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A Love & Lust on intoxication and a survey of Princeton’s dance groups. PAGE S1

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Today on Campus 8 p.m.: Theater professor Brian Herrera performs ‘I Was the Voice of Democracy,’ a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir piece. 185 Nassau Street.

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Sept. 19, 1989 Roger Kingsepp, a student at Wesleyan, filed a class-action lawsuit against Princeton and 11 other private colleges, accusing them of fixing tuition prices.

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News & Notes Palmer Square Post Office building to be sold

the palmer square location of the Princeton Post Office has been placed on sale, a year after the United States Postal Service first announced plans to sell the historic building. The Postal Service has occupied the 11,500-square-foot building since 1934. Last year, the financially struggling Postal Service announced plans to leave the building and relocate to another site downtown. The building, which is listed as a historic site on the New Jersey and national registers, contains a controversial 1939 mural that shows Native Americans kneeling to European colonists. The plot is being sold by real estate firm Charlie Bravo Romeo Edward. A representative told the Town Topics that the firm has already received multiple bids, including one from Palmer Square Management, which manages other tenants on Palmer Square. Potential plans for the space include a restaurant, retail shop or gallery. There is a slim possibility that the post office may remain in a small area of the building, if the space were divided up for multiple purposes.

Alumni criticize universities, calling them slow, old-fashioned

three highly-placed university alumni spoke openly against the conventional college education system in a public discussion hosted by the New America Foundation. Eric Schmidt ’76 and Anne-Marie Slaughter See NOTES page 2

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Students attending the Campus Rec Expo participated in training in Dillon Gym.

“After having severe depression my freshman year that resulted in failing a class, I am so scared to go back to school. I feel like I’ve tried everything from counseling to medication and at this point I feel hopeless. FML.” Expressing a sentiment that, according to data from the 2011 Committee on Background and Opportunity report, close to half of Princeton students have admitted to feeling, this Aug. 15 post on Princeton FML hit home for several of the site’s readers. Of the many commenters who responded, one — who went by “’16” on PFML but who later adopted the

pseudonym “PFMLer16” — ″ started a lively discussion by telling an incredibly detailed story of having “blown” freshman year, which PFMLer16 wrote was highlighted by academic and social difficulties. The rising sophomore suggested forming a support group of people who felt the same way, named the “People who Blew Freshman Year Club.” “I didn’t really want to share my story,” PFMLer16, who was granted anonymity due to the nameless nature of both PFML and the new group, said. But, while feeling “pretty miserable” over the summer, PFMLer16 checked PFML every day and decided to comment after reading a post that seemed all too familiar. See PWBP page 3

LOCAL NEWS

Town is developing immigration resolution By Warren Crandall Senior writer

A Princeton town council subcommittee is in the process of developing a plan that would clarify local law enforcement’s role — or lack thereof — in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Heather Howard, the Princeton Council’s liaison to the subcommittee developing the resolution, said it would clearly differentiate the role of local police from that of federal immigration officials. The reso-

lution would inform members of the Princeton community that local law enforcement officers do not conduct immigration checks during their daily enforcement of state and local laws and do not participate in immigration raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. “We’re drawing a line and saying our priority is enforcing state and local laws,” Howard said. “It’s not our responsibility to enforce … immigration laws.” The council subcommittee

is working with the Princetonbased Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund. LALDEF Executive Director Martina Juega said the resolution would help stand up to efforts by federal officials to involve local police in enforcement of immigration law. “[The federal government] is misspending and misapplying resources in this country … by engaging local police department in immigration enforcement activities,” Juega said. Currently, ICE, which did not respond to a request for com-

ment, has the ability to ask that local law enforcement officials detain immigrants who have been picked up or stopped for a wide range of criminal offenses both large and small. If the request — called a “detainer” — is granted by local police, the immigrant in question is held while ICE decides whether or not to pick them up and charge them with immigration violations. Howard and Juega both explained they believe this melding of local policing and immigration enforcement

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is detrimental both to public safety and to the peace of mind of Princeton’s growing immigrant community. The resolution would signal Princeton law enforcement’s refusal to cooperate with detainers issued for immigrants who have only committed minor legal violations, they said. “These [detainers] are the kinds of situations that we do not want our police department to be involved [in],” Juega said. A staff attorney at New Jersey See IMMIGRATION page 2

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U. distributes credit cards to all RCAs By Daniel Johnson staff writer

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Cason Crane ‘17 climbed Mount McKinley in July as the last mountain of his Rainbow Summits project.

Crane ’17 climbs Seven Summits on gap years, raises $133,920 for Trevor Project By Seth Merkin Morokoff staff writer

While the start of college is a milestone for most, Cason Crane ’17 had already passed seven others before arriving at Princeton. Crane, who graduated from high school in Connecticut in 2011, deferred his admission for two years in order to climb the Seven Summits — the highest peak on each of the seven continents — as part of The Rainbow Summits Project, an initiative he designed to contribute to efforts against teenage

suicide among LGBTQ youth. His fundraising efforts have yielded $133,920 in donations to The Trevor Project, a national organization focused on providing suicide prevention services for queer youth, according to The Rainbow Summits Project website. “I was really lucky to have the opportunity to do this project,” Crane said. “I started out with very little experience. I’ve learned a lot in the past year, but I’ve also learned how much more there is to learn.”

Crane said he first decided to climb the Seven Summits in February 2012, while on his first gap year in between boarding school and Princeton. His interest in climbing began with a spring break trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro with his mother at age 15. Years later, after a string of high-profile suicides by gay youth, including Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, Crane explained that he decided to dedicate a second gap year to The Trevor Project cause. On his list were Mt. Everest in See CLIMBER page 3

In addition to their yearly training before students arrive on campus in the fall, the University’s residential college advisers learned they would be participating in another University program this year — a credit card initiative. Rather than dealing with reimbursements for study breaks or keeping track of University cash advances, each RCA has been given a new Universityissued Bank of America credit card by the Office of Finance and Treasury. Previously, RCAs received a cash advance from the Office of Finance and Treasury deposited to their personal bank account. Throughout the year, each RCA then kept a record of his or her purchases, submitting receipts to the appropriate college office. Receipts were then generally reviewed at the end of the semester. Including RCAs in the University’s credit card program is part of a plan to move away from cash advance systems, according to Suzanne Bellan, the associate director of financial services at the Office of Finance and Treasury. “In general, we’re thinking about ways that we can have more effective processes for people on campus, including RCAs and other people that engage in buying and paying for University activities,” Bellan said. RCAs will now make purchases using University credit cards in their own names. Purchases are logged in the University’s online “Works” system, where RCAs record a description or justification for the purchase. College office staff then review See RCA page 4

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State League of Municipalities declined to comment, citing the controversiality of the issue. Princeton Police Captain Nick Sutter said that the resolution would serve as a clarification of policies that the local police already follows. He agreed with Juega and Howard that such clarification would be good for the relationship between local police and the immigrant community. Howard said the plan would designate Princeton a “sanctuary city” for immigrants, but Juega said the term “sanctuary” wasn’t correct, as the resolution would not actually affect how and when immigration law is enforced by federal officials.

We’re drawing a line and saying our priority is enforcing state and local laws. It’s not our responsibility to enforce... immigration laws. Heather Howard, Councilwoman

“ ‘Sanctuary’ has been used as a term for providing safe refuge for immigrants in the past,” Juega explained. “What’s

in discussion in Princeton has nothing to do with that.” Indeed, Howard noted that the proposed policy doesn’t mean that the federal government “can’t come in.” Instead, it means only that the local police won’t be involved. According to Sutter, local police aren’t involved in raids now either. “We don’t engage in [raids] in any way, shape or form,” Sutter said. Despite differences in terminology, Howard and Juega both said that the resolution would improve the relationship between the local immigrant community and local law enforcement. Both Juega and Howard cited a recent ICE raid that occurred in Princeton as an example of the community tension and confusion that can arise when immigration laws are enforced locally. Federal ICE officers raided a Princeton resident’s home last week, taking a man from his house on Witherspoon Street. The officers didn’t leave any identifying information, and the man’s family didn’t know out who had taken him or where he was, according to Juega and Howard. “That’s the modus operandi of Immigration Customs Enforcement, unfortunately,” Juega said. The taken man’s family called the local police, but local law enforcement had not been informed of the raid, Howard said. Only after much confusion was it discovered that the officers were immigration officials. It was the first ICE raid locally since 2004, Sutter said. Howard said that both Sutter and local Congressman Rush Holt called ICE to express concern over last week’s raid and

subsequent miscommunication. Howard noted she fears that such incidents erode the trust of the immigrant community and make them less willing to interact with police, adding that there have been numerous occurrences where victims and witnesses were hesitant to come forward after a crime was committed due to concern over their immigration status. This new plan, she said, would be a big step in alleviating such fears. “[The resolution] is good for public safety, and it’s good for human rights,” Howard said. Princeton would not be the first city in New Jersey to have adopted such a resolution. Trenton and Hightstown have made similar statements, and the Newark Police Department also recently issued a state-

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’80 discussed the problems of the higher education system in an onstage conversation on Sept. 13. Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google and a former trustee of the University, serves as chairman of the NAF. Slaughter, former dean of the Wilson School and State Department official whose 2012 article in The Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” sparked a nationwide discussion about work/family

balance, is its president. “They never actually do anything,” Schmidt said of colleges and universities, citing their characteristically slow deliberation of issues. In particular, he cited the years the University has spent deliberating whether to change its academic calendar, Bloomberg reported. Slaughter speculated that, with the rise of online educations, the best teachers in higher education would leave traditional universities to teach massive open online courses. “We can become global teach-

ers. The best people can become free agents,” Slaughter said. “They’re going to lose their top talent.” Jon Steinberg ’99, the president and chief operating officer of online media hub BuzzFeed and a former opinion columnist for The Daily Princetonian, was in the audience. He said he didn’t think his children would need to go to college. “I don’t want my kids to go to college unless they desperately want to be scholars,” Steinberg said. —News editor Patience Haggin

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We don’t engage in [raids] in any way, shape or form Nick Sutter,

Police Captain

ment refusing to detain people accused of minor crimes who might also be suspected of having illegal immigration status. Although Princeton may soon join the ranks of these other New Jersey cities, there’s no set date for the release of the plan as of yet, though Howard said the subcommittee was making substantial progress and hoped to get the resolution out this fall.

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“I just felt like, wow, like, I’m not the only one,” PFMLer16 said. “I didn’t really think about making the group a thing when I first suggested it, it was just more that I saw that there were many of us … I had no idea when I first suggested it that people were going to take it so seriously.” Responses to the post started popping up almost immediately, many of them seconding the idea of forming the support group but insisting that it should be open to students of all years who felt as if they had blown their Princeton experience. Several days later, one of PFML’s anonymous moderators, who uses the pseud-

“I definitely think this group is for people who are in serious trouble - it’s not just for people who are having a bad day.” PFMLer16

onym Hobbes, offered to help create the group. “I think a lot of people are in such a rut that they want a group like this because they haven’t felt like they can take advantage of these resources or don’t really appreciate that they’re there,” Hobbes said, noting that there can sometimes be a stigma associated with asking for help from Counseling and Psychological Services or a residential college adviser. “I think it definitely has a lot of potential, and what I’ve seen so far is encouraging in terms of people being willing to open up in an anonymous forum like that, so I think it will definitely grow and be helpful,” Hobbes added. Along with general introductions from each user, discussion forums so far

have addressed how to prepare for the new year and how to cope with feelings of loneliness. “Personally for me, I would like to have a place where I can feel comfortable with other people, that I don’t have to pretend to other people that I’m alright,” PFMLer16 said, adding that the group’s overall goal is “just to have a safe place to discuss and not feel weird or bad about it.” According to PFMLer16, most of the group’s participants said that they have gone to CPS on campus, but that the experience was not helpful as they had hoped. Interested students simply have to email Hobbes and will be sent login information for the group’s email account. They then communicate under pseudonyms by sending emails within the account. According to Hobbes, 11 students have access to the email account and six students have emailed within the group so far. For now, the group will stay faceless through online discussions, although PFMLer16 is open to in-person meetings. “I want this group to eventually meet up too, but I don’t know if enough people will be comfortable enough to go to a meet up,” PFMLer16 said, explaining that “people don’t want to run the risk of being seen by someone who might not be there for the supposed reason of the group.” Until that point, Hobbes said the anonymous nature of the group is beneficial, as it allows members to talk about what they are going through without worrying about judgments. One problem, however, will be in determining who will be allowed to join, since different students have different definitions of what “blowing it” can mean at a school like Princeton. “I definitely think this group is for people who are in serious trouble — it’s not just for people who are having a bad day,” PFMLer16 said. “We think that many people need this group, but most don’t know about it.” Hobbes said that “blowing Princeton” can mean anything from failing and dropping courses to not having a solid group of friends to taking time off from school.

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Rana Ibrahem ‘15 presents the project she took on over the summer through the Whig-Clio Summer Fellowship in Public Service.

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Asia, Aconcagua in South America, Mt. McKinley in North America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and Puncak Jaya in Australia. Many of the donations came after his project attracted national media attention, including a spot on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show “Anderson Live” this February. “It was probably the single biggest financial benefit to the fundraising. After that, over 1,000 people gave $5 text donations,” Crane said of his appearance on the show. “To me, that signified that what I was doing was really resonating.” Before his Everest climb, the penultimate leg of his tour, Crane issued an open invitation on the Rainbow Summits website, which allowed those following his journey online to dedicate a Tibetan Prayer Flag to honor victims of intolerance for a minimum donation of $10, according to the project website. “Tibetan Prayer Flags are a really important part of Sherpa culture,” Crane explained. “Usually they have

prayers on them that you hang in places exposed to wind. The idea is that the wind carries the prayer to all the corners of the Earth.” Crane noted that he collected about 20 f lags and brought them with him on the trip. “I had people dedicate prayer f lags to loved ones or people who had attempted or committed suicide to add that direct emotional connection to the journey,” Crane added. Crane’s Everest experience spanned two months, which included time spent waiting at the base for favorable weather conditions for the ascent. There, he said he met and bonded with other mountaineers tackling the climb. Crane said he kept the atmosphere fun once by wearing a multi-colored onesie. He reached the summit on May 21, after scaling the mountain via the Nepal side. Crane followed up this milestone with an eventful summer. He scaled his last of the Seven Summits, Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, in July while his body was still accustomed to high-altitude from his Everest climb. Last on his list of summer activities was his Outdoor Action trip, when he finally arrived at Princeton after a two-year delay.

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While Crane said he felt slightly apprehensive about the coming academic year, he said that he was excited to be in a University environ-

“I’ve learned a lot in the past year, but I’ve also learned how much more there is to learn.” Cason Crane ‘17

ment filled with engaging and accomplished people. Although Crane has now completed the initial climbing goals of The Rainbow Summits Project, he explained there are two campus programs, Team U and Outdoor Action, that he might collaborate with to continue contributing to The Trevor Project and the well-being of the LGBTQ community in general. Crane noted that the basic

principle behind Team U of racing to raise funds for charities lends itself well to the possibility of continuing his support for The Trevor Project. He said he is currently working with Joe Benun ’15 and Shannon McGue ’15, student leaders of the Princeton chapter of Team U, to create a branch of the club for students who want to train for and compete in triathlons. McGue is also a senior photographer for The Daily Princetonian. Crane, who said he hopes to apply to lead future Outdoor Action trips, added that the University could use the program as a venue to discuss a wide range of issues, including those concerning LGBTQ community. Aside from finding a few ways to integrate The Rainbow Summit Project into campus culture, Crane said he plans to keep a fairly light extracurricular load in order to focus on his studies. “After taking 27 months off from anything academic, I’m pretty out of shape in terms of school,” Crane, who is a prospective Wilson School concentrator, explained. As for the prospect of continuing his mountaineering career while in school, Crane said, “It will be difficult, but I will be climbing, for sure.”

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that information and can contact the purchaser with any questions or follow-up. The federal tax ID number is printed on the card as well, which indicates the University’s tax-exempt status and ensures that purchases made with the card will not be assessed sales tax. While there have not been any problems in the past, Bellan noted that one benefit of the program is decreasing the potential for fraud or program abuse. “Purchases are instantly transmitted electronically. This approves visibility into those transactions and allows a more timely review than waiting until the end of the semester,” she explained. Whitman College piloted the RCA credit card program last year, which Director of Student Life Devon Moore called very successful. Half of the current Whitman RCAs used the cards in last year’s pilot program and have given positive feedback.

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“The RCAs have a lot of responsibilities, and budget and finance is one of them,” Moore said. She also noted that it could be difficult for RCAs to keep separate accounts of University and personal funds. “This program makes it easier in that regard and lets RCAs focus more on community building.” Moore also noted that students are better protected from fraud, with security measures in place should the card be lost or stolen. RCAs said that they were supportive of the new cards, emphasizing the convenience of making purchases. Wilson College RCA Hannah Rosenthal ’15 said the card makes purchasing simple. Rosenthal compared her experience using the credit card to making purchases for the Center for Jewish Life, which she then needed to submit for reimbursement. “The program is a very good idea and easier than dealing with cash,” Rosenthal said. “Reimbursements for the CJL were a bit of a pain.”

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Junior forward Cameron Porter has scored a goal as the Tigers have gone 1-3 this season.

minute after the Tigers made two substitutions. Princeton continued its strong play in the second half, recording the first four shots of the period. Loyola goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper played well to make sure the Tigers did not extend their lead. Things started to go south for the Tigers after senior midfielder/defender Patrick O’Neil drew a yellow card. The Greyhounds put up two shots soon after the foul, including a shot that hit the crossbar. A foul on Princeton in the 67th minute then

lead to a penalty kick by Larry Ndjock of Loyola. Ndjock converted the opportunity to tie up the game. Princeton then began to pressure the Greyhounds heavily, putting up four straight shots on goal. Things then looked better for the Tigers when Ndjock drew a red card, forcing him out of the game. However, Loyola seemed unfazed by the foul, as striker Stephen Dooley immediately scored when Loyola recovered the ball. The goal happened after a Princeton defender left Dooley unmarked in order to go after the ball. The Greyhounds saw the opening and immediately passed the ball to Dooley, who had a one-on-

one with the goalie and snuck the ball into the upper left corner of the goal. Loyola then drew another red card with five minutes to go, giving the Tigers a good opportunity to tie up the game. Princeton controlled the ball but was not able to get a shot off until the final seconds, when a header by Macmillan, who had come out of the goal in order to try to score a desperation goal, was saved by Van Riper on his second effort, preventing the game from going to overtime. The Tigers will now travel to Georgetown on Sunday for their fourth road game of the season to take on the No. 19 Hoyas.

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oward the end of last year, as most of us were trying to figure out which classes to take this semester, the subject of good and bad professors often came up when my friends and I were trying to choose courses. For the best and worst ones, all one has to do is scan through the evaluations on ICE or go to a website like RateMyProfessor in order to gauge the general consensus. However, even when the official course evaluations don’t have much to say about a certain professor, word of mouth works just as well. For example, when the economics department decided to change up the assignment of professors to courses this year, word spread quickly that Harvey Rosen would be teaching ECO 100: Introduction to Microeconomics in the fall instead of in the spring, and long before the official course catalog came out, many students knew that Rosen was going to be the fall term professor. A cursory glance through previous years’ evaluations for ECO 100 is enough to determine that Rosen is one of the most popular and well-liked professors for the course, one of the select few who can make a full house at McCosh 50, which seats a whopping 480 students, seem like a small class. However, Rosen isn’t a good professor because it pays more; he teaches well because he wants to. The administration provides no real incentive for faculty to expend any effort in teaching, yet teaching is often required as part of a research fellowship or grant. This problem is most apparent with tenured faculty, who need to merely go through the motions to continue to do research, knowing they cannot be affected by a negative reputation as a teacher. A poorly taught upper-level course would quickly lose its students, but this is not necessarily the case for introductory courses if the students enrolled in it have to take the course as a prerequisite for the major they are interested in. Such students would have to stick with the course despite the sub-par lecturer. However, the students that take intro courses to get a taste of a potential major can be completely discouraged from majoring in that field just because of one or two bad experiences with the quality of teaching in such introductory courses. While there are certainly professors who are simply incapable of making lectures engaging and interesting, most of the time the problem is a lack of motivation, not a lack of ability. The problem is that the University is requiring people uninterested in teaching to teach basic, “boring” courses, without creating any sort of incentive or pressure to do so. Every year there are new professors at Princeton, a small number of which are visiting professors from other schools, where they are usually full-time faculty. In some cases, these visiting professors are at Princeton to do research, but many of them are here on academic fellowships of some sort and are primarily here to teach a course. The general impression seems to be that these visiting professors place more importance on ensuring that students understand the material, even if they might make the courses and the grading slightly easier than usual. Although it’s still early in the semester, the professor for ORF 245: Fundamentals of Engineering Statistics this year, who is at Princeton on a one-year teaching fellowship through the Keller Center, has already established a very different atmosphere from the one that I experienced last year when I shopped the course for a few lectures each semester. A fellowship like this requires a visiting professor to specifically apply for it, knowing that his primary responsibility would be teaching, not research. This kind of self-selection, combined with the selection process for visiting professors, results in the average visiting professor being much more engaging in the lecture hall than the average Princeton professor. The perennial complaints about apathetic and aloof professors seem to revolve mostly around large introductory lecture courses, which are not very numerous and do not require much specialization to teach. As much as Princeton likes to advertise that every professor must teach an undergraduate course to demonstrate how dedicated the University is to undergraduate education, the reality is that many of them greatly prefer to teach fewer students in a more advanced or graduate-level course and view teaching introductory courses as a chore instead of an opportunity. Tenure frees professors from pressure by the administration, but it can also breed apathy, which hurts the students. Perhaps the way to circumvent this issue is to have visiting professors teach these courses. They cannot be pushed around by administration but will not be thinking about tenure and research either, and there is probably no shortage of capable and enthusiastic professors who would be willing to spend a year or two at a place like Princeton. Spencer Shen is a sophomore from Houston, Texas. He can be reached at szshen@princeton. edu.

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f there’s one thing studying in Beijing this summer has taught me, if not the fact that toilet paper is a luxury and that walking with your caged bird is apparently a thing, it’s that Asian Tiger nations have a distinctly unique way of reconciling traditional with modern, the East with the West. It seems difficult to imagine Seoul or Singapore having ever been a place where escalators and vending machines don’t give you advice, a place where a patch of grass isn’t fenced off. Yet this futuristic glamor belies a deep-rooted tension between tradition and modernization that has reconciled itself into a “Nuevo” East Asia. It’s a phenomenon that could exist only in the most particular of circumstances. Bound by longstanding traditions, yet fervently desiring to be deemed as “modern,” East Asia has come to adopt means to reconcile these drastically different worlds and brand itself as a rival and counterpart to the Western Hemisphere. However, this isn’t just a whirlwind westernization that East Asia is helplessly following, but a deliberate process of fusing local traditions into a Western standard of modernity, an unprecedented “nuevo” culture.

One of the most popular manifestations of this can be found in plastic surgery. Especially with the release of the Miss Korea candidate photos this past summer, in which over a dozen contestants appeared to look identical, plastic surgery has risen to the forefront of East Asian stereotypes. After all, there is no denying that plastic surgery has come to dominate a sizable portion of South Korea’s economy, and that thousands of women from neighboring countries now visit for the sole purpose of going under the knife. Yet what is rarely understood is the rationale behind such a phenomenon. In East Asian nations where having western features has become ideal, plastic surgery is merely one more means to modernization. Even former Korean President Roh was asked to undergo double eyelid surgery to be seen as more “modern” during diplomatic talks. It seems no wonder that the Chinese word for having a modern appearance, "yangqi," can also mean Western. Tiger parenting can also be seen as a manifestation of Nuevo East Asia. Few nations have experienced the rapid economic development of Asian Tiger nations, and even fewer its Malthusian competition. Tiger parenting has come to represent a means of training the youth to rival the West amid this competition, pushing children harder in their

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studies to train them to become the best. I once asked my mother why she had been so hard on me when I was a child, why the only cartoons I had known were my Reader Rabbit CDs and the only games I had played were my Lion King typing games. She replied it was simply to help me survive. What with Confucianism putting so much emphasis on education, East Asia has adapted to fuse oriental tradition to reach a Western standard of modernity. This is significant to Princeton on several levels, most especially in how we view our international student body and cultural studies as a whole. It’s all too easy and much too common to typecast cultures by single characteristics, developed or developing, traditional or modern. However, this is neither an accurate nor comprehensive categorization that does justice to any nation or us as scholars. What it does do is limit our capacity to explore the spectrum of cultures and understand how they interact, making us overlook the hybrid cultures and nuances that make our globalized world unique. This open mentality is something I’ve had to work on myself this past summer and something I sincerely hope to see more of this year on campus. Ye Eun Charlotte Chun is a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea. She can be reached at ychun@princeton.edu.

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rinceton University’s Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity delivered its final report to the public a few days ago. Having served on University committees in the past, I know how much time, research, thought and discussion went into the report, for which the University community should be grateful, as I am. One does not have to take issue with what is in the report to notice the conspicuous absence of one dimension of diversity. On page 9 of the report, one finds a long list of characteristics of diversity that “may shape an individual’s worldview,” among them gender, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, citizenship and life experience. Notably absent from this catalogue is the life experience of individuals who have served this country in the military — especially those who have served in combat zones abroad. In my view, they deserve explicit mention in any

serious discussion on diversity. I would not howl here into the wind with the theme that our nation owes veterans a debt of gratitude, especially those who for so many years worked and suffered on far-away combat duty. Most veterans I know are sober enough not to expect all that much on that score from the rest of society. That so many veterans remain unemployed speaks volumes. Instead, I write here about the valuable perspectives these veterans’ life experiences could add to a campus that seriously seeks a greater diversity of perspectives in its community. For starters, our armed forces arguably represent the most amazingly effective educational institution in the country. Our military recruits youngsters from the socioeconomic strata routinely overlooked by higher education. With discipline and idealism, they forge the motley crews they take in into racially and ethnically integrated communities with a great variety of highly technical skills — a community with a unique sense of honor and willingness to sacrifice for members of their community and for the country at large. These are characteristics

and perspectives less commonly found outside the military. If I were the Dean of the College, you can bet that I would always have on my staff some ex-military men and women, perchance even a drill instructor. Who knows better how to deal with rambunctious young people of diverse backgrounds, to exhort them to greater things and, just as importantly, to develop in them that personal “bearing,” as the military call it, that might make college students think twice before ending up drunker than skunks in a hospital’s emergency room, there to shame their community by begging for succor from the consequences of their own folly? I would imagine also that a faculty member with a military background would bring valuable perspectives to the class room. Who would know better how tough moral choices are actually made, sometimes under the most bewildering and strenuous circumstances and in split seconds, or how to ration scarce resources? The typical faculty member can imagine and theorize about such choices. It might help sometimes to have actually faced such choices.

One final point. It may be thought that I put finger to word processor here mainly because my own son is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Not so. I have been an admirer and friend of America’s military long before he was born, going back to the time when I was a child. I have written in the Princeton Alumni Weekly tributes to our military when our Marine was still in kindergarten, and I served on the Veteran Administration’s Special Medical Advisory Committee during the Reagan Administration. When my children were small, we visited American military cemeteries in Europe with them, there to show our respect and gratitude and to show my children a glorious part of their American heritage. This column is not about my son. It is about American veterans, period, and it is about a potential benefit to our community that this University may overlook to its disadvantage. Uwe Reinhardt is a James Madison Professor of Political Economy and a professor of economics and public affairs. He can be reached at reinhard@princeton.edu.

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the third day of the draft. I followed the draft and finally got a phone call from a scout with the Cubs, and he told me he’d be stopping by to do paperwork. Sunday I signed, and Tuesday I went down to Arizona. As a senior, there was very little negotiation; my deal was on the table and that was that.

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Q: How does the Arizona League work in conjunction with Minor League Baseball, and how does your team function as a subset of the Cubs? A: The Arizona League teams are a notch below Class A teams. The team is a normal minor league affiliate, so everything is run through the Cubs organization. There are 15 Arizona League teams, all within one hour of each other. Not having to travel across the country was definitely a plus. Q: How long is the season? A: The first game was on June 20, and we finished up Aug. 29.

one. The complex has a big stadium with four or five back fields behind the stadium that the Cubs MLB team uses. Spring training lasts for a month. Q: What is it like moving from a team on which you were a star to a place where everyone is very good? A: It is humbling, but at the same time it motivates you to work hard. There are a lot of other guys up there who are talented. Teams are focusing on homegrown talent. There is a great pitching coordinator. There is a lot to work toward.

absolutely surreal being on the mound. My first pitch was a strike, and I struck out my first batter. Q: What was your favorite MLB team growing up? A: Texas Rangers.

Q: If the Rangers faced the Cubs, who would you root for? A: I still love the Rangers, but I’m all about the Cubs now. They are paying me, and I am invested in their organization and a part of what they are trying to do.

Q: What are your goals in terms of playing baseball as a career? A: Nobody is hoping to stay in the minor leagues. There is a lot I need to work on, but I believe in the talents that I have. I have to continue to develop. This spring training, I want to work hard and hope to get put on the Class A affiliate team.

Q: How does the organization deal with new pitchers? A: They kept a close watch on our innings. None of the new drafted guys ever threw more than three innings. They started us off with one inning, regardless of whether we are starters or relievers. I got shut down this summer with a shoulder inf lammation, but I had worked right up to the point where I was about to pitch three innings.

Q: In terms of conditioning, how did Princeton and playing in the Ivy League prepare you? A: In a lot of ways it was easier. There are no classes and no schoolwork. For the first time in my life, I was able work out, train and focus on my baseball career. I am doing a lot of the same stuff now that I did at Princeton, but I am doing more of it. The competition factor is different, obviously. Playing Ivy League teams, the lineup will generally drop off by the bottom of the order or have a weak spot defensively. In Arizona, everyone is playing at a top level.

Q: What’s next in terms of baseball with the Cubs? A: Spring training starts in February. A hundred and fifty players head down to the complex in Arizona, where they evaluate every-

Q: What has been the greatest highlight since signing with the Cubs? A: Definitely my first game. You don’t know what to expect, and you are playing professional baseball. It is

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Undefeated Loyola comes back to beat Tigers By Damir Golac Associate Sports Editor

The men’s soccer team put up a strong performance against an undefeated Loyola squad but left the game disappointed after the Greyhounds (5-0-1) overcame an early Princeton (1-3) goal to leave the match with a 2-1 victory. The Tigers were coming off their first victory of the season over Seton Hall but had a tough matchup as Loyola had won four straight after tying its first game of the season. The impressive start to the season for the Greyhounds earned them votes in the NSCAA coach’s poll, and they barely missed the top 25. The first half started off well for the Tigers, as they controlled the ball well and created a few more chances than the Greyhounds. The Tigers put up the only two shots of the first 10 minutes and had three of the first four shots of the game. The Greyhounds found their groove in the 27th minute however, going on a sev-

en-minute stretch where they dominated play. The stretch began with the first shot-on-goal for the Greyhounds, which was handled easily by senior goalkeeper Seth MacMillan. The Greyhounds then put up four straight shots that failed to reach the goal. The Greyhounds came within inches of getting on the board first when a header from Ryan Tuck hit the post. The strong offensive stretch for Loyola ended after MacMillan recorded his second save of the game on a shot from the middle. Princeton responded to end the half however, putting up three of the last four shots of the period and scoring on a goal from 12 yards out by sophomore forward Nico Hurtado on an assist from sophomore midfielder Brendan McSherry. The goal and assist were the first of both Hurtdao and McSherry’s careers. Hurtado got his first assist earlier in the season but had yet to score a goal. The goal came less than a

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Junior defender/midfielder Myles McGinley and the Tigers were in control for much of the game but eventually fell to the Greyhounds.

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Q & A with Zak Hermans ’13 By Jay Dessy staff writer

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After being named 2012 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, Zak Hermans ’13 was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Zak Hermans ’13 found himself on a plane to join the Chicago Cubs’ Arizona League affiliate team just one week after graduating from Princeton last spring. Hermans, the 2012 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, posted a 2.40 ERA for the 2013 season with a team-best 55 strikeouts. The lanky

and strong righty threw 8.2 innings with the Rookie Arizona League Cubs, ending the season with a 3.12 ERA and 10 strikeouts. The ‘Prince’ caught up with the Texas native to check in on how he was feeling after his first season of professional baseball. Q: How did the scouting, signing and drafting process unfold this past spring?

A: Throughout the course of the spring, scouts started to come to games. Some teams were very direct and approached me, while some stayed under the radar. A week leading up to the draft, it was clear that there were about five or six teams interested. When draft day finally rolled around, I had scouts telling me that I was expected to go on Saturday, See Q&A page 7

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The Ivy League gets a late start every year, but each women’s soccer team has now played enough games to give us some idea of how this season will shape up. Here’s how they look so far: Cornell (4-1-1) The Big Red’s two wins and one tie last week were due in large part to freshman Elizabeth Crowell, who most recently earned both Ivy League Player and Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. Her seven points on two goals and three assists have breathed life into a sometimes slow offense.

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Penn (4-0) Penn is the only Ivy League team without a loss in non-conference play this season (so far). If the Quakers want to ensure that their conference play will go as well as their non-conference games have, they will need to start putting more balls in the back of the net — Penn won each of its last two games by just one goal each.

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Princeton (3-1-1): The Tigers, led by rookie striker Tyler Lussi, currently stand with their best record through five games since 2008. Lussi and junior midfielder/forward Lauren Lazo have powered the Princeton offense, having scored all seven of the Tigers’ goals so far this season.

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Yale (4-1) The Bulldogs’ record may look pretty, but at least one of the results has been frightening. Yale lost its Sept. 13 road game to Georgetown in an 8-0 shutout, having been limited to just three shots throughout the entire game. The Bulldogs will need to prove to the Ivy League that going forward, they can do better against high-powered squads.

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Columbia (2-2-1) The Lions opened their season in a dramatic fashion, as senior midfielder Natalie Melo netted the game-winning goal in double-overtime against cross-town rival Manhattan. Since then, they have not fared as well, losing one and tying North Florida in a recent tournament in the Sunshine State. Midfielders Beverly Leon and Alexa Yow have combined four goals and two assists, leading the team.

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Brown (2-2) Despite having been outscored 7-3, Brown is at .500. The Bears have a few more chances to figure out how to score goals before opening Ivy League play, in which they went 1-3-1 in 2012.

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Harvard (1-3-1) The Crimson finally got in the win column against LIU Brooklyn on Sunday after beginning the season with three losses and a tie. All-Ivy midfielder Meg Casscellis-Hamby will return and is joined by freshman forward Margaret Purce, who has two goals good for half the Crimson’s total so far. Dartmouth (1-3) After a season-opening shootout ended in Purdue’s favor, Dartmouth has shut out Fordham and has been shut out twice. The Big Green have made scoring goals look easy at times — Emma Brush and Lucielle Kozlov have two goals and an assist each — but will need to spread them out more if they hope to come close to last year’s 13-4 record.

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