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Tower fall bickerees drop by half FALL BICKER STATISTICS

Cannon

The number of students bickering eating clubs decreased slightly from last year, while the overall acceptance rate remained constant at 38 percent. However, Tower Club saw its number of bickerees drop by almost half.

Cap

56% accepted

26% accepted

(18 of 32 bickerees)

(9 of 34 bickerees)

Ivy

Tower

20% accepted

47% accepted

(5 of 25 bickerees)

(16 of 34 bickerees)

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Cannon Club accepted the highest percentage of bickerees of the four clubs that conduct fall Bicker. Tower and Cap led the field in the total number of bickerees with 34 each.

By Michael Granovetter senior writer

Tower Club, the most popular club for the fall Bicker season last year, saw its number of bickerees drop by almost half this year, from 66 students in 2012 to 34 this year. The drop returned fall bicker levels to normal, as last year’s 66 bickerees was a 75 percent increase over the 38 who bickered in fall 2011. Despite the drop affecting

Tower, a total of 125 students bickered clubs this fall, just a dozen short of the 137 students who bickered last September. The acceptance rate remained the same overall across all clubs, however, with 38 percent of fall bickerees accepted into clubs. As in the past, Cottage Club and Tiger Inn did not conduct fall Bicker. Ivy Club was the most selective yet least bickered club on the Street this fall, taking

only 20 percent of bickerees, or five out of the 25 students who bickered, according to a source within the club. Ivy took eight of the 22 students who bickered last September. Ivy president Thatcher Foster ’14 did not respond to multiple requests for comment. While Cap & Gown Club was the most bickered club in the spring, Cap and Tower were equally popular this semester, with 34 students

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New psychological counseling head named

By the Numbers

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By Greta Shum staff writer

The number of new faculty members added this year.

Calvin Chin, the new director of the University Health Services Counseling and Psychological Services unit, will officially assume the position Tuesday. In the past, Chin served as the director of counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City as well as the assistant director for outreach and community clinical services at Columbia University’s counterpart organization. Chin acknowledged that there can be a stigma attached to seeking counsel-

News & Notes Director of GSS program Dolan named Lawrence University trustee

english and theater professor Jill Dolan was named to the Lawrence University Board of Trustees, Lawrence University announced Monday. She begins her three-year term effective Tuesday, just a few months after former Princeton Executive Vice President Mark Burstein assumed the presidency at the same institution. Burstein said in the statement that Dolan “strengthens an already excellent group of trustees” and “brings an important and valued perspective that will help Lawrence continue its forward momentum.” Dolan, who is also the director of the program in gender and sexuality studies, came to the University in 2008 after nine years as the Zachary T. Scott Family Chair in Drama at the University of Texas at Austin. She has also taught at the University of Wisconsin and the City University of New York. In 2011, Dolan received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She has authored six books and writes the awardwinning blog, “The Feminist Spectator.”

bickering each club. Cap selected nine new members of the 34 who bickered, according to president Justin Perez ’14, for an acceptance rate of 27 percent, more selective than the 38 percent rate last fall. Tower accepted 16 of its 34 bickerees, president Doug Stuart ’14 said. Despite the drop in its Bicker pool, the club took only five fewer students than it did a year ago. See NUMBERS page 2

CALVIN CHIN New director of CPS

ing on campus, and has made it one of his administration’s main goals to reduce this stigma. “I think one of the big goals of any college campus counseling service is to destigmatize,” he explained. “One of the effective ways of doing that is to do outreach See HELP page 3

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University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 speaks about campus diversity at Monday’s CPUC meeting.

Eisgruber ’83: What if size of student body expanded? By Warren Crandall senior writer

University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 floated the idea of a potential increase in the size of the University’s student body at the Council of the Princeton University Community’s meeting on Monday afternoon. The committee also reviewed the recently released Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity in a meeting in Betts Auditorium on Monday afternoon. After opening the meeting with an explanation of the recurring themes he had heard from members of the Princeton community over the course of a ‘listening tour’ over the first months of his presidency, Eisgruber raised the question of increasing

the size of the University, asking CPUC members their thoughts on such a hypothetical expansion. Members expressed their concern over housing resources, the student-to-faculty ratio and the general preservation of the current Princeton experience in the face of any potential increase in the student body. When one CPUC member brought up potential overseas expansion, Eisgruber said that he didn’t see such drastic growth in the University’s future. He did say, however, that local expansion is a question that should be on the community’s agenda in the near future. Following Eisgruber’s presentation, Deborah Prentice, co-chair of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and a professor of psychology

and public affairs, gave a presentation on her committee’s findings. The committee’s report, published Sept. 12, explored the race and gender breakdowns for University faculty, staff and graduate students. The report showed that the University remains predominantly white when it comes to the racial breakdown of staff and faculty. The report also illustrated gender imbalances, with males outnumbering females in every University population besides senior staff. Prentice acknowledged these results, explaining that although Princeton’s populations are becoming less homogeneous, such diversification is happening too slowly and on too small a scale. She See CPUC page 2

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Student calls for greater endowment transparency deemed “unwieldy” By Anna Mazarakis staff writer

The Resources Committee called recommendations for greater transparency by the student group Princeton Coalition for Endowment Responsibility “unwieldy, unnecessarily complicated and inconsistent” with policies of the University, Princeton University Investment Company and Board of Trustees in a report released this summer. In its November 2012 proposal, PCER asked the Resources Committee to alter the way in which it reviews and considers University investment decisions, especially in terms of representation in the committee and transparency.

PCER’s proposal requested access to the University’s investment information in order to facilitate “sustained campus interest” in investment issues. The Resources Committee report, however, said that this request was not feasible. “In terms of direct oversight over investment decisions or even direct access to the investment decisions, that’s just not going to happen,” Deborah Prentice, a psychology professor and chair of the Resources Committee, said. “And that’s not in our power to give. We don’t have that.” Prentice added that there are “a variety of reasons” that the details of the University’s investment See RESOURCES page 3


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As part of the Student Health Advisory Board’s ‘Stay Healthy Week,’ members of the group handed out pamphlets on how to deal with stress and fatigue in Frist Campus Center on Monday.

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pointed, for example, to the number of black and Hispanic staff, faculty and senior staff employed at Princeton, which has shown a very small increase over a 30-year period. Despite these problems, Prentice said that she and the committee believe that real, institution-wide change with regard to diversity can be achieved in the future. The molecular biology program, she said, had raised diversity among its graduate students from 3 percent of underrepresented minorities to 23 percent over the course of just

seven years. Echoing the report, Prentice said the practices established by the molecular biology department that led to the increase should be a model for other departments. Prentice also said that departments like molecular biology would have to be the ones to lead the effort to increase diversity. She explained that while she knows this is a daunting burden to place on individual departments, the University administration will help provide resources and assistance along the way. When asked what ideal diversity among faculty, staff and graduate students would look like at Princeton, Prentice pointed to the undergraduate

population as an example. “I’d like [undergraduates] to be able to see themselves in the senior ranks … Very broadly, I’d like to see some kind of mirroring of diversity at all levels,” Prentice said. After the conclusion of Prentice’s remarks, Eisgruber concluded the meeting with a few words about the committee’s report and diversity in general. “The committee’s work is now done, but our work as a community is now beginning,” Eisgruber concluded. “We should end with a ‘To Be Continued’… because this conversation is one that we will have to continue in the years ahead.”

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The newest club on the street, Cannon Dial Elm Club, was the least selective of the clubs this fall, offering spots to 18 out of 32 students. According to Cannon president Connor Clegg ’14, 14 of its newest members are juniors and four are seniors. Cannon made more spots available in its second fall Bicker since reopening in 2011, yet was more selective due to a larger Bicker pool than last September, when 19 students bickered and 13 were accepted. While the Interclub Council instituted the new multi-club Bicker system in the spring, which allows students the possibility of bickering two clubs

at the same time, students could only bicker one club in the fall. This spring, Cap accepted 95 of 199 bickerees, Tower accepted 107 of 154, TI accepted 93 of 117, Cottage accepted 93 of 140, Ivy admitted 73 of 120 and Cannon accepted 59 of 101. An email sent to members of the Class of 2015 from its class council last Friday informed students that Charter Club, Cloister Inn, Colonial Club and Quadrangle Club were continuing to accept new sign-in members for this semester. Colonial president Katrina Maxcy ’14 said the club had 160 members as of Sunday. Approximately 15 to 20 members have signed in so far this semester, and Maxcy added that she expects 10 to 15 more will join the club before fall break,

after which Colonial will no longer be accepting members. Quadrangle has had 23 students sign-in into the club this fall, according to president Branden Lewiston ’14. Terrace Club filled in the first round of sign-ins last spring with 183 new members. The club then created a wait list, though president Neal Donnelly ’14 said at the time that admission would be a “long shot” for these students. The club has admitted some waitlisted students in the past week. Donnelly did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Cloister president Paul Popescu ’14 and Charter president Sam Halpern ’14 said their clubs’ sign-in periods had not yet closed.

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— get out in the community so that students can see what kind of programming is available.” Chin was chosen because of his extensive experience in psychological services and in leadership positions, according to University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua. As CPS director, Chin will be leading a team composed of mental health psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers, as well as postdoctoral fellows and administrative staff at the CPS unit within UHS. “I really want to get a sense of what students’ expectations are, what the services have been doing to better assess what changes, if any, need be made to make it even better,” Chin said. Some students have indicated that one aspect of CPS that could have room for improvement is the stigma attached to both struggling with mental health and the process of seeking help. 40 percent of all students visit CPS during their time at Princeton, according to the Undergraduate Student Government. Katherine Clifton ’15, who served as a committee mem-

ber during Mental Health Week, which was part of the USG’s Mental Health Initiative, said she decided to participate in spreading awareness because she noticed the negative and even uninformed climate around mental health on campus. One of the main goals of the initiative had been making CPS more accessible from the start, Clifton said. To do so, the USG set up a liaison system that allowed residential colleges to have individual contact persons for any mental health needs. Clifton said she appreciated that this program was one step shy of actually walking to the third f loor of McCosh Health Center, where CPS is located. Clifton, who is also a residential college adviser in Wilson College, said it now gives RCAs a person they can direct their advisees to as well. “I just hope that friends and ’zees and everyone feels comfortable to just talk to each other about it, so it can be more of a discussion point that’s accepted rather than looked down upon,” said Clifton, adding that this message is a hard one to address properly. Last year, CPS held multiple mindfulness workshops that Clifton said had been a good experience for

her when she attended. “It didn’t make you feel like you needed help. It was just trying to make your life a little bit easier in some way and make you more mindful of the things around you, which would then perhaps help you to appreciate things and then make you more mentally healthy,” she said. Farrah Bui ’14, who also worked on the Mental Health Initiative, also voiced disappointment with the stigma attached to struggling with mental health, though she said that she appreciates how receptive CPS has been over the years to new changes and outreach initiatives. CPS currently offers 13 different support groups for both undergraduate and graduate students, including outreach to some sports teams. “I think they’re making strides now … I think it’s important that they continue to do those kinds of things,” Bui said, referring to the programs CPS has recently put in place. “I think it could really help the student body kind of be more accepting of the condition.” Chin will succeed Interim Director David Campbell, who filled the position vacated by former director Anita McLean.

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portfolio cannot be made public, including the fact that releasing information to the public could affect the value of the investment. PCER also requested a change in the representative makeup of the committee, the report says. “PCER was asking for greater transparency about how the Resources Committee worked, and they wanted better representation of students in the oversight of investment of University funds,” Prentice said. “I think they wanted an elected committee.” The report, however, dis-

misses this request, stating that the values of the University “are not subject to popular vote.” According to the Princeton website, there are currently three student positions — two undergraduates and one graduate — on the committee. Prentice said the committee is open to establishing greater transparency about what the committee is doing, though. “We have very much moved in the direction of trying to get greater transparency,” Prentice said. “We were on board with the spirit of their recommendations regarding transparency.” In order to increase transparency, the Resources Committee said in its report that

it will publish a calendar of meetings on its website, meet at least once a year with a representative of Princo to discuss investment issues, publish guidelines for bringing a concern to the committee and will consult the Council of the Princeton University Community, of which the Resources Committee is a part, when “an issue would benefit from broader input.” “I agree that these are important issues to discuss. It’s been hard to get a discussion going,” Prentice said. “We don’t have a place where we voice these things; we just have a website.” Members of PCER did not respond to requests for comment.

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JASMINE RACE :: CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Ingo Gildenhard, a fellow at the University of Cambridge, delivered a lecture titled ‘Cicero’s Civic Ethics: Fundamentalism in a Republican Key’ in East Pyne on Monday afternoon.

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The social bottleneck

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n the multipurpose room of Dillon Gymnasium, I found my hips turning slowly to Enya’s “Wild Child.” It was ntering my sophomore year, something I wouldn’t have wanted my I began discussing with my grandfather to see. Honestly, any sensible perfriends the inevitable decision son would have looked elsewhere. For this was of which eating clubs to considwar. I had unfinished business with the dance er. This question seems so different now f loor, and I was there to resolve it. than when I pondered it only a few months The year before, I had a leading role in earlier. As a freshman, the idea of “bickerAthol Fugard’s three-man show, “Master ing” an eating club seemed exciting. It has Harold and the Boys.” Set in South Africa all the right qualities to be more appealduring apartheid, the play examines the lives ing to freshmen than any other class. As of the young, eponymous protagonist and the new kids on the block, you don’t know the two servants in his mother’s teahouse. many other students, and you desperately Throughout the drama, Sam (my character) crave to find a new place to fit in and feel and Willie, the other servant, prepare accepted. There’s even an added feeling of for a major ballroom competition in Port accomplishment if you successfully make Elizabeth. According to the script, Sam it into an exclusive club like Cottage or, displays the finesse of a dancer who has had God willing, Ivy. An article written in the years to practice and fine-tune every step. The ‘Prince’ last year made an uncomfortably two friends dream of emulating Fred Astaire accurate observation: Princeton students and Ginger Rogers and, in one of the more are obsessed with exclusivity. Most impormoving monologues from the show, Sam tant of all, as a freshman, you have nothing explains how the dance f loor is a place where, to lose by throwing your hat in the ring and unlike the oppressive world outside, people getting into the club of your dreams. Hell, don’t need to collide. it might even feel like reading that accepAlthough I kept the spirit of the script close tance letter from Princeton all over again. to my heart, I had already been disadvantaged I am only now coming to realize how coming into the role. Sam, a 50-somethingnaive a view that really is. By this time year old man, had achieved a level of mastery in my Princeton career, the social anxithat I couldn’t expect to accomplish in two ety of making my way in the strange new months. He spoke longingly of the waltz, world of college life has largely worn off. the foxtrot, the complicated quickstep. In I’ve struck a good balance between study my head, I could picture the well-composed and leisure, I fill my time with a good mix f lourishes of an experienced competitor. of enjoyable activities and most imporSam, I knew, could dance blindly around the tantly, I have a large and diverse network teahouse without disturbing a single chair. of friends drawn from many different corI deluded myself by thinking that, in such ners of the Princeton campus. Life seems a short time span, I could maneuver with as good, and the decision of joining an eating much grace as Fugard demands. I remember club is becoming more and more of a chore studying YouTube dance instruction videos every day. and becoming frustrated when the teacher I’ve found that one of the biggest wouldn’t slow down. It was as though he knew the extent of my blaspheming. Chasse, step, ball, heel, ball, heel. He would repeat this like a curse. Despite its difficulty, I insisted on watching the tutorials for advanced, gold-level dancers. Even though I called it dedication to the role, I didn’t realize that I was actually disrespecting not only the character but also the dance itself. By assuming I would be able to perform each step with relatively minimal practice, I ignored the beautiful struggles that could only result from years of work. On the eve of the first performance, I spoke to the director of the show. “Doc, I don’t think Austin [Willie] and I have the moves down.” My director nodded and reassured me that I would only have to “spin Willie” instead of launching into a tricky step. In two months, rather than elevating the role to something great, I had only made it convenient. Still, the show itself was fine. The audience enjoyed the performances, and the cast received kind words. But I knew that, personally, I had lost. And so, when I learned of Princeton’s ballroom team, I had no doubt Jiyoon Kim that I would commit myself to the cause. And columnist though it began as a redemption exercise, I can see that I’m going to stay with it because, n the middle of my first week of well, it’s so damn fun. classes here at Princeton, I could fiYes, the elegance is there. But what’s nally take a breath. After the bommore is the wonderful embarrassment of bardment of information, presenstumbling into the couple beside you and tations, activities and icebreakers that having no time to apologize before your feet my two-week orientation experience enhave dragged you into the next movement, a tailed, starting classes felt ironically like New Yorker or a forward-walking turn toward a respite. the mirror where you can only see yourself in I left Tokyo and arrived at Princeton passing. The limp hand. The smile you have on Aug. 28, crossing the dateline and made. Ballroom is watching the steadying of repeating a day as international students feet. Eventually, yours will join the shuff le. often do. Moving in was a blur of rain, You’ll find that it is all right to hold your golf carts, connecting to DormNet and partner’s hands as though they are your own. wishing I could rely on more than the That, unless you think about it too much, “puvisitor” wireless network on my you probably won’t step on her foot. That hips Japanese phone to communicate with my must sway before they swing. The laughter parents back home. comes, and so does the sweat. People close After the International Orientation their eyes to the most unlikely songs, singing opening dinner and a long, 48-hour Aug. “Billie Jean” and hopping the jive. Ballroom 28, I finally stumbled back to Bloomberg has you practice your steps at the top of Blair Hall only to find that a lonely silence Tower, in small niches dressed in Christmas permeated throughout campus, whose lights, f lashing clover that casts you into the only inhabitants were varsity athletes glass. And, looking out into the dark, you and other international students. hope that some drunken student is watching Already, I pondered the effectiveness of you, laughing because they thought you were inviting international students to an some ghost disappearing, spinning away essentially vacant campus early under from them. It is learning a new way to move the pretext of helping them to better and counting 1-2-3-cha-cha-cha-2-3. Ballroom assimilate to life in Princeton and the is the movement of the rhythm-hungry, the States. I wondered whether the two other shape of two bodies placed against whatever international students in my otherwise backdrop you have the wherewithal to empty hall were feeling equally alone and imagine. Shimmering dresses and pleated slacks, bowties and blackcherry liner rung around lips and eyes like cyclones. Dissent to ‘LA requirement At least, that’s the dream. Until then, I’ll change’ continue to groove to Enya. And perhaps, someday, I’ll understand exactly what Fugard Due to a layout error, a portion of the and Sam are saying. The dance f loor is a place dissent to yesterday’s editorial, “LA of redemption and new experiences. A place requirement change” (Monday, Sept. 30, where people glide and stumble. And, so it 2013) was omitted: seems, it is a place for me. Here’s to four years of learning how to take it slow.

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benefits of Princeton’s relatively small size is that it’s easy to stay connected to a lot of people. You essentially see the same students in many of your classes. I can’t imagine walking into a class at UCLA and already knowing 15 of the 20 people in the room. Everyone uses the same communal spaces: Frist Campus Center, Dillon Gymnasium, Firestone Library (jk, nobody goes to Firestone). Even just walking between classes, I have to stop at least a dozen times to catch up with friends I see along the way. Above all else, as underclassmen, everyone eats in the same places. Walk into Wu/ Wilcox dining hall at 6:30 during the peak of dinner rush, and the list of people you could sit and eat with, swap advice, vent on or just chat with is astronomical. To me, that’s the most appealing aspect of feeding time (it certainly isn’t the food — no offense to Dining Services). Meals are social events, downtime to unwind with friends before or after a long day of work. Spent right, they can be the best time for maintaining relationships otherwise impossible to have. As a member of lightweight crew, I know that any time I want to talk to some of my closest friends, there will be a horde-like gathering in Whitman dining hall taking up at least three tables to the dismay of many Whitmanites. But I budget my meals well. I split my dinners with crew and my other friends, such as club croquet or even just my hallmates and ex-zees. Breakfast and lunch are spent almost exclusively in Forbes, because there ain’t no family like the Forbes Family. The most important thing is that I never have to question whether or not I can eat with anyone. All the dining halls are open to me all of the time. This just isn’t the case with the eating clubs. Now, some people might respond with, “But you can always get a guest pass” or, “Just use the meal

exchange,” etc., etc. Yes I could, but rarely do I ever plan my dinners days in advance. Everything is casual and impromptu. Have I eaten with them recently? OK, I think I’ll try Mathey today (yeah, I even go to Mathey). Guest cards, shared meals, they’re all just unnecessary hassles that will prevent me from doing what I can do now for nothing. The beauty of the dining halls is their simplicity. So, why then am I being forced to segregate myself from my friends? Why do I have to pick one group of people I like most and literally join a club with them? And why do I have to enter into some stereotyped variety of people — floaters and boaters, stoners, preppy kids — in order to enjoy lunch with a friend? What are the eating clubs? They are a social bottleneck, a restriction on the number and type of relationships I can sustain. They are a forced segregation of students into categorized groups. They are machines for perpetuating and exacerbating social cliques. They are an unnecessary limitation on the set of people I can see and eat with every day. Yet, the most disappointing thing about them is they are almost unavoidable. Because of their prevalence, if I want to eat with any of my friends at all, I have to join one or else risk losing my friends all together. Thus, I begin pondering which club to join, only this time I’m not thinking which place will be ultraexclusive or throw lots of parties. Now, I just want to find a club that will limit me the least. So, if writing this lowers my chances of getting into Ivy, I’ll accept that. I might just embrace my given stereotype and join Cloister like all of the other genitalflashing rowers.

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Assimilation through total immersion?

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Aaron Robertson is a freshman from Detroit, Mich. He can be reached at aaroncr@princeton. edu.

Princeton’s distribution requirement system attempts to preserve what it fundamentally undermines. Distribution requirements were meant

out of place. What ensued was an accelerated course of what freshman week would entail for the rest of the freshman class. Presentations from the Department of Public Safety, McGraw Center, Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education and the likes were more or less preview versions of the arguably more entertaining and substantial presentations that would occur during freshman orientation a mere week later. Granted, obtaining relevant information about life at Princeton in a smaller setting was valuable and appreciated by many; however, efforts to offer as much information as possible, as soon as possible, left international students without ample time to grapple with the sheer notion of being so far away from home. Freshmen already exhausted from IO were then uprooted from campus, after having spent three nights in our dorms, for the Outdoor Action and Community Action trips. (As students weren’t allowed to stay on campus during this week, these trips were essentially mandatory for international students). Having begun to settle into my dorm, I was now longing for both my home in Tokyo and my new home on campus. Undoubtedly, I was enjoying the people I was with and the work I was doing. However, I wasn’t able to separate Community Action in my mind from IO. It was all a blur of nonto expose students to a complete set of important disciplines. However, by granting students the license to choose from a whole host of courses — many only nominally connected to the discipline category — students can easily avoid getting the well-rounded education that the system was intended to provide. The Board rightly seeks to remedy the problem for the LA requirement, but, in reality, its solution can only do so much. After all, there already exist a plethora of courses for

routine unfamiliarity. For many students who had undergone IO and one of the preorientation trips, freshman week became yet another orientation to get through, as opposed to the official exciting beginning to my career at Princeton. It became almost a ritual for international students to, upon encountering another IO buddy, commiserate over the prospect of attending informational session number 14. Once the orientation frenzy was over, many students were overwhelmed by the onslaught of emotions — loneliness, homesickness, fear, anxiety, excitement — that they hadn’t had a chance to cope with until classes were about to begin. As fantastic as my IO group leaders were, and as much as I enjoy running into people I met during orientation, it is difficult to say that the current structure of pre-orientation and orientation at Princeton meets the needs of students assimilating into a new environment, culture and country. I understand the reasoning behind packing every moment during a pre-orientation period with activities and plans; in a situation of total immersion, students will have no choice but to assimilate and no time to dwell on homesickness or the overwhelming novelty of everything around them. However, students were so busy doing one thing or another to actually appreciate the other opportunities and experiences IO offered.

I would urge future IO coordinators to take advantage of the smaller group setting that IO offers. IO groups served more of an organizational function than a community-building purpose; more time could be spent fostering relationships among IO leaders — who are, at least so far, the most welcoming and helpful upperclassmen I have met here at Princeton — and their groups, and less on learning technical information about Princeton that can be obtained later during freshman orientation. A greater focus on assimilating to culture and life in the States may be of more value than time spent on presenting information about Princeton; students enjoyed learning about life on campus a great deal more once all the freshmen were on campus for freshman week. The potential for IO is great. I myself was enticed by the notion of entering Princeton with a smaller, close-knit group of people making the same transition I was. Though the group of students at IO was indeed small — comprised of a little more than 100 students — it never was as close-knit as I had imagined it could become. A shift in the goals of IO could give students a chance to start calling Princeton their home.

students who want to avoid engaging with tough literature or serious art. I propose instead a hybridization between distribution requirements and a core curriculum. Each distribution requirement would come attached with either a single core course or choice of core courses. For distributions with two course requirements, the other requirement would be chosen just as they are chosen now. For example, to fulfill the LA requirement under this system, students might be required

first to choose from one of six broad core literature/arts courses: American, European, or World (Literature or Art, respectively). Then, for the second LA requirement, students would freely choose however they wish (Children’s Literature, for instance). This hybrid system would better match the rigidity and academic rigor of a core curriculum with the flexibility and liberty of interests that broad distribution requirements encourage.

Jiyoon Kim is a freshman from Tokyo, Japan. She can be reached at ljkim@ princeton.edu.

Signed, Zach Horton ’15


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me,” Marsch said. “In the beginning, I really just did it to be with my buddies and have a good time. But you know, as I started growing older, I could tell it was a gift that I had, so I just kept enjoying it and playing it and taking it further and further.” Marsch took his love for the game all the way to the United States youth national program, which he played with for several years. It was during this period that Marsch was noticed by Bob Bradley ’80, who at the time served not only as the head coach at Princeton but also as a coach of various U.S. youth national teams. After coaching against Marsch’s team in several regional matchups, Bradley invited Marsch to campus. “It was my senior year of high school when I first met him,” Marsch said. “When I came to visit, it was a wonderful university. I really liked it, got in, and it was pretty much a no-brainer that I was coming here.” He enrolled in Princeton in the fall of 1992, beginning a Princeton career in which Marsch, a history major, worked diligently to balance his on-field commitments with his schoolwork. Admit-

tedly, he sometimes had a difficult time finding the right combination. Marsch, who was named an All-America his senior year, had a lot on his plate throughout his time at Princeton. “I actually wasn’t very good at balancing the work and the playing,” Marsch said. “I loved to play so much that I thought about practice and games so much, I probably could’ve done a better job of dedicating myself to my studies. But in the end, I had a really good experience here on both levels. I had a lot of great people helping me along on both ends. My full Princeton experience in terms of athletics and academics was very rewarding and developed me as a man and as a professional.” Following Marsch’s senior year at Princeton, Bradley took an assistant coaching position with D.C. United in the MLS inaugural 1996 season and helped draft Marsch in the third round. Marsch played two seasons in Washington, helping his team to back-toback MLS Cup championships and one U.S. Open Cup Championship. Marsch then followed Bradley, recruited as the head coach of the newly formed Fire, to Chicago in 1998. Emerging as a young leader of the new squad, Marsch led the Fire to the MLS Cup Championship

and U.S. Open Cup Championship in 1998. He went on to play seven more seasons in Chicago, winning two more U.S. Open Cups, before following Bradley again to Chivas USA, where Marsch played his final three season from 2006-09. He also appeared in two games for the U.S. men’s national team. “It is easy to remember the big moments of winning trophies, but for me, I always look back very fondly on the days of good training because that’s where the work of becoming a good team was solidified,” Marsch said. In 2010, after his long career as an MLS player, Marsch embarked on a new journey as soccer coach, beginning as an assistant to Bradley on the national team. After two years with the squad, Marsch accepted the head coaching position for the MLS expansion franchise Montreal Impact in 2011. “My experience in Montreal wasn’t the greatest,” Marsch said. “It was a very stressful and time-consuming job, setting up a brand-new franchise, and I didn’t get to spend as much time with my family as I would have liked.” It was this desire to spend more time with his family that spurred him to make a bold decision: Marsch, who is married with three children, parted ways with Montreal in Novem-

ber 2012. He and his wife Kim, along with their kids, decided to embark on a whirlwind sixmonth backpacking adventure across the world. “It seems crazy, but you’d be surprised how many families actually do it,” Marsch said. “It was just the right time. We had the time, we had friends all over the world to visit and we wanted to just spend quality time together as a family.” The trip, which began in January 2013, started in Southeast Asia. The family spent two months exploring the region before visiting India and Nepal, then moving on to the Middle East. Marsch’s family, which was fascinated by Middle Eastern sights such as Petra in Jordan and the Old City of Jerusalem, particularly enjoyed spending time in Cairo with Bradley. Bradley has been in Egypt since taking the head coaching job for the Egyptian national team in 2011. The Marsches finished up their journey in Europe, before returning to America in time for Jesse to take a position as an assistant coach for the Princeton men’s team this fall. Although Marsch has only been coaching at Princeton for a few weeks, his presence has already had an enormous impact on the squad. “I enjoyed watching him play as a professional and got

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A: Well, I already lost one of my teeth. I got it kicked out sophomore year during a game. Yeah, I’d probably go with the feet one. Q: Describe freshman forward Tyler Lussi in three words. A: Quick, fast and tiny. Q: If you could have five taps [get it, like On Tap!], like of liquids on your fingers, what would they be? A: Apple juice, diet coke, orange juice, definitely gatorade — purple gatorade — and I need water, so I’d have water in there. Q: How do you like running IM f lag football? A: It’s actually really fun! It’s very entertaining. Out of all the IM sports, I think it’s my favorite one to work. Q: Is that the only IM sport that you run? A: In the fall, it’s the only one that I do since I’m in season. But in the other seasons, I do dodgeball, basketball, handball. I do it all, whichever ones I get assigned to. Q: What’s your favorite f lag football team you’ve watched play — Clax, Clax or Clax? A: [Laughing] I’d have to go with club lax. They are by far the most entertaining ones.

Q: Dogs or cats? A: Dogs, for sure. Q: Who is your funniest teammate, and why? A: Well, there’s funny weird and funny funny. The weirdest funny would be [senior midfielder/defender] Gabby Guzman or [junior goalie] Darcy Hargadon. They’re both very outrageous. Very funny. Funny funny I’d have to say [senior goalie] Ceci Di Caprio. She’s very subtle with her humor. Q: I see you went to Germantown Academy — are you German? A: No, I’m not. Q: Then what? A: Danish and Greek. Q: What’s your favorite color? A: Turquoise. Q: On a scale of pinecones to Spike Lee, how do you like being a varsity athlete at Princeton? A: Absolutely love it. I just love it so much. Q: Best part? A: The relationships and friendships I’ve formed through it with the team and the ups and downs with them. Q: Worst part? A: I mean not necessarily the worst part, but there is the time commitment. It’s a lot, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

to know him a little bit over the years,” head coach Jim Barlow ’91 said. “Jesse has been great to have on the staff. He knows the game at such a deep level and has the ability to watch and quickly notice things that need to improve, and he knows how to adjust training so that they do improve. He’s also passionate about every aspect of coaching, he loves to challenge and be challenged, he’s competitive and he’s fun to be around.” Princeton’s players, including senior co-captains Billy McGuinness and Patrick O’Neil, have also acknowledged Marsch’s positive effect on the team. “Coach Marsch is an intense guy, and you can tell just by being around him that he is a true competitor,” McGuinness said. “He brings a level of professionalism to the team that some of us haven’t been exposed to before, and he is extremely helpful giving instructions on the training field as well as analyzing game footage.” This experience and passion was evident to O’Neil during his first few training sessions with Marsch. “My first impression of Jesse was his fire for the game. He makes sure everyone is working hard all the time,” O’Neil said. “He is very responsive and

offers good constructive criticism for our guys. As a senior, it’s not often I get constructive criticism from teammates or the coaches, but Jesse makes sure that I understand when I can be doing something better.” Although Marsch has greatly enjoyed his time so far at Princeton, he is still ambitious. He would like to keep his options open but acknowledges that he is interested in returning to coaching professional soccer at some point. Barlow, like the rest of the Princeton squad and coaching staff, is confident that Marsch will flourish in his future wherever he goes. “I see continued success in Jesse’s future, wherever he winds up,” Barlow said. “Sure, we’d love for him to stay at Princeton, but we understand he may have other goals, and we’re just grateful for whatever time we have with him on the staff.” Marsch is excited to be back at Princeton as well. “I’m so happy to be back here at Princeton, and I’m grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me this year,” Marsch said. “Ultimately, my focus here at Princeton is on the team. We’ve got such a talented and motivated group of guys, and they’re my biggest priority right now.”

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Marsch ’96 returns to Princeton

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When the men’s soccer team and its coaching staff took the practice field this preseason, the squad was joined by many new faces. The group, which added seven freshman players this off-season, also added assistant coach Jesse Marsch ’96 to the coaching staff. Marsch, who played college soccer as a midfielder at Princeton, went on to enjoy a long and storied MLS career in which he won three MLS championships and four U.S. Open Cup championships as a player. He then went

on to become assistant coach of the U.S. men’s national team and later head coach of an MLS expansion franchise, the Montreal Impact. For Marsch, what would eventually become an MLS All-Star soccer career began as simply one sport among many. Growing up in the Milwaukee suburb of Racine, Wis., Marsch played a variety of sports. He finally settled on soccer when he realized he had an uncanny talent for the game. “I played a lot of different sports growing up, and soccer just kind of came naturally to See M. SOCCER page 5

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Jesse Marsch ’96 has won three MLS championships and four U.S. Open Cup championships as a player and is now returning to help coach the Tigers.

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On Tap with ... Kacie Kergides By John Bogle staff writer

Senior defender Kacie Kergides is part of the defense that has helped the women’s soccer team start its season 4-2-2, its best start in recent memory. The ‘Prince’ sat down with Kergides ahead of the Tigers’ Tuesday night game against La Salle to discuss soccer, her love of IM flag football and her hatred of “Breaking Bad.”

Q: What defensive role do you play for the team, i.e., right/left back, sweeper, stopper, etc.? A: I’m a centerback — we do a flat back four. Q: On a scale of grapefruit to Mount Rushmore, how would you rate your own personal and the team’s performance this season? A: Personal performance — I’m coming back from an injury right now, so I’m not where I want to be, but I feel like slowly I’m getting there. As far

as team performance goes, I think we’re doing really well. We have ups and downs, but it seems pretty positive right now.

Q: Speaking of the street, are you in an eating club? If so, which one? A: Yes, I’m in Cottage — cannot wait for Sunday Fundays.

Q: That’s right, word on the street is you tore your ACL last year — are you going to pull an Adrian Peterson this season? A: Kind of, yes! My dad keeps sending me inspirational stuff like past professional players who have torn their ACLs and made great recoveries. At first, I didn’t want to hear it, but now it’s definitely helping.

Q: I see your name is Kacie and your sisters’ names are Kristian and Kiley — were your parents inspired by the Kardashians, or did your parents inspire them? A: Hmm, I don’t know. It started off with I was a ‘K’ and then my mom’s Danish, so the Danish version of Christian is spelled with a ‘K.’ Then I

guess with Kiley, they just wanted to keep the tradition going. Q: Do you watch “Breaking Bad?” A: No I don’t — I actually hate that show. I’ve watched one or two episodes and could not stand it. Q: Wow. A: Yeah, I know. I really don’t like it. Q: Would you rather lose all your teeth or have feet in place of your hands? See ON TAP page 5

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The Ivy League women’s volleyball season got off to an exciting start last weekend, and the league is still very much up for grabs. Here’s how the teams stack up after their first taste of Ivy action:

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Yale (7-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy League) The Bulldogs lead the Ivy League in hitting percentage and kills per set and easily did away with Brown in their Ivy opener Saturday. Yale has been at least competitive in every match this year, save shutouts at the hands of Penn State and Stanford, both of which they bounced back from with 3-0 wins. Junior setter Kendall Polan is tied for sixth in the NCAA in aces per set with .60. Harvard (6-4, 1-0) The Crimson has kept its opponents to a lower hitting percentage than any other team in the Ivy League and downed Dartmouth 25-16, 25-21, 25-14. It will be interesting to see how Harvard does in its next outing, however, as it has not won back-to-back games since it started off the season with wins against Holy Cross and Hofstra.

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Dartmouth (7-5, 0-1) Defensively, the Big Green might be the best team in the Ivy League — it leads in blocks and digs and is second in opponents’ hitting percentage. Dartmouth has had a rough go after its five-game winning streak was broken by Grand Canyon. The Big Green will face two more Ivy opponents, Brown and Yale, in the coming week.

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Princeton (5-6, 1-0) The Tigers’ Ivy season started with a bang Friday night with an electrifying 3-2 win over Penn. Junior middle blocker Tiana Woolridge leads the Ancient Eight with a .404 hitting percentage while sophomore right side hitter/middle blocker Kendall Peterkin leads the league in kills per set. Princeton will now visit four Ivy opponents before hosting two of the league’s most formidable teams, Harvard and Dartmouth, at Dillon Gymnasium.

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Cornell (4-6, 1-0) The Big Red has momentum coming off a 3-2 victory over Columbia, which saw Cornell tie the match twice to force a fifth set, which it dominated. The team has plenty of young talent: Sophomore right side hitter Breanna Wong leads the team with 133.5 points and had 19 kills in that match, and freshman outside hitter Sarah Kramer was right behind her with 15.

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Penn (5-6, 0-1) Errors plagued the Quakers through many of their early matches, but despite ultimately losing to Princeton, they played much cleaner Friday night. Penn had eight blocks to Princeton’s three as it hung in all night, finishing with a hitting percentage of .340.

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Brown (4-7, 0-1) After starting the season with four straight losses, the Bears look to be improving somewhat. Senior outside hitter Thea Derrough was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 24 after hitting .328 at the Temple Invitational. Four of Brown’s next five matches are at home against league opponents, perhaps providing them with a chance to build some momentum as the Ivy season progresses. Columbia (2-8, 0-1) Despite having the worst overall record in the Ivy League, the Lions proved they could put up points in their 3-2 loss to Cornell, in which they scored at least 22 points in each of the first four sets. Columbia has actually outscored its opponents by 913-912 this season thanks to an attack led by sophomore outside hitter Bailey Springer, who has 3.46 kills per set.

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