now, with both teams vying for the Gehrig Division title and a shot at the Ivy League Championship once again, the Tigers will need to take the series from the Big Red and hope for Columbia to drop each of its four games against Penn

(22-17, 7-9) in order to win at least a share of the division. “We’re going to need a lot of things to happen,” Bradley said. “The way we look at it is that we have to throw up a couple wins. If we can go out and earn a couple wins on Friday afternoon, we’ll at least put additional pressure on Columbia’s backs.”

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second inning to tie the game. The game remained tied until the ninth inning, when sophomore catcher Cara Worden reached base on an error and scored after Rendina walked with the bases loaded. Freshman pitcher Shanna Christian kept the Lions to five hits in nine innings and struck out four. The Lions started out ahead on Sunday with a run in the second inning. The Tigers tied the game in the fifth with a run by senior infielder Nikki Chu, but Columbia scored in the top of the sixth to take back the lead. The Tigers tied it up in the bottom of the frame when Cousens scored off a single by Worden. A run in the bottom of the seventh by Rendina sealed the win for the Tigers. Senior pitcher Liza Kuhn opened the game, allowing two runs and walking five through five-andtwo-thirds of an inning, and Christian finished the game, allowing just one hit to earn the win. Rendina scored in the first inning of the nightcap, but the Lions answered with a run in the second. After a scoreless third inning, the Tigers pulled ahead again in the fourth with a run by Worden, but the Lions answered back with two in the fifth and held Princeton scoreless for the remaining innings to win 3-2. Peyton took the loss, pitching seven innings and allowing seven hits and three runs. The Tigers took advantage of Columbia’s errors while staying consistent in the field in each of their wins, but missed opportunities stood in the way of a Princeton sweep. “We played solid defense, which helped us a lot,” Rendina said. “The bats weren’t as hot as they could have been, but we know we can score

more runs. We just need to hit a few more key hits earlier in the game.” Next weekend the Tigers play at Cornell in the hopes of keeping their South Division prospects alive. They will need a sweep of the Big Red (17-23, 7-9) and a sweep of

Penn by Columbia in order to force a playoff for the South Division title. “We have a good team vibe right now coming off of these Columbia games, so I think this will set us up for some good games this coming weekend,” Christian said.

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Monday april 22, 2013

A new presidency in pictures

Photos taken by Photography Editor Monica Chon; Associate Photography Editor Conor Dube; Photography Editor Emeritus Katherine Elgin; and Senior Photographer Henry Rome.

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