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In Opinion Mitchell Hammer evaluates the Princeton stereotype, and Rebecca Kreutter discusses social responsibility. PAGE 4

In Street Street takes a look at what Dale Award recipients did over the summer, goes behind the scenes of Humans of Princeton and reviews ‘Fuddy Meers.’ PAGE S1

Today on Campus 8 p.m.: Princeton Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy ‘As You Like It.’ Frist Film/Performance Theatre.

The Archives

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The Borough plans to host a party in Palmer Square as part of an effort encouraging campus and community members to pay overdue parking tickets. Parking for the event will be free.

On the Blog Lizzy Bradley chats with David Bieber ‘14 — better known in the Twitterverse as @Bieber.

News & Notes Slaughter ’80 responds to federal government shutdown

anne-marie slaughter ‘80, a former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department and a former dean of the Wilson School, said the current shutdown of the federal government has made the U.S. government look irresponsible in the eyes of the international community in an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday. “Just imagine if what we’re seeing today in Capitol Hill were happening in any other part of the world, then imagine American headlines, right? The president cannot even reach a deal to continue to fund the government, the Congress won’t speak to each other, the government is collapsing,” Slaughter said. “We look incredibly irresponsible.” Slaughter said the present perception of the U.S. by the international community was “mixed.” “On the diplomatic front, we’re very strong,” she said, citing the nation’s recent success in brokering a deal with Syria regarding chemical weapons, its active work with Iran and its active negotiations with Israel and Palestine. “On the other hand, we threatened military force and then we couldn’t deliver with our Congress, and we’ve been pulling back in lots of places, so I think there’s a perception that we’re weakening.”

U N I V E R S I T Y A F FA I R S

Affordable Care Act will not affect student health plans By Daniel Johnson senior writer

While the federal government remained shut down Wednesday after Congress failed to agree on the terms of a continuing resolution, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Health Exchanges are just opening for business and leaving their marks within the Orange Bubble. The University sent out an email to all its student employees providing information about the New Jersey Health Insurance Marketplace on Sept. 27. The University was required by the Affordable Care Act to send out this notice to all employees, University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua explained. The email informs recipients that no action needs to be taken on the part of students who are either enrolled in the Student Health Plan or have opted out of the plan with qualifying alternate insurance. “The notification is simply a legal requirement,” Mbugua explained, “To our

knowledge the law does not require any changes in the Student Health Plan.” On Oct. 1, New Jersey residents became eligible to create an account in New Jersey’s Health Exchange, where they can choose from three individual insurance providers: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, AmeriHealth New Jersey and Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey. The state’s exchange is operated by the federal government because Governor Chris Christie vetoed two bills that authorized a state-run exchange. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 901,000 uninsured New Jersey residents are now eligible to use the health insurance marketplace. An estimated 790,000 people in New Jersey qualify for either Affordable Care Act subsidies to purchase insurance or coverage under the state’s expansion of Medicaid, which the governor signed into law in February. Will Mantell ’14, president See HEALTH page 3

FLUFEST

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Students receive free influenza immunizations at University Health Services’ annual FluFest, held in the Multipurpose Room of Frist Campus Center.

STUDENT LIFE

Gap Year Network supports students on leaves of absence By Ella Cheng staff writer

The Gap Year Network, an Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students-approved club that aims to help students who took gap years transition back into campus life, is expanding its reach. Under the leadership of Eden Full ’15 and Jose Drost-Lopez ’16, the club now caters not only to students who took gap years before Princeton, but also to all students who took time away from Princeton, including students returning from leave and academic or disciplinary probation. Beyond providing social opportunities for gap year stu-

dents, the GYN also hopes to clear the stigma associated with leaves of absence and help students navigate the administrative barriers to taking time off. The club was originally founded by a group of students who were beginning their freshman year in 2010 after having taken gap years right before college through the Bridge Year Program or through independently organized programs. Now that the original group is approaching graduation, the club is expanding its focus to include students who take time off, according to Gaya Morris ’14, a founding member who began the GYN in her freshman year after returning from a gap year

in Senegal with Global Citizen Year. “The change in leadership — we’re happy it’s happening because our current leadership group is all seniors,” Morris said. “I think Eden and Jose are more interested in the perspective of Princeton students who take gap years while at Princeton instead of the gap year before, which I think is really awesome because otherwise it might not have been incorporated so much.” In describing the mission of the club, Full and Drost-Lopez both emphasized the importance of establishing a community for students who are returning to campus after time off. “Once you have work out of

school, coming back is more of an adjustment than you expect,” Drost-Lopez said. “You might even forget what your intellectual interests actually are, what your academic requirements are.” Full and Drost-Lopez both discovered the GYN upon their return to Princeton this fall. Full, originally a member of the Class of 2013, had left in order to complete a two-year Thiel Fellowship developing the SunSaluter, a device she invented, which allows solar panels to follow the path of the sun. “I had a really life-changing experience. For my entire life up to that point, I’ve just been going straight down the academic

BEYOND THE BUBBLE

path,” Full said. “Taking time off really helped me realize that there are so many skills and so many interests I have that I had never had the chance to explore.” Drost-Lopez had left for three years due to personal reasons. During his time away, he started a radio show, PsychTalk, and worked at a neuroscience lab and consulting firms. “It got me thinking of the general value of taking time off,” Drost-Lopez said of his gap years. “There are so many reasons why someone might take time off, and I think we need a student network that can really support the students,” Full said. “Now more than ever, there See GAP YEAR page 3

BEYOND THE BUBBLE

Booker runs, buys ice cream for voters Q&A: Congressman Holt on shutdown

By Hannah Schoen staff writer

In the midst of a crowd of 50 students who were moving fast enough to breeze by pedestrians — but not so fast that they missed a word that he said — jogged Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark and candidate for U.S. Senate. Booker looked like the most popular kid in school at his 10th “Run with Cory” campaign event on Wednesday night. Students and town residents alike swerved around each other to introduce themselves to him and take running “selfies” with the man they hoped would be their next senator. In the course of the 1.5-mile trek from Palmer Square to Thomas Sweet, participants met Booker and spoke to him about their political concerns. At the run’s conclusion, Booker’s campaign bought ice cream for all participants, who numbered about 150. While some were attracted by the free dessert, others came for the candidate. “I support Cory Booker’s education policies because he is at the forefront of how we should be changing our schools,” Caroline Tucker ’17 said, when asked why she attended the run. Despite the serious policy discussion, some students said they appreciated the more lighthearted aspects of the event. Booker explained that he began the tradition of running with constituents when he was in his 20s. He said the runs have allowed him to See BOOKER page 2

By Hannah Schoen staff writer

After the federal government shut down at midnight on Tuesday, The Daily Princetonian spoke to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) about the implications of the shutdown for the country as a whole and for the Princeton area. The Daily Princetonian: What do you think began the events that led to a government shutdown?

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Booker ran 1.5 miles with voters, ending at Thomas Sweets.

Rush Holt: Well, it’s pretty clear. I mean, this has been a collision course for — well, actually, that’s not quite the right word. It’s been a train barreling down the tracks toward a cliff for a couple of weeks now, and last night, the train just ran off the cliff. You know, this was not a collision. It’s not as if these were two equal sides engaged in a discussion of principle. No, this was just kind of a crazy suicide mission of a bunch of fanatics who first took the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives, took them over, and then took the government hostage, and said, “You know, if you don’t change some laws that we don’t like, we’ll stop government operations.” And it really was a hostagetaking situation — [it] really is a hostage-taking situation. See SHUTDOWN page 2


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DP: And why do you think that President Obama’s healthcare law became kind of the focal point of talks preceding the government shutdown? RH: You know, it really is curious that that law has engendered so much hatred. In fact, well, obviously, a lot of money has been spent denigrating the president and this major piece of legislation that he promoted. But why these well-funded groups chose that is not entirely clear, because the public, if they are asked about the components of the healthcare law, they like it. They like the fact that 25-year-olds can stay on their parents’ policy. They like the fact that a family can no longer be denied insurance because of a preexisting condition. They like the fact that you don’t run into an annual or a lifetime limit on insurance expenditures for your healthcare. They like the fact that insurance companies have to actually spend more money than they used to actually providing healthcare, rather than pocketing the money or paying executive salaries or whatever. They like the fact that you get preventive healthcare without copays. And on and on. They like the fact that tens of millions of Americans who have been shut out of the system, mostly for economic reasons, will now be able to buy healthcare at reasonable prices that don’t consume too much of their income. All of those reasons. So you would think that this would be a popular law, but because it has been systematically attacked, it has turned into a pretty attractive punching bag. But nevertheless, whatever the piece of legislation is, this idea of government by hostage-taking is unacceptable. I mean, sure, there have been political power plays

from time to time throughout American history. But the idea that, if a divided government, where different parties control different houses of Congress or there’s a difference between the executive and the legislative branch, prevents you from changing a law you don’t like, well, usually what you should do is work to build the political power to change the makeup of the government. In other words, you try to win at the next election so that you can pass the legislation that you want to pass. What they’re doing now is legislation that was newly passed and signed into law has to be, in their minds, repealed, or else they’ll bring down the government. That’s a pretty dangerous idea. Everything from investigations by the Centers for Disease Control to origination of college loans to applications to receive Social Security or on and on and on, not just national parks or the Smithsonian Museums, are closed. [They] are shut down. That’s not just hardball politics; that’s really a crazy, petulant, immature and governmentally destructive approach. DP: What are the effects of the government shutdown going to be, especially in Princeton and our district? RH: You know, it’s investigations by the CDC, origination of college loans, applications for Social Security. Some food inspections are considered essential; some are not and therefore would not go forward. You know, it’s hundreds of thousands of federal employees doing things in the Department of Transportation or the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is, you know, Sandy Hook National Seashore in New Jersey. Anyway, so it’s a long list of things. DP: You voted no on the proposal that the House passed to

delay Obamacare’s individual coverage mandate. Why? RH: I mean, there are not just hundreds of thousands — [there are] millions of Americans who will benefit from the opportunity to get healthcare coverage, so they won’t have to avoid going to the doctor because they can’t pay for it. So they won’t have to stand in line at the emergency room and perhaps get showed to the side with serious health consequences. It’s easy for these right-wing radicals to say,

“Sit down, and shut up. You don’t govern this way.” Rush Holt congressman

“Well, let’s put this off a year,” if these right-wing radicals have healthcare coverage. You know, if you’re a diabetic and your diabetes is not under control, you’re not going to keep that under control with occasional visits to the emergency room. This becomes a matter of life and death. That’s just one of many, many thousands of life-and-death examples that I could give you having to deal with a one-year delay. We should have done this years ago, but thank goodness we’ve gotten around now to the Affordable Care Act, to bringing these tens of millions of people into the system. They’ve been shut of the system for too long. And instead of talking about a year’s delay, we should be talking about how we can bring even

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more people into the system, so that we really do have the healthiest populace possible. DP: How do you think we can avoid government shutdowns in the future? RH: Well, evidently it takes some backbone that has been in short supply. The minority faction that has hoisted this on the Republican Conference and then on all of Congress should have been told no. Sit down, and shut up. You don’t govern this way. You can think of plenty of examples where a minority party would not like a piece of legislation, whether it’s authorization to go to war in Iraq or gun registration, or you name it — things that people feel strongly about. And where the legislative vote has gone the other way, you don’t say, “I’m going to blow up the government because I’m not getting my way.” You would try to build a coalition to advance your political interests. And that’s what has worked in this country for a couple of centuries. I hope this doesn’t mean a growing instability or a long term unraveling of the will that’s necessary for a selfgoverning country. SEWHEAT HAILE :: CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

You know, a few years back, the Republican majority, with very little Democratic support, and under President Bush’s leadership, passed what’s known as Medicare Part D — the prescription medicine part of Medicare. I felt, and most Democrats felt, that it was poorly designed. The wording was enriching a number of corporations and not as efficient as it could be if it were a regular part of Medicare. After that passed, the implementation problems turned out to be difficult. The registration was confusing to seniors on Medicare, and the computers were crashing, and the roll-out was troubled. Democrats, instead of saying, “Look, we never liked this, and we wish that it fails, and in fact, we’re going to try to make it fail,” Democrats instead said, “Well, let’s try to make this work as best we can,” and people like me in Congress had ads and emails and other things to educate Medicare beneficiaries about the new prescription plan and try to make it work as well as we could, even though we didn’t like the legislation [and] thought we could do better another way. And we didn’t threaten to bring down the country or even try to stymie the program. We said, “Okay, well, let’s make this work as best we can for people on Medicare.” I wish the Republicans would say, “Look, there are things we don’t like about the Affordable Care Act. It is the law; let’s make it work as best we can for Americans and work to improve it.” But that’s not their approach.

Lawyers and journalists spoke on how the media shapes public legal thought in Robertson Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

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familiarize himself with the neighborhoods he has wanted to represent and get to know constituents better. “We’re really glad he’s here in Mercer because he’s got a lot of support here, in the Princeton area and in many of our towns,” Mercer County Democratic Chair Liz Muoio said of Booker’s presence. “It’s his second trip here, he’s done 10 runs and two of them have been in Mercer, and we’re hoping to set a new record in attendance tonight, so we’re just really glad he’s here and he’s a great candidate and he’ll make a great senator.” Once at Thomas Sweet, Booker spoke to attendees about the importance of political engagement. “Remember, democracy is not a spectator sport. You can’t sit on the sidelines just cheering for our teams red or blue, you’ve got to get more engaged, especially with your candidates,” Booker told the crowd.

”Hold them accountable, offer them support, but most importantly, we’ve got to think about being leaders ourselves.” Booker, who is on the ballot for the Oct. 16 special election to fill late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat, spent the earlier part of his evening at a fundraiser with Representative Rush Holt at the home of PRINCO President Andrew Golden and his wife Carol. Booker last visited town for a Sept. 14 meet-and-greet on Nassau Street, where he spoke with constituents, met with Rep. Rush Holt and visited local businesses, including Small World Coffee and Pins and Needles. Booker leads his opponent, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, by 53 to 40, according to the most recent poll conducted between Sept. 26 and Sept. 29 by Monmouth. A Quinnipiac poll from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22 showed Booker with a similar lead. Booker has been endorsed by College Democrats and the Princeton Community Democratic Organization.

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of Princeton’s College Democrats, said he believes students could benefit from the availability of the New Jersey Exchange if they would prefer to buy an alternate health care plan. “There is some choice now for students not familiar with insurance in New Jersey,” he explained. “Instead of just signing up with the University, you can go online and compare plans easily.” The debate over the Affordable Care Act remains at the heart of the government shutdown, with Republicans insisting upon including measures to weaken the law in spending bills that would fund the government and Democrats refusing to pass any proposal that mentions the Act, Politico reported. Republicans offered five separate funding bills on Tuesday that would have reinstated spending for the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, national parks, the City of Washington, D.C., and pay for military reservists, according to The Hill. Each of the proposed bills

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was defeated in the House, with Democrats insisting on a single, “clean” funding bill for the government.

“There is some choice now for students not familiar with insurance in New Jersey ... you can go online and compare plans easily.” Will Mantell ’14

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“To tie whether the government is going to function to whether or not you like a certain law is completely ridiculous,” Mantell said, referring to Republican attempts to restrict the Affordable Care Act in a potential budget bill. Leaders of College Republicans did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

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John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, spoke on the value of art to the next generation of leaders in science and technology.

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needs to be a way for students to come together to talk about the experiences that they had.” Full and Drost-Lopez also hope to address the stigma attached to leaves of absence. “People feel so intimidated by this idea of taking a year off just because they don’t know what it entails,” Full said. “You do not just have to take time off because something is wrong with you. You can take time off for any reason.” Drost-Lopez said that through GYN, students will be able to “see stories of other students who have thrived.” Full and Drost-Lopez both acknowledged the administrative challenges they had faced during the process. “Before I took time off, I had no idea how the process was like,” Full said. “There is not one go-to resource.”

Drost-Lopez said he encountered major problems with his Princeton email account during his leave, as his account failed to

“There are so many reasons why someone might take time off, and I think we need a student network that can really support the students.” Eden Full ’15

receive emails. He also had problems reactivating his account upon return. “OIT’s procedures for keeping people informed and

having their netID have the right status are pretty clunky,” he said. Drost-Lopez added that he wished that students returning from leave could select courses in the spring semester before their return rather than in the fall, so that they could prepare over the summer and enroll in application-based classes. “Having the administration just devote a little bit more time to this issue would be a pretty big success for this year,” DrostLopez said. Students considering leave must meet with the dean of their residential college, Butler College Dean David Stirk said. While on leave, students stay in touch with the University via their University email accounts, receiving updates about topics such as financial aid and housing. When needed, directors of student life or University Health Services may also provide therapeutic service or health support to students on

leave. Upon return, the students have individualized meetings to determine what University resources would be helpful to them, Stirk explained.

“Having the administration just devote a little bit more time to this issue would be a pretty big success for this year.” Jose Drost-Lopez ’16 This fall, Butler College had about 15 students who were readmitted as sophomores, juniors

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and seniors, according to Stirk. Stirk, who has worked at Butler for seven years, explained this number is usually between 15 and 20. Both the GYN leaders and administration said they supported collaboration between the two groups. “I think the Gap Year Network actually helps the administration understand the diversity of students,” Drost-Lopez said. “I have optimism they will respond appropriately.” Stirk, who has been in conversation with Full, said the administration would definitely be interested in collaborating with any student group concerned with the issue. Although the GYN is still in its early stages, Full and Drost-Lopez said they have received positive student responses and have already set several goals. These include revamping the GYN’s website, creating a handbook on how to take a leave and where

to seek emotional support, advocating for better support from the Princeton administration and creating a mentorship program to connect students considering leave with students who are or have been on leave.

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Very Princeton

s I poured myself some water at the reception for President Eisgruber’s installation, the clink of the ice cubes tumbling into my glass vaguely upset me in some unidentifiable way. It wasn’t until after I strode back to my friends on the lawn and saw identical glasses in their hands that I realized that what I’d felt was a sense of surprise: At an outdoor venue with a large number of people in attendance, I was used to plastic cups, not glass ones, and I was wholly unprepared to find myself drinking from the latter. I’ve only spent a few weeks on campus as a freshman, but already there are times I catch myself wondering whether this is real-life or a movie set. The incident concerning the glass is just one occasion where the amount of luxury we enjoy at Princeton shatters normal university standards and then some. There has been free food once to twice a day since I moved into my dorm room; the U-Store has sections devoted to Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers; we place our full trash cans outside our doors at night and then, magically, they’re empty the next day; the “port-a-potty” I used at the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals show not only had flushing toilets and running water, but also was complemented by an automatic paper-towel dispenser. It’s all very Princeton. But that’s exactly the crux of my initial experience here. Before I came, I knew the Princeton that pop culture and Hollywood portrayed: a school of genius and privilege, whose students wore sweaters draped across their shoulders and enjoyed life in the lap of luxury despite their difficult studies. However, I did not expect for this stereotype of wealth and indulgence to be true; it was too Princeton. I found it incompatible with the 21st century. Yet I realized, especially after witnessing us all in perfect Hollywoodprep for Lawnparties (if we’re honest with ourselves, we know our Lawnparties’ outfits are only half-joking), that preconceptions were not misconceptions. Even with Lawnparties over, I can’t help but notice that a conspicuous part of the student body’s wardrobe is made up of the exact outfits used to parody the school; the amount of salmon-colored shorts and pastel polos didn’t change all that much from pre- to post-event. Princeton embodies its own caricature. I’m sure the situation is the same at other schools in the Ivy League with similarly large endowments, but I still find the pageantry with which every event is carried out almost comical. Not laughable, but amusing by the mere virtue of the fact that the real Princeton is so ironically un-ironic. Where one expects custom-built stages for administrative inaugurations or a street lined with studentowned mansions, one finds exactly that. I personally enjoy the roll-of-the-eyes my parents give me when I relay to them the latest Princeton-esque quirk I’ve discovered on campus, an eye-roll that says, “Of course Princeton would do that.” Despite perhaps appearing to the contrary, this is by no means a critical commentary. Instead, I am simply illustrating (and poking just a little bit of fun at) the goings-on on campus that I think some more seasoned Princetonians have become accustomed to and may take for granted. We are blessed to attend not only one of the premier research universities in the world, but also one that can accommodate its student body with such a broad array of amenities. I’ve already seen Princeton utilize its resources (namely its $17 billion endowment) to support and develop the abilities of its students in ways I never imagined possible at an undergraduate institution. And while it is true that Princeton could turn more of its attention away from campus, I believe that Princeton’s (and for that matter any higher learning institution’s) main focus should be its students. Princeton is furnished with an incredible financialaid system, accomplished faculty and the most contemporary facilities and equipment available, all to provide the best to its students. If we get a few extra pats on the back than most universities students do in the process, I say so be it. Princeton does not aim to be just a college — it is an experience. Students learn from their friends and their extracurriculars just as much as they do from their professors, becoming well-rounded and productive citizens and thereby ensuring the reputation and longevity of the University for another generation. At the end of the day, I think that most everything the University does is with its students in mind, even those things that make me question whether I’m really attending college or if I’m actually on the collegiate version of “The Truman Show.” But I find I only ask myself this because I’m still unused to the amount of resources Princeton sets aside for its students, which I previously thought incompatible with a major research university’s priorities. Princeton has truly exceeded my expectations. The attention and benefits it grants to its students, down to the very last boat-shoed one, is amazing. And if that is what it means to be a quintessential Princetonian, then quite frankly, I’m proud to be one.

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n last Tuesday’s paper, columnist Barbara Zhan took note of the changing expectations of work from elementary school to college and beyond. While mistakes in elementary school were overlooked and teachers often graded assignments based on perceived level of effort, in college, Barbara said, “Professors don’t look at long essays and think about how long it took to write, they just look at the content. If it’s terrible, so will be the grade it receives.” She connected this to how extracurriculars and interviewers search for the accomplished and even how Princeton housing fines students for forgetting their prox. While I agree that in college academics and some extracurriculars that “It’s not about how hard you try,” Barbara overlooks the significant freedom that we have here to make mistakes in other areas. There is a joke that my friends and I have that “there are no consequences at Princeton.” Aside from the obvious exception of breaking the Honor Code, Princeton — like most colleges — has very few rules. If you throw a party in your room, Public Safety is more likely to come by about noise complaints than anything else. Want to stay up late watching reruns of HIMYM, while work goes undone?

That’s fine. Feel like staying out until 4 in the morning, or not coming home at all? Nobody will stop you. You can eat like a pig, or forage like a rabbit, or become an omnomnomivore without someone telling you about three square meals or the importance of eating vegetables. At college, you have the ability to drink yourself into oblivion, go to McCosh to sober up and still your parents will be none the wiser. Which is not to say you should drink yourself sick or spend all night watching TV. The argument here is not that you should go crazy with all the freedom; it’s that Princeton — for me and for many who I’ve talked to — isn’t all about stricter standards and heightened expectations. It has been more about exploring who I am and what I’m comfortable with outside of the 8 a.m.-3 p.m. high school schedule. Yet, the stricter standards for academics and the looser standards for social conduct are not so different. They are both about transitioning from high school to post-graduation, whether that be graduate school, employment, marriage or a combination of the three. In academics, as in internship searches or extracurricular selections, more is expected of each student. “It is not about how hard you try” because it won’t be about how hard you try once you graduate. It will be about the results of your efforts, whether you labored over a report for hours or whipped it up in 30 minutes. Similarly, in non-academic areas, you are responsible for your actions. You are moving from a time in which you lived under your parents’ roof to one in

Rebecca Kreutter is a Wilson School major from Singapore, Singapore. She can be reached at rhkreutt@princeton. edu.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES president Richard W. Thaler, Jr. ’73 vice presidents John G. Horan ’74 Thomas E. Weber ’89 secretary Kathleen Kiely ’77 treasurer Michael E. Seger ’71 Craig Bloom ’88 Gregory L. Diskant ’70 Richard P. Dzina, Jr. ’85 William R. Elfers ’71 Zachary A. Goldfarb ’05 John G. Horan ’74 Rick Klein ’98 James T. MacGregor ’66 Betsy J. Minkin ’77 Alexia Quadrani Jerry Raymond ’73 Carol Rigolot h ’51 h ’70 Annalyn Swan ’73 Douglas Widmann ’90

137TH BUSINESS BOARD business manager Grace Riccardi ’14 director of national advertising Nick Hu ’15 director of campus/local adversting Harold Li ’15 director of web advertising Matteo Kruijssen ’16

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which you will have the freedom and responsibility to craft your own life. Having the freedom to do that in college, and to make mistakes along the way with fewer consequences, is part of deciding what type of rhythm you want to your life. While Barbara makes a good point that Princeton work expects more from students by making standards harsher, she ignores the fact that social life also expects more from students, except this time with fewer rules. She makes it seem as if the standard that “it is not about how hard you try” is a negative aspect of leaving secondary education instead of a function of accepting greater accountability for your actions. I prefer the college life to high school where, as Barbara says, “sometimes completing the homework was enough” because my work carries both more weight and more worth. Sure, the bad grades and harsh comments are not easy to see, but I have been pushed at Princeton to improve my thinking, writing and speaking in ways that I had never been before. And I prefer the college life where I am responsible for getting myself home safe every night, for how healthy I eat, for how I budget my money and for all of the other inconsequential decisions that add up over time. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my time here and will make plenty more in the next two years and beyond. That’s why I’m here. In short, “it is not about hard you try,” and it shouldn’t be.

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he Graduate Student Government was saddened to hear of the upcoming retirement of Dean Russel, who has served as dean of the Graduate School for 11 years. Since he took up the office of dean in 2002, Dean Russel has worked closely and tirelessly with the GSG in pursuit of improving the graduate student experience at Princeton University. In a retrospective look back on Dean Russel’s career and inf luence, the current GSG Executive Board reached out to former GSG chairs and presidents to recall their experience with Dean Russel. Leslie Medema MPA ’04, GSG chair from 2003-04, fondly remembered working with Dean Russel as chair of the GSG and as a member of the CPUC Priorities Committee. She recalls learning “a tremendous amount from those processes and how he handled advocating for the Graduate School while balancing the many priorities of the school,” noting the difficulty such a position holds — particularly when “emotions f lared on our end.” Leslie wishes

Dean Russel “much rest and grand adventures” in his retirement, thanking him “for all he has done for the graduate programs and for Princeton University.” Dr. Shin-Yi Lin ’11, GSG chair from 2005-08, would like to thank Dean Russel for “being such a passionate advocate for our graduate students,” and for appreciating “the professionalism and respect with which he consistently interacted with student leaders.” She notes how lucky she was to “get an insider’s view of how aggressively he advocated for graduate students behind the scenes,” a view almost at odds with his reserved public persona. During her time with the GSG, Shin-Yi worked with Dean Russel on many critical reforms — particularly “replacing DCC/ET-DCC with DCE status, providing family-friendly benefits (reducing the cost of dependent coverage, formalizing a parental leave policy and providing childcare subsidies), improving the diversity of our student body and expanding funding for social events.” Dean Russel was also “instrumental” in helping launch the Princeton Research Symposium in 2004, which ShinYi is “happy to see continues today as an annual event for the University community.” Finally,

she would like to personally thank Dean Russel and his wife Priscilla for the “warmth and kindness” they showed her, her husband Matt Weber ’09 and their growing family both “throughout my time at Princeton, and afterwards since we’ve joined the alumni community.” Shin-Yi wishes Dean Russel all the best as he wraps up his time as dean of the Graduate School! Kevin Smith MPA ’12, GSG president from 2011-12, was honored to work alongside Dean Russel on behalf of the graduate student body and encouraged by Dean Russel’s “steadfast work ethic and his focus on improving the graduate student experience both inside and outside the classroom.” All this and more support the sentiment that Dean Russel is, in the words of former GSG President (2012-13) Chad Maisel MPA ’13, a “terrific advocate” for graduate students and the GSG alike. During Dean Russel’s 11 years of tenure, the graduate school has broadened its reach to improve graduate student well-being — for instance, by sponsoring and co-sponsoring dozens of social events each year. In recent years, Dean Russel has continued his active involvement with the GSG as a guest at both our Assembly and Executive Board meetings. In

addition, he was inf luential in last year’s change to the Open Access Dissertation policy, which gives graduate students more control over when their dissertation becomes available online and thereby benefits those who seek to publish a book on their dissertation topic. The current GSG looks upon Dean Russel’s retirement as a loss of a valued advocate, but also looks forward to fostering a similar relationship with his successor — who faces great shoes to fill. Dean Russel has continually shown care and concern for the views of graduate students and true interest in improving the graduate student experience. We will miss him and his genuine interest in the success of graduate students and his continued open door. On behalf of Princeton graduate students — past, present and future — the GSG wishes Dean Russel the very best in his retirement. Dean Russel, we thank you very much for your years of service and dedication to the graduate students! The GSG Executive Board: Friederike Funk, Kyle Keller, Rachael Barry, Julia Wittes, Simon Fuchs, Shane Blackman, Mary Kang, April Williams, Andreana Kenrick and Quentin Berthet.


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DP: Any pre-game rituals? DA: I watch the “Boys of Fall” music video song and speech. It gets me into a different zone for the game that I love. DN: I like to watch highlight tapes of other players. I watch Tavon Austin consistently. I like to emulate smaller backs, and envision doing stuff they do in games. DP: What is the greatest moment of your football careers so far? DA: The last game of my high school career was probably my best game. I got 300 yards, three touchdowns and set a Georgia high school playoff record. It was the best game I’ve ever had. Even though we lost in overtime, I knew I gave the best I ever had. DN: I had one game in high school where I didn’t score, but it was the hardest I played. My friend broke his ankle that game, and I saw how hurt he

was, knowing that he was out for the year. I looked over and saw the other team laughing at him, and that motivated me to play the hardest I’ve ever played. The best game I’ve ever played was last year against Harvard. I didn’t have the most yards, but it was my first college touchdown and I blocked a kick, which I had never done before. DP: Do you have a most embarrassing moment on the field? DA: I always got really nervous before games when I was younger. I would get so scared that I’d throw up everywhere — on the field, on the referees. Because of that my mouthpiece is really small. It looks like a pacifier when I put it in for games. This is weird, but I can also tell the weather with my knees. In high school, my knees would hurt before it would rain. It would be sunny and I’d say it’s going to rain, and my teammates wouldn’t believe me. But then it would rain. They made fun of me for

having “weathercaster knees.” DN: We played in the Georgia Dome for a game in high school, and I celebrated a touchdown. When I jumped to celebrate with one of my teammates, the jump was so off. I jumped before he even got there, which made it the most awkward celebration ever. That celebration ended up on my highlight tape. I was made fun of a lot for that. DP: DiAndre, your brother is on Georgetown’s football team. How good did it feel when you beat him on Sunday? DA: It felt great. My first run of the game was a 27-yard carry down the left side. He tackled me, but I knew I was already out of bounds. He’d been talking about tackling me the whole summer. But at the end of the game, he knew we’d gotten the better of them. He wasn’t too mad, but it was definitely really rewarding. DP: Dre, how good did it feel to beat DiAndre’s brother?

DN: That was cool. He was on my team in high school and was the starting running back when I was the fourth-string running back. It’s cool to play someone you know, and revenge is pretty sweet after losing to Georgetown last year.

have the body type to play real soccer. I could be the soccer ball. DN: I’d definitely play basketball. You can hear my voice — I have hoop dreams. I play a lot of it at home, and I really love the game.

DP: Who is your weirdest teammate on the football team? DA: Probably [senior running back] Brian Mills. No matter what, he notices every little thing you do. I don’t know why he enjoys doing that, but it’s hilarious and very weird. DN: Brian is definitely one that comes to mind. I’d have to say [linebacker] Baxter Ingram... He’s definitely the weirdest guy on the team. He made the Class of 2016’s Facebook group. At one point he kicked me out of the group. I don’t know why.

DP: What is one thing you two cannot agree on at all? DA: Being from Georgia, Dre thinks I need to be a Georgia fan. But I’m a Florida fan. Whenever we watch a Falcons game, I root for whoever they’re playing against. LN: He likes country music, I don’t. But I can tolerate it now. I’ve grown to broaden my horizons.

DP: If you couldn’t play football, what team would you join here? DA: I’d join the soccer team. I’m definitely the best FIFA player on campus. But I don’t

DP: Who’s a better person of the two of you? DA: Me. You would probably bring Dre to meet your grandparents, but you’d take me to hang out with your friends. DN: Me. If you had to pick the two of us, would you pick me or “the ball”? He’d be a better mascot. I think I’m a better person, and he’s a better creature.

DP: Explain your relationship for us. DA: We’re best friends, but any chance we have to mess with each other, we’re not going to hesitate to take it. DN: Nobody’s safe when we’re all together. If you were to walk with our group and hear what we say, you’d think we hate each other. But we’re always just messing around. DP: What do you guys do when you have down time? DA: FIFA and Chinese food. DN: He’s rubbed off on me with FIFA. I like to listen to music, too. DP: Is there anything else we should know about you guys? DA: I probably have the best hair on campus. I just want to throw that out there. And everyone should come to our game this weekend. Ivy Leaguer opener against Columbia. LN: I have better hair, that’s not a question. We’re both fun-loving guys.

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quarterbacks — has been successful in terms of both yardage and keeping the defense guessing. The special teams looked a little shaky in the first game? Ok, we’ll go for two on the first scoring drive and take Georgetown by surprise. The Hoyas just took the lead on a fumble recovery and stopped us on third down? We’ll get our freshman punter to fake a punt and hit junior tailback Will Powers for a first down. We need another running threat? Ok, let’s hand

the ball to our star wideout, senior Roman Wilson, or maybe senior running back-turned defensive back-

Plenty of weaknesses still exist, but Surace has learned to use them to his advantage. turned running back Brian Mills, who had 110 yards and a touchdown last weekend.

Not all of Surace’s gambles have paid off, but his willingness to try the inadvisable and the downright outlandish has made Princeton both exciting to watch and frustrating to play. The team has become more self-aware, mindful of its own weaknesses — I’m sure everyone on the field goal unit knows he may be called upon to pull a Moak — and able to exploit them. Add a lot of young talent to that formula and you’ve got a once-again-relevant Princeton football team. Ok, maybe the young talent has more to do with it than anything else. But still.


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Sophomore running backs Dre Nelson (left) and DiAndre Atwater (right) have both contributed significantly to the football team’s running game.

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iAndre Atwater and Dre Nelson are sophomore running backs on the football team. Hailing from Atlanta, Ga., Atwater and Nelson have combined for nearly 200 yards of rushing in the Tigers’ first two games of the season. The leaders of the Class of 2016’s rushing attack recently sat down with the ‘Prince’ to discuss the highs and lows of their careers, weather forecasting with their knees and who has better hair. The Daily Princetonian: Where are you from, and what’s the best part about being from there? DiAndre Atwater: I’m from just north of Atlanta. The

weather, in addition to the women, is a great part about being from there. Dre Nelson: I’m from Atlanta. The best part about being from Georgia is the weather. It’s a lot nicer than up here. I like the heat. DP: How has Atlanta affected your personalities? Do you have accents? DA: The thing that’s different in Atlanta is being around a lot of eccentric people down south. I’ve adopted that personality a bit. DN: I’d definitely say I have a lot of different kinds of friends. The area I’m from, Stone Mountain, there are a lot of kinds of people. DP: When did you both start playing football? DA: I’ve been playing since I

was six years old in rec-league football. DN: I started playing when I was in sixth grade, when I was 13. My parents didn’t want me getting hurt earlier on. But I was always into sports: I’d been playing baseball since I was three and basketball since I was four. DP: What led you two to play at Princeton? DA: We knew each other in high school. Dre came to the school I went to in eighth grade at Greater Atlanta Christian. I left for public school second semester of freshman year, but we kept in touch. Princeton was in the mix for both of us, along with other Ivy League schools when recruiting time came around. I knew for sure I wanted to come here after visiting.

Just over a year ago, on Sept. 29, 2012, I was pestering the football team’s head coach, Bob Surace ’90. We were in Columbia’s football complex at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, where Princeton had just put up 33 points, the most it had scored since the previous October, and won a road game, something it had not done since 2009. Less than a month into my sophomore year and new to the football beat, I was trying to get a quote from Surace, something along the lines of, “This is the biggest win of my career,” because nobody thought the Tigers’ offense would score so may points and that would have sounded good in my article. But Surace brushed the questions aside like it was no big deal. Looking back on the rest of the 2012 season, he was right. Compared to what was in store for the Tigers, that game was small potatoes, but I see it as the dawning of the Bob Surace Era (if you don’t count his first two seasons, which I’m sure he’d be as happy to overlook as I am). It was the first time junior quarterbacks Connor Michelsen and Quinn Epperly clicked as a duo, with both putting up over 100 passing yards and Epperly finally running the ball like the Tigers had hoped he would. The fact that receiver Tom Moak ’13 was credited with throwing a touchdown shows that this was by no means a perfectly clean game, but that botched field-goal-turned-touchdown foreshadowed the way the football team now runs. Plenty of weaknesses still exist, but Surace has learned to cover them up in a way that almost uses them to his advantage. We don’t have a clear No. 1 quarterback? Ok, let’s throw the two best guys on the field. Maybe even at the same time. Surace’s “ninja” formation — the one where he uses two See COLUMN page 5

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Junior quarterbacks Connor Michelsen and Quinn Epperly have split time over the last two seasons under head coach Bob Surace ’90, with Michelsen doing damage primarily through the air and Epperly contributing to the running game in a big way.

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The football team’s highest score this year, 50 points, is already higher than its highest single-game total for the last 12 years.

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