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Cap & Gown accepts Terrace most 46 percent of bickerees popular By Ruby Shao

two juniors. Around 563 students were accepted into one of the six bicker clubs this year, which is significantly higher than the 515 who were offered membership last year. In total, the bicker clubs received about 884 applications, including cross-bickerers, up from 831 applica-

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Cap & Gown Club was the most selective and most bickered eating club for the second year in a row after accepting 46 percent of bickerees. Cap accepted 98 of its 213 bickerees this year, including 96 sophomores and

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Multiple thefts in the Princeton area A number of thefts and robberies have occurred on Nassau Street and in Palmer Square in the past few weeks, according to press releases from the Princeton Police Department. On Feb. 1, two Lilly Pulitzer sweaters valued at a total of $345 were reported stolen from Palm Place. The store employee described two suspects, both black females between 45 and 55 years of age. The day before, a forged and stolen prescription was presented at CVS Pharmacy, police said. A caller also reported that sometime between Dec. 31 and Jan. 23, someone had entered his apartment on the first block of Palmer Square West by forcing through the front door. No suspects were identified. On Jan. 26, police were dispatched to Efes Mediterranean Grill on Nassau Street in response to reports of a robbery. A suspect, identified as a tall white male with dirty blonde hair wearing a leather jacket, had entered the restaurant and taken the tip jar containing approximately $80. The Princeton Police Department published security camera footage but has not yet identified the suspect. No weapon was seen.



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The approximate number of students who were accepted in a selective eating club this year, up from 515 last year.




club By Ruby Shao staff writer

Terrace Club was the most popular sign-in club for the second year in a row, with over 130 total students signed in. The club will no longer accept new members. Colonial Club, Cloister Inn, Quadrangle Club and Charter Club, on the other hand, will continue to accept new members after the end of the sign-in period. Terrace took 130 members during the first round, which is significantly fewer than the 183 students who signed in last year. All of the new members are part of the Class of 2016. Treasurer Dharit Tantiviramanond ’15 declined to release the final membership number. President Chris St. John ’15 did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The Daily Princetonian independently verified that Terrace took members in the second round of sign-ins but did not offer membership to everyone who put it down as a second-round choice. In total, at least 477 students signed in to a sign-in eating club this year, more than the 438 students who signed in last year. Colonial took 115 new members, which marks a slight rise from last year’s 106 signins. The new membership consists of 99 sophomores and 16 juniors. “The previous officer corps did a really great job with recruiting, and this is fantastic,” Colonial president Sarah Pak ’15 said. “We’re definitely doing a lot better than we were a few years ago.” Cloister Club had 92 students sign in this year, which is 15 more students than signed in last year. The new members consist of 89 sophomores and three juniors. “We’re really excited,” Cloister president Andrew Frazier ’15 said. ”We’ve got a really strong and diverse class, and we’re looking forward to a fun semester.” Quad had 46 students join during the signin period, which shows a significant decrease from the 68 students that signed in last year. Forty-four of the new members are sophomores and two are juniors. Quad president Joe Margolies ’15 said he expects a significant number of students to join over the next three to four weeks, as well as in the fall, based on conversations with people who missed the sign-in period, bickered and forgot to list a sign-in club or wanted to complete the term of their University meal plan contract. As of press time, Margolies said that four students joined the club after the sign-in period closed, meaning that the club officially has 50 new members. “We’re very happy about who we have, and we’re also in a very healthy place, in terms of viability, ” he said. “With our numbers, we will continue to be able to provide See SIGN-IN page 5



3 students and 2 alumni Former Fed Chairman criticizes awarded Gates Scholarship state of democracy in America By Sheila Sisimit staff writer

Three students and two alumni were awarded the 2014 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. David Abugaber ’14, Isabel Kasdin ’14, Madeline McMahon ’13, Elizabeth Presser ’10 and Simone Sasse ’14 will study at the University of Cambridge. They were offered the scholarship via email on Feb. 4. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, established in 2000 by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, allows recipients to study in any of the academic departments within Cambridge University. Because the selection of scholars is competitive, the process is divided into

four stages. The first stage is the departmental ranking of the applicants, in which applicants are ranked on academic merit. In the second SIMONE SASSE ’14 stage, the Gates Gates Cambridge Cambridge comscholar mittees review the applications and decide which applicants move on to an interview. Abugaber, a linguistics concentrator, said he “really couldn’t believe it” when he received the email about winning the See AWARD page 6

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Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker ’49 criticized the current state of democracy in America in a Wilson School lecture on Friday. Volcker explained that the topic of the lecture would be “Good Governance,” examining the current state of the United States’ governing bodies and whether or not they are meeting the needs of citizens. “In that context, my speech can be both definitive and exceedingly short,” Volcker said. “Quite simply, [our governing bodies] are not meeting the needs of our citizens. Are there any questions?”

Volcker said that government’s inability to serve its citizens could be attributed to two problems: lack of public confidence in government and lack of proper education in public administration. “What was healthy skepticism seems to have settled into cynicism and a kind of corrosive distrust. And there, I think we have a problem,” Volcker said, explaining that once citizens have lost confidence in government’s ability to act in their best interests, no government can continue to be effective. Volcker cited a poll that asked citizens, “Do you trust your government to do the right thing most of the time?” and noted that only about 20 percent of See VOLCKER page 3

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USG launches new, “more accessible” redesign of official website By Lorenzo Quiogue staff writer

The USG has recently launched a new design of their official website. USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 explained that they decided to redesign the website to make it easier for students to use. “We decided to redesign the website because we wanted to have a sleeker design,” Jackson said. “We also wanted to have a clearer structure, so information is more accessible and transparent to students.” Jackson also explained that the content of the website would be updated to go with the redesign of the website’s layout. The redesign of the website came at no additional cost,

Jackson said, since they asked a student, Angela Liu ’15, to make the new design instead of hiring a designer.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to learn more about content management systems while also helping redesign the USG website.” Angela Liu ’15 usg web designer

“[Liu] worked with me directly and sent several layouts and sent edits and she was a really good worker and she made a great layout, so I’m very happy with the product,” Jackson said. Liu, who is a member of the Student Design Agency, explained that while she was assigned the task in the second semester of the last academic year, a lot of the work was done last semester, and the new design of the website was launched at the end of finals. “It was more nebulous at first, and there were some points in the beginning that Shawon definitely wanted to address,” Liu said. “He had a list of things and I looked at them and said, ‘Oh, these are viable,’ or ‘Oh, I don’t think these will work out,’ and it

grew organically.” Liu explained that the new website gave her a chance to gain experience in a platform she was unfamiliar with.

“We decided to make it more aesthetically pleasing and have an easier interface.” Shawon Jackson ’15 usg president “I thought this was a great opportunity since I’ve been designing websites for a while, and I haven’t really got-

ten into content management systems like WordPress,” Liu said. “I’ve made my own WordPress blogs, but those were simple, and I’ve never done something this major. Since the USG website uses WordPress, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to learn more about content management systems while also helping redesign the USG website and helping the school.” She added that there were only minor tweaks left to be made, and the design of the website is practically complete. If further changes are needed to be made, she explained, they could be made through WordPress, and she designed the website in such a way that she wouldn’t be needed if something needed

to be changed. Jackson explained that while there weren’t many problems with the previous edition of the website, he felt that it could have been better. For example, Jackson noted that the home page did not need to have as much information; links clouded the page and there was a video that sometimes played even without clicking the play button. “We decided to make it more aesthetically pleasing and have an easier interface,” Jackson said. Jackson said that he expects all the content of the website to be updated in mid-to-late February, and noted that USG would not be redesigning the website’s layout again in the near future.

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people had responded yes. Volcker noted that government officials are also often at fault, calling Washington an “island of prosperity built on the wealth of lobbyists, law firms and government contracts.” Rethinking government efficiency, Volcker said, is the purpose of the Volcker Alliance, an initiative he founded in 2013. He added that the Alliance is now working with the Yale School of Management to create new proposals for reforming government at the local, state and federal levels. Volcker also said that public policy educational institutions such as the Wilson School could help restore government’s ability to rep-

resent its citizens. Public policy education has always had its skeptics, Volcker said, noting that when he was an undergraduate, he once spoke to an economics professor who insisted that public administration was “not an intellectual discipline and science, like economics.” However, he added that the importance of such an education becomes important when government seeks to enact actual change. “Vision without execution is hallucination,” Volcker said, quoting Thomas Edison. He noted as an example the failures of Obamacare and FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina, which he said were the results of “embarrassing failures in implementation.” “‘Princeton in the Nation’s Service’ could not

be more relevant today,” Volcker said, adding that students and legislators are now responsible for rethinking education in public service. Volcker was the chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1979 to 1987 under presidents Carter and Reagan, and was also chairman of president Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board from 2009 to 2011. He was also responsible for proposing the Volcker Rule of the 2011 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which restricts banks from making speculative investments that are not in the interest of the consumer. He now leads the Volcker Alliance. Volcker spoke Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium. The event was simultaneously broadcast in Robertson Bowl 016.

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News & Notes Student newspaper’s publication right revoked The Albion Pleiad, Albion College’s student newspaper, has had its publication rights revoked by administrators due to an article published about the death of a student at a nearby university and concerns of content verification. The article, titled “Alma student disappears, found dead,” was initially published on Jan. 31, but was heavily revised later that day, removing quotes from Alma students who speculated on the student’s

whereabouts and regarding the student’s alcohol consumption following a party, as these were based on rumors from a single source. However, on Feb. 2, the Dean of Students at Albion notified the Pleiad that the article had “potentially negative implications” and removed the article and put a moratorium into effect, according to a post on the Pleiad’s Facebook page. The statement also said that quotes had been used out of context and that fact-checking policies were not followed.

“This is an unprecedented move by the Dean of Students,” the post said. Adam Goldstein, an attorney with the Student Press Law Center who represents the Pleiad, told the Battle Creek Enquirer the story was a case of “bad journalism, but it didn’t create a legal risk.” The Pleiad has not yet regained its publication rights. Earlier this year, The Buchtelite, the University of Akron’s independent student newspaper, also shut down, citing staffing concerns.


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Under barrels of water, new Cottage Club members hope to flourish in their new club. Cottage accepted 88 new members.

Tower least selective with 76.8 percent accepted BICKER

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gain membership to the highest ranked club that accepts them. “People probably had the option to bicker two clubs and maybe try Cap out if they wanted to see if they thought it was a place they’d want to be,” Perez said. ”We also had a bunch of sophomore pre-bicker events that have seen quite a lot of people out as well.” Cap has seen a steady increase in the number of bickerees for the past three years, up from 199 in the spring of 2013 and 157 in

the spring of 2012. Tower, on the other hand, was the least selective club with a 76.8 percent acceptance rate. The club had 151 bickerees and accepted 116 of them. Tower president John Whelchel ’15 said the club accepted nine more members than last year because the budget allowed for the increase. The new class of Tower members consists of 110 sophomores and six juniors. Cannon Club accepted 68.5 percent of its bickerees by accepting 98 of the 143 students who bickered the club. The club took 59 of 101 bickerees last year. Cannon President Connor

Clegg ’14 said the increase of 39 members came about because of focused efforts to showcase the community and friendship that Cannon had worked hard to forge as a new club on the Street. “I think the officers and the members worked hard to bring people into the club, have meals, study in the club and get to know members so they felt comfortable, and I think that definitely paid dividends during the bicker cycle,” Clegg said. Ivy Club accepted approximately 63 percent of bickerees. The club accepted 68 of the 108 students that bickered, according to sources within the club.

Ivy president Thatcher Foster ’14 did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Tiger Inn accepted 95 of the 136 students that bickered the club, according to TI president Chris Hamm ’14. He added that four students were accepted into the club but chose not to join TI. Cottage Club accepted 88 of its 133 bickerees, according to sources within the club. Cottage president John McGee ’14 did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Cottage has not officially released membership numbers in recent years.

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our extremely high standard of membership quality in terms of both food and social events.” Charter accepted 90 new members this year, an increase from the 72 members who joined last year. Charter Club is the only sign-in club that takes part in the multi-club Bicker process. Using the club’s pointsbased sign-in system, students were allowed to rank a bicker club along with Charter and join the highestranked club that accepted

them. Unlike last year, Charter also participated in the first round of sign-ins this year.

“We’re definitely doing a lot better than we were a few years ago.” sarah pak ’15

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“I think that Charter having a first-round option this year led to a lot of decreased stress for people who were already stressed out by classes, not wanting to worry about waiting for an extra week to find out their club decision,” Charter president Josh Zimmer ’15 said. While the majority of new members signed in during the first round for Cloister and Quad, most sign-ins for Colonial occurred during the second round of sign ins. Charter President Josh Zimmer ’15 declined to comment on any details regarding the specific breakdown of members.


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scholarship. Abugaber said he plans to pursue a Master of Philosophy in theoretical and applied linguistics at Cambridge. He added that his research will focus on psycholinguistics and improving second language acquisition. “David perfectly fits the profile of a Gates Scholar,” senior research scholar in computer science and lecturer in computer science and linguistics Christiane Fellbaum said. “He is an original thinker who needs to carve out his own path for research.”

DAVID ABUGABER ’14 Gates Cambridge scholar

Fellbaum, who taught Abugaber in a Bilingualism class when he was a freshman, said that his final paper has become a “classic” in the course and is still being read by students. Fellbaum is also Abugaber’s academic adviser and worked with him on his senior thesis, which focuses on the Ixil-Mayan language spoken in Guatemala. In addition to conducting research in Guatemala, Abugaber has conducted research in Ber-

lin, where he analyzed results of psycholinguistics studies, and he has traveled to South Korea and Brazil, where he taught English. On campus, Abugaber is the president of the Linguistics Club and has led Outdoor Action. He is also a Spanish language editor and translator for the Princeton University Language Project. Off-campus, he has volunteered in Trenton and at the Princeton Medical Center teaching English to Hispanic immigrants and interpreting Spanish for monolingual patients. “The [scholarship] provides him with the opportunity to grow in a first-class academic environment while bringing the perspective of his own background and social engagement to the Cambridge community,” Fellbaum said. Kasdin, a history concentrator, said she is planning to obtain a Masters of Philosophy in archeology and focus on archaeological heritage and museums. For her senior thesis, Kasdin is studying the usages and portrayals of American history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American world fairs. “It’s still kind of overwhelming to me,” Kasdin said of receiving the award. “She is very passionate about her work and excited about what she’s learning. She’s a great researcher,” history professor Martha Sandweiss said. Sandweiss is serving as Kasdin’s the-

sis advisor. “Izzy is the type of person you can have a conversation with about an idea, and she runs with it.” Jill Dolan, Annan professor in English, professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, was one of Kasdin’s scholarship recommenders and said she was delighted to hear the news.

“It’s not just about the academia, but also how it impacts people.” isabel kasdin ’14, Gates Cambridge scholar

“She’s one of the best students I’ve taught, not only at Princeton but throughout my 30-year career,” Dolan said. “History is her major, but her work touches on so many forms of studies: gender sexuality, theater and anthropology. She’ll be a terrific representative of Princeton.” Kasdin said she was excited about the scholarship especially because it is linked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “You have to be doing something that will impact the world or society in some way, and that’s really exciting to me,”

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Kasdin said. “It’s not just about the academia but also how it impacts people and the world at large.” Kasdin has also been honored with the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and was the winner of the Westminster Conservatory Voice Scholarship Competition in 2012. She is currently president of the Princeton University Players and the Chapel Choir. McMahon, a history concentrator, said she plans on obtaining a Masters of Philosophy in early modern history at Trinity College. She said that she plans on building off the research she did for her senior thesis, which focuses on the ways in which sixteenth-century churchmen drew on ecclesiastical history as they defended and shaped the Church of England. She will specifically look at the scholarship of Lancelot Andrewes, whose private library remains can be found at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Andrewes was an English bishop and scholar who occupied a high position in the Church of England during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. “One of the reasons I’m so excited to go to Cambridge is because this is the sort of project I can only really pursue at Cambridge,” McMahon said. ”My love for British history is longstanding. To have this opportunity to study British history at Cambridge is a dream come true.” McMahon has also been hon-

ored with the Walter Phelps Hall Prize, the Joseph R. Strayer Prize and the Asher Hinds Prize for Excellence for her senior thesis. Presser, a classics concentrator, said she will pursue a Master’s in Public Policy at Cambridge. “I hope to gain a better understanding of the various factors that drive social policy,” Presser

ISABEL KASDIN ’14 Gates Cambridge scholar

said. After graduating from Princeton, Presser worked in Northeast Thailand for two years teaching English at Khon Kaen University as a Princeton in Asia Fellow. In 2011, she and Glenn Brown ’09 were awarded Princeton in Asia’s Carrie Cordon Fellowship. They co-founded The Isaan Record, a bilingual news source. She is currently working as a research assistant for journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on their upcoming book. Sasse, an ecology and evolutionary biology concentrator, said she plans on obtaining an Master of Philosophy in pathology. She explained that she would be performing research on Toxoplasma go ndii, a protozoan parasite that infects hosts

who are incapable of a normal immune response. Over the summer, Sasse was able to conduct research at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she explored the efficacy of mosquitoes’ vector in transmitting the dengue virus. Adel Mahmoud, a lecturer with the rank of professor in molecular biology and public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, explained that he helped Sasse with this project, which then became the focus of her senior thesis. “She is a fantastic student,” Mahmoud said. ”She is bright, hardworking and cheerful. And she is very academically committed.” Mahmoud described Sasse as a “global citizen” and said that her academic stand, interest in mechanisms of disease and talents made her a qualified candidate for the scholarship. In addition to doing research in Vietnam, Sasse has conducted research at the California Institute of Technology and in Panama for a semester abroad. “She has academic excellence but also a very wide global personality and interests,” Mahmoud said. On campus, Sasse has served as a leader trainer for the Outdoor Action Program and as the French officer and editor for the Princeton University Language Project. She is also currently an academic and pre-health adviser in Wilson College.

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ook closely, and you will see how often things fail. Take, for example, the failing of tree boughs under snow. Or, perhaps in our tango with academia last semester we realized that sometimes he is not a very kind dancer. Recently, I was reminded that failure (in all its permutations) often unifies members of a community as much as success does. That many Princeton students represent the quintessence of any particular field is not surprising. The diffusion of success among Princetonians, however, sometimes distances me from a reality in which people often find themselves stumbling and struggling everyday. On Feb. 6, after a screening of Inside Llewyn Davis, creative writing professor Paul Muldoon joined filmmaker Ethan Coen ’79 to discuss the film in the context of his career. Eventually, Muldoon invited the audience to ask Coen questions. One student, a philosophy major, professed her uncertainty about a post-university career. She asked Coen (once a philosophy major himself) how he managed to establish a successful artistic career from the humble foundation of his humanistic studies. Coen confessed that his major factored minimally into his work as a director. In fact, he acquired many of his movie industry contacts through his brother, Joel, who studied film at NYU. Whether intentionally or not, Coen echoed some of the major themes of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, namely that exceptional success is guaranteed for few, and there are some people to whom it comes more willingly. In the spirit of those outliers, Coen attributed most of his fortune to luck (his fans may argue that talent has more to do with it than he might admit). Following the dialogue, a woman who I had spoken with briefly before the screening joined me in line to take a picture with Coen. The woman, a young University employee, told me that she had once contemplated film school, but her hesitation prevented the fulfillment of this path. She said that Inside Llewyn Davis was especially poignant for her, since it told the story of a musician “who was good, but wasn’t great.” Or, at least, he hadn’t met the right person. The one producer he thought could launch his career had told him instead to regroup with his former bandmate (for those who have seen the film, you will understand the terrible irony of that moment; reforming the duo was no longer an option for Llewyn). That was it, I thought. That was why the film seemed to me a comic tragedy. Chances are that most people could find something of Llewyn’s story in their own lives. At some critical moment which requires us to somehow exceed ourselves, we may learn that our abilities are only admirable, as opposed to outstanding. It seemed sadder to be “the person who almost made it” than to be “the one who never learned how good (or bad) they really were.” Maybe the Princeton employee would’ve discovered that film was not her calling; conversely, perhaps she would have had a natural affinity for the craft. The ambivalence of missed opportunity creates a cushion of uncertainty where one can imagine either of the two alternatives playing out. But unfortunately for Llewyn, his career stalled on the cusp of Bob Dylan’s musical revolution. Considered more broadly, I wonder how resonant Llewyn’s tale would be for Princeton students. I can tell you that I often doubt my own future as an artist. I write this column from home, having recently attended the first production of a play I wrote. After the show, I received some of the kindest words I could ever hope to hear. One friend even told me that, out of the people he has known from our high school, I seem to be the one that others will one day remember. Talk about responsibility. I think this is the most flattering and intimidating remark someone can hear. Especially as a Princeton student, I’ve worked hard to temper that nasty, smooth-talking ego by reminding myself that, in all likelihood, there are students here who have already memorialized their names. These are people you read about in the morning paper. It will take time to understand what that means. How prevalent is the Llewyn Davis syndrome in a place where all students are good, but few will be great? I reminded the employee that she was young. She said that, despite her youth, she had a sense of some kind of plan coming together. Film school hadn’t worked, but she felt as though her life would organize itself into something great. She seemed to approach the film with an understanding that Llewyn was not to be pitied. He did what he loved, and although he wouldn’t become Bob Dylan, he knew that he was good enough to be Llewyn Davis. This discussion is not exclusive to the arts. The education of scientists and mathematicians, for example, has become increasingly important to the American government. Not only is there job competition between students of different countries, but there is also the implied academic tension between students on the same campus. The chances of failure should not be your focus; rather, you should be comforted knowing that this is a place where you can at least attempt to become exceptional at what you love. Aaron Robertson is a freshman from Detroit, Mich. He can be reached at

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A mental health network Lauren Davis columnist


ince I took a year off, I openly tell my friends that I struggle with anxiety and depression, and talk without shame about my regular sessions with a therapist. The number of people who have approached and opened up to me as a result is astounding. I’ve now heard countless tales of struggles with obsessive fears and mood swings; of mental health issues hidden from family and close friends who might not understand; of wanting help but feeling afraid, cautious or skeptical of the options offered by the University. I do my best to listen, to offer my own experiences and to advise with the limited skills I have picked up from my therapy sessions. But I’ve received no formal training and am far from equipped to offer them a long-term solution, as much as I wish I could. This is where Counseling and Psychological Services should come in, but for a variety of reasons I feel reluctant to refer anyone there except in the case of absolute emergency. Many have told me that they have been to CPS and found it unhelpful, dismissive or discouraging. This is not a good sign. I can’t speak for everyone, but what I’ve heard, combined with my own experiences

with CPS, leaves me with a mediumto-poor view of the current system. To someone foreign to any kind of therapy, CPS is intimidating. To get an appointment requires a large amount of foresight and stressful scheduling. There is no system for booking continuous therapy sessions, as you cannot book more than a few weeks in advance, and thus it is hard to develop the kind of personal bond with a single therapist that is so vital to successful treatment. As I know from personal experience, the last thing you want to do when you are struggling mentally is to have to face administrative challenges and fears about whether or not you can even get an appointment, and to feel as though you are simply being temporarily patched up and then asked to leave after your 30 minutes are up. This is not to say that there aren’t dedicated, skilled and compassionate counselors working at CPS. The problem of students suffering and yet not getting help cannot be entirely blamed on the University as an institution. We can’t expect the University to foot the bill for every individual student’s psychotherapy. But an integrated approach, starting at the student body level, is desperately needed to help a campus full of high-achieving developing adults as they face some of the most turbulent times in their lives. So here is what I propose: a focus

on creating a mental health network, beginning with mental health peer advisers (trained and carefully selected, following the SHARE model), who act as the bridge to the CPS counselors and services. Then CPS, clear in stating the extent and limitations of the services it offers, will do what it can before facilitating and encouraging referrals to full time clinicians in the area who can offer the kind of regular and focused attention that so many people here need. Perhaps some people currently utilize the Peer Health Advisers, or their residential college advisers as a resource, but these systems are either not promoted enough or do not have specific enough mental health-related goals. After three years at this school, I didn’t even know that the PHA program existed until a week ago. We need an organization which specifically trains students in basic psychological counseling techniques, and has at hand accessible student “counselors” who can listen to those who want help, talk through their concerns and then connect them with a true professional. A peer mental health group could help to personalize CPS, perhaps by connecting certain mental health peers with each individual CPS counselor, and creating a referral system. “Oh, go chat with Jean at CPS — she’s great and specializes in …” Mental health peers — familiar faces from classes or social settings, who

by virtue of publicly acknowledging their experiences with mental health would begin to alleviate stigma — could be the missing link that allows people to feel comfortable and safe enough to admit that they are struggling, and to seek help in an informal and less intimidating way. At the same time, CPS could change to accommodate the needs of students by getting constant feedback from mental health peers about the most common needs and thus the most useful resources to offer. Princeton is a highly stressful place, but mental health education and treatment needs to be more personalized, friendly and individual, not institutional. The system as it is does not help enough people, and short-term campaigns such as the USG’s Mental Health Week are great, but not sufficient. However it happens, the system needs to change. The idea of peer mental health advisers and a fundamental strengthening of Princeton’s network of mental health and well-being services, from students to CPS counselors to private clinicians in the area, is just one possible solution. But the next time a sophomore comes to me depressed, desperate and in tears, telling me she has no one to turn to and wants to leave school, I want to be able to tell her, with confidence, that I can help. Lauren Davis is a philosophy major from London, England. She can be reached at

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Stone added another win to put the tigers up 9-3. It soon became clear that Princeton was pulling away. Holmes and Singh notched impressive victories and, as the Tigers’ score inflated, it was a one-point win that would clinch their title: sophomore saberist Desirae Major took down Brittin Boenning 5-4 and the Tigers roared in celebration. “It wasn’t surprising,” said senior epeeist Susie Scanlan of the victory, “But I don’t think any of us were taking it for granted. We went into it with a lot of intensity. The men battled back Saturday after a disappointing start against Harvard. The Crimson powered past the Tigers 18-9 on the strength of a 7-2 showing in the saber, where only freshman Peter Pak put up points for Princeton. Against Yale, however, the saberists helped pave the way to victory, winning 6-3 as senior Phil Dershwitz went 3-0. The Tigers also went 6-3 in the epee, taking the match 16-11. They would defeat Brown by the same score to end the day, with Pak and freshman epeeist Alex House going 3-0. Their hopes of winning the Ivy title would be dashed for good,

however, in a heartbreaking opening match on Sunday. The match was tied at 13 as sophomore foilist Michael Dudey stepped onto the strip to face Penn’s Adam Elkassas. Falling behind several times but always coming back, Dudey forced overtime. The final touch went to Elkassas, however, and the Tigers fell to Penn 14-13. They led 5-4 after the first round of their final match against leading contender Columbia. Against the odds, the one-point lead over the No. 1 team in the country held. Though the loss of the Ivy title will be a tough pill to swallow, the men gave themselves a major boost going into the NCAA championships by finishing the weekend with a 14-13 upset. On the men’s performance, Scanlan offered “Our guys, even though they ended up not winning the title, the transformation from the first day to the second day was incredible.” The loss forced the Lions to share the title with Harvard. The Tigers will have just one competition, the Temple Duals in two weeks, before NCAA Regionals on March 8 and the NCAA Tournament from March 20 to 23, where they will be going for a secondstraight combined national championship.

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thought that I could. It’s the best surprise I’ve ever had.” In breaking four minutes, Williams became a part of an elite club of distance runners. Since Don Bowden became the first U.S. miler to break the barrier in 1957, only 400-some other American runners have achieved the feat. At Princeton, Williams became the fourth athlete to ever break four, with his time ranking him behind only Peter Callahan ’13, Joe Stilin ’12 and Bill Burke ’91. As of this weekend, Williams is ranked ninth in the NCAA. For Williams, running a subfour mile has been a goal for a long time. “Back when I was a freshman in high school I broke five minutes in the mile, and said, ‘I want to break four in the mile,’” Williams said. “Obviously I didn’t have an idea then of what a crazy idea that was.” It wasn’t until Williams ran 3:44.97 in the 1500m in the spring of his sophomore year that he realized running under 4:00 for 1609m — the mile — was a true possibility. Plagued with nagging injuries junior year, Williams never realized his goal. This fall, however, Williams ran a 1000m time-trial in 2:23 with little speed training and knew that this

might finally be the year. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for eight years now, and having finally broken that barrier is so awesome,” Williams said. “It’s definitely one of the top running moments of my life. I did this by myself, and no one can take that away from me.” With the Ivy League Championships just a few weeks away on March 1st and 2nd, Williams’ breakthrough comes at an opportune time. Earlier this season, Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan broke the conference record with a time of 3:58.04. Including Williams, a total of seven runners have run under 4:02 this winter. For Williams, while in terms of seconds a 3:59 is not that much faster than a 4:01 or 4:02, the confidence boost it gives is significant. “Finishing that race, closing in 57 seconds and running sub-four, it makes me believe that I can definitely compete with the guys in the Ivy League,” Williams said. “Before this race, I was questioning where I fit in with all these guys laying down these huge times. Obviously the race is going to be stacked, but I think I’ll have just as good a shot as anyone to put it together once I step on the line.” Yet, whether Williams wins or not, at 3:59.63, he will always be known as one of the best milers ever in the league.

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Wheatley led all scorers with 18 points, followed by junior guard Blake Dietrick’s 15. Princeton carried its momentum to Ithaca on Saturday, as the Tigers picked up where they had left off the evening before. Although the Big Red jumped out to an early lead, by the end of the period Princeton had regained a commanding 38-26 margin that would serve as a cushion for the rest of the matchup. The Tigers performed particularly well in the paint, out-rebounding Cornell by a substantial 43-29 margin. Dietrick led all players in scoring, totaling 19 in addition to grabbing six defensive rebounds. Sophomore forward Taylor Williams scored 12 points, and Miller earned the first doubledouble of her college career. In addition to notching 11 points, Miller led the Tigers with 12 rebounds. The victory over Cornell rep-

resented the ninth defeat for the Big Red. Cornell has now dropped two consecutive games, while Columbia has likewise lost five straight matchups. Despite Princeton’s recent success, the Tigers remain a half game behind Harvard (15-5, 5-1) in the Ivy League standings. Although Princeton already fell to the Crimson 78-68 at home at the end of January, the Tigers will have a shot at redemption when they travel to Cambridge in a few weeks. But first, Princeton will focus its attention on two important home matchups this weekend. Brown (8-12, 2-4) will take on the Tigers at Jadwin Gymnasium on Friday evening, and Princeton will take on Yale (10-10, 4-2) at home the following night. Although the Tigers have yet to face either squad this season, Princeton swept both teams last year in very strong showings. In fact, neither team has defeated the Tigers for several years. Yale last beat Princeton in 2009, and the Bears haven’t beaten Princeton since 2006.


in a close 16-13 decision. But the three-point loss only gave Harvard three team points, which would not be enough to overcome as Princeton went on to win the match 19-17. But the day held even greater drama for the Tigers. Their win on Saturday evening at Boston University stands as the most dramatic match of the season to date, and arguably the greatest comeback in program history. The Terriers (3-8) came out firing in the lower-weight battles, taking five of the first six individual matches over the Tigers. With only Krop’s winning at 149 pounds, the Tigers were down by a score of 20-3 after the 165-pound bout. But Calla-

han’s major decision over BU’s Colin Saunders began a fourbout comeback that stunned the crowd at Case Gym. A major decision by freshman Troy Murtha, followed by third-period pins from Harner and Ayala, gave the Tigers 20 points over the last four bouts of the match to seal the win by a score of 23-20. “Against BU we started out a little slow, but we knew they were tough down low,” Harner said. “Coach Ayres told me during the 157-pound match that Murtha was going 184, I was moving up to 197, and Abe was going heavyweight. I knew that I needed to get the fall for us to be in contention, and I was able to get it late in the third period. Abe getting the stick at heavyweight sealed up what might be one of the craziest matches I’ve ever been a part of.”

“Overall, it was a great weekend, and definitely one of the best experiences I’ve had with my team.” Brett Harner Freshman 174 pounds

Princeton kept up the momentum on Sunday afternoon, as the Tigers squared off against Brown (3-7) in Providence. Both teams picked up six points in the match’s first two bouts, but

freshman Jordan Laster kicked off a huge momentum swing for the Tigers, as his 10-4 decision over Jack Twomey-Kozak was the first of four consecutive wins for the Tigers. Krop, Moylan and Ziegler each picked up decisions that put the Tigers ahead 18-6. But consecutive wins from Brown put them right back in the match, as the Tigers led by five points going into the 197-pound bout. For the second straight day, Ayala sealed the victory for the Tigers, as his 8-3 decision over Augustus Marker solidified the Tigers’ perfect weekend. “Overall, it was a great weekend, and definitely one of the best experiences I’ve had with my team,” Harner said. “We’re looking forward to getting back to work and finishing out the dual season on a high note.”

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sium rim. A missed three from Bray put the ball back in Columbia’s hands with less than a minute left. Second leading scorer Maodo Lo missed an open look at the top of the key and senior guard Chris Clement rebounded. Rosenberg stuck his hands in for the briefest of moments before Clement ripped the ball away, but it was enough for the official to call for a jump ball. Henderson and the the Jadwin crowd were in disbelief. After a timeout, Columbia ran a welldesigned play that freed up guard Meiko Lyles outside the three point line. He caught it, shot it and got it for his only points of the game. Bray tried to back down his his defender on the ensuing possession but got stuffed and the ball rolled out of bounds. With 11 seconds left, Princeton inbounded and worked the ball over to senior guard Ben Hazel, who had played a very quiet role up to that point. He drove and put up a feeble airball, suggesting there had been some contact. The referees ate their whistles, though, and Columbia locked up its first win at Jadwin gym since 1993. “We wanted to go to T.J. on the last play, but Hans went the other way and we ended up getting a shot from Ben Hazel, which wasn’t a good shot for us,” said Henderson. Princeton still ended up shooting better than Columbia, 44.4 percent to 40.4 percent, but were outrebounded and recorded their fewest assists of the season. Bray led the Tigers with 17 points on seven-of-12 shooting, while Brase added 13, all in the first half, and seven boards. Rosenberg dropped a game-high 19, despite shooting just 33.3 percent, and contributed four steals. Princeton scored its fewest points of the season by 13, but played its second-best

defensive game.

The game against Cornell provided a nice rebound for a Princeton team that has clearly had a tough 2014. The Big Red is one of the worst Division I teams this year, and the Tigers certainly made it seem that way. After a slow first ten

“We did a nice job having a short-term memory. It’s amazing what a couple of shots falling does for a team’s soul.” Mitch Henderson ’98 men’s basketball head coach

minutes, Princeton went on a 22-7 tear to go into the break up 37-21. The game was never in question as Princeton led by as many as 25 points and coasted. Henderson, who has been searching for the right combination of players, mixed and matched his personnel. Freshman forward Steven Cook started his third straight game and played a game high 33 minutes while scoring a career high 13 points. Meanwhile, former starter Hazel saw just three minutes of court time, as Henderson gave Clement 20 minutes a game off the bench.

The starting lineup included four forwards, which may have helped Princeton to its best rebounding performance in quite some time, with a 33-27 edge over Cornell. Most impressive was Princeton’s defense, which held the Big Red to 34.1 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers. Offensively, the Tigers shot quite well, making 24 of 49 attempted. Their 11-of-28 performance from beyond the arc was the best rate and quantity against a division one opponent since the drubbing of Pacific way back in December. Freshman forward Spencer Weisz scored a gameand career-high 18 points on six-of-seven shooting, as his top-three scoring games have now come against Princeton’s three worst opponents. Bray added his usual 17 to go with a game-high six assists and five rebounds. Cornell’s leading scorer, Nolan Cressler led them with 14 points and forward David Onurah pulled in a gamehigh seven boards. “We did a nice job having a short-term memory,” Henderson said, referencing the previous night’s game. “It’s amazing what a couple of shots falling does for a team’s soul. I feel like we got our groove back a little bit and we’ll need to keep it going.” Perhaps the most important news of the night came from Cambridge, where Yale upset Harvard 74-67. It might be too late to make up 3.5 games on those two teams, but this result at least proves that Harvard is fallible and the league is more wide open than people might think. Despite the obviously costly loss to Columbia, Princeton’s chances of winning the league remain roughly constant from last week at .6 percent, according to In a few days, the Tigers hit the road to face Brown and Yale, two of the league’s top three teams, in a weekend that could either throw Princeton back in the hunt or eliminate them completely.


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Jarret Burton and AJ Fossen put the Knights up by two goals just seven seconds after play was resumed. Additionally, Princeton’s Siiro committed a tripping penalty on the play. Ammon, on an assist from Calof, helped the Tigers draw closer at the 7:21 mark in the middle frame. The quick strike came against a sprawled-out Clarkson goalie. Coming at the 13:54 mark, this Ammon-Calof pairing scored again to equalize on a power play. Less than two minutes later, Clarkson’s James Howden gave his team a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Just before the final intercession, Princeton began to celebrate a goal by Siiro, but the equalizer was disallowed after review due to goalie interference. At the 5:10 mark of the final period, an unassisted Allan McPherson scored for Clarkson what would be the game-winner. Nine minutes into the final 20, a crushing hit on Clarkson defender Kevin Tansey by Siiro put the Princeton defender in the box for a five-minute major boarding penalty. But by this point the Tigers appeared to have figured out the menacing Golden Knights’ power play. Shorthanded off the Siiro penalty, fellow freshman defender Hayden Anderson scored his first career goal off a shot from the point which rocketed over the right shoulder of Clarkson’s Steve Perry. The Golden Knights took

“Every team in the league makes the playoffs, and there’s a lot of parity in our league.” Mike Ambrosia sophomore forward

to Baker Rink heralded by a well-travelled Clarkson fan section. But as the final seconds ticked off, the confident cheers had turned to nailbiting. With just under two minutes to play, senior goaltender Sean Bonar sprinted off the ice to give the Tigers an extra skater. Even so, a crazy last few minutes did not produce an eighth goal. “We had a lot of guys injured, but the team really responded well,” Ambrosia said. “We didn’t come out with the two points, but most importantly in these last games before the playoffs, we wanted to find some positives. And I think we did that. We had a couple great goals by Andrew

Ammon, senior leader, and we played better defensively.” All 12 men’s ECAC teams participate in a single-elimination playoff tournament. So in spite of the deep hole the Tigers find themselves in, Ambrosia suggests that they will continue to fight and improve on their form moving late into the season. “Every team makes the playoffs,” he began, “and there’s a lot of parity in our league. We’ve played tight games with some of the best teams in the nation, and we beat one of the best teams in the nation [in Quinnipiac].” The Tigers will travel to New England next weekend to face Brown and Yale. Princeton hosted these Ivy rivals in early November, but they left Baker Rink victorious as part of a six-game Tigers’ losing streak. Women emerge from the weekend unbeaten, tie with No. 8 Clarkson In late November, Princeton women’s hockey hosted No. 8 Clarkson (21-4-5 overall, 12-2-4 ECAC) and St. Lawrence (10-163, 9-6-3). The 0-7 loss to Clarkson broke a five-game unbeaten streak. The visiting Saints similarly managed to dispatch the Tigers by a 1-4 margin. This past weekend, Princeton (12-9-4, 8-7-3) avenged the pair of losses with road wins over the upstate New York opponents. In a matchup at St. Lawrence, the Tigers edged out the Saints with the last minute heroics of senior defender Rose Alleva, who scored with only 48 seconds remaining in play off an assist from junior forward Brianna Leahy. The play evolved out of somewhat unusual circumstances, as skaters on both sides were in transition on and off the bench at the end of a two-minute Princeton power play. “We love beating that team,” senior forward Denna Laing said regarding her team’s late effort. “So that was a big one for us. I was most proud that we stuck with it.” Alleva described the moment, rife with intense emotion, as one of those rare instances where instinct seems to take over and typical faculties of memory and feeling seem to fade away. “We were all really excited,” she began. “Leahy got the rebound out towards the point where she was on the defensive zone. And she starts getting it up the ice in a oneon-one with her defender. I looked around and thought I better skate up with her. I thought I was going so slow. And all I could think about was that I was going to shoot the puck as hard as I can.” Even more late-game resolve was required in the Tigers’ matchup at Clarkson. The Golden Knights sport the conference’s most prolific offense and the country’s points leader

in senior Jamie Lee Rattray. Rattray earned two more points by assisting her team’s two goals in the second period. Unassisted at the 14:02 mark, freshman forward Fiona McKenna notched her team’s second goal. Her score came off a Golden Knights’ turnover and came as a stick-side shot which beat Clarkson’s senior goalie Erica Howe. Howe’s save percentage of .941 coming into the weekend was good for third in Division I. The equalizer would send the game into a five-minute overtime period which included two minor penalties, but yielded no goals. Alleva identified their opponent’s power play as a challenge her team had to rise to face. Princeton skaters served a total of nine penalties for 18 minutes, but the Tigers’ penalty kill did not allow any Golden Knights’ goals. “Their power play — I don’t know what the stats are — is really good,” she explained. “They moved it around really well and had us defend multiple different things. Alleva identified captain La-

“We know that every game is precious and we need to bring it every game.” Rose Alleva Senior Forward

ing as a teammate whose play has been particularly outstanding. “She’s been playing a lot lately in key situations. She had a hat trick the other week [at Rensselaer] that really got our energy up. She also scored the goal against St. Lawrence at a really key point in the game.” “We know that every game is precious and that we need to bring it every game,” Alleva said of the mounting importance of each point down the stretch. “Some girls have been talking [about playoff scenarios] and we’re looking at places four and five or five and six. If we get that fourth spot we’ll have a home game, which is really exciting. We haven’t had that since my freshman year.” “Obviously we’re trying to be the best that we can,” Laing began. “But we’re playing each game as if it’s a playoff game. Each game is very important, as we know every point counts.” The women’s side will look to extend this three game unbeaten streak into this upcoming weekend’s home matchups against Brown and Yale. In the Connecticut-Rhode Island road trip earlier this year, the Tigers managed to handle both Ivy opponents.


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Williams breaks fourminute mile

Jadwin sees stumble vs. Columbia, first Ivy win over Cornell

By Adam Fisch senior writer

By Eddie Owens associate sports editor

The men’s basketball team suffered another crushing defeat Friday night against Columbia before rebounding to smother Cornell Saturday in the first pair of conference matchups at home. Princeton (13-6 overall, 1-4 Ivy League) fell 53-52 to the Lions (14-9, 3-3) after a couPRINCETON 52 ple of conCOLUMBIA 53 troversial calls in the PRINCETON 69 final minCORNELL 48 ute went against the Tigers. The next night saw Princeton play its best defense of the season, stymieing the Big Red (1-19, 0-6) in a 69-48 win, the first against a Division I opponent this calendar year. “It was a heck of a game by Columbia — I don’t think the game came down to those final two plays, we sort of forced it,” said coach Mitch Henderson ’98. “Once again, we’re putting ourselves in some really difficult spots. We’ve got to figure out how to win games. We’re not executing and we had some really costly turnovers.” Princeton dominated the first half against Columbia, outshooting the Lions 57.1 percent to 33.3 percent overall and holding a team that averages 7.5 three pointers a game to just one. But, just as in the Harvard game, the Tigers were dominated on the boards, allowing seven offensive rebounds to a team that ranks among the bottom-fifty in the NCAA. Princeton collected just one, meaning Columbia attempted six more shots in the first half, a crippling margin. The eight-point difference at halftime seemed to be a huge understatement. Princeton, as usual, went cold to start the half. They made two of eight to open the half and the deficit was erased in barely five minutes as Columbia’s Alex Rosenberg scored four points and assisted two other buckets to leave it knotted at 37. The teams stayed within three points of each other until senior guard T.J. Bray made a huge layup despite some contact to put Princeton up 52-47 with two minutes to play. Columbia then ate up the entire shot clock, as they often do, before sophomore Isaac Cohen knocked down his only three of the game off the front of the forgiving Jadwin GymanSee M. B-BALL page 9


Senior runner Michael Williams ran Princeton’s fourth ever sub-four minute mile at BU invitational.

Charging into the final lap of the third heat of the mile race at the Boston University Valentine Invitational Saturday, senior Michael Williams was in excellent positioning. With only 200 meters to go, Williams was in third place, and the clock read three minutes, 32 seconds. Closing the final circuit in 27 seconds, Williams let loose a huge kick to take first place and stop the time at 3:59.63 — crashing through the revered four-minute mile barrier. “I was coming down the home straightaway and looked at the clock, saw 3:56, 3:57 and thought, ‘Holy … I think I can get this,’” Williams said. “I leaned at the line, and the crowd went nuts. I looked at the board, saw 3:59, and went crazy.” Coming into the race, Williams did not have any high expectations. After running a series of subpar races for himself earlier this indoor season, he came in just wanting to be competitive in his heat and run a decent time. After breaking off the


Women duel to fifth straight Ivy title By Stephen Wood senior writer

The No. 1 women’s fencing team made a statement this weekend, winning its fifthstraight Ivy League title by a wide margin. As the women celebrated their victory, the No. 5 men failed to win the league but pulled off quite a feat themselves, upsetting the topranked team in the nation. The women, no strangers to the happy side of blowout victories, started the day with a 23-4 thumping of Cornell. The Tigers swept the saber and had little trouble in the other weapons, building momentum for what was

to be one of the weekend’s decisive matches. Harvard, one of the two biggest threats to Princeton’s chances for a fifth-straight title, came out strong, as senior saberist Diamond Wheeler’s 5-2 win was its only victory of the first round. Junior foilist Ambika Singh and sophomore epeeist Anna Van Brummen got the ball rolling for the Tigers with a pair of comeback victories. From there, Princeton held on, making up for a 7-2 defeat in the saber by going 6-3 and 7-2 in the epee and foil, respectively, to take the match by three points. After a tense, narrow victory, the rest of Saturday proved less of a challenge. The Tigers steamrolled Yale 26-1 and easily overcame

Brown 19-8 to end the day. Junior epeeist Kat Holmes went 10-1 on the day, while Van Brummen went 7-1. Sunday started much the same way, with Penn putting up little resistance against a surging Princeton squad. The 25-2 win set the stage for the final match of the weekend between the Tigers and the Columbia Lions, who were also 4-0. Thanks to a great start from the saberists and another come-from-behind victory from Van Brummen, the Tigers found themselves up 7-2. The saberists did not relent, as Wheeler won the first bout of the second round 5-0 and See FENCING page 8


Princeton goes undefeated on New England tour By Jack Rogers associate sports editor

It was only last year that Chris Ayres’ wrestlers lost three of their four February matches in Dillon Gym on the way to a two-win season. But the Tigers (8-2) atoned for all of those losses this weekend as they took down Harvard, Boston University and Brown during the team’s road trip to New England. The three-win weekend provided some of the highest drama that the Tigers have had all season and makes them winners of five of their last six matches.

The wrestlers began their weekend up in Cambridge on Saturday afternoon with a showdown against Harvard (3-5). The Tigers and Crimson tradHARVARD 17 ed victories through PRINCETON 19 the first four individual matches, as junior BOSTON U 20 Ryan Cash recorded a PRINCETON 23 decision at 125 pounds and junior Adam Krop BROWN 16 picked up a technical PRINCETON 21 fall at 149 pounds. The Tigers found themselves deadlocked at eight points apiece with Har-

vard after Krop’s win, but proceeded to go on a tear that put the match out of the Crimson’s reach. Consecutive five-point wins by sophomore Kevin Moylan, sophomore Judd Ziegler and senior Ryan Callahan put the Tigers up 17-9 going into the 184-pound bout. A crucial victory by freshman Brett Harner over Harvard’s Cameron Croy set the Tigers up for the win, so long as Harvard did not pin during the last two matches. Facing Harvard’s James Fox at 197 pounds, sophomore Abe Ayala fell to the two-time NCAA qualifier See WRESTLING page 8

Men host ECAC rivals, suffer two home losses; women win on road sports editor

Men’s hockey falls to St. Lawrence, plays close in loss to No. 14 Clarkson Playing in one of his final games at Baker Rink, senior winger Andrew Ammon notched a pair of goals in an impressive performance against No. 14 Clarkson. His

and his team’s effort was not quite enough to upset a strong PRINCETON 1 G o l d e n Knights ST.LAWRENCE 7 t e a m . PRINCETON 3 This past wee ke nd , CLARKSON 4 Princeton men’s hockey (4-19 overall, 3-13 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) fell at home to St. Lawrence (11-14-3, 5-8-3) and Clarkson (17-11-2, 10-6) by scores

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By Andrew Steele

line and fighting for a position in the pack, Williams quickly decided he would settle in and let the race come to him. “Fifty meters in, I remember my coach yelling, ‘stay relaxed,’ and I immediately settled in,” Williams said. “I was in 10th or 12th, and just figured I’d stay right there and feel really good and slowly move up.” Running conservative splits of just around 60 seconds per quarter-mile, Williams held steady. Biding his time for the majority of the race, Williams carefully and consistently moved up through the field, until he reached that final lap. But even then, with only one lap to go, he did not expect what was to come. “The announcer got the crowd really pumped up and everyone was screaming. With 150m to go I just went, and it was one of the best kicks of my life,” Williams said. “It was only when I came around that final turn, with everyone going crazy, that I thought it was a possibility. If my coach had told me with 200 meters to go, I wouldn’t have

of 7-1 and 4-3. A slow start for the Tigers allowed the visiting Saints to notch the game-winning goal at the 8:55 mark in the second period. St. Lawrence dominated the host team on the scoreboard and tallied 50 shots to the Tigers’ 25. Freshman defender Ryan Siiro scored his third goal of the year on assists by Ammon and senior center Andrew Calof on a power play at the 9:56

mark. Five more Saints’ goals put the game far out of reach. The following night saw a different Princeton team take the ice. A Clarkson power play gave the Golden Knights an early lead. The visitors moved the puck in the Princeton defensive zone with speed and skill. One first period hit, however, from freshman defender Marlon Sabo put Clarkson’s captain and leading scorer Ben Sexton

out of commission. “You keep playing. Obviously you never want a guy to get hurt,” sophomore forward Mike Ambrosia said. “He’s a good player, but no matter what happens — the other team loses a guy, you lose a guy — you have to battle through that.” The Tigers suffered a rough start to the second period. See HOCKEY page 9

Tigers crush NY rivals, currently rank second in Ivies By Mark Stein senior writer

The women’s basketball team earned two important road victories this weekend, defeating Columbia 70-41 in New York City on Friday night before beating Cornell 71-56 in Ithaca the following evening. With the backto-back COLUMBIA 41 v ictories, PRINCETON 70 the Tigers (13-6 overCORNELL 56 all, 4-1 Ivy PRINCETON 71 L e a g u e ) extended their current winning streak to three games and are 10-2 in their last 12 games. Princeton sits tied for second place in the Ivy League while Cornell (119, 3-3) and Columbia (4-16, 1-5) occupy the fifth and seventh place spots, respectively. The Tigers’ matchup with Columbia on Friday evening proved a tale of two halves. Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor in the period, significantly higher than the Lions’ 33 percent total, Princeton went 0-5 from three-point range and finished the half with a narrow 29-25 advantage. But the second half told a different story, in which an energized Tiger squad outscored Columbia 41-16, shooting over 62 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Michelle Miller set the tone early in the half with two quick threepointers, vaulting Princeton to a 39-27 lead before the five-minute mark of the period. Miller, who scored 14 points in the contest, was one of three Tigers to finish the game with double-digit points. Sophomore forward Alex See W. B-BALL page 8

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