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Today on Campus

By Jean-Carlos Arenas staff writer

12 p.m.: Professor Dixa Ramirez talks on ‘Exile, Race, and Gender: Alternative Genealogies of Dominican Culture.’ 201 Stanhope Hall.

Members of Ballet Folklorico perform on Saturday at Firestone Plaza during the University’s Arts Weekend.

The Archives


April 30, 1969 Peter C. Wendell ’72 was elected president of the Class of 1972 in the second vote for the office. He gathered 261 votes. Second place got 208 votes.


Faculty approves Statistics and Machine Learning certificate By Daniel Johnson staff writer

On the Blog The Prox covers the Arts Weekend in photos, capturing performances by Ballet Folklorico and BodyHype, chalkboard artists at work and a MIMA showcase.

By the Numbers


Number of dogs owned by University president-elect Christopher Eisgruber ’83.

News & Notes Yale to offer students coverage for genderreassignment surgery

yale university’s medical center will now offer students health insurance coverage for gender-reassignment surgery, the Yale Daily News reported. The news was announced in an email sent by Yale Health, the nonprofit health plan that operates the center, to the student body on Thursday that contained a host of new coverage changes. Princeton does not currently cover gender-reassignment surgery, though University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua told The Daily Princetonian in February that the University was actively considering the possibility. In the email, Yale Health said that it would provide coverage for gender-reassignment surgery “subject to preauthorization based on widely accepted standards of care.” Yale had already offered this coverage for faculty, staff and their dependents in the past but is only now making it available to students. Insurance coverage for gender-reassignment surgery is currently offered by the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Harvard, Brown and Cornell Universities. The changes in coverage in Yale’s health plan will be effective Aug. 1.

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University faculty approved a new undergraduate certificate program in Statistics and Machine Learning at a faculty meeting on Monday. The certificate program was or-

ganized over two years by computer science professor Robert Schapire, associate computer science professor David Blei, molecular biology professor John Storey, associate politics professor Kosuke Imai and Operations Research and Financial Engineering professor Jianqing Fan, according to Scha-

pire. He said that the impetus for the certificate program came from the increasing importance of data to companies, governments and organizations as well as from greater student interest in the fields of machine learning and statistics. See RECEPTION page 2


Aman Sinha ’13 was named valedictorian at a meeting of the Faculty Committee on ExamiAMAN nations and StandSINHA‘13 ing on Monday Valedictorian afternoon. Amelia Bensch-Schaus ’13, a classics major from Swarthmore, Pa., was named the Latin salutatorian. Sinha and AMELIA BENSCHBensch-Schaus were SCHAUS ‘13 informed that they Salutatorian had been nominated for their respective positions on April 18, both students said. Sinha is a mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Ivyland, Pa. He is also pursuing undergraduate certificates in applied and computational mathematics and applications of computing. “When I entered as a freshman, it was sort of a choice between physics and MAE because I liked fluid mechanics as well, but MAE seemed like a natural fit,” See SENIORS page 3


USG discusses Class of 2017 Facebook group, next COMBO By Anna Mazarakis staff writer

The USG discussed the USG-moderated Class of 2017 Facebook group and the upcoming COMBO IV survey at its meeting Sunday evening. The Princeton 2017 team has been working on updating the Princeton 2017 website and publicizing it through the Path to Princeton and Undergraduate Admission websites, as well as the Princeton 2017+ Facebook group. The Princeton 2017+ Facebook group, which is administered by members of the USG for the first time in part due to problems with the Class of 2016 Facebook group, currently has 2,126 members from the Class of 2017 and classes of current undergraduates at Princeton, according to U-Councilor Paul Riley ’15, one of the administrators of the group. The problem the group’s administrators now face is how to handle the transition from the 2017+ Facebook group to a group only for the Class of 2017. The administrators are also experiencing difficulty managing the posts and comments of so many group members. “We’re going through the post approval system where people will send in posts and then we’ll approve them,” Riley said. “We’ve had problems with trolls on the site, posting things, discouraging people from coming, so the question is, how do we handle that?” U-Councilor Katherine Clifton ’15, another Facebook group administrator, added that managing the posts has been “a little bit overwhelming” at times and wondered if members of the USG had ideas for a more authoritarian body that could manage the page, such as members of the admissions office. She noted that the Facebook groups of other schools are run by their respective admissions offices. See MEETING page 2


Eisgruber’s wife and son look on at the press conference announcing Eisgruber’s new position as president of the University.

Eisgrubers and dog scheduled to move into Lowrie House in Jan. 2014 By Loully Saney staff writer

University Provost and President-Elect Christopher Eisgruber ’83 said he plans to move into Lowrie House, the University president’s official residence at 83 Stockton Street, as soon as repairs and renovations have been made. Tilghman explained that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is “completely out-of-date” and said that the best

time to make the big repairs that the house needs is during a transition between presidents. “We will move as soon as the renovations are complete,” Eisgruber said, explaining that the “offhand prediction” date for the move is January 2014. Lowrie House, which Tilghman described as “very practically useful,” serves as a home for the president and his or her family, as well as a place for the president to entertain guests.

“It’s a wonderful place to entertain, and the president, by definition, does a great deal of entertaining,” she said. “It has been my experience that students love to come to Lowrie House, faculty like to come, trustees, alumni. There’s something special about going to the place where the president lives as opposed to one more University building.” Tilghman noted that she has always felt as though her family’s priSee RESIDENCE page 2


Students form campaign to “Ban the Box” on job applications By Alexander Jafari staff writer

University students have recently formed a grassroots campaign called Ban the Box NJ in hopes of mobilizing political support for the NJ Opportunity to Compete Act, according to the campaign’s website. This act, referred to as “Ban the Box,” aims to make the job application pro-

cess more fair by removing the “box” on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have past criminal convictions. If passed, the bill would shift the criminal check to after a conditional offer is given to an applicant, according to Shawon Jackson ’15, associate director of communications for the campaign. “The NJ bill is fairly progressive because it bans the box for all private

and public employees,” Ray Chao ’15, the campaign’s executive director, said. “The bill would set a national standard.” According to Chao, approximately 45 students are participating in Ban the Box NJ. The organization contacts state legislators, circulates petitions for the act and reaches out to local businesses and other colleges. He said that Ban the Box NJ is working closely with Students

for Prison Education and Reform and the Petey Green Prisoner Assistance Program. According to Chao, the public advocacy campaign was “completely initiated by Princeton students and run by Princeton students.” Jackson said the primary reason behind the initiative was students’ interest in criminal justice. See ADVOCACY page 3

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vacy has been preserved during her time in Lowrie House. She said that the house manager is only at the house when Tilghman herself is not. “When I leave in the morning, the house is empty. When I return in the evening, the house is empty, except on evenings where I am having people for dinner. And so, except for those occasions when you are entertaining, it feels very private,” she said. Tilghman, who moved to Lowrie House in 2001, described her adjustment as smooth and comfortable, though she noted, “The most trauma was experienced by my dog, who did not like the change at all.” Prior to 1968, University presidents lived in Prospect House — a location that is far less private, as it is located in the center of campus. The University president also enjoys the privilege of keeping any piece of artwork from the University Art Museum in the president’s office or in Lowrie House. Tilghman noted that two pieces of artwork that she will miss greatly are a Roy Lichtenstein piece that currently hangs in her office and a Frank Stella painting in the Lowrie House dining room. Tilghman said she plans to move out of Lowrie House after Commencement and will

move into a house that she has purchased in the same neighborhood. The house, at 9 Campbelton Circle, was worth $1.5 million when Tilghman purchased it in December 2010. Since August 2010, Tilghman has been leasing the Campbelton Circle home to Vice President for Campus Life Cynthia Cherrey. Eisgruber noted that his

“The most trauma was experienced by my dog, who did not like the change at all.” Shirley Tilghman

family will be keeping their current house and will use it as a “country place.” “We have a house that we love — and Lowrie House is a beautiful house — but it is an adjustment, so I am grateful to [wife] Lori and [son] Danny for being willing to do this,” Eisgruber said. Eisgruber noted that his son, who is a freshman at Princeton High School, is excited to be closer to the town than the family’s current home at 4801 Province Line Road. Eisgruber noted that he

discussed the move to Lowrie House with Chair of the Board of Trustees Kathryn Hall ’80, who reassured him that, while Eisgruber is required to live in the president’s official residence, the home should also be comfortable for him and his family. “We want this to be a home where we can welcome people from the University, but it really has to be our home. It can’t be a conference facility,” he said. “I think there will be some adjustment there, but we think it’s very important to protect our privacy,” Eisgruber said. Eisgruber recalled that the first question he asked Hall was whether the family’s female Labrador retriever, Onita, would also be able to move into the house. Eisgruber noted that his favorite piece of artwork was a painting by Inez that is currently hanging in the Lowrie House anteroom. He said he thought he would keep the painting where it was. “It’s an absolutely wonderful home, and I know that the Eisgruber family will be happy there. I am convinced of it,” Tilghman said. Lowrie House was gifted to the University in 1960 by Barbara Armour Lowrie in memory aof her husband, Walter Lowrie, Class of 1890. Lowrie House served as the University’s guest house until 1968, when it became the president’s official residence.


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Professors Bocarsly, Burnett and Graziano engaged in a three-person panel to discuss the intersection of science and religion. The talk was held in Murray-Dodge on Monday and sponsored by the Religious Life Council.

Faculty thank Tilghman at meeting RECEPTION Continued from page 1


“Princeton has a lot of strength in machine learning and statistics, but it’s kind of spread out all over campus, and so this is going to be a way of bringing faculty and researchers and students in one place,” Schapire said,

explaining the need the program would address. He explained that the certificate program was a step along the way to creating a Center for Statistics and Machine Learning and eventually a full Ph.D. program in the same field. The certificate program will be introduced in September and will be interdisciplinary, drawing on

faculty and courses from a diversity of fields, Schapire said. Also in the tear-filled meeting followed by a champagne reception in Nassau Hall, English professor Jeff Nunokawa initiated a resolution thanking Tilghman for her service to the school and acknowledging her accomplishments.

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Academics Committee chair Dillon Sharp ’14 said he thought that it was “strange” that admissions offices of other schools ad-

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ministered these pages. He said he did not think the USG should encourage this practice. “I think we should get out of the business of managing this page as quickly as possible,” UCouncilor Elan Kugelmass ’14 said, adding that “these prob-

lems will disappear after May 1,” when students will have committed to Princeton. The USG also discussed the upcoming COMBO IV survey, which will be sent out to students once the Mental Health Initiative survey ends around Dean’s Date. Students will then have about a month and a half to complete the survey. According to U-Councilor Farrah Bui ’14, the COMBO IV project is ahead of schedule in the hopes of avoiding the delays experienced before releasing the results of COMBO III. The results of that survey, which was conducted in the summer of 2011, were released in December 2012. One big change for this survey is that the data analysis will be conducted by Data and Statistical Services, a part of the Social Science Reference Center in Firestone Library that offers statistical consulting services to members of the University, rather than by students. This work will be done free of charge. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to receive one of three iPad Minis. The results of the survey are scheduled for release by the beginning of the next school year. The USG also unanimously approved a $6,000 funding request for the Dean’s Date celebration on May 14. The Social Committee is partnering with the Princeton Student Events Committee this semester to create an outdoor event with carnival games, fun races, competitions and food trucks. The $6,000 will cover the food trucks. The Academics Committee discussed the initiatives it is planning for next fall, including a meeting with the Committee on Examinations and Standing regarding exam period. Sharp requested feedback from the senate about exam period and other academic issues. Campus and Community Affairs chair Trap Yates ’14, who serves as the USG liaison to SHARE, gave a presentation on possible projects for collaboration between SHARE and the USG. Their potential projects included a USG-sponsored poll on students’ social and sexual experiences, a USG-sponsored video message to promote a better understanding of sexual assault and a mentorship program tasked with addressing sexual assault from a masculine perspective. Yates is a former associate editor for the Street section of The Daily Princetonian.

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The grassroots campaign led by University students, Ban the Box NJ, is mobilizing political support for the NJ Opportunity to Compete Act by holding panels and publicizing the cause on campus.

Bill expected to be heard in May or June ADVOCACY Continued from page 1


Chao learned about the “Ban the Box” act from the Guggenheim Internship Program through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. “The reason so many students care about it [the bill] is because it’s one in four Americans [who have criminal convictions],” Chao said. “A lot of Princeton students have criminal convictions. The fact that your entire future and life can be derailed by a box that is not representative of your talents is not fair.” To find out how to get in touch with politicians regarding the act, Chao organized a meeting in late February this year with Cornell Brooks, executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Brooks helped write the bill with New Jersey senators Sandra Bolden Cunningham and M. Teresa Ruiz. Through Brooks and the Institute for Social Justice, Ban the Box NJ developed a collaboration with New Jersey politicians. According to Chao, Brooks was “excited about Princeton students getting so involved.” Chao also met with several professors at the University in the fields of politics, economics and sociology throughout late February and March. After meeting with Brooks, Chao arranged a meeting with Cunningham, Senate Majority Whip and the primary sponsor for the NJ Opportunity to Compete Act. “It became clear that they needed a grassroots advocacy campaign,” Chao said. “They’ve been working on legalities of the bill and business communities. They had not tried to reach out to people through public petitions.” Cunningham said she was pleased to see support from University students. “A grassroots attack is very good,” Cunningham said. “The students were wonderful, and they offered to help out in any way possible.” Jackson said there are many aspects of the bill that make it a worthwhile cause to support. “The shifting [of the box] would make it all a fair process. You can’t just see an application and toss it off to the side,” he said. He also explained that the recidivism rate is likely to decrease if the bill is passed because people with criminal convictions could then hold jobs, making them less likely to commit new crimes. According to Jackson, the campaign’s current plan is to get the word out and secure as many endorsements as possible. To do this, Chao said that the campaign is currently trying to reach out to businesses, chambers of commerce and communities across New Jersey in order to “make them aware of this issue.” “All of the internal structure [of Ban the Box NJ] is built,” Chao said. “Now we’re just in the middle of reaching out at the moment.” Currently, the bill has not yet been taken up for consid-

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eration, according to Cunningham. “We recently had a final meeting with some of the state organization,” Cunningham

“The fact that your entire future and life can be derailed by a box that is not representative of your talents is not fair.” Ray Chao ’15

said. “Some final recommendations were made. We are now taking a look at those, and we have to maybe make some

amendments.” She said that she expects the bill to be heard by the state assembly in late May or early June. “Our goal is to really become a partner with the businesses in the state,” Cunningham said. “We’ve recently been meeting with the New Jersey Business Association and the Fuel Merchants Association.” Chao said that he doesn’t think there is formal opposition to the bill but explained that those who are opposed to the bill “aren’t completely aware of the details.” “‘Ban the Box’ sounds misleading,” Chao said. “We aren’t banning the box. We are actually postponing the box to the end.” Ban the Box NJ will host a rally to support the bill on May 1 in front of the New Jersey State House in Trenton. The group will also submit a petition with signatures from community members to the Law and Public Safety Committee. “May 1 is significant because we want to show elected officials that people in New Jersey care about this bill,” Chao said.

he said. Sinha won a Churchill Scholarship this year and will pursue a master’s degree in information engineering at the University of Cambridge. In the fall of 2014, he will enroll in a Ph.D. program in electrical engineering at Stanford University. “Professionally, I’d like to do research at the interface of academia and the tech industry, and so being in Silicon Valley will be a great fit,” Sinha said about his long-term aspirations. PHY 205: Classical Mechanics B was the course that challenged him the most in terms of technical rigor, Sinha said. “That was the class that got me into the mode of doing a real type of analysis and college-level work,” he said.

Sinha has also won a Hertz Fellowship for graduate studies in the sciences and a Goldwater Scholarship for sophomore and junior undergraduates who excel in the sciences. He was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society, his junior year, during which he was also the president of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He was part of the Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Team and involved in club fencing his freshman and sophomore years. As a senior, Sinha was a coorganizer of the Princeton Research Symposium, which took place in November 2012. Bensch-Schaus won the Shapiro Prize in 2010, awarded to freshmen and sophomores in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. She took Latin for six years before coming to the University and has an extensive background in the language. As a freshman, she began to learn Greek and spent

her junior year studying classics at Cambridge. Outside of class, she tutors students at the University and at Princeton High School in Latin. “I took Latin throughout high school, and I really loved the literature and the culture,” BenschSchaus said. She decided to continue taking Latin and start learning Greek at Princeton, which made both subjects a much richer world for her that she still loves, she added. As a U.S. Foundation Fellow through the University’s Program in Teacher Preparation, BenschSchaus will teach Latin next year at Sherborne School in Dorset, United Kingdom before potentially pursuing a Ph.D. in classics. BenschSchaus said she wants to eventually teach at the college or university level. At the Class of 2013 graduation on June 4, Sinha will deliver the valedictory address, and BenschSchaus will deliver the Latin salutatory oration.



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y state of habituation does not concern forced allegiance to the majority culture or denial of my race; rather, it is a journey of cultural understanding as I travel through life. Oftentimes, we minorities exclude ourselves, self-segregate and try and gain pity over our inability to integrate with other social groups. We label a group as a majority and another as a minority, but honestly, as a Brazilian immigrant, I have never felt like a minority. Oftentimes (though clearly not always), segregation is a self-fulfilling prophecy; we expect to be discriminated against and therefore deter ourselves from other social groups and only end up causing ourselves to be more segregated. If there is one place where different racial groups can stand together, while also maintaining their individual cultures, it is here at Princeton. I moved to America when I was four years old. As any other Brazilian, non-English-speaking immigrants would, my parents quickly fell into a Brazilian community, where Portuguese, soccer and Sunday BBQs stood in the way of other neighboring cultures. After school, I would come home and play in my neighborhood, consisting entirely of other Brazilian kids; we had created a “little Brazil” in South Florida. Even our church was Brazilian. Four hundred members all speaking Portuguese and listening to a Portuguese sermon followed by a typical Brazilian barbeque — “churrasco.” Even though Brazilian culture consumed me, it never made me ignorant to other cultures in the world. Growing up, I was rarely around other kids who weren’t Brazilian. But finally, right before high school, I moved to a new city where “little Brazil” no longer existed. I took the opportunity to allow my culture to thrive in diversity, rather than hide in segregation. In high school, there were always “Latino” groups, but I never wanted to be a part of those. They shunned anyone who didn’t wear Brazilian jeans, who didn’t own a pair of gold hoop earrings and who didn’t bring paella for lunch every day. I was still friends with them but no more than I was friends with American kids, Italian kids, Jewish kids and black kids (we didn’t have too many Asians in my town). My high school friends were well-aware of how Brazilian my family was, but they loved it. When I picked up the phone and started rambling away in Portuguese, everyone would start trying to imitate my words. Or when I’d say an American idiom incorrectly, they’d quickly laugh at my foreign unawareness. But it was always in good fun. Who doesn’t enjoy coming over and having a strongaccented Brazilian mother kissing you on the cheek and showering you with food and a Brazilian dad rambling on about soccer and cooking steaks in the backyard? Let alone Brazilian desserts, music and dance. When we’d talk about Carnival, Pops would always offer up our apartment in Brazil and those white Americans’ eyes would glaze over with excitement. A weeklong party down the streets of Brazil sounded like heaven. Arriving at Princeton, my level of comfort with other races and cultures has only deepened. My roommate was Israeli, and my suitemates were Asian, Indian and Jewish. Our cultural and religious differences humbly added to the fertility of conversations and debates. I became part of a dance group, which brought together members of many backgrounds over a common interest. I got an internship working for a company made up of seven employees, all of whom were Indian except for me, and never once did I feel left out. There is nothing like seeing a Google+ screen with six brown kids and one Brazilian kid to make you realize how incredible it is to be able to live in a place where race doesn’t stand in the way of comfort. We are all part of one Orange Bubble, and I have never felt separate from it. Over winter break, one of my friends came to visit — a white boy from Atlanta, Ga. wearing jean cutoffs and a camo hat. He is part of the “majority,” but he didn’t hesitate for a second to speak (try to speak) Portuguese with my parents over dinner. Over spring break, I brought home four of my closest friends: two guys, two girls. Israeli, Pakistani, American and Chinese. Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Agnostic. They all got to experience my Brazilian family firsthand. They bonded with my Brazilian family from home, partied with my Brazilian friends and even came back speaking a little Portuguese. Oftentimes, we assume a “majority” culture. We oversimplify this “other” group in order to alienate what we assume is the minority. Even if we are the minority, rather than being offended when someone doesn’t make an effort to accommodate us, we should volunteer our culture and let it flourish. Race isn’t something that can be separated from who we are, nor should it ever be. I am proud to be a representative of my race, where my personality and thoughts reflect my childhood and my country. It gives me pride to be able to offer others a glimpse of what it means to be Brazilian. For me, it isn’t about shoving my culture down someone’s throat; it’s about blending my background and culture into a conversation to make it more diverse and stimulating. If we always assume that we are a minority, aren’t we overlooking the possibility that the person whom we are talking to might have another minority culture of his or her own, which we are failing to acknowledge? To assume you are always the minority, and to be burdened by it, is often hypocrisy.


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does that make you a vegetable?” my friend asks. “Only if it makes you a pig,”

I quip. “But that’s actually one of the deepest things I’ve heard,” he says, suddenly changing tone. And he’s right. That it’s hopelessly cliched doesn’t change the fact that we are literally made up of digested bits of the organic matter that we shovel into our mouths on a daily basis. At least, the matter that we don’t expel immediately. If you’re reading this over breakfast, try not to dwell too hard on that. This is why we attach so much importance to food. We select eating clubs based on which ones offer the dietary balances we need. We catalog our food choices so that we can remember every meal we had in the last week. We balance our campus food selections with meticulously scheduled outings to eateries on Nassau whose menus are paragons of culinary virtue. No? Yeah, I don’t do that either. Food quality — whether measured by taste, nutrition, sustainability or something else — is integral to the experience of eating it. However, as a campus, we put a strange amount of focus on the social aspects of eating without paying much attention to the food itself. Illustrative of this are the eating clubs — literally eponymous with, well, eating. How many times have you heard someone unfamiliar with Princeton ask, “Your social system centers around culinary clubs?” This is, of course, patently and laughably false. Yes, eating

clubs generally have higher-quality food than the residential colleges, and sure, the herbivores among us may feel drawn to vegetarian-friendly Terrace, but I don’t think it would be news to anyone here that taste in food is not what separates the members of different clubs. The Prospect clubs are social institutions, and social life at Princeton is centered about where we eat. And this is for good reason. Socializing while in class is impossible (difficult? dampened? restricted everso-slightly only by some latent desire to listen to the distant lecturer at the front of McCosh 10?). And the opportunities for valuable, lifelong bonding while reading for Death Mech or Macro are somewhat limited. Even with fellow members of student groups such as Band or the ‘Prince’, focus on the All-Important Task At Hand tends to drive conversation toward the practical. It is at meals — when bodies are occupied with necessities but minds are free to roam — that we are able to focus solely on our friends. Thus, the social self-selection of the eating clubs. Thus, residential college study breaks. Thus, the cult of free cookies and tea that is Murray-Dodge cafe — and the related campus-wide obsession with free food of any sort. Thus, “College Night,” whose weekly occurrence at Whitman has driven us to accuse Whitmaniacs (in tones only partially jocular) of elitism and the administration of social engineering. And thus, “Band Dinner,” that semiofficial ritual before our gigs, when we descend upon unready dining halls like a swarm of bawdy, fire-orange cicadas, engulfing more than one of Wu’s long tables with plaid and boater hats. We are, for our time at Princeton, not what we eat but who we eat with. In all this noise, the food itself becomes a mere set-piece, playing no

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more role than to draw us to Forbes on Wednesday nights and serve as a last-ditch topic of discussion when conversation is, well, starved. But pay attention. More thought than you’d think goes into the food served here. Surprising as it is to those of us well-acquainted with the dining halls, prefrosh and out-of-town friends are regularly shocked by the high quality of our food. I was, during my Preview, so long ago. And it’s not just culinary quality. Terrace and 2 Dickinson Street are not alone in considering the ecological and social impact of their food — the dining halls go out of their way to order local ingredients and label vegetarian and vegan options. Those pamphlets in our napkin holders about how close we are to the farms that raise our blueberries and poultry are more than simple public relations. When we are conscious of what we eat, our culinary experiences are elevated considerably. I’m vegetarian. I’m not against killing animals for food, nor even against breeding them for this purpose, but living in the West, once home to sprawling ranches and now home to packed feedlots and slaughterhouses, has left me with, as it were, a poor taste in my mouth. But I’m not here to push that on you. I find that any formal structure for thinking about food — from halal and kosher eating practices to locavore and raw vegan diets — increases both the quality of the food and our appreciation thereof. And it is when we think about it that food bonds us even more, creating a community out of friends eating kosher at the CJL or a gourmet meal at an eating club or a deliciously greasy Phat Lady. Bennett McIntosh is a freshman from Littleton, Colo. He can be reached at

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nspired by Street’s series on Princeton’s favorite eateries, I figured I would give my opinion on Princeton’s less frequented nonStreet places to drink. The greater University area, that is Nassau and Witherspoon streets, includes six bars. Each has its own flavor and unique clientele and are all mostly devoid of a Princeton student presence. There is overlap between this list and the one covered by Street, though I intend to cover only the drinks-related portion of each haunt. Let us begin with the familiar: Triumph Brewing Company located at 138 Nassau St. The main attraction is definitely the selection of in-house brewed beer, though Triumph does have a bar stocked with the essential hard alcohols for a set of basic, well-mixed cocktails. The beers at Triumph are special in that each variety is incredibly approachable. Even the less adventurous drinker can enjoy each of the seven beers on tap. The IPA is not too hoppy, the stout not too bitter, the Belgian not too alcoholic, the smoke beer not to charcoaled. Each variety is the baby bear of its style. The safe nature of the brews

makes the seven-part taster series they provide their customers a no-brainer. When the drinker finds the beer that speaks most directly to him, he can walk away with a “growler” of that beverage, which is a tankard that amounts to about five drinks. For the avid beer lover who wants to explore beyond the seven pours that Triumph has to offer, I recommend the Alchemist and Barrister (28 Witherspoon St). A&B has a lovable, semi-dingy feel that makes the drinker feel at home. The beer list is quite extensive and includes exotic large format bottlings from Dogfish Head. There are eight beers on tap, and for some reason, A&B has an inverted happy hour, where the beer is cheaper late at night than it is during the traditionally quieter pre-dinner hours. The cocktails leave something to be desired as they tend to be unbalanced and a bit watery, but the pours of alcohols taken neat (a liquor served without being chilled and without any water, ice or other mixer) are generous, and the selection includes a few good scotches and the essential bourbons, tequilas and gins. The prices at A&B are good, and the selection of international and experimental beers are unparalleled at any other bar. If Alchemist and Barrister is only semi-dingy, the Ivy Inn (248 Nassau St) is the closest thing this town has to a dive bar. Ivy Inn is the most rambunctious of the Princeton bars and also the most bare-bones. The selection is limited to the

basics: Guinness, Bud Light, Blue Moon and other highly recognizable brands. Interestingly, and little known, Ivy Inn is the place to purchase a six-pack of beer after the liquor stores have closed as it is open the latest. If it were your job to provide the alcohol for a party and all the stores closer to campus are closed, the five- to 10-minute trek east on Nassau can be your saving grace. Another interesting facet of Ivy Inn is their Wednesday Karaoke. This is the only time I have seen other Princeton students at this bar and probably the night worth checking out. Another bar dominated by the nonstudent townsfolk is the Princeton Sports Bar, located right across from Firestone. I admittedly have only been to PSB a few times, though each time I felt quite out of place as it was populated by a much older crowd of 40-somethings and their friends. I understand they recently underwent some renovations, and I intend to go take a look at the improvements. I rarely go to the Yankee Doodle Tap Room (10 Palmer Square E), only because it closes at 10 p.m. every day, so it may be harder to judge, but of the bars, this one feels the most collegiate (perhaps I mean Ivy League). Yankee Doodle is well-appointed, has interesting fresh beers on tap and has intimate booth areas for quieter conversation. It feels like the type of bar to be featured in a film about Princeton. The only thing that precludes me from enjoying Yankee Doodle more is the prohibitive opening hours.

The newest and swankiest (by far) bar in town is Agricola, located at 11 Witherspoon St. This is the only place in town to get a truly well-crafted and consistent martini. The mixed drinks are the biggest draw to Agricola’s bar. Their specialty menu features 10 drinks at a time, all of which are unique and well thought out. The current set of 10 is a bit sweet for my taste, but their dirty vodka martini is a real winner. The collection of hard alcohols is also unique to this town in that there are interesting tequilas, bourbons and exceptional gins from around the country (I recommend Ransom’s Old Tom Gin and Aviation Gin). The atmosphere is very aesthetically pleasing; the staff is very friendly, and if you are willing to splurge, the cocktails are unmatched. It is curious that the Princeton drinking culture doesn’t include the town’s bar scene. The pregame, Street, Frist, post-game arrangement leaves little room for other drinking opportunities. But they exist and are fun. The bars do lack many of the things Princeton students seek in a night out: music and a dance floor. Though, if one intends to have a quieter, more subdued intimate night with friends, I highly recommend checking out one of the six bars reviewed above.

Aaron Applbaum is a Wilson School major from Oakland, Calif. He can be reached at

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Tuesday April 30, 2013

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Peyton finishes career with home runs, complete Ford hits grand slam games; first-year coach sets new program record while tossing complete SOFTBALL game as Tigers rebound Continued from page 6


senior outfielder Candy Button adding a solo shot the next inning for insurance, which the Tigers would not need. Peyton allowed just one hit before the seventh inning, when a Big Red (20-26, 8-12) runner reached first a catcher interference call and was advanced to third on two fielders’ choices. Cornell’s second and final hit of the game broke up the shutout, but Peyton retired the next batter to seal the 3-1 win. The second game was closer, with Princeton notching a win in the 10th inning,

7-5. The Tigers went down 3-1 in the fourth inning. Peyton hit two home runs, one of which tied the score in the fifth. Freshman outfielder Danielle Allen added one of her own to keep pace with the Big Red, and Pierce and junior catcher Maddie Cousens each got an RBI in the 10th inning to lead the Tigers to victory. The sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader marked another accomplishment for the Tigers, as they had not taken both games of a doubleheader against Cornell in Ithaca since 2005. They lost their chance to repeat the next day, as they lost 1-0 in the bottom of the 15th inning. Peyton pitched the entire game, meaning

that she pitched the equivalent of three games in two days and gave up 12 hits but

Peyton pitched the entire game, meaning that she pitched the equivalent of three games in two days. only the single run. The Tigers had eight hits but were unable to capitalize on them

thanks to a phenomenal performance from Cornell pitcher Alyson Onyon. Pierce, Allen and sophomore shortstop Alyssa Schmidt each had two hits. Following the shutout, the Tigers burst out of the gates in the fourth game, winning 11-2 in six innings. Senior pitcher Liza Kuhn picked up the win. Button and freshman infielder Kayla Bose each hit three-run home runs, and Cousens had a solo dinger while Pierce, Schmidt, Peyton and Allen all drove in runs to ensure that the game was never close. Peyton finishes the year and her college career leading the team in home runs and RBI with 11 and 36, respectively.

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pitches and scored another run when junior centerfielder Alec Keller’s sac f ly drove senior left fielder Nate Baird in from third. Despite the losses on Friday that eliminated Princeton from playoff contention, the Tigers still recognize their season’s many positive aspects. “We had a great group of seniors, we pitched really well and we lost an inordinate number of close ball games,” Bradley said. “We lost 11 or 12 one-run games,

and it’s hard to look back at it. But we’ll look back at the year with a lot of positives,

“Mike Ford was the story in the first game today.” head coach Scott Bradley

not a what-could-have-been scenario.”

Feldman leads men’s 4x800 relay team to break 45-year-old school record TRACK

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“Looking at what we can all run individually, putting that together, it was clear that we could definitely have a shot at the record,” Feldman said. “We ended up shattering it. Finishing and looking at the scoreboard, I thought, ‘No, that can’t be right.’” Following up on the women’s success just 30 minutes later, the men took to the track for the Championship of America 4x800. Despite competing without some of the usual all-stars such as seniors Russell Dinkins and Peter Callahan, the Tigers were more than prepared to race fast and compete. Stepping up to the occasion, the team of seniors Michael Palmisano and Nathan Mathabane, junior Michael

Williams and sophomore Bradley Paternostro combined to erase a 45-year-old school record. Finishing in 7:21.62, they clipped the old record of 7:22.46 set in 1968 by nearly a second. “We were so excited going into the 4x800. We had the record on our mind, and we knew that we had a legitimate shot at beating it,” Paternostro said. “Running that time without the usual people just shows how much depth we have.” In a breakout performance, Mathabane had one of the best races of his career, dipping under 1:50 to split 1:49.41 for the second leg. After being sidelined with an injury for much of his collegiate career, Mathabane has come a long way on his road back. His split on Saturday was one of his fastest times ever. Anchoring the Tigers, Pa-

ternostro continued his progression into becoming one of the league’s top middle distance runners. Getting out hard over the first lap, Paternostro moved up in the field. Kicking hard over the final 200m, Paternostro laid it all out on the track as he split 1:48.90 to bring the team into fifth place overall and grab the school record. The relay’s time also ranks fifth-best in conference history. “I love the Penn Relays — the whole atmosphere. It’s tough though, since sometimes getting too excited can mess up your tactics,” Paternostro said. “As the anchor, I knew I just had to put the record out of my mind and focus on the racing at hand. In the end, I just had to do what I needed to do — run fast and beat some people.” For the women, the

4x800m Ivy League record could almost be considered a victory lap, as earlier on in the meet on Thursday they set a school record in the Distance Medley Relay. Leading off in the 1200m leg, junior Molly Higgins got the Tigers out to a fast start as she fought hard to hand off in 3:24.8. Barowski kept Princeton in the mix as she sprinted around the track for the 400m leg, running 54.3 seconds — one of the fastest splits of the race. Keeping things rolling, O’Neil found a groove in her 800m leg, running 2:08.8. Anchoring the race, Feldman took care of the 1600m leg as she tried to close on the leaders, splitting 4:42.2 to cross the line in 11:10.13 to finish fourth overall. The time broke the previous program best of 11:12.53 set in 2006. While Princeton has had

success in the distance events at the Penn Relays before, perhaps no team turned more heads than Princeton in the 4x400m relay — an event traditionally dominated by sprinting powerhouses from southern state schools. Running 3:07.99 to win the Heptagonals heat of the 4x400m, the relay of junior co-captain Tom Hopkins, seniors Austin Hollimon and Dinkins and sophomore Daniel McCord qualified for the championship race the next day, a feat rarely achieved by Ivy League schools. “No one expects Princeton to have four good 400m runners. We take pride in having people look at us saying, ‘Who are these kids?’ and then going out there and showing people how good we are,” Hollimon said. “I think we all realize that we’re hungry, we have the talent, we

can show people that we can compete.” Competing against the likes of Texas A&M, a perennial national title contender, the Tigers refused to be intimidated, running 3:06.26 to finish fifth, narrowly missing fourth. The time is the second best in Ivy League history. “I compare it to walking into Cottage. We’re big guys, but you walk in and look down the line, and you see these guys who are just as tall and strong, if not stronger, as we were,” Hollimon said. “We were the only school north of the MasonDixon line to be invited to that race. But we believed that we belonged.” The Penn Relays were a final tune-up for the Tigers before the Ivy League Championships this Saturday and Sunday at home at Weaver Stadium.

Freshman golfer discusses Snapchat ON TAP

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A: Some of the funniest moments are the Snapchats sent amongst the team. Q: What’s your favorite Snapchat you’ve ever gotten? A: The ones among the team where sometimes we’ll take a picture of somebody and put a caption like, ‘Next up in _______’s wardrobe’ or something like that. We like to judge certain brands of shirts as second tier. Some people really fill their wardrobe with some secondtier shirts. Q: What’s your favorite Snapchat you’ve ever gotten from me? A: Hmm … my favorite’s probably the eagle shirt — I’ve seen that a couple times. It always makes me chuckle. Q: Best Snapchat you’ve ever sent out? A: I send out few Snapchats ... But I’m a fan of the selfies — I won’t lie. Lot of different facial expressions.

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Q; You and I have played basketball before. You’re pretty solid — who wins a pickup game between you and [freshman lacrosse player] Ryan Ambler, and why? A: You know, people might pick Ambler — he’s my roommate — but I have to say ... I just don’t see the talent there. Q: Who do you think would have more success: Ambler playing golf or you playing lacrosse? A: Oh, definitely Ambler playing golf. The whole movement and whatnot is just not really up my alley — and he really is a great overall athlete. Q: Who hits a drive further — you or Wong? A: I mean, she might hit it out there pretty far, but I can’t say. It’s a different game for girls. Q: Who wins an arm wrestling competition — you or Wong? A: I mean, even after all my countless hours spent in the gym, I’m not sure I would win that one ... Oh my ... These answers could get me in trouble...*

Q: If you didn’t play golf, what sport would you play? A: I think I’d either play hockey or baseball. I played those when I was growing up. There are some sports I wish I could’ve played too, like I wasn’t allowed to play football growing up. Q: What’s your favorite sport to watch? A: I’d say football. I guess I just enjoy it the most. Q: Which fellow varsity athlete on campus would be the best golfer? A: That’s a good question. I know I’ve seen a number of baseball and squash guys out there with my teammates, and a lot of them are pretty good. It could be interesting. I know [junior guard] T.J. Bray [of the basketball team] is an avid follower of the Princeton golf Twitter feed, so he might be pretty good. *Note: In response to Quinn’s answer, Wong stated in a text to Bogle, “... I would definitely win that ... I curl more than him!” Prchal later said, “Yeah — you can just say Alex would win ...”

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McLean wins triple jump at Penn Relays By Adam Fisch senior writer

Competing under the sun in Penn’s packed Franklin Field in the triple jump championship Saturday at the Penn Relays, junior Damon McLean tuned out the screaming and cheering as he focused on each of his attempts. After finishing second at this meet last year, McLean was determined to win and take home a gold Penn Relays watch. Bounding down the runway on his second try, McLean blasted out a wind-aided 15.95 meters, or 52 feet, four inches — and bested the rest of the field by half a foot. “Saturday was definitely one of the better days in my career,” McLean said. “I was in the zone. I was actually surprised that I could keep my focus with such a big crowd and competition.” McLean’s performance ended a long drought of triple jump champions for the Ivy League — the last win dating back to 1928. History aside, McLean was simply excited to earn the victory, and the confidence that

came with it. “I’m from Jamaica, and the Penn Relays is always a big event for us and special to me. This has really been a dream come true for me, to finally win at Penn,” McLean said. “At this point in the season, I am healthy, and that’s important. There are good things to come.” While McLean was the only Tiger to win at the Relays over the weekend, there was no shortage of success on the track from Princeton, as relay squads broke records left and right. Running the Championship of America 4x800m on Saturday, the team of junior Kacie O’Neil, sophomore Cecilia Barowski and seniors Alexis Mikaelian and cocaptain Greta Feldman destroyed both school and Ivy League records. Getting Princeton off to a good start in one of the deepest and most competitive events of the meet, O’Neil split 2:09.28 and handed off to Feldman right in the mix. Accelerating away in pursuit of the leaders, Feldman blazed a 2:03.15 — one of her fastest times ever.

Well ahead of record pace, Feldman gave the baton to Barowski. Since she only started to compete collegiately in the 800 this year, Barowski continued to improve as she raced to a 2:07.55 split. Anchoring the relay, Mikaelian sealed the deal with a quick 2:07.29, stopping the clock at 8:27.26. This time beat the school record of 8:38.05 and took down the Ivy League record of 8:35.70 set by Cornell in 2005 — a squad anchored by current Olympian Morgan Uceny. “Getting the record was definitely on our minds coming into this year. First and foremost, we just wanted to run as fast as possible, and hopefully with that would come the record,” Feldman said. “We went into the race all serious, but it ended up being so much fun.” While on paper the Tigers do have one of the fastest squads of middle distance women ever to pass through the program, the performance was a whole level higher than expected. See TRACK page 5


Senior Michael Palmisano ran on the 4x800 relay team that broke a 45-year-old school record at Penn Relays.


On Tap


On Tap with ... Quinn Prchal By John Bogle

A: It’s purr-shall, so I guess you could say it P-er-s-h-a-l.

staff writer

Freshman Quinn Prchal helped Princeton golf win the Ivy League Tournament this past weekend, taking home Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors along the way. He was fourth in the Ivy League and first on the Princeton team with an average score of 73.80 over 15 rounds. Quinn and I go way back in both the pickup basketball and Snapchat games — I’ve sent him about 300; he’s sent me two. I recently sat down to talk to Quinn about golf, Snapchat and freshman Alexandra Wong of the women’s golf team. Q: How’s it feel to be Ivy League Rookie of the Year for golf? A: It feels great — played pretty well this year. But most of all, it was awesome for our team to play well yesterday and win the team title. That was a major goal for the year, and it made a lot of people’s years. JULIA WENDT :: SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Golfer Quinn Prchal was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Q: How do you pronounce your last name?

Q: Where are you from? A: I’m from Glenview, Ill., which is a suburb north of Chicago. Q: How and when did you get into golf? A: I started playing when I was in grade school. I played a lot of different sports, and I really wasn’t that big, so a lot of sports just weren’t for me. Q: Seriously, what happened to the vowels in your last name — where did they go? A: It’s a common question. I know, the four consonants in a row ... I have trouble with it sometimes. Q: Do you have any personal rituals while you’re playing, whether they be a night before kind of thing, before a shot or anything like that? A: Well, I have a routine before I hit shots — I guess probably the most unique thing is whenever I’m putting, I take some practice swings and


back off. Then I usually look out at the crowd. You know, just look out at my surroundings, really take everything in before I take my shot. Q: Same for chipping, putting, etc.? A: Yes, there are little different things but the same sort of deal. Q: What’s your favorite golf movie? A: Tin Cup. Q: What was the highest-pressure moment of the season for you? A: Well, for our team, the biggest tournament of the year is the Ivy League Championship. It sort of judges our whole season. So I finished early and one of our juniors, Greg Jarmas, was on the course and just having to watch him finish — he played really well — but having no control over the outcome, just sitting up there on the hillside, was really a high-pressure moment. Q: What was the funniest moment of the season? See ON TAP page 5


Princeton splits season-ending series with Cornell Tigers wrap up solid By Marle Stein staff writer

It was a four-run third inning that lifted the Cornell baseball team over Princeton at Clarke Field Friday afternoon, ending the Tigers’ (14-28 overall, 11-9 Ivy League) playoff hopes and removing the team from contention for the Ivy League championship. Cornell (23-17, 11-9) first baseman Ryan Plantier led off the inning with a solo home run to left field, setting the stage for a rally in which the Big Red offense scored three additional runs. Two hits and two walks resulted in one run and loaded the bases for Big Red left fielder Spencer Souza, whose single up the middle drove in another two runs. Coming into the series, Princeton needed to sweep Cornell in four games and hope for Columbia to drop its series against Penn in order to win the Lou Gehrig Division and earn an Ivy League Championship series berth.

The loss, which was followed by a second loss to Cornell on Friday afternoon and two Tiger victories over the Big Red in Ithaca on Sunday, removed Princeton from playoff contention. “It was similar to a lot of the games that we had lost throughout the year,” head coach Scott Bradley said. “We got really good pitching. [Senior starter] Zak Hermans pitched well. But we only scored two runs in the first game and one run in the second game. In college baseball, you need to be able to hit consistently and score some runs, and it’s hurt us this year that we haven’t been able to come up with big hits when we needed them. That’s just the way it’s been most of the year.” The trend of subpar hitting continued throughout the series, even in the doubleheader sweep on Sunday. Following a 2-1 loss to the Big Red in the second matchup on Friday afternoon, the Tigers rebounded on Sunday when they defeated Cornell 5-2 and

4-1. Although the Tigers scored five runs in the first game, the score was tied 1-1 until junior pitcher Mike Ford knocked a grand slam to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning. Ford also tossed 10 innings of outstanding baseball, limiting Cornell to only one run on seven hits throughout the game and finishing his season with a perfect 6-0 record. “Mike Ford was the story in the first game today,” Bradley said Sunday. “We weren’t doing a whole lot until the 10th inning. We got some guys on, and Mike took care of business himself with the grand slam.” The Tigers followed their early victory with another win in game two, in which freshman pitcher Cam Mingo threw seven innings of shutout ball, limiting the Big Red to only five hits and striking out five. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when the Tigers picked up two runs on wild See BASEBALL page 5

rebuilding year with series win at Cornell By Saahil Madge staff writer

The softball team ended its season on a high note this weekend, taking three out of four games at Cornell and capping the program’s best season since 2006. The Tigers (27-19 overall, 12-8 Ivy League) finished second in the South Division of the Ivy League, a major accomplishment for a team that went 14-32 overall and 8-12 in the league last year. It was Princeton’s first winning season since it won

the league five years ago, and head coach Lisa Sweeney had the best record a first-year coach has recorded in the program’s history. Senior pitcher Alex Peyton picked up the win in the first game, bringing her record for the season to 8-7. She allowed one run off just two hits and struck out three. She was supported by the kind of power that has come to mark her team, with senior outfielder Lizzy Pierce hitting a two-run home run in the third and See SOFTBALL page 5

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